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Everyday Ethics: May Must-Haves

Everyday Ethics: May Must-Haves

Everyday ethics are here just in time for sunny-day musings! Check out our top picks, and kick off your summer style with a bang!

Keep Company Tennies

Keep Company shoes are made with love in ethical working conditions. Built with the help and support of our extended families, colleagues, friends, neighbors and customers, Keep works with people they respect and love.

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Unlock Hope Tees

Looking for a new favorite tee? Unlock Hope has you covered. Not only are these tees cute and comfy, they also make a difference! When you purchase from Unlock Hope, you provide food, shelter, tuition, healthcare and more for girls in Uganda.

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Sseko Slide Sandals

Favorite summer shoes = Sseko slide sandals! Suit up in style this summer with these gold slides from one of our newest vendors!

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Everyday Ethics At Home

Everyday Ethics At Home

Spring fever has us dreaming of new ethical essentials for our homes. Take a peek at our March must haves, and step into a new season of beautifully made home-decor!

Rebekah’s Favorite Four

Whether you’re looking for a new piece for your living room, or just a change in throw pillows, these ethical options will have your home feeling new in no time! Hurd & Honey’s handcrafted furniture is one of a kind and oh so beautiful (we are loving this bench and triangle shelf!). Next? Add an accent pillow to your favorite arm chair for a new look, or spruce up your classic coffee table with a beautiful hand woven basket!

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Hanna’s Favorite Three

Spring into color with these great finds! Looking for cute ways to acquire more storage? These printed canvas totes make de-cluttering adorable. Next, add a new light fixture and a handmade, reclaimed chalkboard for a natural touch.

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Emily’s Favorite Four

I have been dreaming about a living room re-do for a year now! From pillows to art to chairs to candles, there are so many ethical pieces that I am saving for and can’t wait to incorporate into my home. The pillows and chairs come from big name brands that are now carrying Fair Trade items, while I love and prefer to shop locally and in small shops, it is so exciting to see the ever increasing ethical options.

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P.S.  Stay tuned our real ethical living room re-do series coming this summer!  Until keep up with all our favorites on our pinterest board.

 

 

 

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TuesDIY: Closet Challenge

Happy TuesDIY!

A few weeks ago, we shared a few easy tips on how to jump-start your ethical wardrobe. This week, we challenged one of our own BB team members to put those tips into practice using her own closet!

 

Tip 1: Use what you already have!

Our first and most basic tip – using the old classics in new ways to liven up your closet! This adorable red dress is timeless, and is a great staple for any season! By adding new (Bought Beautifully) accessories like this necklace from Haiti, you can give your classic clothing a fresh trendy look and while supporting entrepreneurs in Haiti!

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Tip 2: Thrift, Thrift, Thrift!

Purchasing a new-to-you piece from your favorite thrift store is an excellent way to find fresh pieces for your sustainable wardrobe. Hanna found this olive jacket (and the hat in the picture above) at one of our favorite local consignment shops – we instantly fell in love!

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Tip 3: Swap & Share

Next on our list for an easy and ethical closet makeover? Swap a piece with one of your besties! Sharing old favorites with friends is an AWESOME way to keep your closet fresh. This cozy sweater was swapped between BB team members last fall!

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Tip 4: Re-purpose

Re-purposing puts a fresh twist on an old piece. Like this floral headband? It was re-purposed from an old dress made by Hanna’s mother!! (It doesn’t get any better than that!). We are smitten!

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Tip 5: Ethical Accessories

Last but not least on our list? Bring in NEW ethical accessories from Bought Beautifully! When you choose to shop Bought Beautifully, your pieces make a difference around the world!

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What ways are you making your closet more ethical?

Share your tips with us!

 

 

For other outfit inspirations, check out The Pleated Poppy’s What I Wore Wednesday.

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How to: Ethical Easter

How to: Ethical Easter Gifts

On the hunt for ethical Easter gifts to fill your baskets?

Keep scrolling to check out a few of our spring favorites

from Bought Beautifully!

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Badala baskets

Tired of the typical Easter basket? These adorable, handmade baskets make for the perfect, stylish alternative! Stuff them full of our favorite goodies, and you’ll have an ethical Easter from start to finish!

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Equal Exchange Coffee

This year, instead of going for the M&M’s, opt for fair trade coffee and chocolate from Equal Exchange. This Proud Mama blend is beautifully packaged and has an even more beautiful impact! One more reason to snag this Easter gift? It’s on sale!

 

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Giving a journal this Easter? Give one that gives back! Each Flora journal supports college scholarships for young women in Kosovo.  The sale of 25 journals, supports a young woman for an entire year of college.

 

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Rooted Beauty Essentials: Lip Butter & Facial Wipes

We LOVE these natural and ethical beauty products. The best part? Each product gives back to a specific woman working her way out of poverty. Give the gift of a mini facial with this empowering Rooted Beauty duo!

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We think Easter is the perfect occasion to think outside the basket (hehehe)!  While it would be easy to fill your Easter baskets with the traditional Easter gifts, wouldn’t it align better with the meaning and spirit of Easter to fill your basket with gifts that tell the story of God’s sacrificial love and redemption?

Live out love this Easter with ethical gifts from Bought Beautifully.

Shop these products and many others NOW.

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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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Everyday Ethics

Everyday Ethics: The January Collection

Living consciously is an everyday commitment.  The BB team has been striving to live out everyday ethics for quite some time now.  This journey is becoming easier and more exciting as the demand for ethical products increases.  We want to bring you all on our journey and share the items we love, use and are dreaming about every month.

We’re bidding January farewell with our favorite ethical finds!

 

Rebekah’s Picks:

Parker Clay leather tote

This bag is handmade in Ethiopia, transforming communities with social and economic empowerment.

I had been dreaming about this bag for a while when it appeared under the Christmas tree this year. Everyone needs an everyday leather tote, and this is one of my favorites.

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The tassel

Our tassel necklace is handmade by artisans who are receiving dignified work and education in Costa Rica and Rwanda.

This necklace is my go-to accessory. It pairs well with both black and brown, while also adding a pop of color to any outfit.

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Fair Trade Footwear: Fortress of Inca

Footwear and accessories ethically produced in Peru.

I love the unique detail in Fortress of Inca’s booties. This pair is definitely on my wishlist.

 

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Hanna’s Picks:

Sasa Designs by the Deaf Wraps

Handmade bracelets by deaf artisans in Kenya

These bracelets have quickly become a favorite BB item for everyday wear, special occasions, and gifts.

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Everlane Tee’s

Ethically produced apparel from Peru

Your must-have striped shirt just got better with Everlane’s ethical production model.

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Jacob’s Hat

Accessories from Jacob’s Scarves support education for children around the world.

With its style and grace, this plum colored hat has stolen Hanna’s heart.

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Emily’s Picks:

FashionAble  Ring Bar

Customizable rings from Fashionable invest in women around the world.

I’m drooling over the customizable ring bar from Fashionable. So many rings, so little time.

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Etiko Shoes

Fairtrade footwear, YES please!

I finally found a pair of casual fair trade sneakers! I am dreaming about chasing my kids around this summer in these adorable tennies.

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Rooted Beauty Moisturizer

Empowering women to escape extreme poverty and trafficking through natural skincare

Winter moisturizing is a must in my book. I can’t say enough about Rooted Beauty’s organic line of beauty products. This moisturizer is lightweight, non-greasy, and the perfect way to keep my skin hydrated.

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What Ethical Products are you loving?

Let us know in the comment section.

We love finding new brands to support!

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Real Women, Real Beauty, Real Impact

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Phew! Thank goodness for January with cold temps, dark nights and slower paced living, we are finally getting to a few things that went undone during the last few months of holiday craziness…like this blog post which was originally  planned to share in October!

When Bought Beautifully was still in the dreaming and planning phases, I would spend hours thinking about the more subjective aspects of the organization: how it would be and feel, what our guiding philosophies would be, etc.

One of the few thing we knew from the beginning was that we wanted to be about the things God was about (faith in action, justice, mercy, and LOVE), and we wanted to celebrate the things He loves and creates…like you, in all of your everyday, un-Photoshopped glory!

No Photoshop. No reshaping. No conformity.

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Based on our belief that we are all “marvelously made“, and our desire to celebrate and honor real people, making real differences, through our seemingly ordinary lives:

Bought Beautifully is committed to featuring real women.

We want you to know that we love your real natural beauty. The beauty that comes from your soul and radiates out. The beauty that is a result of your life story – scars, stretchmarks, imperfections and all!  We will not reshape or Photoshop (unless a model requests something like a small blemish to be adjusted so that she feels a little more comfortable …because we all know acne can still be hard!). We want to celebrate the real deal!

Last September, we had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with 7  amazing women from our community:

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Instead of embracing the world of editing and air brushing, we embraced THEM.

There were no professional hair dressers or make up artists on site – just real real women!

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We are each a unique creation – the handy work of the creator God himself – and we love showing off his work!

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So cheers to you, real women with the power to impact others around the world with your beauty, your lives and your purchases!

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Holiday Pop-Up Shops

‘Tis the season to shop BEAUTIFULLY!

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Bought Beautifully products are here for the holidays, and we’re coming to YOU!

Invite a friend, and join us for our holiday pop-up markets!

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November 6th – 8th | First United Methodist Church

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November 12th |Park City Baptist Holiday Dinner

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November 21st | 10 am – 3 pm | Shall We Dance Ballroom

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December 5th | 10 am – 2 pm | District Coffee House

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December 12th | 2 pm – 6 pm | 5ive A Vintage Market

 

Can’t join us for one of these pop-ups?

Shop online now!

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