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…

Yuhme: The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Water Bottle

Conscious products typically fit into one of three categories: ethically produced, environmentally friendly, or give-back. A product that fits into all three is a rare find, or what I call an “ethical unicorn”.  That’s right, and when I’m lucky enough to discover one of these legendary commodities, I will be its biggest advocate. In that spirit I’m super excited to introduce you to my latest unicorn find: Yuhme. As soon as I came across Yuhme on Instagram I was intrigued — claiming to be “the world’s most eco…

New Music Now: Amy Shark

If you follow me on social media, you may not guess that between promoting #forgood products and selling fair trade tote bags, music is a large part of my life. Or, maybe you did guess, because while sitting down to write this, I realized that my very first post expressing my intention to change things in the fashion industry was attached to a Patti Smith video. Plus I pretty frequently describe my sustainable fashion finds by comparing them to my favorite rock ‘n roll icons. Let me explain. Before The Tote Project I was the Music Director for a…

8 #ForGood Essentials for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a divisive holiday. People love it or hate, feel pressured by it, or embrace the chance for romance. It’s easy to see why people complain about it existing merely for companies to make money, so let’s reclaim the day by using it to support brands that are about more than the bottom line, that way we can do good while making our loved ones feel special. Here are my eight #forgood essentials for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Check out my picks and if you’re looking for a…

10 Inspiring Brands Fighting Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month. Human trafficking AKA modern day slavery is a cause very close to my heart, and something I’ve invested a lot of time, money and effort into fighting. When you hear the term “human trafficking” you may immediately think of sex trafficking, but labor trafficking — forcing someone to work through fraud, coercion or abuse — is just as common and doesn’t always get the same attention. That’s what I want to highlight today. I’m going to throw a couple stats at…

Reformation Year End Sale Picks

Reformation is one of the few conscious brands that has made it into the celebrity zeitgeist. In fact if you google “Reformation celebrity” you can find entire slideshows devoted to celebrities wearing their trendy dresses. Most customers are initially drawn to them because they want to copy Taylor Swift’s style, but conscious consumers are enthralled after learning about their eco-friendly business practices (their clothes are sewn from reclaimed fabric and they track the environmental impact of each of their garments!) Whether you’re a fan of fast fashion or devoted to sustainable fashion, the…

Junim Los Angeles: EcoGlam Dresses for NYE

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you waited until this week to get your dress. This is easier said than done if you’ve made a commitment to conscious consumerism. Glitz, glamour and sustainable fashion don’t exactly go together — one of these things is not like the others. Thankfully, Junim Los Angeles is here to change that. Junim LA, founded by designer Haley Solar, is one of the biggest up-and-coming conscious brands to watch in 2017. Earlier this year Solar opened the…

VEERAH: Do Good and Look Incredible

Stilettos are the poster child for the age-old adage, “beauty is pain”. Many years ago I worked at a job that required that I stand in heels for 6 hours at a time, so I thought it would be worth the investment to save up and buy a designer pair. After trying everything from Manolo to Jimmy Choo, I didn’t notice a significant difference, and accepted my fate — band-aids and blisters. Since shifting towards ethical consumerism, I didn’t expect to see any difference; even #forgood beauty is pain right? Wrong. Enter…