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Fair Trade Fashionista walks her first runway!

 Exciting news in the life of a little Fair Trade Fashionista like me — this weekend I was so lucky as to partake in my first all eco-friendly and Fair Trade Runway show put on by the Fashion Institute of Boston! It all happened at the Down:2:Earth Eco-Conference in Boston’s wonderful Hynes Convention Center.  

 There’s nothing like a bit of adrenaline to get you going. While it was a bit hectic behind the scenes, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was overall very exciting, and I can even say I had fun! The clothing was all to die for. I got to model designers such as Indigenous Design, pioneer in Fair Trade fashion and eco-friendly attire, Helen Riegle, designer of nature inspired, Fair Trade, eco-friendly and vegan handbags, and more!

 My favorite pieces to walk the runway in were Kelly Lane’s Ivy Dress, paired with the classy white Jasmine Jacket

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 Photosource: www.juteandjackfruit.com

 And Tara Lynn’s own wedding dress! I felt honored to be wearing something with such sentimental value. Her wedding dress was carefully handcrafted with flowers, and sewn from all organic and sustainable fabrics such as hemp and organic cotton.  It made me feel like a woodland fairy and inspired elegance that stopped me from tripping in my slippery golden heels!

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Photo source: http://www.taralynnstudio.com

Stay tuned for more detailed reports on all designers and amazing Fair Trade and Eco-friendly companies I became familiar with at Down:2:Earth Boston. I had a great time enjoying some great food, wine, people, and new environmental ideas, and can’t wait to share them all with you!

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Let’s put the “love” back into Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is already on my mind, and I know it is on many of yours as well! We here at Fair Trade Fashionista* would love to take some time to show you our most important Fair Trade and sustainable secrets about Valentine’s Day with you and yours!

Since the fourteenth century, Valentine’s Day has been “a festival of love,” but somehow within the past century, corporations have replaced ‘love’ with ‘greed’. While we may show our affection to loved ones with M & Ms in the United States, we are simultaneously supporting a corporation who refuses to take a stand against child laborers being used in the production of their product; children who have never even tasted the chocolate they slave for.

As consumers, we have the power to make purchases that take the power out of the hands of corporations and allows us to shape our holiday the way we want. Let’s show our love not only for those in the United States, but also for those who produce the goods we buy from Africa, Asia, or elsewhere.

There are a couple easy steps that can make anyone’s Valentine’s Day stress and conscious free. We here at Fair Trade Fashionista* have made a series about our favorite Fair Trade Valentine’s Day products and where you can get them!

So what can you do to ensure your Valentine’s Day celebration is an ethical one? (Click on the links to see the details on each topic)

1.) Buy Fair Trade/Recycled Valentine’s Cards – See blog for more details!

2.) Buy Fair Trade Valentine’s Chocolates for your loved ones – See blog

3.) Purchase Fair Trade or sustainable Flowers!

4.) Wear a special Fair Trade Valentine’s Outfit!

5.) Tell everyone you know how important it is for consumers to show corporations their ethics with their wallets! You have more power than you may think to control their actions. When you support Fair Trade and and sustainable products, you support a healthy and sustainable world.
Thank you for spending the time to read about some of our favorite products. Please comment if we’re left something out!

Welcome lovers of Fair Trade, sustainable living and fashion!

I have chosen to start a blog to ensure that ethical living techniques I use do not end with me! If we are going to change the way the world works and lessen the powerful grip corporations hold over our lives, we will need to do it together.

I see myself as a “vigilante consumer”, as I am a passionate fair trade activist and young college graduate. I believe that it will be bottom-up rather than top-down advocacy that will finally break the world free of corporate power. Bottom-up techniques are grass roots based, top-down techniques consist of attempts to pass government legislation, which also requires the development of some kind of enforcement mechanism, that tricky thing.

While one could find almost any product made under Fair Trade standards today, many often do not know where to look. In this blog, I will try to illustrate the places you can find products you are searching for. My main goals will be to educate, as well as inspire people to join forces in this effort to convert the world’s current consumption patterns from negatively affecting people’s lives in many developing countries, to positively affecting them. And will do so with an eye to the latest fashions.