Summer Dreams

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The weather is warm, school is almost out, and I’m thinking about summer fashion. Check out the outfit of my dreams below, followed by some more realistic options.

Summer Dreams

My dream outfit for summer adventures is this fair trade shirt dress from UK-based Bibico, a handmade fedora and a beach tote from Mar Y Sol, and Huarache sandals from Nisolo.



Summer Plans

Considering I’m a mom of boys with casual days of gardening and neighborhood adventures in the plans, a more practical outfit for me would be a locally screen-printed tank from Project 615, ethically made sneakers from Etiko, and fair trade shorts from Liz Alig and Love Justly.



Summer Reality

But what will I actually be wearing this summer? Probably yoga pants like this pair from PACT, a Nashville Predators shirt (Project 615), and flip flops (Etiko). Real life here, folks.

What summer adventures do you have planned? Will your fashion be festival-ready or homebody cool?

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May the Force Be Fair

Happy Star Wars Day!

In December 2015, the Star Wars universe got a new movie — and a new heroine. And her boots are ethically made.

Image courtesy of Po-Zu.

Rey’s signature boots are from Po-Zu, a shoe brand specializing in sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing. Po-Zu’s design materials include chromium-free leather, Piñatex, wool, and organic cotton. Their Portugal-based manufacturing facility strives to pay workers fair wages in a toxin-free, low-waste environment.

Today, Po-Zu is launching a co-branded Star Wars line. In addition to the Rey Boots, they have designs inspired by Chewbacca, Poe, Finn, Stormtroopers, and — my personal favorite — BB-8.

Image courtesy of Po-Zu.

The shoes, available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes, are launching for pre-order TODAY and will ship in August.

Ethical options are rare when it comes to licensed products. Kudos to Lucasfilm/Disney for leading the way into the future by collaborating with a sustainable fashion brand.

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Love Letter to the Dress That Always Fits

Dear Beautiful Dress,

I remember when I bought you, almost twenty years ago.

I needed a black dress for chorale concerts. I was in college and trying to find who I was. I wanted to stand out and fit in. I wanted to be special but not in the spotlight.

When I saw you in that store, I saw perfection. Your vintage lines were just what I needed. You were the external manifestation of everything I wanted to be.

The first night I wore you, a friend told me I looked like a character from Titanic, high praise in 1998.

In the years we’ve been together, a lot has changed. I’ve gotten married, had two children, entered my late thirties. I’ve gained weight. My hips are fuller, and my waist is less defined. Yet somehow, still, you fit me. You make be feel beautiful.

Thank you for staying with me, lovely dress. I’m planning to stick with you, too. No donation bins or clothing swaps are in your future. Let’s spend the next few decades growing old together.



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