INSPIRE: Fall Trends, Fair Trade Edition Part 3

Blue Fall Fair Trade Fashion

I channeled the grays of overcast fall skies and deep blues and teals of autumn lakes in this outfit.

One of the fall trends I mentioned in the first part of this series that I’m excited about is wearing hats – beanies in particular. Expect to see a beanie explosion as the weather cools off, and consider getting one for yourself that you can feel confident wearing, knowing that everyone with a part in making it, from picking the cotton to knitting the hat, was paid fairly. And as a result of your support, they’re now able to support themselves and their families.

If hats aren’t your thing, try some of the other pieces in this outfit. Not only will you be on trend with the fall blues and grays, warm, cozy, and comfortable, but you’ll also make an impact in someone else’s life. Hi-five!

Classic Hat, blue from Noonday Collection / Chevron Dangle Earrings / Teavy Upcycled Taupe Cardigan from Raven + Lily / Stina Top from Threads 4 Thought / Canyon Cord Pant from Prana / Cabled Cowl from 4 All Humanity / Dahlia Necklace / Pina Stamp Ring / Hi-Five Mitts 

Check out the first and second fall fair trade and sweatshop free outfit collages.

What are you excited to wear this fall? 

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INSPIRE: Fall Trends, Fair Trade Edition Part 2

Yellow and Gray Fall Fair Trade Fashion

Yellow and Gray Fall Fair Trade Fashion by econley featuring a bangle bracelet

Plaid, leather, chunky knits, and delicious colors are just a few of things I love about fall fashion. I especially love these items, because each of them was made by someone earning a fair wage, someone who can now support themselves, afford to send their children to school, start their own business, and contribute to their local economies. That’s what fair trade is about. 
Starting at the top left, going clockwise: 

What do you look forward to wearing when the weather cools off? 

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Beauty Find Friday: My Fall Reading List

Books, pencils, and notebooks – ah, the signs of fall. After I painted this doodle, I felt like talking about books for today’s Beauty Find Friday!

Currently Reading: 

Youth Ministry in Small Churches

I pulled this book off of Brian’s shelf about a month ago. I’ve been digesting it slowly; it’s packed with thought-provoking examples, useful tips, and practical ideas. 

I haven’t made much progress in this one, but what I’ve read so far was challenging and convicting. As someone who fits the definition of “growing up Christian” by being raised by Christian parents, with Christian grandparents, home schooled and/or Christian schooled, and faithfully attended church my entire life, I can relate to the blessings and the struggles discussed in this book.

Wish List: 

The Hunger Games (Book 1)
Yes, I’ve decided to read the Hunger Games. I realized that I’m always late to the party when it comes to popular books. I read The Lord of the Rings books after the movies had come out, I read Harry Potter last year for the first time ever. I don’t want to miss out on something good for so long this time. And after all, I do like dystopian literature. Let’s hope this is the next Harry Potter, not the next Twilight.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
I’ve wanted this book ever since I watched Brene Brown’s TED talk, and I wanted it even more after I saw her segment with Oprah. According to the synopsis: “In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.”

This book just sounds like fun! “Using a simple doodle as a starting point, 18 artists take you on an inspirational, crafty journey! Filled with inventive prompts designed to fuel the imagination, these 75 exercises motivate crafters to pick up a pencil, brush, or marker, and explore their artistic voice. From quick “try it” ideas using shapes and patterns to doodled portraits and contour drawings, these step-by-step projects are wild creative fun.”

I enjoyed Chip and Dan’s innovative approach to marketing in Flip the Switch, and as a writer, I want my messages to stick. “Made to Stick is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures)–the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of “the Mother Teresa Effect”; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas–and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.”

What are you reading now? What’s on your list? Share it with us in the comments below!

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INSPIRE: Fall Trends, Fair Trade and Sweatshop-Free Edition

Now that the New York Fashion Week is over, fall fashion recaps are flooding my bloglovin’ feed. I love browsing photos of beautifully styled clothes with cozy textures, rich jewel tones, and classic patterns.

Some of my favorite fall trends this year include: 

  • Plaid – almost always a fall staple, this year we’ll see a lot of it. It’s classic, timeless, and versatile. The plaid skirt I wore over ten years ago would fit right into fall 2013. Depending on how you wear it and the colors involved, plaid can be western, preppy, or celtic. 
  • Booties – I haven’t taken the plunge to buy a pair of booties myself, but I do like how they look on other people. 
  • Coats – These were popular on the runway this fall. Trench coats, fur coats, military style jackets, and menswear coats were a few of the trends.
  • Hats – Particularily the humble beanie. 
  • Colors – The Pantone colors for fall are a mix of colors I would expect, like dark purple, red, orange, moss green, gray, and emerald, paired with unexpected colors like pink, almost-neon green, royal blue, and coffee brown. 
  • Fur, leather, and knits – The best part of fall fashion for me is the textures. Leather is still in, fur is popular, and thick chunky knits are back. 
Just to review, the ethical fashion movement is a response to the abuses that are a part of the fashion industry, such as environmental damage, excessive waste, and human rights abuses. So, in today’s post, I’ve created a few inspiration boards highlighting fair trade and sweatshop-free products that fit the fall trends. 
Plum and Gray Fall Fairtrade fashion

Carolina Fringe Scarf from Noonday Collection / Elegant Arrows Necklace from Noonday Collection / Teavy Upcycled Tailored Jacket (also in black) from Raven + Lily / Mug hand knitted cozy from Noonday Collection / Rocky Sweatshirt from Threads 4 Thought / Horn Triangle Necklace from Indego Africa / Infinity Rings from 4AllHumanity / Violet Horn and Paper Bracelet from Noonday Collection

I especially love the tailored jacket from Raven and Lily – it’s recycled, and it’s made by at risk women Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, allowing them to provide for their families. 

I’ve made two other inspiration boards, and I’ll share them with you soon! If you like the collage above, please pin it to Pinterest to spread the fairtrade love with others.

What are your favorite fall trends? Share them with us in the comments! 

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Beauty Find Friday: My Favorite Online Magazines

There’s something to be said about the pleasure of finding a magazine in the mailbox, or flipping through the pages in a coffee shop, or whiling away the hours of a long flight with a glossy stack. With that said, the internet has blessed us with online magazines. Now, we can enjoy magazine articles for free, and on our phones. 

I’ll always love physical magazines, but today I’m sharing a few new loves of mine in the online magazine realm. 

Dean Street Society – Dean Street Society covers style, life, and entrepreneurship with a graceful, plucky spirit that makes me feel like I could be totally at home having coffee with Hilary and discussing what humidity does to our bangs and how to set reasonable business goals.

Clementine Daily – Hilary introduced me to Clementine (she’s the style editor), a new magazine whose every article so far I’ve loved. Their sweet video makes me want to wear dresses every day, buy more flowers, ride a blue bike, and learn to play the ukulele. And dye my hair red. Check out their manifesto here.

Matchbook – I’ve followed Matchbook since their second issue, and it just gets better (Although, I do miss the hand drawn illustrations they used to have). It’s eye candy extravaganza with style, decor, art, parties, and more. In their words: 

“Brimming with intriguing interviews, stately homes, captivating memoirs and swoon-worthy fashion spreads, matchbook seeks to inspire women around the globe to design a life they adore. From lipstick to letterpress, gelato to grosgrain, and Paris to Peru, consider us your field guide to a charmed life.”

The Beauty Department – If you’re on Pinterest, chances are that you’ve seen, and pinned, some of the photo tutorials from The Beauty Department. Everything you ever wanted to know – the right way to pluck your eyebrows, how to create the latest nail art or  braided updo – this is the place. 

Darling Magazine – Even though Darling Magazine has a print edition, there’s still great content on their website. The departments are divided into personas – The Achiever, The Dreamer, The Hostess, etc. Their mission says it all: 

Your turn – do you have favorite online magazines? Share them with us in the comments below!

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