Gift Guide for the Conscious Consumer: Men’s Edition

Historically, the men in my life have been the hardest to buy gifts for. Add in the ethical element, and at times I’ve been at a complete loss. Thankfully in the past year alone I’ve seen some great menswear companies spring up to fill that gap in the market. Here are some of my favorites — veterans and newbies — that will be sure to please your boyfriends, dads, husbands and all the other dudes on your list. As with all of my conscious consumer guides, all the #forgood gifts you see are priced at $50…

Gift Guide for the Conscious Consumer: Little One Edition

In my friend circle, 2016 has been the year of getting pregnant and having your first baby. That being said, between my rapidly expanding Christmas list and baby shower invites, I’ve had the pleasure of shopping for a group that’s new to me: the little ones.  Along the way I’ve discovered incredible companies selling baby products that give back — that don’t hurt people or the environment in their production. In fact, I found so many conscious consumer baby products that I couldn’t fit them into one gift guide; I…

Gift Guide for the Conscious Consumer: Ladies Edition

I used to be a big Black Friday shopper. I would either stay up late the night of Thanksgiving, or get up at the crack of dawn the next morning to go fight the crowds over bargain Saturday Night Live DVDs and half price designer jeans. This year I made a point to spend time with my family and #optoutside, although I did stop by the local Patagonia outlet Friday afternoon (they were donating 100% of their sales to environmental grassroots organizations woot woot!) Now that the holiday is past and the turkey and leftover turkey sandwiches are all gone…

Purpose Jewelry: Driving Out Darkness

There has always been hatred, fear and pain in our world and there always will be. As a society, and as individuals, we are measured by our response. Do we allow ourselves to become paralyzed by despair, or do we let suffering produce perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope? This morning I was encouraged by this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Today and everyday I choose to love, and to celebrate the light that is driving out darkness…

YSTR // Part Deux

For most, fall fashion consists of cozy sweaters, circle scarves and riding boots. For us Angelenos still fighting the 90 degree heat, bodysuits and breezy capris are just what the weatherman ordered. Whether I’m attending my friend’s art opening, or Sunday brunching (what else do people do here?) I find myself going back again and again to this eco-friendly combo from YSTR. The Margaux bodysuit can be dressed up with their Jett Tie pants, or dressed down with frayed jean shorts for an outdoor concert. Their Amelie neck scarf takes your basics from, well, basic…

Mae-Noel // Encouragement, Motherhood and Eco Fashion

Up-and-coming eco fashion label Mae-Noel was born out of encouragement. Regardless of what you hear in this current political zeitgeist in America, words do matter, and designer Joanna Weadon is a testament to their power. I connected with Joanna to learn more about her story — how she got started, why she pursued sustainable fashion and how she envisions her brand evolving. Tell me all about starting Mae-Noel. J:  This has been something pretty unexpected in my life because I don’t have any formal training in fashion or design. We moved to California about two…

YSTR // Redefining Modern Fashion

This past weekend I spoke on a sustainable fashion panel at the Los Angeles Green Festival. We (the panelists) were asked to wear our favorite sustainable brands and be prepared to share the ways our chosen brands are making a difference. At first this felt daunting, but YSTR made the choice easy for me. Deemed “the next Reformation” by Refinery 29, YSTR is redefining modern fashion through their disruptive, eco-friendly business model. Every piece they sell is cut-to-order, manufactured by fairly paid staff in Los Angeles, and constructed to last. Why is this important?  The…

Conscious Capitalism: People Have The Power

I don’t like what I see in manufacturing today, but I’m hopeful things can change. I want to be a part of that change. Businesses don’t need to profit at the expense of their workers’ safety and quality of life, discarded clothing doesn’t need to pile up in land fills, and cotton farmers don’t need to be exposed to cancer causing chemicals. These are large scale problems, but they each share one solution: people. The manufacturing industry evolved into what is is today because of us, because of consumerism…