Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Basic Black + White OOTD #EthicallyStyled

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AG Jeans, HM Conscious Collection
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inkkas shoes ethically made

Just a little casual OOTD for ya today with my favorite sustainably made basics. Traveling obviously means I have a restricted outfit options, however I love all of my investment piece basics, ethically sourced of course! Details below for each piece.

Black sleeveless Blouse //  HM Conscious Collection
The only line HM carries(carried) (and the entire mall actually) that upholds a somewhat strict labor and environmental standard for the production of the garment (but of course not as good as PrAnaPatagoniaThreads for Thought, or Mata Traders who are fair trade). I'm waiting to see if HM will come out with a new Conscious Collection line this season... if not, say hello to another great disappointment/healf hearted attempt from the indistry.
White denim, Stevie Ankle Jeans // AG Jeans via Anthropologie
Sustainable fibers, vertically integrated factory and excess fabric upcycled
Handwoven Inkkas Low Top Sneakers  // via Modavanti
Sustainably dyed and made with traditional textiles from Latin America
10% off Inkkas Shoes "DEAL10"

Enough about the outfit! So, God has been really working in my life recently! Not only did I land my dream job, which is 5-8 years before my planned out timeline, but God is blessings me as far as local community, photography opportunities, and outreach opportunities. In the end, I remember all the sacrifices I made and all the hundreds of people who touched my life and helped me along the way and I see how God has worked from one person to another to push me to where I am now, where I can make a positive impact on lives. It is so incredible. Yes, we are all called by Jesus Christ to not "conform to this world," but live "transformed lives" (Romans 12:2). And as "soldiers" for the Lord, we are asked not to give up (2 Timothy 2:3). It's totally doable, hard at times, and at times I totally suck and don't act like I have Christ in my heart, but with a good support and my Bible as nourishment, I keep finding my way. :) As everyone always says, you never know it in the moment, but God has great things in store for you and is planning out your future... just have faith. Amen!

"And we know all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28

The very blessed traveling duck,

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mornings on Lake Atitlan + SATVA Organic Cotton Yogawear Review

organic cotton yoga apparel satva
photographer panajachel guatemala
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satva ethical workout apparel
ethical yogawear
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Honestly, my favorite part of living here on Lake Atitlan is my morning run. I love looking over my shoulder and seeing this beautiful volcanic crater lake and the reflection of the morning sun on it! But when people ask me what I like most about Guatemala and I tell them, "my morning run" they usually shoot me a quizzical look followed by a light chuckle. hehe.

Eco Ethical Workout Apparel
Organic Cotton Yogawear, Ambar Strap Back Tank Bra | c/o Satva
All natural, organic cotton, donation participation in their India GiveBack Program
Organic Cotton Yogawear, Jessa Pullover | c/o Satva
All natural, organic cotton, donation participation in their India GiveBack Program
 Organic Cotton Activewear, Esha Capri | c/o Satva
All natural, organic cotton, donation participation in their India GiveBack Program
Running Sneakers (size E wide) | New Balance
Not ethically produced

Okay, so I would never consider myself a gym rat nor an exercise addict (no, that was the old me). Now, I work out for the adrenaline rush and because I know that it is a great way to control stress (thank you, grad school). As an ethical fashion blogger, I make my casual fashion purchasing decisions ethically, however, I haven't yet ventured into exercise apparel. When I received an email from the ecofashion exercise apparel and yogawear brand Satva, asking to review a few pieces, of course I said yes! I especially find their scholarship program (India GiveBack Programcool because it provides education scholarships to children of farmers who harvest the cotton used in this apparel!

So for a short review, I love love love these bottoms. I use them for running, going out, and for pilates and they don't sag in any place (unlike my older capri from Satva). The white top is a cotton blend, which is super soft to the touch and the mesh back is perfect for heavy sweating bodies, like mine. As for the black crop, it's great for people with flat chests, but isn't very elastic, so I wouldn't recommend it for someone with heavy bust. It also has removable padding which is great for you laddies who need help hiding the lady nips. hehe. That's that for my review of their product. I asked for more info on their brand multiple times but they never got back to me, so all I am going to review is the clothes quality for now. Well, I'm off to get my sweat on! Tootles!

What are your favorite ethically made activewear brands?

The traveling duck,

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Touchdown to Guatemala!

Okay, so I am almost traveled out.  I like to explore and be challenged, but it's also nice to have a home base. Honestly, I probably feel this way because it is so hard for me to actually travel and be fulfilled when I can't speak the language (aka me in Indonesia). 

And so, I just arrived to Guatemala and well, I am ready to make it a pseudo home-base. :) I'm here to do interviews with indigenous textile weavers for my thesis. As I do my interviews I am also volunteering at Maya Traditions, a non -profit social enterprise which makes accessories and home goods and has ethical tourism. I am so excited! Here are some pictures of the beautiful lake I am based out of, the famous Lake Atitlan in Solola, Guatemala alongside some snapshots of what I do. 

More to come and more to explore, stay tuned! ^_^

The traveling duck,