brand spotlight: CB tees

i came across this etsy shop on instagram, and fell completely in love with it. the owner, carly, lives in australia and her shop is full of upcycled clothing!

she takes clothes she finds at thrift stores, and embroiders them to make them something new.

this shop gets right at the heart of why i started this blog. one of the reasons is because there are too many clothes that are not made responsibly. the other is because we can do with far less than we do. there are so many clothes already in the world. there are so many clothes that end up in landfills every single year. and carly’s shop is a brilliant way to reuse and reinvent clothes that still have a lot of life left in them.

sassy pants from cbtees on etsy

my absolute favorites right now are these “sassy pants.” if they were my size i’d have a heckuva time not buying them.

she has inspired me to think further about upcycling. not just how can i reinvent things that are already in my own closet, but inspiring me to reconsider thrift stores from a whole new perspective.

itsCBTees shop on etsy

if you need something that’s new, but old, go have a look!

have a great day!

xo

kate

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this week’s best find: box cut pocket tee

everlane box-cut pocket tee

i love this shirt as much as i thought i would. and how much did i think i would?

i almost ordered it in 3 colors right from the get-go.

yes, really. three colors. even though i know that i don’t really need that much i still almost ordered three. and i’ll see if i wear it as much as i think i will. if i do, i’ll be adding the other two colors to my wishlist. they offer it in 10 colors. {ten!}

i’ve been hesitant to feature anything from everlane on here simply because i think most people have heard of them, and i’d like to showcase the lesser known brands so we all learn a little bit more about the options we have. but this one is too good to pass up.

this one is one of the softest and most comfortable shirts i own – right out of the package. and it fits like a dream. and is responsibly made. all for $16.

if you haven’t heard about everlane, definitely check them out! they have great basics and minimalist styles. and their entire business structure is all about transparency so they give you a breakdown of their costs for each garment.

happy thursday all!

xo

kate

 

 

 

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brand spotlight: 31 bits

most of you probably know of 31 bits, but i had to spotlight them anyway. they’re one of the better known jewelry brands who have trumpeted fairly made goods from their inception.

right now i have a major crush on them particularly because of my daughter. her birthday is coming up, and a visit from one set of grandparents this past weekend meant she got to open a couple of presents early. one of them was a bitsies necklace. she has tried to put it back on with her pajamas every night since receiving it.

shine on bitsies necklace. 31 bits.

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brand spotlight: alternative apparel

{check them out: alternative apparel}

alternative apparel is a brand i heard about from the author don miller. his wife {betsy} had come up with an idea for a t-shirt, and they used alternative apparel t-shirts in their design.

since then i’ve looked into the company, and right about now there are a whole bunch of basics i want to add to my closet!

{burnout jersey t-shirt}
{move it flex it tank}
{boxy v-neck t-shirt}

these shirts are so soft and comfortable. they primarily work with jersey material and offer t-shirts, sweatshirts, leggings, etc.

{see more here}

on their website they take you through the entire process of how their shirts are made, and where they are sourced from. they are part of the #whomademyclothes movement. and one of my favorite parts about them?

not only do they have a great product that is sustainably made, they have an entire section on their website dedicated to “brands we love.”

{see more here}

i love that they highlight other brands that believe the same things they do. to me it shows an undeniable authenticity to direct potential customers off of their site and onto another because they believe in what these companies are doing too.

if you’re in the market for any basics, be sure to check them out!

hope you’re having a great start to your week!

xo

kate

be the change.

we’re on vacation in charleston, sc this week, and wednesday some of us went into town to do some shopping. i wasn’t looking for anything in particular and thought i’d probably come home without actually purchasing anything.

and then we came across a shop called be the change.

 

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brand spotlight: fashionABLE

i found fashionABLE thanks to a friend of mine, and when she told me their story i really wanted to support them and all they are doing.

this became even more true when i looked further into what they do, and how they do it.

they employ a “trade, not aid” philosophy. you can find more info about it on their website here, but really all that means {as they put it} is: “jobs, not charity.” it’s the whole teach a man to fish philosophy.

they started out with scarves, and then added some amazing leather goods and jewelry, and now they’ve added shoes and apparel to the mix. and i just saw last week that they have a denim line in the works.

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count the ways: double point earrings

these earrings. these are the earrings i posted about back here a couple of weeks ago. and back then i was really excited about them – i didn’t even have them yet, and i was ridiculously excited.

{double point earrings from Goodwin, via Goodwin’s site}
well, let me tell you, my love has not waned. there are so many ways to wear these earrings that it’s a challenge to figure out how i’m going to wear them each day.

and yes, i said each day. each and every day. because that is how often i’ve worn them since they came. every.single.day.

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this week’s best find: bindi embellished tee

this week’s best find is from a great brand called raven + lily.¬†if you haven’t heard of raven + lily, don’t worry, i plan to do a brand spotlight post on them soon! for now suffice it to say that they’re raising the bar when it comes to fair trade, and ethical fashion.

this piece is about as basic as you can get on one hand – it’s just a white t-shirt, but the added embellishment somehow makes it even more versatile than a plain white tee.

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