Fresh, Clean Makeup for Spring | Radiant Beauty Collection

by GABRIEL

staying young means aging well

There's nothing quite like a new spring color palette to freshen your makeup routine. This is the first time I have ever tried GABRIEL and I am in love! Green beauty is going to make conventional beauty obsolete soon because of brands like this. GABRIEL is a vegan, gluten-free natural beauty brand, and they have just launched their new spring collection Radiant Beauty. This collection features 5 new nail colors, 4 eyeshadows, 2 blushes and a lipstick. Aren't the colors screaming Spring!? 

The Aura Palette has soft eyeshadow tones of blue, green, beige and grey that glide on soft and easy. A little goes a long way, and you don't need a lot for the colors to show up on your skin. The Horizon, a shimmery pale green blue, is my favorite and if you have light eyes {like me} it really gives you a little pop. The Harmony blush is the brightest blush I own, and the only one I will let myself wear this Spring. It's gorgeous!

The Illusion Lipstick is a fresh, nude shade full of nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil and aloe. This combination makes for moisturized lips with no chapping! Their lipstick has definitely sold me on wanting to try more colors in the future. 

Now for the nails - something I am trying to be more conscious of these days. I do so much photography, and having nice nails is a must. These tropical colors are going to be so fun for the warmer months ahead. I only own one other 'eco' nail color, so I'm excited my little collection has grown. The Tropical Cool is a limited edition collection so get it fast! Each polish is '5 free' meaning they are free of: Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Camphor & Phthalate. 

Also, I wanted to mention how my much skin likes their products. I haven't had any break outs while using GABRIEL {can't say this for every green beauty brand I've tried so woo hoo!} :D 

Ready to freshen up your cosmetic bag? 

Find the entire Radiant Beauty collection - here


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Sustainable Resortwear Full of Color & Culture

Baliza

A social brand supporting artisans and street children in Jaipur, Baliza's collection is inspired by the oceans of Bali & Ibiza. Each piece of clothing is ethically handmade with love by artisans living in Jaipur and Bali. Something which really stood out to me {besides the gorgeous colors and designs} was their mission. I'm always talking about how we should value the piece of clothing and the person behind the work. Baliza's mission is to inspire us to feel this way when wearing one of their designs, and realizing the positive impact you have made in that particular artisan's life.

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About 90% of their collections are produced at Ladli, the vocational centre of the NGO I-India in Jaipur, and the other 10% are made by a small family atelier in Bali. This atelier is a strong support system for their local community. I-India, a registered Indian charity, provides daily opportunity through education, accommodation, food, vocational training and counseling for over 3,000 street children. Ladli is one of their Social Enterprise projects, and holds true to ancient clothing techniques while supporting around 300 artisan families. These artisans participate in craft & skills training programs, develop business & leadership skills and receive financial support to start or improve income. They even have special Self-Help-Groups dedicated to women empowerment. Their training and working environment is safe, relaxed and fun, and all workers are paid a fair wage with an added support for education, medical assistance and improved living standards. I-India takes the holistic approach - one I agree makes for a sustainable industry and future! 

Can you believe it takes up to 8 weeks to create a hand printed embroidered Baliza kaftan? That's a lot of labor of love right there! Each Baliza piece takes hours and serious attention to detail to create. I love when my garment has history behind it, and knowing it is supporting the continuation of an ancient art makes it that much better. I think Gema, the founder of Baliza, and I have similar respect and appreciation for these traditional techniques. After she met the team at Ladli she became instantly inspired to create a brand to help support their mission. 

I'm wearing the Legian Kaftan handmade in Ladhi from 100% eyelet cotton with gorgeous beading and sequins. This piece is made to be on the beach!! I'm already envisioning my entire summer in it ;) It's one of those designs you can wear throughout the day and add some heels to go out at night. Who else is ready to take this beauty on their next vacation?!

This gallery shows the process of creating this kaftan. Photos by: Anugam Goswami and Mukul Bathia

See below for some more of my favorites...

To shop Baliza's entire collection, click here. & parents, you can even dress your kiddos!

Follow all the color and beauty on their Instagram feed.

Plus, stay tuned for an Instagram Giveaway on Sustainably Chic starting Friday 3/24! 


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From Flock to Fashion | Sustainable Merino Scarves

LoveMerino

You've heard of farm to table, but farm to closet is what Sustainably Chic is always after. Transparency from the very very beginning is key to building a sustainable wardrobe. We want to know who's behind the clothing we wear everyday. LoveMerino is giving us that honest, slow fashion approach us conscious ladies are looking for. This responsible fashion brand uses the finest Merino wool which comes directly from their own farm in Wellington, NSW, Australia. Glenwood farm has been in their family since 1898 - that's five generations of farmers {click here to meet the Smiths}! They believe in a holistic system of sustainable land management which {of course} includes the ethical treatment of their animals. By having total control over production and materials used, LoveMerino is able to offer us a quality garment we can appreciate for many years while keeping their carbon footprint low. 

In today's fashion industry, it's quite difficult to find the brands who truly embody the concept of sustainability. I feel as if I am always trying to explain the definition while leaving room for subjectivity. This concept is one which should be applied to everything in your life, and the main goal is to be conscious about future generations. It's interesting to watch a family of farmers uphold this concept because their future generations within the business are so personal. The Smith's say, "Glenwood is not just a farming business but a way of life - we aim to achieve a harmonious balance between the landscape, animals, business and our family." & this hits sustainability right on the spot! What is so wonderful about working with merino sheep is the regeneration of land. Glenwood has seen the re-emergence of several native grasses which were thought to be extinct. These sheep are able to mimic nature allowing the environment to thrive. This is a perfect example of how fashion and animals can coexist in harmony. 

So what makes this merino wool special {besides the obvious sustainable farming}?

After a few decades of research and development, Glenwood has created one of the most exceptional merino wools on the market. This particular fiber is non-itchy {yeah, I'm serious!} and very soft. It takes dye easy, and it's what they call an 'active' fiber meaning it works with your body temperature keeping you cool or warm depending on the season. Pretty amazing, right?! And because I hate ironing, I love that it has a natural resistance to wrinkles. Overall, this fiber is something amazing and creates such elegant scarves!! 

I'm wearing the Glenwood Summer Scarf in Plum/Natural. LoveMerino works with limited edition designers to create these beautiful prints and colors. The Glenwood Scarf is made in collaboration with Manuela Strano, an up-and-coming Australian designer. She is a graphic designer, and works in many different artistic fields including branding, packaging, letterpress and watercolors. I was instantly drawn to her botanical design that features roses and vines found at the homestead garden at Glenwood Farm. This scarf is extremely soft, and easy to pair with your existing wardrobe. Plus, it comes in several different colors - the sky blue is gorgeous!! 

Because the site is full of beauties, I thought I'd share some more of my favorites below:

Moonphase Scarf | Dip Dyed Scarf | Paper Daisy Scarf

Which ones are you loving?! 

To become a part of the 'flock to fashion' movement, shop their entire collection here. Don't forget to get social and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest!


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Teen Empowerment through Jobs, Spirituality & Professional Development

HandUp Global Goods

My blog has concentrated so much on women, I feel as if it has been lacking with issues dealing primarily with men. That's why I'm very excited to share this non-profit enterprise with you! HandUp Global Goods is working with Haitian teen boys who are transitioning out of orphanages and into adulthood. By giving them the necessary tools such as jobs, spiritual development, financial literacy, and vocational training, HUGG hopes to encourage these young men to become responsible workers, family members, and community leaders. In order to empower someone, we must get rid of hand outs which act as a bandaid and never lead to sustainable progression. Instead, HUGG believes in hand UPs, and I couldn't agree more! Transforming the individual is a great way to build strong families and communities. And like Hugg says - "the results extend beyond the individual men". 

So how can we help in this mission?

Well, it's easy - We can support artisan jobs through the beautiful jewelry I'm wearing! Each piece is made by one of these teens, and helps pay them a fair wage while learning about finance, business and their own spirituality. You know how much I love having a deeper connection with fashion, and knowing who makes what I wear is very important to me. Each hangtag has a photo of the artisan and a little write up about their journey with HUGG. You can meet all the artisans - here - and learn what they did before HUGG, what they've learned through work and their future goals. What Joseph Samuel {one of the teens} says will put a huge smile on your face, "Now that I am working at HandUp, I have a reason to get up". This just goes to show how great our impact is as consumers, and how easy it is to support opportunity for others. 

I'm wearing the Akolad Triple Wrap in Teal and Brass complete with a globe charm {that's my favorite part!} - you can choose from 7 different cord colors and three different bead types. I paired it with the Katelyn bracelet which is made from clay & bronze beads and clear recycled glass. You know I'm a sucker for recycled anything, and they make it look beautiful!

Below are a few more of my favorite bracelets - Just click the link below to start shopping ;)

The Ombre Pendant Necklace has all my favorite blues and greens, and is made from knotted waxed cord. It pairs perfectly with light blues and is a great way to dress up your basic tees. HUGG has a gorgeous collection of necklaces as you can see below...


Ready to change lives through fashion?

Shop the entire HUGG collection here & get social with them on Facebook and Instagram

p.s. for those who love to entertain, you can throw a HUGG party :D 


oh & don't forget to check out their tees! 

oh & don't forget to check out their tees! 

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Eco ActiveWear for a Sustainable Lifestyle

Fibre Athletics

performance-wear with integrity

I think one of the most difficult things to find when it comes to sustainable fashion is great activewear. Especially the more flattering, minimalistic kind. If you are someone who leads an active lifestyle - even those who are just running from here to there all day - you probably want something functional, comfortable and {obviously} good looking. Good news, Fibre Athletics is checking all of those features off our list - and even more! This is truly a performance-wear brand who is embracing every part of sustainability so we don't have to live with guilt when shopping for our active life. 

Chicago-based Fibre Athletics takes transparency seriously, and because of this all manufacturing is done {ethically} in the USA. Plus, they are a Chicago Fair Trade member so you can feel confident in how the materials are chosen and sewn. They make sure to only use low-impact dying processes which require less water and produces bolder, long-lasting colors. In order to minimize their carbon footprint & support healthy farming, they source recycled and organic fibers for their fabrics. Their moisture wicking technology dries your fabric quick while keeping you safe and the environment clean {yeah, it's biodegradable!}. Since you know how much I love a timeless, quality garment, I think it's important to mention how well made their products are and how easy they can fit into your wardrobe {no obnoxious colors or logos}. They also believe in social impact; therefore, every purchase supports the Eden Project and the Cara Program. The Eden Project is helping alleviate poverty by restoring healthy forests in Haiti, Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Nepal, and the Cara Program is breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty through motivation & jobs. 

so yeah... Fibre Athletics is seriously taking activewear to the next level!! 

& what's great, they are making their line for both men AND women...

I'm wearing the Everywhere Jacket {in black} made from 100% organic cotton and the Pursuit Top {in berry} made from 100% recycled polyester. I am a pretty active person - I love hiking, running, biking - but I don't really own much 'activewear' mainly because I've never found much I like or feel is necessary to add to my wardrobe. Can't say the same for this set!! Honestly, this jacket is truly made for everywhere {okay.. maybe not a cocktail party :P}. It's warm, comfortable, fits great with its contour seam lines and has a versatile hood. Plus, the bottom dips in the back making it perfect to wear with leggings {& your Pursuit top, wink}. When you're on a run or biking around, you can store your keys, ID and cash in a secret pocket in the front pouch! Pretty clever, ey? The Pursuit Top also has this sneaky little pocket in the back, as well. The curved hem makes it ideal to pair with active leggings, and the ragan sleeves are great for movement. This shirt is seriously soft and flattering!! 

psst.. these pieces come in more colors.. {click to start shopping}

& because we can't forget the men in our life... click - here - to shop for them.

Are you ready to make your active lifestyle a little more sustainable? 

Visit Fibre Athletics online, and get social on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. PLUS, use code sustainablychic for 10% off your entire purchase!!

It's time we put more thought into everything we wear. 


Sustainably Supported by Fibre Athletics. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored