The Cruelty-Free Subscription Box You Need in Your Life

On my last flight, I decided to pick up a few magazines to pass the time. Cosmopolitan had an adorable survey showing what subscription boxes you should be a part of, which is how I found the Love Goodly, a cruelty-free subscription box, for $29.95. When I returned from my trip, I looked up Love Goodly and was so excited to find out they offer a cleaner alternative to beauty products. They include $95 worth of goods in a bimonthly box that values at least one of the following: handmade, organic, made in the USA, fair trade, sustainable production, cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, recycled, non-GMO, non-toxic, or proceeds go towards charity. Many of the products include more than one of these categories but all value cruelty-free, organic, non-GMO, eco-friendly, and vegan. With every box Love Goodly also give back to a cause. What better way to try out new natural beauty products?

Dogeared: Charm Necklace

If you’re not already a sucker for cute elephants you’re most likely hiding your true feelings. Elephant tokens are often carried around as a sign of good luck.  Dogeared is a company that is dedicated to empowering women locally and all around the world. They are a certified B Cort who is passionate about giving back and being socially and environmentally conscious. This necklace used our of 100% recycled sterling silver, vegan, sustainable, fair trade, and made in the USA. (Shop here)

Pacifica: Devocean Natural Lipstick in XOX 

This lipstick has a very light pigment and is almost like a tinted chapstick more than an actual lipstick. The sheer color is wonderful soft pink and it does smell sweet. This lipstick is made from jojoba, shea butter, and vitamin E. It is also vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. If you like a very subtle lip color or are trying to work lipstick into your life, this is definitely the product to try. If you’re used to a bold lip color, you might want to look elsewhere. (Shop here)

Antonym: Certified Natural Eye Liner Pencil Noir

I typically reach for a liquid eyeliner, but I am blown away by how creamy and water resistant this eyeliner is. When I received this box, I drew a heart on my hand with the eyeliner to see how long it would take to come off. It lasted all day. If that wasn’t good enough it comes with a detachable sharpener! This product is certified by Ecocert Greenlife, 100% natural ingredients including marula and jojoba oil, cruelty-free, vegan, non-toxic, organic, sustainable, and made in the USA… wow, what a list! (Shop here)

Nail & Bone: Polish in shade Rudy

When it comes to nail polish I’m an actual menace. My college roommate is always still baffled that I can paint my nails in 5 minutes and be ready to go for the night. Since I’ve been researching more sustainable products, I knew I would most likely have to start investing in a healthier alternative to nail polish. So Nail & Bone came in my box I was filled with excitement to try out a new polish. Nail & Bone supports pet rescue organizations by donating 20% of their proceeds. The polish is also nontoxic, cruelty-free, vegan, and made in the USA. (Shop here)

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Are you a part of any subscription boxes? Would you every try Love Goodly? Let me know in the comments down below. 

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5 Ways to Love Your Clothes Longer

When it comes to style and trends, there is always this idea that you need new clothes in order to stay fashionable. In my mind, that is just plain dumb. Yes, it’s always fun to incorporate new trends into your wardrobe, but you can also work with what you already have. By creating new pieces with these simple DIY projects, you’ll be able to turn some heads with your own unique trend. Instead of throwing things away, love your clothes longer. Just like you wouldn’t give up on a good friend, don’t give up on a good piece of clothing.

Switch out what is broken

I ended up washing the tank top above on the wrong setting and one of the straps broke. It has always been one of those shirts that I would throw on a day where I needed to feel good about myself (if you don’t already have one of these types of shirts you need one ASAP). Instead of doing the easy thing and throwing out my favorite shirt, I decided I wanted to save it by just cutting off the straps completely and sewing on pearl straps. Now, I constantly get compliments on this top because of the straps. So forget throwing out your favorite shirt, do something about the problem instead.

Create art out of the old fabric. 

I have a ton of old skirts in my closet that are waaaay too short to ever be worn in public again. Instead of throwing them away, I really want to make pillows out of them. Most of them are this obnoxious shiny material that would look way better as a pillow than a skirt. Thank you rebellious teenage angst. So instead of throwing away your tacky, youthful items, think of another way you can use them. If you don’t think you can salvage them… some of them might just make great rag towels too.

Check out more of my saved DIY repaired clothing pins here. 

Sew or paint something on top of a stain

I keep seeing these beautifully embroidered jeans on Pinterest and I’m dying to try it out. These faint x’s and dashes look effortless against the clean-cut jean material. I also love the idea of hiding a grease stain by painting directly on top of them. I didn’t have a stain on this pair of jeans but so far this is my favorite DIY project to date. I also have a jean pencil skirt that I wore out once and dropped gyro grease on… just my luck. I’m definitely going to incorporate it into a DIY project like this soon so stay tuned.

Distressed and patched pants always beautiful

One thing that never goes out of style is a unique pair of blue jeans. Whether you’re wearing a clean pair or styling a distressed pair of jeans, you look good. Cover up a tear with a patch or fray the rip even more by using sandpaper and a steak knife. You can make one pair of jeans look completely different just by adding a little bit of imagination.

If you’re bored of it or grew tired of it, change something about it

I despise the color grey. It’s a horrible color that I’m convinced looks good on no one. I know it and you secretly know it. Instead of just growing tired of this grey sweatshirt I decided to do something about it. It took me countless hours sewing on these little beads onto this sweatshirt, but when I was done I was so incredibly excited to showcase my school’s colors and constantly receive compliments on my cute DIY project. One day I’m going to retire the sweatshirt, frame it, and put it in my office. It’s a cute way to change a piece of clothing and make it art.

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How do you make your clothes last longer? Let me know in the comments down below. 

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Exploring Pasadena and Hollywood

Oh, back to reality. This past week I was off exploring the twists and turns of Pasadena and Hollywood after work. Now I’m back at my office thinking about the adventures and delicious food I had. After all, isn’t one of the best things about traveling the food?

 

Shopping in Old Town Pasadena

My shopping addiction doesn’t stop when I travel. Old Pasadena is known for its incredible line of shopping. For conscious shopping, I was able to pop into Eileen Fisher, Lou & Grey, Saje Natural Wellness, antique shop, and Madewell. As for non-conscious shopping, I wandered into Sugarfina and Banana Republic. I ended up purchasing this shirt from Madewell and this feminist shirt from Lou & Grey.

 

Where to eat in Pasadena

Sunlife Organics. The first day of my trade show didn’t start until 12 so I was able to wander a mile from the Sheraton hotel to pick up an acai bowl from Sunlife Organics. But this smoothie bowl wasn’t just any smoothie bowl. It was loaded up unicorn tears and leprechaun gold. But for real, I got the Samurai bowl which had blended acai, strawberry, banana, raw cacao, raw chocolate plant protein and hemp milk topped with granola, young Thai coconut meat, banana, raw cashew butter, goji berries, bee pollen, and raw honey. Talk about a game changer.

Majares. My co-worker grew up in Pasadena and actually had her wedding rehearsal dinner at Mijares. Since I’m always down for Mexican food, I was incredibly eager to try out authentic Mexican food. I ended up getting the fajitas and they were just as good as they look.

 

Seeing the Walk of Fame

Since we were so close to Hollywood, my coworker took me to see one of the most sought-after attractions: the Walk of Fame. Over 2,500 stars illuminate the walkway of Hollywood. Alongside the Walk of Fame are countless tourist shops that are begging for your attention. Other than seeing the Walk of Fame and the imprints in front of the  Egyptian Theater there isn’t much to Hollywood. I really preferred seeing Pasadena over Hollywood. Nonetheless, here are some of the stars I was able to see.

 

Seeing the Hollywood Sign

There are so many different points you can see from the Hollywood sign. Before I traveled to California the one thing I really wanted to see was the Hollywood sign. I scouted high and low on Pinterest and found it so hard to find the right information on how to see the Hollywood sign. I ended up ubering from my hotel near the Burbank airport to Lake Hollywood Park. At the park, dogs of all sizes were running around for frisbees with the Hollywood sign shining down on them. From there, I was able to walk up the hill and see incredible views of the sign and all of L.A. I’m still not sure how you get behind the Hollywood sign so if you know the answer please let me know for when I go back.

 

Where to eat near the Burbank hotel

On the last day of the trade show, I ended up switching my hotel to the Burbank Marriott so I would be close to the Burbank hotel. Attached to the hotel was a restaurant called EDB (Eat, Drink, Better) and man was it good. I ended up getting a veggie burger, truffle fries, and a cucumber mint mule. The veggie bugger now rivals one of my favorite veggie burgers with this one from London being my favorite.

The next morning, I continued the smoothie trend I went to Robek to get another Acai bowl. This one wasn’t as good as Sunlife Organics but it was a good quick meal before my flight.

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My Thoughts on Astrology and What I’ve Learned

The other day I was strolling through Anthropology and stumbled upon a book called The Astrology of You and Me: How to Understand and Improve Every Relationship in Your Life by Gary Goldschneider. When I first saw it I honestly thought it would be a cute conversation piece on a coffee table but as I looked I was very interested in the content inside The book went through all of the different relationships you may have with a certain sign such as husbands, boyfriends, friends, first dates, coworkers, etc. Although I’m not someone who particularly goes out of my way to read my horoscope I found it fascinating.

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Do I think it’s real? 

One of my roommates in college would always read our horoscopes. Since horoscopes are always written in a positive manner, I loved the idea of welcoming the positive energy into the conversation/room. Now, do I really believe it? Yes and no. I believe that if you hear something positive is going to happen in your life, you start welcoming that positive energy into your life. The same thing happens if you tell yourself you’re going to fail a test… you allow that negative energy to enter your life and you may fail.

What I’ve learned from Astrology

Now, who knows if Astrology is actually real, but it has good intentions. Astrology helps you realize that not everyone reacts to situations the same way as you so it is okay to ask questions to make sure you know exactly how people are feeling. Since I’m a Sagittarius, I’m very blunt when it comes to arguments whereas others might be more reserved. By knowing this information about how others act even if they’re not 100% like their astrology sign, I can figure out how to properly engage with the person.

Do I fit the Sagittarius mold?

I was born on December 8th which makes me a fiery Sagittarius (insert Nicki Manjis lyric “Sagittarius, so you know I’m an optimist”). Sagittarius is often considered the biggest traveler out of all the zodiac signs… I say that as I type this from my hotel room in California. We are often optimistic, enthusiastic, like changes, and are brutally honest… all of which describe me. You can check your astrology sign here if you want to see if you match the mold.

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What to Pack for a Trade Show in the Spring

I’m currently writing this post on a flight to Pasadena, California for a trade show and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you have most likely noticed that I’ve been traveling constantly for work. So far this year I’ve been to California three times, Texas once, and Arkansas once (for fun). My trade show packing skills have drastically improved so I thought I should share my packing advice with you.

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Pack a pair of comfy shoes.

This is by far the best advice I can give you because I brought shoes on my first trade show that cut the back of my feet up so badly that I was limping in the airport the whole way home. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you and find comfortable flats that mold to your feet. Depending on the trade show you may be able to get away with wearing a nice leather slip on as well. Just make sure you boss says it’s okay. I’ve been wearing this pair of Steve Maddens religiously but I also wear this pair of suede J.Crew flats when it is a dressier trade show. I’m still on the lookout for a good in-between flat for both occasions.

Pack a good pair of headphones that has a headphone jack.

I recently updated my phone to the iPhone X because my iPhone 6 just stopped working on me. This new phone doesn’t have a headphone jack so when I’m on a long flight I need to remember to bring two different types of headphones- one that fits for my phone and one that fits the movie screen jack.

You can’t go wrong with a neutral pair of dress pants.

The thing is about neutral pants is that if you don’t have enough room in your bag you can pack only one pair of pants. 95% of the people will not notice that you’re wearing the same exact pair of pants from day one on day three. If they do notice, then they’re paying attention way too much. I bought a pair of olive green pants and a light gray pair from the Banana Republic. They’re beyond comfortable and I love how they sit slightly higher than a normal pair of pants.

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Try to stay away from dresses and skirts.

I go back and forth on this tip very often because I absolutely love dresses but they’re so inconvenient for trade shows. If you really want to wear one try not to wear on the same day you’re setting up or breaking down your booth. You’ll be bending over a lot and you know the end result for that. The same also goes with low-cut shirts!

Dress in layers.

Nothing is worse than being uncomfortable at a trade show so make sure you pack a cardigan or a jacket so if you get hot or cold you can be comfortable. I’m a huge fan of suede jackets and oversized blazers for trade shows. Plus, layers are perfect for wearing on the plane because they are either super cold plane ride or super hot plane ride.

Don’t forget to pack clothes for exploring!

I love exploring the area around the trade show. I mean isn’t that the perk of traveling for work? The best way to make sure you pack the right clothes is to look up on Pinterest or do a quick Google search on the best things to see or do in the area. I plan on traveling 20 minutes to see the Hollywood sign and explore Old Pasadena. Make sure you check my Instastories for that! Also, you can see what I did on my last trip to California here.

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Do you ever go to trade shows for your job? Do you ever travel for your job? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Advice for the New College Graduate

Yesterday was a year since a graduated from Siena College. Ugh, it hurts even just typing those words. I literally remember typing this post about what I’ll remember most about Siena. The only thing is… I remember so much more. Now that I’m a year and a day out of college (sobs into my keyboard), I figured I would tell you a few things I’ve learned along the way since graduating.

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Expect the unexpected and run with it. 

I never expected to do so much after I graduated. I literally thought I was going to dive in deep into finding a job, land one, and then hopefully work my way up. Although that is completely true and exactly what happened/is happening, I never expected to have accomplished so much in one year’s time. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to go see different places through work and my own time. I’ve been able to explore northern Arkansas, Houston, San Diego, Skytop, New York City, Anaheim, and even new places in my little old state of Connecticut. When you start your first job don’t sit idly on your hands. If you finish a task find another one to do or speak up that you need more work. You’ll be surprised how many opportunities fall into your lap if you do this.

Don’t forget to give yourself “me” time.

After college, I’ve ended up landing a job that was an hour commute each way. The commute eats up a good chunk of my time so I cut the commute in half on Tuesdays by going to a pilates studio. This little bit of me time helps me refocus and recharge. This blog and the gym are both vital outlets as well. When you start an “adult job” you need to find a way to escape so whether that is going to the gym, blogging, or riding horses… you need something.  (Also, if you end up having a long commute like me check out this post on how to survive that commute).

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Finding a job right after college might be difficult. 

Some of my friends had jobs lined up right after college, and some of them took seven months to find a job. It really ends up being the luck of the draw when it comes to finding a job after college. Well, I say that but I applied to almost a 100 different jobs before I found the right one. I found the right job because I worked hard for it. Persistence is key so make sure you write a killer cover letter and follow up with interviews. For more advice on what finding a job is like after college read this post.

Start saving money now. 

During college, it is almost impossible to save money but once you land that dream job and you have a steady income coming in, start saving as much money as soon you can. I use two apps: YNAB and Acorns to help keep track of my money.

YNAB is by far the biggest lifesaver. You can create all of these different folders in the app so that you can divide up your new check. I have tabs for future rent (still living with my parents one year out of college), transportation (driving 2 hours each day really adds up), gifts, vacation, fitness, dining out, fun money, and reimbursement (every time I travel for work I keep track of expenses this way). You can also put goals for each folder so that you reach a certain amount in the future. For example, I’m going to be moving out of my parent’s house in a year or two so I put a goal on how much money I want to have saved when I do. Also, when I’m saving for a cute new bag I take money out of my fun money and put it towards a new folder.

As for Acorns, this app automatically rounds up your purchases and invests that money for you! I started this in January and already have $200 saved in the app. Also, if you shop certain stores listed on the account you can get money back from those purchases! This is such a great app to set up and then just forget about it. You’ll be shocked when you open it up and you already have money saved.

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If you’re a recent grad, what are you most excited about being in the “adult” world? If you’ve already graduated, what advice would you offer a recent grad? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Friday Blogger Finds

You know how bloggers on Instagram have been sharing each other accounts on “Follow Friday’s”? Well, I thought it would be a brilliant idea to start sharing some of my favorite articles and posts with you. This series will be a collection of some of my favorite blogs and maybe even some new blogs I’ve found on the way. If you have any other interesting articles or something you wrote and feel proud of feel free to comment in the comments down below. I would love to find some new pieces to read and spread the blogging love.

Sustainable Reads

  • What’s the Difference Between Green, Sustainable, Eco-Friendly, Ethical, Fair Trade, Clean, Organic, Non-Toxic, and Conscious? by EcoCult. This post is so helpful when trying to tackle all of the different words when it comes to “sustainable fashion. If you’re interested in sustainable fashion I would definitely check out EcoCult for a plethora of information. (Click here).

  • Wonderful Things. Okay, so this one isn’t a blog post but it is the most magical thing I’ve ever stumbled upon. Keira from Style Me Fair posted on her Instastories about this website and I’m blown away by how helpful it is. It is an online marketplace that redirects to Amazon so that it is easier for you to find products that are sustainably made, ethically made, made in America, or reduce and reuse materials. Plus, it links up with Amazon so it is by far the easiest thing on the face of this planet. (Click here).

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Fashion Reads

  • Money Saving Tips- My Best Shopping Hacks by Kelsey. Have you ever heard about ebates? Well, either have I! Check out Kelsey’s post to be blown away by how you can easily save money while you’re shopping. (Click here).
  • 7 Things You Don’t See on Instagram About Coachella by Emma. I read Emma’s blog literally seconds after she posts it. Her posts are always so informative and I’m dying to know more about each topic she covers. This one was no exception. (Click here).

Youtube Videos

  • Ugly Location Photoshoot Challenge. Tess Christine yet again with the killer video ideas. This time she did an “Ugly Photo Challenge” video and did an incredible job. Seriously hope she does a video on poses one day because yah girl really needs some help. (Click here).
  • This is America music video. This video has been popular in every other country but America. I’ve rewatched it more than 10 times and still am catching new references. (Check out the music video here. Also, check out this blog on the references in the video here).

What was your favorite thing you wrote or read this week? Let me know in the comments down below. 

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What the Heck Does Organic Cotton Even Mean?

When you first start diving into the world of “sustainable and ethical fashion” you instantly become overwhelmed. There are so many factors that go into being a sustainable and ethical product and come to find out it’s almost impossible to find something that has the whole package. When it comes to shopping more ethically I’ve had to evaluate what parts of ethical fashion I find the most important. For example, an item can be sustainably made (with organic cotton and dyes) but not be made ethically (fair wages and normal work hours). The five most common factors in sustainable and ethical fashion are ethical production, transparency in the company, made with natural fibers/earth-friendly dyes, gives back to a cause, and local manufacturing. I happen to care about these factors in the order in which they are listed. What do you think is most important?

With that said, let’s dive into the reasoning why it matters to have natural, organic fibers such as cotton.

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Although cotton takes up less than 2.5 percent of global cropland, 10% of all pesticides are used. 

Remember learning about organic food in high school and how bad GMOs were for your body? Come to find out that we’re all wearing something that is way worse than consuming GMOs. Your skin is your largest organ yet we allow a plethora of chemicals lay on our skin… well unless you’re a hippy and don’t wear clothes. The constant contact of pesticides can cause you to have irritated skin, rashes, and even can cause headaches and dizziness. Umm… no, thank you!

These chemicals are up and personal with your goods every day and night. Ever forget to wash your jeans before you wear them and end up with blue/black hands from the dye? I’m super guilty of this and have plenty of blue/black hands before. Although pesticides aren’t as visible as the dye rubbing off on your hands, the same amount gets stuck onto your skin and rubs against sensitive areas. So if you don’t buy organic cotton make sure you wash your item before you wear it so that it removes some of the pesticides before you wear it.

The Cotton Industry is notorious for human rights violations in India, the world’s largest cotton producer.

The problem with cotton that as soon as you start to treat it with pesticides it only needs more and more pesticides. As soon as the farmers start to use the pesticides, they need more and more in order to keep up with the crop. This causes them to be in tremendous debt and sell some of their land to the people who sold them the pesticides, Monsanto. All while these transactions are going on, local communities near the farms are born with birth defects and mentally deficient as a result of the extreme pesticide exposure. When pesticides are sprayed they can actually travel two miles from the air and waterways. If that wasn’t worse enough, the same people who are selling the pesticides, taking the land, and allowing neighboring towns to get sick are also selling the medication to help with the illnesses. It is one big money scheme.

This isn’t only happening in India. The Environmental Protection Agency considers 7 of the 15 pesticides used on conventional cotton as possible or known carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agents. Farmers in the United States are also suffering from the harsh pesticides and are dying from cancer.

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What are the requirements to be considered organic cotton?

  • No pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals are used when growing organic cotton
  • To be certified organic the soil must be free from chemicals for at least 3 years
  • The land, and soil, benefits from crop rotation
  • Organic cotton gets a GOTS certification (Global Organic Textile Standard) to make sure that it is organic.

So how can I help this issue?

Cotton is in so much that we consume even away from our clothes. Our bedding, towels, money, tampons, make up wipes, q-tips, and so much more. So how can you help the cotton industry? By buying organic! So many companies are coming out with organic lines each and every day. Keep your skin and the environment happy by choosing to buy organic cotton. Here are just six of the many companies that have an adorable line of organic items:

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You can even find some organic cotton in the sea of clothes at TJMaxx and Marshalls! I found these perfect casual t-shirts at Marshalls. They have been my go-to when I’m rushing to get out the door in the morning.

Do you own anything that is made out of organic cotton? Did you know that cotton was such a demanding crop? Let me know in the comments down below. 

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The Best things to See in La Jolla, California

Last week, I took a break from writing blog posts so that I could explore while I was on a work trip. But man, let me tell you I really missed writing all my thoughts and communicating on this platform.

Since I knew I was going to have some downtime after trade show hours in La Jolla, I decided to look up a few things to see in the area. I didn’t want to travel all the way down to the center of San Diego because I knew I didn’t have that much time to see things. So instead, I ended up finding things in near La Jolla. Check out what I saw while I was in San Diego for a few days.

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Sunny Jim Cave

Since I was traveling for work, I knew my time to explore was going to be very limited. I made it my goal to see Sunny Jim Cave if I didn’t see anything else. Lucky for me, we had some extra time on Tuesday to explore.

Sunny Jim Cave was built in 1903 as a tourist destination. It originally was just a steep descent down into a cave with just a simple rope. A few years later, 145 steps were built into the cave. The way the folktale is told, bootleggers used the cave as a way to distribute whiskey to San Diego. To visit the cave, you pay $5 and work your way down the 145 steps. Save your breath because you’re going to have to crawl your way back up.

Tip: you can also walk on top of the cave through an entrance left of the gift shop. You’ll see some amazing views just watch your step because it’s a long way down!

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La Jolla Cove

Right next to the Sunny Jim Cave is an adorable path where you can walk along the beach where… tons of seals are! Oh my goodness, I loved watching them waddle their little bodies across the beach. The entire walk takes about half an hour to an hour depending on how fast you want to take a stroll. We ended up turning around at Children’s Beach where most of the seals are.

We actually watched a lady go on the beach with a selfie stick to try to take a picture with one of the biggest seals. The seal almost bit her and made loud sounds, yet she continued to fumble with her phone to get the “perfect picture.” Don’t be like this lady, these seals are wild creatures and they will bite your fingers off. Sometimes it is better to watch from afar then be up and close with some wild animals.

Note: When the breeze does not blow the correct way it can smell like an entire zoo just punched you in the face. If you have a sensitive nose be aware of this.

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Scripps Pier 

I tried to limit my pictures for Scripps Pier in this post but it was just too hard! After my last day at the trade show, I ended up walking 2 miles to Scripps Pier from La Jolla Sheraton. I put my headphones on and walked past University of California San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I actually took the first three photos from a lookout point from the Institution of Oceanography.

There were a ton of professional photographers waiting for the sun to set so I had to awkwardly crawl below them to be able to take a few pictures. Check out my tweet to see what that looked like. If you want to get an “instagramable” photo of the pier make sure you go a few hours before the sunset to avoid all these photographers or just crawl your way into the crowd like I did.

Tip: Wait until sunset! Seeing the sun dip behind the west coast water was such a beautiful sight. Plus, you have to dip your feet in the water as well!

Have you ever been to San Diego or California? Let me know in the comments down below. 

P.S. My next trade show is in Pasadena, California so let me know if you’ve ever been or have any tips on what to see. I’m definitely going to try and see the Hollywood sign my last day!

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Fashion Revolution​ Week: What it is and Why it Matters

Guys, I admit… I’m a pretty obnoxiously optimistic person and this blog tends to be an extended arm of that. I mean after all, who really wants to read dreary stuff? But that is the problem. There is no way to say what I’m about to say nicely, positively, or without beating around the bush. I’m going to tell you guys the harsh reality of fast fashion, why we should care, and end with positive ways we can fix the industry. Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you…

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Five years ago 1,100 lifeless bodies were pulled underneath the rubble from the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse.

After countless complaints the factory was unsafe, the factory was still operated in. Workers even asked to not return to work because of these unsafe work conditions and when they spoke up they were told that a month’s pay would be withheld if they did not return next day. The next day, more than a thousand of them lost their lives and 2,500 of them were critically injured when the building collapsed.

Brand name fast-fashion and designer brands such as Walmart, JC Penny, and Primark were finally in the spotlight for their unjust work practices and thousands of people were angered at the thought that their clothes were the reason for such injustices.

In 2013, I was a senior in college worrying about stupid high school things. I don’t even remember this being in the news and that is the problem. We all need to be informed about the injustices of where our clothes are made. Whether that be the environmental, social, or economic factors we need to know them all. By knowing more information about what happened at Rana Plaza and hundreds of other factories around the world we can make conscious shoppers.

 

So what is Fashion Revolution Week? 

Since then the Rana Plaza factory collapse, people from all over the world have been using their voices to tell brands that things must change… and it is working. The industry is starting to change. With that said, Fashion Revolution Week is April 23-29th and the idea is it that people ask more questions and learn about sustainable fashion. This could mean asking leading brands in the industry where their clothes came from or even joining workshops about sustainable fashion. The end goal is both the same: we need to change the fashion industry for the better.

One thing that hit me really hard in this movement was the idea that there are 40 million garment workers in the world and about 85% of them are female. They are some of the lowest paid workers in the world and are constantly faced with unsafe work conditions. With that said, fast fashion brands like H&M, TopShop, and Zara all make feminist slogan t-shirts where their female garment workers are not paid equally, do not receive maternity leave, and constantly face unsafe work conditions. Does that really sound like feminism to you?

 

So what the heck can we do?

During the Fashion Revolution Week, we are asked to contact our favorite stores and ask them the simple question “who made my clothes.” Here are all the different ways you can ask fashion brands who made your clothes. Note: this isn’t meant to be rude to these brands. This is meant to create awareness and an ongoing conversation about sustainable fashion. Good things do not come out of negativity.

Write an email or send a postcard to your favorite fashion brands asking them who makes their clothes

It’s important to have an ongoing conversation with fashion brands. This is not meant to call them out but instead to inform them that you care and it matters who makes the clothes. Once brands know more people are caring about who is making the clothes and where they are coming from they will change their policies. You can write your own or print out Fashion Revolution’s premade cards here. You can also download the app Good on You to send emails directly from the app. It takes less than a minute on the app!

Post on your social media #whomademyclothes

You can follow the hashtag to see what companies are being asked and you can add your voice to it. The best part about asking companies on social media is that you’re getting more people aware of the issue and what is happening behind the store doors. The whole movement is really about getting people informed.

Become more informed on what is happening around you

I highly recommend watching the True Cost on Netflix for more information on the overall structure of what is happening behind the store doors. I also recommend listening to the podcast Conscious Chatter by Kestrel Jenkins to hear what people who are in the slow fashion industry are saying. Lastly, follow bloggers, read, research, and engage. The change starts with you. I’ll be showing a few of my favorite bloggers on my Instagram later this week and doing a blog recap next week with all of their blogs listed. Be sure to check back for that.

Lastly, support the brands who respond to your questions and are becoming more transparent… they are setting the example for everyone else. 

You can find companies that are responding to the movement with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes but you can also download the app Good on You to find out how your favorite companies are ranked. I was pretty bummed about a few of my favorite companies so I would definitely check that out.

I’ve been reaching out to companies all week on my Instastories and on the app Good on You. Here are two examples of how I’ve asked big companies on my Instastory:

 

Overall, we all are in this together. Whether we’re trying to help the environment or the social structure of garment workers, we have an obligation to put our money where it matters. Plus, it adds an extra conversation piece to your outfit which is always a huge bonus.

Have you heard about the Rana Plaza Collapse or Fashion Revolution Week? What companies do you want to ask “who made my clothes?” Let me know in the comments down below. 

As always,

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