Review: Professional and Sustainable with Wallis Evera

I was provided a product to review in exchange for this post. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

While I’m keenly aware of who makes my clothes, I don’t always give much thought to what makes my clothes. Closet staples like acrylic and polyvester are made from petroleum. Conventional cotton is responsible for environmental damage due to pesticides and herbicides. And while I like the idea of “natural fibers,” I really don’t know where to start.


When I think of hemp clothing, I picture rough fabrics and necklaces worn by surfers. Canadian brand Wallis Evera is shattering my expectations with their line of hemp-based work wear. Each part of their line of eco-friendly clothing is manufactured in Vancouver, Canada, from natural fibers like organic cotton, lyocell, silk, and — of course — hemp.

I think back to my corporate career years ago and wish I had a Wallis Evera wardrobe then. The sleek skirts and sheath dresses would have upped my professionalism in a major way. Now that I’m home every day with my kids, the Ana Button Down tunic is a good match for my on-the-go, casual lifestyle.

I was expecting a smoother fabric when I first read about the hemp/organic cotton/silk blend of this shirt, but the fabric is more akin to linen. The lightweight, breezy feel is great for the hot days of Tennessee summer. The cut of the tunic is a bit boxy, but since the shoulders and sleeves fit me perfectly I wouldn’t want to go down a size. The quality of the fabric and workmanship is fantastic — I definitely view this piece as one of the nicer items in my wardrobe.

Another pleasant surprise about the tunic is the ease of care. The fabric instructions list handwashing as the ideal method for cleaning the shirt. After a few wears I actually tossed the tunic in my washing machine on a handwash setting, then hung it to dry. The piece held its shape well and only has a few wrinkles that I’ll erase with my steamer.

To make their eco-friendly styles easily accessible, Wallis Evera recently created a home try-on program. When a customer orders one item from Wallis Evera, they can request up to two additional items to try on for free. Shipping in the US and Canada is free both ways for the additional products, so you can try them on and ship them back with no risk at all.

I wasn’t sure Wallis Evera’s hemp-based styles would work for me, but I find myself thankful to have them in my wardrobe. The versatility, durability, and quality means you’ll find me wearing this eco-friendly brand all year long.

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Vegan Style from Vilma Boutique

 Vilma Boutique kindly sent me a product to review for this post. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

Leather totes, leather booties — they’re all the rage among minimalist fashionistas. But leather is problematic for consumers seeking to be cruelty-free. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing  sustainable fashion options that are vegan for shoppers wanting to create animal-friendly wardrobes.

Today I’m reviewing a gorgeous clutch from Vilma Boutique, a vegan accessories company based in Greece.

Vilma Boutique was founded by Vilma Vaskeviciute, a Lithuanian-born designer with a passion for a cruelty-free life. When Vilma started her boutique, she wanted to extend her vegan lifestyle into the products she designed and created.

All Vilma Boutique designs are hand-cut and machine-sewn at a small studio in Greece. Vilma seeks out suppliers who share her values of sustainability, cruelty-free products, sweatshop-free craftsmanship, and high quality materials.

I don’t usually carry a clutch, but this purse has become one of my favorite “night out” accessories. I love the soft, supple feel of the exterior, and the inside lining gives the clutch a high-quality feel. Adorable polka dots on the inside of the purse add a touch of whimsy — they caused quite a stir on a recent girls’ night. I do have to remind myself that this clutch has a snap closure and no zipper, as I tend to hold it upside down and spill small items out of it.

As a newcomer to vegan fashion, I love discovering a high-quality brand like Vilma Boutique who offers cruelty-free products at an affordable price.

 

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Bring Joy This Season with Ten Thousand Villages

Mantel with Garland

Garland

 

I’ve been hoping to incorporate ethical pieces into my home decor. When Ten Thousand Villages sent me their Jolly Bells Garland, I knew it would be a great fit for a winter mantel scene.

The Nester is one of my favorite interior design writers, and Myquillyn’s advice to “shop your house” when redecorating is wonderful inspiration, not to mention good for a budget. I had so much fun finding just the right pieces to complement the bell garland — rosemary from my garden, some candlesticks and a glass pitcher that were long-ago gifts, plus a lovely Christmas print from She Reads Truth created just the right feel.

I loved the sound of the bells as I hung them over the mantel, and the glitter is a fun touch, but my favorite thing about the garland is knowing its history. Crafted from recycled metal, the garland is created by artisans in India through fair trade partner Asha Handicraft Association. Non-profit Asha has worked with Ten Thousand Villages for over 40 years, providing direct purchases and advance payment to craftspeople as well as educational and health assistance.

For more holiday ideas from Ten Thousand Villages, check out their Bring Joy Contest between now and November 19. Pin any item from their Bring Joy Pinterest board for a chance to win a $100 Ten Thousand Villages gift card. Plus, Beyond the Fried readers can get 25% off one regularly priced item at Ten Thousand Villages until December 31, 2016, with promo code “FRIED25”. Add some fair holiday cheer to your house or find the perfect gift!

Ten Thousand Villages provided review product for this post. My opinions are my own. Some affiliate links are used to support this site. 

 

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