Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Evil Eyes and Turkish Delights

SUN DRESS is made with fair labor practices by LemLem; Handmade brass and enamel CUFF and EARRINGS by Dream Collective for Of a Kind. STUFFED ELEPHANT is fair trade by Indego Africa. Proud Mary raffia D'Orsay SHOES for Of a Kind are handmade by fair trade artisans in Morocco.

Founded around 660 BC as Byzantium, the city now known as Istanbul developed to become one of the most significant cities in history, serving for nearly sixteen centuries as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922).  Its location along the Silk Road only added to the rich tapestry of cultures that converged to form what is today Europe's largest urban population (14.1 million) and the fifth largest city in the world. 

In today's post, I invite you to join me on a visual (and shop-able!) journey through this frenetic and beautiful city, from its cool blue tiles to its saffron spices. I've gathered dozens of eco-friendly and ethical pieces from across the interwebs that remind me of the sights and sounds of Istanbul, and I think you'll find more than a few treasures you'll have to take home.



Hand-painted silk t-shirt (deeply discounted) and tile-print t-shirt, both by ethical designer MAIYET

bosphorous asian side

Hand-painted SHIRT and DRESS by Rachel Rose for Of a Kind, made in NYC. Jewelry is fair trade (and clickable) by Made: NECKLACE / EARRINGS / RING.

dried candies and fruits

Fair trade YOGA MAT by Indego Africa; Evil Eye BRACELET handmade in NYC; Apple TRINKET BOX, made in the USA. CRYSTAL BOWL made in Turkey. HUARACHE SHOES are fair trade.

turkish carpet

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Vintage Turkish CARPETS and KILIMS, all available from Urban Outfitters

turkish handmade shoes

From the endless candied fruits and Turkish delights, to the colorful carpets, to the blue of the Bosphorous Sea, there is no shortage of beauty to behold in Istanbul, and this post can only contain a fraction of what I saw.

To see more Turkish delights, follow my Istanbul Inspired board on Pinterest, or shop the post below:

Wondering where all of the Turkish action is coming from? Catch up on my past adventures in Istanbul (and Ephesus!) over the last month HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Drifting Under Candy-Colored Skies {Istanbul Travel Diary}

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WEARING: Paige white denim jeans, made in the USA; Alternative Apparel tank (SIMILAR); Serengeti Sunglasses; secondhand bag from Secondi.

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The Hagia Sofia

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When traveling-- and especially when traveling pregnant--comfort is key. With my increasing focus on finding ways to make gym clothes look intentional and stylish, I've found that color can also be key.

By packing a LOT of white, I could switch up any outfit with little pops of citrus or blue here and there, as I did on this day, when we visited the cool caverns of the Basilica Cistern and the sunny public square between the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque.

I'm wearing my favorite American-made Paige denim jeans, a super soft tank from ethical brand Alternative Apparel, and a conventional sports bra in hot pink.  The credit for this color combo, though, goes not to the sights and sounds of Istanbul but to the citrus-y, psychedelic hues of my friend Aaryn West's designs. She has a rockin' Society6 store and recently added duvets to the items you can acquire in her trippy prints, which I have been ogling since their release-- I strongly recommend checking 'em out! 

Shop the look (fairly):

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Travel Style {All White Everything in Ephesus}

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summer style inspiration all white ephesus travel style

WEARING: white cotton tunic and bucket bag secondhand from Secondi; hand-me-down linen shorts, handmade necklace by Pearl. Love. Jewelry; sunglasses by Serengeti; conventional sandals, similar ethically-made pair HERE and HERE.

Shop the look (ethically):

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Meet Coclico: Eco-friendly, Ethical Shoes {Summer Sale}

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Finally, an eco-friendly and ethical shoe company that consistently churns out on-trend, beautiful shoes each season. So many other companies I've come across pay close attention to materials, yet miss the mark when it comes to style, and that couldn't be farther from the truth when it comes to Coclico.

And guess what-- you can take 30% off any shoe on their web site now through August 3rd with code SUMMER30, and that includes fall boots. Is it too soon for fall ankle boots? I think not. 

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And just so we're clear on the details, here's the eco-friendly and ethical rundown on Coclico:
  • They use accredited tanneries with an emphasis on vegetable-tanned leathers.
  • Natural components such as wood, organic linens, recycled cork for internal platforms, recycled foam, non-chrome leather lining and lead free / nickel free hardware are prioritized.
  • Whenever possible, these components are sourced from regional suppliers, close to the production facility in Mallorca, Spain, which is known for providing living wages, high safety standards, and environmental reliability.
Coclico is also quite widely available on the interwebs-- you can snag a deal on a pair via Amazon, or take advantage of free shipping and free returns on Shopbop. Or just scroll on through more of my sale favorites below:

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