Ethical Holiday Toys For Children

With the holidays approaching, some of you may want to get shopping down early. These toys are all old-fashion ethical wooden toys. You may be wondering, ” what is an ethical toy?” An ethical toy, is fair trade, eco-friendly, and ethically made. Fair Trade means that everyone is paid correctly, and there are no sweat-shops, or child-labor. Eco-friendly toys are made to help, and not hurt the environment. Each wooden toy is made with eco-friendly wood, and non-toxic paint. For each tree that the business uses to make the toys, they also, plant a tree. Ethically made, means the “design, production, materials, retail, and purchasing the items are not hurting the environment, work conditions are fair, production is sustainable.”  By purchasing ethical toys, you are making a conscious effort to help the environment, and the people who are working to bring you the item. There is no child labor, or bad working conditions. Everyone is treated fairly, and the working conditions are good.

                                                      
When finding this company, I was excited, and also loved that it is a family owned business, where they handmade all of the toys. How special is it to receive a toy that is made by another’s hand. Supporting an ethical business, that is family owned, is exactly what I had in mind when I was looking for children’s toys.

This holiday season, give the gift of a handmade ethical toy. Helping to support the ethical businesses. Each toy is made from sustainable wood. The wooden toys are old-fashioned, helping your child take a break from the tech-driven society.
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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

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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

 

 

Trending: Vibram Furoshiki

Hello Loves,

I was searching online today through facebook and, I found the link to some new and, awesome vibram shoes. They fold over your feet instead of tying them up. they are so new I am only finding one review for them on YouTube. From watching the review it looks like the shoe could use a little more support/stability. I am wondering if I were to walk around int the shoe if my toe would keep slipping forward? I have not ha luck with getting vibram shoes second hand in the past because they don’t seems to fit vibram-wrap-shoesquite right. If I could actually try on a vibram shoe at the store I’m sure I could find my fit. As the vibram furoshiki is a new trend within the fitness industry is it possible companies like Nike will hop on board to make a similar shoe? The look of this shoe is much more attractive then the 5 finger vibrams which might make them more appealing to the customer. The guy that did the review said that he would be returning the shoe because of the fit and the fabric. he fabric looked extremely thin which is a little alarming when it is there to protect your foot. When I first saw them  thought they’d be great for Italy; they don’t look like sneaker and, they are stylish enough to par with jeans. Than, watching the review I decided they are probably not quite right for my feet. I went to the website to investigate further and, they were over $100 so, I wouldn’t be able to get them anyway. I shop a lot of second hand for a reason. Do you think this trend will catch on or do you think it will be a dud poll in with your comments down below.

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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Forever Seeking Wanderlust

Ciao loves,

My new YouTube Channel is here, forever seeking wanderlust. Forever seeking wanderlust is a channel that will provide ethical fashion and, travel videos. I know there will be questions on why I decided to start a new YouTube Channel when I already have allie vLuv that I am still trying to grow. I still love my channel allie vLuv, no pun intended but, I also, have grown as a person and, some of my perspectives/ views have become stronger. With a longing to travel and a desire to join the ethical movement forever seeking wanderlust was kind of a no brainier. With a blog post series already called, forever seeking wanderlust and, an opening for the name on YouTube & Instagram it had to be fate! So, from now on all ethical/travel videos will be found on my new channel forever seeking wanderlust. That means my capsule wardrobe planning process and, finally getting my fall capsule wardrobe will be featured on forever seeking wanderlust and, of course on here, my blog. I think you all will really enjoy this new channel and, what it has to offer!! I know I am pumped and, trying to figure out how I want to edit the videos and, what videos I want to film on this channel. It is such a particular niche that I want to keep it that way. All of my other videos will be put onto allie vLuv which is board and, I love it that way. Until you all jump over to subscribe to forever seeking wanderlust I will post all my videos on allie vLuv as well so, you don’t miss out. Eventually though, forever seeking wanderlust will have it’s own platform and, no longer be featured on allie vLuv because they are two different channels. I am trying to decide if my travel videos are going to be vlogs or not because I have quite a few trips coming up business wise & as a chaperon! As you all know, I am also, saying for lovely Italia! My new video is about ethical fashion and, breaking news within the ethical fashion industry. I play my role as a news caster which is actually kind of funny and, also, touches on some serious topics. I think this will be either weekly or bi-weekly which is so much fun! It also, spreads the ethical fashion message. Here is the video enjoy and, please subscribe it would be most appreciated!

How To Manifest What You Want In Life

Manifestation: clear of obvious to the eye or mind

display or show (quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance

Yesterday, I made my manifestation list and put it out to the universe where I want to be in life. I made my list pretty specific and, had lots of positive energy while creating the list. Sending light and positive energy toward this with a reminder that you want these to be peaceful transitions. Keeping a positive outlook on life defiantly helps the universe to receive what you want to manifest in life. As I said in yesterday’s days post ask and you shall receive. You are in charge of your destiny so, do something about and, create a positive surrounding. Any negativity get rid of it, it is only you dragging you done from where you want to be in life. This goes for the way that you are holding yourself as well. Channel positivity and light and, you will start to receive it from others around you. I will post some music and, YouTubers to follow to start fueling yourself with positvity! Tomorrow I will talk about my Morning Routine and, how I make sure it is packed with an abundance of light and, motivation. Wednesday will be the topic of the lymphatic system and, how I never realized how important it is.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Instagrammers:

@lonijane  Her ebook is life changing http://feelthelean.com/ her ebook is in Australian dollars so, it is actually a lot cheaper in USD

@ellenfisher Has a great YouTube Channel that focuses on being raw vegan and a natural mom. Her YouTube, Insta, and ebookhttp://mangoislandmamma.com/  are inspiring and, very helpful. If you are an expecting mom/dad, a parent, or just want to learn about the raw/vegan lifestyle this is perfect. It is also, super uplifting to watch her video in the morning they really eminent positivity!

@itsallwaysbeautiful Has an amazing YouTube Channel where she talks about the struggles of life and, transitioning into the Maui life. Her YouTube Channel is extremely heartfelt and, she really thinks about her daughter Kaia when it comes to the YouTube community. Loving Kaia was Sara’s YouTube Channel name until recently and, I linked the video for why she changed the name to Its All Ways Beautiful. I can not wait for her ebook to be complete about there move to Maui. I just read on her website she wrote, published etc. a children’s book about her daughter Kaia. What an amazing life journey Sara is having! http://itsallwaysbeautiful.com/

@rawnourishment A truly enlightening channel as you watch Mel struggle on her journey and, finally receive what she manifested. Mel, is a vegan and is a great breath of fresh air to the vegan community. Her videos are extremely heartfelt and, all about the positivity and, manifestations. Her journey has inspired my life journey. My YouTube Channel was actually feature in an intro to one of her videos! https://www.facebook.com/RawNourishment

@mantrasandmangoes Mary is such a jet setter with all her travels as a vegan. She is currently living in Thialand with her boyfriend Bo. They just finished traveling for quite a few months and, her vlogs were absolutely amazing. The journey to many destinations has its up and downs and, Mary shares it all with us. You’ll defiantly want to check all her travel vlogs they are well worth it and, will help you on your journey toward light & positvity. http://www.mantrasandmangos.com/

Positive & enlightening YouTubers:

Mel From- Raw Nourishment

Mary From- Mantras and Mangoes

It’s All Ways Beautiful

Ellen From- Mango Island Mamma

 

 

 

 

 

Saras’s Book:

Ethical Thoughts

Ethical Thoughts,

As you all know I am transitioning into a more ethical way of living and, I thought I’d talk about my transition and how I came to discover the ethical side. I know it sounds like a scene from Star Wars and going to the dark side except this time I am moving to the bright loving side of life. My journey has brought me to such an understanding and peaceful way of viewing the world.  You can say I have come to terms with life but, I am refusing to follow the everyday trend of not caring about others, the planet, or the animals. To often we disregard what is happening and make life like a gift wrapped up with a pretty little bow but, there are things happening that we need to acknowledge. The drinkable water around the world is at a rapid decrease everyday, the landfills are constantly filling, animals are dying, people are getting very little in wages working in factories. Yet, we still are shopping, shopping, shopping away without a care in the world. We have yet, to put ourselves in the place of others and, wonder how we change to help them. That is why I am vegan, and, am starting to live a more ethical life. So, what are you going to do the change the planet or do something you love. I have curated a manifestation list of what I want in life and I am putting it out to the universe. Ask and you shall receive and, that is exactly what I am doing.  One of my top “goals” is to do lots and, lots of traveling. If you have been reading my blog from the being you will know that travel has meant so much to me I love the people and, being immersed in the culture. How will I get to travel, by achieving my first goal to continue to boost my business. I do what I do because I love it so much. I love writing to you all and, talking to you on YouTube. It is amazing that one video or one blog post can make a difference in someone’s day. I know that instead of watching the news in the morning I watch YouTube videos because they inspire me to get moving and, work throughout the day. Almost every morning there is a video that I connect with and, I know that I am meant to watch YouTube. The news is important but, the access nonsense that they have on there isn’t. I try to stay updated and, out of the extra drama. My passion towards fashion has not changed only my view toward the industry has. That is why I am going to be featuring alternative ethical fashion that is perfect for your everyday and fashionable life. Tune in every week for a new post on ethical fashion or living and, stay updated on the topic. Remember to be the change that you want to be in the world and live with no regrets. Do what makes you happy and, be at peace with yourself.

As always,

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

Allie