Today marks the 3 year anniversary of one of the most horrific workplace atrocities the garment industry has ever seen. On April 24, 2013 Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1100 workers and causing many more to be injured, some having to sever their own limbs to escape. If that’s hard for you to read (I know it was and still is for me), I encourage you to do some research about fast fashion and where your clothes come from. There’s a cost to your $4 t-shirt and it may be more than you bargained for. Having said that, this problem is not exclusive to fast fashion. There are a number of brands with higher price points who also manufacture their goods in factories with less than ideal labour conditions and wages. In fact, a lot of companies are so disconnected from the manufacturing process that they may not have any idea what kind of conditions their products are being made in (ignorance is bliss).
As a consumer I didn’t know and, admittedly, wasn’t doing much to look into it. I was all about my cheap yoga pants, hoodies, and jeans. Sure, they’d wear out in a couple of months but then I’d just toss them and get a new pair! No big deal, right? Wong. I actually cringe at the thought of this now. Brands that I wear, that I’ve promoted on this very site, produced clothing at that factory (I’m looking at you, Joe Fresh). Really taking the time to think about this made me feel sick to my stomach.
Right now I imagine you’re thinking something like “Ok Amanda, I hear you loud and clear from that soapbox, but what can I honestly do to fix this?”
I’m so excited to share this DIY wedding card collage with you. We received so many thoughtful, beautiful cards from friends and family for our wedding, but when all was said and done, I just wasn’t sure what to do with them. I knew that I wanted to hang on to them in some way, but throwing them all into a shoebox just didn’t seem right. I wanted to find a way for them to fit into our simple, moving toward minimalistic decor without screaming ‘hey, we’re wedding cards!’. Enter numerous pinterest searches, a trip to the craft store, an afternoon of wine and season 4 of the Mindy Project and – voila! – our cards are prominently displayed in our living room. This project requires very few materials and you don’t have to be crafty at all to get great results. I used wedding cards but this project would also be perfect for a baby shower, retirement, special birthday, or any other event you want to remember.
- A squeeze punch (I used a Fiskars large hexagon)
- Float frame (I used two window frames we had on hand from Target)
- Double sided tape
Last week I talked about how I was starting to make the transition to using only cruelty free beauty products. It’s certainly a work in progress and I’ll be sharing more about it in an upcoming post. For this week’s Friday Five, I thought I’d share some cruelty free brands (and products) that I love.
While I’m still on the path to finding that ‘perfect’ skin care routine, my skin has been so happy recently and I can’t help but think that some of these products are the cause. This is certainly not an exhaustive list of the products that I use, and I do switch these out from time to time, but right now they’re doing the trick.
There’s something about January that just makes me want to get my shit together. As you read in my previous post, I’m ditching resolutions, but I still like to take some time to reflect on where I’ve been and where I want to be. One of the first things I do is review our finances, set new financial goals for the coming year, and update our budget to reflect that.
Disclaimer – I am not a financial expert.
I’m a regular person who’s figured out what works for me. I’ll be pointing you in the direction of some of my favourite tools and resources (none of which are sponsored, btw) and showing you how I’ve taken this information and used it to fit our lifestyle. I encourage you to consult with a financial expert for advice that may be suited to your particular situation.
To give you a bit of background, there was a time in my life where I was not so financially savvy. Even though I worked part time jobs through my last two years of high school and through all of my years of university in addition to full time summer gigs, I wasn’t managing my money well and I had no idea where it was going. I knew I had to make a change and so I spent a lot of time researching how to better manage my money. If you’re ready to start the new year on a new financial path, keep reading!