Reformation will leave you eco-breathless!/ Esta marca los dejara sin aliento...ecológicamente!

This dress and brand are one of my favorites. I’m sure you have all heard of Reformation? If not, this is a sustainable brand you might want to check out. Especially for wedding and cocktail dresses, as well as every day boho looks. They have made it their mission to follow practices that are as “holistic as possible, taking into consideration water input, energy input, land use, eco-toxicity, greenhouse gas emissions, human toxicity, availability and price.” Which means that every piece is not only fair-trade but also made with materials that are kind to your health and our planet, like recycled fabrics, tencel (eucalyptus fiber), organic cotton, linen and others. PS: they also have some great sales at the end of the year….every year! :) If you live in Miami, they opened a store in Design District. They also have some in NY, CA, TX and DC.

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Este vestido y marca son unos de mis favoritos. Estoy segura de que todos han oído hablar de la Reformation? Esta es una marca sostenible que les va a fascinar. Especialmente para vestidos de bodas y cócteles, así como para el look boho diario. Reformation enfocó su misión en seguir prácticas que sean lo “holísticas posible, teniendo en cuenta el consumo de agua, el consumo de energía, el uso de la tierra, la ecotoxicidad, las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, la toxicidad humana, la disponibilidad y el precio”. Esto significa que cada pieza no solo es de comercio justo, sino que también es hecha con materiales que respetan nuestra salud y planeta, como telas recicladas, tencel (fibra de eucalipto), algodón orgánico, lino y otros. PD: también tienen buenas ofertas al final del año ... cada año! Si viven en Miami, abrieron una tienda en Design District. También tienen otras en NY, CA, DC y TX.

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Shop wisely. Do good!

Now, here’s a look you probably didn’t see coming. Sustainable, ethical and mission-driven head to toe! Let’s start with the shoes which might leave you speechless, and then we’ll go all the way up.

Shoes: biodegradable and compostable! They are made of organic cotton and corn by… (wait for it!)…Reebok! This is their new collection called “Things that grow”.

Skirt: made of recycled plastic bottles by Maggie Marilyn. This brand is ethical and made in New Zealand. They also use GOTS certified organic cotton.

T-shirt: made of bamboo and organic cotton by Storyteller. The purchase of each item in their website helps fund educational projects around the world! ps: they also have the most amazing keychains to collect personalized flags of each country you’ve visited. I have mine already :)

Head-tie: biodegradable and ethical. Made of flax fiber by Vegan Resort Wear.

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Ahora, aquí hay un “look” de ropa que probablemente no se imaginaron. De pies a cabeza sostenible, ético y con una misión lindísima. Comencemos con los zapatos que los dejará sin palabras y luego subiremos producto por producto hacia arriba.

Zapatos: biodegradables y compostables! Están hechos de algodón orgánico y maíz por ... (¡esperen!) ... Reebok! Esta es su nueva colección llamada "Cosas que crecen".

Falda: hecha de botellas de plástico recicladas por Maggie Marilyn. Esta marca es ética y hecha en Nueva Zelanda. También utilizan algodón orgánico certificado por GOTS.

Camiseta: Hecha de bambú y algodón orgánico por Storyteller. La compra de cada artículo de su página web ayuda a financiar proyectos educativos en todo el mundo! ps: también tienen los llaveros más increíbles para recolectar banderas personalizadas de cada país que has visitado. Yo ya tengo el mio :)

Headband: biodegradable y ética. Hecho de fibra de lino por Vegan Resort Wear.

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Biodegradable is better!

Barefoot everywhere (but we already know that)✔️
Organic coffee✔️
BIODEGRADABLE and ethical fashion✔️✔️✔️
Yes! You read right. Bio and fashion in the same sentence! I’m wearing a 4-way top made of banana fiber and organic cotton by Milo & Nicki, and my favorite shorts made of flax fiber by Vegan Resort Wear (use code “waterthruskin” for discount”). Both vegan, fair-trade, eco-friendly, and made with plant dyes! Didn’t see that coming, did ya? Like I’ve been repeating for 3 years now, sustainable fashion can be anything you choose to make of it!

In case you wonder, the hoop earings are made with sustainably sourced crystals by Krystle Knight.

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Descalza por todas partes (pero eso ya lo sabemos) ✔️

Café orgánico✔️

Moda BIODEGRADABLE y ética✔️✔️✔️

Sí! Leyeron bien. Bio y moda en la misma oración! Tengo puesto un top que se puede usar de 4 maneras, hecha de fibra de plátano/banana y algodón orgánico de Milo & Nicki, y mis pantalones cortos favoritos de fibra de lino de Vegan Resort Wear (usen el código "waterthruskin" para obtener un descuento). Ambos veganos, de comercio justo, ecológicos, y hechos con tintes naturales de plantas! No se lo imaginaron, verdad? Como les he estado repitiendo durante estos tres años, la moda sostenible puede ser cualquier cosa que ustedes quieran!

En caso de que se pregunten, los aretes están hechos con cristales de origen sostenible de Krystle Knight.

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LALF making World Elephant Day happier!

Just in time for World Elephant Day, here's a brand I'm beyond excited to share with you!

LALF (Love Animals Love Fashion) is an ethical, sustainable and vegan fashion brand that creates beautiful and comfortable tees made of organic cotton and natural dyes without the use of chemicals and toxic pesticides, which are poison to our health and planet. Are you smiling already? Then... get ready to smile even bigger! For each product you purchase from their limited edition collection, LALF donates 25% to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and their mission to rescue and protect elephants and rhinos in Africa. How about that for World Elephant Day?! Go check them out! They launched today and you can browse their entire collection on their website!

The tee I'm wearing is the IVY and it came in the most adorable and eco-friendly box, which can be reused or recycled! The box was made with recycled materials and it reads LOVE ANIMALS LOVE FASHION.

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ESPAÑOL

Para celebrar este Domingo y el día mundial de los elefantes, les quiero compartir esta marca divina, ecológica y ética! 

LALF (Love Animals Love Fashion) es una marca de ropa sostenible, vegana y ética que crea franelas/poleras/tees de algodón orgánico con colorantes naturales y sin el uso de pesticidas ni químicos que son tóxicos para nuestra salud y planeta. Ya están sonriendo? Bueno, prepárense para sonreír mucho más! Por cada producto que compren de su edición limitada, LALF donará 25% a la fundación David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust cuya misión se enfoca en rescatar y proteger a elefantes y rinocerontes en Africa. Qué les parece esta noticia tan linda para alegrarnos este Domingo y día mundial de los elefantes?! Vayan a espiar los productos de LALF! Hoy lanzaron la marca y todo esta en su website!

La polera que estoy usando es "IVY" y vino en una cajita hermosa que puede ser rehusada o reciclada. La caja fue hecha de materiales reciclados y muestra el logo y motto de LALF "LOVE ANIMALS LOVE FASHION". 

Clay, Fishing nets & Tourmaline into Products!

Clay, fishing nets, tourmaline. What do all these have in common? I’m using them! I wore this look to a sustainability public speaking event last week and everyone liked it so much, I just had to share the deets! So, here goes...

The skirt is handmade by artisans in Africa who bring ancient traditions to life in each product, like dying this skirt and creating shapes with clay! By Akoma 1260.

The booties are handmade in Italy and made from old fishing nets and cork by Verdura Shoes.

The blouse is fairtrade and made with organic cotton by Jan n June.

And my coffee mug is handmade with ceramic and tourmaline- a crystal that releases negative ions when in contact with heat alkalinizing and purifying my coffee/tea/matcha! By Live Vessel.
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Barro, redes de pesca, turmalina. Qué tienen todos estos en común? Los estoy usando! Usé este look para un evento de sostenibilidad la semana pasada y les gustó tanto a todos, que decidí compartir los detalles con ustedes! Aquí van:

La falda de Akoma 1260 está hecha a mano por artesanos en África que dan vida a tradiciones ancestrales en cada producto, como teñir esta falda y crear formas con barro!

Las botas de Verdura Shoes son hechas a mano en Italia de redes de pesca viejas y corcho.

La blusa de Jan n June es de comercio justo y está hecha de algodón orgánico.

Y mi taza de café de Live Vessel está hecha a mano con cerámica y turmalina- un cristal que libera iones negativos cuando está en contacto con el calor alcalinizando y purificando mi café / té / matcha! 

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Sustainable Summer! Verano Ecológico!

I haven't posted about sustainable and ethical fashion in a while, but now we are back with this ethical Summer dress and my instant reaction every time I hear "Robarte un Beso" on the radio! :p

This dress is by St Roche, a fashion brand committed to growing sustainably while preserving our planet and empowering artisans. They work with eco-friendly and natural fibers and GOTS organic cotton wherever possible. You can also shop this dress on MaisonDeMode's website. This is like the Net-A-Porter of green fashion! One of my favorite sites!

Earrings are handmade and fair-trade by MP Wears. MP Wears work with artisans in Colombia and gives them the tools and opportunities needed to bring old traditions to life in beautiful jewelry pieces. 

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Hace tiempo que no publico sobre moda sostenible y ética, pero ahora sí estamos de vuelta con este vestido ético de verano y mi reacción instantánea cada vez que escucho "Robarte un Beso" en la radio! :p

Este vestido es de St Roche, una marca de moda comprometida con el crecimiento sustentable mientras preservan nuestro planeta y se apoyan a artesanos. Trabajan con fibras ecológicas y naturales y algodón orgánico GOTS siempre que sea posible. También pueden comprar este vestido en la pagina web de MaisonDeMode. Es es como Net-A-Porter de moda ética y ecológica! Uno de mis sitios favoritos!

Los aros son hechos a mano y de comercio justo por MP Wears. MP Wears trabaja con artesanos en Colombia y les brinda las herramientas y oportunidades necesarias para dar vida a sus tradiciones viejas y transformarlas en hermosas joyas.

 

 

Ethical, Sustainable, Boho & Cute!

Fashion. It's the second most polluting industry after oil. Did you know that? Or that through fast fashion, the hands that make your clothes get paid less than $2 each day? Or that we produce 4 lbs of waste every day? Or that old (non biodegradable) clothing pieces are part of these piles of trash that sit on landfills for years? These, and many more, are the reasons why I opted for a sustainable and fair-trade closet four years ago. Finding new conscious brands has become a part of my routine, and there's honestly nothing that makes me happier than discovering brands like Arizen. This one-of-a-kind brand designs beautiful and comfortable clothing pieces using sustainable fabrics and nontoxic dyes. Some of the earth-friendly fabrics they use are made of wood pulp, tree cellulose, flax, cotton and others. Arizen also works with artisans in Bali, empowering them through fair wages, humane working conditions, and fair work opportunities. And, as if all this weren't wonderful enough, Arizen will also blow your mind with their packaging. Each clothing piece comes in a biodegradable and compostable "plastic" bag made of cassava! They had me at hello. Seriously! Below are my favorite pieces and styles. 

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Labels: Sustainable Fashion

This is not just a photo of my chicken legs or sustainable sneakers but a post for you to stop and read! Today, I’m answering all the questions I’ve received about vegan and sustainable fashion starting with "Vegan leather".

No, vegan leather does not mean the product you are buying is eco-friendly nor earth-friendly. Vegan leather (unless it is made from pineapples, apples, bananas, mushrooms, natural tree rubber, cork or any other natural material that is biodegradable) is usually made of PVC, polyurethane and textile-polymer composite microfibres. In plain English: plastic, petroleum and lots of CO2 emissions! Please don’t panic nor blame yourself if you’ve bought “vegan leather” products. I’m sure you did it with animals and nature in mind. I know I did! Messing up and learning are both part of life, guys. The important thing is what we do with the new lessons and knowledge the universe is sending our way! If you have a closet full of “vegan leather” (aka plastic) products, REUSE them. Many times. Until they break. And then, get them fixed and keep using them! And, when you go shopping, read labels. Ask about the products you are purchasing and wearing. Where do they come from. What’s their story. What are they made of. If you are still willing to buy plastic shoes, choose brands that make shoes from recycled plastic and support their practices of reducing waste, water and CO2 emissions.

Other labels or words to look for:

1) Ethical or fair-trade: Does the brand or product have our planet and people in mind? This means that the hands that made your product were paid a fair wage and provided with humane and healthy working conditions, health insurance, and fair opportunities. (Watch "The True Cost" film to learn more)

2) Sustainably sourced: In fashion, this usually applies to fibers. Organic cotton, bamboo, soy, peace silk. This label tells us these raw materials were harvested and processed in a sustainable way. Another label you may see is “Rainforest Alliance Certified”. This means the company making the products was audited and granted this seal because of their eco-friendly and fair-trade practices and their efforts to protect people and our rainforests, reducing our global deforestation crisis.

3) Non-toxic: This applies to the dyes used to make your colorful t-shirt, skirt, jean, dress, etc. Always look for plant-based alternatives. In other words, products that have been dyed with colors made from plants, flowers, clay, and other natural materials. Aka: non-toxic to our earth AND your health! (Whatever you put on your skin is absorbed by your body, travels through your blood system and feeds your cells!) “RoHs certified” also falls within this category, and means the colors used did not contain any hazardous nor harmful substances.

4) Cruelty-free: This means no animals were harmed in the process of making the product. No fur, no leather, no animal torture. 

These are just a few labels and very important ones. I’ll keep sharing more with you in my next posts, always making sure I don’t give you an information overload or freak you guys out. It’s all in the daily baby steps. Remember that!

Ps: Two sustainable shoe brands I adore are Verdura Shoes and Z Shoes Organic. 

Verdura shoes are made from recycled fishing nets, natural cork and plant based dyes. They are also fair-trade and handmade in Italy. I have their beige booties and LOVED.

Z Shoes Organic sneakers are comfy, fair-trade and made with natural and renewable rubber (extracted from Amazonian trees by making tiny cuts to their outer layers. No killing trees here!) for the shoes’ soles, and organic cotton fabric dyed with plantbased colors. No plastic here AT ALL!  To get your Z Shoes Organic, use code “waterthruskin” for $10 off! 

Busy Busy Bee Green Mondays!

I've always loved fashion but it wasn't until I submerged myself in this conscious journey three years ago that I actually began to enjoy shopping. Before, it was more of an ego thing. I dressed to impress people I didn't like with fashion pieces I bought focusing mainly on the designer name behind them. Ethics and sustainability didn't play a role at all! Incredible how a human can take a 180, right? Today, every consumer choice I make on a daily basis revolves around being mindful and conscious of the consequences my actions may have on others and nature. That's the beauty of sustainable fashion. Every dollar spent supports brands that are protecting our planet and people, and helping heal the wounds our ancestors have created. Here are my favorite picks for today. Happy Monday!

Bodysuit by MiakodaNewYork: I have this bodysuit in every color. Literally! Black, nude, grey, white. Made from organic cotton and bamboo, and Miakoda provides the hands that make these products a fair wage and safe and human working conditions. 

Kimono by MiakodaNewYork: Beyond comfortable. You can wear it as a kimono or rope since it comes with a belt made of the same fabric. This fabric is the perfect combination of soy fiber (this is usually seen as waste in the food industry. It is the part of the soy bean that is not used to produce food), organic cotton and bamboo. 

Skirt by VeganResortWear: fair-trade and made with natural and vegan fibers! This skirt is beyond comfortable and light. Perfect for those hot summer days!

Booties by VerduraShoes: My newest OBSESSION! These booties are made from old fishing nets taken out of the ocean. Talk about recycling and upcycling at its best! They are also handmade in Italy! 

Eco Tote by WaterThruSkin: Limited Edition. Made from recycled NYC billboards and non-toxic dyes. It comes with a palo santo and a green aventurine crystal, and each purchase helps plant corals, restore our oceans and rehabilitate wild animals. 

Boho necklace: I bought this handmade beauty at an eco-friendly and organic nail salon and boutique in Miami. B-Livinn. 

Go-getter Friday Ethical Look

Here's another look I've been dying to share with you, and another example that dressing with- and supporting- eco-friendly and ethical brands is easier than we think! Remember that we, as consumers, have a great power. WE get to set the demand and, with every dollar we spend, we get to shape the way companies do business. That simple. Our purchasing power can make a difference if we choose to shop consciously and support the right brands!

Dress by StormieDreams: Fair-trade, eco, and made with reclaimed fabrics gathered from large companies that would have discarded them. Also, all unsold designs get cut into children's clothing and donated to nonprofits Stormie Dream works with! Use code wtrthrskn20 for discount.

Vegan Glads by FreePeople: FREE PEOPLE! Yes, Free People has partnered with Peta to come up with vegan designs that are to die for! Go check them out!

Basket Bag by VeganResortWear: Handmade, fair-trade and made with vegan leather straps. 

Earrings by MP Jewelry: Fair-trade and handmade by women in Colombia. It is the perfect combination of Colombian and Indian traditions. It is also a 2-1 earring set with emerald studs!

Sustainable Bohemian Style

As you guys may have already seen on my Instagram feed or my blog, I'm all about that bohemian vibe! Like... if I could walk barefoot 24/7, I would be that happiest soul alive. Seriously! But, I'm also a social entrepreneur who is always on the go, which is the perfect opportunity for me to find ethical bohemian brands and give them with a "ready for everything" twist. This look is probably one of my all-time favorites. Eco-friendly, vegan, fair-trade, charity-oriented and sustainable. Doing good is as easy as choosing the brands you shop and support wisely! 

Skirt by Stormie Dreams: This is a sustainable maxi skirt made with reclaimed fabrics gathered from large companies that would have discarded them. Also, all designs that don't sell get cut into children's clothing and donated to nonprofits Stormie Dream works with! I have this skirt in black and peach, and love them! Light, eco, fair-trade, comfortable, sexy and beautiful. Use code wtrthrskn20 for discount.

Vegan Leather Gladiators: I've had these babies for over 3 years now and keep rocking them as if they were new. They are made with vegan leather by....wait for it.... FREE PEOPLE! Yes, Free People is coming up with vegan designs that are to die for! Go check them out!

Vegan Leather Backpack by OceansEnd: Designed in Hawaii and made with vegan leather. I received this backpack a few days ago and have been wearing it every single day! It is light, kind, ethical, gorgeous, and big enough to carry my daily essentials!

Crystal Necklaces by Joanne Stone: Besides ethical and sustainable fashion, crystals are another passion of mine, and there's nothing that makes me happier than being able to carry them 24/7 as jewels! For this look, I layered three different necklaces made by Joanne stone with raw crystals, gold, and a cotton cord. I'm wearing the following crystals with their healing purposes:

1) mini-kunzite: awakens the heart to unconditional love. Encourages self-expression and creativity, and has the power to connect intuition, intellect and inspiration. 

2) light smokey quartz: relieves stress and negative emotions, and promotes pragmatic thoughts.

 3) clear quartz point: most powerful healer and energy amplifier. It cleanses the soul deeply and protects from negative energy. 

Sustainable brands for the Summer!

Dressing sustainably is getting easier by the day! This look is charity-oriented, comfy, vegan, eco-friendly and chic. What's your excuse? Think about it! 

Skirt by Stormie Dreams: Sustainable maxi skirt made with reclaimed fabrics gathered from large companies that would have discarded them. Also, all the fabric that doesn't sell gets cut in to children's clothing and gets donated to nonprofits Stormie Dream works with. Use code wtrthrskn20 for discount.

Shoes by Turquise: fair-trade, vegan, charity-oriented and comfy. For each pair sold, Turquise donates 10% to different charities. To make the design even more fashionable, each pair comes with different pins. From smily faces to ice cream cones. I have both :). You can shop the shoes at Nomad Tribe (online or in Miami).

Necklace by 31Bits: It is made with recycled paper and vegetable glue by women in Uganda. 31Bits created programs in Africa to educate and empower women, and help them rise above poverty.

Sunnies by Wuudz: I've talked about this brand before, as well. The sunglasses are made with bamboo, wood and plantbased acetate, and the box they come in is eco-friendly and has the following encrypted  at the front: "Avanza con los pies en la tierra y la mirada en el infinito" which translates to something like: "Grow with your feet on the ground and your sight on infinity". Handmade and fair-trade too!

Vegan heels with a twist!

I want to share a really cool shoe brand with you today: Veerah. The reason why I get excited about this brand is because the heels are not only made with cruelty-free and vegan materials, but also with a plant-based memory foam interior that provides arch, heel and ball support. The shoes also have an anti-friction pillow in the back, organic cotton lining on top of the memory foam, and an antimicrobial plant-based cushion for breathability and comfort. For all my female babes, it doesn't get better than this! These heels are like the vegan Ironman of the shoe industry! Did I mention they also come in the most beautiful box made with soy ink (free of toxic materials) that makes it easier for the ink to be remove during the recycling process? Or.. you can also keep the box and use it to store things. Like I did! In case you're wondering, Veerah means "warrior" in Sanskrit, and this wonderful brand is a female-run B Corp (which means Veerah defines their goals based on positive impacts on society, community and the environment) and gives back to our world big time through their 1-10-100 project.

I paired these Veerah heels with Jeans from Gap's sustainable line. (Yes!! 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. They are also planning to add measures for labor and social standards. Read more about it here). 

The top, I bought 4 years ago at Urban Outfitters and still wear it. Reuse and recycle, peeps!

Sustainable Winter Look!

Temperatures drop and we, planet-caring peeps, panic! What vegan leather boots to wear? Where to find a cruelty-free faux wool sweater? And what eco-friendly bag to match that all with! I've been there, believe me! Researching the web for hours in the hopes of finding sustainable fashion brands. Well, I've decided to save you guys the hours of research and post this winter look. Let me know your thoughts!

Poncho by The Onikas: Fair-trade, vegan, and empowers artisans in Ecuador. Each piece is delicately made by hand by Andean people that use weaving as a form of expression and as a process that brings them even closer to nature. The textiles are made with 100% natural fibers. Learn more here. Use code: WATERTHRUSKIN for 20% off your oder. 

Black Boots by Melissa Shoes: Recycled plastic, water resistant, candy-smelling, and SUPER comfy!! Melissa is one of my favorite shoe brands. They reuse 99% of waste, water, and unsold stock from previous collections!

Bag by Big Bubble Bags: Recycled bubble wrap and water resistant! A car factory bought massive amounts of bubble wrap to then decided they were not going to use it. Big Bubble Bags bought the bubble wrap they were going to throw in the trash and created a bag line. Recycle and reuse. Always! Use code: WTS15 for 15% off your order!

Sunnies by Wuudz Sunglasses: Another pair I love. I have three already! They are made with bamboo, wood and plantbased acetate, and the box they come in is eco-friendly and has the following encrypted  at the front: "Avanza con los pies en la tierra y la mirada en el infinito" which translates to something like: "Grow with your feet on the ground and your sight on infinity". Handmade and fair-trade too!

Hat by Artesano: It's been really hard for me to find non-wool hats. There are not a lot of brands out there, and most vegan hat designs have men as their main target. As you may know,  sheep grow a lot of wool on a yearly basis and it can become dangerous to their health if they don't shed some of it. Sadly, nowadays, brands have taken advantage of this and have capitalized on the practice of producing wool. They focus on faster and cheaper production, which means sheep endure terrible conditions, treatment, abuse and even death. Most of this wool comes from Australia. Luckily, there are some brands, like Artesano, that work directly with Ecuadorian farmers (and not massive Australian companies) to find the most ethical and cruelty-free wool supply. Artesano designs all their winter hats with ethical wool and donates a percentage of their sales to Techo; an organization building homes for people in need worldwide. 

 

 

And some people think sustainable fashion isn't cool?!

Let's start 2017 with some eco-friendly and cruelty-free fashion choices, shall we? I'm absolutely obsessed with this look. Head to toe! Especially my heels! After going vegan and leaving the Private Banking world behind for a life of consciousness and passion, I sold and donated all my designer shoes. The Christian Louboutins  (yes, I had those red soles!) hurt me the most. Not only because of the price I paid (I know, I had my mind somewhere else at that time!) but because the nude pumps I had made every outfit look beautiful. Until, I found these vegan heels! There's honestly NO EXCUSE, people. Dressing consciously should be an everyday thing. There are sustainable alternatives for every single product in your closet! Here are the details of this look.

Nude Heels by Cult of Coquette: vegan leather, fair-trade, handmade 5inch heels!!! 

Animal Print Clutch by Big Bubble Bags: made from recycled bubblewrap! Doesn't get more eco than this! Let's reuse the bubblewrap other companies throw away! Use CODE: WTS15 for 15% discount!

"Let's Stay Together" Tee by Thinking Mu: made with organic cotton and fair-trade! Use CODE: NTVH for discount!

Jeans by Gap: Yes!! 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. They are also planning to add measures for labor and social standards. Read more about Gap Inc (Gap and its affiliate brands) here

Sunnies by Wuudz Sunglasses: This brand is everything! The sunglasses are made with bamboo, wood and plantbased acetate, and the box they come in is eco-friendly and has the following encrypted  at the front: "Avanza con los pies en la tierra y la mirada en el infinito" which translates to something like: "Grow with your feet on the ground and your sight on infinity". Handmade and fair-trade too!

Conscious Bohemian. Always!

A month ago I had the opportunity to be part of the most beautiful event planning photoshoot I’ve seen in these 28 years of mine. A natural, eco-friendly, bohemian scene taken out of one of my dreams and I, of course, got to dress like a bohemian princess for it! You guys can read the entire story here, or scroll below to read about the conscious fashion brands I wore. xo

Dress and Mala by MettaLovingKindness: Fair-trade and handmade by artisans in India. Each purchase helps empower artisans worldwide and supports different charities Metta works with. If you live in Miami, visit their store in Key Biscayne! 

Gladiator sandals by ByBlanch: vegan and eco-friendly leather. Ethical and handmade in Spain. I adore these sandals. They are so easy to style!

Boho silver bracelets by Pugoka: Ethical and handmade in Bolivia. Empowers Bolivian artisans and supports different charities. I'm obsessed with their bright colors! 

Boho necklace by Yvera: Ethical and handmade in Bolivia. 

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.

Conscious style in the Bahamas!

Happy Friday, guys! It's been a while since I last posted on the blog. July has been a little hectic with this Bahamas trip to promote an eco-friendly hotel (will be on the blog this weekend), and Swim Week currently taking place in Miami. Can you believe there are 5 sustainable and fair-trade brands hitting the runways during Swim Week?! I'll be covering the events on my social media channels and will share every detail with you on the blog next week! Thus, make sure you're following me on snapchat (waterthruskin) and IG (@waterthruskin) to stay up to date with everything. In the meantime, let's talk about this look. Head-to-toe fashion with a purpose! Another example that change is in the little steps and those steps can look fabulous!  

Beyond Skin Floral Espadrilles: Perfect for summer! These vegan flats are handmade in Spain from recycled PU and plant-based top coats. Their linings are also 100% recycled with vegetable coating. My favorite espadrilles ever!

Grey dress by Alternative Apparel: Super comfortable and can be worn with anything! It's made from natural fibers using processes that have nature and humanity in mind. You can get yours at Nomad Tribe in Miami and online. Use code WTS15 for a 15%discount! 

Sunnies by Westward Leaning: made from natural materials benefiting different charities.

Panama Hat by Artesano: helps build homes for people in need in Ecuador.

Photos captured by Christine Michelle. 

Eco-comfy look for a rainy Miami day!

Today's conscious look! I wish we could've taken better pictures but it has been raining nonstop in Miami and it was impossible, guys! (I think my messy hair explains the weather perfectly!) :p Nonetheless, this outfit is one of my favorites! Mindfulness and comfort head to toe!

Let's start with the recycled plastic sneakers. I've been looking for a pair like these for so long! Ones that are comfortable, chic, eco-friendly and vegan. Melissa Shoes has done it again! These shoes are not only made from recycled plastic but Melissa also reuses 99% of water, waste, and unsold stock from previous collections!

Jeans by Good Society: These babes are fairly made with vegan materials, organic cotton, and recycled accessories (buttons, labels, and tags). Plus, the process of designing and producing these jeans is carried out without the use of chemicals. As if that were not enough, GoodSociety supports reforestation projects through "Treedom" to increase CO2-absorption. Did you guys ever think a pair of jeans could do so much for our world?! You can get yours at beadandreel.com

"Let's Stay Together" Tee: This tee by ThinkingMu says it all. WE ARE ONE. Nature, animals, humans. You simply can't separate us and ThinkingMu is taking that to the next level by designing fair-trade clothes in Barcelona made from organic cotton, natural fibers and biodegradable dyes. Their entire line is mind-blowing! I'm obsessed! You can get yours at Nomadtribeshop.com. Use code WTS15 for 15% discount. 

Cross-body Bag: Gray on the outside, blue on the inside. Made with vegan leather by PixieMood

Maxi Dresses Make Everything Brighter...Especially the Conscious Ones.

As promised guys, here's the look I posted today on IG. This style to me is everything! It is incredibly easy to style, wear, and rock! Not to mention how comfortable it feels! Plus, these two brands are very much worth the shout out. 

Symbology Clothing Dress: Handmade, hand-stamped, fair-trade and empowers female artisans in India. This dress is not only beautiful and flawless but it's also by women who practice the art of block-printing. An art that has been passed down through artisan families for centuries. 

HempBlue Eco-friendly Jean Shirt: I've recently discovered this brand and LOVE IT! They stand for everything I try to promote through the blog: sustainability, social consciousness, ethical labor, fair competition, and good earth stewardship. Their entire line is made with hemp and cotton. 

Photos captured by Christine Michelle.