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  • Life x Style 060 (Shop For a Cause Gift Guide)

    I was recently approached by an organization Fair Trade Fashion Show to participate in a campaign to encourage conversations about fashion activism. Needless to say, this is a heated topic for me- one that I’ve devoted my blog and current life’s work to. where. to. start???

    Everything that Fair Trade Fashion Show does, including their annual fashion show, is for the purpose of raising awareness about fair trade and human trafficking while showing how fashionable fair trade fashion can be. (because it is)


    Why is this so important to me? First of all, I consider myself a fashion activist above all else, and prioritize using my blog and social media platforms to share purpose-driven content that merges sustainability and self-esteem building style. I feel that I have a responsibility {and a passion} to inspire people to choose more conscious and sustainable means of fashion to afford us a happier, healthier planet. 



    Having impeccable style can be both sustainable and ethical and does not have to come at the cost of human & environmental ethics. My intention is to exemplify that in the content and the aesthetic that I share.



    The fashion activism campaign inspired me to share a mini-gift guide featuring only fair trade, sustainable and ethically produced, or more conscious holiday gifts. You know, the kinds I’d like to get myself {wink}. Above all, I want to share and promote more sustainable and conscious shopping habits; I realized not all people live and breath this stuff like me, and it might be harder for others to track down these goodies than for myself.


    Shopping for a cause is buying items that create more good in the world than harm, and that create more opportunities and a better life for their makers, not suppression. Think of it as a modern approach to holiday shopping; it is the way of the future as I see it, afterall.




    Scarf included in the Ethical Fashion Starter Kit Gift Box (below)



    Back to fashion activism– this can be many different things and likely means something different to each individual person. Above all, it means using your fashion for good- to empower yourself, to inspire others to do the same, to elevate your confidence and self-esteem to go after your dreams and speak up about what you belief in. It also means choosing fashion that does good [not harm], like I mentioned above.


    Why else would you care about choosing Fair Trade? A large amount of the fashion industry supply chain labor workers are grossly underpaid, unethically mistreated, and abused, all of which should be unlawful and unheard-of in today’s modern world. Sadly, in many countries where much of the fast fashion is produced and labor laws are not well-regulated, if in existence at all, these abusive working environments are the norm.


    Sweat shops do in fact exist. THIS is NOT ok. It needs to change. It is simply not sustainable. Just like many of the fashion industry practices are trashing our environment- the atmosphere, land and water supply- this is not sustainable either. If the fashion industry is to continue as an industry, it must change. The environment can not support it, nor will the people.


    The Goodies:

    Each of the items here I have either worn or own. I am most comfortable promoting (or even mentioning) only items and brands that I have used, worn or have personal experience with. Hence, everything mentioned below is an item I can personally vouch for based on my honest experience.



    Exclusive gift set includes all the vegan, organic, fair wage basics you need to begin your Ethical Fashion journey, even a $10 gift card to Bead & Reel to go back and further grow your conscious fashion collection. (check back next week for more on this ethical, fair trade mix of goodness)








    All of her 100% cashmere products are made from Mongolian goat. She has worked closely with her manufacturer to assure they support the herding communities to achieve greater financial security, healthier herds & cashmere of unsurpassed quality. (all items are beautifully wrapped with a cameo infused with her signature scent Grace- an experience for the senses in & of itself), Made in Mongolia

    ~$53.41 (free shipping to the US)

    Also shown, Oversized Cashmere Wrap in light grey: ~$280.37







    The double-sided pendant features the Sanskrit word for “Journey on one, and four lion heads engraved within the delicate emblem on the other, which serve as a reminder to women that the attributes of a lion- power, pride, confidence and courage – reside within them as well, and serves as a reminder to stay strong no matter where your journey may take you. A keepsake with a message makes a perfect gift. Supports women’s empowerment and children’s advancement in rural villages in India where their artisans are trained and able to earn living wages. Pewter charm, gold-filled chain, Made in the USA.







    Hand-poured Soy candle, created by women who have transitioned out of homelessness, allowing them to continue on the path of empowerment & independence. Your purchase at Raven & Lily creates fair trade jobs and fund micro loan programs for women. Fair trade, Made in Los Angeles, CA.

    $22.00 (Get 20% off entire order using code LM20)






    pc Jessie Cagliero Photography



    April May Jewelry is a purpose-driven line of uniquely handcrafted pieces created using classic metal-smithing techniques, made with a purpose to empower domestic violence survivors by donating a portion of every purchase to non-profits supporting this cause. Brass, Made in Oakland, CA. ***Now available in Silver***

    $40.00  (Get 15% off using code lmgiftguide)

    Also shown, Chaperon Choker  $60.00.







    Genetix meticulously selects active ingredients that are organic, wildcrafted and pure; vitamin enriched, melatonin-enhanced anti-aging face serums refine and resurface skin to reveal a smoother and more radiant complexion. Smells and feels just as nourishing on the skin.

    $127.00, 2.0 oz. (Get 50% off entire site using code EARLY) 

    Also available, Traveller size, .5 oz. $34.00






    pc Jessie Cagliero Photography


    Ethically made in San Francisco using recycled plastic bottles, and inclusively designed offering nude colors for all skin tones. (shown here, the Frida)

    $68.00 (Get $15 off your purchase using code LAURA15, expires 12/24 at midnight PST)





    pc Callina


    Hand knit by artisans in Peru using 100% baby Alpaca, with ribbing to draw the eye at the hem, neck and cuffs, this ingenious sweater is somehow both slimming and cozy at the same time. I love this one over a dress as much as I do with jeans and a Tee.

    $350.00 (Get 40% off their entire site {YES, REALLY!!) using code LML17, expires 12/24 at midnight PST) (Cardigan is $210 with discount code)







    For each Tee sold 100% of the proceeds are donated to the brand’s charity partner Fair Trade Fashion Show. Make a powerful statement for supporting anti-trafficking, fair trade projects and education; made from 100% organic cotton; Made by Nature USA, America’s first Fair Trade Certified factory located in Los Angeles, CA.







    pc Jessie Cagliero Photography


    Beksan is a mighty team of two CA-based sisters who design jewelry that reflects their Turkish heritage and work directly with local artisans there to handcraft their designs using eco-friendly metals, textiles, crystal cut & matte gemstones & sustainable practices. Hammered 24-carat gold vermeil. Made in Turkey.


    Also shown, Antika thin bracelet $55.00




    My commitment as an activist for sustainable or slow fashion comes from both an insatiable love of style and a deep need to do good for the planet. I’ll use slow fashion (as opposed to the fast) as a blanket term for what I consider fashion that is produced and consumed in a just way. Brands that use fair trade labor, have sustainable and ethical production standards, or by choosing secondhand and vintage, are all examples of slow vs. fast fashion.



    Sustainable fashion can be many different things- it can be buying secondhand clothes, buying less, buying from brands that manufacture sustainably, or locally, or strictly fair trade, or only buying items that you commit to wearing for a very long time, that will stand the test of time. Even if you focus on just one of the above, you are well on your way to creating a healthier happier world just by choosing your fashions in a conscious way- which really just means being aware of the choices you are making, and why are you making them.



    I hope this speaks to you in some way to do something differently and inspires you to explore more conscious ways of ‘doing’ fashion.



    Thank you for being here and taking the time to read my blog. I am eager to expand my reach and influence to further promote more conscious and sustainable means of consuming fashion and changing the face of fashion for good. Together we can change the world, one purchase at a time.



    Get involved. Become part of the movement for a healthier, more sustainable fashion world. I believe that together we can change the face of fashion.  Wear what you love and wear what empowers you. Also consider where your clothes were made and who made them. Your purchase may empower the person who made them (or not).


    Shop wisely. Every purchase is a vote. Make yours count. Dress in clothing you love and that have a positive impact on you and the rest of the world.


    *The items featured on this blog are what I consider sustainable fashion and/or are items I have owned for a very long time- which I would then consider a sustainable fashion choice simply for the longevity of it.




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