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.
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.
It’s been quiet on the blog lately, that’s for sure, but for a good reason! Over the past few months, Adam and I have been busy finalizing plans for our Las Vegas elopement on September 3rd. We had an amazing time with only immediate family and two close friends, and were married in a beautiful, intimate ceremony on West Sahara Lake at sunset. Afterward we returned to our hometown to celebrate with family and friends at a killer outdoor party hosted by my parents.
Having been together for almost a decade, we’ve talked a lot about what we wanted our special day to be like and it often seemed like it just wasn’t possible. We spent a lot of time worrying about what other people might expect from us instead of focusing on how we wanted to celebrate our marriage. We both knew we wanted something small, sweet, and meaningful but we also didn’t want people to feel excluded.
Hello dear readers. It’s been awhile. I know. I got busy. I’m sorry. I’d like to tell you it’s never going to happen again but, frankly, that would be a lie. Anywho, I realize I clickbaited you a bit with this sensational title, but I have something to say and I think it’s pretty important. It’s something that I hope you’ll share with your sisters and daughters and nieces and it’s about what it means to be (gasp) a feminist.