I am by no means perfect, but ever since having my son, I have tried to be a little bit more intentional about the items I purchase, especially for him. I would never have imagined that ethical clothing for children would be an interest of mine, but here we are.
There are many things I would like for my children to understand as they grow up, but chief among them are an understanding and compassion for the world at large. My husband and I enjoy traveling because we love learning about new cultures, meeting new people, and seeing how things are done in other parts of the world. We hope to instill that same sense of curiosity in our children, and for that reason, I have become a huge fan of Tea Collection.
I couldn’t agree more with Tea Collection’s mission:
“Tea Collection inspires global connection and curiosity for little citizens of the world.
We want to give kids the world, to help them discover that no matter where we live or what language we speak, there is so much we all have in common.”
Twice each year, Tea Collection’s designers create a new collection encapsulating a new part of the world. All of the clothes are designed in San Francisco but they have Fair Trade Acts in place with their manufacturing partners around the globe. The Fair Trade Act guarantees that the manufacturers follow responsible labor laws, have good working conditions, and do not use child or slave labor.
Most recently, Tea Collection’s designers created an Australia-inspired collection. My husband and I visited Australia on our honeymoon, so everything in this collection spoke to me… and I may have gone a little overboard. I actually don’t do much shopping for my son, but when I do I buy ALL the things. But with clothes this cute, this comfortable, that are ethically made and that perfectly align with my values, how could I resist?!
If you’ve got your own little one (or two or three) at home, here are a few of my favorite pieces from the Australia Collection.
It’s officially spring, which means one thing: Wedding Season 2017 is here!
Chances are that many of you have been invited to a wedding or two this year, or you will be in the next few weeks. If you’re anything like me, one of the first things you’ll think about when you see that bulky envelope in the mail is what you’re going to wear. Weddings represent a fun – and exceedingly rare – occasion to get dressed up to the nines.
Sure, the wedding isn’t about you. We all know that, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to look good! Each spring I tend to splurge on one new outfit to wear to any weddings I may attend that year. I’ll typically wear the same dress to multiple weddings unless I know I’ll see most of the same people at each wedding, in which case I’ll splurge on multiple dresses. Of course, that plan goes straight out the window depending on the formality of the occasion.
If you’re planning on attending any weddings this year – either as a guest or member of the wedding party – I highly recommend checking out the Gilt Wedding Event this week! Gilt’s wedding sales are legendary and this one does not disappoint! Whether you’re looking for something to wear to a Black Tie wedding, something that’s a little more cocktail chic, or are in need of something to wear to an outdoor event, the Gilt Wedding Event has some of the best brands being sold at absolutely incredible prices.
Formal/Black Tie Wedding Options
It has been a long time since I’ve attended a Black Tie Wedding, and I’m bummed I don’t have one to attend this year after looking at the options available at the Gilt Wedding event. There are some incredibly lovely dresses available in a broad range of styles and at a broad range of price points.
Just some of the designers you’ll find included in the Black Tie Sale include For Love and Lemons, Pour La Victoire, kate spade new york, Black Halo, Paper Crown, Rachel Zoe, ZAC Zac Posen, Judith Leiber, Manolo Blahnik and many more.
Granted, while I had a fairly casual outdoor summer wedding, I really love weddings that allow me to invest in a new cocktail dress. I love getting dressed up… just not overly so. I’m pretty certain I’ve held on to every cocktail dress I’ve ever purchased because you just never know when it might be the perfect thing to wear to an event.
And speaking of perfect, the dresses and accessories featured in the Gilt Wedding Event’s Cocktail Dress Sale are absolutely spot on! Just a few of the brands featured in the sale include Free People, Velvet by Graham & Spencer, Charlotte Olympia, ABS by Allen Schwartz, Steven by Steve Madden, Miu Miu, Chanel, Theia, and many more!
Sadly, my own wedding calendar is pretty minimal this year. The only wedding I’ll definitely be attending this year is that of my sister, who is planning an outdoor wedding this summer.
The great thing about outdoor weddings is that you don’t have to get a particularly formal dress AND whatever you do end up wearing can usually be worn to multiple other events. For instance, the dresses below could be worn to a wedding with a casual vibe, a rehearsal dinner, or even a baby shower!
Just some of the designers you’ll find included in the Daytime Romance Sale include French Connection, BCBGeneration, Yumi Kim, Rebecca Minkoff, Diane von Furstenberg, Jenny Packham, Vera Wang, and many more.
While I’ve focused on some of the fabulous frocks that can be purchased from the Gilt Wedding Event, the sale also features accessories galore, outfits for flower girls and ring bearers, and even an assortment of chic wedding gifts that you can pick up for less!
This past weekend – Friday, actually – my husband and I finally became homeowners!!!
It was a long road to get to this point. Most of our friends already own their homes – those that choose to, at least. Some of our friends have owned multiple homes, and I have envied all of them. Part of the reason we didn’t buy before now is because we just couldn’t find that perfect community. We talked about moving to Evanston for years but were never completely sold on the city. It was perfect in every way, except the main one – cost. The entire Chicagoland area is fairly expensive and Evanston, thanks in large part to its close proximity to the city, is especially so. My husband and I have been searching for a similar sense of community and neighborhood enthusiasm that we found in Evanston, but we also didn’t want to be house poor.
Our plan had been to move this upcoming summer. (Of course, we had the same plan last summer. And the summer before that…) I wasn’t seriously looking at anything but had been keeping tabs on an area that was of interest to us. My husband went out of town for the Super Bowl to watch the game with some of his high school buddies, and during those two days he was gone I noticed that the price had dropped on a house in our preferred city, so I called a realtor I found in a Facebook group and asked her if she knew why the price had dropped – it was actually the second time it had dropped after sitting on the market for five months. She didn’t know, but my instincts told me that at this new low price – a good $50,000-$70,000 cheaper than anything else in the neighborhood – the house wouldn’t last for long.
Without telling my husband, the next day I spoke to a loan officer. Neither of us had ever purchased a house before and so I wanted to know what, exactly, we needed to do to get a mortgage. The loan officer was kind enough to talk to me at 2 p.m. on a Sunday – while my son was napping! – and also got us preapproved during the course of that conversation.
Finally, I called my husband. He was just about to head to the Super Bowl party when I told him that I’d found a house, we were looking at it the next day, and we were pre-approved for a mortgage.
Today is International Women’s Day so it only seems appropriate to take some time to highlight some awesome companies founded by women. I’m happy to shop pretty much anywhere, but I always love throwing some extra support to women who kick a$$ and work hard every day to live their dreams.
Want to celebrate and support other women today? Here are 15 awesome companies founded by women to check out.
Katia Beauchamp – Co-Founder // Hayley Barna – Co-Founder
Birchbox is one of the companies that started the subscription box craze here in the United States but they have emerged as a leader of the entire beauty industry. You can still get their trademark box of 5 deluxe beauty samples for $10 per month, but the Birchbox Store now carries many of the best beauty brands, as well as brands you won’t find anywhere else, and they recently launched their own line of beauty products.
Kena Paranjape – Co-Founder // Jen Lee Koss – Co-Founder
If you love the handmade movement but are looking for a more curated aesthetic than you might find at Etsy, Brika is your store. At Brika you will find a fantastic selection of handmade items, as well as stories about those products and their makers. You’ll feel good about shopping at Brika and the bright and colorful store is fun to shop, too!
When Carrie Hammer decided that she’d had enough of ill-fitting office apparel, she set out to create her own eponymous clothing line, Carrie Hammer. All items purchased from the store are made to order so shipping takes 3-4 weeks. Most items are available in sizes XS-4X. Read More