the moral wardobe: henna and layering

Ethical Details: Dress – Mata Traders fair trade; Sweater – thrifted; Boots – thrifted; Necklace – handmade via etsy; Belt – thrifted
I’ve been trying to figure out how to make this Mata Traders sundress work for winter ever since I bought it on sale late in the summer season. I’m pleased that this ensemble seems to really work. I like all the textures and shades of blue running up against each other. 
You may not be able to tell, but I dyed my hair with henna. I used the shade, Persian Mahogany, by Rainbow Henna. It comes in a screw top plastic container, which makes it easy to scoop out what you need for one application and store the rest. The application process is never a simple one and it smells pretty grody, but I learned how to keep a clean work area from last time, so it wasn’t so bad. I like the subtle dark red tint it added and the way it evened out my partially natural, partially dyed hair color. I’m kind of a hair dye addict, but I am trying to keep things a bit more natural in terms of both color and processing. Henna is time tested and all natural.

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  1. Christy Nicholson
    February 6, 2015 / 2:48 am

    I kept thinking about buying this dress, but couldn't decide how I would style it. I love how you use it in this outfit!

  2. Jen Hsieh
    February 4, 2015 / 5:52 am

    Loving the slightly darker and redder tone of your hair – I've always been curious about dying hair with henna and I'm loving the way it turns out. Wonder what it can do with black hair, but too scared to try, haha.

  3. Leah Wise
    February 2, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Henna is an experience, but I like that it's semi-permanent and doesn't strip your hair like regular dyes. That sweater was such a good find at a thrift shop in Cincinnati.

  4. Leah Wise
    February 2, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    Thanks! And cute blog!

  5. Leah Wise
    February 2, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    I guess that explains the name, Persian Mahogany! Thanks. Mata Traders just announced that they're making clothing in jersey fabric for the next season and I'm so excited; their stuff tends to fit me weird, so I think jersey will be more forgiving.

  6. Hoda Katebi
    February 2, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    Ahh your hair looks so great! Henna is so popular in Iran, as it is really nice that it is very natural and not as damaging as regular dye. Also, I think you definitely made the Mata Traders dress work in the winter! What a cute look! (and what a great brand!) xx<(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

  7. Writing Monique
    February 2, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    I really like this outfit. You look good! I adore the layering!WritingMonique

  8. Catherine Kowalik Harper
    February 2, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Your hair looks gorgeous and I've always heard great things about henna. Layering is such a smart idea and that sweater is amazing!

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