Links for a Lovely, Spring Weekend

Happy Easter weekend! Whether you are celebrating a sacred time or just enjoying the spring weather, I wish you days of peace and joy.

A few favorite links from recent posts:

My friends over at Grove & Bay are giving away beautiful, new jewelry from Faire Collection. If you aren’t familiar with Grove & Bay, check them out! They do the research to bring you a curated collection of ethical wardrobe pieces, including menswear.

Holly Rose has recreated Easter favorite Cadbury Creme Eggs using fair trade chocolate and Numi Organic Tea. What a fun project!

Project Just has a fascinating look at what makes a brand “ethical.” I’ll probably subscribe to their site so I can read details on that Everlane interview.

If you’re thinking zero-waste thoughts as we approach Earth Day, be sure to check out Hannah’s review of SuperBee Wax Wraps as an eco-friendly alternative to cling wrap for your kitchen.


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Layers for Spring

Spring Layers

I adore spring. When the sun finally emerges after a long winter, I come alive again.

Spring in Nashville is crazy, with 80-degree highs followed by 30-degree lows, often with torrential rain in between, so layers are a must. Here are ways to style two spring looks in a weather-friendly way:

Boho Babe
Start with: Patterned maxi from Reformation. Reformation seeks to create sustainable, eco-friendly clothing. $248.
Add for warmth: Organic leggings from PACT Organics, made with certified fair trade cotton under the Global Organic Textile Standard. $35.
Tie on: Lace-up boots from Chippewa for a 90s vibe. Bonus: Great protection from sudden spring rain! Handcrafted in the USA. $250.
Finish with: Fringed crossbody bag from Manos Zapotecas. Handmade using traditional techniques in Oaxaca, Mexico, under fair trade principles. $124.

Casual Chic
Start with: Striped chambray shirt from Taylor Stitch ($88, Made in California) and organic cotton Prana jeans ($99). Bonus– The jeans are available in 3 different inseams.
Add for Warmth: The Ava Sweater from The Deeply Co and Slumlove Sweater Co. Made in Kenya by artisans earning a living wage. $98.
Tie on: Classic Oxfords from Nisolo, produced in an ethically-run factory in Peru. $168.
Finish with: The Kidist Satchel from FASHIONABLE, handcrafted in Ethiopia. $188.

If the brands here are a bit out of your price range, hit your local thrift store to see what you can find secondhand. Better yet, shop your own closet and put together a similar look!

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A Balance of Care

I believe self-careĀ is about becoming who we were made to be. In spiritual terms we may call it taking care of earthly vessels or sharpening our souls.

I’m going to be honest here. Taking time out can be such a pain. I prefer to keep hiking my journey without stopping to rest, to hydrate, to check my map.

But here’s the thing:

If I am exhausted, sick, and frazzled, I cannot fulfill my holy calling. If I have no time for meditation or study, I cannot feed my soul. And if I don’t stop to check my direction, drink water, and rest my body, then I’m going to end up totally off the path or dead on the side of the road.

In my early twenties I was on a mission to rescue the world. I helped with a youth group. I wanted to start every ministry I thought our church was missing. I was trying to rescue anybody and everybody around me.

But inside, I was a mess. I was depressed. I was all mixed up. I was wandering through the woods with a broken compass that pointed every way but North. I took a timeout from all my helping plans so God could completely tear me down and rebuild me piece by piece. He had different plans for me, ones that involved deep vulnerability, humility, and learning. Beautiful, terrible, transforming self-care.

Sometimes self-care is delightful. Maybe it’s a spa day, a nap day, lunch with a friend, a cat snuggle.

Sometimes self-care is anguish. Saying no to what we want so we can have what we need.

Of course, as a broken human being, I am fully capable of convincing myself that self-care involves extra cookies, a new gadget, hiding in my house, or any number of self-indulgences. Selfishness is always there on the margins, waiting to elbow into the picture.

So I’m not saying it’s easy. Discernment and help are needed. A community is key — friends and loved ones who draw me out and lift me up when I am mired in my own stuff.

So much feels broken in the world, and sometimes I still find myself rushing to fix and rescue and patch the holes that pop up one after another. So I stop to rest, and refuel, and reorient my path. And then, once I am pointing in the right direction, I gain a longer view on life, a deeper capacity to love, and the peace of of a purposeful walk.

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