Tunic: Elegantees via The Flourish Market (use code “stillbeingmolly” for FREE shipping!) | Coated Denim: Level 99 / Stitch Fix | Shoes: The Root Collective “Millie” Smoking Shoe (Use this link for 10% off) | Necklace: Mata Traders via The Flourish Market (use code “stillbeingmolly” for FREE shipping!) | Earrings: Nickel and Suede | Watch: Wristology Watches c/o (use code “45” for 20% off) | Bracelets: Alex and Ani c/o | Bag: JOYN via One World Market c/o (use code “SBMOLLY15” for 15% off your entire purchase)
I want to debunk a myth. There’s a nasty rumor or myth or whatever floating around that fair trade or ethically made clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, etc. isn’t stylish. That only the “big brands” you see in the malls are the ones rocking the trends and knocking it out of the park.
FALSE, y’all! 🙂
Fair trade and ethically made clothing CAN BE (and is!) stylish! You guys know my passion for this. For a while now, I have been actively working on getting my closet to the point where it is mostly (if not entirely) made up of clothing and items that are either fair trade, ethically made, made in the USA, or made in a factory where the workers are paid a fair and living wage in good conditions. This is something that is in my heart and something I feel very strongly about.
I realize it’s tough. I realize you have to be intentional. I realize you have to do your homework. Sometimes it takes a little bit of extra research to find out where EXACTLY something is made. And, most importantly, by whom and how it was made…
Pretty much EVERYTHING I am wearing in this look falls into that category. Fair trade, ethically made, made in the USA, or made in a factory held to strict standards. And personally, this might be one of my favorite outfits recently. (And none of the items are even maternity! Thank GOODNESS for stretch, y’all!)
One World Market is a non-profit Fair Trade store located in Durham, North Carolina on Ninth Street… COMPLETELY staffed by volunteers. How awesome is THAT? Founded by members of Watts Street Baptist Church, their sole mission is to alleviate poverty on a global level.
They work with artisan groups and partners in 76 different developing countries. From Haiti to Cambodia, Uganda to Ecuador, they believe that everyone should receive a fair and living wage for their work. And while all of their artisans receive a fair wage, there are so many more benefits they receive from partnership! Things like clean drinking water, health insurance, school fees for their children, clinics for their villages, counseling, job training, financial planning – just to name a few!
They believe (and I do, too!) that with each purchase, you have the power to completely change lives all over the world. A beautiful necklace for you gives a partner in Uganda the ability to build her first home. An ornament for your Christmas Tree provides a partner in India with the money to pay his daughter’s school fees. When you shop at One World Market, you shop for change – you shop for good! I LOVE IT.
Now, a little about JOYN (the maker of this GORGEOUS bag that I’m pretty much OBSESSED with).
One World Market has been partnering with JOYN India for three years, and their project quickly stole their hearts! I could tell you all about how amazing they are, but I feel like this quick link with infographic really captures it beautifully:
I get so much joy from seeing this! Seriously. It’s amazing what a company like JOYN (and One World Market!) can do to change the LIVES of people.
I would encourage you to just think about this as you shop this Christmas and holiday season… think about purchasing with a PURPOSE. Think about the impact your dollars could have on someone else.
The FABULOUS ladies over at One World Market have been so generous as to offer my readers 15% off their ENTIRE purchase with the code “SBMOLLY15” – AND, they’re giving away a GORGEOUS JOYN clutch to one of my readers!
Good luck! 🙂
Check out the giveaway here:
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What about you? Have you heard of JOYN? What about One World Market? What Fair Trade or ethical brands do you adore?
*This post is proudly done in partnership with One World Market. I am a HUGE fan of One World Market and absolutely love their store and what they stand for! I may or may not be a regular there… 🙂 Thank you for supporting the amazing businesses that also help to support this blog!
Welcome to Let it Shine…..the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years….we decided to rename our link up to something we felt would be a better fit. Thus, Let it Shine! Why the name? Because we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine. We’ll be sharing our favs here each week and on social media……
Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board