Haul: Shopping Small + Local

Hello again!

I did a bit of shopping over Christmas break so today I’m going to share what I got! Everything I got is from a local store and/or a small business so if you live in the front range area you should definitely check out the shops I mention. This is kind of random but when you are shopping, what do you consider as counting as local? I think for food the rule is that if it’s raised/grown within 400 miles of where it’s sold , or if it’s in the same state it’s considered local. I like shopping at my the local businesses in my town and I also really enjoy finding the local shops and restaurants whenever I travel because I’ve found that that is a really good way to get to know a town and its culture and it feels like a treasure hunt when I look for restaurants that are unique to the area I’m visiting.

RockyMountainSoapMarket

The first place where I bought stuff was a store called the Rocky Mountain Soap Market. Oh my goodness this place is so fun. They have tons of freshly made bath bombs and bar soaps and bath salts and such things. I got the Lavender Charcoal soap and three bath bombs. The one pictures is the scent cool fresh aloe and the other two which I have already used were winter wonderland and oatmeal milk + honey. The winter wonderland was a really fun scent and turned my bath bright blue but the glitter in it got EVERYWHERE and it was super hard to wash off which I wasn’t a fan of. The oatmeal milk + honey scent wasn’t as strong but it was super relaxing. They have two locations in Downtown Colorado Springs and the Shops at Belmar in Lakewood and the also have an online store. I really want to try their Colorful Colorado soap!

Halo

These super cute boot cuffs are from a boutique called Halo. They had tons of cute accessories and I was absolutely obsessed with their Christmas tops. They had one that was a flowy tunic with a reindeer head outlined in sequins, I kind of wish I’d gotten it but I always feel kind of hesitant about getting stuff like that, how many Christmas sweaters and tops do I really need and am really going to wear 30 times? They also had some super cute beanies that I think literally every other girl in my town has except for me so I might need to pick one up and join the club.

SavorySpice

After looking online I realized that this Savory Spice isn’t really local but it was super cute and smelled AMAZING. I bought some garam masala for an indian inspired recipe I really like making and a kit to make another indian inspired recipe that I remembered from when I volunteered at a living history site near my home.

CelestialSeasonings

I was unsuccessful this year at finding some of my favorite holiday teas from Celestial Seasonings so I went ahead and ordered them and took the opportunity to stock up on some of my other favorites. It isn’t pictured but I really love their english breakfast tea from the estate line. It’s not the very best english breakfast I’ve ever had but its certified fair trade and organic and the fact that it’s in a tea bag is really convenient for early mornings before class. I also love the fast lane tea. It’s super caffienated and really yummy so I drink it before my really early (meaning 8am, I’m not a morning person) classes so I don’t fall asleep while driving to class. The Celestial Seasonings factory is in Boulder, CO and if you ever visit Colorado it is a super fun experience to tour the factory I posted about it in my post Colorado Travel Guide: The Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory.

MadeOn

I’m about to run out of my *simply shea facial emollient which I use as a moisturizer at night so I ordered more from *MadeOn and I also got a tinted lip balm in the color *Crimson Rose. It’s such a nice shade for every day. It doesn’t look like I’m wearing a lip color it just makes my lips look more vibrant and its really moisturizing so I reapply throughout the day.

Larabar

I’m not sure that these really count as local but both of these companies are based in Colorado so I say they count. These are two of my go-to snacks during the semester. On a really busy day I can eat a just larabar for lunch and be fine until dinner time and the Almond butter packets are really nice with an apple if I slice it beforehand and just squeeze the nut butter onto the slices. I also eat both of these while hiking. I even eat the nut butter plain and it a super convenient and light weight option for longer day hikes when I want food that will carry me for a long time but won’t take a lot of space in my pack and be heavy. These are the kind of snacks I would take when climbing a fourteener.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did, I would love it if you commented and subscribed!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Refashion Bootcut into Skinny

I’m more of a fan of skinny jeans and pants than bootcut so recently I decided alter a pair of my khaki uniform pants so that they would have more of a skinny fit. Today I’m sharing with you how to change the cut of a pair of your pants.

For this refashion you will need:

A pair of pants you want to alter (obviously)

A sewing machine

The right needle for your fabric (jeans will need a bigger needle, khakis or something thinner will need a smaller one.)

A seam ripper

Thread to match the thread on your pants (This is especially important if your pants have topstitching.)

  1. Start by taking out the hem of your pants about an inch on either side of each seam and the topstitching up to just a little higher than wherever you want to start taking in your pants. topstitch.JPG

Turn your pants right side out and pin where you want to take in each of the legs of the pants. CAREFULLY take off the pants and measure how far each of the pins are from the seams. Once you have an idea of where you should put your stitches, turn the pants back inside out and repin them according to the measurements you took.

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This shows one of my first trials using a pair of skinny jeans I already own…It didn’t work out and I ended up using the method I’m outlining here.

3. Sew, try the pants on, rip out stitches and resew as needed.

 

4.Once you’re satisfied with how your pants fit, it’s time to finish them. If you have a serger, serge off the excess seam allowance you now have. If you’re like me and you don’t have a serger, trim the seam allowance off with a pair of scissors and keep the edges from fraying with a zig zag stitch right at the edge of the fabric. Refold your hem and stitch it back down. I was too lazy to do this part but if your pants had topstitching, iron your new seams and then follow your old top stitching down through the new seam.

5. Rock your new skinny jeans/khakis/whatever!

I wore these pants in Friday’s blog post. Here are a few pics from that post

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Refashioning is a great way to practice slow fashion. Instead of buying new, or even thrift try to find a way to make do with what you do have.

Have you been working on any DIY 0r refashioning projects lately? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Redeeming Consumerism: Rey Swimwear

 

Hello!

I’m back with another Redeeming Consumerism post! Today I am talking about *Rey Swimwear. Rey Swimwear is a swimsuit brand based in California and founded by Jessica Rey, a former power ranger, author, mom, and entrepreneur. Their swimsuits are adorable and very unique. I had a really hard time deciding which one I wanted to order but I finally decided on Audrey in Pineapple. I’m wearing it in the pictures and isn’t it adorable? Rey Swimwear was founded with the goal of creating a modest alternative to modern swimsuits, specifically the bikini. I love their philosophy that you don’t have to show a lot of skin to be beautiful or stylish.

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ignore my tan line!

While I would love a more complete policy on maufacturing standards and procedures as well as an auditing policy Rey Swimwear is very upfront about their commitment to ethical manufacturing.

“All of our swimsuits are proudly and ethically manufactured in California. Rey Swimwear only works with partners who share our values and believe in ethical production. Our manufacturers have rigorous compliance standards against which they’re constantly assessed. They’re responsible for upholding production and sourcing practices across areas such as human rights, health/safety, and fair wages, thus respecting the dignity of all people- not only those who wear our swimsuits, but those who make them.  Our dedication to ethical production is reflected in our pricing.” https://www.reyswimwear.com/pages/faq

These suits are definitely not a cheap suit that you buy at Target and throw away at the end of the summer. I haven’t had my suit long enough to testify to the lasting power but quality of the fabric and the seams is definitely somthing that is going to last.

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All of Rey Swimwear’s suits are very classy and cute. I especially love Regina in emerald and Ann in garden party. And they just introduced plus sizes to the line!

Have a great day!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great; you know I’m classier than that;). However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month. I am a Rey Swimwear affiliate. If you click on the link in the beginning of this post, or on the widget on the sidebar, I will be paid for any purchase that you make, at no extra cost to you.