Sunday, February 19, 2017

#SustainableSunday... re-purposed from head to toe...

Ichcha Grenada scarf, Lazuli Handcrafted dipped beryl necklace, Jessica Ricci Jewelry Buddha amulet ring, Paisley & Sparrow Soresa earrings, tie dye tank, harem pants, re-purposed clothing, sustainable outfit, ethical fashion, eco-fashion

Ladies and gents, it is #SustainableSunday again and this week, I am SO proud to share this outfit.  

"Why?" you ask.  

Because, I kid you not, I made these pants out of an old fitted sheet. Yes, friends, from sophomore-senior year of college, I slept on these organic bamboo trousers... errr... bedsheets.  The elastic got all stretched out, so I cut it off and stockpiled the remaining fabric for years and in an effort to clean out my stash (thanks, minimalism), I decided that I'd rather have a new pair of comfy pants than a heap of fabric.  
And that's not the only re-purposed part of this outfit.  The tank top was my mum's and used to be white.  I spilled something on the front of it and the stain drove me nuts, so I had some fun with a bit of fabric dye and voila!  This shirt was given a new lease on life!  

Do you ever re-purpose items in your wardrobe?  What's been your favourite DIY outfit project? 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the tank top is second-hand and was dyed to extend it's life
: the trousers were made from an old bedsheets
: the scarf is handmade and fair trade
: the earrings are handmade and fair trade
: the necklace is handmade
: the ring is handmade


Friday, February 17, 2017

#FreebieFriday MudLOVE inspirational band giveaway...

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Huzzah!  It's #FreebieFriday again!  This has been quite a week.  I mean, they are all "quite a week..." it's never easy when you teach special education, but really, this week was interesting because I'd added my new "be still" band to my daily arm stack and it's been a nice reminder to stop all of the millions of things that I'm doing at any given moment.

I find that having these little bits of inspiration laying around make the tough times a bit easier, and because I feel very strongly that everyone should have a bit of inspiration in their lives, I am giving away a band from MudLOVE!  

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and is super easy to enter.  Here's how you can gain your entries: 

: like the giveaway image

Get extra entries for: 
: tagging friends (an entry per friend)
: re-gram the giveaway image

This contest will end at midnight PST on 3-March-2017.  Winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted via direct message on Instagram.  Winner will have 48 hours to reply to accept prize and with valid mailing address or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A casual take on Valentine's Day...

I know, I know that today is Valentine's Day and as an elementary school teacher, I really should have been a bit more spirited, but as the LuLaRoe bug has yet to bite and because I think that Valentine's Day has morphed into something ridiculous, I opted to adopt a more "Friday" attitude.  Instead of getting caught up in flowers and chocolates and all that jazz, I decided to be comfy and spend a few after-work hours eating pizza and drinking whiskey with SB and that, my friends, is about all I needed (though the influx of chocolate from my students made for an excellent dessert)!

Yes, pals, instead of allowing myself to be swept away on the latest overpriced trend, the sustainable minimalist in me definitely took center stage today.  This outfit is almost 100% sustainable, and really... these trousers have been through an interesting journey.  They didn't used to look like this.  They actually used to look like this, but I noticed that the fabric on one of the side seams near the hem had started to fray beyond the point of normal repair.  I decided to turn them into cutoffs, but they were just too short.  And this, my friends, is where the scraps from one of my roughed up college bedsheets entered the scene.  While the colour isn't an exact match, I had enough fabric to extend each pant leg to the point where they looked normal again.  

And for real... I can't even tell you how many compliments I received on this super comfy ensemble. 

Just wait until you see what I created with the rest of the bedsheets scraps!  Stay tuned.  

... and if you celebrate, I hope ya'll had a lovely Valentine's Day! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the shirt was thrifted
: the trousers were altered from re-purposed materials
: the earrings are handmade from sustainably harvested butterfly wings
: the bracelets are handmade

Sunday, February 12, 2017

#SustainableSunday... re-purposing with Mata Traders... again...

MudLove be still band, Mata Traders gathered ikad skirt, Minted Magpie mala necklace, Song Yee Designs turquoise berry ring, re-purposed outfit, casual outfit, sustainable outfit, sustainable fashion, ethical fashion

It is another lovely #SustainableSunday and this week, I want to chat about re-purposing.  

As you may remember, since moving to Vegas, I've lost a ton of weight due to stress.  Despite all of my efforts to eat a ton of junk, eat a ton of protein, lift heavy weights, shift focus from cardio to plain old muscle building, stop being a vegetarian to consume more meat, I just can't seem to keep the weight on... and this means that a lot of what's in my wardrobe doesn't fit. 

And even though it may be in the budget to go out and buy a ton of smaller clothes, because I've been gaining momentum with this minimalism thing, I've ended up getting super creative with the way I wear the clothes that I do have.  Enter the Mata Traders Ikat skirt.  I am obsessed with the print and color, but sadly, the skirt is too big for me...

... well... it's too big to wear as a skirt.  It fits perfectly as a top, though!  Seriously though, I own two skirts from Mata Traders and I have gotten fancy with both of them.  I've worn each of them as skirts, but I've also styled them as scarves (check it out HERE) and now, as a shirt, as well. 

Also, I have to give a shoutout to this jewelry.  Ya'll may or may not have noticed, but I always have a slew of tiny bracelets on my right arm.  They are things that I've picked up while traveling: a string bracelet that was tied onto my arm by a Sudanese man while I was walking in a fountain in Milan, an evil eye bracelet picked up in Greece, a Nordic rune carved on a piece of antler from Finland, and some sea glass found in California.  Today, I've added something new and I'm totally smitten.  I've teamed up with the good people at MudLOVE . They are based in my former home sweet home of Indiana, and are attempting to help with clean water and other international initiatives to help make the world a better place and they're doing it with mud!  Yes, that's correct!  Mud!  

MudLOVE has oodles of clay bands, hand-stamped with inspirational reminders, and the profits from the sale of each band goes to benefit someone in need.  I've added my new "Be Still" band to my stack of wonderful memory bracelets because, let's be honest... I tend to move too fast and too furiously and I can only benefit from the reminder to slow things down.  Perhaps I should add slow living to my new sustainable, minimalist lifestyle! 

... oh, and if you're as smitten with my new MudLOVE band as I am, you're in luck... stay tuned for a giveaway... 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Versatile pieces...

Synergy Organic Clothing triangle stitch triangle tank, GlobeIn jewelry, Amy Waltz Designs ocean Jasper bracelet, casual outfit, sustainable fashion

It's a fabulous, fringe-y Friday and that's just about all there is to say right now!  It's been another long work week, I have a lot of big decisions on my plate and I am looking forward to crawling into bed with a good library book, but first... 

... isn't sustainable fashion just awesome?  Since jumping on the sustainable bandwagon, followed by the minimalist bandwagon, I've been trying to do more with less and get really creative with my wardrobe.  This fringe skirt is one of my favourite and more versatile pieces.  I received it as a gift years ago, and honestly, wasn't totally sure if it was a skirt or a dress.  I've worn it as both and I can't decide which I like better.  If I get really fancy, I can also wear it as a scarf, which I haven't ever photographed, but I've played around with it several times.  

In any case, pieces like this are the bread and butter of creating a minimalist wardrobe.  Pair it with fair trade pieces, and you're good to go! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the top is fair trade and handmade
: the earrings and necklace are fair trade and handmade from scraps of sheet metal
: the ring is fair trade and handmade
: the bracelet is handmade

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I have an idea...

Hello Eyewear Konvoy sunglasses, zaful boho dress, Chicnova jacket, AMI Clubwear boots, Kisii Handmade Ethiopian prayer bead bracelets, Jessica Ricci Jewelry Buddha ring, boho outfit, bohemian outfit, hippie outfit

Oh, friends... I just got home from work and was treating myself to a quick 5 minute Facebook feed investigation and I quickly realized that some scary shizznit happened today.  While, if you've been skipping the bits here about sustainable fashion and only digging in to the personal stuff, you know that I moved to Las Vegas to (finally) teach special education (after getting an M.A. in special education in 2012).  It hasn't been going well.  I've been up to my ears in paperwork and screaming children and I've had a tough time building a decent support system and making friends out here in the desert.

All of that, coupled with the current government's decision to confirm Ms. DeVos today and I'm really, quite seriously thinking about dusting off that old apparel merchandising/business degree from undergrad and getting the heck out of dodge.  

I apologize for getting political.  I'm seriously torn though... how much is too much?  I don't want to be a defeatist but I'm also trying to pay attention to what the world is doing to help me figure out my path.  I don't want to quit, but I also know that things are rough, I can change them, and I'd love to love the amount of life that I have left on this big blue planet.  

So here's what I'm thinking... 

I'd love some feedback... 

For about a year now, I've been toying with the idea of rounding up all of my favourite sustainable brands and starting first, an online store, but if that goes well, I have a really fun idea for a physical store that would take repurposing, sustainable and fair trade fashion and accessories to a new level. 

What say you? 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the earrings were handmade from ethically harvested butterfly wings
: the bracelets are all handmade
: the leggings are hand-me-downs

Sunday, February 5, 2017

#SustainableSunday and some epic hair flips...

On this everso lovely #SustainableSunday, I am reflecting on the week that has just passed.  While the sane side of me is perfectly aware that there are but 5 weekdays during which I am expected to be at work, the part of me that gets swept away with things feels very strongly that last week there was a loophole in the space/time continuum that caused the week to be twice as long.  

I don't know if it was because my assistant was gone and I had to work with subs, if it was because my students were especially moody, or what, but I really woke up each day thinking it was Thursday... but only Thursday was Thursday and when Thursday did roll around, it really felt like it ought to have been Saturday.  

And so, now that I have had a day of relaxation and the sane part of me is synched back up with the other bit, I find myself looking at the week ahead with a modicum of dread.  There are still two full work weeks before the next holiday off and if they are anything like the week I just had, well... I might be cashing in those last few sick days!  

In any case, a bit of R&R, vintage tunes on vinyl, some great local coffee and the warm sunshine (... not to mention these epic hair flips) are helping to fortify me for whatever the week ahead may bring... 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the sweater is made from recycled fibers
: the trousers are fair trade
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is re-purposed, handmade and fair trade, 
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the ring is fair trade and handmade