Beachy Sustainable Style!

Nothing like ocean tangled hair to set the mood for an outfit! Beachy and comfortable from head to toe with a huge touch of sustainability. <3 These brands have me completely head-over-heels! What do you guys think?

Shirt dress by Guadalupe Design. Fair-trade and hand-made empowering artisans in India. 

Vegan sandals by Melissa Shoes. Recycled plastic shoes reusing 99% of water and waste and unsold stock from previous collections.

Bohemian Tote by GuadalupeDesign. Handmade, fair-trade, AND VEGAN! Yes!! The straps are made with vegan leather! And look at those neon colors combined with beads and patterned fabrics! This baby made me smile nonstop while in Bahamas. Seriously!

Photos captured by Christine Michelle Photography.

Around Town with a Conscience!

Today, I'm all about this girly Sunday look but, of course, I had to add the jean jacket wrapped around my waist to sprinkle the style with some bohemian chillness. :p

All brands are vegan, eco-friendly and charity-loving!! See below for details. Happy blissful Sunday, babes!!

Melissa Vegan Flats: Yes!! Another beautifully designed pair of Melissa shoes! I don't think I'll ever get tired of talking about and promoting this brand. Every design is made from recycled plastic and, as I mentioned in a September post, Melissa also reuses 99% of water and waste and recycles overstock models from old collections and uses that same plastic for new designs. Plus, every pair of shoes smells like CANDYYY!!! :D

Harveys Eco-friendly Cross-body Sophia Bag: This bag!!! This was one of the first models I received from Harveys over 1.5 years ago and it's just so impeccably designed that I doubt it will ever go out of style. Its details are flawless and the color goes well with any outfit: jeans, skirt, dress, shorts. In case you guys haven't heard of Harveys yet, this is a brand created by husband and wife in California using recycled car seatbelts (exterior) and recycled plastic bottles (interior lining).  Use code: Waterthruskin for 10% discount!! <3 

Symbology Fair-trade Skirt: A line that combines fashion with giving back. Each one-of-a-kind piece is handmade in Asia and helps empower women across the globe. The goal of Symbology is to merge old traditions into the modern fashion world while employing marginalized artisans and connecting women worldwide. You can shop this skirt and more planet-loving products at Nomad Tribe in Miami. One of the stores I adore!!!

Photos captured by Christine Michelle Photography.

 

Planet-loving WINTER Style

It’s been a while since I last posted a fashion style story on the blog. I truly apologize for that guys! The past four months have been so insanely busy with traveling that I didn’t get a chance to dedicate my time to something as important as planet-loving fashion. I decided to post this look today because it’s winter time and even Miami is facing low temperatures right now! This means that people everywhere are running to their closets to take out their leather boots and fur coats, or they even go to the nearest stores to buy them. Reality it is, most of us have no clue how harmful the leather and fur industries are to our animals and planet as a whole. Therefore, I've decided to focus a little more on fashion during the next few weeks. With that being said babes, here’s a head-to-toe look that is eco-friendly and 100% vegan. Not to mention INCREDIBILY comfy! ;) Let me know if you like it!

Let’s start with my faves…these boots!!! They are not only made from recycled plastic but they are also two designs in one. Seriously! They are detachable and you can wear them tall or short.  These two-piece Melissa boots have me head over heels! 

Vegan leather bag. What can I say? LOVE at first sight. Grey on the outside, blue on the inside, light, cross-body and VEGAN!

Vegan leather jacket: Looks like real leather but is not. :) Obsessed with Dakota's jacket line.

Dress/Shirt: For this look I mixed two garments of my closet:

·      Eileen Fisher’s organic cotton sleeveless white shirt (Her brand promotes Organic farming and supports clean air and water. I bought size L to be able to wear it long.)

·      Eileen Fisher’s vegan black dress (Size Small so the dress fits shorter.)

Gold Buddha mala. This line is entirely made with eco-friendly materials and healing stones.

Gold Buddha short necklace. Made with eco-friendly materials. 

Magazine Look with Kindness

Clothing...This topic is so controversial, it's insane! If you guys have watched the documentary I suggested a while ago, "True Cost", you know exactly what I'm talking about. The clothing industry has gone from creating items we need and use on a daily basis to designing products we crave...we want...we MUST have. It's not about our need anymore but about the status, the look and keeping up to date with fashion trends. Our demand for these products has increased to such a dramatic extend that companies are going beyond their ways to reduce their costs, be more competitive and price-appealing while also increasing their profit. Here's the trick though. Even though those price reductions make us feel like we won the lottery whenever we find $5 tees or $18 jeans at our favorite stores, those cheap items are hurting the hands that stitched them. Tremendously! We've all heard about companies outsourcing and looking for cheap labor in places like Bangladesh but something we don't know, because companies will never put in on their labels, is what goes behind closed walls. The human and environmental impacts of fashion. People in Bangladesh get paid less than $2 per day and work in unbearable and inhumane conditions to make those cheap tees and jeans come to life. Not to mention that buildings have collapsed or burned to the ground killing hundreds of people who worked for fashion companies. Fortunately, new brands are coming to the market and have a little more than profit in mind. They are designing the most beautiful, eco-friendly, vegan and fair trade products I've ever seen or shopped as a fashion-lover. As time goes by, I'll write more and more about these brands and promote them every week on the blog just because...they are worth promoting. They are taking the firsts steps to help heal our world. The second step is on us. So what are you guys waiting for? :)

ps: I wore this outfit for a Magazine fashion article. Can't wait to share more details with you once it comes out!

-Kimono by BohoHunter. Made by artisans in Colombia. You can find it at one of my favorite stores in Miami. This store promotes handmade, fair trade and charity-oriented fashion garments. Shop it online too!

-Flower carved boots by Melissa. Recycled plastic. The Brazilian brand “Melissa” focuses on designing shoes that have the environment in mind by reducing water and waste pollution, using recycled plastic, and reusing unsold shoes from previous collections. 

-Boho necklace by Yvera. Handmade in Bolivia. 

-Jeans by Gap. In case you haven't heard, Gap is taking new initiatives to reduce water use and pollution and is part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition where companies are evaluated on material types, products, facilities and processes based on a range of environmental and product design choices. Retailers also plan to add measures for labor and social standards. Read more here.


Thursdays of Kind Fashion

Ok... So, today marks the first day of Kind Fashion Thursdays where I'll be sharing outfits promoting my favorite vegan, eco-friendly, charity-loving and handmade brands. Starting with this look right here. Incredibly comfy for rainy Miami days like today. :p

-White Blouse by Yvera. Non-silk (100% polyester) and handmade in Bolivia.

-Eco jeans by Gap. Boyfriend jeans from Gap's new line focused on reducing the contamination washed denims have on our waters and planet. 

-Blue studded sandals by Melissa. Eco-friendly. Made from recycled plastic. Melissa- a Brazilian brand- also reuses 99% of water and waste, and recycles and uses overstock models from old collections into the next season's. (Close up pic of sandals below)

-Nude boho crossbody bag by Free People. Vegan. Made from faux leather. Color goes with everything and this baby has become my favorite faux leather bag so far.