It should be a requirement that Friday’s be sunny. We are in the lull before winter, the endless gray days that mean spring is coming. Luckily, warmth is supposed to seep into the area by this time next week. No sun, just warmth. Better than nothing!
I have so many things I want to share in this Fulfilled Friday that I think I’m going to let them spill over into next week. Every once in awhile, I’ll have a day or a week that is full of discovery. This was one of those weeks. I’ve discovered more about myself, more about my values, and how to implement those values into my daily life. And these Fulfilled Friday tidbits are going to reflect that! I hope that I can inspire you to live a more authentic life and make changes for the better in the world around you. Much love!
1. “Buy Less, Choose Well” via Bien Faire – This site was started to encourage people to delve into where their clothes come from. Are the materials ethically sourced? Are they sustainable? Questions like that can be answered here.
I enjoy this article in particular because it focuses on building a wardrobe filled with ethical pieces that you love. I know so many people with closets full of the “12 each” variety, who are completely swayed by a good sale (I’m one of them). But by focusing on where my clothing pieces are coming from, I believe I can look good, and feel better, with an ethically sourced wardrobe.
If you’re interested in checking this concept out, check out this capsule wardrobe made by VETTA. If you’re new the idea of a capsule wardrobe, it’s simply several pieces that you own that provide a wide variety of outfits. In VETTA’s case, there are 5 pieces that can be combined in different ways to provide 30 days of outfits.
2. Sea Shepherds – For a quick overview of what these amazing people do, check out this article. They are essentially defenders of the ocean. What struck me the most about the work that these people are doing though, is how they are stopping the killing of animals that are viewed as “pests”. For example, they are fighting against the killing of seals by salmon fishermen in Scotland, because the seals compete with them for food. It just blows my mind that this happens. I firmly believe that harmony in this realm can be achieved and killing another living being for convenience’s sake is not acceptable.
3. These gorgeous Angela Roi handbags – When you look at these handbags, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s beautiful, followed by functional and timeless. Bags are a way to add our own personal style to any outfit, and expressive way to show others who we are. Angela Roi takes that expression a step further with their “Donate by Color” campaign. They donate 5% of the profits to different causes based on the color of the handbag that you buy. Since I’m in love with the deep purple, 5% of the profits from my purchase would be donated to an Alzheimer’s Disease charity partner. Pretty cool huh?
If you’re good at catching hypocritical people, you’re probably wondering how I could support leather handbags. Leather is made from animal skin. And I’m clearly all about animal rights! After you do a little reading on Angela Roi handbags, a new first word is going to come to your mind: vegan. Yep, these beauties are made with PU leather (not animal hide) and are sweatshop free (human friendly too).
4. Two Afghan Refugees by Sarah Wayne Callies on Medium – It’s always easy to criticize a situation from the outside. I’m guilty of doing it on a daily basis. Whether it’s the homeless man on the corner, your cousin Jerry’s seemingly pointless depression, or the situation of a person halfway across the globe, empathy can be hard to come by. That’s why I enjoy stories like this. It doesn’t give us a complete perspective on the situation in Afghanistan, but it sure shows us that these people are, in fact, people. People with children, jobs and lives that are incredibly similar to ours.
By the way, if you aren’t subscribed to Medium yet, you should be. They put out awesome stories every day.
5. Naja – Whenever I shop at classic lingerie stores, I always feel like I’m buying something that every other woman in America is going to be wearing. If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m not a fan of that. I designed my own wedding dress. I don’t like to be the same as everyone else. So finding fun lingerie stores has become sort of a thing for me. And with my recent transition into purchasing sustainable materials and eco-friendly clothing, Naja is a top choice. They have recycled plastic bottle lingerie and they use digital printing instead of dyeing, which saves water. Here are some other reasons why I love them:
Naja also has this program called Underwear for Hope. They employ women in the slums of Colombia to make the lingerie bags that your purchase comes in, allowing the women to work from home and be their own entrepreneurs. They also donate 2% of revenue (not profits) to local charities that provide continuing education for these women. Pretty amazing. Read Maria and Zulli’s stories here.