Kellan Lutz in eco friendly tux for Oscars via


Look at those smiles?  Those are a couple of happy faces, wouldn’t you agree?  I’m gonna guess it’s all because Kellan and Olga chose to go eco-friendly for the Oscars.  She wore a cruelty free dress made of 100% organic “peace silk” from Red Carpet Goes Green.  He chose H Brothers for an eco-friendly tux made partially out of recycled plastic bottles.


get the nude oscars trend from ethical sources!

Clearly the biggest winners of the Oscars were nude dresses.  I felt like they deserved their own post.  Here are some great nude dresses from ethical sources to get you on trend and feeling good!

from left to right:

Beige Cut Out Dress:  $142.21.  Go nude for your coworkers.  It’s not inappropriate if it’s sustainable and fair trade.  From People Tree.

Lace Dress:  $69.50.  Buy on a Monday (psst… that’s today) and 10% goes to charity.  From Altar’d State.

Taupe Tank Dress:  $114.00.  Fair trade and empowering at-risk women in Phnom Penh.  From Raven + Lily.

Embroidered Tunic:  $142.21.  No vacation should be without an embroidered tunic.  This one is sustainable and fair trade.  From People Tree.

Lace Inset Skater Dress:  $69.50.  From a “gives back” brand and buy today or any Monday for an extra 10% to go to charity.  From Altar’d State.

Photo credits:  Red Carpet Fashion Awards


Trending colors of the Oscars from ethical sources


The Oscars are one of my favorite nights of tv.  I really don’t care much for who wins or loses since – let’s be honest – as long as I’m spending my movie theater dollars on Rachel McAdams or Channing Tatum I’m unlikely to have seen most of the nominees.  But the fashion, ahhh the fashion – now that is what makes me happy.  Here are my choices to get the red carpet trends into your closet but all while shopping ethically.


Light Blue Eyelet Skirt Dress:  $79.50.  From a “gives back” brand through Altar’d State.  And on Mondays, Altar’d State will give an additional 10% of proceeds to charity.  From Altar’d State.

Navy Lace Back Dress:  $69.50.  On Mondays, 10% will go to charity.  Otherwise, feel good knowing Altar’d State works with ethical brands and funds employees volunteer hours each month.  From Altar’d State.


Tie Neck Dress:  $95.  Shabby Apple’s mission is to empower women and they give proceeds of every sale to charities who do just that.  From Shabby Apple.

Fitted Green Dress:  $78.  Also from Shabby Apple.


Black Contrast Maxi Dress:  $143.  Eco friendly and made by fair trade artisans in Phnom Penh to help break the cycle of poverty and provide for their families.  From Raven + Lily.

Black Boat Neck Dress:  $108.62.  Sustainable and fair trade clothing.  From People Tree.


Red Boat Neck Dress:  $108.62.  Okay, okay – so I used the same dress in black and red.  I just really like it.  Plus it’s sustainable and fair trade.  From People Tree.

Chiffon Red A-line:  $91.  Also from Shabby Apple.

Photo credits:  Red Carpet Fashion Awards.


Get the look from ethical sources!


Spring is coming people!  If you’re as excited as me to bust out those pretty spring florals, check out today’s “Get the Look”.

Chambray Shirt:  $48.  Everyone should seriously have a chambray shirt in their closet by now.  If not, grab this one and a portion of your money will go to organizations helping to empower women.  From Shabby Apple.

Floral Pencil Skirt:  $100.55.  How great is this pencil skirt?  And it’s even greater when you know that it’s sustainable and fair trade.  From People Tree.

Brown Clutch:  $48.  Made by fair trade artisans in Northern India.  From Raven + Lily.

Bangle:  $150.  Handmade in the USA and 7% of proceeds will go towards children focused charities.  From Moorea Seal.


kids week


Check out this week’s ethical shopping picks for kids!

Stack and Scare Blocks:  $48.  Made in the USA and a portion is donated to charity.  From Uncommon Goods.

Happy Socks:  $24 for a 4 pack.  $7 will be donated to charity.  From Sevenly.

Arthur the Ant Print:  $24.  $7 will be donated to charity.  From Sevenly.

Number Cards:  $22.  10% donated to women’s and children’s initiatives.  From Fresh Words Market.

Knit Bow Tie:  $17.95.  Made by fair trade artisans in Uganda.  From Krochet Kids.

Rabbit Pillow:  $36.  Shop owner is the chapter leader for The National Vitiligo Foundation and donates regularly.  From Belles and Ghosts.


Get the look from ethical shopping sources!


Get the look and all from companies that give back, are fair trade, or eco friendly!

Denim Jacket:  $69.50.  If you buy on a Monday, Altar’d State will give 10% to charity.  If it’s not a Monday, don’t worry – their mission is to improve the world by working with vendors who give back and funding their own employees’ volunteer hours each month.  From Altar’d State.

Lace Raglan Tee:  $49.50.  Also from Altar’d State.

Sunglasses:  $22.  7% donated to health and wellness charities.  From Moorea Seal.

Sneakers:  $39.99.  Eco and vegan friendly footwear.  From Unstitched Utilities.

Black Foil Legging:  $132.  Made in the USA with eco friendly manufacturing.  From Bleulab.


Catherine Leroy

I don’t want to just give you a shopping list each week.  I’d also like to inspire you by featuring creative professionals who have chosen to use their talents to change the world.  Hope you enjoy.

Meet Catherine Leroy.  A talented photojournalist, Catherine bought a one way ticket to Saigon at the ripe old age of 21 – you know, the age where most of us are celebrating finally being able to get into bars.  She documented the Vietnam war and produced some of the starkest images from the events.  Her photos were featured in Life magazine among many other publications.  When she was wounded in battle and captured by the North Vietnamense Army she persuaded her captors to allow her to photograph them. So not only was she released, she was released with candid photos of the enemy in action.  The first woman to win a Robert Capa Award, Catherine went on to cover war zones in Northern Ireland, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and more.   That my friends, is design WELL spent.

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