When you start a conscious closet or search for your new fave ethical brand, you realize just how much digging you have to do to find firm answers to your questions. When it comes to most goods—particularly clothing though—there are a few red flags to look out for. Each point is a gray area in itself, so seeing a sign simply means you should do further research. As far as what defines an unethical brand, here I mean that they may be exploiting people (by offering poor working conditions or pay below a living wage) or the planet (by choosing low cost over low impact production methods). As I covered in why we need to ask more questions, brands aren’t exactly handing out this important information, which leads me to my first point…
Over the weekend we had the chance to take some photos for Conscious Shop Collective member Manos Zapotecas. If you’ve checked out their profile in our ethical shopping directory you already know how gorgeous their fair trade bags handwoven by artisans furthering the Zapotec traditions are. Globally inspired goods are huge right now and people are so drawn to designs and patterns that reflect cultures like Oaxaca, Mexico and their rich pasts. I believe that if more consumers knew they could reach and support makers directly by opting for an authentic piece rather than a trend-influenced, mass produced product inspired by certain traditions, they’d choose that instead!
We’ll be doing a more in depth feature on MZ this fall, but we wanted to share their stunning fall 2016 lookbook as shot by Mikola Accuardi with you in the meantime.
“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James
Summer is slipping away and I’m surprised to find myself not too bothered by it this year. Usually I mourn the end of the warm and bright season, resisting against every minute of light lost and drop in temperature, but it’s only mid-September and I’m already looking forward to the cozy days of Fall. August was full of adventure and perfect summer moments, and a week-long camping trip was the perfect way to say goodbye to the season! We went from Los Angeles to Seattle and everywhere in between, driving miles on end and setting up our tent each night in a spot more beautiful than the last. Keep reading for a look into our farewell to summer!
Things have been quite busy here behind the scenes for all of us here at CSC, but one thing I’ve realized during the busiest moments in life is to make my free moments count with creative projects and community. So over the weekend we finished up our fall lookbook shoot, despite hardly being able to squeeze in enough time to chase light, and I finally sat down to prepare this interview (and giveaway!) with our September featured member Savannah of Savvie Studio. I’m so glad I made time for it because reading the stories of other creatives always refreshes + inspires me, and I hope it does the same for you!
There are a lot of reasons to opt for natural beauty products instead of the L’Oreals of the world. Some people are concerned about skin sensitivities, allergies, and even possible carcinogens. I don’t have any 1 reason in particular that I love natural beauty, but I have done a lot of research and do have some insights:
My personal reasoning for avoiding many of the bigger, non-natural brands is based on a few things: 1) Natural beauty brands (and not all! always research!) tend to be more focused on quality than profit—it’s simply easier to find small brands I WANT to support in the natural beauty space. 2) They often make sustainability and ethical sourcing a staple. 3) There’s fewer ingredients, cutting out lots of uncertainty, 4) They have higher standards than the US which is known for being largely unregulated, 5) Many brands are founded + run by women who have taken the time to learn the beauty industry inside and out.
The first day of fall is still a few weeks away, but the start of September seems to have everyone craving spiced lattes and crisp days. Even in Los Angeles, it was only 80 degrees this week and it felt almost chilly – I loved it. My favorite part about Autumn is hands-down the food and sweets! I love grilling and eating fresh in the summer, but then I can’t wait to fill the house with warm scents of pumpkin bread, gingersnaps, and hearty crockpot dinners (and yes, lots of red wine). My other favorite parts of fall are the slow, foggy mornings where you cuddle up in a fuzzy blanket, drink mugs and mugs of coffee, and eventually convince yourself to make breakfast. This is my favorite dish for these kinds of mornings. And the best part about the recipe below? Your house smells heavenly, it tastes like pure Autumn, AND it only uses six ingredients.