Friday, April 20, 2018

SYNERGY CLOTHING // Sustainable, Ethical, Organic Clothing

Ethical, sustainable, organic clothing by Syngery Clothing. From activewear to evening wear, it's ethical shopping made easy for everyone.
Synergy clothing was born when Kate Fisher first visited Nepal in the fall of 1993. She returned home to California inspired by the amazing fabrics and beautiful textiles of South East Asia and began her designs. In 2006 Kate and her husband Henry formed a family operated business and began focusing on eco-conscious clothing production. Together, they committed to making clothing with the highest environmental and ethical principles with minimal environmental impact. It was also their mission to empower their employees through ethical employment practices.

Synergy Clothing's Urban Zen Leggings in Blue Bird
Synergy believes it matters how your clothing is made, that you deserve the choice to buy clothing you can feel good about wearing with the knowledge of where and how it was produced. It all begins with certified organic cotton grown and loomed into fabric in India and Nepal. Synergy uses only organic seeds that don't require harmful pesticides or chemicals to grow. All of their fabrics are also made with low impact, water-based dyes with high absorption rates, which decreases the use of rinse water and produces less waste.Every piece of clothing is ethically sewn in a GOTS certified factory by adult men and women who are paid a living wage for their hard work. By treating their employees with respect they create clothing that are not only high quality, but that are empowering the people who make them.
Synergy is an ethical, sustainable, organic cotton clothing company that's committed to reducing their impact on the environment in every way possible. Part of that commitment is an unheard of  responsibility for their clothing, even after it's been sold. When you're done with your Synergy clothing (no matter its condition) you can take it to their retail locations or mail it back to them to be recycled. For every garment you send back you will receive a voucher for 20% off a single Synergy Organic Clothing item.  If the returned clothing is in good shape it's donated to local Santa Cruz non-profits and women's shelters. Any clothing that is no longer wearable will be donated to environmentally responsible textile recycling programs. Synergy strives to empower people to make more purposeful choices. They believe ethical fashion is about more than just clothing, it is casting a vote for the type of future you want for the world and the people who live on it.

They have mens and womens styles in a variety of colors for literally every occasion.
See all the possibilities at SynergyClothing.com
and find them on Instagram @SynergyClothing

Thank you for reading along,
I appreciate your time and support SO much <3
Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo



















The Synergy Infinity Dress is one of their BEST sellers, it's super soft and incredibly versatile. See more ways to wear this look below!


Friday, April 13, 2018

LaVIDA GENERATION // Biodegradable Bamboo Sunglasses


LaVida Generation Biodegradable bamboo sunglasses
If you know anything about me by now, it's that I love a great pair of sunglasses. I live in Los Angeles, where on average there are about 284 sunny days per year. I know I'm not the only Californian that says a pair of shades are my go-to, on-the-go accessory. I'm so used to wearing them all day, every day that I can hardly keep my eyes open outside without them. They are apart of me and my daily life. NO SHAME! Needless to say, I quickly learned that like sunscreen for the skin, sun protection for your eyes is equally as important.

All pink- all day in these Black framed Bella LaVida Generation bamboo sunglasses with pink polarized lenses.
I found a wonderful sunglass brand to share with you called LaVida Generation. These sunglasses are crafted using highly-sustainable premium bamboo. LaVida Generation uses bamboo as an alternative to other waste-producing materials that take significantly longer to biodegrade. Did you know sunglasses made of metal can take 300 to 500 years to biodegrade and plastic sunglasses can take 450 to 1,000 years!? I can't help but think of ALL the plastic sunglasses I've ever owned, or that I've ever seen at the mall- season after season. Every single pair, out-living me somewhere in a giant trash heap, or even worse, floating around forever in the ocean.

The complimentary LaVida Generation case, made of bamboo, that comes with each pair or sunglasses ordered
LaVida Generation sunglasses and the bamboo cases they come in, break down naturally in just 4 to 6 short months making them 100% biodegradable. By using biodegradable materials to make their products, they help to minimize the energy used for production, decrease waste in landfills, and protect our beautiful oceans from pollution. In their commitment to social and environmental responsibility, LaVida Generation also donates 10% of their net profits to leading Nature & Wildlife Conservancies to help protect the planet for generations to come.

Lavida Generation's neutral tone lens and natural bamboo frames
LaVida Generation makes sunnies for men and women in a variety of frames and styles. The lenses come in both neutral and vibrant colors. They are also polarized, meaning they significantly reduce the effects of glares by blocking bright and blinding reflections. This helps ease your eyes and allows you to see clearer without squinting.

Check out all the styles and colors they have at
LaVidaGeneration.com
and on Instagram
@LaVida Generation

Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo




Friday, April 6, 2018

MAERI DESIGN // Contemporary bags with a recycled twist


Maeri Design is a fair-trade textile brand that has revived a nearly extinct hand-weaving technique in a very unlikely location. Maeri produces these high quality, minimalist handbags and totes in India using non-degradable, recycled plastic. Every morning groups of people in the slums of India sift through piles of industrial trash looking for materials that can be salvaged and sold. The recyclable plastics they pick out are then purchased by factories or recycling plants, where it's reformed and recycled into anything from pipes, tubes, window frames, plastic sheets, etc. A similar process creates the recycled plastic wires that eventually become the heart and elegance of every Maeri bag.


Maeri stands at an intersection of culture, change and opportunity. Inspired by sustainability and the revival of a mesmerizing and nearly forgotten century-old technique of knotting. Each handbag is meticulously hand woven by less-privileged women in the insurgent areas of India. They use a collection of recycled plastic called Polyethylene, in a variety of chic color ways. Every woman artisan spends between 8 to 22 hours weaving a single product, depending on the design and the size. Each bag is seemingly perfect and feels like it will last forever- and quite frankly it will.


Maeri encourages less privileged women, from the disabled to the elderly and empowers them with the opportunity to work from the comfort of their homes. They only collaborate with partners that practice and respect Fair Trade Principles to ensure the women are paid a fair income that improves their livelihood. Maeri encompasses the sprit of real craft and community. With styles ranging from totes, satchels, cross-body bags, laptop sleeves and evening clutches, Maeri has a bag to suit your every outfit and outing.

Take 25% off at MaeriDesign.com on me!
Use code ERIN25 at checkout <3
You can find them on Instagram
@MaeriDesign

Thank you for reading along,

Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo





Friday, March 30, 2018

FOR BETTER NOT WORSE // This shirt comes with (grocery)baggage


Did you know that one in five children in the United States go to bed hungry every night? Patricc Reed, the founder of For Better Not Worse calls himself a "difference maker". He's always been more of a do-er than a dreamer. Patricc started this sassy, women's clothing company as a way to give back and help children who suffer from food insecurity right here in America. For Better Not Worse works with school districts in low-income communities that have government subsidized school meal programs, as well as organizations especially focused on children at risk of hunger.

Founder of For Better Not Worse, Patricc Reed high-fives the local kids at
the Boys and Girls club while at the monthly food drop
30 million children qualify and participate in the free or reduced price lunch and breakfast program throughout the U.S. For many kids it's the only meal(s) they will eat in the day. Many children often go without enough food on days when school isn't in session. This can range from a few hours like on school nights, days- over the weekends, weeks- for holiday closures and Summer break which can be months, 42-98 days depending on the school district. Thats why for every item purchased, For Better Not Worse gives an entire bag of groceries to a child in need, no matter what time of year. Instead of simply writing a check to a charity of their choice, once a month a food drop event is organized with the local Boys and Girls Club. Patricc and his FBNW team partner with food brands, go grocery shopping and distribute each bag of food by hand to the children and their families. This allows them to engage directly with the people they are impacting.

Wearing the Date Night Favorites Long Sleeve Tee from For Better Not Worse
These spunky and bold printed tops are insanely soft and drape in all the right places. From heartfelt to hilarious, they have a variety of flirty phrases and powerful statements to express yourself. They can be paired with skinnys or shorts for a casual look or a pair of sweatpants for cozy weekend at home. Before For Better Not Worse, Patricc learned the lesson of self-discipline through his years serving in the Marines. No matter how he woke up feeling, no matter what obstacles stood in the way of his mission, he would persevere and work toward the greater goal. FBNW currently drops food in the Southern California area. Patricc's goal is to one day feed thousands of children across the U.S. every week. He also hopes to inspire young people to adopt more philanthropic business models, not only to thrive but to give back to others while doing so.


Give a bag of groceries to a local child with your purchase on FBNW.US
and find them on Instagram
@FORBETTERNOTWORSE


Thank you so much for reading along.
Your support means the world to me <3

Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo

Patricc stands silkscreen in hand, with one of his team members. All of For Better Not Worse Clothing is designed and screen printed in downtown Los Angeles.

For every purchase at For Better Not Worse, a bag of groceries is hand-delivered by the company's founder to a child fighting hunger.
Dream Doer Venice muscle Tee and More More More Boxer Tee

Patricc loads up his car for the For Better Not Worse monthly food drop

Coffee Yoga Puppies Naps Boxer Tee from For Better Not Worse

Friday, March 23, 2018

KIPATO UNBRANDED // Empowering Kenyan Artisans

Top Left, The Double Ring Choker. Bottom Right, The Af-ry-kah Bracelet.
Bottom left Boma Earrings and Horseshoe Necklace
Marta Krajnik spent 12 years working in the international development sector for organizations like Oxfam and the UN Environment. She worked on HIV/AIDS related projects, capacity building, women empowerment and environmental issues. During her years working in Tanzania and Kenya  she became fluent in Swahili and spent her time immersed in the local communities. There she found a common scenario in the low-income area of Kenya; low-paid, yet highly skilled artisans whose salary and livelihood depended on the whim of their powerful employers. While the jewelry industry thrived for the luxury brands there, the people that handcrafted them often did not.

Founder of Kipato Unbranded Marta Krajnik sits with a local Kenyan Jewelry Artisan
So, in August 2015 Marta founded Kipato Unbranded, a social enterprise that collaborates with local jewelry makers in Nairobi, Kenya. This all women-run company helps promote the artist's true talent and skill by giving them access to larger, more fair markets.  The word Kipato is Kiswahili for "income" to highlight the social justice at the core of the company. The team ensures that their artists are empowered by the work they do and receive fair wages for it.  50% of profits from their work, whether international or local go directly to the artists, creating an income model that is sustainable and fair to them. They are "unbranded" because they focus on jewelry made by everyday people, for everyday people- including the Kenyans and Africans, in hopes of creating an enterprise that is accessible and approachable to everyone.

Wearing the Inverted Rain Drop Earrings and Tear Drop Necklace

Just a few of the Rings from Kipato Unbranded
Everything they make is from recycled products, their packaging and operations are eco-friendly too. This simple and ethically responsible brand has so many versatile styles to choose from. Perfect for a red carpet event or a casual Sunday afternoon with friends. There's a level a quality and craftsmanship you can feel in every piece and knowing the story behind it makes it even more special.

To see the full collection go to
KipatoUnbranded.com
and find them on Instagram
@KipatoUnbranded

Until Next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo


Wearing the Inverted Rain Drop Earrings and Tear Drop Necklace by Kipato Unbranded
The Rosary, Tear Drop And Bullet style necklaces by Kipato Unbranded


Friday, March 16, 2018

SAGJOL // Art inspired Denim MADE IN L.A.

Sagjol Art and Clothing Designs. Top right- The clothing line was inspired by this "See from Your Heart" Painting
The idea to promote unity, acceptance and love for ourselves and everyone around the world came to Sarah Marchand first through a painting she created and called "See from your heart". That painting then inspired a more simplified logo that would become the icon of her premium, American-Made, clothing line. SAGJOL, pronounced “Sa'jol” is an acronym that stands for "Sewing Acceptance Globally, Justifying Our Love" and that's exactly what Sarah hopes to do through her clothing.

Wearing the SAGJOL Bomber Jacket in Black & Patrice Crop Flare with Frayed Edge pants

Sarah Marchand was raised in the UK and moved to America when she was just 20 years old.  Her upbringing left her feeling uncomfortable in her own skin, she thought of herself as tall, boring, thin and plain. Until one day she was scouted by a modeling agent at the age of 17 and with the encouragement of her friends she started a runway career. Without money for traditional college or any formal training she decided to jump into the fashion industry. Sarah was a reluctant and nervous model who eventually became a fashion designer inspired by the message of universal love and acceptance.


SAGJOL clothing has a classic upscale vibe with a very unique and unexpected twist. Every piece features the signature "See from your Heart' logo differently- in the jacket lining, on the face of the buttons and even embroiderey in some cases. SAGJOL jeans are made with recycled ketchup bottles. Yes, you read that correctly. The fabric is produced by collecting used plastic ketchup bottles that are then broken down into tiny pellets. The pellets are spun into a fine thread that gets wrapped in cotton and woven into denim fabric. This magical recycled, earth-friendly fabric is prepared and milled in North Carolina using "spun by the sun" technology. The fabric is then shipped across the country to California and the clothing is constructed right here in L.A.

Wearing the Trucker Jean Jacket & High waisted Wide-Leg Jean in Midnight Blue made from recycled ketchup bottles

In addition to this unique denim fabric, SAGJOL only produces small runs of each style which allows them to purchase locally and more sustainably. It also means that you, the customer are getting a truly limited edition garment. SAGJOL donates a portion of their profits to Human and Animal Rights organizations too. When asked what makes SAGJOL different from other brand Sarah replies"At the end of the day, we all cover ourselves in fabric, it’s the details that a designer brings that sets each brand apart, but with SAGJOL it’s not just about the designs and details, it’s also about the soul."

Check out all the denim and more at
SAGJOL.com
and on Instagram
@SAGJOL

Until Next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo







Friday, March 9, 2018

THE BLUE FEET FOUNDATION // Kid Brothers saving the Blue-Footed Boobie

Bottom Center, Pro Hockey Player, Kevan Miller wishes the boys well with The Blue Feet Foundation

Last year at The Fessenden School in Mr. Banister's 5th grade class, Will Gladstone learned about a wacky bird called the Blue-Footed Boobie. The funny name was given for its bright blue feet and lack of fear for humans. The people who first discovered them found this lack of fear for anything absolutely bonkers (also known then as a boob), thus the word "boobie" at the end. These goose-sized, friendly birds are found on arid, tropical and subtropical islands off the Pacific coast of South America and have steadily been declining in population. The birds' numbers have dropped more than 50 percent in less than 20 years. Researchers speculate that a lack of sardines, a source of food for the birds could be to blame. Habitat loss and egg collecting also threaten the species.

The Blue-Footed Boobies
After learning about their endangerment in class, Will was so worried about this curious, clumsy bird that he wanted to do something to help them. He wondered how he could raise money for the cause and then came his great idea. Inspired by the blue feet of the bird he thought, why not sell bright blue socks to spread awareness! To make a short story even shorter, he put his dream into action and started his own business.

Matty and Will being interviewed by local FOX 25 news channel for their business

Will and his younger brother Matty are now business partners at The Blue Feet Foundation. In the past year, the brothers have sold more than 2,000 pairs of socks, shipping them to 18 countries and 47 states. All the proceeds (each pair costs $12.50) go to the Galapagos Conservancy, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the islands’ wildlife. Mr. Banister, Wills' teacher, hopes that someday the lesson of the blue footed booby will have a happier ending, thanks to Will and Matty's effort.

A major sales milestone marked for The Blue Feet Foundation 

The boys, now 13 and 10 years old, hope to go out of business eventually too. Meaning the birds are well and thriving. It's so inspiring to see such young people care and take real action to save our earth and its creatures.  These brothers are the youngest CEO's I have featured yet but I hope they won't be the last. Hats off to these kids, they really are the light on the horizon of our future.

You can support the Blue-Footed Boobie too at TheBlueFeetFoundation.com
and on Instagram @TheBlueFeetFoundation

Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo