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10 Ways to be a Mindful Shopper

A great way to be a more conscious consumer is to purchase more mindfully and intentionally. If you don’t buy the item in the first place, then you won’t have to store it, recycle it or give it away after use. A conscious consumer generally doesn’t participate in the overconsumption of materials.  

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How to Host a Clothing Swap

WHAT IS A CLOTHING SWAP? Before we discuss HOW to host a clothing swap, let's define WHAT a clothing swap is! I have this pretty awesome friend (heyyy, Mer!) who hosted a clothing swap at her home almost 10ish years ago and invited me to attend. This was my first ever clothing swap experience, and I was very confused. Basically, I was supposed to gather up any of my clothing that either didn’t fit or I was sick of wearing and bring to her house…and share? I had so many questions: Is this a garage sale? Do we get it back? Is there a limit on how much I can bring…how much I can take?  I was hooked after that...

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5 Ways to Shop for Your Right-Now Body

Caroline Bower, owner of The Bluebird Collective, is a Mom Style Mentor who helps moms "go from feeling frumpy and frustrated to confident and vibrant with clothes that fit and flatter your right-now body."  As a Mom Style Mentor, the #1 struggle that I hear from women is that they can’t find clothes that fit. Many are becoming acquainted with a new postpartum body that doesn’t look or feel like their “former self”. Many are experiencing health changes that have affected their weight. Many, like me, have put on some pounds in the past couple of years, and our jeans just don’t fit quite right anymore.  So how do we dress a body that’s changed? How do we find clothing...

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5 Step Closet Clean Out

One myth associated with ethical fashion is that you have to have a closet full of clothes made from ethical brands to participate. Nope, not at all. The most "ethical" wardrobe you can have is using the clothes you already own! If your closet feels overwhelming, here's a 5 step process to help you clear the clutter and allow you to shop your own closet with ease.  1) JUST START The biggest step in the whole closet clean out process it to JUST START! Starting is always my biggest hurdle to overcome when I need to clean out my closet. I make excuse after excuse about how I need more time or the kids are going to interrupt or all of my...

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Ethical Fashion Terms

Our first blog post, "What in the world is ethical fashion?" gave a brief introduction of the concept of fast fashion versus ethical fashion. I shared my personal definition of ethical fashion, but over the years, I've learned that ethical fashion can encompass many different terms. Let's take a look at some of the words you might come across as you research ethical fashion.   FAIR TRADE/LIVING WAGES According to the Fair Trade Certified website, "Based on the simple idea that the products we buy and sell are connected to the livelihoods of others, fair trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world." Some people define ethical fashion as a Fair Trade company or a company working to ensure a living wage for...

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