The Andean Collection: Our New Obsession

Dear Andean Collection,

How have we not heard of you sooner?  We are literally in lurve with your ethical company and your breathtakingly beautiful jewelry.  Seriously, you’ve taken our breath, and we need it back.  Why?  So we can sing your praises!

Pardon us a moment while we swoon over these noteworthy pieces from Andean Collection’s awesome lookbook:

  • The Floresta Necklace in Teal (Also available in Lavender, Ivory, and Sunset Orange):

  • The Riverbed Bracelet (Shown in Soft Gray, Ivory, Coral, and Turquoise; also available in Chocolate, Incan Sun, Nude, Olive Green, Onyx, and Tomato):

Readers, these are just a few of the gorgeous necklaces, bracelet, earrings, and belts available from one of our new favorite companies.

We hope you enjoy Andean Collection as much as we do!

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

What Your Jewelry Box Is Missing: Seven Hopes United’s Long African Trade Bead Necklace

So pretty!  And such a great staple piece!  Who doesn’t love a necklace that can go with…well, almost anything?

Plus, not only is this charming necklace Fair Trade, but it also carries a special history:

In the days of the caravan, trade beads offered a means of exchange that could be used across Africa, even in remote locales.

Crafted from clays, metals and glass, African trade beads are collected around the world, appreciated for their color and intricate craftsmanship. Our trade bead necklace pulls together a variety of new and old African trade beads in a necklace that looks great alone or stacked.

Doesn’t it look fabulous on?:

We are in necklace love!  Definitely a strong piece to add to your collection.

Peace and (Necklace) Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters