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Sustainable Outfit of the Day | comfy mom, happy mom

FashionNatalie Kay
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The majority of my days are spent in oversized tees and comfortable pants because being a mom is exhausting. I never really believed anyone before having a child - I was like, it can’t be that tiring - but YES it really is. Especially if you have to work at the same time, and imagine adding more little ones into the mix! I barely have time to get ready in the morning, so brands like Pact really fit into my new lifestyle.

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I have been mixing and matching with three pieces from PACT for the last month & I love them!!

Essential Poncho in Sage, PACT $45

Such a beautiful green/blue color, this poncho is incredibly cozy and perfect for this time of year. I’ve worn it with everything from leggings to jeans to sweatpants. It’s incredibly versatile, and like all of PACT’s clothing, it is made from 100% organic cotton. This piece saved 66.5 gallons of water when compared to conventional cotton!

Stretch Fit-Tank in White, PACT $11

I own a few tees from PACT, but I think this tank might be my favorite basic, now. I love the fit and length. Plus, it’s on sale for an incredible price.

Wide-Leg Sweatpant in Dusty Rose, PACT $50

Here is another trend I am really diggin'! Sweatpants for in and out of the house :D That’s what I’m talkin’ about! I’m usually not a pink wearer, either, but the dusty rose is lovely. Once it cools down a bit, I’m going to add a denim jacket to this look. These pants have the same feel of the poncho, and I promise you won’t want to take them off!

Woven Texture Classic Fit Leggings, The Parallel Connection $114

Wool Sneaker in Grey/Black, Baabuk $140

Serena Sandal in Nutmeg, Nisolo $108

Fair Trade Jewelry, Aid Through Trade $16+

these two pieces will go a long way in your closet!

these two pieces will go a long way in your closet!

Celebrate the New Season with Aid Through Trade’s Fall Collection

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I love this time of year and the transition from the hot hot summer to cooler fall days. I feel like it takes a long time in Florida for the heat to leave us, but - of course - I change my home decor and closet before the weather changes. I bring out the deep oranges, purples and reds, as well as more black and gold, and oddly enough, my new Aid Through Trade jewelry fits right into that color scheme! 

Just a little recap on why Aid Through Trade is such a wonderful brand: 

Their jewelry is all handmade by artisan women in Nepal. They are all given a fair wage and benefits in a safe and healthy work environment. Aid Through Trade is the creator of The Original Roll-On® Bracelets, which are one of my favorite styles because they don’t fly off my wrist and they are perfect for everyday wear. You can pretty much find any color combination your heart desires, AND they even have a few styles for the kiddos! 

Almost every day, I wear one of Aid Through Trade’s pieces. I’ve taken a lot of photos throughout the last couple of weeks wearing their new collection, & you can see just how easy they are to pair with several different outfits. They always add something special to the mix, especially if you tend to gravitate towards neutral colors for your clothes. While everything is lovely, the Saffron ones are definitely my new favorite!

Luxe Globe  in Saffron

Luxe Globe in Saffron

The Cali Trio  in Saffron

The Cali Trio in Saffron

Dreamer Globe  in Black

Dreamer Globe in Black

The Cali Trio  in Black

The Cali Trio in Black

 

Shop the entire Aid Through Trade collection - here - and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with new styles and colors!


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25 Affordable Ethical Fashion Brands

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
photo from LA Relaxed

photo from LA Relaxed

Ethical clothing, shoes & accessories at a great price? Yes, it exists! I’ve compiled a list of brands I’ve come to love over the years that I find have very reasonable price points. & as always, quality and style is not compromised!

warning.. you ain’t gonna find a $5 tee


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Everlane

To be honest, I haven’t worn anything from this brand until very recently. I like to keep everything on my blog genuine, so knowing the product is super important. I decided to order a pair of jeans because I’m in need and the price was super reasonable. I think their line has every design to build the perfect capsule wardrobe - & the jeans have been pretty wonderful!


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EcoVibe

An online shop I’ve gotten to know well over the past few years, EcoVibe is a boutique located in Portland, Oregon carrying several thoughtful brands, as well as their own private label. They are great for staying on trend, but always giving us the eco alternative. EcoVibe's collection focuses on conscious fabrics like modal, tencel and recycled fabric blends with timeless and comfortable designs for the modern woman.


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Tonle

This brand makes zero-waste look so good. Every design from Tonle is made from dead stock fabric. Besides their great eco fashion practicies, Tonle believes in hand made and creating fair work for their Cambodian makers. Their site even breaks down the impact you’ve made from buying a piece of their clothing - like how much water you saved, as well as emissions and pesticides avoided.


Tamga Designs

Beautiful prints and lovely fabrics, Tamga is making ethical fashion fun and cheerful. I love how they break down how you save on resources by purchasing one of their pieces. For example, the Lia Kimono saves 12 liters of water, avoids 3kg of CO2 emissions and saves 2kWh of energy! Plus, the print is hand drawn by their print designer, and printed at their fabric mill using GOTS / Bluesign certified dyes.


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organic basics

If you are looking for plain tees, activewear, socks and undies, this is your place! They even have a range for men so you can stock up for your man, as well. I love using their bras for nursing since they are so easy to slide off the shoulder. Very comfy! 


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kotn

I’ve already been making a list of items I want to try from Kotn. Their designs are timeless and made from some of the best cotton around - sustainable Egyptian cotton! They believe in fair and equal pay, careers not jobs, and, of course, safe working conditions. They even give back to children in the The Nile Delta. With every purchase, your orders help fund the build-out and operations of school infrastructure, salaries for teachers, laptops and so much more.


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Thought Clothing

Based in the UK, this ethical brand considers their impact every step of the way. Besides the stunning aesthetic, Thought Clothing is one of my favorites because of their choice in fabrics. I'm a big textile nerd, and love that they use so many natural textiles. Some of them include; wool, organic cotton, tencel & hemp. They even use reborn polyester! I think my fellow textile lovers would appreciate their sustainable fabric choices.


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krochet kids

This brand is trying to break the cycle of poverty by providing life-changing job opportunities to women in need. Each product is even signed by hand so you know exactly who made it! They have an incredible page dedicated to all the makers in order for you to learn more about them :)


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ThredUp

One of the largest online consignment and thrift stores, ThredUp is making secondhand shopping fun and very inexpensive. They have thousands of ‘like-new’ styles from you to choose from with 90% off the estimated retail price. Each product is thoroughly examined to make sure it’s in great condition before reselling, and you will never see a counterfeit item in their designer section.


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WAMA underwear

Because your underwear should be sustainable, too. WAMA uses one of the best fabrics when it comes to protection - hemp! Hemp is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and has anti-odor properties. It’s also moisture wicking because of its porous nature making it breathable and comfortable. Also, the factories WAMA has partnered up with offer employees fair wages and quality working environments! Even the hemp/cotton blend used to make the underwear is GOTS certified.


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LA Relaxed

Dana Weinstein, their very own #GIRLBOSS, created LA Relaxed out of a need for a clothing brand which didn't sacrifice quality for style, and always kept the environment in mind. She, also, knew the importance of supporting local workers and paying fair wages for a job well done. LA Relaxed is the brand to know, and I hope you fall in love with it as much as I have!!

use code CHIC25 for 25% off


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Sustain by Kat

Sustain understands what we decide to wear impacts our health. Why not wear fabric that is actually beneficial to your health or at least safe? Plants seem to always be the right choice when wanting to make a product more natural and sustainable, and that's exactly the route Sustain went. This brand has great basics all made from organic cotton and dyed with natural dyes from plants like avocados, madder root, logwood tree and indigo {just to name a few}.


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JJ Winks

This brand uses one of my favorite fabrics - Lenzing Modal. It’s a fabric, in my opinion, that offers the comfort cotton can’t while still being mindful of the planet and harvesting from sustainably grown Beech trees. I also always suggest this type of material to my friends who prefer not to wear silk - it has that smooth and sheen like appearance and it’s hard to find anything softer!


aid through trade

Their jewelry is all handmade by artisan women in Nepal. They are all given a fair wage and benefits in a safe and healthy work environment. Aid Through Trade is the creator of The Original Roll-On® Bracelets, which are one of my favorite styles because they don’t fly off my wrist and they are perfect for everyday wear. You can pretty much find any color combination your heart desires, AND they even have a few styles for the kiddos!


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ABLE

I own a couple bags from this beautiful brand, but have been really wanting to try out some of their clothing. A few things are on my wish list, and I hope to add some pieces to my closet soon. FashionABLE believes in order to end poverty we must provide jobs for those lacking opportunity, particularly for women.  


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Encircled

The functionality & minimalistic design of Encircled garments make this brand one of the best for minimalist closets. Most of their garments can be worn more than one way. That means more versatility in a smaller closet. 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. Their choice of fabrics make garments last longer, too. 


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plume & thread

This affordable, ethical brand prides themselves on being made in the USA. Everything is produced within a 5-mile radius of their studio. I own their Sophia Striped Turtleneck, and it’s easily my favorite turtleneck I’ve ever worn! More colors, please :D

use code Natalie20 for 20% off


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nobody’s child

This UK brand makes sure to partner with both local and international factories that ensure fair pay and safe working conditions. They are also big on eliminating textile waste so any leftovers are donated to fashion colleges in order to avoid the landfills. & I’m kind of obsessed with that skirt over there….


hope made

Founded on the principles of sustainability and fair work, HOPE Made wants to help preserve original craft, and support artisans & indigenous communities. Time and time again, people request more affordable prices when shopping sustainably. Every handbag found at HOPE Made is under $200! I’ve always been a fan of Colombian handbags. I love how many of the designs tell a story of their heritage. This adds a lot of character to such a usual, everyday fashion piece.


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Soul Flower

With lots of hippy vibes, Soul Flower is a natural clothing brand for kind souls and free spirits. Their comfortable range features everything from dresses to leggings, and even some things for the guys and kiddos! Wearing one of their pieces will surely put a smile on your face :) p.s. their leggings are among my favorites if you are in the need for a new pair!


oka-b

These shoes are probably some of the most comfortable I own. Oka-B believes in closed-loop recycling to reduce the use of virgin material and to keep old shoes from becoming environmental waste. The average pair of Oka-B sandals made this year contain 15-25% recycled material. They have super cute designs and colors, and the prices are quite affordable!


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Pact

Probably one of the most affordable organic brands, Pact has you covered on any basic piece you can think of. I love their lace undies and bras, and Travis has a ton of their tees. Everything washes well, and stays nice & soft. I’m constantly looking at this brand online to see what new basics they come out with!


threads 4 thought

This brand 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. They have partnered with International Rescue Committee so not only are these clothes treading lightly on our planet, but they are helping strengthen communities all over the world.


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Kestan

Effortless clothing for the spirited woman, Kestan is an ethical brand run by a brother and sister duo. They believe in mindful clothing, and building a collection for a thoughtful lifestyle. Designs are made with sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and tencel, and the people who make the clothing matter. Therefore, they are paid a fair wage and work within a safe & clean environment free of discrimination.


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face a la mer

Facε à La Mεr has teamed up with EarthPositive to produce all of their tees. 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%.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.

 
 

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Sustainable Outfit of the Day | I Feel the Need, the Need for Tweed

FashionNatalie Kay
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If you don’t get my reference, we may need to talk ;)

I’m already in the mood for fall, but the weather hasn’t really been on my side. It seems like every year fall takes longer and longer to arrive. However, this warm weather really hasn’t stopped me from changing my wardrobe up a bit!

Shop the Look

Oversized Linen Tee, Sassind (sold out)

Woven Texture Classic Fit Leggings, The Parallel Connection $114

It’s like you’re wearing tweed pants, but with more stretch and comfort! However, the best part is the fact you can wear them from day to night. I can start my morning with some yoga and a tank, then put a tunic on for outings and then a big tee for bed. While the charcoal grey background resembles one of my favorites, tweed, there is more to the pattern with accent “threads” of terra cotta & brick, as well as the word “Confident” hidden within. Besides the lovely print, I particularly love the fit! The way they lay on top of my hips is very flattering. The Parallel Connection uses recycled poly to create their line of leggings and pants, and all are printed in Virginia & sewn in NYC. Plus, a portion of sales are donated to understood.org, an organization supporting learning disability awareness and giving parents the tools the need to help their children thrive.

Bracelets, Aid Through Trade $15+

James Oxford, Nisolo $150

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15 Sustainable Clothing Brands for the Minimalist

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
photo from  Encircled

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Like keeping your closet small? These brands are exactly what you've been needing to know about! Their minimalistic design and versatility will surely keep your closet to a minimum while feeling as if you have a lot to work with. 


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Encircled

The functionality & minimalistic design of Encircled garments make this brand one of the best for minimalist closets. Most of their garments can be worn more than one way. That means more versatility in a smaller closet. 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. Their choice of fabrics make garments last longer, too. 


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everlane

To be honest, I haven’t worn anything from this brand until very recently. I like to keep everything on my blog genuine, so knowing the product is super important. I decided to order a pair of jeans because I’m in need and the price was super reasonable. I think their line has every design to build the perfect capsule wardrobe - & the jeans have been pretty wonderful!


the parallel connection

Leggings for everyday and every occasion!

The Parallel Connection uses recycled poly to create their line of leggings and pants, and all are printed in Virginia & sewn in NYC. Plus, a portion of sales are donated to understood.org, an organization supporting learning disability awareness and giving parents the tools the need to help their children thrive.


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kestan

Understated luxury at accessible prices, this conscious line is perfect for the modern woman. like it when a piece of clothing can be beautiful and useful at the same time. In the past, I used to buy things based solely off aesthetic. I wouldn’t care if it was completely impractical, as long as it looked good. With Kestan, you can have the best of both worlds - a sophisticated, timeless design that functions for a busy modern woman. Many of their pieces come with pockets, are quite versatile and easy to transition from season to season.


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made trade

This online sustainable shop is home to several wonderful brands - and they have things for men, too! I just love how the website is so clean and inviting. Not only can you find great pieces for your closet, you can find a few staples to decorate your home. Made Trade makes sure each product covers one {or more} of these values - Sustainable, Fair Trade, Heritage, USA Made & Vegan. Each value has a little symbol that is placed right next to the product so you know exactly what category it falls under.


left edit

This collection can be worn so many ways, and it always feels fresh! Left Edit makes every piece from their collection in LA at responsible factories paying fair wages in safe working conditions. Plus, the design studio and production sewing space is women-led, and they focus on working with conscious brands in the industry.


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la fille colette

I think for most of us, we prefer to keep our closets small. This means, we need versatility in our garments. With La Fille Colette’s new Portmanteau Jacket, you are able to easily pair it with jeans & flats or a cocktail dress & heels! The entire line is designed by Colette Chrétien, and fairly made in Massachusetts by skilled workers under safe conditions. Besides making everything state side, fabric scraps are recycled and all designs are made in small batches to help avoid waste. 


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KEMP GADEGÅRD

In a small studio in Berlin, KEMP GADEGÅRD is combining nordic style and natural textiles to create a timeless, ethical womenswear label. All pieces are made to last and responsibly produced in Spain. The forefront of their philosophy consists of three things: (1) Aesthetics, (2) Comfort & (3) Attention to detail - and I can attest to each one of these! Their fabrics are incredibly well chosen, and the quality is impeccable. I'm comfortable, and I feel great knowing their clothing has so much thought behind its creation. 


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Eco Vibe

A boutique & online shop, EcoVibe Apparel is a lovely space full of sustainable & trendy clothing {like the kind you wish your closet was made out of}. Their brick-and-mortar is based in my favorite US city, Portland, Oregon, and - good news for the rest of us - their online store ships worldwide. They carry several brands within the shops, one of them being their own private line made right here in the USA and ethically imported abroad. This private label is great for basics and staple pieces! 


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kotn

I’ve already been making a list of items I want to try from Kotn. Their designs are timeless and made from some of the best cotton around - sustainable Egyptian cotton! They believe in fair and equal pay, careers not jobs, and, of course, safe working conditions. They even give back to children in the The Nile Delta. With every purchase, your orders help fund the build-out and operations of school infrastructure, salaries for teachers, laptops and so much more.


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pact

Probably one of the most affordable organic brands, Pact has you covered on any basic piece you can think of. I love their lace undies and bras, and Travis has a ton of their tees. Everything washes well, and stays nice & soft. I’m constantly looking at this brand online to see what new basics they come out with!


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Sustain

Have you ever thought about the amount of chemicals the average t-shirt holds? From the pesticide-treated cotton to toxic azo-dyes for color, it seems as if every step of the way a new chemical is added into the mix. What we wear on our body, ends up in our body so why aren't we taking the necessary precautions when it comes to our clothes? Better yet, why not choose clothing that is actually beneficial to our body? With Sustain, you can! Sustain is made for everyday  - from work to home to dinner out.


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neu nomads

I recently have been turned on to this brand, and own two of their pieces. The quality in their fabric and construction is wonderful. Neu Nomads specialize in sustainable womenswear made from plant based fabrics and clean days. Their line is great for traveling, and full of timeless basics. & this pink… LOVE it <3


wool&

Their mission is to make the most practical and wearable dresses in your closet. Every piece is made from ethically-sourced wool. I love their Rowena Swing Dress! It comes complete with pockets and is so comfortable.


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able

I own a couple bags from this beautiful brand, but have been really wanting to try out some of their clothing. A few things are on my wish list, and I hope to add some pieces to my closet soon. FashionABLE believes in order to end poverty we must provide jobs for those lacking opportunity, particularly for women.  

 

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