Sustainably Chic

Organic, Carbon Neutral Clothing Protecting Our Oceans

FashionNatalie Kay

Facε à La Mεr

I love a good tee, and one that is cleaning up some of our most precious gifts the earth has to offer makes it all the better. No doubt, Facε à La Mεr is spreading some major love for our oceans through their fun graphic t-shirts for men, women and children!

Reasons to Love Facε à La Mεr

100% Organic Cotton: Facε à La Mεr has teamed up with EarthPositive to produce all of their tees. EarthPositive takes their organic production a step further, and manufactures solely on wind and solar power. They also have a strong code of ethics for their workers, and are members of the Fair Wear Foundation. Overall, with their GOTS Organic fabric and manufacturing process, they have reduced their carbon footprint by 90%.

Eco & Vegan Inks: I can’t even count how many organic tee brands have approached me over the years that didn’t take their printing process into consideration. Facε à La Mεr only uses water-based, eco-friendly inks which are vegan-friendly and never tested on animals. Even though they use a more eco type ink, the Kornit DTG printers do not budge on quality!

Ocean Conservation: Facε à La Mεr was started by Gordon Fava, a scuba diver who is passionate about the state of our oceans. He decided to partner up with Project Aware, a global force of scuba divers who have been protecting our oceans for over 25 years. For every shirt sold, a portion of all proceeds will go directly to this organization to support ocean conservation.

What I’m Wearing

The Ocean Heart Slim Fit T-Shirt: I’m a sucker for hearts, and this one is a great representation of love for the ocean and its creatures. & like Facε à La Mεr says - sweet, simple & comfy!

The Ocean Slim Fit T-Shirt: As much time as I spend by the sea, I don’t think enough about the creatures living in it. I really love how this tee illustrates some of the ocean’s greatest animals. Makes you want to protect their home all the more.

Pocket Turtle Scoop Neck: Did you check out my latest Fair OOTD? I’m wearing this adorable tee in burgundy! Turtles have held a special place in my heart this past year after my grandfather adopted a nest outside their home in Elliott’s name. This shirt reminds me of all 130 turtles making it safely to the ocean one early morning.

What Elliott’s Wearing

Sea Love Baby Tee: If you haven’t seen my Instagram stories with Elliott at the beach, you should know he LOVES the ocean. This kid has no fear and just wants to belong. He touches the sand and runs straight for the waves. This shirt was made for him with the words ‘me love sea’ :D

Where to Shop

You can find all the tees online - here - and don’t forget to pick up a few for the guys in your life. Oh & make sure to follow Facε à La Mεr on Instagram!

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Fair OOTD | Vegan Kicks

OutfitsNatalie Kay
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Shop this Look:

Organic Pocket Turtle Tee, Face a la Mer $20

The Remix Flared Short, Encircled $132

Ankle Socks, Organic Basics $15 (use code OBNATALIE for 10% off your entire purchase through August)

Vegan Sneakers, Beflamboyant $89 (on Kickstarter)

a little bit about this look…

Remember these shorts from my Virtual Romper post this week? They look super cute with tees and kicks for a summer casual look. If you are looking for new sneakers that are both kind to animals and the planet, you need to check out Beflamboyant and back them on their Kickstarter! Their unisex sneakers are made from conscious materials - upper and lining are made of high-quality OEKO TEX and V LABEL certified microfiber - inner lining is produced with zero CO2 emissions and free from chromium VI - shoe laces are 100% cotton, phthalates-free - sides are 50% recycled cotton, 25% virgin, and 25% organic, Global Recycled Standard “GRS” certified - removable insole is 100% recycled PU and the sole is thermoplastic rubber, a 100% recyclable material! How great is that?! Plus, their packaging is zero-waste AND a tree is planted with each pair sold. I’m wearing the Water Style, but they have 6 others to choose from on their Kickstarter. While they have surpassed their goal, they still have five more days to go so make sure you hurry to get yourself a pair!

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The Most Versatile Romper for Your Capsule Wardrobe is Taking you From Day to Night, Monday through Friday

FashionNatalie Kay
sustainable romper

Encircled’s Virtual Romper

I’m sure you have seen Encircled sprinkled throughout my blog over the years. I love how they create designs to seamlessly fit into your wardrobe. Each piece has a point to be worn multiple ways, which helps keep our closets small, yet versatile. Today, I’ll be showing you their newest set, the Virtual Romper.

Made from TENCEL™ Lyocell, this three-piece set is comfortable, breathable and oh-so chic. It can be dressed-down or up, and can be paired easily with the rest of your wardrobe.

The virtual romper is comprised of the following…

The Remix Two-Way Top: This tank blouse has two different necklines with a body-skimming fit that flatters. I like to pair it tucked into the flared shorts and out with the crop pant for a dressier look.

The Remix Flared Short: I’ve been wearing these shorts a lot the past two weeks. They look so great with plain tees, and of course, with the Two-Way Top!

The Remix Crop Pant: I love how these pants flare out with the wide hem line. They also have pockets like the shorts, and a wide elastic-backed waistband for extra comfort.

p.s. both the crop pant and flared short come in Navy, too!

see how you can style it for the week with other items in your closet:

Where to Purchase

You can find the Virtual Romper online - here - and use code VIRTUALROMPER to save $60 on the entire set.

Working on building your capsule wardrobe? Make sure to follow Encircled on Instagram for product updates and new releases!


How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe and Sustainable Brands that Help

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

pt. 1

Susie Faux, a London boutique owner, coined the term 'Capsule Wardrobe' in the 1970s. The simplified wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items {meant to last through trends} which can be paired with seasonal pieces. Today, you typically find capsule wardrobes containing less than 40 pieces. The number still seems big, but go hang out in your closet for a bit and you will find - it is a lot smaller than you think.

Some of y’all might be laughing at me for even talking about this because who am I to give tips on a capsule wardrobe… I have like way too many clothes for that. It’s true. I have more clothing than the average capsule size, but I’ve created mini capsules within my bigger collection of clothes. I really like having a big closet, and I hold on to clothes like they are my friends. I will say, I’m very cautious about what I add into it, and I try to keep my new items to a minimum. However, I know many of you really love the idea of a capsule wardrobe and it helps simplify your life. I’m just going to give you a few tricks I’ve learned over the years and a list of brands that make building the perfect capsule wardrobe easy and fair.

Simple Capsule Wardrobe Break Down

This will be a bit different for everyone, but for example, in a 40-piece wardrobe it could be:

  • 10 tops

  • 10 bottoms

  • 10 outerwear pieces

  • 5 dresses

  • 5 pairs of shoes

If you really want to size-down to include accessories within the 40, go with less bottoms and outwear pieces. When building my seasonal wardrobes, I never include the accessories, but I know some people do!

Try to work mostly with neutral colors so tops and bottoms can be easily matched. Find a few accent colors and a couple prints for a little bit of a pop. If you are having trouble narrowing your closet down, you can create capsule wardrobes by season.

Start With What You Have

Don’t immediately go out and buy something. You probably can already make a decent capsule wardrobe and then add from there. (oh & don’t get rid of things either just because they don’t fit into the new capsule… you may still have use for those pieces in the future)

Need to find something new to add in?

Shop Businesses that Make Versatile Pieces

Here are a few brands I love to direct people to when they ask about capsule wardrobes. Plus, these brands are all ethical and hold sustainability at their core.

Shop at the Beginning of Each Season

Only allowing yourself to go shopping 4 times a year will help curb some of those impulse purchases. It also helps you to really think about your next purchase so you are 100% sure it’s something that will benefit your closet. I sit on an idea of a new piece for months, and a lot of the time, I don’t ever end up purchasing it.

Look for Pieces You can Wear Multiple Ways

I love dresses you can change with a single tie, or garments with no ‘wrong side’ of the fabric. I have several blouses and dresses I can wear with buttons on the back or front which helps create all new looks. Encircled is probably the best brand for versatile pieces.

I hope you have found this somewhat helpful. I’ll be discussing this topic on Instagram and will make sure to add any of your tips to the post!!

I plan to create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from my own closet in the next few weeks for part two of this series so stay tuned :)

Responsibly-Made Activewear for Your Daily Workouts and Worldly Adventures

FashionNatalie Kay

Threads 4 Thought

As much as I love dressing up, I would say my usual daily uniform is leggings and a tee. We start our morning out at the Y, and then the rest of the day I chase around a toddler. Threads 4 Thought fits right into my non-stop schedule!

Reasons to Love Threads 4 Thought

ReActive Line with Recycled Materials: For me, I prefer my performance wear to have some type of polyester in it. Yikes, I know - it’s plastic! BUT, I don’t find all plastic bad. In fact, this polyester is made from recycled polyester, and if washed correctly to avoid micro-plastics, this type of fabric is great for active lifestyles. I love the way it hugs my body while feeling super supported!

Ethical Manufacturing: Threads 4 Thought only works with factories holding the highest certifications in the industry and ensuring the best working conditions possible. These factories also take sustainability into account every step of the way.

Social Impact: This is a really beautiful part of Threads 4 Thought. They have partnered with International Rescue Committee - a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization helping refugees rebuild their lives. So not only are these clothes treading lightly on our planet, but they are helping strengthen communities all over the world.

What I’m Wearing

Moto Skinny Legging in Raw Denim: I just love the fit of these leggings. The pleats under the knee are so flattering, and give them that extra oomph. These leggings are a part of the ReActive collection, and made with recycled polyester.

Jax Crop Bra in Raw Denim: I feel very confident in this top, I must say! It’s supportive and very comfortable. It’s the sister to the leggings so make sure to pair them up :D

Audley Tank in Sage: Gosh, this tank is SUPER soft!! It’s incredibly lightweight, and made from a blend of organic cotton, recycled poly & rayon. I like being able to throw this on over my ReActive set after a workout and go about my day.

Where to Purchase

Find the entire ReActive line - here - and don’t forget to pick a few things up for the men in your life.

Make sure to stay up-to-date with everything Threads 4 Thought on Instagram!