Sustainably Chic

Outfits Pt. 2

Fair OOTD | The Karina

Outfits Pt. 2Natalie Kay

with Liz Alig

My favorite basics usually involve stripes, and this Liz Alig dress has my name all over it. The Karina Dress is comfortable, flattering AND made fairly by Cambodian artisans. What else can you ask for, right?! Well, I'm not done. The fabric is 100% recycled jersey! The saying is true, 'One man's trash is another man's treasure'. Production is done in a small facility in Phnom Penh which is the same area they find large amount of excess fabrics discarded from bigger facilities. The factory Liz Alig has teamed up with pays all their workers a fair wage while giving them benefits and more paid holidays than we get here in the States.  

You may remember Liz Alig from my blog last Spring where I shared the beautiful Lucy Dress OR from a few months ago in my Fair OOTD featuring their Bike Dress. Liz Alig has the perfect collection for women who don't want to compromise their sweet style while purchasing fairly. They believe clothing should be effortless, and the production transparent. Therefore, they always choose sustainable materials, and love working with recycled fabrics {like in the Karina Dress}, soft pima cottons, hand dyed silks and vibrant ikats. They understand what you choose to wear impacts the world, and slow fashion allows the opportunity to build stronger communities. It's a total win for us conscious ladies! 

I've worn this dress several times to the beach with flip flops, but around town I love pairing it with my favorite Mamahuhu booties. I think the silhouette works great with them!  

Shop this entire look:

Dress: The Karina, Liz Alig $76

Necklace: Silver Fox, One Happy Leaf $30 {use code SUSTAINABLYCHIC15 for 15% off}

Bag: The Pixley, Filbert $325

Shoes: Colorines, Mamahuhu $140

Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend!! April is almost over :P How crazy is that?! 


Sustainably Supported by Liz Alig. 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

Outfits Pt. 2, OutfitsNatalie Kay

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. 

SHOP THIS ENTIRE LOOK

Necklace: Tassa, betsy & iya $79

Pants: Rodez Trousers, Kemp Gadegard $150

Handbag: Fringe Bag, Manos Zapotecas $89+

Shoes: Colorines CinnamonMamahuhu $94

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Fair OOTD | Artisan Made

Outfits Pt. 2Natalie Kay

with Coe Textiles

Dark earth tone colors with a pop of red is one of my favorite combos. And when it comes to bright, bold jewelry and unique prints, Seek Wander Share and Coe Textiles are ahead of the game. I'm sure you know by now how much I LOVE artisan-made fashion. The craftsmanship, time and heart put into creating these wearable works of art is something you can't find at your local mall. They are special, full of substance and support economic opportunity & traditional arts. It's a purchase that makes a huge impact, and I'm always so excited to share new artisan brands with you to enjoy. 

The Symbol Halter is made by Coe Textiles with natural dye on cotton. This beautiful brand was created by Amanda Coe who has a background in fashion design and textiles from Rhode Island School of Design. After graduation, she moved to Jaipur, Rajasthan where she commutes on her motorbike to the village of Bagru two times a week. This village has specialized in hand block printing from natural dyes for over 400 years! Merging her design background with their traditional techniques is the perfect recipe for a sustainable fashion brand.

Coe Textiles is here to empower traditional craftsmen while keeping their environmental impact low. They make sure to use natural dyes as much as possible and low-impact, azo free dyes if needed. Coe personally knows the printers and tailors in order to keep transparency and quality throughout the entire manufacturing process. So yes.. we can feel confident in this purchase ;) 

The hand beaded tassel tie is a sweet little touch to this incredibly well-made garment. Wouldn't you say so?

p.s. Their shop is full of gorgeous prints!! Click here to shop the entire collection. 

Lovely Red Roll on Bracelets by Seek Wander Share.

This brand may not be new to you - I had them on my blog, last year! It's about time I take that hat out again.. it's getting HOT... already! If there is any brand that can make you smile because of their use of color, this is the one :D Seek Wander Share is an ethical marketplace especially created for the modern girl. Every item you find in their shop is handmade by skilled artisans all over the world. These fair-trade beaded bracelets are made in Nepal out of the finest quality glass beads. Because of the intense process {even the threads are hand-dyed!}, it takes up to two hours to create one single bracelet. As always, the artisans are paid a fair wage and work in a safe and healthy environment. 

& like I said about their use of color.. these bracelets come in 6 other mesmerizing colors and patterns. Click here to see them all! 

Just in case you are a social geek like me, here are their handles: 

Coe Textiles: Facebook, Instagram

Seek Wander Share: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram

Hope all you ladies celebrated yourself well this week!

p.p.s. my tights are from Swedish Stockings. #recyclednylon


Sustainably Supported by Coe Textiles & Seek Wander Share. 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 | Blue Confidence

Outfits, Outfits Pt. 2Natalie Kay
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featuring SiiZU 

If I had more hours in the day, I would be putting together a Fair OOTD daily just to show how obtainable {& beautiful/trendy/cool/sexy/etc} a sustainable wardrobe can be.  The great thing about creating these looks, you don't need a huge closet to do so. However, I do get the comment 'you promote sustainability, but show so many things'. As a fashion blogger who shows you the options, I may have too many dresses or shirts or skirts or you name it... but I feel most of the pieces I feature are timeless and versatile. So it's up to YOU to find the pieces you like most on my blog. Just know you can always feel confident in its transparency, eco footprint and quality. 

I never show anything I don't love or feel is helping clean up the industry :) 


Fair OOTD:

Vina Turtle Neck Sweater, SiiZU

Georgia Skirt, Ankura

The Natalie Cork Crossbody, Nina Bernice

O-Face Zebra Wood Sunglasses, Sboji

Gold & Cream Watch, Berg + Betts

old boots :P .. like falling apart - i wear things until they can't be worn anymore! 


SiiZU is simple, timeless & sustainable. This sweater is made from 100% Merino Wool, and is incredibly soft. With dropped shoulders and side splits, the Vina is totally effortless. I may be biased because I've been enjoying it so much, but I think everyone needs a SiiZU sweater in their closet {psst.. you can find this sweater in light pink and grey, too!}

This NY-based brand is all about the fabrics, and within every SiiZU piece I own I can tell how much thought and care went into choosing the best material for the design. What is so interesting about this brand, wherever they source material they produce in the same location. This helps eliminate unnecessary shipping to keep their carbon footprint low. The Vina is ethically made in Mongolia at a factory who specializes in high-quality wool, and has their own ranch nearby. As always on Sustainably Chic, this wool is cruelty-free <3 

Click here to visit my last blog post featuring a few other SiiZU pieces. You'll see why I love this brand so much ;)


Can you believe this month is almost over?

Stay tuned for my March Picks coming out on the blog, Saturday! 

Bis,

Natalie

Fair OOTD | Swan Lake

Outfits Pt. 2Natalie Kay

featuring Winter Water Factory...

that one brand which makes me want to snap my fingers and have a little one to match ;)

Their new Spring 2017 collection is coming out next week, and the prints are TOO cute. If you read my previous post with Winter Water Factory you probably know all their styles are made from GOTS certified organic cotton, and produced ethically right here in the US of A. You can feel confident dressing you and your kiddos in fabrics that are safe for you, the workers and the environment. Plus, the quality is great! This is my second Winter Water Factory dress so I know how well their fabrics hold up. They stay soft, colorful and intact wear after wear, wash after wash. The newest collection will feature 5 prints, including the amazing swan print pictured here along with flowers, farm scenes and boats. 

I paired the Swan T-Shirt Dress with the Emerald Crossbody by Sapahn. Now working with nine artisan communities throughout Thailand, Sapahn empowers almost 500 people and takes transparency seriously. 

I think the T-shirt Dress style works perfect with a hat, and wing tip shoes. Don't you think? Excited for you to see the other prints Winter Water Factory has in store.