Green Holiday Gift Guide

The Holidays are upon us and that means hunting down the perfect gift for those special ones in your life. I know for me I always seek out original gifts you won’t find at your big box shops, but also a blend of style, function, and eco-friendly.  I hope to inspire your gift giving this season by shopping small-business, sustainable, handmade, and ethical. I’ll be purchasing gifts from businesses that make shopping guilt free because I know I’m gifting products that are good for the environment and its people. 

Here are my top choices of gifts for everyone in your life this holiday season. 

Gifts for EVERYONE: 
Green Orchyd:
An online marketplace of Eco Apparel and accessories for men, women, and children that are "easy on the earth and better for its people." Here you will find gifts for everyone in your life. I love that I can shop for my baby, kids, husband, and myself all in one transaction. Green Orchyd is a one-stop-shop for all the wardrobe essentials and then some. The company carefully selects products that meet strict, eco-friendly standards so you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Their goal is to “provide people who want to live consciously, with a place to shop without guilt.”

Green Orchyd born out of concern for the environment and lack of online market places to buy all things eco, sustainable, and fair-trade. They curate the top fashionable Eco-apparel and accessories including skincare, so you don’t have to. 

My faves: Tumeric face moisturizer here,  Baby organic Footie Pajama here, The Taylor dress here, a flattering fit for anyone but also perfect for holiday events.
More here: www.greenorchyd.com

Ever thought you could make a difference by buying a beanie? The new hand-knit accessories brand WOOLN allows you to do just that! All WOOLN pieces are handcrafted by New York based talented grandmother knitters, with carefully and ethically sourced high quality yarn. The main goal of the brand is to create a cross-generational community of conscious commerce.
This winter, the line includes versatile accessories for men and women, made of alpaca, merino and cashmere. Featured in the photo the cashmere capsule off duty model here

Olga's Organics:
Treat yourself to the gift of beauty with Olga's Organics.  We all use beauty products to make us look good but with Olgas Organics you know it is good for you. They make loose powder with the finest organic ingredients in the USA. Olga's Organics offers the first USDA Organic certified makeup on the market. The "heavenly smell" and smooth, even application is what sets Olga's Organics Loose Face Powder apart. 

They even offer a vegan kubuki brush made from bamboo and vegan fibers. 

The whipped body butter is another must. This USDA Organic Certified Whipped Body Butter is truly "the cream of the crop." With therapeutic properties in the essential oils used. Great gift for yourself,  and others. Product details here, here, and here

The luxury line creates sweaters, shawls, scarves, and blankets all handmade using baby alpaca fur. They only use natural textiles to preserve nature and offer authentic fibers. All garments are carefully knitted by hand, making each piece one-of-a-kind. Their Diagonal blanket is produced with the finest baby alpaca fur from Patagonia and the Andes. The Frifri cardigan is a classic wardrobe staple easy to pair. You will find all types of gifts for everyone in your life. Luxury meets sustainability at animan√°.  Product details here

Saressa Designs:
Saressa Designshand-crafted jewelry that combines minimalist, elegant, and soft statement approach. The indie line offers everything from necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. Designs are a mix of custom cut gemstones into geometric shapes wrapped in designer Rachel's signature style with high quality metal to create one-of-a-kind statement pieces. The jewelry is versatile for all types of occasions.   Saressa Designs is a must gift for any gal in your life.  Product Details here.

Eba Totes:
The sustainable bag label offers the “all in one bag” created for the modern day woman in mind. Eba Totes is designed to work with your multifaceted life. It has 2 compartments: one for purse items and another for everything else (gym, baby, travel, etc). It’s also features a waterproof interior. Style meets versatility all while  being eco-friendly which makes it the perfect gift for the ladies in your life. I love the indigo print and their vegan leather options. Product details here

For Everyone:
Jelt Belts: 
Style meets function while still being environmentally friendly. Jelt Belts are made from 100% recycled yarn with an inner gel that grips to pants. Because their is no metal, it's the perfect travel accessory. I love that Jelt Belt keeps my pants from sagging all while keeping up with my active lifestyle of raising 3 boys and a baby on the hip. 

Not only are you gifting a wardrobe essential that’s sustainable, but your investing in others. With every belt purchased, Jelt donates to several organizations here supporting veterans, youth, and families. Socially responsible and environmentally friendly. Jelt Belt is pretty much the perfect gift for anyone in your life.  Product information go here.

The Eco-friendly Iphone case created by Pela is a great gift for everyone. The case is durable enough to protect your phone, eco-friendly and biodegradable after use. Pela creates a sustainable, plant-based alternative to conventional plastic products. They use a unique blend of plant-based biopolymers, flax straw "waste" and recycled materials. Pela cases are BPA-free iPhone and biodegradable. Pela’s goal is to make less waste, one case at a time. Let's join them...

Product details here. 

Gifts for him: 
Hippy Chic Designs:
Hippy Chic offers the coolest wallet you'll ever own. This is not your basic wallet. The Pocket HERO is handmade from repurposed decommissioned fire hoses. The perfect gift for the HERO in your life. Durable as a fire hose, slim enough to fit in your pocket, yet can hold everything you need. Not only is it one-of-a-kind product, they donate a percentage of proceeds to firefighters and burn victims.  Product details here. 

The list doesn't stop yet, continue here to see more sustainable, ethical, handmade brands and products that make perfect gifts for your loved ones…including yourself.  Shop without guilt this holiday season.

Happy Holidays,
Trash to Couture


DIY: tshirt into turtleneck

I clearly love a good tshirt update and this one is simple with a modern vibe. The holidays are here and I'm always seeking out things to wear. Instead of constantly buying new festive items to wear for one event or party, I decided to DIY my own holiday flare by up cycling clothing I already have. Try this DIY below where I show you how to turn a basic tshirt into a cropped turtleneck. 


Eco-Brands We Love: Encircled

We took a weekend trip to Estes Park, CO for a wedding. I couldn’t wait to try out my Encircled Revolve dress. Not only did it make a lovely rehearsal dinner dress, it also was perfect as a tunic with skinny jeans for the daily festivities and Colorado weather. 

Encircled is an ethically-made clothing label made for everyday adventures and epic journeys. The designs are a blend of style and function while still being eco-friendly. They offer the necessary wardrobe essentials for the modern day women. Versatile for day to night and comfortable to meet the demands of travel, motherhood, work, and life.

Not only do they create beautiful clothing, Encircled values quality, sustainability, and humanity. They take a slow- approach to fashion, producing only what they need. Ethically made in Toronto Canada by fairly paid labour.  They source “eco-fabrics to up-cycling production cuttings, using recyclable shipping materials and printing on only 100% post-consumer recycled paper.” 

My favorite part of Encircled is the convertible clothing. They offer multi-functional wardrobe essentials designed for travel. This dress you can wear 6 different ways. Another, the Chrysalis cardigan can literally go from a cardigan into a dress. You can pack lighter and do more with less.  

Encircled is all the basics but with a twist. Tops with cowl necklines, reversible pencil skirts, and leggings with ruched detailing and pockets, aka the “dressy sweatpants.” You can go from work to yoga with out changing. Another plus is the they’re made with sustainable fabrics that are wrinkle-resistant and naturally anti pilling, which means less ironing and more time to do important things. 

Align your wardrobe with your values. Invest in a brand that helps the planet, the people who make their clothing, and customers live better lives all while being stylish. 

I’m wearing the Revolve dress in dark teal here.

More: Encircled.co


Eco-Brands We Love: Sarah's Bag

What initially drew me to Sarah’s Bag was the colourful and creative hand embroidered clutches and bags.. After taking a closer look into the luxury handcrafted label I saw it was more than just beautiful handbags. Sarah’s Bag is a “social enterprise known for its mission to empower underprivileged women.” 

The signature hand beading is crafted by a team of over 200 women, among whom are female prisoners, ex-prisoners and underpriveleged women in Lebanon. The Sarah’s Bag team trains them to become skilled artisans to earn an income. They also encourage training of other women in their villages to create job opportunities to support themselves and family’s. A cycle to empower women. 

The new collection of bags is a mixture of new techniques alongside the signature hand embroidery and beading. Lots of vibrant colours, kaleidoscopic patterns, fabric manipulation, and intricit hand embroidery to create wearable works of art.  

We wanted to showcase photos of the women working. The hands and work of these skilled artisans and their craft. The intricate details that go into each bag through different techniques: embroidery, beading, crocheting. It's a lovely process and cause. You can check out the collection here


DIY: Bell Sleeve Dress

Their is nothing more luxurious and dramatic then a velvet fabric. I love the vibrant colors, texture, and softness the textile offers. Velvet is associated with nobility and dates back to the 700’s.  A timeless fabric that’s been ruling fashion since the beginning of time and now a top trend this fall/winter 2016/17.  

Fabric Wholesale Direct and I designed this DIY Bell Sleeve Shift Dress using 2.5 yards of their micro velvet in plum here. 

In this tutorial I teach you how to make a pattern from an existing dress, add bell sleeves, and sash sewn into the side seams for an easy fitted waistline. 
For tutorial and details go here


Eco-Brands We Love: Green Orchyd

The internet is saturated and searching for anything can be overwhelming. Eco-conscious brands and products haven’t even hit their peak yet and this category can be a jungle to navigate through. 

 This is why I’ve made it my mission to seek out and highlight brands, companies, and products out there that are actually fair-trade, sustainable, eco-friendly, and ethical all while being creative in the process. These words have now become "trendy" to associate with that as a consumer it’s important to look for companies with transparency and strict standards. This brings me to Green Orchyd, an online marketplace of Eco Apparel and accessories for men, women, and children that are "easy on the earth and better for its people."

Greeny Orchyd is a one-stop-shop for all the wardrobe essentials and then some. The company carefully selects products that meet strict, eco-friendly standards so you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Their goal is to “provide people who want to live consciously, with a place to shop without guilt.”

Green Orchyd born out of concern for the environment and lack of online market places to buy all things eco, sustainable, and fair-trade. They curate the top fashionable Eco-apparel and accessories including skincare, so you don’t have to. 

For me what I love is I can shop fashion forward clothing and accessories for myself and my children in one transaction and feel confident the items I’m purchasing are eco-friendly. Transparency is just as important to them as it is to me. I can shop “without guilt.” They include top eco-friendly brands while introducing new creative ones. 

So go ahead and "shop with out guilt" knowing Green Orchyd's products are easy on the earth and better for its people. 

I’m wearing the Everyday Pullover here.  Check out more: www.greenorchyd.com

Photography by Claire here


Eco-Brands We Love: Blyss Running

Most here know me as the DIY queen behind the sewing machine and sustainable fashion advocate but at one point I was the best prep runner in the country. I learned early on how empowering running can be. I may not be setting national records anymore, but I do set time daily to run. As a mother and business owner it's important for me to clear my head and break a sweat. I’m inspired by nature and the motivation I get from pushing myself. 

Finding a brand that is committed to my passion for running and sustainability has been important to me. Blyss Running fits these needs and then some. Blyss Running was created by Alyson after not being able to find running apparel with longer inseams and pockets. She set out to create the perfect blend every female runner looks for in a athletic brand: functional, comfortable, and flattering.  I did my own test run in the distance capri and I can verify they check all the boxes. I like the flattering seam lines that provide a nice lift to my smaller curves. The longer capri is perfect for fall and winter running. I am a fan of the comfortable yet fitted waistline, never once having to fijit with pulling my pants up which is something I usually have problems with. I also feel put together post workout to run errands. Win on all aspects. 


Not only does Blyss understand a runners needs, the brand values sustainability and manufactures their clothing by a woman-owned factory in the USA. This allows “Blyss to participate in a growing sustainable economy,’ all while having full access to the production process. The trail skirts are made from recycled polyester (plastic bottle)/spandex blend. The same fabric is used for the undershorts of the Blyss Skirt. They're fabric supplier uses a non-toxic printing technology resulting in cleaner water and less energy used. This method is a sustainable solution for manufacturing custom printed textiles. 

Blyss running saw a need to create running clothing for “the athlete in every woman.” What I love about the running community is although everyone has different speeds, events, or goals we’re all connected through the joy and empowerment that running brings. I'm happy to be connected with such a fantastic company and product. 

Thanks Blyss Running for creating a eco-conscious product that works for "the athlete in every woman."

I’m wearing the distance capri and scoop neck tee.

Check out more: BlyssRunning.com