Sustainably Chic

Fair OOTD | Travels to Aix-en-Provence

OutfitsNatalie Kay

featuring Mara Vera, Songa Designs & Miakoda

I think I found my favorite town in France, Aix-en-Provence! Swept away alley after alley, ad after ad, corner building after corner building.. you get the point. I fell in love. This town is definitely on my list for a re-visit. I felt this ethical round up fit perfectly against the Aix backdrop. Really gave this beautiful scarf a pop with the light orange walls. I could go on and on about these walls.. who knew I would be stopping every few minutes saying, "oh, that's a nice wall". :P 

I inherited my scarf addiction through my mom. The entire trip, while I was stopping to stare at a wall, my mom was stopping to look at a scarf. She brought about ten alone on the trip. I get it though, scarves are one of the best accessories. They add a little something to your basics, you can wear them numerous ways and they keep you warm when it gets a bit chilly. So naturally, I like when I meet a new scarf brand - and an ethical one, even better!

Why I Love Mara Vera

Mara Vera is merging modern design and sustainability through high quality, hand made textiles. They believe in creating economic opportunity by supporting the makers in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Their materials are locally sourced, and the environment is considered throughout the entire production process. Therefore, the master artisans weave on pit-looms and hand block using natural and azo-free dyes. Mara Vera even takes it a step further, and reinvests 5% of proceeds to the development of the local artisan communities. 

I'm wearing the lovely Begad scarf inspired by the desert of Kutch. It's named after the natural red dye, and takes about four days to create - so you know there is A LOT of love put into it! I'm crazy about the print, the colors, the weight, the simplicity AND the versatility. You will definitely be seeing more of this style in future Fair OOTDs. Just need to master the head scarf! 

Click - here - to shop their entire collection of scarves. There are some beauties!! 

Not sure I have ever gotten so many compliments on a handbag before. Not questioning why though, that's for sure!! My Songa Designs Orenda Handbag is undoubtedly sold out at the moment {be patient, it comes back next month ;)}.  

Why I Love Songa Designs International

A stunning socially conscious brand, Songa Designs International is all about showcasing the woman artisan. By working primarily with women in Rwanda who rely mostly on their husbands for income, Songa is helping empower and support their economic independence. They are able to negotiate their salary, earn a fair wage and share their talent with the rest of the world. Their handmade bags and accessories are made with natural materials such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, pewter, re-purposed cow horn and paper beads. The Orenda Handbag pictured in this post is made from banana leaf & sisal plant. How amazing is that?! I would have never thought you could create something so beautiful out of those two natural materials. 

Find more of their beautiful work - here

You may recognize the brand of this tank, Miakoda. I had one of their comfy, sexy, cool sets on the blog last year. The relaxed fit, soft organic cotton and striped pattern make the Racerbank Tank an essential to any wardrobe. It's also an awesome price at $40! . 

Why I Love Miakoda

Some of the softest loungewear on the market, all Miakoda products are produced ethically in New York. They use organic and sustainable materials for each design, and if you are a sucker for pastels, you need to check out their complete collection - here


Shop this Entire Look:

Begad Scarf, Mara Vera $83

Racerbank Tank, Miakoda $40

Orenda Handbag, Songa Designs International

Colorines ShoesMamahuhu $140

Sustainably Supported by Mara Vera, Songa Designs & Miakoda. 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