sustainable style

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For the past few years, especially since launching Your Soul Style, part of my styling mission was (and is) to raise awareness about a brands comittment to social responsibility. I believe that style investments should go deeper than a cool, new look. I left my corporate career to start a business that provides fashion with purpose. Whether it’s about aligning both the inner and outer self, or becoming conscious about a brands sustainbility, Style From the Inside Out includes being mindful about where you spend, brands you stand behind, what you wear and becoming empowered by the very idea that your personal belief system should come through in how you represent yourself. I’ve spotlighted brands like Tribe Alive, Hands Producing Hope, Sseko, Sudara, Base RangeAduzadMaya Traditions, Truss, and Reformation, but have discovered many this past year I’m eager to share.

I recently learned about Voz after scooping up a piece in a local boutique. “Voz is an ethical luxury fashion company whose mission is to protect the livelihoods, well-being, and cultural values of rural indigenous women globally. Founded in 2012 by Jasmine Aarons, Voz honors and empowers artisans creatively, economically and culturally through a collaborative business model that showcases, preserves, and supports traditional art forms. [The brand] works in collaboration with politically and economically marginalized women to create beautiful fashion collections and to provide design leadership, training, and opportunity for indigenous women in the rural regions where they reside.” Not only is Voz’s cause something I feel connected to emotionally, but stylistically their design is on point. I just added this to my personal collection, and am coveting this fall/winter collection skirt and this double layer cami dress (which I would layer under a cute t-shirt or long sleeve turtleneck). Head on over to the site, and check it out for yourself.

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yss x chairish

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The American culture is drowning in excess. We use way too much of everything and manufacturers are mostly interested in profitability as opposed to saving our planet. I’m as guilty as the next person and consume on an unnecessary mass level, but work everyday at becoming more socially responsible and conscious. With that said, I’m a huge advocate of companies like Chairish who bridge the gap between design lovers, giving us the option to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. Instead of adding more stuff to our universe, Chairish trades existing sustainable goods. While Dina and I are discussing our move, it’s brands like this that will come in handy when decorating our new space!

Practice makes perfect so when Chairish challenged me to create a style board featuring one of their chairs that would add a pop of color to a room, I was so up for the challenge! I landed on this moroccan-mid-century modern-bohemian inspired situation. Head on over to the site to check out the full assortment of colorful accent chairs!

SHOP IT: Chairish {rattan hanging chair} // Lowes // Tom Dixon // Christian Chaize // Jenna Snyder-Phillips // Chairish {danish teak lounge chair} // ABC Home // Design Within Reach // Torchlight Jewelry // Houzz 

Thank you to everyone who reached out in regard to my post on Monday. I am grateful for all of your support, and for being a part of the Your Soul Style community.

spotlight: tribe alive (pt.1)

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With no shortage of social, political and environmental issues plaguing the world today, Your Soul Style’s mission is to highlight individuals and brands who are working towards making a difference.  With that being said, when my dear friend Carly Burson told me about the decision to launch Tribe Alive with partner Ashley Faircloth, “a socially conscious lifestyle brand utilizing its passion for fashion as a platform for social change that stands behind fair trade principles and practices social responsibility”, I immediately recruited them for a spotlight feature.  I’ve known Carly for five years, and she has always inspired me with her lifelong commitment to non-profit work.  The launch of Tribe Alive is a natural extension of her already established do-good contributions.  Combined with Ashley’s ability to build a business from the ground up, the two were a match made in heaven.  Both Carly and Ashley come from long-standing, successful careers in the fashion industry and wanted to leverage their knowledge and experience to help better the lives of others.  Each individually passionate about making an impact, Tribe Alive was born out of a desire for positive change in the global marketplace.

“Tribe Alive utilizes it’s passion for fashion and responsible commerce as a platform to help alleviate poverty among women.”  The mission is to employ female artisans from developing countries and provide them with an opportunity to work at fair-trade wages to improve their future and their families future through the production of local goods such as handbags and jewelry.  Indicative of dynamic cultural perspectives from around the world, all of the pieces are handmade by impoverished women with Tribe Alive providing access to the necessary tools, training and support for sustainability.  The launch collection(s) which include bags and jewelry, are from Honduras, Ethiopia and Guatemala with intentions of expanding to countries like India and beyond.

Along with interviewing Carly and Ashley, I had the privilege to a sneak peek of the assortment which will be available on October 1st.  Not only is it beautifully curated, hip, and stylish with a heavy appreciation on the cultural arts, but helping a woman and her family thrive is the real fashion statement I’m proud to make.  Like Carly and Ashley say in their brand philosophy, “We believe that every purchase should be made with a purpose, and that there is nothing more stylish than giving back.”  Yes!  I couldn’t agree more.  I am truly bursting with excitement to see how things develop for these two inspiring women who ooze with soul and style of epic proportions.  I am honored to be a part of the tribe!

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