Dresses!

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You won’t find any tiny dresses at my boy-dominated house unless my 3-year-old niece is visiting. However, I definitely appreciate the finer aspects of dresses that are as good for tree climbing as they are for picnics.

If you want to dress your kiddo in style while knowing more about who made their clothes, try these brands on for size:

Alice + Ames
Seriously, every time I see an Alice + Ames dress I want it for myself. It’s probably good that I don’t have a daughter, because then I would try to steal her clothes, and that would be awkward. Alice + Ames dresses are made in California and range from $40 – $50. (Pictured: The Short Sleeved Ballet Dress in Slate)

Ateljee
Ateljee features GOTS-certified organic fabrics that are digitally printed in Europe and then sewn in California. Their dresses include quirky cactus, lizard, and feather prints and come in sizes ranging from infant to about age 9. Priced from $33 – $66. (Pictured: The White Cactus Baby Dress)

City Threads
If you need a budget-conscious, accessible way to buy made-in-the-USA dresses for your littles, City Threads is your brand. City Threads manufactures their clothing in Los Angeles, and the majority of their items are made from locally knit cotton jersey. Dresses are priced under $30 and are often available through Amazon Prime(Pictured: The Twirly Short Sleeve Dress in Pink)

Eden by Elegantees
Eden is the latest line from Elegantees, a clothing brand that employs trafficking survivors from a non-profit organization in Nepal. Workers are paid double the minimum wage, and Eden’s net profits go to Kingdom Investments Nepal to fund rescue operations. Prices range from $22 -$32. (Pictured: The Lydia Dress in Gotham Grey)

Winter Water Factory
Specializing in beautiful, screen-printed designs, Winter Water Factory manufactures their clothing in Brooklyn, New York, from organic cotton. While they offer a variety of styles for boys, girls, and women, their dresses really steal the show. Girls’ dresses are priced at $58; women’s dresses are priced at $108. (Pictured: The Aspen Dress in Magical Forest Grey)

Know any brands I missed? I’d love to hear about your favorites!

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Back to School!

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I can’t believe summer is over, but this morning I sent my two guys off to school.

Our major purchase this year is a new backpack for my oldest son. We found a made-in-the-USA brand on Amazon  with a reasonable price and good reviews. I’m curious to see how it holds up against previous bags; our Patagonia backpack is still going strong after 3 years, but a licensed character bag from a big box store barely made it 12 months.

Since I’m busy helping my rascals through their first week of school, I’m throwing it back to a few of my favorite school posts from years past:

Do you love school supplies? I love school supplies. While I haven’t found much in the way of ethical school supply brands, I’m happy to know a few of these products are made close to home.
9 School Supplies Still Made in the USA

While we are waiting for WildyCo to produce a polo shirt or for Everlane to make kids’ clothes that don’t involve cashmere, here are a few other places to shop for standard school attire.
2016 Guide to Ethical School Clothes
Back to School, Sustainably

As always, one of my favorite ways to stay sustainable is to reuse what we already have. Back-to-school doesn’t have to include a new wardrobe or accessories when my kiddos already have what they need.

What are your tips for a new school year?

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Summer Sale Alert

I’ve had a slow posting schedule this summer due to kids and swimming and, well, LIFE, but I had to type out a quick post to tell you guys about some awesome sales happening right now. Brands with asterisks (*) denote affiliate links; I want to be transparent about the ways I earn money through posting, so know that if you see ***stars*** I may earn money or credit from that company.

These first two sales are ultra time sensitive, including a 4-hour flash sale on Monday:


*** FASHIONABLE Online Warehouse Sale*** — TOMORROW, July 17, from 11am to 3pm central standard time, FASHIONABLE will be offering crazy good discounts on their bags and jewelry, plus some great deals on their new line of shoes!  Yep, four hours only!

***Nisolo Flash Sale*** — Cool-kid brand Nisolo will be offering 40% off select styles Monday, July 17, and Tuesday, July 18. Plus, use my code AFFILIATEFLASH17 for an extra 10% off!

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A few other brands are rockin’ some great sales this week — I’m not sure when they end, so I would check them out ASAP.

***PACT Summer Clearance Sale*** — $20 organic cotton maxi dresses and $9 fair trade tees? Yes, please! PACT sales are good chances to stock up on some wardrobe basics.

Synergy Organic Clothing — Synergy usually has a robust sale section. Right now some of their offerings include tanks, cardigans, and flowy dresses made in Synergy’s signature organic, fair trade style.

Raven & Lily End of Season Summer Sale — I heard Raven & Lily founder Kirsten Dickerson speak during Fashion Revolution Week, and I was impressed with the depth of research that goes into their fair labor standards. Their end of season sale is a great way to get to know the brand.

 

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