Namaste!: Fair Trade Yoga Gear

"A soothing collection of songs for yoga, meditation and relaxation" from Putumayo.

Do you love the strength, balance, and center you find from yoga?  But are you having trouble mastering those advanced asanas, knowing that your yoga gear was made by some of the world’s poorest people in some of the world’s worst working conditions?  Now, with these fabulous finds, you can Fair Trade Your Om in style and with a clear conscience.

  • Marigold’s Anjali Top (available in Grass Green and Purple Lotus) and Yoga Pant (available in Green Paisley and Purple Paisley):

  • Marigold’s Organic Leggings in Purple (Available in Black, Fuchsia Rose, and Iron):

  • Maggie’s Organic’s Leggings in Black (Also available in Charcoal Grey & Wine):

  • Earth Creations’s Dharma Pant in Black (Also available in Azurite, Celadon, Moonstone, Slate, Topaz, and White):

  • Mata Traders’s Wide Head Band in Black ZigZags (Also available in Blue Bird, Purple Lines, and Red Circles):

  • ISAN Weaving Group’s Hemp Yoga Bag (Available in Natural/Lime, Natural/Black, Turquoise/Green, & Turquoise/Navy at HandCrafting Justice):

  • The International Foundation for Fairtrade and Development (IFFAD)’s Folding Yoga Mat (Available at Ten Thousand Villages):

  • Mahaguthi’s Flax Cat Eye Pillow is Purrfect after Yoga (Available at Ten Thousand Villages):

  • Handwoven, Cotton “Yoga” Banner with Wooden Hanger and Pouch.  Features the Maori proverb – “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”  (Available at Janet Rhodes in Bronze, Golden Olive, & Teal Blue):

Namaste!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Dress of the Day: Ethos Paris’s Sharav Dress

At the Ohio FAIR TRADE Expo last weekend, we had the amazing pleasure of shopping at the Fair Trade Marketplace:

“In addition to great workshops and panels, the Ohio FAIR TRADE Expo includes a Fair Trade Marketplace featuring fair trade vendors from across Ohio and the region. [The Marketplace hosts] vendors with clothing, household items, artisan creations, food, drink, and more from around the world!”

Specifically, we absolutely adored Cleveland’s own Revive Fair Trade Boutique.  While at their stand, we fell head over heals for Tara Project’s Vibrant Glass Bead Necklace:

We all wanted to take home this stunning strand of pretty beads (in person, the brass is much more muted and funky), but unfortunately, the Revive stand only had one left.  Rather than re-enact a childhood tug-of-war, which honestly would have been uncouth, we settled for a serendipitous trip to their Legacy Village store after the Expo.  Hooray!

At Revive, we stumbled upon our new favorite Dress of the Day: Ethos Paris’s Sharav Dress (Revive Carries the Aubergine and Black):

“A sleeveless, cotton, A-line sheath that offers classic styling and shaping for your work wardrobe. Add a belt in a contrasting color, and chunky jewelry for a bolder daytime look!”

“Made from certified 100 percent organic cotton, which is produced, processed and manufactured according to Fair Trade practices. No genetically modified cotton is used to make this garment.”

Don’t you just love the darting detail, which creates a semi-empire waist?  And that serrated neckline is simply fan-tab-u-lous!  While the bottom perplexed us at first, the concealable drawstring is actually a major bonus, allowing you to wear the skirt as a classic A-line or a fun, retro bubble dress.

By layering this dress over a pair of leggings and a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt, you’ll have a super stylish look ready for chillier weather:

We absolutely love this dress styled with Tara Project’s Vibrant Glass Bead Necklace (see above) and a colorful, chunky bracelet like the Tagua Twist Bracelet (Available at Revive):

“Sustainably harvested tagua nuts” make fabulous, eco-friendly jewelry as they provide a rain forest friendly industry for local artisans.  Further, this carvable nut provides a beautiful alternative to ivory, so demand is reduced for the slaugh[t]er of elephants.”

 

Hope to see you at next year’s Fair Trade Expo!  If you can’t make it to Ohio, look for a similar event in your area:

 

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Purple Haze: Our Favorite Fall Fad

Purple Haze. Because we love Jimi as much as we love Bob.

Though we’re all about our earthy browns and olive greens for fall, we are absolutely thrilled that jewel tones are making a comeback.  To celebrate, here’s our collection of pretty purple Fair Trade finds:

  • Marigold’s Organic Leggings (Also Available in Fuchsia Rose, Black, & Iron):

  • Fair Indigo’s Elaine’s Ring:

  • Fair Indigo’s Boiled Wool Clogs (Also Available in Dark Red, Acorn, Charcoal Heather, and Vintage Green):

This fall, you’ll absolutely glow in these rich jewel tones.  And when you buy Fair Trade, you can look good while you do good.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

How-To: Transforming Your Summer Wardrobe for Fall

 

Fair Indigo's Gathered Yoke Pima Organic Sundress Layered with the Embroidered 3/4-Sleeve Bamboo Cotton Cardigan. Just imagine it with a pair of leggings and knee-high boots. Look out fall; here we come!

 

As promised, we are pleased to show you how you can easily and stylishly transition your fabulous fair trade summer dresses for autumn.  We have fallen head over heals for these trendy cardigans, tailored jackets, and cute tights/leggings.

Who says you have to pack away your favorite LFTD (Little Fair Trade Dress) after Labor Day?  We say, meet the change of the season with style as you transform your look into an instant fall classic.

The cardigans and jackets that have us smitten:

  • Indigenous Designs’s Hooded Serape (Also Available in Rose and Cream):

  • And Last But Certainly Not Least, Fair Indigo’s Cashmere V-neck Cardigan (Also Available in Orchid and Snow.  An Awesome Deal at 72% Off):

Leggings and Tights to Keep You Cozy When the Weather Drops:

(Click the images for more information about these tights and leggings, which are available from Maggie’s Functional Organics, Marigold Fair Trade Clothing, and Revive Fair Trade).

Thanks to these awesome Fair Trade finds, fall has never looked more beautiful.

Tell us what you think.  How do you transition your favorite summer dress to a fabulous fall staple?

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters