I first met Cathy Gomes of 700 Rivers at a sustainable fashion event. To meet Cathy is to immediately love her–she is enthusiastic, kind, and incredibly passionate about her work to empower women living in poverty in Bangladesh. I am so excited to share a Q&A with her in the latest installment of my Southerner Spotlight series!Read More
Exactly one week ago, on Sunday, February 9, 2020, seven garment workers died in a fire at an Indian denim factory. I believe that we, as Americans, are to blame for their deaths.Read More
I was PUMPED when Target released its first fair trade denim several weeks ago. When a major retailer like Target begins offering fair trade clothing options, it makes fair trade accessible to so many more people!
I decided to investigate Target’s fair trade denim further. How do you find it? What is the quality like? Does it live up to the initial hype?
I went to several different Target locations to scope out their fair trade denim options and tried on the pants. Here are my honest thoughts!Read More
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I’ve done a great job over the past several years of going ethical with my wardrobe. I pretty much exclusively buy fair trade or eco-friendly clothing items. But extending fair trade purchasing into other areas of my life has been more of a struggle. The next fair trade frontier on my radar? Home goods!
For some reason, my mind doesn’t automatically turn to fair trade when I’m in need of a home good item. When I say home goods, I really mean anything that I use at home, from decor to more practical items like dishes. When I need a set of oven mitts, I don’t think twice about running out to Bed Bath & Beyond and buying the first pair I see on the shelf. This is so different from how I shop for clothing, which is much more selective and thoughtful! Part of the problem is that I have no idea where to even begin shopping for fair trade home goods. And I’m ready for that to change.Read More
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Fall weather finally arrived in North Carolina this week. I get cold as soon as the temperature drops below 73 degrees, so I have immediately begun to transition my wardrobe to sweaters and my plans inside to the couch. Even my hubby, who is a shorts and t-shirt guy all the way, has been pulling out sweatpants this week. Thankfully, it is pretty easy to find him ethically made loungewear these days! Read More
This post is the first of my Why Series here on the blog. I often write about fair trade, eco-friendly, socially conscious living, but I am not always able to fully address in each of my blog posts WHY I choose to live this way. This series goes into greater detail about my why!
Chances are, you have heard someone mention the term “fair trade” before. But do you know what it actually means and why it’s a good thing? In this post, I’m explaining what exactly fair trade is and why I personally decided to make it a greater priority in my life!
Hooray, y’all! The blog is finally live! Welcome to Fairly Southern, the renamed and redesigned blog formerly known as Trés Belle. This site has been a long time in the making (believe it or not, I have owned the domain name for A YEAR AND A HALF), and I am so excited to finally have it up and running!
All of my former content from Trés Belle lives on right here at fairlysouthern.com. I think the new name better reflects the content that I was already writing. Join me as I continue to write about living fairly toward people, self, and planet!
Of course, this celebration would not be complete without a GIVEAWAY!! I’ve got a fabulous gift basket that is chock-full of ethically made, eco-friendly, sustainable goodies:
Happy Valentine’s Day, belles!
I have always loved Valentine’s Day, regardless of whether I’ve had a significant other or not. I adore love and warm, fuzzy feelings. I love celebrating all of the important people in my life who I love, including my friends and family members. I love the excessive amounts of pink and glitter, and of course, I love the chocolate!!
I’m keeping it fair trade on the day of love this year in this black and gold dress by Threads 4 Thought (it’s hard to see the gold in the photos, but I promise there is gold thread in the stripes!). Am I the only person wearing black on Valentine’s Day? I think the black is sophisticated, while the gold adds a festive touch. And I love that the dress is work appropriate, but also cute for an evening out. Not having to change or think about multiple outfits = winning in my book.
As a North Carolina native, I am no stranger to our state’s penchant for mood swing weather. Just this past weekend, we woke up to the sound of sleet then enjoyed perfectly clear skies and 60 degree temperatures all afternoon. In fact, we’ve had quite a few 70 degree days lately, and it’s still early February! It’s definitely not time to pull out spring clothes yet, so I’ve gotten to wear some of my lightweight darker colored items that I haven’t had out since fall.