{Follow Your Heart} Shades of Blush

Friday, February 8, 2013

I've had these fun, eco items on my radar for a while, so I'm excited to present these ethical, sustainable + locally-sourced products in shades of blush.

1. My heart aches for this antique typewriter in bubblegum pink from NeOld, Purveyors of Fine Retro Junk. I do believe my heart skipped a beat.

2. People Tree is an online fair trade fashion retailer founded by the intrepid + indefatigable Safia Minney. Clothing + jewelry are made from environmentally-friendly materials including fair trade-certified textiles.

3. fashionABLE scarves are handmade in Ethiopia. This nonprofit works with women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty. Each sale of a fashionABLE scarf creates jobs + sustainable business for women in Africa + helps to provide holistic rehabilitation to many more.
4. Breakfast at Tiffany's. Read it. A slim volume; it's an absorbing + bewitching story of friendship. Fun fact: Truman Capote intended to play the role of Paul Varjak + he wanted Marilyn Monroe to play Holly Golightly. Audrey Hepburn plays the enchanting + eccentric Holly in the movie version, which became a love story on screen.

5. Blooms. So, so pretty. If you're in Chicago, head over to Dose Market at the River East Art Center this weekend, and get thee to the table of local florist Forget Me Knodt's. You want what she's got.

6. Cri de Couer is an ethical footwear + accessory line of some mighty fine lookin' goods. Check out their chic, vegan wares here.

7. Sheswai Lacquer's peppy polishes are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dbp’s. Their caps are made from sustainably harvested wood, grown on family-owned tree farms. Sheswai is the first nail polish brand in the beauty industry to use a custom wood turned cap, thereby reducing the use of plastic. Read their very cool manifesto here.

8. I just brought you this brand yesterday, but clearly it's still on my mind. Perhaps it's all that sparkle. I do love all that glimmers + shines. I'm deciding, you see. Rachel Pfeffer offers these little heart studs in black + then there are those Drusy earrings. So shiny, I feel dizzy.

9. Madécasse Fair Trade Chocolate Here's a true love story. A group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Madagascar fell in love with the country + its people and wanted to do more. Here's how {from our friends at Madécasse}: 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from Africa. Less than 1% of chocolate is made there. The decision was made to make fine chocolate in Africa. It’s a revolutionary idea in the chocolate world. There are a thousand reasons why it isn’t usually done. But, it’s an idea that can make the world a better place, generating 4x more income than fair trade cocoa alone. Every Madécasse bar you savor starts the change in one, small corner: Madagascar. Check out these happy faces + this excellent video {hello mr. lemur}. This is the good stuff, folks. Try it.

I love a good love story.

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