Breezy, Boho Pants from Sudara

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Pants: Sudara | Tank: Everlane | Sandals: Sseko | Hat: Faire Collection

Last year my sweet boys gave me a pair of plaid Sudara Punjammies for Mother’s Day, and they are the most comfortable pants EVER. I expected the brushed flannel to be hot and thick, but the soft, breathable fabric means I get a good night’s sleep.

With Bohemian, globally-inspired prints popping up in recent seasons, I found myself wishing for a pair of Punjammies to wear in a non-pajama capacity. I received these Punjammies as part of She Changes Everything’s holiday giveaway in December, and they already are on regular rotation in my wardrobe.

Sudara seeks to provide employment to women who have escaped human trafficking or who seek to avoid trafficking as they struggle to provide for their families. Sudara partners with local organizations in India to create small sewing centers where Punjammies are made. Women who choose to work at the sewing centers are able to learn job skills and receive employment placement services, enabling them to provide for themselves and their children long after they leave the organization.

In addition to paying a living wage to workers, Sudara and their indigenous partners also work to provide education and safe housing to employees in need. They seek to create a community of healing and opportunity as part of a long-term battle against human slavery.

One of my favorite aspects of Sudara is the variety of sizes they offer customers. Their generous sizing ranges from XS up to XXL (size 20-22), so they are one of the few ethical brands with options for multiple body types. Sudara also offers Tall and Petite sizing, as well as a slim fit option for certain prints.

I’m 5’8 and usually a size 10, and the Medium Punjammies fit me well. I would love to try a pair with a Tall inseam, though — I definitely have to stick with flat shoes when wearing the standard fit. I’ve been washing and drying my plaid Punjammies for several months, and the fabric and construction of the pants are holding up well. I line-dry my newer pair to keep them looking vibrant and crisp.

If you need one more reason to buy a pair of Punjammies, then know that each pair has pockets, making them infinitely practical for a busy day. Oh, and Sudara offers Punjammies for men and kids, too!

Head over to Sudara and check out their beautiful prints, then let me know which is your fave. Are Punjammies part of your spring wardrobe wishes?

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Any Style, Any Price: Vegan Shoes for Every Occasion

 

Vegan Shoes

 

We’re finishing up our vegan series today with a round-up of cruelty-free shoe brands. While vegan brands are known for animal-friendly products, most of the companies I found seek to be kind to their workers and the environment as well.

From top left:

1. Heeled Bootie from Will’s Vegan Shoes: This stunning shoe is designed in the UK and manufactured in Portugal. Company staff visit the factory each year to verify working conditions and quality. $99.

2. Everly Shoe from Vegetarian Shoes: Seeking to make shoes that are animal-friendly AND people-friendly, Vegetarian Shoes uses factories across the European Union that comply with EU labor standards.  These faux-suede brogues are a lovely retro twist on booties. $81.

3. Chelsea Boot from Will’s Vegan Shoes: A classic Chelsea boot. Will’s Vegan Shoes is PETA-certified vegan, meaning the company has signed PETA’s statement of assurance that their designs are completely free of animal products. $99.

4. Strappy Sandal from Bhava Studio:  Crafted in Spain from cork and Italian faux-leather, these sandals pass Bhava’s “NYC test-drive” for all-day comfort. $229.

5. Sandals from Nae: Made of eco-friendly microfiber, these sandals are made in Portuguese factories that follow EU labor standards. Nae seeks to create footwear using sustainable materials that are good for people, animals, and the planet. $58.

6. Peep-Toe Heel from Olsenhaus: Olsenhaus founder Elizabeth Olsen seeks to create shoes that are sweatshop-free and cruelty-free, personally inspecting the company’s factories in Mexico and India. $125.

7. Pink Poppy Heels from Beyond Skin: Featuring a faux-leather upper and recycled polyurethane lining, these retro beauties are good for the office and the dance floor. $95.

8. Pewter Monks from Beyond Skin: These gorgeous loafers are handmade with 100% recycled faux leather lining at a factory in Spain. $110.

9.  Mary Janes from Will’s Vegan Shoes: A classic silhouette and slip-resistant rubber soles make these shoes your daily go-to. $92.

10.  Aviator Boots from Will’s Vegan Shoes: Yep, I’m pretty crazy about Will’s Vegan Shoes after discovering them on a whim. This lace-up style is water-resistant and features extra-long laces for a wrap-around effect. $122.

11.  Riding Boots from Will’s Vegan Shoes: These classic knee-height boots feature Italian faux-leather plus a zipper and an adjustable buckle for a perfect, slim fit. $132.

12.  Lace-Up Boots from Will’s Vegan Shoes: Soft faux suede and a hand-stitched insole add a luxe feel to these trendy lace-up boots. $132.

Know of any great brands I left out? Still looking for something that fits your wardrobe? I’d love to hear about it!

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Lovely Links for Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m off attending kindergarten parties and helping my kids organize their notes to classmates, so here are a few favorite links to help you celebrate.:

Leotie Lovely shares a yummy vegan poptart recipe to treat yourself or your loved ones.

 


FASHIONABLE is celebrating women and friendships with their Galentines collection this year.

 


She Reads Truth is bravely working through Song of Songs with their current study. You can follow along for free on their website or mailing list. Be sure to check out their gorgeous study books and kids’ matching cards for the upcoming Lent study, starting February 27.

 


Use this holiday as an opportunity to show love by donating to Preemptive Love and helping families fleeing ISIS.

 

Take care of yourselves today, friends. Much love to you.

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