Monday, September 1, 2014

12 Baby Shower Gift Ideas for Eco-friendly and Ethical Moms-to-Be

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For obvious reasons, I've become quite the connoisseur of organic cotton baby clothing and pretty much all things eco-baby as of late, so I thought it was high-time to share what I've found. This first set includes three of my favorite infant clothing companies (so far):
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Samplers are ideal for new Moms who have no way of knowing exactly which brands they prefer just yet. Honest Company Bath and Body Baby Bundle includes a sampling of everything she might need from diapering to bathtime. Other nice options include:

  • This "Baby Road Set" from Mayron's Goods has everything you might need for baby while on the road, and all of it is made from organic oils and ingredients.
  • Babyganics products: you can make your own "New Mom" gift collection by shopping separate items at Target or other drug stores. This brand is a big favorite among my Mom friends, and their ingredient lists are clean, clean, clean.

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Etsy is awash with adorable handknit and handmade wear for fall and winter babies, like this hand knit wool cardigan from Camp and Company, but there are so many more great gift options, like this hilarious knight hat from Thoughtful Stitches (only $23) or this Yoda hat by Nita Mae's Garden.  

The booties and hat are by Tane Organics and available from AHAlife. Each one is handknit from the baby booties, to the hat, to the onesie, though the baby booties are by far my favorite.

baby shower gift ideas non-toxic toys has an array of affordable, non-toxic, old-school wooden toys and other accessories like this pull-toy alligator or this more modern organic playmat.

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The Perfect Tote (aka diaper bag, aka baby everything bag)
I've never had a friend who is a Mom tell me I will need a diaper bag. Instead, they simply throw diapers and wipes in a ziplock and into their own bucket bags and purses. That said, everyone can use a good tote, and I feel like this Baggu collaboration with West Elm comes close to perfection.

With two ways to carry it, a monogram option, several colors, and a snap closure top that makes it easy to stuff full without worrying about spillage, I think it's well worth its $45 price tag. Add to that the fact that Baggu is a thoughtful company that makes its leather products in New York City and uses only eco-friendly materials like 100% recycled cotton canvas and durable (but recyclable) nylon to make its other bags ethically in China, and I'm sold. I just can't choose a color...apparently they come without the dip-dye as well for only $26.

Last but not least, they would make the perfect (eco-friendly) gift bag to hold other small shower gifts like toys, bottles, bath products. Something for baby, something for Mama.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Magical Maxi Dress: Summer Travel & Maternity Style {Istanbul}

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I almost forgot about these beautiful photos that J took when we visited Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. As you can see, he was really getting into it and I was not going to stop the magic! Psst- there are bump photos if you keep scrolling.

One of my go-to summer dresses (and maternity dresses!) is, of course, the maxi dress, but this one is particularly awesome because it is breezy, comfortable, and so, so simple. If I were more patient and let my mother teach me to sew, I guarantee I could whip this number up in less than an hour. When you hold it up, it's in the shape of two square scarves put together, with a few seams here and there.

As is the case with half of my wardrobe, I purchased this particular dress secondhand from Secondi, but FEAR NOT, internet friends! I put together a collection of handmade and used maxi dresses just like this one on both Etsy and Ebay for your ethical shopping pleasure. They start at $20 and most are under $50. I got you, girls. I got you.

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Ahem...If you're not into buying used (which I hope you will be soon, because it's super awesome and sustainable!) or not accustomed to all this Etsy and Ebay stuff, I've got you covered with a few pricier yet brand new and made in the USA options from Nordstrom and Zappos. As you know, that means means free shipping both ways so you can shop risk free:

Lastly, if you'd like to see dozens more ethical items inspired by my recent trip to Istanbul that you may or may not need to own immediately, check out my Istanbul-inspired Pinterest board for more Turkish delights, or my Eco-friendly Surf and Sun board for 100+ ethical summer picks.

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

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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.

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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.

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Vintage Turkish CARPETS and KILIMS, all available from Urban Outfitters

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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! 

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