Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nothing, AZ...

Choies tribal poncho sweater, Layers of Earth crescent moon ring, Emblem Eyewear sunglasses, casual outfit, travel outfit, Nothing AZ

One of the things I love about going on adventures is stumbling upon things that are silly and new.  On my recent, totally random, adventure to Arizona, I did just about no planning.  Quite literally, my mum texted me a hotel address, said "Get your butt out of bed," and an hour later, I'd thrown a few things into a suitcase, made some coffee and had hopped into the car.  

I didn't study the route map closely.  I glanced at it to ensure that my end point was actually in the city in which I'd expected it to be and I noticed some town names that I thought could make for fun photoshoot spots if I could find signs (Bagdad, for example), but that was really it.  I happened to notice that "Nothing" was a town name on the map and on my way to Arizona, in the rain, I happened to whiz past a sign that said "Nothing," but I thought nothing else of it. 

... until I was on my way back to Vegas.  

I'd been in the car for several hours, again, with a big coffee and was really getting antsy to find a place to pull over and stretch my legs.  And that's when I found it: Nothing, AZ.  Once again, I didn't do much research, but if there is any truth to these photos, Nothing, AZ has a population of 4, an "All-Mart" that does not allow trespassing, and a small field of solar panels.  

I'm ok with it.  

It's all in the spirit of adventure! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are handmade 
: the ring was handmade
: the top was thrifted

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Outside of my comfort zone...

Ten Thousand Villages War & Peace earrings, travel outfit, sustainable outfit, sustainable fashion, ethical fashion, conscious consumer

People who know me relatively well know that I have some pretty epic anxiety when it comes to driving.  I will go out of my way to not do things that involve driving on highways.  I will beg people to carpool when I have to go to work trainings downtown.  I have often considered taking a taxi or an uber if errands require me to go more than 30 minutes away.  

But I got a little crazy this last weekend and stepped out of my comfort zone.  

SB and I were supposed to head to California to visit my dad for the long weekend, but he decided to skip out on the getaway and then, not sure if ya'll heard, but there was some pretty gnarly weather out west that I was really not looking forward to driving through alone.  After much deliberation, I decided to just stay in Vegas, even though every last little bit of me was screaming for a getaway.  

And that's when my mum texted.  She happened to be in Arizona for the weekend and wanted me to drive out.  Of course, this lead to my usual panic: I can't drive that far.  It's raining.  I don't like driving in the rain.  I'll be all alone.  I'll get lost.  I'll have to drive through the mountains.  I'll have to drive through the desert.  I'll be in the middle of nowhere.  What if my car breaks down?  What if I can't get cell reception?  What if something terrible happens? 

But guess what?  I did it.  And nothing terrible happened. 

I was able to move at my own pace.  I could stop when I wanted to stop.  I could have an impromptu photo shoot (in the rain) if I so chose.  

And so I did choose! 

Yeah, getting outside of my comfort zone! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are handmade and fair trade
: the scarf is handmade and fair trade
: the sweater is second-hand
: the shirt was thrifted

Sunday, February 19, 2017

#SustainableSunday... re-purposed from head to toe...

Ichcha Grenada scarf, Lazuli Handcrafted dipped beryl necklace, Jessica Ricci Jewelry Buddha amulet ring, Paisley & Sparrow Soresa earrings, tie dye tank, harem pants, re-purposed clothing, sustainable outfit, ethical fashion, eco-fashion

Ladies and gents, it is #SustainableSunday again and this week, I am SO proud to share this outfit.  

"Why?" you ask.  

Because, I kid you not, I made these pants out of an old fitted sheet. Yes, friends, from sophomore-senior year of college, I slept on these organic bamboo trousers... errr... bedsheets.  The elastic got all stretched out, so I cut it off and stockpiled the remaining fabric for years and in an effort to clean out my stash (thanks, minimalism), I decided that I'd rather have a new pair of comfy pants than a heap of fabric.  
And that's not the only re-purposed part of this outfit.  The tank top was my mum's and used to be white.  I spilled something on the front of it and the stain drove me nuts, so I had some fun with a bit of fabric dye and voila!  This shirt was given a new lease on life!  

Do you ever re-purpose items in your wardrobe?  What's been your favourite DIY outfit project? 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the tank top is second-hand and was dyed to extend it's life
: the trousers were made from an old bedsheets
: the scarf is handmade and fair trade
: the earrings are handmade and fair trade
: the necklace is handmade
: the ring is handmade


Friday, February 17, 2017

#FreebieFriday MudLOVE inspirational band giveaway...

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Huzzah!  It's #FreebieFriday again!  This has been quite a week.  I mean, they are all "quite a week..." it's never easy when you teach special education, but really, this week was interesting because I'd added my new "be still" band to my daily arm stack and it's been a nice reminder to stop all of the millions of things that I'm doing at any given moment.

I find that having these little bits of inspiration laying around make the tough times a bit easier, and because I feel very strongly that everyone should have a bit of inspiration in their lives, I am giving away a band from MudLOVE!  

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and is super easy to enter.  Here's how you can gain your entries: 

: like the giveaway image

Get extra entries for: 
: tagging friends (an entry per friend)
: re-gram the giveaway image

This contest will end at midnight PST on 3-March-2017.  Winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted via direct message on Instagram.  Winner will have 48 hours to reply to accept prize and with valid mailing address or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A casual take on Valentine's Day...

I know, I know that today is Valentine's Day and as an elementary school teacher, I really should have been a bit more spirited, but as the LuLaRoe bug has yet to bite and because I think that Valentine's Day has morphed into something ridiculous, I opted to adopt a more "Friday" attitude.  Instead of getting caught up in flowers and chocolates and all that jazz, I decided to be comfy and spend a few after-work hours eating pizza and drinking whiskey with SB and that, my friends, is about all I needed (though the influx of chocolate from my students made for an excellent dessert)!

Yes, pals, instead of allowing myself to be swept away on the latest overpriced trend, the sustainable minimalist in me definitely took center stage today.  This outfit is almost 100% sustainable, and really... these trousers have been through an interesting journey.  They didn't used to look like this.  They actually used to look like this, but I noticed that the fabric on one of the side seams near the hem had started to fray beyond the point of normal repair.  I decided to turn them into cutoffs, but they were just too short.  And this, my friends, is where the scraps from one of my roughed up college bedsheets entered the scene.  While the colour isn't an exact match, I had enough fabric to extend each pant leg to the point where they looked normal again.  

And for real... I can't even tell you how many compliments I received on this super comfy ensemble. 

Just wait until you see what I created with the rest of the bedsheets scraps!  Stay tuned.  

... and if you celebrate, I hope ya'll had a lovely Valentine's Day! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the shirt was thrifted
: the trousers were altered from re-purposed materials
: the earrings are handmade from sustainably harvested butterfly wings
: the bracelets are handmade

Sunday, February 12, 2017

#SustainableSunday... re-purposing with Mata Traders... again...

MudLove be still band, Mata Traders gathered ikad skirt, Minted Magpie mala necklace, Song Yee Designs turquoise berry ring, re-purposed outfit, casual outfit, sustainable outfit, sustainable fashion, ethical fashion

It is another lovely #SustainableSunday and this week, I want to chat about re-purposing.  

As you may remember, since moving to Vegas, I've lost a ton of weight due to stress.  Despite all of my efforts to eat a ton of junk, eat a ton of protein, lift heavy weights, shift focus from cardio to plain old muscle building, stop being a vegetarian to consume more meat, I just can't seem to keep the weight on... and this means that a lot of what's in my wardrobe doesn't fit. 

And even though it may be in the budget to go out and buy a ton of smaller clothes, because I've been gaining momentum with this minimalism thing, I've ended up getting super creative with the way I wear the clothes that I do have.  Enter the Mata Traders Ikat skirt.  I am obsessed with the print and color, but sadly, the skirt is too big for me...

... well... it's too big to wear as a skirt.  It fits perfectly as a top, though!  Seriously though, I own two skirts from Mata Traders and I have gotten fancy with both of them.  I've worn each of them as skirts, but I've also styled them as scarves (check it out HERE) and now, as a shirt, as well. 

Also, I have to give a shoutout to this jewelry.  Ya'll may or may not have noticed, but I always have a slew of tiny bracelets on my right arm.  They are things that I've picked up while traveling: a string bracelet that was tied onto my arm by a Sudanese man while I was walking in a fountain in Milan, an evil eye bracelet picked up in Greece, a Nordic rune carved on a piece of antler from Finland, and some sea glass found in California.  Today, I've added something new and I'm totally smitten.  I've teamed up with the good people at MudLOVE . They are based in my former home sweet home of Indiana, and are attempting to help with clean water and other international initiatives to help make the world a better place and they're doing it with mud!  Yes, that's correct!  Mud!  

MudLOVE has oodles of clay bands, hand-stamped with inspirational reminders, and the profits from the sale of each band goes to benefit someone in need.  I've added my new "Be Still" band to my stack of wonderful memory bracelets because, let's be honest... I tend to move too fast and too furiously and I can only benefit from the reminder to slow things down.  Perhaps I should add slow living to my new sustainable, minimalist lifestyle! 

... oh, and if you're as smitten with my new MudLOVE band as I am, you're in luck... stay tuned for a giveaway... 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Versatile pieces...

Synergy Organic Clothing triangle stitch triangle tank, GlobeIn jewelry, Amy Waltz Designs ocean Jasper bracelet, casual outfit, sustainable fashion

It's a fabulous, fringe-y Friday and that's just about all there is to say right now!  It's been another long work week, I have a lot of big decisions on my plate and I am looking forward to crawling into bed with a good library book, but first... 

... isn't sustainable fashion just awesome?  Since jumping on the sustainable bandwagon, followed by the minimalist bandwagon, I've been trying to do more with less and get really creative with my wardrobe.  This fringe skirt is one of my favourite and more versatile pieces.  I received it as a gift years ago, and honestly, wasn't totally sure if it was a skirt or a dress.  I've worn it as both and I can't decide which I like better.  If I get really fancy, I can also wear it as a scarf, which I haven't ever photographed, but I've played around with it several times.  

In any case, pieces like this are the bread and butter of creating a minimalist wardrobe.  Pair it with fair trade pieces, and you're good to go! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the top is fair trade and handmade
: the earrings and necklace are fair trade and handmade from scraps of sheet metal
: the ring is fair trade and handmade
: the bracelet is handmade