We’re Not Skirting the Issue; We Love Fair Trade!

Argh…that’s a pretty lame pun – even for us.  But know what’s not lame?  These fabulous Fair Trade skirts!

We love a skirt that makes a hip & fair fashion statement:

Simply pair with these awesome Fair Trade leggings or tights, and you have a fabulous, fun look for fall.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Fair Trade Your Pet!

 

Global Mamas's Pet Bandana in Red on White Mosaic Circles

 

We, at Fair Trade Trends, are huge animal people.  Our Motto: Love the earth, love people, and love our furry friends.  That’s why we’re so stoked that now our pets can share in the awesomeness of Fair Trade.

Check out these stellar, pet-friendly Fair Trade finds:

Fair Trade Fido (Doggy Goods):

  • Craft Link’s Dog Print Food Bowl (Available at SERRV and Revive):

  • West Paw Design’s Organic Bumper Bed (Available at Fair Indigo; Great for Kitty, Too!):

Fair Trade TIger (Kitty Goods):

You definitely won’t be in the doghouse if you get your pet a Fair Trade gift cause these pet supplies are the cat’s meow.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters (& Their Furry Friends)

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

We Know What Boys Like; We Know What Guys Want

Hi Fellas,

Know what’s more attractive than a guy who cares about giving farmers and artisans fair payment for their work, so they can provide for their families, build their communities, and protect the environment?  Not much.  It’s like right up there with Italian accents and a penchant for cooking.

Check out these Fair Trade finds that do good and let you look good.  Real good.

Basics for Work:

Basics for Play:

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

Tangled Up in Blue

Trade that isn’t fair makes us blue.  But these fair trade finds in cool blue hues have us feeling super upbeat:

  • Indigenous Designs’s Uptown Dress (Available at Greanheart):

  • Fair Indigo’s Alpaca Scarf (Also Available in Dark Charcoal Heather, Pink, Violet, Camel, Deep Pink, Bay Blue, Citron Green, Burnt Orange, & Charcoal Grey):

Zen Zen’s Hand Silk-Screened Napkins in Indigo Bali (Available at Greenheart and Seven Hopes United):

We got the blues, and it sure feels good.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Friendsters

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