If there's one universal truth, it's that accessories make an outfit. That's where Vavavida comes in. This small, Fair Trade company partners with women local to developing countries to create gorgeous handmade products. Vavavida's accessories are eco–friendly, and they aid the women who made them in developing countries. Vavavida is truly committed to doing good in the world. Read the following interview to hear about Vavavida's philosophy, their fashion and the new project that they are unrolling.
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October is fair trade month people!
If you live in San Diego, come and join us at this event.
It's a lot of fun. Discover Vavavida jewelry and more brands and enjoy a fair trade coffee, some Ben&Jerry's ice cream and do your holiday shopping early.
Here is the address:
7710 El Cajon Blvd
La Mesa, CA
When we got the idea to do this post, we quickly realized this was going to be a series. The more we researched ethical fashion bloggers, the more we realized we would have to separate them into blocks because too many of them were great, featuring amazing brands doing so many cool things, plus all the bloggers we found were styling those items in such cool and distinctive manners that we thought it would be unfair to not feature a lot of them.
Given that the title most likely made you click, you know what’s coming. Here is a round up of our favorite UK based ethical fashion bloggers:
Katie is a young ethical fashion blogger but her style is mature, chic, distinctive, a bit punk, some black lipstick and a whole lot of awesome. There is a definite thread in her style but she has not cornered herself into a adopting a single type of outfit. Her blog is interesting as it is not just about her outfits, but also talks about what goes on in the fashion industry, whether haute couture or vintage, or about Adidas’ new shoe made from recycled material.
ADORE, REFLECT, SUSTAIN:
Emma, the lead blogger at Adore, Reflect, Sustain is great. We love her blog. It’s thoughtful, it’s intellectual, it’s broad but focused and it covers interesting subjects. If the intellectual side of ethical fashion interests you, Emma is your gal. Just be aware that she posts about the industry more than her outfits. One thing that you don’t find everywhere is that she has put together a list of her favorite ethical fashion retailers. And no, we are not biased there because Vavavida is not included. We just love the idea that directories exist for ethical fashion brands. There are more than you think!
One thing is for sure, Ceri is the mothership when it comes to ethical fashion blogs. She is a straight up “traditional” lifestyle fashion blog as she posts more often about what she wears than about other subjects in the fashion industry. She is a mom of 2 and her outfits reflects that much, even if she does not have a specific style she says. We like her stuff at Vavavida. It’s sensible, fashionable, cute, perfect for every day use. Check her out.
CHARITY SHOP CHIC:
The concept of this blog is just too good and I should tell you that this is must for the DIY girl in you. This very creative blogger takes cool but discarded clothes and reshapes, cuts, resizes, refashions and recycles them into new items that she wears and styles on her blog. Pretty neat, no? Neat…!? it’s just downright awesome. She also uses certain themes or fictional characters as inspiration for her amazing hacks. That blogger is no slouch and she is very talented.
Wendy is the last entry in this little round up. We have decided to include her even though she is a full lifestyle blogger and not just a fashion blogger. She posts often, up to 3 times a week and usually one of those posts is about her daily ethical and fashionable outfit as well as other subjects concerning the ethical fashion industry. It’s a good blog with good photos. worth a read.
As you know, It’s fair trade month and we feel the need to feature as many cool people that do fair trade their kudos. In this posts, we’ll only be featuring independent Amercian bloggers that focus on ethical fashion. Stay tuned for next post though as we’ll do a run up of the best ethical fashion bloggers from the other side of the atlantic. Here we go, and let’s start with one of our favorites:
LET’S BE FAIR:
Dominique, the owner for the Let’s Be Fair blog is great at what she does and we like her. We love her writing, her content, her photos and although she does not always do fashion related blogging, you will love the stuff she puts out. It’s all about the fair and social justice lifestyle, which —if you are Vavas or readers of the Vavavida blogs— you will certainly appreciate.
Leah is an ethical and Fair Trade fashion blogger and she has some great posts. What we like about her Style Wise is that it looks fresh, “insouciant”, genuine, low key and nerdy. Her outfits are nerdy, fashionable, simple and sensible without looking blah… also Lots of stripes. There’s nothing outrageous or unbearable. It’s cute, it’s everyday, it just is. Her jewelry is in the same line as she uses it to accessorize and not to make an outfit. Completely different from pretty much anything else out there.
Although we only discovered it recently, we like Hannah’s blog. Lifestyle Justice has a great design that’s simple and clean, chic, and sophisticated. We love the looks and the fact that it gives a different take on ethical fashion other than the one presented by Dominique or Leah. Hannah is passionate about social justice and ethical fashion. She has good tastes and style without overdoing it. recommend read.
SHIMMERS OF GREY:
Our last one today is Shimmers of Grey. We discovered this blog doing research for this post but we immediately knew we had found a candidate when we landed on it. it’s big on high quality photos and great style. Em Grey, the owner and lead blogger there is also a photographer and she is quite good. She is gorgeous, looks like loads of fun and is a major supporter of all ethical fashion brands. She has good style and we like her content. It’s honestly a good read and she again has a different style from any of the bloggers we mentioned above.
THE GARBAGE PILE:
On to Jennie ... and she's got a gun. The Garbage Pile is one of my absolute favs. We discovered her blog through Instagram a couple months ago and her feed has kept us interested from then on. She posts regularly, has a super cool and interesting style. She is a fan of slow fashion (ethical fashion) as her Instagram feed will tell you and her outfits are just cool, colorful, kitsch and fashion forward at the same time. She is a one of a kind.
All in all, I don't think you can go wrong with any of these wonderful bloggers. We love that we discovered new bloggers to read and learn from. They are cool, stylish, different in their own rights, and educated and passionate about ethical fashion. They all got great style, feature some great products and brands and they all are always a good read. We recommend them all.
This is a great video on ethical fashion shopping. Although Vavavida is not mentioned in the piece, we feel this is really useful information for you guys and not sharing it would be a crime of some sort.
Please, check that girl out. She know what she is talking about and it's very well put together.
Tomorrow, Vavavida will be at the Women Empowering Women forum. We'll be there all day, seeing that we are helping to sponsor the event. It's their first year and they need all the help they can get.
Come by and see us.
I'll spare you the activist rhetoric and let the funny man do it for me. He brought it and he delivered... by dousing it in comedy and setting it on fire.