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Everyday Ethics: February Collection

Everyday Ethics: February Collection

It’s time for our February favorites! We are using or dreaming about this month’s collection of everyday ethics, and think you will love them too!

Katelynn’s Picks

The Luke Fedora – Clothe Your Neighbor

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Hanna’s Picks

Better Life Bags

All of us here at Bought Beautifully can’t live without an everyday tote. Better Life Bags are at the top of my wish list. The best part is, you can design your own to fit your style.

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BB Tees – Glorify Apparel

Black T-Shirt’s are essential to my wardrobe, and what better way to spread the love than through the encouraging messages on Glorify Apparel’s shirts? Even Tori Kelly sported these tees while on her #whereibelongtour. Love it!

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Emily’s Picks

Krochet Kids Beanie

This February Favorite was bought locally AND give back globally. Best birthday find ever? I think so.

Bakara Spoon Rest

I love how the Bakara spoon rest adds a touch a style and functionality to my kitchen. Thanks to it, I’m keeping the oven top clean, the soup stirred, the space looking good!

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Rebekah’s Picks

Sustainable Boyfriend Jacket – Nena & Co

Nena & Co designs are handmade in Guatemala – employing beautiful women with beautiful work! Nena jacket? Yes please!

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TuesDIY : Sustainable Fashion

Happy TuesDIY!

DIY _ Sustainable Fashion

Stumped on how to get your sustainable fashion kickstarted? Look no further!

Tip – Use what you already have in your closet:

We love using the old favorites in our closet as the building blocks for our ethical wardrobe! What’s next? Adding in new staple pieces as you go!

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Skirt

Start with an old classic that allows for endless style possibilities.

This classic skirt has been in my closet for over 10 years! I wasn’t always into sustainable fashion but I lucked out when I made this purchase buying a well made piece that has and will last for decades.   Now when I am looking to buy classic pieces (pencil skirts, black heals, leather jackets, etc.) I look for items that are ethically made, well made, and truly speak to my sense of style, so that I can be confident I will continue to wear them in the future.

Shoes

Your favorite pair of shoes are the perfect addition to your sustainable outfit!

These shoes have been a part of my collection for 5 years.  Another classic piece that fits my style and was made well. I love buying items to last!

 

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Top

Tip – Add a top to give a pop! No favorites to use here? Find a new piece for your collection!

This top is made in America, AND bought locally at one of our downtown boutiques!

 

Jacket

Final touches = your favorite go-to jacket. Old or new, this piece is sure to be worn again and again.

This jacket? Thrifted! Repurposing clothes is one of our favorite things to do! Visit a thrift shop, and add a vintage piece to your sustainable collection.

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Accessories

Our final (and easiest) tip for growing your sustainable wardrobe… Bought Beautifully accessories!

Accessories are easy to add to any outfit – AND – make for easy gifts for any wishlist. Find hundreds of options here!

Ready? Set, STYLE yourself sustainably!

 

 

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Valentine’s Day is near, fair trade chocolate is here

Valentine’s Day is near, and fair trade chocolate is here!

Give true love to your valentine this year with

chocolate that is making world-wide impacts.

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While we love to enjoy delicious chocolate, it’s important

to know who’s producing it.

In recent years, the widespread use of child labor, and in some cases slavery in the chocolate industry has been exposed.  We shared about some of the issues here and here, and you can find even more up to date information at: Food is Power.org

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Fortunately, we don’t have to dwell on the problems of the chocolate industry when so many great ethical options exist.

Here are our top chocolate picks for this valentines day:

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1.) We think Barefoot and Chocolate sounds heavenly.  They use fair trade chocolate and DO NOT use any GMO’s, artificial ingredients, hydrogenated and solvent extracted oils in their chocolate sauce. Our V-day pick: Dark Chocolate Almond

2.) We love that Equal Exchange works hard to ensure a fair trade production model that benefits each of their employees while also creating tasty chocolate!  Our V-day pick = Organic Dark Chocolate with Raspberries

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3.) Riot Bars are fair trade and organic, making it a delicious option when you’re looking to make a difference this Valentine’s day. Our favorite? Dark chocolate with a bit of Kickin’ Coconut.

4.) We are swooning over Divine Chocolate‘s worker owned philosophy that gives workers  a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace. Our V-day pick, a classic: The Belgian Chocolate collection.

P.S. We also love their 3 minute guide to Mindfulness and the Art of eating chocolate

This Valentine’s day, purchase ethically made treats, and give love to more than just your sweetheart.

Want more fair trade love? Try this sweet treat from our friends at Equal Exchange!

Spiced Chocolate Oat Cookies

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Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Equal Exchange Organic Spicy Hot Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup turbinado or demerarra sugar (regular white will do in a pinch)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups oats

Directions 

In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.

In the bowl of a double boiler, melt butter and water together. When butter has mostly melted, add sugar, brown sugar, molasses and chopped chocolate. Stir just until everything is melted you don’t want the butter to separate or the chocolate to get chunky, so remove the bowl from the heat when everything has melted, even if the sugar granules haven’t fully dissolved.

Off the heat, whisk in the eggs one at a time, whisking each time to incorporate. The mixture will start to look shiny. Add the dry ingredients, stirring just until they disappear. Add oats and mix just to incorporate. Scoop your cookies (by the tablespoon) onto parchment- or silicone-lined baking sheets, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, up to several days. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes until just done (they’ll still look quite soft when you pull them out). Use a wide spatula to transfer cookies onto a rack, and cool to room temperature.

 

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