Enji - Changing The Way You Look At Recycled Jewelry With 12 Ways To Style Your Rings This Summer

100% Handmade and Committed to Sustainability and Ethical Practices. - Enji Studio Jewelry

I have been fortunate enough to get to know Enji Studio Jewelry not only as an ethical brand but as a light in the industry making moves. Once I laid eyes on Niki's creations, the creator and owner of Enji, I absolutely fell in love. The fact that these pieces are made ethically from recycled material and give back really was the game changer for me. From bold to minimalist pieces I truly believe there is a gem for everyone here. I took these rings everywhere, honestly, I wanted to live in them and I did. They saw and felt love, joy, heartbreak and all the in-betweens.

Looking down at my hands though, the rings not only told my story of how I expressed myself through fashion but Enji's story, Niki's story and all the energy from where these recycled materials have been. To think that these rings had all that life before this point, was a unique feeling. Wearing these rings for me represented a belief that fashion is not only what you see in front of you but what could be when you create ethically.

Recycled fashion and jewelry is such a meaningful act. It's using what you have, what already exists and giving it another chance. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out a few of our Summer looks with secondhand items along with local brands.

Using the Sybil Sapphire Ring, Ora Ring, Hera Ring, and the Fatima Ring.

Fields Of Green

Niki's pieces are created by using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and stones, chains, and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials are made using recycled paper. - Enji Studio Jewelry

The Bryan House

As a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, we hope to be among the first movers bringing transparency and sustainable practices into the luxury fashion jewelry world. - Enji Studio Jewelry

Summer Feeling

The Neutral

Secondhand Casual

Citrus Walks

The Plant Lady

On The Clear Path

Seeing Red

Modern 70's

The Streets

Modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. - Enji Studio Jewelry

In The Flowers

Enji donates a portion of each sale to organizations that help empower women locally and globally and work to end domestic violence and human trafficking

Here are some of the organizations Enji works with:
The Alliance for HOPE
Women's Resource Center
Mercury Free Mining Project

To learn more about Enji Studio Jewelry click here.

Live Balanced. Live Great.

All There August

*In essence, I only partner with brands I truly believe in and all opinions stated above are mine.


8 Ways To Use Your Hip Purse And Backpack This Winter Season

The infamous hip purse and backpacks, some people love them (like me) and others are not fans. That's perfectly fine but no matter what side of the spectrum you're on, sometimes you need inspiration. As Winter is upon us, I put together a Vegan Bag Style Guide where I share 8 looks using these two vegan handbags from White Rhino.

But First, Let's Find The Right Bag...

Whether you want a bag to travel in or for everyday use, it's important to stay true to your style. After living in my White Rhino bags, I recognized what's important to me… lots of pockets. Aside from being your one stop shop for cruelty-free, vegan leather bags and accessories. These vegan handbags provide just the right storage space while also remaining compact.

Do you tend to dress more athletic, casual or glam? Is color the most important feature for you or is it size and fit? Hip purses and backpacks are versatile. Once you determine what features are right for your style, mixing these bags in your wardrobe will soon come naturally.

Monday: All Black

Black is my classic go-to when I want a traditional bold look. Try pairing a neutral color together for this outfit. Whether it be all black, all red or picking two colors, the 'Allie Hip Purse will be a solid addition.

Tuesday: Twice Unique

Why not couple two unique looks, a hip purse, and overalls. Another side to fashion is to be a bit daring. I mean why not? Honestly, you never know what outfit you will enjoy until you try it on. So exercise your right to experiment.

Wednesday: Your Favorite Combo

My favorite colors, red and black are two striking shades to wear. Here I used the hip purse as a belt to create a silhouette with an oversized blazer. Essentially you can replace any belt with this bag.

Thursday: The Suit

Another way to wear your hip purse is as a cross body bag. Connect the bag at the last hole and test what side you feel comfortable with best.

Friday: Earthy Tone

The Dark Avocado Signature Backpack was unconventional for me. For these next two looks, I wanted an earthy lighter mood to complement the darkness of the backpack.

The Weekend: The Darker Shades

Following my roots, for this look, I paired the backpack with black. Whether it's an athleisure look or blacked out with a pop of color, the green stands strong.

Bags have more than one purpose. Yes, they are meant to carry valuables but they also give life to your look. As I wore my White Rhino bags not only did I feel at peace with the fact that they are cruelty-free but a sensation of ease fell over me. These very bags allowed me to tell my story. My story through what I represent as a cruelty-free activist and creator. What story are you telling with your fashion?

To learn more about White Rhino's cruelty-free, vegan bags and receive 25% off your order for the month of January use code JESS25 and click here.

Live Balanced. Live Great.

All There August

Jessica Salazar

*In essence, I only partner with brands I truly believe in and all opinions stated above are mine.


Winter Style Guide: A Week's Worth of Tips On How To Utilize Your Swimsuit All Year Round

Winter Swimsuit Style Guide

How many people store their swimsuits away after the Summer days have left us? I know I did. So when Alyned Together gave me the "Winter Swimsuit Style Guide Challenge" it was both exciting and experimental. Why? Well because for me and maybe a lot of people out there, I associate swimsuits with pools, beaches and pretty much little to no layering.

Considering my styling options for the week ahead, I discovered that using a swimsuit as a staple fashion item is pretty ingenious. As I went through my week, I found styling my one piece came naturally to me. In all honesty, I envisioned my suit as a onesie instead of a swimsuit and changed my perspective entirely. So for those of you who never see their swimsuits until those Summer days, it's time to change that outlook. It's possible to use your suit all year round and here are some tips to do so.

Monday, A Pop Of Color: I purchased this scarf a few years ago in Europe and its large enough to use it as a wrap. Here I thought of the suit as a fitted tank that I can layer with a jacket. I also like to throw in hints of color which is why I paired the black with a secondhand statement pant, purse and turquoise vintage rings that belonged to my grandma.

Tuesday, An Edgy Neutral: In this case, I wanted to pair the swimsuit with a fitted bottom. Experimenting with your swimsuit is key. Ask yourself what tops, sweaters or jackets need layering? If it's minimum, wear your favorite light jacket over your suit. Here I accessorized with a hat, vintage jewelry, and a hemp jacket.

Wednesday, A New Years Sparkle: I love matching a bold fashion piece with solid black. I found this secondhand vest at a local shop and paired it with the swimsuit. A solid black bottom along with the suit creates the illusion of a one-piece pantsuit.

Thursday, Sports Day: Sometimes casual attire is the best medicine. I matched this look with a DIY sweater I upcycled. Also, I love pins and express my creativity through them.

Friday, The Classic Black And White: Here's another secondhand sweater from my grandma. I love the bold black and white pattern combined with the cutout the swimsuit contains. Matching your suit with your vibrant outerwear is a great way to utilize pieces from your current wardrobe.

Saturday, Sheer Magic: I wanted to give you another look with the wide-legged pant. Alternatively, wearing your swimsuit underneath a sheer top is remarkably versatile. The sheer fades out any noticeable signs that you are wearing a swimsuit.

Sunday, The Bell Sleeve: I used the swimsuit as a base for most of the outfits but I wanted to switch it up and use the suit as the actual "layered" piece instead. This technique works best if the base top is a fitted one which will eliminate any material bulking.

An Extra Day In Grandmas Blazer: Both of my grandmas have been noticing how I've styled some of their pieces so this one came as a surprise. My grandma wore this blazer to my brother's wedding years ago. I paired it with an upcycled choker I created with a cat head that originally came from a ring. Furthermore, I matched the look with secondhand bracelets and locally purchased sunglasses.

From casual to contemporary it's time to think of your swimsuits lifecycle outside of those Summertime festivities. Swimsuits don't require Summer so challenge yourself. Start with styling one outfit or using your swimsuit underneath an oversized sweater, to get familiar with the idea. Utilizing your suits and items from your current wardrobe is an incredible way to live sustainably.

For more on Alyned Together and to get your suit today use code WINTERSTLYE15 for a 15% discount, click here. 

Live Balanced. Live Great.

All There August

Jessica Salazar

*In essence, I only partner with like-minded brands I truly believe in and all opinions stated above are mine.


Easy DIY Mother Nature Halloween Costume For World Vegan Day

Easy DIY Mother Nature Halloween Costume For World Vegan Day

It's that time of year again where we get to dress up in costumes and drift to another world as we fall into character. I personally love Halloween. It's one of my favorite Holidays but this year I wanted to challenge myself with time and money. Meaning, I wanted to show that I didn't need to spend money and I put together my costume in about an hour with items I already owned.

Mother Nature DIY

Mother Nature For World Vegan Day

I found myself sitting and scrolling through google searching the following... DIY scary, nature, plant, and vegan costumes. Then I thought alright Jess, what really resembles who I am and hey it's World Vegan Day soon? Hello... Mother Nature. It was Halloween and I had about less than 2 hours to get ready for our party. Time was ticking.

What's In The Costume?

  • Cream 2 Piece Secondhand Dress
    • I had a dress from a thrift store that had a fitted bottom. What I did was put a flowy skirt that matched the top over the bottom half of the dress. This gave the illusion of a one-piece dress.
  • Forest Crown
    • So the funny thing about this is it's actually a door wreath. Yes, a wreath. I was able to find one I already owned that was slightly smaller and placed it on my head. Of course, it was a bit larger than my head and a tad heavier but, I made it work.
  • Forest Makeup
    • I love creating looks with makeup and if I get the chance to create a colorful look I'm going to take it. The style came from an accumulation of several photos but I used Laura Lee's, Party Animal vegan eyeshadow palette to create everything while mixing shadows together to achieve the various greens I had on.

Full Dress

Door Wreath

It's possible to create costumes from clothes and items you own. For me, that was the challenge. I personally didn't want to spend money on something I was going to use for 1 night. The great thing is this very look transitions to World Vegan Day, yay. This year I chose to coincide with a lifestyle I am so very proud of and to celebrate our Mother Nature.

Live Balanced. Live Great.

All There August

Jessica Salazar


A Reflection on 30: The Ugly, The Beauty And The Strange Trails Between

A Reflection on 30: The Ugly, The Beauty And The Strange Trails Between

I can't believe its here, 30. As I sit here thinking about my last 10 years of life I remember the very day I was 19. The thought of man, I'm turning 20, how crazy is that! Furthermore, there's a memory I have of taking a picture to mark that very day hoping I would remember and... I did. There I stood in my dorm at Texas State University, happy about what this new chapter would bring. Now, I sit here at 29 reflecting on all the things I did and the moments that passed in my 20's. Generally speaking, every birthday is important and if you know me birthdays are my jam, I live for them. This one though, 30, it seems weird, different, strange and joyous all at the same time for me. I have some feelings about 30, there's a lot I love and yet it's uncharted territory. Having time for reflection yet happily present brings feelings of the ugly, the beauty and the strange trails that fall between the cracks of it all. I think no matter what age you are we have all gone through things that are relatable, so, here are mine.

The Struggle

It's quite weird to think I started this piece at 29 and ended it at 30. To some people birthdays are insignificant but it's not that way for me. I feel things quite deeply and in the beginning, the thought of 30 was really off-putting for some reason. I was in my 20's for so long and now what? What am I supposed to do with a 3 in front of my age now? Yes, I embrace 30 (I embrace things in general) and I am so happy and lucky to have lived all these years but to be honest, it's scary. I have the right to say it, 30 is a different feeling. At this moment all the thoughts of, am I too old for this, how will I feel physically, I needed to have accomplished this by now... all the above (negative) thoughts and more start to creep in. It's the truth. Ultimately, as positive as I am it's natural to struggle with negative thoughts. This is a different struggle, the struggle with reality and age may seem minute but it's still significant in some form.

Wearing secondhand and local at Bouldin Creek Cafe in Austin, TX.

The Reflection

My 20's have passed and since I loved them so very much I was still holding on. I was holding on to a number that I thought would change it all. Now I am 30. It doesn't mean my entire life changes because of a number. It doesn't mean I should act this way, dress that way or fit in any "box" a 30-year-old should fit in, no. Uniquely, as I allow myself to feel these feelings and have this reflection, I am also allowing myself to let them go. I can't turn back time, I can't turn 20 again nor do I want to.

As strange as it is to be 30 (and I am sure you have felt it too) its life and it's natural. What I'm doing is continuing to love who I am, where I am in life and yes, the beauty and strangeness that comes with it. I'm 30, heck yes! I struggle, succeed and I am going to make the best of this day and these moments. No, I'm not perfect, no one is. With every minute I will get older and you will too, it's reality. Every day though I am realizing that age is in fact just a number. It's never too late to do something or try something and you can succeed at it. I don't care if you are 20 or 70 you can change your mind, you can make things better and you can follow your magic. Please...follow your magic, it's all we have.

The Mantra

So yes, today will be different but today is also hauntingly beautiful. It's all the emotions and ghosts from the past meeting my present thoughts. I have been through heartache, people have let me down, I've felt the loss in various forms and I have struggled. Some you have seen others have been private. On the other hand, I have also felt the love from family, friends, and in animals and strangers. I've received degrees, lived and traveled abroad and I have stepped into the light of finding out who I am and what I am meant to do in life. Life is ugly and sometimes we can't change that, but life is also ironically very marvelous.

Surrounded by the people I love and receiving warming messaged from around the world, today I feel love. So to all the people out there struggling with negativity for any given reason, you are not alone. This is your show, this is your life let's live for the magic that's within us. That magic doesn't have an age and it's waiting for you always. I believe every single person has their own gifts to share with the world so believe in the light you give. Age, the actual number is quite trivial against your energy and your actions. Allow yourself to live your true path, choose that always.

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar


Recycled, Functional and Cool, 3 Reasons grünBAG Matters to the Eco-friendly Traveler

Recycled, Functional and Cool, 3 Reasons grünBAG Matters to the Eco-friendly Traveler

I love to travel. Whether it’s to a town that is 30 minutes away or a different country, I enjoy experiencing a new place in all its glory. I don’t know if it’s the traveling soul in me but my “being” always needs to just... go. As a result, with my travels, I’ve come to really know myself. Therefore, I’ve felt deep emotions and collected memories alone and with others. I’ve also exposed some habits while traveling. One of those being overpacking! Well, let’s just say, I'm working on that one. As I navigate through my eco-friendly travels and continue to incorporate reusable bags I’ve also tapped into the sustainable bag world.

I’ve used my old backpack for years but recently I’ve noticed it wearing away. Seams are starting to rip, possibly due to my overpacking. Consequently, you can just tell I love and use my backpack. So, I'm proud of that but I also knew my next bag needed to withstand time and travel.

grünBAG Backpack Red

grünBAG, The Eco-friendly Way

What were my new backpack goals you ask? Well, I was in search of a bag that was eco-friendly, functional, cool and my personal one... that could fit my necessities without overdoing it. On the prowl, and with some research and a lot of curiosity, I found the perfect bag to test out.

Proposing a unique substitute, grünBAG repurposes industrial materials that were destined for the trash, to offer a colorful collection of conscious bags. Exploring the Danish designed collection, the bags are made from highly durable materials. Hence, these materials are constructed to endure industrial wear and tear, so I knew they were right up my alley.

We want to rethink the usability of the things we throw out, and we work for a greener future with more thoughtfulness and recycling. – grünBAG

My Travels With grünBAG Backpack Red

3 Reasons grünBAG Matters to the Eco-friendly Traveler

At this point, grünBAG was looking really great. So once I received my grünBAG, the only way to test it out was to go. I packed my backpack with necessities (remember I'm getting better) grabbed Putter (my pup) and went on an adventure. The bag survived my little nieces, outside, inside, water, mud a lot of events. It was then that I realized this bag was made to be lived in. As I “lived” in my bag for a bit I recognized 3 reasons why grünBAG matters to the eco-friendly traveler.

grünBAG Backpack Red

#1 Reusable, Recycled and Vegan Materials

Eco-friendly materials, count me in! I searched their website to list the fascinating materials for you here.

Truck Tarpaulins

Offcuts, marked as waste, are not possible to use for the trucks any longer. This “waste” is taken to the sewing room, where they are repurposed into bags.

Big-bag

Sometimes holding up a ton and used to hold large quantities of heavy materials. From bakery to your hands, here, grünBAG cleans and recycles big-bags specifically used for salt in a big Danish bakery.

Seat Belts

Collecting seatbelts from old cars ready for the scrapyard, grünBAG gives them a second life. Now, these seatbelts turn into reliable shoulder straps and belts on bags. Washed and sewn by hand, they are then checked to ensure quality.

Commercial Banners

Gathering used commercial banners and posters from different companies, these banners then become unique bags. With a quirky twist or humorous illustration, this line is entirely exclusive.

Recycled Nylon

In 2015, grünBAG applied for and received a subsidy to produce customized clasps in recycled hard plastic, also known as nylon, from the Danish Business Authority. Here grünBAG has replaced imported clasps made of new plastic.

From Soda Bottles to Fabric

100% recycled PET (polyester) fabric, a fabric made of recycled plastic soda bottles. In this method, recycled soda bottles are cleaned, sorted and processed in order to create sustainable fabrics in various colors.

Viking Lifebag

VIKING liferafts are used on board on some of the world’s largest and advanced vessels, where travelers and crewmembers rely on them to save lives. Once retired, grünBAG receives the liferafts to transform them into orange LifeBags.

grünBAG Backpack Red

#2 Traveling With A Purpose Matters

I felt good about wearing this bag. Packing my necessities and not worrying about spills, tears, and style was effortless. Now, I’ve noticed I pack with a purpose. Everything in the bag (for me) has a purpose. Here’s a look inside the bag and an idea of what may fit in it.

Here to the purposeful and cool…

Inside My grünBAG, cat not included: Chargers, handmade makeup bag, wallet, laptop

#3 Functionality And Style At Its Finest

Backpacks, shoulder bags, sports bags, accessories, and special collections there’s a bag and color for everyone. Personally, my favorite part of the bag is the functionality of it. I can take this bag anywhere and feel confident that it will survive the occasion. As much as I loved my previous backpack I know my new grünBAG has my back now. Literally!

Below you will find my top 3 favorite bags from grünBAG

To learn more about grünBAG click here

Use Coupon Code allthere2018 for your eco-friendly bag today

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar

*grüBAG provided a backpack so that I may review their product. In essence, I only partner with like-minded brands I truly believe in. Note, some bags contain leather straps but the brand is working towards becoming fully vegan-friendly.

5 Thrift Store Tips and Tricks That Will Help You Shop Like A Pro

Let's be upfront with each other, walking into a sea of thrift store goods is a beautiful and scary thing. Whether you are a pro thrifter or new to the game we have all had our moments. Moments of feeling overwhelmed or at peace as we walk into the shop. As for me, over the years in the thrift world, I've seen neatly placed items to piles of clothes on the floor. I learned how to navigate my way through clothes and figured out what really matters when deciding to buy. So I decided to share my 5 Thrift Store Tips and Tricks That Will Help You Shop Like A Pro.

Threads Road View

A Thrift Stop

One of my favorite shops is Threads in Corpus Christi, Texas. The store is clean and always stocked with the latest trends. We recently hosted a "Thrift Stop" there to feature the latest as well as show you around the place. Of course, my team and I used these tricks to help navigate and find the items that truly fit me in every way. So let's get down to business...

Threads Inside

Styled Threads

The 5 Tips and Tricks

#1. Be True to Your Style

There is absolutely no use in buying something (even if it's a $1) if you are never going to wear it. First, you're cheating someone out of an item they may really love. Second, it's really important to shop consciously even if you are thrifting. It comes with time (and some experimenting) to learn what you love and hate wearing. So, if you know you will never wear it just pass on it and shop the room. Now, by the end of your shopping routine if you are still thinking about that particular item then maybe try it on and ponder on it a bit. If your curiosity gets the best of you, buy it. The rule for this tip, if you don't wear it within a month (depending on the weather) then give it to someone who will or repurpose the material.

Styled Threads

#2. Scan The Room

This comes with practice. I will walk through a rack of clothes and scan all the material first. That's how I judge if it's worth taking off the rack or seeing a bit closer. If the material from the start does not "move" me then I move on! If it does, then grab it and look at the style. You may enjoy the material and not the style once you actually examine it.

Styled Threads

#3. Be Patient

This is HUGE as most of us get anxious with finding sizes or the perfect style. Since there is usually only one of a kind pieces you must learn to let things go if you can't find something in your size. Also, if there are piles of clothes to look through it is your choice to browse through the treasures. I usually go for it! I've found some of my favorites pieces that way but it takes time. Breath and give yourself a few hours to really give the thrifting experience a shot. Know that it will take time. Sometimes you can walk into a thrift store and find your favorite items in 10 minutes and other times it will take an hour, two or even longer to find your piece.

Styled Threads

#4. Fall in Love With The Hunt

As mentioned before thrift stores will usually only have 1 style, in 1 size and it may be your perfect match and other times it won't. That's the beauty of it though. There are times where I have spent the entire day thrifting and came home with nothing to show for it. That's what thrifting is all about, the element of surprise and mystery. I like to think of it as a treasure hunt... I mean why not?!

Styled Threads

#5. Ask Yourself These Questions...

  • How many times will I wear this? It should be often unless it's a "special occasion" piece.
  • Can I wear it with other things in my closet or will this bring a fresh look to my wardrobe? Look for items you can match or unique items that will uplift your closet.
  • Does it fit me properly? Ask a friend or an employee there, I do this often.
  • DO I LOVE THIS? If you don't, chances are you won't wear it often, if at all.
  • How do I feel when I wear this? You better say awesome to this question!
  • Is the item in good condition, if not, can I fix it on my own? A button is missing or it needs to be stitched in one area, no problem.

It's quality over quantity here. Going over these questions will help you evaluate your decision. Is it a compulsive buy or is it really practical? Remember that thrifting is a fun and unique experience. You will find shops you love and visit often while others you don't and that's perfectly fine too.

Styled Threads

Keep an open mind, enjoy the hunt.

All looks were styled by my team using fashion items from Threads. To learn more about the shop click here.

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar


3 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

Have you ever looked into your closet and can't find anything to wear? We have all done it, we stand there looking at our clothes wondering what to put together. Little do you know, of all the accessories we own, the scarf is the most versatile. With endless (in this case 3) possibilities you will never look at a scarf the same way again.

To bring you this How-to, I've collaborated with Arielle Toelke from Four Rabbit, an eco-fashion brand inspired by sustainability and lightweight travel for a Guest Post. Below Four Rabbit will show you how you can wear your scarf in 3 different ways creating a conscious wardrobe.

How to Wear a Scarf in 3 Stylish Ways With Four Rabbit

The Reality

We live in a consumer society where single-use plastic and fast fashion reigns. Social media has greatly influenced the need to keep up with new trends. Fast fashion stores make it easy and affordable to keep up with fashion forecasts by using unethical labor, and poor quality fabrics. The industry itself is shifting; we no longer have two collections a year but a new collection almost every two weeks. Clothing has become single-use, disposable, and unloved.

Landfills are piled high with clothes worn just a few times. Taking 200 or more years for a cotton t-shirt to biodegrade and this is just the textile waste from already constructed clothing. The energy and waste created while manufacturing clothing is devastating, adding to 20% of the world’s industrial pollution. About 12.8 million tons of pre-consumer textile waste is discarded every year. While chemical dyes used to color clothing are creating 2.5 billion tons of wastewater annually.

The textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world after big oil companies. Before buying the latest trend, think about the energy and pollution it took to get the "newest look" at the store. Buying less, and buying what we truly need and love lessens clothing waste in our daily lives. Purchasing from ethical and sustainable designers or secondhand is another option. Or... what if instead of buying, we look at what we already own and refashion or restyle existing pieces! Let's create our own trends, and create new styles — sustainably.

Styling Your Scarf

Using two items that are in almost every closet, a black dress, and a large scarf. We can create different styles and outfits, with scarves. The combinations are infinite.

What you need...

  • Black Dress
  • Large Scarf

A Scarf Top

Fold diagonally into a triangle, tie the two top points around your neck. Wrap the two bottom points around your back and then tie them.

A Kimono Top

Lay the scarf flat and tie the two points on the left side together. Then, tie the two points on the right side together, creating armholes.

A Belt

Fold the scarf into a triangle, roll (how wide or narrow the final belt made is up to you) then tie around the waist.

The same black shift dress is worn using additional scarves for an infinite variety...

Fashion used: Artists & Revolutionaries and large square scarf from LL Bean, Fahari Bazaar, and Four Rabbit, Arielle's personal collection.

 

Learn more about Arielle and her sustainable fashion brand at

Four Rabbit

Support Four Rabbit's Kickstarter Campaign here.

Post Resources

Mau, D. Fast Fashion is More Dangerous Than We Thought. Retrieved from Fashionista

Wallander, M. Why Textiles Should Be Banned From Landfill. Retrieved from TriplePundit

G. Textile Recycling Facts and Figures. Retrieved from The Balance

Breyer, M. 25 Shocking Fashion Industry Statistics. Retrieved from TreeHugger

Sweeny, G. Fast Fashion is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World. Retrieved from EcoWatch

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar


Why I Choose to Be Fur-Free and the Brand That's Pushing the Limit

It may seem simple... I'm vegan so I don't wear anything that comes from an animal, right?!

Well, what if you are new to this "veg" world or just beginning to explore the vegan lifestyle? Therefore, the thought of wearing fur-free (or faux leather) clothing may not seem as obvious to you.  As I began my vegan journey, I learned that living vegan goes far beyond the plate.

It's no secret, there are several luxury retailers announcing their fur-free initiatives. As well as many local brands and public figures coming out and stating they will have nothing to do with fur and some even transitioning towards a fully vegan lifestyle. Some animal welfare messages are subtle while others leave you with no guesswork. When you think of the word "vegan" some may automatically relate to food and half of that thought is true. Growing into my lifestyle though, I've discovered that for me, a vegan life means your beliefs reflect on the clothes you wear too.

Stay Aware

Do you think 4 little words have the power to make a difference or at the very least change someone's thought process. Fur Belongs to Animals...

Fur Belongs to Animals T-Shirt

"Charity and philanthropy are an important part of our brand & company. Together with our partners, we help to promote the relief message and help to raise the awareness." Filip Vuckovic - Co-founder of HIDE BEYOND

Fur Belongs to Animals Sweater

Why Hide Beyond is So Important in Today's Fashion Industry...

Hide Beyond is a PETA approved vegan clothing brand that (yes) does not leave you guessing whether or not they believe in animal welfare. Filled with fur-free and plant-powered quotes the message here is positive and the 4 little word statement you see above (Fur Belongs to Animals) is powerful. Hide Beyond not only partners with various charities but creates a conversation and raises awareness. Whether you believe in vegan fashion or not the messages plant a seed in your mind and gets you thinking, even if it is to say you don't agree.

Fur Belongs to Animals Pom Pom Knit Cap

Why I Choose to Be Fur-free

I always say, if I can't kill the animal with my own hands then I won't eat it. In this case, I won't wear it either. I understand everyone's point of view is different, I respect that. That fur coat may keep you warm or that genuine leather bag may look really pretty on your arm. I've heard it, I've thought it! For me though, I think about the animals. What the animal had to endure (I mean the entire lifecycle) for me to look nice in a pair of shoes for several... maybe even one occasion is not worth it to me.

Personally, it's about wearing something that I feel positive about. Something that came from love with animals and humans in mind, that's important to me. I can't wear leather or fur (or any animal product) happily because I know that an animal suffered (in some form) for me to wear it.

Avocado Will Brighten Your Day

"Philanthropy is part of who I am and giving back to the community is a way of life for me. There's no greater feeling than knowing you're making a difference. The best time to act is now." - Filip Vuckovic - Co-founder of HIDE BEYOND

Avocado Will Brighten Your Day

Hide Beyond is important because I hope by wearing their clothes someone will ask me, what does your shirt mean or I love avocado too where did you get that top? Hide Beyond may spark a conversation with someone who doesn't know what vegan fashion is. We choose to live life as we please vegan fashion or not but there is a movement going on that is bigger than just good fashion, so awareness is key. Even if you (or I) don't change anyone's mind on wearing fur directly. Maybe, just maybe, you made an impact on someone you didn't know by simply wearing a message. I'll take my chances on that.

 

 

Learn more about this PETA approved vegan fashion brand at

Hide Beyond

P.S. If you love the vegan threads make sure to use code JESSICA10 for 10% off your entire purchase.

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar


The Orenda Tribe, Empowering Children and Breaking Barriers Through Art

The Orenda Tribe: Empowering Children, a Force to be Reckoned With 

Think about all the things you used to do as a child... your creativity, your imagination, your playtime. Now think about your lifestyle today, do you still practice those things? Are you free to live with the creativity you had as a child? When I think about my childhood, I remember making things, playing, creating and expressing that through art. My home was an outlet that nurtured the creative, artistic child I was. That was a huge part of my life. Consequently, not everyone has that opportunity to "be a child" and have a safe zone for creative thinking though. Therefore, if you had the chance to nurture your creative side as a child would you go back and do it again? Would you give a child that opportunity?

Orenda [oh-ren-duh] a mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world, or to effect change in their own lives - The Orenda Tribe

There are many Ethical Fashion brands out there doing good (and I love them for that) but none quite like The Orenda Tribe. Empowering children in disadvantaged communities through art, The Orenda Tribe is a game changer.

100% Organic Cotton Purposeful T-shirt

Why The Orenda Tribe is Keeping Creativity Alive...

Think about it, there are several universal languages everyone can feel or speak. As a result, some may think differently but a few of my favorite ones are food, love, music and yes...art. So who is The Orenda Tribe?  A brand with 7 values: Empower, Inspire, Hope, Fun, Community, Revival, and Growth. Bridging the gap between communities, The Orenda Tribe started as an idea of a t-shirt brand and became a growing movement on a mission to empower children through art.

We are on a mission of empowering children & breaking barriers between communities through art - The Orenda Tribe

Mama Bee T-Shirt 

Taking Action

From 17 Giving Back Projects such as providing a safe haven for children by promoting education and art at the Za'atari Refugee Camp to hosting Art Workshops that encourage children to attend school. The Orenda Tribe has reached over 2,000 children in 6 different communities to date.  With a number of their workshops including art therapy, the designs on the t-shirts are children's artwork from communities where they give back. 

The Orends Tribe: What We Give Overview

The Orenda Tribe provides children with the opportunity to create and for me, that's one of the greatest gifts you can give someone. They provide a space where children are free to express their ideas, their passions and most importantly feel empowered doing so. There are many hobbies, passions, and gifts a person may possess, from math to physical labor. As we know, art is different in everyone's eyes. What's beautiful to me, may not make sense to you but that is the beauty of art. Art is always right and it comes from a sacred place within someone. Without art, I would not be the person I am today. Hence, I know in my heart these children feel the same. Being able to translate their ideas in their soul onto a tangible item like a shirt is a magical thing. How else can you explain it?

A child is unfiltered and raw. As a result, I asked my nieces what art meant to them: Art makes me feel happy because you can draw whatever comes to mind, animals or flags. It's exciting to paint and draw.

Buzzy Bees, The Orenda Tribe Elements, Mama Bee + T-Shirt

Empowering People

Pursuing a career in the creative field may scare some people. People may think you are a "dreamer" or there won't be a guaranteed job for you. You won't make money or it's the unsafe (risky) route to take. Believe me, creatives have heard it all. The Orenda Tribe has shown to prove that to be wrong in every way. In addition, art is so important to a lot of children and adults in this world. We at times, push that aside and don't listen (or follow) our natural passions. So, wearing The Orenda Tribe makes me feel as if I am a child again. It helps me believe in a future where art and creatives continue to thrive.

It's no coincidence that today is International Women's Day. Let's continue to support the young females and youth in our communities. It takes males, females of all ages and diverse backgrounds to inspire a good change.  The Orenda Tribe is encouraging education, creating lasting relationships within communities, empowering people to make positive changes and it's all through art. Art is the love language here and it's our job to keep that alive. No great thing ever really dies, it lives within us forever. Alive in us, alive in children and we should spread that love.

Sun: Empowerment, Inspiration + Hope | Tent: Community | Leaf: Revival + Growth 

Learn more about the designs inspired by children's artwork on 100% Organic Cotton Purposeful T-shirts + Recycled Material in Packaging and support their cause of empowering children through art at

The Orenda Tribe

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

Sponsored Post: This post was sponsored by The Orenda Tribe, a brand I personally fell in love with because of their genuine dedication to inspiring our youth. I only feature brands I truly support in order to spread a cruelty-free lifestyle.

Be Free, Sustainable and Rebellious with Z Shoes

Can shoes really be sustainable... can a single pair actually make the world a better place or save a life? We think about sustainable, ethical or eco-beauty products, clothes, and even packaging but have we thought about the full life of a pair of shoes and how they may save or harm us? The "sustainable shoe" world may be new to some but there's an ethical brand I discovered that's leading the way and shedding light on a critical issue.

 

Z Shoes Challenges today's business model by putting human

dignity and environmental impact before profit.

 

There are countless documents, articles, and films that show you the reality of fast fashion. The truth is retailers want to make products as cheap as possible around the globe. When needs (or wants) are not met production is likely to relocate to countries where labor costs are lower. This brings up major Global Labor Issues like child labor and sweatshops where working conditions and labor laws are often violated. Now, male, female (everyone) of any age can be affected but the largest targets are females and children. There are millions (and that’s not an exaggeration) of children under 15 years of age that have been involved in child labor. Many of these exact children are victims of slavery and human, sex and drug trafficking. Females specifically endure possible forced abortions while exposed to harmful chemicals. So who’s fighting to make this scary truth better? What are brands doing to make an actual change? Well, it takes me back to the question can shoes, a single product, actually be created to make a difference?

Z Shoes fights human and environmental exploitation by bringing financial growth to native communities in the Peruvian Amazon. Made from Organic Cotton and Wild Rubber, these sweet shoes can easily be a staple in your closet but what I LOVE most about Z Shoes is the story and impact they possess. A perfect match… Z partners with Not For Sale, a non-profit that fights human trafficking. Not For Sale, addresses human trafficking at every level, supporting survivors worldwide while helping to provide economic opportunity. It's a meaningful mission that unveils the shoe industry proving that it is possible to produce shoes that aid individuals rather than depend on sweatshops and harmful materials that have a negative and sometimes deadly effect.

 

 

So what's the difference between conventional street shoes compared to Z's? The Material. The Cause. Z uses 100% organic cotton, what that means for us... real ingredients on our feet. You don't have to worry about synthetics, harsh chemicals or plastics because this sustainable cotton is from the Solo y San Miguel regions in Peru, how cool is that?! With the use of Amazonian Sharinga wild rubber straight from the tree and organic plant dyes, Z Shoes assures that their kicks are then manufactured at a factory in Lima. Here, workers are treated with respect and paid a fair wage for their production, time and efforts.

It’s a classic shoe with a unique and grand message. Not only is Z pioneering the path for shoes created from organic materials but assuring they are doing it in a moral way. That’s why this brand is perfect for the active eco-friendly girl and yes, the guys too that are in search of a shoe on a mission.

Take a look at how I styled my Z’s

 

My absolute favorite pair is the 'Sharkskin' Women's Originals. The color, captured from plant dyes are easy to match and wear with numerous outfits.

 

 

If you are still in search for the perfect gift I picked several of my top favorites for both guys and gals below.  You can save on your purchase by using code ALLTHEREAUGUST20 for $20 off your entire order.

Now let's shop ethically...

'Great White' Men's Originals

'Deep Sea' Men's Originals

'Coral' Women's Originals

To learn more visit zshoesorganic.com and see how they are fighting the good fight with dedication, craft and most of all bravery.

Shop Sustainably! Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 


The Power of Sustainable Fashion with IconaWear

What does sustainable fashion mean to you?

It's a question that some people may or may not be able to answer. Before I became an Ethical Fashion Advocate it was fair to say I really didn't know the answer either. That's perfectly fine to admit because it led me to my beliefs now.  I’m naturally a curious person. So I decided to educate myself on the topic with a combination of research, from documentaries to articles in hopes of answering this very question. What I found out was that every single piece of clothing has a consequence on people, animals, and the environment in its own way. Some consequences are positive while other fashion goods have a negative outcome. For me, sustainable (or ethical) fashion is cruelty-free, meaning, no animals or humans were harmed in the making of a fashion item. Sustainable fashion also means the fabrics are eco, upcycled or sustainable, the brand believes in a sustainable business model, local or handmade and there is a charity or positive cause that benefits from a purchase. There are a lot of aspects that you can consider (and that a brand can consider) as you decide to go the ethical fashion route. Now, by all means, I’m not saying brands (or you) have to consider every single aspect I mentioned above (some do) but as a start, you can decide which aspect means the most to you.

So after asking yourself what does sustainable fashion mean, it's then important to learn what brands are doing in order to call themselves ethical or sustainable. One of my favorite practices is upcycling. I create things and I have a special place in my heart for brands that do as well. Always on the prowl for the perfect upcycled piece, I came across IconaWear and let me tell you it's as if you fell into upcycling heaven. You "upcycle junkies" know exactly what I mean.

What I found out about IconaWear is that they create small batches of a variety of pieces. The great thing is they serve to a vast range of styles as well. I was fortunate enough to chat with Fashion Designer & Stylist of IconaWear, Sophia Marie and got the scoop on the brand and her beliefs.

Here's what she had to say...

This Is The Life Jacket

What does ethical fashion mean to you?
 
Well, after being informed of the critical conditions the world is in and knowing the impact I make as a contributing factor to the issue, I believe we have to take responsibility for our actions. We have the power to make those choices. No matter how big or small, it is up to the consumer. It is up to us to invest in the well-being of mama nature. 
 
What made you start IconaWear?
 
January 2017, I was practicing detachment. I cut off all my hair and purged my closet of all its excess. I saved some of the better quality items and thought to open an online shop to sell these secondhand pieces. Once the store was up, I asked my friends what they thought of the site, and they said: "Ehhhh, there is nothing special about the clothes." There was always that voice inside of me that wanted to add, tear, or mend clothes to make them more unique. So after that feedback, I started reconstructing the clothes I had on the site. After a month of putting together the first collection called Rebel Rose, February 2017 I saw the documentary, The True Cost. This film was a HUGE eye-opener. It gave me goosebumps down my spine. I felt betrayed, lied to, cheated by all these fast fashion companies and honestly just this industry as a whole. When those feelings occurred, I didn't want any part of the fashion industry. Then my brain started stirring and I thought of a quote, If you don't like something, change it. I realized that what I unintentionally was doing can be a positive contributing factor in fast fashion! After that film, I have yet to step foot in another fast fashion retailer. I started watching Ted talks, attending panel discussions and educating myself on the topic and what it means to be sustainable in the fashion industry.
The voice behind IconaWear is powerful, stimulating, and gets your blood boiling. It is meant to ignite the fire within us to get up and do something. This is what drives me, that this voice can lead others into the same way of thinking. This voice can influence your choices when it comes to your buying power and overall morals. Sustainable fashion is a sprouting topic. Similar to the organic food wave. Once people started finding out what GMO's and pesticides were, they didn't want anything to do with it. People need to know what certain textiles are made of (oil, toxins, etc.) and understand the "life" of a garment. How exactly did that garment travel through the world to then end up in your closet? It is going to be a long road, and all of us are still learning. It all starts with education, which then leads to awareness. As long as people are aware, it is up to them to make the final (ethical) decision.
 
What does IconaWear mean?
 
IconaWear's end goal is to be a symbol of influence, direction, and change. This name came to me as I was brainstorming for an image for the brand.
 
 I (as a dress form) - I (as a person) - I (as the information symbol) 
 
The power of I.
 
 Spring semester 2017 I took a class called "Icons of the Fashion Industry"
 
In that class, we went through the time periods, 1800's to current years, and talked about the different silhouettes of the decades and what influenced that particular style. For example, the exchange of cultures from East to West, War, Women's Liberation, T.V., Hollywood, The Hippie Movement, Style Tribes, Celebrities, Presidents Inauguration and their wives. Each event, person, place, and thing contributed to the way society dressed. People who were on the front pages influenced trends and styles of the decade. IconaWear will speak through the wearer. As a wearer, there will be understanding (even just a little) of the change that they are making by investing in upcycled garments. This, in turn, will create a cultural movement towards a more sustainable industry.
 
Why is upcycling fashion goods important?
 
The amount of stuff we have, as individuals and as a collective, reach beyond our needs. The majority of it takes thousands of years to decompose too. So, why don't we just be resourceful with what we already have? Giving items a second chance leads to a more sustainable future. 
 
What has been your favorite piece you created?
 
It is hard to choose just one! I love all the jackets, they are always fun to play with and style. I can't wait to try new techniques such as patchwork this coming spring collection, April 2018. We will debut the collection at San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week. IconaWear will also be organizing a DIY event, including fashion show/panel discussion for Fashion Revolution Week (April 23rd - 29th 2018) in San Francisco, California!
- Sophia Marie
 
How I styled my IconaWear, This Is The Life, cruelty-free jacket

 

I fell in love with the brand and their ethics, so if you are thinking of buying ethically this Holiday Season below are my Top 3 Picks from IconaWear

  1. Avoir Embellished Jacket
  2. Wallflower Chain Necklace
  3. Deceiving Lace Thigh High Cavallini

Discover more Sustainable Pieces at IconaWear

Shop Sustainably! Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar


5 Cruelty-free Bags with a Purpose Under $50

The Holiday's are here and with Thanksgiving already under our belts (possibly loose belts) a lot of us will now start prepping for Christmas. So to start the season and in honor of Shop Small Saturday I wanted to highlight To The Market, a company that Partners with Artisans to give us products with a purpose.

TTM assists artisan groups by employing vulnerable communities which connects them to global consumers, resulting in, their business growth.

What I discovered about TTM...

They empower women through artisan enterprise.

TTM showcases handmade goods made exclusively by passionate artisans who have overcome abuse, conflict, and disease.

They take an active role in equipping the survivors they employ with economic independence while raising awareness of the challenges they face.

There's plenty to choose from over at TTM but I wanted to focus on bags for you all. So, I picked my Top 5 Cruelty-free Bags Under $50 from To The Market, perfect for any occasion and ready to be added to your closet for this Shop Small Saturday season.

1. Love Bead Clutch

The story behind the bag: Based in Agra, India. Pushpanjali provides marketing and financial support to small and marginalized producers to improve their living. They also support educational and medical programs that help girls attend school.

Why I love it: This bag is fun and detailed. It's a statement piece that can be matched with color and pattern for a bold look.

2. Black and White Striped Paper Beaded Clutch

The story behind the bag: Handmade in Uganda, these beads are made of upcycled paper. Each purchase helps to provide the artisans' families with housing, education, food, and medical treatment.

Why I love it: First, it's black and second... it's white. I loved this bag for the "sporty" style it embodies. A great bag for daily use that can be matched with almost anything. Perk! This very bag is discounted so make sure to use code AUGUST10 for $10 off through Wednesday, November 29th.

3. Purple Banana Fiber Clutch

The story behind the bag: Circle of Hands Uganda believes in empowering women affected by Africa’s HIV/AIDS crisis as they become entrepreneurs, role models and leaders in their communities.

Why I love it: The dimensions and craftsmanship of the bag is pure beauty. Handcrafted of natural Banana Fiber leaves, gives creative touch and texture to the eye.

4. Pom Pom Pouch in Pink 

The story behind the bag: Based in Guatemala, El Sol Maya works with a group of fifty women. The Weaving tradition has been handed down from generation to generation and these women work to uphold their customs. With growth and support, workshops are now held in order for females to learn to be businesswomen and improve their quality of life.

Why I love it: This bag is as playful as it gets. I love poms and it is a great addition to spice up your bag game.

5. Mustard Paper Beaded Clutch

The story behind the bag: Handmade in Uganda, these beads are made of upcycled paper. Each purchase helps to provide the artisans' families with housing, education, food, and medical treatment.

Why I love it: Simple yet fierce. This color will create a buzz anywhere you take it. It's a wonderful way to add "drama" to your look while keeping it classic.

Accessories

The story behind the accessories: Handmade by Agustina in Chiapas.

Why I love it: The wonderful thing about these accessories is that they can be matched with any of the bags above as well as added to ones you already own. It's a sustainable way to swap a look quickly while adding flair and style.

Chiapas Pom

 

Augustina Tassel

To The Market is helping us discover new beautiful products with a meaning. They sell an array of goods such as jewelry, men's, shoes, home goods and more. So if you want to give a gift that "gives" TTM has you covered.

Discover more at TO THE MARKET

Happy Shop Small Saturday!

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 

 

 


Joon Haircare, Everything Good and Cruelty-free in One Bottle

Cruelty-free haircare will no longer be the same with this little magic potion in a bottle. Joon Haircare, Houston born and Persian inspired is everything that is "positive vibes." Does anyone else struggle to find haircare that actually works and is cruelty-free? I did (emphasis on the did) before I stumbled upon Joon Haircare.  So here's the scoop, I (personally) am skeptical when products have a "rose scent" to them. It's just personal preference, sometimes it's too strong. Before I even opened it (and started using it) on my hair I already thought... hmmm, I don't know about this "rose scent" but I'll give it a try, with an open mind. Well, I gave it a chance and I am so happy I did. It had the right amount of rose without being too overpowering and in addition the perfect blend of fig and pomegranate, so Joon, you made me a "rose believer," a Joonie!

Let's get to the facts, what is Joon Haircare?

 

 

 

Image from Joon Haircare

Joon (which means "dear" and "life" in Persian) created a plant-based Saffron Hair Elixir, using a mixture of Persian secrets and modern technique.

What can Saffron, Pistachio, and Rose do for your hair?

Saffron: Strengthens hair

Pistachio: Nourishes and moisturizes hair

Rose: Allows hair to be smooth and shiny

Features & Benefits in the Bottle:

Gives Shine

Detangles

Defrizzes

Non-Greasy

Moisturizes

Seals ends

Heat Protectant

Nourishes

No Sulfates, & Parabens

Cruelty-Free

Ok, so now that we know the facts, I tested it out with my family (both male and female) to get some feedback. I had them use it for several days and here's key comments from them:

Hair felt soft and smooth

Hair felt stronger

Loved the smell their hair had through the day

They felt hair was healthy and shiny

Worked on frizzy hair

I used the Elixir for a longer period of time and overall I felt the same benefits above. I made sure to not use any other additional hair products (except for my regular shampoo) to gain true results. I additionally used it when I incorporated any heating tools and before brushing my hair. What I found out was, instead of using several haircare products to do the job I now only needed one that met my needs and yes, made my hair smell awesome.

If you like oil products or even if you are thinking about trying a new haircare routine Joon's Elixir will not disappoint. Use it on wet or dry hair, great for travel, local and a female owned brand...count me in because now I'm a Joonie.

Find out more about Joon Haircare at Joon Haircare

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 


How To Recycle Your Look with Accessories

Have you ever thought to yourself... I have this same dress (top or bottom) and I want to wear it again but I need my "look" to feel different. Well, no more wishing for you! Below I'll take you through another series of how to change your look with styling. Let's talk about the dress first, I purchased it at a secondhand shop. The beauty of this particular dress is that you can dress it up or down depending on what you have in your own closet. Make sure to keep that in mind when purchasing your items, this makes it easier to create a sustainable wardrobe.

Now for my first look...

Look 1

The "Pretty" Look

This look is "dressed up." Since we have a few more days of Summer left I used a brown wedge, shimmer belt, and upcycled this purse I found at a thrift store by adding poms. I made sure to use a light colored choker as well as sunglasses for a playful vibe.

Look 2

The "Edgy" Look

 

So this look is using the same dress but I added a fanny pack, switched my wedges for trainers, added a cap and changed my light pink choker to a black one. I also switched out my sunglasses for a darker pair. The switch with accessories gives the power of a "comfortable" vibe with a bit of edge.

 

It's possible to use the same dress or fashion item of your choice and be able to create several different looks with it. Look through your closet and lay out your clothes and accessories. By visually seeing what you have together (at the same time) you can start creating outfits with them. This also helps you see what you frequently wear and sift through what you don't. Let me know what you think of these outfits or if you want to know how to style particular items, I would love to hear from you all.

Photo:

Larry Castillo Photography

Sunglasses:

Atown

Makeup:

Blushed Beauty

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 


Top 3 Murals in Austin, Texas You Need to Visit

Austin, Texas has a lot to offer for both locals and tourists. I personally like to do "Cruelty-Free Best of Tours" in cities I live in, cities near me or cities I visit. Being from South Texas and living in Central Texas I had not yet visited Austin's famous murals, so naturally, I had to change that fast. There's a lot of  "famous" things to do in Austin but today, I want to take you through Austin's "Top 3 Murals" to visit. They are quite easy to do (all in 1 day) with parking, pictures and driving it can take you about an hour to hit all 3. I decided to take my parents to enjoy the experience, so gather some friends or do it solo but all you need to do is enjoy your city!

Cruelty-Free Best of Tour: Austin's Top 3 Murals

#1 I Love You So Much

  • Location: 1300 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704
  • Vibe: If this is not the "top visited" mural in Austin then I'm not vegan... but really. If you want to get the full feel of what Austin has to offer visit this mural. Grab a cup of green tea or jo and enjoy the hip vibes South Congress has to offer. Get in line, take in the experience and snap a photo.

 

#2 You're My Butter Half

  • Location: 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78702
  • Vibe: Located up on a small hill you will find this fun mural. Take a pic with your "butter half" or solo. Expect to capture a lot of vibrant colors in your photo and don't be afraid to strike a cute pose. P.S. I'm still convinced this is "vegan" butter, I mean it's Austin right?

 

#3 Greetings From Austin

  • Location: 1720 S. First Street Austin, Texas 78704
  • Vibe: Have you ever dreamt of your face on a postcard? Well, dream no more with the most welcoming mural in Austin. If you want to send positive vibes to the world from Texas then this is your wall. Painted on Roadhouse Relics, a studio and gallery where neon artist Todd Sanders crafts his vintage-style designs, this is the perfect mural for all Austin Lovers.

 

Cruelty-Free Style

On my tour I wore:

  • Secondhand top swapped from Bravely's event, Power of Your Purchase: Clothing Swap and Shop Talk
  • Thrifted Faux Leather Purse
  • Faux Fur Pom

What I Ordered:

Follow my "Cruelty-Free Best of Tour" Mural Version. Enjoy what Austin has to offer you and take some amazing pics along the way. Happy hunting!

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar


SixChel, The “Capsule” of True Fashion & Sustainability

Some of us know the value of sustainability in fashion while others may be new to the game (don’t worry it’s a simple/complex world) but you are all welcome to explore here. You see, “ethical brands” value different aspects of sustainability. This means some brands may use only organic (new) fabrics while others upcycle (used fabrics) or give proceeds to charity. So, it’s important for the consumer to be aware of “brand beliefs" and how they (as a company) personally partake in the Eco Fashion Revolution. So today, my focus is specifically on a brand I’ve been fortunate enough to discover, SixChel.

SixChel encourages female empowerment and believes that by supporting the diversity amongst women, they will create a positive and acceptable environment for all women who seek comfort in sustainable and stylish clothes. SixChel also focuses on slow-fashion principles as well as using the finest sustainable fabrics.

Here’s a look at the Capsule Collection

The Demi Halter Crop Top

The Elizabeth Dress

The Gia Halter Wrap Top & The Katherine Crop Pants

So what did I do? SixChel hosted several Pop-Up Shops in Austin, Texas and you better believe I stopped by to see this capsule collection in person. It was amazing to understand (in real life) how versatile these pieces were, lightweight, cruelty-free and sustainable…I was in heaven. I was also able to meet with the Boss herself Dina Chavez, who is absolutely a doll in person.

As seen in the photos above, you can easily pair each piece with items in your own wardrobe. My top pick is...the dress! It has a minimalist feel yet the simple touch of the added bow in the back will turn heads. In all, the show was intimate and welcoming where you could feel the vibe of women supporting women businesses. It was a one stop shop with mini-vegan makeovers, food, drinks, clothes and jewelry.

Pop-Up Showtime...

Final thoughts…it’s important to understand where your clothes are coming from and to realize that brands have their own way of expressing and “being” sustainable. For Dina, it’s about embracing sisterhood, using eco fabrics and creating a capsule collection that doesn’t run out of style. It’s slow, but this is the good kind of slow. SixChel doesn’t fall under the retail chain of fast fashion. Instead, each piece is made like a piece of art just as it should be.

Not only was it amazing to see the capsule collection (IRL) but also in collaboration with SixChel I was able to experience these pretty amazing Wow-men below:

To learn more about SixChel visit:

https://sixchelbydinachavez.com/

Jen Hearts Art

Talk about the ultimate Art Babe! We talked vegan cosmetics, life and a bit of business with a side of taking over the world! From MU Artist to Body Art, she's doing it right.

https://www.jenheartsart.com/

Perky Perky Coffee

Had an amazing "cup of jo" while I was at the show. I take my coffee black and loved it. Also, the fact she's a Female Boss...winning!

https://www.perkyperky.com/

Lisa Crowder Jewelry

The location is everything. Within Canopy, you will find this contemporary boutique filled with work from Metalsmith Lisa Crowder. Jewelry inspired by form, color, line and balance was the perfect touch to pull the entire show together.

http://lisacrowder.com/about/

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 


Recycling Your Look

Recycling your look can be so easy and anyone can do it! Here's a quick look at two different fashion "moods" I created with the same wide (bell) bottom jeans.

Look 1

Look 2

I wanted to share a few quick tips using the power of imagination, yes, that's all you need!

You can see in the above photos, I used the same bottom and a similar color story yet the two outfits have very different vibes.

Follow these 3 simple tips for a "Recycled Look"

1. Add a Hat

I added a wide brim fedora to look 2 for an instant change. Hats (one of my favorite accessories) can quickly transform anyone's image. The hat can be any "style" just keep in mind what top you will pair it with. If you are wearing a simple top (look 2) you have the ability to wear a dramatic hat. Yay, for "drama" hats!

2. Switch Accessories

The power of swapping your necklace (or earrings) can capture a person's attention quickly. For look 1, I wanted a more 70's vibe so I made sure to keep it light and stayed away from dark accessories. For look 2, I wanted a bold feel. So, I matched a dark fedora and choker to the minimalist white top to give it edge.

3. Top "Style" is Key

The top! Both tops are similar in color and they also show off my neck/shoulder area but the styles are quite different. If a top shows off your neckline or shoulders you are able to freely match a bold necklace or hat with it. Since look 1 had dramatic sleeves, I decided to stay away from adding a hat because I didn't want to take away from them. The key point here is even if you have two tops that are the same (or similar) in color, the style of the top matters the most. It will give people different points to look at (Ex: look 1, dramatic sleeves and look 2, double layered bottom) the attention will be drawn to the unique details instead.

Remember to use your imagination. The changes can be bold or simple but starting with these 3 tips while using the same bottom (or any clothing item of your choice) can lead to a sustainable wardrobe made simple.

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar


Saya, the Ethical Hairpin that's Changing the World

Hair accessories, it’s the finishing touch to your look so small yet so important. Have you ever been in a moment when you realize “yes, I lost (or broke) my hair tie now what?” You are then in desperate need of one and the search begins asking people around you if they have something to tie your hair back. Most of us know that feeling or have witnessed someone in that moment. Hairpins, hair ties and headbands the list goes on for years women (and men) have used some kind of device to slick their hair back or use as ornamentation.

There are many written topics out there about hair, what products to use, how to grow it or simply showing us the hairstyle trends for the season. A topic that’s not highly discussed though (or maybe not even widely known) is Ethical Hairpins. Now how can a hairpin be ethical? That may be the question on your mind right now, which is fair. As “consumers” we may not think twice when we grab that elastic hair tie or clip, I know I didn’t but I am happy to tell you there is an ethical option out there.

Victoria Jones, Founder of Saya Designs collaborates with Balinese artisans to create a timeless collection of nature inspired hairpins. Saya uses salvaged root wood from old plantation sites in Indonesia. By using this waste material they are not adding excess to the Fashion Industry and are able to tell stories about issues they deeply care about… yes, the rainforests!

For each purchase, Saya will plant up to 10 endangered tree species back into the rainforests of Indonesia. Not only does this aid in vegetation but the welfare of wildlife within the rainforests. This topic goes beyond a beautiful hairpin (which the hairpins are quite great looking might I add) it’s about doing good in the world. It’s about reducing the harmful impact we may have on our planet and being bold enough to use unconventional material to do so.

It is magical when a brand is ethical, fair trade, collaborates with local artisans and then gives back. It makes me stop for a moment and realize it’s not just a hair tie, clip or pin anymore. The choices you make as a consumer (for any purchase) has a domino effect and for me, I am pretty happy with this one.

A closer look on how I styled my Saya Hairpin

The countdown is on, to support Saya Designs and their efforts in making this world a better place. Visit their Kickstarter Campaign below and help make a change in your life and others:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/777882057/781150453?token=07bdd709

Saya has options for all hair lengths, colors and styles, to learn more about Saya Designs visit their website at:

http://sayadesigns.com/

Vegan Eye Bracelet: Michal Golan

Dress: Purchased at a local Goodwill

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 


Eco Golf Street Style, San Marcos Edition

For those of you who don't know, I played (still play) golf starting from middle school to my college days. After finishing up as a student-athlete, I also became the Assistant Women's Golf Coach at Texas State University. So, it's safe to say I have a love for the game but I also don't fall into the craze of enjoying what a "typical" golf outfit looks like. With this shoot, I wanted to play on my liking for both an edgy, street style mood and the classic game of golf.

Behind the Look

Leather and Denim: Matching faux leather and denim is a staple of mine. The elements of texture with color create a nice contrast (also, the denim is really comfortable) so this is ideal for an evening out with your gal pals.

I've had these pieces for a bit now and aside from my golf club, the denim top is the oldest item pictured. What's beautiful about getting your hands on denim is that as it ages it starts to create a vintage look which is wonderful because you can keep it in your closet for years.

Sunglasses: I am a huge sunnies girl as you see throughout my different styles I use some of my favorite sunglasses.  Just like my pink sunglasses in my previous look, these also came from the same local shop in Austin called Atown. This fun shop is home to the work of local artisans, which is why I am such a fan.

Photographer Highlight: It was great working with Larry Castillo, a San Marcos-based Professional Photographer. Larry loves to tell a story with his photos so for this look we really played on emotions and what it's like to live on the "edgy" side of golf. Props to everyone on set as we dared to play in the middle of the street which just added to the excitement.

For more on Larry visit:

Larry Castillo Photography

Makeup Highlight: My girl Makael Pritchard and I created this cruelty-free look by using a bronze and mauve color story, which continues to be one of my favorites. I decided to stay with the same makeup look and whip the hair up for a small mood transition.

For more on Makael visit:

Makael Pritchard Makeup

More on Eco Street Style, San Marcos Edition to come.

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar