Sunday, June 26, 2016

#SustainableSunday re-purposing, round 2...

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I think I might be a little bit obsessed... blame it on several sleepless nights spent on Pinterest, but seriously, I really think I'm on to something here with wearing clothes in ways other than they were initially intended to be work (see me wear a skirt as an infinity scarf HERE).

This time, I got the brilliant idea to turn an infinity scarf into a shirt!  How did I do this, you ask.  It's simple.  I laid the scarf out flat, stuck a couple of safety pins in the top to hold the scarf together where it wold drape over my shoulders, and voila!  Instant new shirt! It was perfectly breezy and I felt like a super hippie!   

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the shirt is a re-purposed scarf that is made from organic bamboo and cotton and eco-friendly dyes
: the necklace is fair trade
: the bracelets and rings were handmade and locally sourced 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Paisley + Sparrow Soresa earrings giveaway...

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You know what's great about the summer?  It doesn't matter what day it is... so when #FreebieFriday happens on a Saturday, it's ok!  Let's just call it #SweetSurpriseSaturday... 

That sounds good, right?  I thought so, too... 

Enter to win these fabulous Soresa earrings, compliments of Paisley + Sparrow.  As I told you earlier in the week, they were handmade from beads that have been recycled from melted down bullet casings.  Like I said then, I really can't get over how amazing it is that something as beautiful as these earrings can be made from something that was originally intended to inflict nothing but pain and harm.  Poetic, isn't it?  

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!  This contest will run until midnight Eastern time on 8-July and the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted via email!  Bonne chance, tout le monde! 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

When the wind blows...

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Ever see the movie "Chocolat?"  It's one of those flicks that I saw years ago and it immediately resonated deeply within me.  For those who have not seen it, it is about a woman who has to pick up and move to a new place each time the wind blows a certain way.  

I've been back in America for exactly 5 months today, and I will confess that I am feeling the wind and it seems to be blowing me in a new direction.  I don't want to share any details yet, as I am accident prone and don't want to jinx things, but I think that my life is about to change again...hopefully, for the better.  If all goes according to plan, I'll have a new part of the world to explore on a regular basis and in addition to exploring, I'll be able to do a job that can really help some people who may otherwise be overlooked and left behind.  

If that's not something to be excited about, I don't know what is! 

What's sustainable about this outfit?
: the backpack is handmade and fair trade
: the rings and necklace are handmade 


Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday, Monday...

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You know what's truly great?  Monday.  

I know.  You're probably thinking "What?  Monday?  Girl, you're crazy!"

But hear me out.  

It's summer.  The sky is blue.  I had the day off.  I used my day to crochet a TON of new stuff for my etsy shop.  I had an interview and was offered my first REAL big-kid job (still haven't decided if I should take it, because when that interview was over, I got an email from another school asking for an interview tomorrow!).  I have a giant cupcake.  I have time to take a bubble bath.  

Oh, and a month or so ago, I received an email from a friend of my friend Meri (of Gardens of the Sun).  It was from a lovely lady named Henny, who lives on the island of West Java and she wanted to make me a handbag!  We chatted a bit and decided on her fabulous 2-in-1 foldover clutch.  First, let me tell you that my wanderlust was kicked into hyperdrive when I received mail from Indonesia.  Second, this bag is tops! The fabrics are soft and go together perfectly, it is beautifully made, and I seriously can't decide if I prefer it as a clutch or a shoulder bag.  The tassel zipper is the perfect finishing touch!  

... and guess what?  If you like the print fabric Henny used for my clutch, keep your eyes peeled... there may be a matching freebie in the works for you soon...  

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the bag was handmade
: the necklace was handmade from found items

Sunday, June 19, 2016

#SustainableSunday with Paisley + Sparrow...

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Happy #SustainableSunday, y'all!  This week, I have to share with you my new greatest find: Paisley + Sparrow.  I have to admit, I'm a bit jealous of Jen, the founder because her shop is exactly the type of shop that I one day hope to open!

 After a year spent working with ministries and non-profits around the world, she returned to the US with a sense of purpose and a need to continue to help the women (some of whom were subjected to sex trade, some of whom are HIV positive and trying to raise families) create a better life.  It was from this drive that Paisley + Sparrow was born.   Now, Jen has paired up with a number of fair trade companies (many of which, I've shared with you here: Purpose Jewelry and Mata Traders, to name a few) and has created a beautifully curated collection of clothing, jewelry, home goods and more... all of which were handmade by women who are being paid a fair working wage and receiving counseling, medical care, and the therapies that they need to live better lives. 

She was kind enough to send me a pair of the Soresa earrings (from Raven + Lily).  These beautiful earrings were made in Ethiopia from beads that have been made from melted down and recycled bullet casings.  How cool is that?  I just can't get over how awesome it is when something that was created to cause hurt and harm can metamorphose into something peaceful and lovely. 

Keep your eyes peeled... you may be able to snag a pair of Soresa earrings for yourself soon!  


What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the earrings are fair trade and were handmade from recycled bullet casings
: the tank top is second-hand/purchased in a thrift store
: rings and bracelet were handmade from ethically sourced materials

... and how cool is this location?  I was driving home from a lunch with Chicago native friends that I met on base in Germany and whizzed right past this abandoned greenhouse.  I had to turn around and double back to get to it!  Such a cool spot, but very creepy!  The tarps that compose the greenhouse walls were loose and rippling in the wind.  I kept thinking that I was seeing people walk around out of the corner of my eye!  The ghost hunter in me had a field day in here! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ichcha Ustari scarf or $40 shop credit giveaway...

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Happy Friday, ya'll!  If your part of the world looks anything like mine today, it is an absolutely gorgeous day!  What better way to celebrate the beauty of the world than with a fabulous fair trade freebie?  

Yeah... I can't think of anything else either!  This week, it is my privilege to present you with the opportunity to win your choice of either this lovely Ustari scarf (see photo above) or a $40 shop credit to my new favourite texting shop: Ichcha.  Ichcha (meaning: wish) is a small company, run by two amazing sisters in New York.  They travel to India several times a year to develop new designs with the Indian families working with them. They are constantly finding inspiration in all things: trees, flowers, the busy streets of London and are always working on developing new patterns for their scarves, curtains, and other home textiles.  

I was honored to wear their Grenada scarf (it's truly a thing of handmade beauty.  I get happy just looking at it) and I can't wait to be living back on my own so I can fill my house with new Ichcha textiles!  

That being said, now is your chance to snag a beautiful scarf or a $40 Ichcha shop credit!  All you need to do to enter is: 

: follow @myichcha on Instagram
: follow @thedailysavant on Instagram
: like the original Instagram post (find it HERE)

Bonus entries for...
: reposting the giveaway image with #myichchagiveaway
: tag a few friends... you get a bonus entry for each friend tagged

This contest will end at midnight Eastern time on 24-June-2016.  Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via direct message on Instagram within 48 hours.  Winner then has 24 hours to reply, or  new winner will be chosen. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The laughing heart...

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Ok, first of all... I feel just like Edie Sedgwick in this outfit and in these photos!  

Next line of business... 

The Time Hop app has been great fun for me over the last year or so.  It's always interesting to see if/how I have changed at all over the years and while in many ways, I am the same person with just a few more years under my belt, something I've noticed is that the longer I've been out of school, the further I've drifted from reading and English and poetry.  

And so, since I used to be totally jazzed about reading difficult books and thinking critically and interpreting poems, I thought I'd try to get re-connected to that aspect of my life.  I found this little gem of a poem by Charles Bukowski that I think is especially fitting (and easy to understand) after the tragic events of last weekend and it also makes a nice companion to these photos. Here is "The Laughing Heart:"

your life is your life
don't let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can't bead death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it, 
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous 
the gods wait to delight
in you.

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the dress was a thrift store find
: the earrings are handmade using naturally found/sourced materials