Sustainably Chic

Lifestyle Pt. 2

Escape to Maison Felisa

Lifestyle, Lifestyle Pt. 2Natalie Kay
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with i-escape.com

Drive about 40km east of Les Sardines, and take a trip back in time at this beautiful stone boutique hotel situated inside the walls of a 12th century village. The contemporary decorating of the bedrooms within the 14th century building make for the perfect mixture of both worlds. With 5 bedrooms {three overlooking the walled garden and pool}, 4 massage therapists on site, a pristine swimming pool and a yoga studio, Maison Felisa has relaxation and comfort on lockdown. If you are looking to recharge, you can't go to Provence without stopping here for a couple of days. 

We spent most of our time outside, enjoying the pool with our glasses of wine, as well as the hammock area, where I was visited by the sweet hotel cat. Their shared kitchen has a mini fridge with great priced beers and wines, and any amenities you need to make your own meals. I definitely recommend walking through the Medieval town, and exploring around the castle. It's not often you find villages still completely encased in a wall so take advantage of that adventure. For dinner, we drove about ten minutes to a restaurant suggested by Bruno & Pascale {the owners of Maison Felisa}, called La Maison. Hands down, the best meal we had in all of France!! 

Our rooms were very comfortable, quiet and spacious. Their linen sheets were something I could surround myself with all day. The bathrooms had great showers, and the rooms across from mine even came equipped with jacuzzis. In the morning, they lay out a magnificent breakfast spread to start your day. Pascale makes all the jams in house, and they were amazing! My dad would say this was his favorite breakfast throughout our trip. What I thought was so unique and wonderful about Maison Felisa {besides the comfort and design} was their zen studio. We were able to take a yoga class in the morning with Pascale, and if we had stayed longer, we would have definitely signed up for a massage or two. 

See where you can hit your recharge button & find more reviews for Maison Felisa - here

Planning your adventure? i-escape.com is my new go-to! Search boutique hotels all over the world, and feel confident you are going somewhere worthwhile. iescape does their research to only bring you the best!

Bon voyage :)

Escape to Les Sardines Aux Yeux Bleus

Lifestyle, Lifestyle Pt. 2Natalie Kay

with i-escape.com

Our trip to the south of France would have not been complete if we had not stayed in this sweet little boutique hotel. Les Sardines Aux Yeux Bleus is the definition of charming. Not only is it quaint and relaxing, the family behind the hotel is as friendly & hospitable as can be. This boutique hotel is made for those who want to get away, recharge and experience the countryside of Provence. 

Run by husband and wife Annakarin and Olivier, the Les Sardines Aux Yeux Bleus building dates back to the 12th century. It has been renovated into a beautiful B&B while accentuating its original features. The decorating is a mix between French countryside and Scandinavian simplicity - after all, Anna is Swedish! Speaking of Anna's impeccable taste for design, she is also a talented ceramics artist, and you can find her creations when making your morning coffee and tea. 

When booking your stay, you can choose from three bedrooms {Blue, Green & Pink} and three apartments {Small, Large & The Little House}. They are all very unique and different from one another, which is an easy way to bring you back {gotta try them all}! I stayed in the Green Room, and had a great view of the courtyard and pool. Contrary to its name, the Green Room is painted a lovely white with an ever-so-slight hint of silver creating a contrast between the top and bottom part of the wall. My mom, who has an eye for interiors & color, noticed this paint design in many of the rooms within the hotel. I'm inspired to recreate! 

Our stay in the Green Room was extremely comfortable, quiet and came with all the important amenities. The bathroom was very spacious - huge shower, bath tub and two sinks. I'm a sucker for lighting, and couldn't have asked for better sunlight in both the bathroom and bedroom. The courtyard is home to the pool, amazing lay-out patio and tables for eating. In the morning, they serve a yummy breakfast and if you are ever in the mood for some wine {well, of course you are - you're in France}, you can find a great selection of local wines in their dining room. 

Thanks to i-escape.com for hosting me at Les Sardines Aux Bleu. I'm already planning my return! 

Want to learn more about this boutique hotel? Visit their review page, here.

If you are in need for a little R&R, I highly recommend searching through iescape's boutique hotel directory. They have really done their research when it comes to bringing us the best in relaxation and adventure!!

Bon Voyage :)

A Slow Saturday with Fair Tea, Organic Creams & Ethical Threads

Lifestyle, Lifestyle Pt. 2Natalie Kay

featuring My Red Tea & AmaElla

After a month of adventure, I am finally back in the sunshine state. Although I am happy to be home, I really miss all the relaxing mornings I had abroad. Every day we were somewhere new so my view was constantly changing. Even though we were moving from town to town {we visited about 30!}, our mornings were slow. My dad would usually go run to the closest Boulangerie to pick up some croissants, and we would have our breakfast in the hotel room. We would plan our day, and around 11 we were off. 

Back home, I don't take my time in the morning. I start working right away, and I don't leave my computer until 2pm for some lunch. This holiday of mine has made me want to change my routine. I want to take things slower - just like all the products I use. I'm constantly preaching about a life full of conscious goods that are made slow & honest. However, I don't feel I live the same life as the way they are being produced. I'm always go-go-go. My anxiety is constantly through the roof, and I think this 'fast' approach to life makes my work sloppy. I'm proud of myself for finally taking a vacation after going full time with Sustainably Chic over a year ago. I didn't answer emails, plan new posts or get stuck thinking about social media {although I did post a lot of photos of beautiful France, but I mean, how could you not?!}. I'm feeling so refreshed and ready to start working smarter, slower & more relaxed. 

Now on to what makes a perfect Saturday morning {besides good company & beautiful weather}...


I start my mornings with a small cup of coffee & then I immediately switch to tea. This is the first time I have ever tried red tea, and it has quickly become a new favorite. I brought My Red Tea's Rooibos Tea with me on my entire trip, along with their Rooibos Body Cream. Both of them combined are a wonderful morning treat!  

Why I Love 'My Red Tea'

Both the tea & body cream are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Sustainable & Fairly-Made. Rooibos is a native plant to South Africa, and is high in anti-oxidants, vitamins & minerals. It is naturally caffeine-free, and has a sweet, nutty flavor. For all the tea lovers, I highly recommend trying it out for yourself! I love it hot in the morning, but now I'm back in this heat, I'm going to take Kim's {the founder} advice and try it cold! The Rooibos Body Cream is very smooth, great for all skin types {even safe for the little ones!} and extremely moisturizing. If you are someone who doesn't like scented lotions, this will be perfect for you - It's a very subtle scent!

My Red Tea is the full package - it's about your tea, your health and your well being, as well as the proud farmers behind it. Therefore, each purchase gives 10% back to the farmers, and helps support education in the Rooibos farming communities. What's interesting about Rooibos is the way it is harvested. It's quite eco-friendly because there is no irrigation needed so less water is used, and it's harvested by hand which has been going on for hundreds of years. Even their packaging has taken the planet into consideration, and is made from a supplier who is Forest Stewardship Council® certified. 

 

Ready to pour yourself a cup & freshen up that skin? Click here to shop. 


 Sipping tea in a nightgown overlooking a beautiful garden - could I do this everyday, please?! I used to just come home and change into a baggy college shirt & wear it for days around the house. It's only been the last few years where I started taking 'pride' in what I wore at home & under my clothing. Now, I have fun with it & it's exciting to find new ethical lingerie and lounge brands! 

Why I Love AmaElla

A gorgeous lingerie line inspired by nature, AmaElla is Ethically-Made with Sustainable Materials. Created by two friends on a mission to promote a better way of doing fashion, this UK-based brand is making cotton chicer than ever. The sweet prints & trims are giving the usual cotton undies a total makeover!! I get the question a lot of 'where can I find cotton lingerie that is pretty AND sustainable?'. It used to stump me until now. AmaElla is checking off all of your requirements. Besides choosing to use GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, they also care about who is making your garment. Therefore, they have only partnered up with ethical fashion manufacturers - one in the UK & one in Portugal. The UK partner is a non-profit social enterprise training young women & developing their skills within the fashion industry. The Portuguese manufacturer holds the GOTS certification and only employs women in the area in order to help conserve the textile heritage of the community. 

I'm wearing the lovely négligé & romance briefs - both so comfortable & wonderful to wear! The négligé is made in the UK out of embroidered organic and fair trade cotton voile. I'm obsessed with the lace trimming on the straps. The romance briefs are made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton in Portugal, and have the most unique v cut-out on the front and back - So flattering! 

 

Sleep well knowing your lingerie is making the industry brighter, & click here to shop the entire AmaElla collection. 

Hope everyone has a slow & beautiful Saturday!!

Bis,

Natalie


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THE App For Ethical Shopping

Lifestyle, Lifestyle Pt. 2Natalie Kay

Good On You

Most of the questions I receive from readers have to deal with which shops are considered 'sustainable' or 'ethical' & which ones are not. Well, those are tough questions because you have to take a lot into account - also, there are too many brands for one single person to retain all information about standards of production. With Good On You, shoppers are able to find ethical ratings in the palm of their hand on over a thousand brands! {much quicker than waiting on me to respond to a DM, right?} The ratings are created based on how they treat the people, planet & animals. They go in depth on research making sure to provide you with the best information possible - even taking into account over 50 certifications a brand can hold. Then, the brand receives a score from Great to We Avoid so it's easy to determine if you want to support at first glance. Don't you love when all the research is done for you? I know it makes my life less complicated! Good On You is truly one of the easiest ways to find out if a brand aligns with your ethos. 

So how does it work? Good On You is offered internationally for both iOS & Android. Download the app from your usual app store, and start checking out how brands are rated. You can search for ones you are curious about, discover similar brands you already love, find great deals {we all love this!} & even send a message to a brand complimenting their work or giving them an honest critique. Another cool section of the app is their News column which acts much like a blog. Here they ask important questions like, "How Ethical Are Birkenstocks?" or offer you great tips like, "How to Recycle Your Old Cosmetics". Pretty awesome, right?! Good On You is going to be your next best friend ;) You'll get lost in it for the first few hours, that's for sure. So much great information! 

Learn more about the brains behind this great app. 

Love it already? Get your download on now.

Happy Ethical Shopping Conscious Ladies {& guys - they do menswear, too!} :D


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This Mother's Day, Discover the World with GlobeIn's Admire Box

Lifestyle, Lifestyle Pt. 2Natalie Kay

The Box that Gives

I'm very excited to share GlobeIn's Limited Edition Admire Box with you this weekend! I've already had several people ask me about sustainably-minded Mother's Day Gifts {can you believe it's almost May!}, and this one is the top of my list. When I opened the box for the first time, I immediately thought about how much my mom would love it! From mesmerizing wine glasses to eco-chic jewelry, I can't think of many mothers who wouldn't be ecstatic to receive such a beautiful gift...you may want one for yourself, too ;)

Just in case you haven't seen one of these Artisan Boxes on my blog before, GlobeIn is a monthly subscription box connecting us to remote artisans all over the world.  It's a wonderful way to learn about other makers, crafts & culture! Each box comes with a detailed pamphlet telling you about every product, where it is made and who you are supporting. 

This particular box - The Admire Box - is valued at $145 but is selling for $80 with a subscription to GlobeIn's Artisan Box {$90 for a one-time purchase}.

So let's explore what's in this amazing box...

I'm going to start with the Hand Blown Wine Glasses because I have never seen such a pretty glass! The slight rainbow effect when it hits the light just right makes sharing a glass of wine even better. They are made in Mexico by artisan organization Cristaluc, which employs 40 local artisans in the city of Tonalá. 

How sweet is the Elephant Bottle Stopper? These adorable brass stoppers are made in South Africa by Roots of Creation, an artisan organization full of aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. I'm sure their working atmosphere must be so lively and fun! 

This is one of my go-to necklaces right now - the Floating Necklace looks as if it is literally floating on you. The layers of semi-precious stones and crystal beads on woven silk thread are stunning. I feel like they pair with this Thought top perfectly. Don't you think? These necklaces are handcrafted in Thailand by the Akha People who are indigenous to South-East Asia and live throughout Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Eastern China.

To add to your sustainable fashion accessory collection - the Infinity Scarf from Thailand. This scarf is hand dyed on a woven silk and cotton fabric, and it is made by the same organization who created the Floating Necklace. The Marquet artisan collective employs over a hundred crafts people to work from home, which creates a flexible schedule for them to attend to family and other personal commitments.

Because you know how much I love flowers, the Handwoven Vase is right at home in my little apartment. This colorful center piece is made in Rwanda by weaver Marcelline {each hangtag comes with the actual artisan behind the product - pretty cool, right?!}. She has been weaving for 24 years, and is able to sustainably support her family through this work. 

Enjoy <3


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