'those who need help'
& 'those who offer help.'
The truth is we are both."
There are some beautiful options in fair intimates. The care, thought, and time that goes into these little lovelies is evident. These are not the pieces that come six to a bag and slide through the checkout without a thought to one's wallet. These are most likely the type of pieces that are thoughtfully bought over a period of months and appreciated as little works of art.
Ideally, I'd love for these to be items that could be composted at the end of their lives as useful garments, but many of them do involve some sort of elastic or nylon lace. I've chosen to list pieces with differing ethical standards, so delve into these brands' about pages, consider the fiber content, and make thoughtful decisions. While intimates are (for most of us) necessities, they may also turn out to be the foundations of not only our outfits but our values lived out.
Base Range :: made of organic cotton + natural fabrics in Portugal
Blue Canoe :: (not pictured) organic cotton, made in the USA
Brook There :: made in Massachusetts from organic cotton milled in the USA
Conscious Clothing :: made in Michigan with organic cotton
Econica :: organic fabrics, handmade in Canada
Egretta Garzetta :: handmade in Latvia :: a few cotton options
Fortnight :: made in Canada
Hanky Panky :: made in the USA :: mostly nylon, but some organic cotton :: plus + petite sizes too
Jonesy :: made + dyed in the USA
Kye Intimates :: deadstock fabrics :: solar powered :: made in Los Angeles
Land of Women :: made in New York City :: wide range of sizing + support
LunaPads :: (not pictured) organic cotton period panties + pads :: made in canada
Mighty Good Undies :: (not pictured) organic cotton + fair-trade :: Australia
Ohhh Lulu :: handmade in Canada :: some cotton options
Organic Basics :: (not pictured) :: organic cotton :: living wages :: Denmark based
Pact :: organic cotton + fair trade :: cheapest option + great men's option
Pansy :: made in California :: 100% USA-grown, organic cotton
The Nude Label :: ethically made in a family factory in Spain
Thief + Bandit :: handprinted organic cotton, handmade in Canada
White Rabbit :: fair wages :: made with bamboo :: underwire bras too
Women's Rites :: (not pictured) made in Seattle, USA :: organic cotton :: by Prairie Underground designers
Sewing one's own intimates is also a possibility. Fabric scraps or old t-shirts can be turned into useful bits with the assistance of these lovely patterns:
A free one from Paper Theory
A selection of free patterns + tutorials
I hear you! More supportive fair bras right this way. :)
All lovely photos via links.
the Johnsons :: my heros :) (photos theirs)
When trying to spend less in order to save or get out of debt, it helps not to be constantly shamed for turning down a movie date, told that I should buy that, or comparing myself to someone with a bigger house. We gotta find our people.
I'm not talking about dumping or avoiding friends. I'm talking about finding new people to be inspired by and identify with. Maybe there are a few blogs or instagram accounts that feel peaceful + lovely while focusing on minimal spaces or simple pleasures. Maybe making a pinterest board full of tiny homes or minimal interiors would be helpful.
There are a few places I go regularly to realign my values and loves. These are my happy places, but sometimes I get distracted. It surprises me sometimes to sort of wake up and realize that I've lost sight of what I truly want. I am a visual person, so these images bring me back to myself every time.
In addition to the Johnson's home (pictured above), here are a few more of my faves:
-Han Starnes home
-the minimalists' homes :: Josh + Ryan
-Carmella Rayone's home + blog
-Erin Boyle's simple loveliness
Do you have any internet people who keep you on track? Do share! :)
Revisiting a few favorite books on food... "To reclaim this much control over one's food to take it back from industry + science, is no small thing; indeed, in our time cooking from scratch + growing any of your own food qualify as subversive acts."
~Michael Pollan :: In Defense of Food
Looking forward to this.
How to stop shopping.
US Senate votes to reverse the stream protection rule.
The minimum wage in Bangladesh is 32 cents an hour. When laborers organize + demonstrate their names are recorded and arrests are made.
Happy public books (via Jo).
"Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don't work
Insanity laughs under pressure we're breaking
Love dares you to care for
The people on the (people on the streets) edge of the night
And loves dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves"
Hope this weekend brings a release of pressure from the week.
Lots of love to you friends,
It's about that time of year, when the winter blahs can kick in. A few too many days in a row with overcast skies + my mood can start to suffer. This year I collected a few things in anticipation of the winter blahs:
#1 :: A bright yellow planner. It might become my signature thing, because it is like a little ray of sunshine at my side. (I'm just waiting on my sticker for the front.)
#2 :: These pants. I bought this fabric to make a dress last summer, but just didn't know if I'd wear it a ton. I made these pants in January + I wear them as much as I can. Jo suggested it be a tradition...make bright pants every January. January pants. I'm sold! I made these from a vintage Esprit pattern (warm, fuzzy, 80s feelings for days!).
#3 :: Positivity Kit. I saw this book while Christmas shopping + bought it on the spot. I never do that, but I just knew that this book would be appreciated right about now. I love it. There are simple little prompts that get me thinking about happy things + doodling too.
It was surprising to realize that each one of these things was a spontaneous purchase done with complete confidence. I cannot tell you how rare that is for me. I don't usually just buy things, but I don't regret these few things one bit.
Of course, blahs get busted most often not by buying things but rather by doing things...like...
- taking a walk outside
- sharing a juicy, jewel-like grapefruit
- drinking ginger, lemon, honey tea whether we have colds or not
- watching the birds at our feeder
- catching the sunset every evening while making dinner
- reading a book in a sunny spot
- watching a good movie with my favorite people
- sewing pockets onto everything that needs them
- spraying citrus scent onto my shirt
- listening to old favorite music
- picking out some new library books
- exploring a museum
- chatting with a far away friend
- lighting a candle
- knitting with brightly colored yarn
- baking ginger snaps
- growing sprouts
What are your favorite winter blahs busters?
on a journey toward zero-waste, simplicity, + compassion :: daring to choose fair one choice at a time