The Sustainable Three G’s: Gift Giving Guide

The week of Black Friday is here. Millions of consumers will leave their warm cozy beds to stand in line, plow over each other, and race through aisles all in the pursuit of getting a great ‘deal.’

What if this year is different? What if we embrace the true meaning of the holiday season: giving to others?

Today I am sharing sustainable and ethical gift giving ideas that give twofold: both to your loved ones as well as the individuals who work so hard to craft them!

For the Animal Lover
e-is-for-elephantsThese whimsical t-shirts will definitely up the casual outfit game and are perfect for any animal lover. Last year, I bought myself (oops!) and my animal loving family members shirts from A is for Animals. Never have I worn a T-shirt so many times. They are styled to pair perfectly with a casual Saturday outfit or disguised under a blazer for the workday. With a percentage of each sale benefiting different animal organizations it’s hard to go wrong.

Another wonderful option for the animal lover on your list is the Orphans’ Project. The Orphans’ Project, developed and run by DSWT (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust) exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn as well as the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation, and drought.

Pair an adoption with an E is for Elephants t-shirt for a uniquely thoughtful gift!

For the Minimalist Female Dresser
Capsule wardrobes have been a minimalist dresser’s best friend for years. Compiling a capsule wardrobe however takes time, patience, and hunting down well-designed pieces.

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Finding a garment that is multifunctional, stylish, and comfortable is a tall order. Enter the Jessie Utility Jacket. Worn as a long staple, short and edgy, or a lightweight vest the Jessie Utility Jacket does it all and is a capsule wardrobe dream. This season give your minimalist friend the piece her closet has been missing.

For the Fashionable Mother/Mother-in-Law/Sister/Friend scarf-escalator
For decades French women have embodied effortlessly chic style. There are many elements Parisian women have perfected but none so better than the scarf.  An outfit can go from drab to elegant with the addition of a gorgeous scarf. For the ladies of your life that have overflowing closets or styles that you just can’t put your finger on there is the Natalie Scarf. Made of the softest alpaca you ever did feel the Natalie scarf adds style to any outfit as well as cozy warmth for the upcoming winter months.

I have styled this scarf to keep warm on my walk to work and with ease transitioned it to pull together my otherwise bland black work dress. The colors complement and bring to life neutral wardrobes and can be paired year-round. It has also been wonderful for holiday travel this week, keeping me stylish and warm during long airport stays.

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For the Style Icon 
If a scarf doesn’t push an outfit to full chic completeness a hat certainly will. As a society we have moved away from hats, and I think this is a shame. The history and craftsmanship of hats is as fundamental to fashion as Coco Chanel. This gift giving season if you find yourself wondering what to get that oh-so-stylish loved one in your life then look no further than Yellow 108. Yellow 108’s hats represent authentic American heritage with quality and timeless aesthetics. Crafted with skill and using salvaged and recycled materials these hats have earned the title of sustainable fashion!

For the Significant Other
Whether it’s a new relationship or one that has years of love, buying for the individual closest to you can be a challenge. Too often advertisements tell us we must gift the perfect material item. This holiday season why not focus on a shared experience?

Pack up and Go is a group of world travelers who wish to share their passion for travel with others. By filling out a brief survey of dates, ideal vacation type, and other tidbits, Pack Up and Go will craft the perfect three day/two-night itinerary to a surprise destination. Travel packages are focused around your budget making this gift of travel one for all to enjoy!

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This surprise travel gift pairs wonderfully with an Everlane weekender. A gift within a gift!

For the Father/Father-in-Law/Brother/Friend
With all the gadgets on the market these days and all the cords that go along with them it’s a challenge to not end up with a big ol’ knot. This is Ground has solved this problem with men in mind. Based in Downtown Los Angeles, This is Ground believes that “the craftsman needs to own their own business” keeping all production in L.A and empowering workers. My favorite for this holiday season is the Cordito which effortlessly organizes and stores all the cords we seem to need in our daily routines.

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If tech gadgets aren’t a winner for the men on your list or you’re looking for something to show you care then the classic, yet sustainable, beanie is a must. At their core Krochet Kids believes valuing “sustainable economic development programs that support holistic growth” is important. Need I say more?

allbirds-shoesFor the Comfort-Enthusiast
“Turns out the world’s most comfortable shoes are made of wool!” Allbirds are changing the shoe game in a huge way! Founder Tim Brown realized that wool holds all the perfect properties for shoes: minimizes odor, regulates temperature, and wicks moisture, however no one was using this sustainable resource. Allbirds are stylishly designed, comfortable beyond words, and make the perfect gift for those who like to enjoy comfort in style!

For the Skincare Guruone-love-orange
With the sustainable fashion revolution at the forefront of my posts it’s easy to forget that organic skincare is also having a big moment. As our largest organ treating our skin with love and respect is of the utmost importance. For the skincare guru on your list this year give them a One Love Organics 3-2-1 Fantastic Facial Kit. One Love Organics is cruelty-free, eco-cert, and is a Gold Certified Business from Green America. Wow!

As skincare products can be very personal I love the travel size of the 3-2-1 Fantastic Facial Kit. It allows for the trial of a new product without the long commitment. The products smell incredible, feel incredible, and are produced in the U.S at a sustainable manufacturing plant!

For the Holiday HostessIMG_8795 2
With the holiday season comes holiday parties. Deciding what to bring a gracious host/hostess can be challenging, especially if you’re like me and want to venture outside a bottle of wine. I have always found candles and lotion to be crowd pleasers, especially when they are thoughtfully made. Route has teamed up with Larkskin Care putting together the ideal combination of a Route inspiration candle and a Larkskin Care lotion bar. This natural and ethically made pair will take all the guesswork out of what to bring your hard working hostesses this holiday season.

Happy sustainable shopping and the happiest of holidays to you!

Chat next week. With love.
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Buying Sustainable is a Process…Just Start (Part 1)

Here we are, two weeks in and I have thrown out the term sustainable fashion over and over again. But what truly defines sustainable fashion? How does one begin the process of buying sustainable? How much will I be giving up to only shop sustainable?  I started by asking myself these questions, along with many others.

Sustainable, per Webster, is of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.

Fashion, per Webster, is defined as a prevailing custom, usage, or style. 

Put together, sustainable fashion is the method of using a style textile so that the textile is not depleted or permanently damaged. This definition, that I word scrambled together, is not the end all be all, however, I have found myself needing a broad definition.

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Determining this broad definition was a challenge. What has been more of a challenge is determining how and where to buy sustainable. What are the requirements needed to meet the title “sustainable”? Do products have to meet every requirement for me to feel confident in making a purchase?

Sustainable means something different to every individual pursuing this journey. Some take it 100% at face value, buying goods that are only made of organically grown materials, in which resource depletion does not occur. Others believe sustainable is paying a fair, living wage and yet still others believe sustainable is only buying recycled, re-purposed or reused products.

There are so many ways to go about this process and all are great.

I’ve broken sustainable purchasing into a few categories. I strive to base, almost, all my purchases with these categories in mind. It’s impossible to buy completely sustainable 100% of the time, in my life and the life of many others, it’s just not realistic. And that’s okay.

My categories are: ethical, organic, recycle, repair, and repurpose.

But what does this all mean…

Ethical: Ethically made goods are ones in which the individuals in the product chain are paid a living wage, do not work in hazardous environments and are afforded basic human rights.

In China, officially $42.3 million people live in poverty, reported Ellen Ruppel Shell in her book Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. This was 2009. The Chinese population has only grown since then thus has the number living under the poverty level. What many don’t know is in China the official poverty line is drawn at $156 a year, versus the World Bank poverty limit of $456 a year writes Shell. This translates to millions more living at or well below the poverty level, many of whom work in the factories that make all the cheap goods Americans have come to rely on.

Before learning these heartbreaking details I knew of the sweatshops of many third world countries, of the deaths that occurred, the hours that were worked, and the lost childhoods, all so that I could wear a $5 shirt from Forever 21. Now, knowing more, it is even more important to me to purchase goods that make a difference in the life of the individual who made it.

Luckily, in today’s educated society finding companies that carry these products does not hold the challenge that ethical shoppers use to face. Where we choose to spend our hard-earned dollars matters, so chose to spend on products that support and empower workers.

Organic: This category has been more of a search for me. Many companies have begun using organic cotton or other natural fibers but it is still an adventure finding these products. Organic and other natural fibers hold such importance as the process of growing, processing and disposing of them does not deplete resources, as well as chemicals are not used throughout the process. Cotton and other cellulose fabrics are durable and if they make the unfortunate trip to the landfill they do not contribute to methane secretion which causes greenhouse gas buildup.

As clothing interacts with our body all day everyday it is important to remember that our skin, our largest organ, is absorbing aspects of these fibers. Dozens of chemicals are used during the process of harvesting, treating and dying cotton, which then enter our integument system. Research is still in process to pin point the numerous negative impacts of our constant interaction with these chemicals but is it really a chance worth taking?

Give organic a try, treat your body and earth with some respect, our generation and the next generation will thank you.

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“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness” Mahatma Gandhi
With the hope of keeping you wanting more, and to not overwhelm with information, I am going to leave recycle (my favorite), repair and repurpose for next week!

No matter how you chose to start the process of buying sustainable remember, it is a process and the best part of any process is all you need to do is start.

Chat next week. With Love.

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The classic choker

We’re loving the chokers that we’re seeing everywhere these days. It’s such a classic look.

Our founder, Christina, has a photo of her grandmother styling one in a vintage photo framed in her dining room. We love how it looks so much like the choker we just got in, so we named it after her.

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Emilyne Williams, circa 1950s

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We like the new Emilyne Choker styled with a longer necklace, like our Marka Necklace or dressed up with a little black dress. Both are ethically made in India.

Fall 2016 Photoshoot

We’d never done a live photoshoot in front of a screen before, and had so much fun doing backyard styling with our model, Lauren.

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Our Fall clothing line is our favorite so far. Comfy cotton knits in flattering designs, that easily transition from the office to Saturday grocery shopping (even to the couch!). We purposefully ordered sizes XSmall-XLarge this season, making sure that most body types are able to curate a small fall ethical wardrobe.

Shop our Fall 2016 Line.

 

Styled; Delicate Layers

More and more we’re turning to delicate gold jewelry to style an outfit. We’ve kept it simple for everyday, putting a delicate gold chain with a tank, or using multiple necklaces for dress up.

There’s just something about it that looks effortless and simple while still being  beautiful.

Some of our favorites: Kendall Bar Necklace, Nimet Necklace, and the Mimi Stacking Rings.  And a new one, Lotta Tiny Tube Necklace.

 

 

 

Spring Colors: Navy & Coral

This time of year we can’t resist beachy thoughts.  Waves gently spilling out onto a white sandy shore.  Drinks with umbrellas, music on a steel drum, a really great book and the warm sun.  Reality is, we’re still in Missouri, it’s not quite as warm as we’d like it to be and there are more grey days than we’d like.

A few simple things take us to our happy place.  Brighter jewelry and clothing this time of year make us happy.  Regardless of the weather, or our geographical location or wether or not we have to layer a coat over our sun dress, bright colors make the season.

We have loved throwing rose in with brighter coral and deep navy blue and some hints of white.  This lovely combination gives a nautical feel that takes us right where we want to be this time of year, even if we’re sitting in the office.

Try a few pieces, paired with black or a simple navy dress these pieces are so beautiful.  We’ve also loved pulling some of our deep plum pieces from the fall over the lighter coral and navy to carry them into Spring!  

In our constant journey towards a capsule wardrobe we have loved adding a scarf or bright jewelry to our darker winter clothing to extend their wear into the Spring.  When you have fewer pieces of clothing, accessories add so much and can make a simple dress or solid colored top feel new and completely different!  Try a few of these classic, beautiful pieces, and let us know what you think and how you style them!

Ethically Styled; Maera Dress

We love the idea of outfits.  For us, the ideal every day ensemble is both sophisticated and comfortable.  Jessica and I work closely together, we are busy, we run around, frequently walk instead of drive, and I always have my boys around with their mess.  What we wear has to work for our lifestyle and make us feel like we look good, or at least give the illusion that we tried when got up that morning!

Here Rachel is modeling our Maera dress by Tonle in Plum.  This simple shift dress is made of a lovely lightweight recycled rayon.  We love these dresses that you can throw on with boots, layer jewelry, and go. And it has pockets…

We have paired it with one of our lightweight alpaca scarves.  We love this shawl sized scarf, it lays beautifully.

A scarf makes such a statement that we frequently avoid large or heavy jewelry when wearing one.  The layered gold bracelets here are a lovely compliment to the lightweight scarf, they are not over done, but are a simple, classic addition.

Each of the pieces in our line are chosen to combine with the others.  We would love to see pictures of how you are styling Route pieces!

-Christina