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Understated Luxury at Accessible Prices, This Conscious Line is Perfect for the Modern Woman

FashionNatalie Kay
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Kestan

Do you remember this brand from a couple years back? I’m sure you’ve seen them within more of my posts throughout the years, but I first introduced you to their organic cotton line. It is great for casual wear, but this new line works for both day and night, work and play!

Three Reasons to Love Kestan

Beautiful Fabrics. By now, you probably know I’m a total textile nerd. My textiles class in college was my absolute favorite. I loved the science behind creating new yarns, and using unique resources to find alternatives to the usual synthetics on the market. Kestan uses one of my go-to fabrics, Lyocell, which is created in a closed-loop system where solvents and water are reused over and over rather than thrown out after each process. Besides being 100% biodegradable, Lyocell is great at absorbing color, is very durable, feels incredibly soft and is extremely breathable when wearing.

Ethically Made Without a High Price Tag. Besides picking conscious fabrics, the co-founders personally visit each and every supplier they work with in order to ensure they meet their standards. It’s not often you hear brands visiting their manufacturing warehouses to make sure they align with their own ethics! Plus, being able to partner with certified manufacturers overseas enables the price to stay accessible for us young women.

Elegant, Yet Functional Designs. I 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.

What I’m Wearing

Hawking Jacket in Grey: This jacket! Ha, that’s the first thing that comes to mind. I just love it so much, I don’t have to say much about it because it’s that good looking. As they put it so well, “The Hawking is perfect for those days when you're feeling indecisive”. Classic yet versatile, you can wear it as a jacket OR a dress! The button and tie work to keep it closed tight to wear as a dress throughout the day. How cool is that? Plus, it has pockets.

Camden Dress: There’s something a little more special about this LBD than the average. First off, the shift style is very flattering, and has two back darts to add shape. It’s made from Lyocell and Cotton so it’s comfortable and feels a lot like silk. But I think what’s most interesting about this dress {& the feature you probably will like the best} are the hidden pockets!

Where to Shop

You can shop their entire collection and online shop - here - & don’t forget to stay up-to-date with all new products on Instagram!

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No Tree Harmed in the Making, This Eco-Friendly Wood Jewelry is Made For the Green at Heart

FashionNatalie Kay
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Simply Wood Rings

A wonderful alternative to the usual metal jewelry, this line of rings and necklaces is sure to catch your attention. It’s not often someone doesn’t ask about my Birthwood ring! You may remember seeing it on the blog last Summer. It’s one of my staples in my jewelry box, and I’m happy to be adding two more of their pieces in there!

Three Reasons to Love Simply Wood Rings

The Materials. Each piece of wood used in their designs is responsibly sourced from their region {they are based out of Chicago}. From a fallen playground tree to an old xylophone factory, your unique wood jewelry comes with a story. You can find a complete list of all their inlay materials - here -

Minimalistic, Yet Unique. While I enjoy a nice statement piece every once in a while, I prefer my jewelry to be more ‘everyday-like’. I tend to wear the same rings and necklaces over and over again, and they must be able to go with most of my closet. I feel like with the medium of wood, you are able to do so. It’s a neutral, and blends so well into a wardrobe full of earth tones. Yet, it is still rather unique in a sea of gold and silver. What’s also special is the fact each piece of wood and inlay comes with a deeper meaning. For instance, peridot, which you see in my jewelry, is considered (within mythological contexts) an aid to friendship and brings happiness to the wearer.

Beautiful craftsmanship that celebrates life & love. For me, products are even more special when made with love. Gustav Reyes, the artist-owner behind Simply Wood Rings, has a long history in wood working. Combining his experience and love of the environment, he has been creating wood wedding bands {& now, pendants} for over a decade! & what better way to celebrate this joy than with a piece that connects you to nature?

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What I’m Wearing

Birthwood Pendants

August Applewood & Peridot: The perfect birthday gift for your close friends and family {at a super wonderful price, too}! The apple tree symbolizes strength, gentleness, abundance and giving, and the Mahogany wood itself is valued for its strength and fine grain. Plus, the Mahogany used is salvaged from local artisans & craftsman who no longer can use the small pieces!

August Flower {Gladiolus}: Made from Elm wood gathered in urban forestry efforts, these pendants feature the birth flower of each month. Delicate with vintage vibes, the elegant detail is laser-engraved onto the salvaged wood. This line celebrates what makes us naturally unique, or what they put so perfectly ‘our urge to bloom and grow in our own ways’.

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August Applewood & Peridot: A ring I’ve been wearing almost everyday for the past year! Crushed Peridot for the inlay gives the ring a lovely hint of color. You can find more photos of this piece here.

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Where to Shop

You can shop their entire collection online - here - and if you live in the Chicago area, you can check out their brick-and-mortar shop at 953 W 18th St.

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Shop Your Values & Become a Part of Something Bigger with this Consciously Curated Online Marketplace & Community

Fashion, LifestyleNatalie Kay
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Brightly

Over the years, I’ve gotten many questions regarding one-stop shops for sustainable and ethical buying. I find, as consumers, we like to see several options right before us rather than picking from multiple websites. With Brightly, they make conscious shopping easy and even discuss important topics over on their news page, The Brightly Spot!

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Three Reasons to Love Brightly

Beautiful Transparent Goods: All products found on Brightly directly impact peoples’ lives and the planet around us. They make sure all brands are made with eco-friendly materials, are easy on the earth, and their claims and certifications are accurate. The majority of these brands give back to a local NGO or charity, but Brightly takes it a step further and also partners with the organizations to create even more positive change.

You Can Shop Your Values: We all have different values, we all place certain aspects of a product higher than others, and with Brightly, you are able to easily find what fits with your passion most. Their categories range from empowering women to traditional techniques. Find them all here.

Community Feeling: Brightly is more than just a place you can shop conscious goods. The Brightly Spot is a place where consumers can come learn more about ethical fashion, clean beauty, wellness and ethical travel. They also have a few awesome projects in the works you may love to participate in…Look out for their loyalty program which will allow you to give back to your favorite sustainable charities AND a hub where sustainable bloggers and enthusiasts can share their instagram and blog posts!

Shop my Look:

Mother Erth Shoulder Bag: This bag has a mission - to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans and empower mothers through sustainable jobs. Made from recycled plastic, the Mother Erth Shoulder Bag is exceptionally sturdy and handy! As a new mama, I love bags that are easy to clean off and can fit the many additional items I now have to carry around.

Indigo Dhurrie Pillow: This is a Brightly exclusive, and great example of how they are partnering up with brands and organizations to create even bigger impact. Made through their partnership with Art of Rajasthan, a weaving collective out of Jaipur, India, the Indigo Dhurrie Pillow will add a lot of character to your living space. I think it was made to go on our yellow couch :D

One lucky winner can win the Vinh Long Geometric Statement Buffalo Horn Earrings by entering their email below. Made with repurposed buffalo horns, these earrings are making sure nothing goes to waste. Plus, they are created without any chemicals and each pair come in their own variation of color making them all unique! 

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Where to Purchase & Savings

You can find all of Brightly’s curated sustainable and ethical goods - here - and save 10% off your total purchase with code SUSTAINABLYCHIC {good through Black Friday}. Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with product launches and conscious news!

Are you a brand? Help change the world with them, and check out their page ‘Sell With Us’.


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Bras Not Required | This Ethical Loungewear is Made to Live & Sleep In

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JJ Winks

A couple months ago, this brand sent me a few of their pieces and I have worn them A LOT. You probably have already seen their Hygge Robe in other posts :D psst.. here and here. But now it’s time to learn more about what makes this slow fashion brand so great…

Three Reasons to Love JJ Winks

You Can go Braless: YES! They have built in bras!! And they aren’t restricting at all. What they call their ‘light hug’, each top comes with a built-in bra that gives the right amount of coverage, yet ridiculously comfortable. As a breastfeeding mama, I’ve loved this feature. I can easily put in my cotton pads and they stay in place just great. It’s also rare I wear bras, and I’m now wishing all of my clothes had this!

Perfect for the Home & Around Company: Not only is JJ WInks the most comfortable to wear at home, you can have some friends over and not feel the need to cover up or ‘get dressed’. Or be like me, and leave the house to run some errands. I’ve worn my JJ Winks to the grocery store several times, and I like to wear them down to the beach and pool - if only I had these types of pjs in college! PJs you can get away with in and out of the bedroom is what I’ve always wanted!

Total Comfort with the Planet in Mind: 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! Also, something very important to me is the way a garment washes. This particular modal washes very well, and the product feels just as soft as when it arrived at your door. Plus, all their pieces are made fairly right in the USA {Los Angeles}!

What I’m Wearing

The Weekender Top in Charcoal with Waffle Panel: Two features of this top I absolutely love - built-in-bra and easy to slide off shoulder to breastfeed! While this tee can pass as a basic, it has a few extras to make it much more special like its criss-cross back and flattering flutter sleeves.

The Walk of Fame Short in Charcoal: I like it when a pair of shorts sits a little above the waistline so you can avoid that pesky muffin top. Especially after having a baby, I just feel more confident when clothes flatter the waist area.

Hygge Robe in Grey Rib: This robe! I can’t even begin to tell you how perfect this piece is for the home. Like I said before, this is my go-to around the house {and I bring it with me when shopping to combat against the AC}.

Girl Trip Short Nightgown in Olive Rib: Olive is one of my favorite colors, and this nightgown is so comfortable to sleep in! I can just roll out of bed, throw the Hygge Robe on and go about my day like I really tried ;)

Where to Purchase

You can find JJ Winks entire collection online - here - & use code Natalie20 for 20% off your entire order!

Now, go get your JJs on <3

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A Brand After My Own Heart, This Zero-Waste & Ethically-Made Clothing Brand is Helping Solve Some Major Issues within the Fashion Industry

FashionNatalie Kay
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tonlé

Where Every Thread Matters

I'm not sure I can even think of another brand who does zero-waste fashion this beautifully. It amazes me how they can take discarded fabric and create something so fresh. There is definitely a lot of thought put into each design, and it takes a truly creative team to make this all possible.

Three Reasons to Love tonlé

Zero-Waste: If you aren't familiar with the zero-waste strategies within the fashion industry, there are two popular ones {1} where all the materials are used within a pattern {2} where garments are made from existing materials. tonlé believes in combining the two in order to honor their commitment to sustainability to the fullest. The process isn't at all glamorous, but worth every step. They start in remnant material markets where designers and brands have sent factory castoffs. {this is why I mentioned the creativity of the design team – you really have to have an innovative mind for this task} The fabric found in these large markets are then cut into strips for the new tonlé garments. They take the remaining strips and cut them down smaller and individually hand sew them into yarn which will then be woven into clothing and accessories.

Ethically-Made: Currently, tonlé employs 30 talented people within their Phnom Penh workshop in Cambodia. Their workers earn fair wages and benefits, including lots of extras like vacation packages, free lunch, training opportunities and team retreats. They even have the opportunity to rise up into management positions. tonlé also works with a weaving cooperative in Northern Cambodia employing 20 artisans who are experts in their craft for over 20 years.

Thoughtful Design: Their production process is a unique one, and truly makes the product even more stunning. The aesthetic is, of course, beautiful, but the way they create is what makes it exceptional. You can find a complete list of their production practices here. Like I mentioned with their zero-waste initiatives, nothing is left uncounted for. Even their smallest scraps are made into recycled office paper and sticky rice for their hang tags!

What I'm Wearing

Srey Oun Sweater in Palm & Black: Probably one of the most unique sweaters I’ve owned, the Srey Oun is handwoven from naturally dyed recycled cotton yarn and strips of remnant cotton jersey. Those little black tabs you see are those remnant pieces! How cool is that?! This sweater is a wonderful piece for multiple seasons because it’s lightweight enough to wear on its own and then great for layering when the cooler months set in.

Sreylek Trouser in Black {currently only in grey}: Officially my favorite black pants, the Sreylek Trousers are extremely versatile. They are basically an upscale jogger so they can pair well with flats, heels or sneakers. With the fitted ankles you are able to easily adjust lengths, and they are SO comfy {even when made from remnant cotton jersey}. Makes you happy someone decided to pick the fabric up before going into a landfill! By purchasing this pair of slacks, you are saving 480 days of drinking water and avoiding 21.6 miles of driving emissions & .5 lbs of harmful pesticides.

Where to Purchase

You can find their entire Fall/Winter Collection – here – and don't forget to stay up-to-date with the best zero-waste fashion on Instagram.

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