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Clothing certainly doesn't change us intrinsically, but it's amazing how what we choose to wear can either enhance or diminish our personalities. 

I know that I am strong, but there are days where I struggle with depression or anxiety. If I get up and get dressed and put on an outfit like this, I immediately feel that strength returning. Then I can go out and give and serve. 

I believe the stories behind our clothes add to that as well. These pants are made by thriving women rescued from sex trafficking. Call me crazy, but I can literally feel their strength and courage when I wear them. And I too am empowered. 

Every purchase in this post goes toward empowering women. And I truly believe, they will empower you too. 

Top is from TWENTYTWO|FORTYFOUR's Black Ash Collection; Pants are Punjammies from Sudara, available at Enrou; Necklace is available at Enrou; Bracelet is available at Tribe of Dreamers; Clutch is from Hayden Harnett, sold out but get a similar one here; Shoes old


A Conscious Closets' Christmas: Part 2

This next set of my conscious closet's guide to Christmas is a little on the pricier side. But again, think about all the work that went into creating these pieces. Think about the design, sourcing, sewing, etc. The fact that these pieces are made slave free, is priceless. Choose one as a staple piece for your wardrobe this winter/ spring and wear the hell out of it. And please, whatever you do, don't take any of these pieces for granted. 

How Many Slaves Work for Me

The heart behind Conscious Closets is people. I firmly believe everyone is valuable. Everyone is worthy from fashion bloggers to celebrities and athletes, to the little girl in India mining for the mica that goes into all our sparkly makeup. We all have something good to offer this world. We all have a story to tell. We should all be able to live our lives in freedom. This is 2015 after all. 

So one brave day I asked myself the question. Based on my lifestyle and my closet, how many slaves work for me? Can I know? Do I want to know?

The answer was yes. Because truth brings change, and I was ready for change. 

I went to www.slaveryfootprint.org, it's an enlightening tool started by my company, Made In A Free World, that can literally tell you how many slaves work for you based on the way you live, how many cars you drive, TVs you own, how many pairs of shoes you have or blouses or dresses hanging in your closet. The site takes about 6 minutes to input all the data and then spits out the number.

The most meaningful and terrifying number I've ever seen in my life.

How many men, women, and children toil in horrific conditions so I can have my $20 boots or $5 tee or even a $1000 Chloe bag. No company is immune. But what I learned going through this process wasn't just the amount of slaves working for me, but also that I had too. much. stuff. Period. I was shocked and frankly surprised at how extravagant my lifestyle was. No one needs as much as I have. And especially not on the backs of children. 43 to be exact.

43.

How many do you have? 

 

 

 

Conscious Closets and Coco

I recently re-watched the lovely film Coco Before Chanel, and once again was inspired by Gabrielle's gumption, creativity, beauty, and love of all things minimal, understated and elegant. I picked three of my favorite looks from the film and created my own Conscious Closets versions. Everything in the pictures below were just things I had laying around in my closet, except for my fall splurge, the perfect Janessa Leone straw hat that I have lovingly named, Coco. Take a look below for all the Conscious Closet details and quotes from Coco Chanel herself.

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~Coco

Pantsuit from Ay Que Vintage bought for a mere $22; button down from Everlane; leather belt from a shop in Amsterdam but similar here; shoes old

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. ~Coco

Dress from Shop Ethica; Shoes from Nisolo; Jacket old.

Jacket: Theory thrifted; Button Down: stolen from my husband's closet; Skirt: Vivian Chan: Shoes; old; Belt (for similar see above)

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not: it is the opposite of vulgarity. ~Coco

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity. ~Coco  All images by  Brian Tropiano

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity. ~Coco

All images by Brian Tropiano

Wine+Views+The Cutest Smoking Shoes

Brian and I recently traveled up to Paso Robles to do a little wine tasting. Wine is definitely one of the ways that I wind down, reflect, and relax. It's becoming one of my favorite hobbies and I love learning more about it. I got to share my recent trip on The Root Collective's instagram. The Root Collective creates handmade shoes in Guatemala. They employ men and women there and create sustainable jobs. They are also a Made In A Free World member company, so you as a consumer can feel a lot of joy purchasing these shoes knowing who made them. The thing I love about the smoking shoe is how you can wear it with anything and for any occasion. I love the versatility they bring to my closet. That's always a big thing I look for before making a purchase. Check out pics from our stunning trip to Paso! And check out The Root Collective!

We stayed at the comfiest and cutest airbnb called The Nest in Templeton. They had the prettiest views in the backyard and a fireplace where we could sit and drink our wine. From the back porch we watched a family of deer play in the field. 

We stayed at the comfiest and cutest airbnb called The Nest in Templeton. They had the prettiest views in the backyard and a fireplace where we could sit and drink our wine. From the back porch we watched a family of deer play in the field. 

The Prettiest views came courtesy of Daou Winery. I could have sat outside in their stunning courtyard sipping chardonnay all day. 

The Prettiest views came courtesy of Daou Winery. I could have sat outside in their stunning courtyard sipping chardonnay all day. 

Our favorite winery of all we tried was Halter Ranch. Every wine I tasted was superb, and I loved how down to earth and friendly the staff was. How fun is this old bridge? They host a dinner here for wine club members. Of which we promptly joined. 

Our favorite winery of all we tried was Halter Ranch. Every wine I tasted was superb, and I loved how down to earth and friendly the staff was. How fun is this old bridge? They host a dinner here for wine club members. Of which we promptly joined. 

I think I'd had a few glasses and was feeling pretty good! 

I think I'd had a few glasses and was feeling pretty good! 

Thanks for traveling to Paso with me and my shoes! If you're ever in LA, look me up and let's go wine tasting together....in real life!