The Sustainable Brand for Travel, Comfort & Busy Lives
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Encircled

This is a brand I've gotten to know well over the last year or so. I have a pair of their Dressy Sweats I've worn time & time again. They wash wonderfully, and they are just as soft as the first day I wore them. As a daughter of a pilot, I've always been told to dress well when flying. I grew up wearing dresses whenever we travelled, but that definitely isn't the most comfortable. When I first came across Encircled, my initial thought was 'this brand would be appropriate to wear for a flight AND I'll still be super comfortable'. Needless to say, I wear those dressy sweats each time :D 

Why I Love Encircled

1. The perfect travel companion. Continuing on from above.. not only are their clothes comfortable to wear, they are great for packing. You don't have to worry about wrinkling, and they don't take up too much space so you can pack light. 

2. The fabrics. Modal is probably one of the softest fabrics around. Contrary to its other viscose cousins, modal {made from beechwood tree cellulose} is processed without chemicals through a closed loop process {meaning the water & solvents are continuously recycled}. It's a type of fabric that washes easy, and doesn't lose its wonderful properties. 

3. The functionality & minimalistic design. Most of Encircled garments can be worn more than one way. That means more versatility in a smaller closet. Capsule wardrobes can make life so much easier, and having an Encircled 'uniform' can give you several more options when it comes to dressing. See four ways you can wear the Revolve Dress below! 

What I'm Wearing

The Sleeveless Revolve Dress: This 6-in-1 dress is the essential for your capsule wardrobe. It's the most versatile LBD I know, and it can even be worn as a tunic or top! It's one of those designs you can easily dress up or down. I've been known to wear it all day, and then sleep in it at night, too :D

Oh, p.s. I'm pregnant & totally bloated, so belting this dress was the most flattering for my body. Totally recommend trying it out! Can't wait until I have a true bump in this dress {I plan on wearing this with one!}. 

See how I wore it in another posts - here

Where to Purchase

Find Encircled's complete collection online - here - & don't forget to stay up-to-date with new styles & colors on Instagram

FashionNatalie Kay
Tips for Thrifting & Vintage Buying | A Sustainable & Affordable Way to Shop
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on a budget & have a love for hitting the second-hand stores? 

Okay, I totally get it. Sustainable fashion prices are something we aren't really used to, today. When we are able to get a tee for five bucks, why spend $50? Most of you know, I believe in supporting the makers in order for the industry to become better {I don't believe thrifting is the one answer or solution to the problem}. We need those brands. However, I understand we all don't have the extra income to spend. I've always loved vintage shopping. It was a passion of mine for years, and my closet is full of 50s dresses {some that don't even fit, but my love goes beyond wearing the garment - it's not pathetic, I swear}. Most of the time, you don't know what you're getting. Tags can be ripped out or the fabric has not been taken care of for years. I've always been super careful with how I treat my clothes, and today, I'm going to share a few of my tips with you & some of my favorite online places to shop! 

 

To Shop:

 
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1. Smock Walker Vintage

Not only does Justina {the owner of Smock Walker Vintage} have a great eye for vintage goods, she also has a big heart. Each purchase gives 10% to the non-profit organization Mercy for Animals - an organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. If you need denim, kimonos or super sweet dresses, Smock Walker Vintage is for you! 


 
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2. Moth Oddities

A shop for both men & women, Moth Oddities travels all over the US to find you super unique vintage pieces. Plus, the owners Yana & Ian are awesome people, and I've been lucky enough to hang out with them :D Their photoshoots are hip/trendy/sexy/cool, too, so be sure to follow their Insta for all the shots! 

{use code MOTHCHIC10 for 10% off your entire purchase} 


 
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3. Modernation

Another great vintage shop, Modernation takes old garments and upcycles them for a fresh and updated look. How pretty is the Aries Dress set? & while you are there, you need to check out their newest capsule collection for pieces you can wear several different ways! 


How to Care:

 
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1. Laundry Enhancer

Have you ever bought a piece of used clothing, and felt like a weird smell followed you everywhere? Some of the garments you buy could have been sitting in an attic or a box for years and years. That 'old' smell can be ridiculously hard to get rid of, but cleaning brands like Enviroklenz have made taking care of garments and odors so much easier. Made with 3 active ingredients: Magnesium Oxide (MgO), Zinc Oxide (ZnO), Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) {all non-toxic minerals found on the planet}, Enviroklenz forms the perfect recipe for neutralizing or completely destroying a pollutant it comes in contact with.

{use code envirochic15 for 15% off your entire purchase}


 
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2. Gentlewasher

Since we don't always know the fabric content of a vintage piece, it's nice to take precautions when washing. This machine is great for delicates and small loads, and works quick! I've had people ask me 'how do you have time for this'? Well, let me tell you, it's quicker {only 5 minutes} & more effective than washing garments by hand, doesn't use any electricity & saves on laundry detergent. So yes, I have time for that ;)


 
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taken from Free People

 

3. Eco-dying

Have a small stain, but still love the piece? Don't throw it away. Eco-dying is a savior when it comes to keeping garments in your closet. Just google the term, and you can find plenty of DIYs showing you ways to use flowers and other plants to create pratically a whole new look for your garment! 

 

10 Sustainable Brands for the Eco Bathroom
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keeping your restrooms healthy & toxic-free

It hasn't been long since I've started putting more emphasis on a sustainable bathroom. My journey went from food to clothing to bedroom to bathroom. I'm still learning little tricks to make my environment more eco-friendly {particularly healthy}, but these 10 brands are a great {& easy} start for those in the market for a little bathroom - eco - upgrade. 

 

 
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1. Tushy

No Butts About It, This Is THE Sustainable Way To Use The Potty. Wiping is so 2016... I don't think I can ever imagine my bathroom without a bidet after trying the Tushy out! Not only is it healthier for you, but you save money and trees by using a lot less TP. They even have bamboo TP which is so much easier on your bum and the planet. {oh AND it gives back! For every Tushy sold, a family in rural India is given one-month of access to clean community toilets.}


 
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2. Living Fresh

Bringing The Luxurious Hotel Slumber To The Comfort Of Your Own Home. The perfect towels for creating a 'spa-like' atmosphere, Living Fresh specializes in luxurious Turkish towels & robes and even shower curtains. Their towels use a blend of cotton and Tencel+PlusTM which help to absorb water quickly and dry the body while exfoliating the skin. This blend of cotton and Tencel creates a wonderful recipe for comfort, softness and sustainability. 


 
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3. Mable

Make the Switch - Brush with Bamboo. I think most of us can agree, the plastic has got to go - bamboo is where it's at! Not only are Mable's bamboo toothbrushes biodegradable & chic, they give back to our communities, too. For every toothbrush purchased, one is given to a U.S. child. Did I also mention they are self-standing? I find this to be a game changer for storing your toothbrush. {p.s. they have kid brushes now!!}


 
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4. Hope & Twine

Honest Goods For The Conscious Home. Hope & Twine is a curated collection of ethically-made products that support sustainable incomes while respecting the planet. Bree {the owner} truly has an eye for decorating your home, and her towels are the softest ever!!! They wash well, are very absorbent and a great price {$44 for a set or $25 for a single}. 


 
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5. Under the Canopy

A Sustainable Slumber That's Affordable, Organic & Fair. Under the Canopy's commitment to a cleaner planet and home goods industry is admirable. They adhere to 6 kinds of certifications {FAIR TRADE, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, C2C, RCS & FSC}, and sustainability is at the forefront of their business model. All products are made ethically with eco-minded materials. Their waffle robe is a must have after your shower! 


 
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6. Lakeshore Dry Goods

More Dry, Less Frizz & Damage-Free. Probably the most practical towel you will ever need if you have long hair! Each towel is made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton {with low impact dyes}, and is incredibly lightweight & soft. It's a t-shirt type fabric with great stretch retention, too. Plus, they are made right in the US {Detroit}, and come in the sweetest prints!


 
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7. Banyan Tree

Add moments of wellness into your eco oasis. Coined as 'A Sanctuary of the Senses', it's truly an experience taking in their botanical blends. Banyan Tree creates economic opportunity for many artisan communities around the globe. Besides sourcing all of their materials responsibly, each product is free of parabens and cruelty-free. Their oils are great to have on hand when taking your relaxing bath! 


 
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8. Unwrapped Life

Keeping plastic out of the shower. This is the first time I have ever tried bar shampoo and conditioner, and I must say, I'm hooked! These sustainable products not only work great, they are helping keep waste out of the landfill. It's a win-win! They are perfect for traveling, too. Just throw a bar in a tin, and your set! 


 
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9. Orenda

Refresh Yourself With Earth's Finest Ingredients. Backed by a '100% Satisfaction Guarantee', this high-performance, luxury skincare line has been one of my favorites this past year. I use their Vitamin C Face Wash everyday in the shower to brighten up my mornings. There really isn't anything as refreshing! 


 
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10. Hannahpads

Because we keep these guys in the bathroom... Organic cloth pads are the most natural way to deal with bleeding, and they say women use up to 16,000 pads & tampons throughout her entire life. Disposable items take a crazy amount of resources to create, and most of them are even individually wrapped. That's a ton of waste we can avoid! You will love all their patterns, too :D

*use code Chic15 for 15% off when you spend $79+*

Fair OOTD | Endless Summer
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featuring Sustain, MyFight, LEIZUU & Oliberte

Here in Florida it feels like the summer never ends, but I'm not really complaining {although I love fall time}. For now, I get to keep wearing my cute warm weather clothes ;)

 

Shop the Look: 

Selene Collar Necklace, My Fight $35 {use code SUSTAINABLYCHIC20 for 20% off your entire purchase}

My Fight empowers women artisans to break free from poverty, and helps support sustainable livelihoods. The Selene Collar Necklace has been one of my favorites to wear the past few months. It's super lightweight, elegant and unique. The beautiful Art Nouveau Design compliments any outfit! 


Ainou Raw Silk Blouse, LEIZUU $141

Ethically made in Ho Chi Minh City, this stunning blouse has authentic ethnic fabric on the collar and cuffs made in the villages of Vietnam. This piece is truly a piece of art! LEIZUU's boho-inspired designs are giving back to communities and supporting a more sustainable fashion industry - an easy brand to get behind <3


Ayurvedically-dyed Shorts, Sustain $108 

The most practical summer shorts you will ever own, these lovelies are dyed with over 20 medicinal herbs on organic cotton. Who thought there would be clothing that actually benefits your health?!? Also, this fabric is even more special because it is hand-dyed and hand-loomed, making each pair of shorts a little different than the next. Plus, the notions are thoughtful with natural tagua nut buttons & a YKK undyed, natural cotton zipper. & of course, they are very comfortable with a great fit! 

p.s. their Kickstarter has begun!! 


Serani in Light Grey Brushed Wax, Oliberte $125

One of the first Fair Trade Certified shoe brands, Oliberte is making a positive difference for Ethiopian makers. Their shoes are in a league of their own, and built to last you wear after wear. This is my second pair, and I have to say - I'm obsessed! 

 

 

Hope you have a wonderful {& somewhat cool} October! <3

Fashion, OutfitsNatalie Kay
20 Brands Helping You Build Your Perfect Eco Oasis
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be proud of a home that cares for your health & the planet's...

Starting this blog 3.5 years ago, I didn't know too many eco-friendly home brands {I did know a couple since for many years before starting the blog, I already had that 'eco' mentality}. I guess I just didn't feel excited about any at the time. My idea of the sustainable living industry has drastically changed over the recent years. I think consumers are so lucky with what's on the market. There really is something for everyone! Here are a few brands & retails I've grown to love throughout this eco experience {arranged by room categories}. 


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banyan tree

banyan tree

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true ethic

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beastly threads

1. Banyan Tree

Add moments of wellness into your eco oasis. Coined as 'A Sanctuary of the Senses', it's truly an experience taking in their botanical blends.Banyan Tree creates economic opportunity for many artisan communities around the globe. Besides sourcing all of their materials responsibly, each product is free of parabens and cruelty-free. 

2. True Ethic

Your Online Destination For Everything American-Made, Fair Trade & Creative. TRUE ETHIC's private label features a handmade cement collection that gives 10% of sales directly to Freedom Firm - a non-profit based in India helping rescue, restore and seek justice for victims of Sex Trafficking. 

3. Plumen

Designer Low Energy Lighting. Not only are these lightbulbs energy efficient, they are a work of art. Our home has the Plumen 003 Dimmable LED Pendant Set, which is probably the coolest light I will ever own. I definitely plan to stock up on their lightbulbs in the future! How can you not say yes to 25,000 hour lifespan?! 

4. Urbana Sacs

Washable Paper Goods For Your Eco HomeFrom planters to makeup holders, these sacs are super useful - not to mention, adorable, too! The paper is made from a variety of virgin pulp fiber blends and recycled felt, and manufactured through cultivation rather deforestation. You are able to shape them like clay, and use them time and time again. 

5. Beastly Threads

Beautiful eco-ethical textiles supporting wildlife protection and habitat conservation. I've recently added their Green Faux Bois Pillow to my denim couch, and it has pulled it altogether so well! Their prints and use of color are great for decorating your eco-friendly living room, and they even have a beautiful kitchen line for you to check out, too! 


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living fresh

savvy rest {bed} under the canopy {sheets}

savvy rest {bed} under the canopy {sheets}

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jefferson lane

6. Savvy Rest

Organic mattresses, sofas, toppers, and pillows.  Savvy Rest is a US based {Central Virginia} organic brand who makes the comfiest bedroom essentials. You may know my bed, The Esmont, which is a natural platform bed hand built in their wood shop with a customizable headboard. You can see it - here

7. Living Fresh

Bringing The Luxurious Hotel Slumber To The Comfort Of Your Own HomeLiving Fresh has blended Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell eucalyptus and cotton for their botanical bedding. This is the perfect recipe for comfort, softness and sustainability. Eucalyptus fibers are a great sleeping buddy. They actually absorb moisture & release it from the body keeping you cool & dry. 

8. Jefferson Lane

Sustainable Organic Bedding At A Truly Fair Price. Not only does conventional cotton have a toll on your health, but it's unsafe for the farmers and terrible for the environment. Therefore, Jefferson Lane only uses 100% organic cotton in their sheets. Even the dyes are eco-friendly. You can get an entire sheet set starting at $150 - now that is a fair price I can stand behind. These sheets are totally worth it! 

{& through Sept 30th, use code FALL2017 for 15% off orders of $150+}*

9. Under the Canopy

A Sustainable Slumber That's Affordable, Organic & Fair. Under the Canopy's commitment to a cleaner planet and home goods industry is admirable. They adhere to 6 kinds of certifications {FAIR TRADE, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, C2C, RCS & FSC}, and sustainability is at the forefront of their business model. All products are made ethically with eco-minded materials.


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mayamam weavers

mayamam weavers

greater things

greater things

my red tea

my red tea

live vessel

live vessel

10. Mayamam Weavers

Bringing Tradition To Modern Living With Stunning Handwoven Accessories & Home Goods. The Mayamam Weavers use weaving techniques of Mayan culture. The cooperative making up Mayamam Weavers was founded in 2008 in Cajolá, a Mayan town in the western highlands of Guatemala. For your kitchen and dining, you can find aprons, towels, placemats, coasters and so on - a gorgeous array of colors, too!

11. Greater Things

Every Purchase Has A Purpose At Greater Things. For creators Nathan & Julie, it all started with a simple question - 'What can we do?'. Greater Things was the perfect outlet for shopping useful goods, and helping others rise out of poverty. From bowls to serving platters, you can feel confident knowing your purchase has truly helped improve the lives of others. 

12. My Red Tea

USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMOSustainable & Fairly-MadeMy Red Tea is the full package - it's about your tea, your health and your well being, as well as the proud farmers behind it. Rooibos is a native plant to South Africa, and is high in anti-oxidants, vitamins & minerals. It is naturally caffeine-free, and has a sweet, nutty flavor. Drink up :D

13. Live Vessel

Less Waste & Better Taste With Luxury Travel Mugs. ACERA artisans are morphing technology and aesthetic, and bringing us fashionable travel mugs we can use for years to come. The eco-friendly LIVEN travel mugs have a patented tourmaline anion technology which helps improve the quality and taste of your drink. They work great as flower vases, too! 


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tushy

tushy

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hannahpad

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hope & twine

lakeshore dry goods

lakeshore dry goods

mable

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1. Tushy

No Butts About It, This Is THE Sustainable Way To Use The Potty. Wiping is so 2016... I don't think I can ever imagine my bathroom without a bidet after trying the Tushy out! Not only is it healthier for you, but you save money and trees by using a lot less TP. {oh AND it gives back! For every Tushy sold, a family in rural India is given one-month of access to clean community toilets.}

2. hannahpad

Be Kind To The Planet & Your Body With hannahpad. Organic cloth pads are the most natural way to deal with bleeding, and they say women use up to 16,000 pads & tampons throughout her entire life. Disposable items take a crazy amount of resources to create, and most of them are even individually wrapped. That's a ton of waste we can avoid. With hannahpad, your organic cloth pads last you years and then they biodegrade. 

*{15% off when you spend $79+ with code CHIC15}*

3. Hope & Twine

Honest Goods For The Conscious Home. Hope & Twine is a curated collection of ethically-made products that support sustainable incomes while respecting the planet. Bree {the owner} truly has an eye for decorating your home, and her towels are the softest ever!!! They wash well, are very absorbent and a great price {$44 for a set or $25 for a single}. 

4. Lakeshore Dry Goods

More Dry, Less Frizz & Damage-Free. Probably the most practical towel you will ever need if you have long hair! Each towel is made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton {with low impact dyes}, and is incredibly lightweight & soft. It's a t-shirt type fabric with great stretch retention, too. Plus, they are made right in the US {Detroit}! 

5. Mable

Make the Switch - Brush with Bamboo. I think most of us can agree, the plastic has got to go - bamboo is where it's at! Not only are Mable's {self-standing} bamboo toothbrushes biodegradable & chic, they give back to our communities, too. For every toothbrush purchased, one is given to a U.S. child. {p.s. they have kid brushes now!!}


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1. Enviroklenz

 Eliminate Odors & Chemical Pollutants The Safe Way. All EnviroKlenz products are made with 3 main, active ingredients. They are: Magnesium Oxide (MgO), Zinc Oxide (ZnO), Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), which are all minerals found on this planet and are considered truly non-toxic. These three ingredients come to form the perfect recipe for neutralizing or completely destroying a pollutant it comes in contact with. 

*{15% off with code envirochic15}*

2. Gentlewasher

Wash your favorite clothes in just 5 minutes - without electricity. This machine can wash up to 12 garments with half a teaspoon of detergent in about 5 minutes. It only uses 4.8 gallons of water, and protects your most delicate clothes. This is a great way to save on electric and water, especially if you don't have a ton of clothing to wash on the regular.