7 Ethical Gifts Your Mom Will Love

A Mother's Day Gift Guide

Um, is this year flying by, or what? Of course, we should be celebrating our great mothers on a daily basis, but it's always fun to do something extra special this time of year. My mom usually shares her birthday with Mother's Day, and this year I will actually be with her to celebrate in England! Hope you get to see yours, as well, but if not.. you can always send her one of these lovely gifts via snail mail. 

1. Florance Cream & Pink Floral Print Robe, Azura Bay $221

From one of my favorite online destinations for loungewear & undies, this robe is made from an eco lyocell fabric with a pink, cream, and charcoal floral design. This lovely little number even has pockets! Plus, it is made under fair trade conditions in India with Fair Wear Foundation certified textiles. Who wouldn't want to spoil their mom with this?!

2. The Admire Box, GlobeIn $80

One of the sweetest fair trade boxes I've seen yet, this particular box from GlobeIn screams Mother's Day. Read all about what's inside on the blog. 

{$10 off the Admire Box PLUS a subscription to the Artisan Box with code SUSTAINABLYCHIC}

3. Blanket, Living Threads Co. $60+

I've been enjoying my yoga blanket from Living Threads Co. so much! Isn't it a beauty? They have a great collection of throws and blankets that are supporting sustainable jobs and artisans around the world. 

{15% off your entire purchase with code CHICTHREADS}


4. Stud Earrings, CRASH $39

An all-women company based out of LA, CRASH is taking metal from some of the finest luxury cars which have been in minor accidents, and using it to create jewelry for both men and women. Can you believe all their jewelry is made from cars?! I love a good upcycle story. Read more on the blog

{15% off with code MOM through May 14th +plus - Receive a $25 gift card for every $100 spent. The gift card can be applied on all orders after 5/14}

5. Fair Trade Flowers, Be My Rose $40+ 

Flowers that are responsibly grown AND give back to farmers are so hard to come by. Luckily, Be My Rose is answering our requests. I received some a few weeks ago, and they were absolutely gorgeous!! A gifting must for any mom who appreciates a bouquet of fresh flowers. 

{15% off your entire purchase with code SUSTAINABLYCHIC}

6. Tiles & Yellow Roses Wrap, American Flora $155

The wrap that can be worn a multitude of ways is made from 100% recycle plastic bottles! This print is a stunner.. you can even bring it in the water with you :D 

{10% off your entire purchase with code Goddess10}

7. Eyelash Serum, Plume $95

Standing behind this product 100%, and it's actually what I'm getting my mom for mother's day.. her request, my approval :P 

{15% off with code SUSTAINABLYCHIC for International shoppers - SUSTAINABLYCHICCAD for Canadian shoppers}

*coming soon* Nursing Bra, Azura Bay

for the new moms! stay tuned...

Hope your mommas have a wonderful day <3 

The Ideal Layering Piece for Your Summer Getaway | Lightweight, Packable & Versatile

with  Ümran Aysan

& did I mention sustainable?

A London based resort wear brand, Ümran Aysan is using mindful fabrics and artisan techniques to create an elegant ethical fashion line - one we can easily celebrate this Earth Day! The pieces are sophisticated with unique design and patterns, yet classic enough for the minimalist's wardrobe. Designer Ümran Aysan is much like me in the way we both want to preserve traditional methods of craftsmanship. As a crocheter & tatter, I truly appreciate the art behind the craft. Naturally, I gravitate towards brands who have this same appreciation, and who reach out to artisans to provide sustainable work. Ümran Aysan has even been awarded the coveted Butterfly Mark because of their strong commitment towards social, environmental and philanthropic good.

Their Resort 2017 Collection, Caria, is rooted in tradition and sustainability, and is made entirely in Turkey. It was inspired by the designer's spiritual journey through the lands of Caria, and was created for women who seek comfort and timeless designs. From kimono jackets to tailored shorts, this collection will easily give you a mini vaca daydream. Who's ready to pack their bags and run away to a resort this week? I'm coming, too...

I may not be on vacation in these photos, but living in Florida feels like tiny getaways everyday. The beach is pretty much at my fingertips.. or toetips {since my feet appreciate it more} so I dress like I'm hanging out at resort most of the time. The Handmade Crochet Blouse is perfect for my lifestyle and northern Florida weather - especially those windy days and cool evenings. It's lightweight since it's made from a blend of cotton & bamboo, and has a gorgeous diamond woven crochet pattern. I'm sure this piece took days to create - it is so incredibly well done! Plus, it's easy to layer over most of my existing wardrobe, and the olive color doesn't melt you under the sun. If this isn't your color, the blouse comes in white and a rich blue hue, as well!

To shop the entire Resort collection click here.

Which pieces are you dreaming to pack for your next getaway?

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Designing Change through Jobs & Organic Textiles

Anchal Project

Before I dig into this beautiful brand and bandana I'm wearing, I think it's important to define its name. The noun 'anchal' has two definitions & both are quite relevant to the brand's mission. An anchal, pronounced on-chal, is either the decorative edge of a sari used to provide comfort & protection to loved ones or it can refer to 'shelter'. Both of these definitions represent this brand perfectly. A non-profit social enterprise, Anchal is providing alternative careers in textiles to marginalized and exploited women in India. Through design they are changing lives and supporting stronger sustainable communities. They believe 'design thinking' is the creative approach to problem solving, and I couldn't agree more. When applying this concept, workers are able to benefit from using methods like observation, collaboration, experimentation & evaluation to find solutions. 

Anchal was created by four women who believed design was key in social and environmental innovation. They traveled to India and met with local leader, Urmi Basu of the New Light, a non-profit organization saving girls from becoming victims of sexual exploitation and helping improve lives of those already affected. While exploring the Kalighat red light district they witnessed the extreme oppression so many women were facing. Unfortunately, they had little to no alternatives for work, and this is where the founders of Anchal saw an opportunity. They got to work and raised $400 through the sales of handmade notebooks and notecards. With this money, they bought a sewing machine, found materials and gave sewing instruction along with a stipend for the artisans. And in 2010, Anchal partnered up with their second NGO, Vatsaly. This organization rehabilitates street children in Jaipur, India, as well as supports rural women living in poverty.

By now I'm sure you know how much I nerd out when it comes to textiles. It's my favorite part of the industry, and I love when a brand uses fabric as a catalyst for positive change. Not only do they stress the importance of design, Anchal only chooses to work with eco-friendly materials. Since the fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry in the world, they understand real change doesn't stop with the business model - you have to think of every little detail along the way. Therefore, they source recycled materials {like vintage saris}, organic fibers and natural dyes.

Since I'm on the subject of their textiles, let's talk about this beautifully colored bandana! The Asha Bandana is hand-stitched from 2 layers of 100% certified organic cotton, and it's probably one of my favorite color combinations - what they call bone,slate,gold. I love how it is big enough to style a few different ways, and being it's made from cotton, this bandana is ideal for spring & summer. I think the visible stitching and paneled colors give this design a hip and contemporary vibe. What's so cool though, each one features a hand-stitched name of the artisan who made it. I think this gives you a much greater appreciation for the garment! 

Want to help make a difference? With each Anchal piece purchased, you are helping provide an artisan with a full-time job, health care benefits, design training, and educational workshops. To shop their entire collection {they have gorgeous home goods, too!} click here. Don't forget to follow them on Instagram and use the hashtag #designingchange when showing off your goods :D 

Sustainably Supported by Anchal. 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

Fair OOTD | The Bolo

with Betsy & Iya

Wow, so if yesterday I thought I was on the roll with putting together great ethical outfits then I must be setting a new record for myself today. Three in a row! People always ask what I do, and I have to admit I kind of stay away from the word 'blogger'. I'm worried people won't take me seriously or think my job is easy {or worse, a hobby}. Truth is, this job is intense. I don't get days off, I'm constantly living in a cyber world and everyday I have to come up with new content. There is no 'power down' button {just 'sleep'} so when I happen to get three photoshoots and outfits put together in a row while planning new content and answering emails, I'm pretty proud of myself.

With all that aside,  I am excited to introduce to you a new brand {& shop} out of one of my favorite US cities, Portland, Oregon! betsy & iya is a handcrafted jewelry line, online shop and lifestyle boutique. They create all the jewelry in-house at their Portland studio, and fill their boutique with independent artists and designers they have met during their travels around the country. But back to the jewelry - more specifically, this awesome bolo-inspired piece, the Tassa. This modern take on the classic bolo is made with high quality 100% cotton Japanese thread spun into rope in their Portland studio with an original cast b&i bolo pendant and brass tubing which can be adjusted to fit high around a collar or midway to pair with tees & dresses. I'm sure I will have this bad boy around a collar in the near future {photos to come, of course}. Their entire jewelry collection is just beautiful - I love its simplicity and modern design. Like tiny pieces of art, you can tell how much thought and work went into each piece. I'm happy Betsy brought her little notebook to the coffee shop that one day in 2008 ;) You can read more about their story here. 


Necklace: Tassa, betsy & iya $79

Pants: Rodez Trousers, Kemp Gadegard $150

Handbag: Fringe Bag, Manos Zapotecas $89+

Shoes: Colorines CinnamonMamahuhu $94

Fair OOTD | Hettie Hemp

with Thought, Mamahuhu & Simbi

Two Fair OOTDs in a row.. I'm on a 'sustainable' roll this week! 

This outfit features one of my favorite fabrics, hemp. Yes, this dress is made from hemp {& a mix of organic cotton}!! Why do I always say 'yes' to hemp? Well, a couple reasons: (1) It's one of the longest lasting fabrics because the fiber is very strong and durable, (2) It's breathable and anti-bacterial making it both comfortable and safe, (3) This fast growing plant needs less space & water and no pesticides. Have I convinced you? If so, I think you'll love this dress, too. The Hettie Hemp Dress, by Thought, is an oversize design with a tie back to give yourself the desired fit. I'm definitely feeling the contrasting hem vibes these days. I pair this dress with either my cognac wing tips OR these fabulous boots.

You may remember the Colorines Cinnamon boots from yesterday's post. I've been wearing the heck out of these guys. Extremely comfortable and easy to pair with most everything in my closet. Like I mentioned before, Mamahuhu is helping support sustainable jobs and communities by offering unemployed artisans work in Colombia. Each pair of shoes are handcrafted with Colombian leather and are inspired by the cultural elements found during the founders' world travels. Luis and Carolina were on a trip in Bogota, Colombia during 2011. They came across a man repairing shoes, and found out he was one of the 80% who were laid off when mass production moved to Asia. They asked if he could make a pair from Carolina's design {which would be the first Colorines}, and the rest was history. 

My jewelry is all from Simbi, a socially responsible accessories brand creating all products by hand in Haiti for Haiti. Through their own non-profit foundation, Aqua Haiti, each purchase you make goes towards water purification projects in Haiti’s communities, schools, and orphanages. They, currently, work with over 350 Haitian artisans, and many of them lack access to clean water, resulting in cholera outbreaks. I've been obsessed with chokers lately, and the 5-in-1 Necklace is so cool wrapped around the neck. 

You may remember this bag from a few months ago! The Juuty Senanga is made from another great alternative fabric called Jute. Jute is known as the "golden fibre", and for good reason. Its appearance has a gold silk-like shine, and it creates great economic opportunity. At the moment, jute falls second to cotton in terms of production, but it's gaining momentum possibly for the fact it is cheaper to grow, requires no chemicals and consumers want more durable products. Being jute is one of the most environmentally friendly fibers in the world, choosing to work with this material was a no brainer for Juuty. Since the Senanga is so versatile {it can be a shopper or a backpack!}, I've been using this bag a ton. Don't you love how it has a little mirror?! 

Shop this Entire Look:

*codes can be used on entire purchase*

Dress: Hettie Hemp, Thought $77

Shoes: Colorines CinnamonMamahuhu $94

Jewelry: Charm & Beaded Bracelets/Necklace, Simbi $28+ {use code chic for 15% off}

Bag: Senanga, Juuty $200 {use code Sustainablychic2017 for 10% off}