1. Dry Shampoo, Bari Naturals - Discovering Bari Naturals was a pleasant surprise via Instagram. We follow The Her Initiative and recently learned these two beautiful groups are partnering. Newly launched after a successful Kickstarter campaign, I’m excited to see how Bari Naturals uses dry shampoo to bring together social justice and hair care. I do have a tendency to overwash my hair and have yet to fully understand how to care for both hair and scalp - maybe this dry shampoo is the key to it all?
2 For Freedom Apron (Chocolate Mauve), Sak Saum $35 - I love to cook just as much as I love to eat. Life in the kitchen gets messy and when you’re in the fashion biz, wiping your saucy hands on designer jeans is probably not the best way to care for your clothes. I also love fantasizing about owning my own bakery...so wearing a fun apron makes that dream a little bit more real. These lovely aprons are hand-sewn by vulnerable populations in Cambodia.
3 Kilee in Royal Purple, Elegantees $36 - There will always be a special place in my heart for Elegantees. As someone who’s been watching them from the beginning it’s wonderful to watch them grow. These shirts and dresses are some of the most comfortable I’ve ever worn and they add a beautiful pop of color to any outfit. The new Kilee shirt just looks so elegant and drapes beautifully. Hand-sewn by women survivors in Nepal and also available in black, dark grey, and navy.
4 Free to Soar Tote, The Tote Project $29.99 - Y’know how some people get tattoos representing milestones or achievements in their lives? Sometimes, I feel like I do that with bags. I’ll wager it’s a girl thing. I love this “Free to Soar” tote so much for many reasons - the colors, the symbolism, and the declarative statement. It’s just perfect (and perfect for me) for such a time as this.
5 Pineapple Mug, Baxter & Co. $21- I love pineapples. So much. It’s one of the quirkiest (and festive?) of fruits out there. It can be added to sweet or savory dishes; and half of it is inedible. It’s also pseudo-dangerous - place your fingers on a bad spot and you may get an unfortunate pineapple splinter battle scar. A pineapple is a journey (that’s gotta be a quote from somewhere). But my favorite part of a pineapple is the juicy-ness factor. When you cut it up right when it gets perfectly ripe and the juices just spill out just as the knife slices through. Delicious. Also, this mug was designed by the same brilliant and creative minds behind Conscious Magazine - you should check this out too!
6 Lollipop Button Down Dress, byTavi $37.99 - As there are girls out there who dig polka dot dresses, I’m drawn to whimsical prints on fabric. I haven’t been brave enough yet to make this work in my wardrobe, but this dress makes me feel like I can start to make it happen. This dress is beautifully crafted by young women who’ve been at-risk for being trafficked in Cambodia.
7 Zemen Carryall, FASHIONABLE $198 - My splurge on this wish list. But isn’t it so beautiful? And it’s big enough to literally carry it all - my laptop, camera, wallet, change of clothes, makeup….maybe a small puppy someday. All of FASHIONABLE’s items are made by women who’ve experienced the worst of injustices. Be sure to check out the whole shop, especially the leather goods - they look amazingly crafted and smooth as butter.
8 Wave Midi Ring, Tribe Alive $12 - Confession: I have a hard time with accessorizing with jewelry. I find myself jealous of women out there who do it so well and so regularly and often wonder what kind of skill it takes to get to that level. Rings have been my favorite quick go-to when I need a little extra bling. And these beautiful wave rings are a great contrast to the standard and are made by marginalized women in Honduras.