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Fair-Trade Totes & Pouches with Inspiring Prints Empowering Survivors of human Trafficking

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the tote project

You may remember seeing The Tote Project on the blog in my 25 Ethical Brands that Give Back post. It’s a pretty popular list, and I can’t think of a brand more deserving to be on the cover!

reasons to love the tote project

Giving Back: This is the reason Fay Grant & Michelle Chavez founded the project! Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and there are currently over 20 millions victims worldwide (a number too hard to fathom). The Tote Project donates 10% of gross profits to Two Wings to support survivors of human trafficking in the US. Plus, they partner with factories who support women survivors.

Ethically-Made: Every tote is handmade by Oasis Bags in a sustainable factory in India from fair-trade certified cotton. These factories are dedicated to empowering women in the city of Kolkata. The pouches are made by Freeset, a fair trade freedom business offering employment to women escaping West Bengal’s sex trade.

Inspiring Illustrations: It’s always difficult to pick a favorite from their collections. They have so many beautiful prints, and they seem to get sweeter with each collection. Each come complete with a inspirational tag line such as ‘free to love’.

what i’m using

Free to Grow Veggies Tote: This is my new grocery bag, and it makes for a great on-the-go shopping list ;) I love the size of their new totes. You can fit a few days worth of groceries in here. The weather hasn’t been great for our last few farmer’s markets, but I’ll be taking this sweet thing with me next time!

Free to Dream Palm Trees Pouch: It’s hard to pass any image up with palm trees. Elliott and I have been going to the beach for at least 30 minutes a day to get outdoors and dig our toes into the sand. This pouch is keeping all our little beach essentials sand-free for us :D

where to purchase

You can find the entire collection from The Tote Project - here - and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with all new products & prints!

You Asked for a Skirt & MATTER has Answered, The Wrap Skirt Will be the Newest Timeless Design Added to Your Wardrobe!

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The Wrap Skirt by MATTER

After wearing my two pair of MATTER pants over the last few years, I did not hesitate when I heard they added a skirt to their collection. They make such comfortable clothing, and I knew this piece would make a great addition to my closet.

If you are interested in seeing my other pieces from MATTER check here and here!

Reasons to Love The Wrap Skirt

The Fit: I’m always nervous when it comes to fit on skirts below my knee. I’m quite short (5’2’’), and that length can sometimes be tricky. However, the way this skirt wrapped around my hips with an uneven hem line, I instantly fell in love. I can see this silhouette fitting well on many different body types.

Super Comfortable & Practical: The Wrap Skirt has a 3 button closure option for more flexibility, a hidden tie closure at the knee to secure the wrap, a wrap tie closure on the side and the best, it comes complete with pockets!! It’s made from a medium weight cotton dyed by hand with azo-free dyes. The ikat fabric is completely hand loomed so no skirt is ever exactly alike. It feels so good on and it’s one of those styles you can take from work to travel. It’s both timeless and elegant!

A little more about ikat…

This particular ikat is woven by their partners in Pochampally, India. It is an artisan craft passed down from generation to generation. The tie and dye technique used is where yarns are resist dyed to create a final textile woven pattern. It’s probably one of my favorite techniques, and you can tell a lot of love and talent went into creating this textile. To date, MATTER has ordered over 14,300 meters of fabric from 3 artisan communities making up 427 individuals!

The Wrap Skirt comes in two different patterns…

Zalya Jungle & Iching Charcoal

 
 

Find MATTER’s entire collection - here -

& don’t forget to stay up-to-date with all things MATTER on Instagram!

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Organic, Carbon Neutral Clothing Protecting Our Oceans

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Facε à La Mεr

I love a good tee, and one that is cleaning up some of our most precious gifts the earth has to offer makes it all the better. No doubt, Facε à La Mεr is spreading some major love for our oceans through their fun graphic t-shirts for men, women and children!


Reasons to Love Facε à La Mεr

100% Organic Cotton: Facε à La Mεr has teamed up with EarthPositive to produce all of their tees. EarthPositive takes their organic production a step further, and manufactures solely on wind and solar power. 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%.

Eco & Vegan Inks: I can’t even count how many organic tee brands have approached me over the years that didn’t take their printing process into consideration. Facε à La Mεr only uses water-based, eco-friendly inks which are vegan-friendly and never tested on animals. Even though they use a more eco type ink, the Kornit DTG printers do not budge on quality!

Ocean Conservation: 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. For every shirt sold, a portion of all proceeds will go directly to this organization to support ocean conservation.

What I’m Wearing

The Ocean Heart Slim Fit T-Shirt: I’m a sucker for hearts, and this one is a great representation of love for the ocean and its creatures. & like Facε à La Mεr says - sweet, simple & comfy!

The Ocean Slim Fit T-Shirt: As much time as I spend by the sea, I don’t think enough about the creatures living in it. I really love how this tee illustrates some of the ocean’s greatest animals. Makes you want to protect their home all the more.

Pocket Turtle Scoop Neck: Did you check out my latest Fair OOTD? I’m wearing this adorable tee in burgundy! Turtles have held a special place in my heart this past year after my grandfather adopted a nest outside their home in Elliott’s name. This shirt reminds me of all 130 turtles making it safely to the ocean one early morning.

What Elliott’s Wearing

Sea Love Baby Tee: If you haven’t seen my Instagram stories with Elliott at the beach, you should know he LOVES the ocean. This kid has no fear and just wants to belong. He touches the sand and runs straight for the waves. This shirt was made for him with the words ‘me love sea’ :D


Where to Shop

You can find all the tees online - here - and don’t forget to pick up a few for the guys in your life. Oh & make sure to follow Facε à La Mεr on Instagram!


Sustainably Supported by Facε à La Mεr. 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

The Most Versatile Romper for Your Capsule Wardrobe is Taking you From Day to Night, Monday through Friday

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Encircled’s Virtual Romper

I’m sure you have seen Encircled sprinkled throughout my blog over the years. I love how they create designs to seamlessly fit into your wardrobe. Each piece has a point to be worn multiple ways, which helps keep our closets small, yet versatile. Today, I’ll be showing you their newest set, the Virtual Romper.

Made from TENCEL™ Lyocell, this three-piece set is comfortable, breathable and oh-so chic. It can be dressed-down or up, and can be paired easily with the rest of your wardrobe.

The virtual romper is comprised of the following…

The Remix Two-Way Top: This tank blouse has two different necklines with a body-skimming fit that flatters. I like to pair it tucked into the flared shorts and out with the crop pant for a dressier look.

The Remix Flared Short: I’ve been wearing these shorts a lot the past two weeks. They look so great with plain tees, and of course, with the Two-Way Top!

The Remix Crop Pant: I love how these pants flare out with the wide hem line. They also have pockets like the shorts, and a wide elastic-backed waistband for extra comfort.

p.s. both the crop pant and flared short come in Navy, too!

see how you can style it for the week with other items in your closet:

Where to Purchase

You can find the Virtual Romper online - here - and use code VIRTUALROMPER to save $60 on the entire set.

Working on building your capsule wardrobe? Make sure to follow Encircled on Instagram for product updates and new releases!

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Responsibly-Made Activewear for Your Daily Workouts and Worldly Adventures

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Threads 4 Thought

As much as I love dressing up, I would say my usual daily uniform is leggings and a tee. We start our morning out at the Y, and then the rest of the day I chase around a toddler. Threads 4 Thought fits right into my non-stop schedule!

Reasons to Love Threads 4 Thought

ReActive Line with Recycled Materials: For me, I prefer my performance wear to have some type of polyester in it. Yikes, I know - it’s plastic! BUT, I don’t find all plastic bad. In fact, this polyester is made from recycled polyester, and if washed correctly to avoid micro-plastics, this type of fabric is great for active lifestyles. I love the way it hugs my body while feeling super supported!

Ethical Manufacturing: Threads 4 Thought 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.

Social Impact: This is a really beautiful part of Threads 4 Thought. They have partnered with International Rescue Committee - a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization helping refugees rebuild their lives. So not only are these clothes treading lightly on our planet, but they are helping strengthen communities all over the world.

What I’m Wearing

Moto Skinny Legging in Raw Denim: I just love the fit of these leggings. The pleats under the knee are so flattering, and give them that extra oomph. These leggings are a part of the ReActive collection, and made with recycled polyester.

Jax Crop Bra in Raw Denim: I feel very confident in this top, I must say! It’s supportive and very comfortable. It’s the sister to the leggings so make sure to pair them up :D

Audley Tank in Sage: Gosh, this tank is SUPER soft!! It’s incredibly lightweight, and made from a blend of organic cotton, recycled poly & rayon. I like being able to throw this on over my ReActive set after a workout and go about my day.

Where to Purchase

Find the entire ReActive line - here - and don’t forget to pick a few things up for the men in your life.

Make sure to stay up-to-date with everything Threads 4 Thought on Instagram!