What I'm Packing for 10 Days in the Philippines

As I type this, I am literally just hours away from hopping on my flight to the Philippines for an incredible adventure! (Follow along on my social media if you want!) 

I'll be on the ground for 10 days and am only bringing a large backpack and a purse. Whew. Never thought I'd get to this level of streamlined packing! Stay tuned for the verdict on whether I overpacked, under-packed, or got it just right.

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A Chat With Alison Knox: Personal Stylist + Wardrobe Expert

It's no secret that I truly and deeply believe that a good grasp of personal style is essential for moving towards true "slow fashion" and conscious consumerism. I am beyond elated to introduce you to Alison Knox. Alison is a personal stylist who works in both Portland and San Francisco. I've been lucky enough to become friends with Alison over the last several months and am in awe of the skill she has for helping both men and women discover their true style, and in many cases, their true identity. 

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A Match Made in Sustainable Style Heaven

I'm excited about every brand that is featured on Selflessly Styled, but I won't pretend that I don't have favorites. If you've followed me for any length of time, you likely have picked up on the fact that I really adore both MATTER and Miakoda. These brands exist on quite literally opposite sides of the world (MATTER based in Singapore and Miakoda operating out of New York), and yet, as if by some magical force, they have partnered up to create a small collection together. 

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Ethical Outfit Options for Event Season

Event season is here (hooray!), and if you find your refrigerator growing increasingly covered with invites to fancier affairs like weddings, bridal showers, graduations, etc. it can be the cause of both excitement and perhaps a little anxiety about what to wear. 

If you're striving shop ethically and avoid supporting fast fashion, there can be an added level of stress to this season of celebration.

My hope is that this post will give you some ideas that help you stick to your budget, stay true to your ideals of the types of brands you want to support, and allow you to head into your upcoming events with a spring in your step and an outfit you feel great about! 

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Guest Post: Hannah Theisen Invites You to the Philippines

Hannah Theisen is the founder of A Beautiful Refuge, a fair wage sewing and screenprinting workshop, and the sustainable lifestyle advocate behind lifestylejustice.com. This July, Hannah is hosting a trip to the Philippines, where she is currently based working on a startup project to create a transparent and ethical garment factory. Part sustainable living retreat, part eco-tourism, part ethical fashion school, the trip is designed to bring participants behind the scenes to meet the women who make our clothes, learn from local leaders about the reality of what goes on in a social enterprise, and connect with other ethical living enthusiasts for a heartfelt beach sharing session or two.

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The Cardigan I'm Living In + The Jumpsuit I Thought I'd Never Wear

If you've been following Selflessly Styled for a while, you've probably picked up on the fact that I adore the brand Miakoda. I fell in love with them when I first tried their oversized hoodie (you can read more about their ethical sustainable manufacturing practices in this review), and it ended up being my most worn item of 2017!  When I heard they were coming out with a new cardigan and jumpsuit, I was over the moon with excitement to try them!

Actually that's only half-true.

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A New Method for Exploring Personal Style Without Breaking the Bank (or the planet)

We can pin all the pins on Pinterest, but we have to explore items on ourselves and observe how we feel in them to truly understand what types of clothing best express our style. Sure, we can read style blogs and follow the helpful formulas that stylists have created, but at the end of the day, we've got to get the garments off the screen and onto our own bodies. How do we do this sustainably... and on a budget?

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7 Portland Shops with Ethical Apparel Options

Spring has sprung in Portland which means loads of cherry blossoms (yay!) and loads of raindrops. Since we moved downtown, I have been loving the ability to walk to so many places, and my Alice + Whittles boots have been getting used more than ever. No, this post isn't sponsored, but it seems like the perfect opportunity to mention that the boots I first reviewed over a year ago are still a major staple in my wardrobe. I wear them to the dog park, to work, out shopping and just today I was asked by two separate individuals where they're from! I love sharing about the brand, especially after having the privilege of interviewing their founders

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What a Healthy Relationship with Your Clothes Looks Like

Have you thought about the relationship you have with your clothes? 

It affects you more than you may realize. Whether you consider yourself someone who is "into fashion" or not, you have a relationship with your clothes. You put them on every single day (at least I hope you do!), and they speak on your behalf to those around you before you even open your mouth. 

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Guest Post: What Grandma Taught Me

It’s 6am. My steaming cup of green tea is warming my hands after the quarter mile walk from my husband's childhood home to Grandma’s house. The cup is small, porcelain white with a hand painted peach on the side. It’s an old cup, but you won’t find a stain from use or time. Grandma puts the toast in the toaster, apologizing for not having something home made for us. We tell her toast is just fine, not to worry.

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Jillian: talented teenager with ethical style

You know that I always get excited to introduce you to other ethical fashionistas, but this one is extra fun for me! Jillian is a junior in high school who is deeply interested in ethical fashion and design. It is rare for me to meet someone so young who has such an awareness and beautiful articulation around issues of conscious consumerism. Interviewing Jillian gives me such hope and anticipation for the future of fashion...

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