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Shopping Tips

Shopping CAN Make a Difference

There is a lot of text in the blog today, but bear with us as we are bringing you two ways your shopping can make a difference. Happy Thursday!

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Zady

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Zady, an e-commerce fashion website, began with a grand mission: to combat the fast-fashion craze by providing a platform for only those companies that care about timeless style and solid construction. We’ve talked about Zady before, but the store has recently announced their “new standard” that is not only impressive, but inspiring. A simple curiosity as to what “quality” really is has led Zady to creating a brand new mission. The company’s mission is to create products that will last their customers longer than one season, in an environmentally-friendly way. They are working close with their farmers, spinners, knitters, and sewers to create clothing that does not have such a heavy impact on the planet, or our skin. Their goal is to eliminate the excess amount of chemicals in production while creating a substantial product that will last their customers several years. The New Standard by Zady puts their customers safety first, and honestly what more could we ask for?

The price of their clothes may seem a bit steep if you are used to purchasing fast fashion, but really, how long does a sweater from H&M last you? Zady’s philosophy mirrors what I have always told the many clients I have who hate to shop: buy the best you can afford once and you won’t have to go shopping again for awhile. The impact of clothing production has been in the news a lot lately and you will only be hearing more about it. We can do our part by not only shopping wisely, but buying less. I’m happy to share with you that I pulled the last few pairs of jeans and cords out of my post-baby “too small” bin a few nights ago (and they fit!), which means I have no need to buy pants through next fall. Well, except for those flare jeans I still need to get.  Somebody make me shop for myself!

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.09 Natural Chunky Knit Sweater, $230

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.07 Alpaca Cardigan, $185

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.05 The Boyfriend Button Up, $165

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Nadia Silk Scarf, $170

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Skin Shea Top, $295.00

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Billy Reid Brenna Top, $115

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Fisherman Cardigan Grey, $295.00

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Shiloh Shawl Collar Grey, $185

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Indigo Flannel Button-Down, $168

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PUNJAMMIES

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PUNJAMMIES by Sudara are “made from hope, and made for comfort.” The story behind the creation of the perfect lounging pants is meaningful and inspiring. Founder Shannon Keith, who visited India in 2005, met many Indian women who were victims of sex-trafficking. While some of these women were kept captive, others turned to selling themselves for financial stability. Keith wanted to provide these women with a safe work place where they could start over and lead better lives. Today many of these victims are the masterminds behind the creations of PUNJAMMIES, and are are “working to forge a new path, free from sex slavery.” As perfect as these pants are for Sunday afternoons, the meaning of purchasing PUNJAMMIES is much deeper. A purchase is equal to investing in the freedom of these women, and truly appreciating their success in starting a better life for themselves. We love the clothes, the meaning behind them, and the fun patterns. Why not buy some for the whole family this holiday season? Use code “S20” at checkout to get 20% off all orders!

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Yaveni Full, $47.99

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Kaveri Full, $47.99

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Somma Full, $45.99

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Bhara Capri, $47.99

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Soyamma Capri, $45.99

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Prema Capri, $44.00

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Namaste Tee, $32.00

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Prasanna Full, $44.99

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Kaveri Capri Single Border, $47.99

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Aruna Capri, $35.20

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Sharath, $44.99

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Nitin Pants, $44

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Bhavani Girls, $28

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Swathi Pants, $28

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Sasi Pants, $27.99

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Sai, $28

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist, working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day. You can find her in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and New York areas.

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