Is Hemp a Sustainable Textile? Half the Footprint, Twice the Durability

Today I'm sharing a sponsored guest post written in collaboration with 8000Kicks, an upcoming Portuguese shoe brand that manufactures waterproof, hemp shoes. Edits and citations provided by me. Why Hemp is a Sustainable Textile What is Hemp? Hemp comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant and dates back to 8000 BCE, first cultivated in Taiwan for…

Thoughtful Style | Puffed Sleeves & Sela Designs Review

This post is part of an annual partnership with Sela Designs and I received items to review. Who Wore It Better? I grew up watching the Megan Follows version of Anne of Green Gables at least once a week for what seemed like years on end. There is much to love about this adaptation -…

Fair Trade Fashion at Walmart? Free Assembly Review + Discussion

Fair Trade Fashion at Walmart? When Whitney Bauck at Fashionista published an article on Walmart's new fair trade and sustainable-ish line, Free Assembly, I'm pretty sure I made a shocked-emoji face 😲 From Fashionista: Though Walmart positioned Free Assembly as its fashion-forward "timeless essentials" offering in press releases, this focus on sustainable materials — though…

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Sweater Weather: Where to Buy Cozy, Slow Fashion Sweaters

Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com Slow Fashion Sweaters: It's Sweater Weather Here in southern New England, temperatures dipped into the 40s last night. My wardrobe is still packed with t-shirts and lightweight denim, but I woke up this morning determined to begin the great fall transition, unpacking sweaters and long sleeve shirts from under-bed…

What Ethical Brands Can Learn from Fast Fashion

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com What I Learned When I Went Back to Fast Fashion Discovering Ethical Fashion I've beat my story into the ground by now, but just in case you're entering it via this post, let me recap: I stopped buying the worst offenders of fast fashion (think Forever 21) in 2013…

Ethical Alternatives to Free People: 9 Better Brands

This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated in September 2020. Is Free People ethical? Though ideologically I'm probably more like a hippie than I realize, I've never fully embraced boho style. But I've always admired the cool girls and women who pull it off well. Layers, mixed prints, embroidery, and drapey silhouettes…