Ethical Fashion Finds: Los Angeles

Whether you’re a Westsider, Eastsider or something in-between, if you live in the Los Angeles metro-area you’re surrounded by ethical fashion. Shopping consciously is always at our fingertips through our smart phones, but call me old fashioned — I’m partial to the in-person experience.  I’ve participated in more than my fair share of retail therapy since moving to Southern California, and while this hasn’t always been kind to my wallet,  I’ve discovered the best alternatives to fast fashion across the county.  Next time you&#8217…

7 Ethical-Chic Home Goods Somehow Under $100

If you know me well, you know that my husband and I recently moved into a new apartment. Ok…not really “recently”, more like last Halloween, but it still feels new to us because we’re not done decorating. You just can’t rush these things! Part of the reason it’s taken so long, is that we only want to purchase home goods from companies that care about the well being of their employees and the environment as much as they care about their profits.  After doing some research I’ve found…

The Arise Box: Celebrating Bravery and Empowerment

My dear friend Brooke of Charity Girl Problems fame is a huge source of inspiration to me. I rely on her to find out about the best volunteer programs in Los Angeles, and she’s usually the first to discover companies that are giving back in creative, commendable ways. When she called me up one day raving about a new subscription box that supports human trafficking survivors, I was dying for an introduction.  She graciously connected me, and I had the privilege of speaking with their founder Cassidy to learn how she got started. Now I’m excited…

10 #ForGood Festival Essentials

Thirty years ago, an enviable summer vacation might have been touring the Caribbean islands via cruise or lounging at a posh resort in Maui. Today both of those options sound lovely in theory, but why drop $500 a night on a hotel when you can use Airbnb? Instead, we Millennials are more likely to invest our vacation budget in the one side of the music industry that isn’t slowing down — music festivals. Whether you’re packing your bags and dreaming of checking out the latest indie star, or you’re more eager to dress up…

Love Justly: Where Ethical Fashion is Always On Sale

Last week was Fashion Revolution Week, and if you’re like me your social media feed was full of people demanding transparency and fair trade principles from their favorite brands. So… now what? After learning about ethical fashion you may be wondering what your next step is, because there’s no way around it — if clothing is made ethically it has to be more expensive than fast fashion, and for most of us there’s no room for high end pieces in the budget. Right? Well not so fast, because I’m about to…

10 Pinterest-Worthy Gifts from Ten Thousand Villages

Fair trade products are good for people, communities and the planet. Simply put, they’re all-around awesome. When you buy fair trade you support companies that maintain safe, healthy working conditions, pay their workers a fair wage (often far above a country’s minimum wage), and choose manufacturing processes that have minimum environmental impact. On top of that, you can find fair trade products that rival non-certified products in style and price. For people new to this movement wondering where to find these products, I’ll give you a tip: Ten Thousand Villages. Ten Thousand…

Symbology: Making Fair Trade Sexy

Have you ever traveled to a foreign country and seen gorgeous artisan-made pieces in a marketplace, but wondered how they could possibly blend with your style back home, or, in that same market, found clothing items that looked like they were straight out of Forever 21? After years spent advancing in a career in fair trade, Marissa Heyl noticed that both of these design approaches often resulted in low sales. With that knowledge she took a different path and launched Symbology — a modern artisan-made clothing line that preserves the culture of it’s makers. Symbology employs…

Joymode: Have it All, Without Having it All

In the past seven years, I’ve moved seven times. After the third time packing up all of my things, I began to see the value in being a minimalist. I see minimalism as an excellent answer to consumerism. The raging consumerism in our society is bad for our souls, our environment and our pocketbooks. At the same time I don’t like to feel like I’m missing out. Enter Joymode. Joymode members participate in the sharing economy. They can reserve equipment for backyard movie nights, camping trips, or even something as practical as a carpet…

#ShopSmall: Julia Szendrei Jewelry

Spring is here, and I celebrated it’s arrival (along with seemingly every other photographer and/or blogger in Los Angeles) with a trip to view the wildflower super bloom in Southern California. After a little research I discovered that wildflower watching is serious business — people hike for hours to find the best uninterrupted patch, and there’s even a wildflower hotline you can call to figure out the best time of day to visit the reserves. Since I knew pictures would be taken if my friends and I made a day of pursuing these rare flowers…

International Women’s Day 2017 Soundtrack

"I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
Malala Yousafzai

Each year on International Women’s Day we celebrate the voices of women around the world and honor those who paved the way for our equality. Since empowered women empower women, I put together a playlist of my favorite powerhouse female vocalists and songwriters. The following ladies’ confidence and strength empowers listeners like myself, and provides female perspective in a field often dominated by men. Press play and remember to #BeBoldForChange this year…