Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The dress code...

Oasap tribal poncho, 22 Stars bead necklaces, AMI Clubwear fringe boots, Song Yee Designs turquoise berry ring, casual outfit

I don't know why, but every time Wednesday rolls around, I find myself sitting in front of the computer, late at night (errr... at 2100) attempting to force my eyes to stay open while I think of something incredibly witty to share here.  

That, my friends, is just a snippet from the life of a first-year teacher.  

Here is my best attempt at saying something incredibly interesting, thought-provoking, and opinion-seeking: 

I am totally on the fence about school dress codes.  

While, on the one hand, I can see how dress codes are great.  I can recall a number of teachers that I would never want to see in a crop top and Daisy Dukes.  I can't even begin to wrap my head around the distraction that would have caused.  Add that to the fact that kids today are physically growing faster and are trying to act older, but are slowing down mentally (and you know, totally missing out on important life skills) and it is easy to see that without a dress code, school could become an even gnarlier place than it already is.  We'd have buildings full of sassified third graders running around looking like Honey Boo Boo/Kardashian wannabes and really (adapted from the dignified words of Honey Boo Boo herself), I don't need that drama. 

On the flip side, I don't actually own many short-sleeved shirts.  I'm not allowed to wear tank tops to work unless the strap is at least 3" wide (which ummm... I don't have any of) or if I wear it under something.  Because my coverup wardrobe consists mostly of kimonos with fringe or super drapey sleeves, I spend lots of my day either getting caught on classroom furniture or in the sticky grasps of kiddos who share my affinity for fringe and since I tend to be constantly chasing eloping children back into my den of learning classroom, it just gets to be too darn hot for layers. 

I think that writing this may have just knocked me off of the fence.  I just decided that tank tops should be allowed.  If nothing else, because we live in the desert and don't have any control over the air conditioning in the school... and who wants to do schoolwork when they're overheating (or getting stuck on the furniture)?  I'll tell you: NO ONE!  

What do you think about school dress codes for students and for teachers?  Necessary, or creates more hassle than it's worth? 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the necklaces are handmade and fair trade
: the leather cuff is handmade
: the turquoise ring is handmade
: the leggings are second hand

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bonneville Salt Flats...

Dezzal short sleeved sweater, Skar Designs handmade necklace, Skar Designs handmade leather cuff, GlobeIn ring, Half United earrings, travel outfit, casual outfit, fall outfit

Wow, oh wow!  I am so far behind on posting!  These snaps are from 3 weeks ago!  This new job has, once again, totally taken over my life and I'm usually in bed and asleep by 20:30.  

It's funny because just before these photos were taken at the Bonneville Salt Flats, I was on the phone  with my mom and told her that my life was great.  I was living in a new place, getting paid to help kids all week, and exploring a new corner of the world every weekend.  

My, how things have changed.  I keep getting new students and all of the routines that I worked for weeks to establish are all out the window and I'm back to square one.  My only hope is that with a few more weeks of hunkering down and pushing through it, I will have restored order so that I can resume my life of getting paid to help kids during the week and going on restorative weekend explorations.  

Anyway, let me get to what's really important here: the salt flats!  I saw the Bonneville Salt Flats on a travel show, I think, when I was in high school.  I remember how hard it was for me to wrap my head around the whole concept of them.  This was once a place that had been carved out and blanketed in water so salty that millions of years later, the water is gone, but the salt remains.  It just seemed like a magical place, and so Salt Lake City (the nearest hub) has been on my Wanderlust List ever since! On the way out to Vegas with my family (and moving truck) we skirted right around SLC and I begged to go out of the way to see the salt flats... and was promptly turned down, so it was lucky that SB was amenable to a weekend exploration.  

The flats are crazy.  I don't particularly enjoy driving and the mirages rising off of the salt was intense and very trippy.  Because the salt is everywhere and we visited on a totally cloudless day, there was a huge glare and it was really hard to see what was in front of us.  I couldn't believe that SB convinced me to not just drive on the flats, but drive 100 MPH on the flats.  I think I only did it because it really didn't look like there was anyone else around and because I was trying to push myself one step closer to getting over my driving fears. 

It was pretty awesome.  I think we spent roughly an hour on the Speedway and then started our long journey back to Vegas (by way of the Extraterrestrial Highway... yes, I did see one Alien.  See Instagram for that experience).  If you ever find yourself in the top bit of Utah, I'd recommend a quick stop to the Bonneville Salt Flats.  If nothing else, it'll confuse your brain... is this snow I'm driving on, or salt? 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the ring is handmade and fair trade
: the earrings are handmade (from recycled bullet casings) and fair trade
: the necklace and cuff bracelet are handmade

Friday, September 23, 2016

: 22 Stars giveaway...

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Hip hip, hooray!  It's the triumphant return of #FreebieFriday (and it should have happened earlier, but I got stuck on a plane on my way home for a family emergency).  That aside, I am very happy to introduce you to 22 Stars, a fair trade company that has paired up with women in displaced refugee camps in Kampala and Jinja, Uganda. 22 Stars founder, Stella visited Uganda to do research for her international law thesis about girl child soldiers, but was so impressed by the ability of the women in these refugee camps to make beautiful jewelry from recycled paper, that she decided to help these ladies improve their lives and started 22 Stars.  

The women who are now earring a fair wage for making this beautiful jewelry once had almost no education, many were sick (with HIV/AIDS), had fled from war zones and were displaced and/or cold not read or write.  Now, a portion of the net profit from 22 Stars sales go straight to providing education, medical care, and leisure classes.  

Stella was kind enough to send me a ton of beautiful jewelry all made by the wonderful ladies in Uganda from recycled paper and she wants to share some of it with one lucky : the daily savant : reader.  This jewelry set includes a lovely necklace (the red beads kind of remind me of chili peppers) and two matching bracelets.  One bracelet has a charm that reads "Trust in your dreams" and the other reads "All we need is love" and they are all things of beauty! 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Big Cottonwood Canyon...

What's up world!  On this wonderful Wednesday, I am thinking about all of the fabulous things in life.  Something that tops that list is whiskey the opportunity to step back from the busy crush of humanity that we know as civilization to get back to nature.  

I am thoroughly enjoying this look back at some snaps taken at Big Cottonwood Canyon from our Utah trip several weeks ago.  The canyon was gorgeous, even though many of the trails were still super populated.  I was actually pretty happy to see how many people were out hiking because it meant that SB and I were among many like-minded people.  When the trails got too crowded, we were bad and pulled out the phone to geocache a bit off the beaten path.  I'm not actually sure that we really found any real caches, because we never encountered a log book, but there was one point when we'd scaled the side of a cliff, discovered a few dead animals, and each nearly wiped out several times, I found a pipe buried in the leaves in roughly the geographic region that the cache was supposed to be.  

In any case, we had a lovely wander.  While climate change is often on my mind, I was happy to see that the leaves were already beginning to change, as I've been worrying about how I'll deal with my first  autumn without change-y leaves in Las Vegas. 

Also, sometimes, a gal just needs a day with no makeup.  This was that day! 

Can you spot SB^? 

Monday, September 19, 2016

A few of my favourite things...

Deb print tunic dress (worn as a top), AMI Clubwear ankle booties, Skar Designs necklace, GlobeIn handmade fair trade earrings, fall outfit, travel outfit, casual outfit

Want to know what one of my favourite things about blogging is?  

Give up? 

It's the photoshoots.  Growing up with a photographer for a father meant that, for the majority of my childhood, I had a camera lens pointed in my general direction.  Combine this with an adolescent love of fashion magazines and a grown up love of travel and my head is often full of crazy Tim Walker-esque photo shoot ideas.  

While I very rarely get to go all out with props and wild outfits, taking a walk in a new city with someone to play photographer always brings me immense joy.  Here are a few more snaps from my trip with SB to Salt Lake City.  

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the sweater was a hand-me-down
: the necklace is handmade 
: the earrings are handmade and fair trade
: the top is actually a tunic dress that I've re-styled to get more wear out of


Sunday, September 18, 2016

#SustainableSunday and Pretty Little Liars style...

It's #SustainableSunday and I am so excited!  I fell off the #SustainableSunday bandwagon there for a while, but I couldn't be happier to be sharing with you how fabulous sustainable and fair trade fashion can be.  

Last week, I had to take a few days out of school to attend a really awesome training and since I was out of school, I was able to get a bit more extravagant with my outfits.  Seriously, I felt like Aria from #PLL in these threads... speaking of which... I need to get caught up on PLL!  

Anyway, get this: At least half of this outfit is fair trade! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the pants are fair trade
: the earrings are handmade/fair trade
: the necklace is handmade/fair trade
: the other jewelry is handmade