Zero Waste Items Tested

Hello Loves,

So, it has been a couple of months since I have ordered a few zero waste products and, I am loving them! I wanted to really test them out to see how much use I get out of all of them and, I use everything everyday. I use a bag that is supposed to be for wet bathing suits to toss all the towels in. I fill the bag and, I wash them all about one to two times a week depending upon how much I am actually home. I have been looking for washcloths, facial rounds, napkins and, flannel cloth wipes. The napkins, I use like paper towels or, to clean my hands/face. The washcloths I usually use for the shower or, to put on oil. The flannel cloths I use to clean my face. They have all been extremely useful and, I had no idea I would use them everyday. The flannel cloth wipes are suppose to replace toilet paper but, I’ve been on the fence about that. I may use them as like wipes or, something like that but, I’m gun shy when it comes to using them as toilet paper. Facial rounds are used to remove makeup for the most part or, I have used them to take off my nail polish.

All in all, I am finding that I use less disposable products and, I am using natural things such as, coconut oil to clean my face. Now, I don’t need makeup wipes or, paper towels for the bathroom. I also, use some of the towels to clean the bathroom which works really well. The more natural and, zero waste I lean toward the more i am enjoying it. Finding use out of everything I eat etc.. is my ultimate goal but, for right now I am enjoying the journey. I plan on bringing all of these towels to Hawaii with me and, I think I am going to purchase two really good beach/shower towels to bring with me.

I want to talk about the quality of the products as well. Each towel is strong, soft an, well-made. I have had them for a few months now and, they wash and, dry very well. I usually toss them in the wash on hot or warm quick wash and, then hang dry them. I did accidentally toss them in the dryer a few times and, they were fine. I like that they are gentle against my skin and, do not cause irritation. I am looking forward to using the towels for many years to come!

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Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

6 Places To Buy Ethical Clothing

 

 

Recently, I haven’t been shopping as much… You may be thinking, ” Then, what is up with the 6 places to buy ethical clothing?” Well, when you stop evaluate what you have and, then understand what you need it makes it much easier to find 6 places where you buy your ethical clothing. Now, I still shop at non-ethical stores maybe one-three times a year which, I am trying to eliminate. In my efforts to eliminate non-ethical places to shop I have complied a list of my five favorite places to get ethical or, used clothing.

ebay: I recently bought Prana clothing from ebay because it is a great way to get clothing used or, ethical clothing for a less expensive price. If you don’t mind used clothing this is the spot for you! You may even be able to score a new piece of clothing for a fraction of the price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PrAna-Breathe-Halter-Dress-Size-XL-Pink-Orange-White-Shelf-Bra-/222460854497

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vasque-Vibrant-Hiking-Shoes-Women-039-s-7-5-/132144136414

Poshmark: This is where 90% of my wardrobe comes from. Unfortunately, they just raised their shipping prices however, if you bundle your clothing together it is worth it. They have ethical brands and, lots of second hand clothing, shoes and, accessories. I also, like shopping from here to support the sellers and, the idea of small businesses.

https://poshmark.com/closet/eyeheartedu

Les Sublimes:

They have an amazing story and, just launched their first ethical clothing line. Their clothes are clean cut and, simple which, is perfect for a capsule wardrobe.

https://www.les-sublimes.com/collections

 

Bead And Reel:

A trendy ethical clothing store with great values and, fashionable clothing. This is one of the stores on my list to shop at.

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Prana: One of my favorite stores when it comes to athletic wear. They have fashionable clothing for hiking, yoga and, much more. They also, have dresses as well as, accessories. I have really enjoyed the value I received from the clothing; they are comfortable and, there has been no ripping/wearing after having the clothing for about four to five months. This is why I prefer ethical clothing (besides the obvious ethical side) it should last for years. Unlike fast fashion, the clothing isn’t cheaply made which, makes it sustainable.

Hanky Panky: I wrote a whole review of this site so, if you are interested I will leave the link below. Hanky Panky is a great place for ethical underwear. I got two g-strings and, two V-kini lace underwear. The site has so many options so, browse away! They are extremely soft and, comfortable I highly recommend them.

 

 

Hanky Panky Post: http://thatsabang.com/?p=359

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

How To Pack As A Minimalist

Hello Loves,

I am back from my beautiful, adventures and, scenic trip to Arizona! This trip was a bit tricky to pack because we were going from hot Phoenix, AZ to Cold Grand Canyon. Yes, there was ice and snow on the ground at the Grand Canyon and, it snowed over night while we were there. We did not hike down the mountain but, we saw almost the entire South Rim of the Grand canyon. If you follow my travel Instagram Forever Seeking Wanderlust you would have seen some incredible pictures of my trip. So, we were packing for pretty warm weather and, then cold weather. If you are trying to pack for a plane you know it is hard to figure out what to bring with you. I did over pack but, I did a pretty good job picking exactly what I was going to wear. I went with a backpack, carry on and, a bigger bag for my luggage.

  • Shoes: One Pair Of Sneakers, Hiking Shoes, Sandals and, shoes I wore on the plan slip on loafers. I ended up wearing each of these shoes multiple times. I felt I packaged exactly what I needed in shoes and, did not over pack.
  • Tops: I wore every shirt shirt I brought as expect one as, I packed enough shirts for 7 days. So, I could have left that shirt behind.
  • Bottoms: There are two pairs I did not end up wearing which were a skort and, shorts. I could have avoided bringing them because they weren’t necessary.
  • I brought earrings and, a ring that I wore almost everyday.
  • All of the toiletries I used
  • All Of The electronics I used
  • I also, used both of my bathing suits
  • All socks and, underwear were used
  • One dress was not used

I really scaled down with packing this trip and, I think I did a stellar job. Here are some tips to help you pack in a minimal way.

  • Clean every piece of clothing you own including socks and, underwear

This way you can look at your whole wardrobe to see what you might want to wear for your trip.

  • Evaluate what the weather is going to be like- You can check this on the weather channel app on your phone so, you can see the weather pattern leading up to your trip and, get alerts if the weather changes.
  • Get everything together you want to pack and, make outfits. Clothing can always be cleaned so, put together only the amount of outfits necessary for the trip. This includes jewelry, shoes and, accessories.
  • Toiletries can be tricky but, if you plan on checking your luggage have a little travel bag for all your toiletries to go into. Do not over pack your makeup you only need what you are going to use.
  • Download books or movies onto your electronic device. Lugging a book or, DVD with you is too much of inconvenience and, will not leave you with enough room for other essentials.
  • You should pack snacks and, bring food with you. It usually cost money to get food on the plane so, bringing a sandwich with you or, snack can save you from spending a lot.
  • Bring headphones to listen to your device.
  • One thing I never go to the airport without is a water bottle that you can reuse that is not filled. You can fill it up at the water fountain and you don’t have to waste a plastic bottle or, like $4.
Please let me know if you have any topics you’s like me to write about in the comments below and, I will get to them as soon as possible.
Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
allie

Zero Waste Items That Are A Must

Hello Loves,

I have been testing out having some zero waste products and, how to reuse some products. I have not become 100% zero waste yet but, I am working my way toward that way of living. I have a mix of items I have found super useful when slowly transitioning to a zero waste friendly lifestyle. If you have more tips for me let me know in the comments below.

  1. Essential Oils: I use them for everything! I don’t use perfume or, body spray I traded them for healthy essentials oils that do not have anything extra in them. It can be used to make your cleaner smell fantastic. Oh, and, I put tea tree oil in my shampoo to help with dry scalp. Each oil can be used in a different way if you make your own soaps and, lotions. Tea tree oil just happens to be what I use a lot because it is prevents bacteria and, has an extreme amount of health benefits.
  2. White Vinegar & Baking Soda: You can clean basically anything with white vinegar and baking soda. I am switching over all of my harmful/chemical products to chemical free, cheap and, effective homemade.
  3. Don’t throw Away Those Orange Peels: Oranges are not only yummy to eat and, drink but, they are great to make cleaning products with. That is when the vinegar comes in handy! I have a jar of vinegar and, orange peels get ready to become natural cleaners. You can also, compost the orange peels so, either way you are using the entire orange; now that is the kin of stuff I like to see all the time and, not waste.
  4. Mesh Bags: I recently got these they are for you to put your produce in. No more plastic bags you, don’t need them and, it is such a waste. Let’s save our landfills. If you are good at forgetting things always keep them in your purse which, is what I do. I never forget them and, always feel great when I take them out to put my produce in.
  5. Bulk Nuts: I buy most items in bulk and, I make sure to buy my cashews in bulk. I am trying not to consume too much almond milk because of how much water is needed. I want to start making my own cashew milk because it is my favorite and, it looks pretty easy to make! I also, buy medjool dates in bulk, charcoal, and, arrowroot powder. My goal is to make almost everything myself.
  6. Soap Nuts: If you have never heard of these hold the phone! It can be used as laundry detergent, dish washing, all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, shampoo, body & face wash, insect/mosquito repellent, shampoo for pets, cleaning jewelry and, you can even wash your car! It is absolutely amazing cleaner and, you can add some essential oils to it as well.
  7. Food Planning: Yes, this is a given but, most of America including me has wasted or, thrown out food that went bad. This is a problem I want to 100% eliminate from happening. If you make a least and, have one day where you dedicate to making your meals for the week you will be so much happier that your waste of food was eliminated. Do not forget to utilize your freezer, if you are making man items like soup etc. it can get to be too much and, if you make enough you can save some for the next week. It is a win, win!

I hope you all enjoyed getting some info on products that are a must for me! I have a few things to test that I just received so, don’t worry I have plenty more videos coming your way!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Amazon Lending A Helping Hand

Ciao Tutti,

If you aren’t already sucked into the Facebook vortex of videos and, shopping on Amazon then you must not be on the internet that often. Today has been a day of a multitude of news and, just when you think you have writers block there is always something popping up in the hope you will write about it. This video deserves as much attention as it can get! Monika is a co-owner of a women’s shoe company that she develop in America. She came to America to concur her dream and, she did. While walking down the street she saw a homeless man with a sign saying, ” I need shoes.” When she went back he was no longer there and, that is when she came up with the give back box idea. She is now working with be companies such as, Amazon that are teaming up to send these boxes to charities. the great thing is that you do not have to pay anything you are merely donating clothing, shoes, items you no longer need! You get a free shipping label and, off they go. When you receive an Amazon box you usually chuck it in the trash, after taking out what your purchased. Well, that is not helping our landfills and, when you send your give back box to the charity of your choice, they will recycle all of there boxes. It is great that you will be giving back and, no longer be polluting our world! I would say, it is a win, win! This holiday season when you receive new items of clothing etc. take time to look through your wardrobe and, see if any older pieces could use a new home.

https://www.givebackbox.com/story

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

Capsule Wardrobe Haul-Prana

Ciao Tutti,

As you all know my capsule wardrobe is coming together well. To save a bit of money I will be looking for some finds at thrift stores as well as, Poshmark. Let’s talk about my latest purchase from Prana an ethical store I found online. I have worn all of there clothing a few times and, I love them. They are comfortable and, perfect for all of my classes I have been taking. I am really putting all of the clothing to the test by wearing them not only to workout but, in everyday life. I bought the leggings specifically so, they can be worn in everyday living and, working out. While learning about capsule wardrobes I have found that your wardrobe should be versatile. Even though your athletic wear does not count toward your 37-?? items if you are on a budget like I am it is important to recognize it and, only purchase items that you will be wearing in more than one way. Basic colors such as black, white, and nude should be the first colored items that you purchase. After having the basics you add the accessories that will make each outfit unique. I have a few more purchases to make and, they may be spread out throughout the next couple of months depending on my budget. If you are looking for ethical stores such as Prana stay tuned I have been doing a ridiculous amount of research.

 Gabi Legging

                             Gabbi leggings on sale for $37.50

Blue Sol Boost Printed Top

                           Boost Printed Top on sale for $32.50

I also, got two headbands but, it looks like they are sold out on the website. If you would like to see my YouTube haul on the clothing the link will be below.

 

Zara Goes Ethical…

Well, I think the fashion industry has heard us loud and clear! Zara has made an ethical/ sustainable collection although, they were vague on the details, this is a step up for the mainstream fashion industry!  When I saw Zara launched an ethical clothing line my first thought was, ” Is Zara just trying to make money off of the ethical trend? ” To answer my question, I would say, “Yes, they are.” We can only applaud this because Zara may be starting a trend throughout the industry which will not only help spread our ethical message but, it will also, result in helping our planet. When you think about “earth” it is larger concept that some us may not be able to grasp. But, if you look at it as your backyard it is possible to conceive helping that little part of the planet. Now, think about others’ backyards all around the country, some of which are non existent because of  excess waste, and pollution. Imagine all of these things right in your backyard; your beautifully landscaped backyard no longer exist and, you helped in the destruction of not only your backyard but, many others. Now go to your sink and, pour yourself a glass of water this is a luxury that man countries do not have. Why is it that they can’t drink their water? The fast fashion industry that we made happen is one of the largest contributors. By using dyes that are filled with chemicals we are not only being extremely wasteful but, dumping the excess dyes into the water. A large population of the world turns a blind eye to all of the horrible methods of how our clothing is made. Some are unaware of the factories/water problem and, I feel it is all of our responsibilities to take action. By expressing the need for an ethical lifestyle we move companies like Zara, toward an ethical approach to their companies. Turning many companies into ethical companies should be one the many goals we set out accomplish on our journey to helping ours’ and others’ backyards.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/join-life/editorial-c861040.html

 

 

 

 

Hanky Panky: Capsule Wardrobe Update

Are you ready for some Hanky Panky…… underwear that is…. it’s so cheeky. As you know I am putting to together my ethical capsule wardrobe and, that means from head to toe. I realized I should toss my older underwear, and refresh my undergarment wardrobe. I searched for about two hours online which led me to the site Hanky Panky. Normally I would not see

underwear as an investment piece but, in this case I did and, I splurged a bit. The pricing isn’t so different from the ever so famous Victoria’s Secret, with a great bonus of ethical underwear I couldn’t pass them up. I only got four undergarments as that is what I can afford at the moment. Below I will show you a few pictures of the underwear and, the link to purchase them. It is time that we all get a conscious mind that focuses on what is important when it comes to the fashion industry; for me, that is fair trade, ethically made clothing. I support others who work very hard to bring us amazing clothing.

The Ethical Side Of Hanky Panky & Story:

Victoria’s Secret can be kept because there is a reason Hanky Panky’s trade mark is ” The World’s Most Comfortable Thong.” From the moment I clicked submit order to the moment I tried on a pair of Hanky’s silky smooth undies I knew they were something special. Since 1977 Gale Epstein has been creating the world’s phenomenon of underwear. I just want to know why hadn’t I heard about them sooner. Hanky Panky’s undergarments are made & fabric is grown in the U.S. using their signature lace knitting and Supima cotton. The reason their things are so comfy is because the use over 30 yards of thread per thong which means more stitches per inch not only does that equal extreme softness but, it also, equals longer lasting things! Instead of having to go out every month to by new underwear I will just have a set for each capsule wardrobe then, wha-la long lasting and, minimalistic undergarments! I have tested these thongs while working out and, they have not slipped so far and, you know what I mean if you move at all with a thong on. Well, these are technically g-strings but, same thing… either way there hasn’t been any ajusting of the underwear mid-workout which is fantastic! I really love the bikini bottoms better known as Vikini 2 Pack; they are great to wear to bed and silky smooth… They will defiantly be part of each seasons capsule wardrobe. Oh, in case you didn’t realize I am slowly making a capsule wardrobe for undergarments, athletic wear, shoes, and of course my regular wardrobe of 37-40 pieces of clothing. It has been quite an adventure and, my next step is bras.. For anyone who has a larger chest and smaller number like a 36 then, you will know finding a bra is next to impossible and, even when you do they are crazy expensive. If you know of an ethical site that sells larger bust sizes like 36DDD I would love to know where to get one! In the mean-time I will keep searching and, hopefully find one! When I do you all with be the first to know. Stay tuned for my capsule wardrobe updates coming your way!

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

 

 

Orange Harp: Ethical App

Ethical apps are getting me so excited!!

Orange Harp an app that I just discovered with some brands that are making a huge impact on our planet. From zero waste to helping people all over the country his app will make you want to be in on it. I just discovered this app last night and, it is part of my research for my ethical capsule wardrobe. Yes, I have actually been working on my ebook and, I will even be shooting some of looks in Italy! Hopefully, my brother will put on his artistic photographer hat and, help a sister out, literally. I found so many amazing companies and, there a few that stood out right away.

Indosoles- Makes shoes out of tires. Kyle the founder was on a trip in Bali when he discovered locals who were making sandals out of tires of course seeing this at as a golden opportunity he came up with indosole. All the material are vegan, toxin/chemical free and no powered machinery. Kyle’s vision is to take 1 million tires from Indonesian landfills and make them into shoes. Now, that is what I call inspiring! If you remembered I mentioned how landfills will be in future generations backyards if we don’t do anything about it. If more people are like Kyle we won’t have that problem in the future and, trash will become reused in a unique fashion. I want to purchase one pair of sneakers and, a pair of sandals for Italy. This is a company I want to purchase from now and in the future.

bureo- Three friends with a desire to see plastic gone from he ocean. The meaning behind the name bureo is : “the waves” derived from the language Mapuche. They came up with a recycling program to provide fisherman with “environmentally sound disposal points called Net Positiva. From there the team receives” recyclable and durable raw materials.” This can only be found in Chile however, Net Positiva is making its way to California. Their line consists of sustainable skateboards, water bottles, sunglasses, and utensil set. Another great way to help our oceans become free of pollution and, where the fish can roam free. I know that there are fishermen involved in this but, the company is trying to make our oceans safer by giving the fishermen somewhere to dispose of their nets with out further harming the fish. I have always wanted to learn to ride a skateboard but, unfortunately it is not on my list of items I need.

Mitscoots- It does not mention that these socks are vegan or sustainable but, the cause is extremely important.  Tim Scoot founder of Miscoots discovered that the homeless people of Austin, Texas desired socks apart from food and, water. Now some of the homeless people in their area are employed by mitscoots and, for every pair bought another pair is donated to a homeless person. This is how I would envision my company being run by people who are in need of jobs. It is my passion to help those in need of being helped. I would like my company to take aspects of each of these companies and, form an amazing environment to work in.

Right now, I can’t afford employees and, I can’t really afford myself, lol. But, I know that envisioning my company to be more of a family base who helps the environment will manifest it to be. wouldn’t you want to work in places like these that help instead of hurt the planet and, people within it. When I think about the millions of companies who are hungry for money and, have miserable employees I always wonder where did they go wrong, why won’t you build your employees up, why wouldn’t you help them succeed, why wouldn’t you have a save and, calming environment to work in. And, I do not think I will ever understand their ways of business and, I can only strive to do better one day when I have employees.

Les Sublimes- Ethical & Sustainable Fashion

Beautiful wardrobe essentials. Without the compromise.

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Today is an exciting day, Les Sublimes has launched their new collection, The Made In France Collection. Throughout the post you will get a sneak peek at the collection while, hearing about Les Sublimes and, why I think they are a must have for your capsule wardrobe. les sublimes

” Infuse your work with soul, creativity, & love.”

“Be defined by your kindness towards others.”

” Travel the world.”

” Lead a balanced life of quality, & not quantity.”

“Be Silly.”

les sublimes 3All core values that I want when choosing clothing for my capsule wardrobe, this is what the company Les Sublimes embodies. They believe in the mantra, ” Beautiful wardrobe essentials without compromise.”

The Made in France Collection puts a classic touch by bringing the customer the ultimate essentials. When it comes to a capsule wardrobe, these pieces are perfect to bring to life and, capture the

momenles sublimes 4t. The clothing is functional and, easily styled toward your unique personality. Please join me in welcoming Les Sublimes’ Made in France Collection. If you are interested in pre-ordering  the collection the link will be down below.

Supporting ethical & sustainable is so important to enhance the fashion industry and, to show them that this is the way we want to head towards. Our world needs our help if we are planning on having feature fashion, travel lovers such as ourselves who would enjoy what we call home. I have chatted about the problem with dying fabric and, the decrease in the drinkable water on our planet. Three quarters of the earth’s surface is water, while about .37% is drinkable, that is less then 1%. The fashion industry is contributing in the decline of drinkable water and, by supporting ethical & sustainable fashion companies we are helping the planet. We are also, helping better the workers lives who are treated fairly when it les sublimes 2comes to ethical fashion companies. By wearing clothing that is sustainable, you will be wear it for a number of years which would normally be called “wardrobe staples.” Now, every piece in your wardrobe and, potential capsule wardrobe will be essential and last for years. Buying fast fashion needs to be put to a stop and, replaced by clothing you will wear for five to ten years to come. When you are done with your piece of clothing, gift it to a friend, someone in need, or resell it on places like Poshmark for a couple extra bucks to re-invest in your capsule wardrobe.

By supporting Les sublimes you will be supporting an education project they have going on in Kenya.

 

The Made In France Collection:

Les sublimes Buenos Aires Dress Les Sublimes London Dress Les Sublimes Paris Tank Les Sublimes Pokhara Tee Les Sublimes Stockholm Tee Les Sublimes Tokyo Tank

 

 

Pre-Order Les Sublimes’ The Made In France Collection: https://igg.me/at/lessublimes

 

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