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

the why: because it matters.

i started putting together a brand spotlight post for today {which will probably post on monday} but then i realized that i really just needed to write a little bit more about why all of this matters.

up until about a year ago i didn’t think about who made my clothes. i’d see the tags that said “made in china” or “made in vietnam” and i didn’t think any deeper than that. when the factory collapsed in bangladesh in 2013 i thought about it for a time. i considered it a little bit, but if i’m being honest it didn’t stick for very long. or even more bluntly, i didn’t want to think about it.

because it’s hard.

it’s hard to consider whether or not companies are utilizing their workers in an ethical way. a lot of them aren’t. and we don’t like to think about ugly truths. so often, we just don’t.

unfortunately there are a lot of ugly truths in the fashion world. and that’s why this is important.

because people matter.

we cannot simultaneously say that we fight against the injustices of the world, and that we want to make the world a better, more equal place, and perpetuate an unethical system by what we choose to buy.

it’s all linked.

there’s an #ethicalfashion movement that is picking up steam. and i am so grateful that this information is more readily available.

{on instagram via @fash_rev}

along with this call-to-arms {of sorts} a hashtag has started showing up on instagram – mostly via fashion revolution {@fash_rev}: #whomademyclothes. these are interviews with various types of garment workers about who they are, and what they do to make our clothes.

{on instagram via @fash_rev}

i know that i feel better in my clothes when they fit well and they look good. but i also feel better in my clothes when i know that purchasing them supported a company who is doing the right thing by the people who work for them.

{on instagram via @fash_rev}

it’s a learning process, and i know i have so much more to learn, but the important thing is that we keep trying to learn. that we don’t throw up our hands and say that it’s too hard, and stop thinking about it.

the well-being of the roughly 40 million people who work in the garment industry demands that we think about it.

the point of this post is not to make you feel guilty for the purchases you’ve made, {trust me, i’ve spent a lot of time there} but to encourage you to think about the impact your purchases have, and possibly do something differently now. we can only begin where we are.

enjoy your weekend!

xo

kate

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looking forward & giving back

{found via pinterest from half united} – they’ll be brand spotlighted soon!

august always finds me looking forward to fall. always. this august is no exception; it’s just that this year i’m trying not to buy up everything cozy that i come across.

it’s always crazy to me that it’s still about 90* outside, and yet here we are buying sweaters.

the next few weeks of our family’s life will be crazy, and in that sense i’m looking forward to september even more so than usual.

and i realized that the busy-ness of life is a big part of what causes us to not care. {yes, i realize that seems disjointed. allow me to explain}:

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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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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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for conversation

i don’t entirely know what this space is, except to say that it is a space about fashion of the slow sort. over the last six months to a year i’ve been thinking and reading a lot about the impact of fast fashion on the earth, and on the people who are behind the clothes and shoes we wear.

i wrote a little bit about it on my personal blog, and got more feedback than usual, so i thought it’d be time to extend the conversation and have a dedicated space for the topic.

recently i’ve found it increasingly tough to push back against the pressure of so much cute, cheap clothing. i’ve even given in and bought a thing or two, which i really hate because many of the companies that make the clothes are not on solid ground ethically-speaking.

figuring out who is telling the truth when it comes to caring about people, and who is really trying to find and correct problems with their supply chain vs. turning a blind eye is tough. no company with any PR sense is going to say that they don’t really care about the people working to produce their garments. they’ll spin it to sound as good as possible. or they just won’t talk about it because many people don’t seek out the information or read about it.

and i won’t even go into what i’ve been learning about the beauty industry in the last few weeks…it’s gross. and scary.

i definitely do not claim to be an expert on any of this, just someone who cares more and more about the clothes i put on my back, and the products i put on my body.

as i do more research, i’ll post here, and let you know what i’ve found. at the end of the day this space is simply to encourage conversation about fashion and beauty and what’s behind it.

it’s also to appreciate the increasing options for ethically made products that are good for everyone involved in their production.

so if you have a question – ask. i can’t say i’ll know the answer, but i’ll look into it and/or share resources that i know about.

if you know of a company who’s doing things right – tell! i’d love to know about them.

i may post outfits, or pieces, or products, or inspirational quotes or photos just because. i may pose a question to you about what you know. i’d love to help you find something you’re looking for, and haven’t been able to find. i don’t know that i’ll find it, but i’d love to try.

right now it’s harder than it should be to decipher what’s good for you and good for others out there in the marketplace. this space is here to help all of us navigate and parse out the good from the crap.

xo

kate

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