happy birthday, kristin!

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Tonight, after we arrived in Seattle, we went out to celebrate my sister’s 23rd birthday! Just the other day I was telling her i may have accidentally written 22 on her card… oops. It just seems so crazy to me that we are getting older and she is basically in her early to mid twenties!!

My sister is someone that I look up to immensely. Everyday, she strives to do her best (and always does). She’s my best friend and the most incredible sister I could have ever asked for. My life is a million times better because she is a part of it. I love you kristin!!

We spent the day traveling and exploring pikes place market! I’ve missed my sister like crazy, so today was pretty much the best. Also, why has no one ever talked about the incredible flowers at this place?!? They’re insane. I was so tempted to buy them all.

Here’s to 23 kristin!! I can’t wait to get to know Seattle a bit better and eat some good food with you this weekend.

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i’ve been doing a lot of research lately about buying and wearing clothes in a sustainable way. if you know me, it’s no secret that i love to shop. i do it all the time. when i am not at the mall, i am online shopping. if i am not doing one of those two things, i am at least thinking about items i want to buy. for practical reasons, such as saving money or just being normal, i have decided to cut way back on my spending. not necessarily because i need to, but more so because i want to simplify my life.

currently, i have put off shopping until august. the only places i can spend money are pure barre (to work out) and the grocery store (to live obviously). this is actually pretty hard for me since retail therapy had always been my go to in times of stress. but, since i have cut out shopping, i find that working out or cooking or spending time with friends helps dissipate my stress more so than when i would go shopping. but this little “no shopping” stint got me thinking about much bigger issues.

ultimately, i ended up making a huge decision to change my lifestyle. i will no longer buy clothes that are not sustainable. now of course there are some exceptions to this rule. buying certain gifts for people or a specific piece of clothing can always be tricky, but as much as possible, i will try to stick with it.

it was really hard to make this decision. shopping sustainably means cutting out a ton of different stores and brands. i started out by watching “the true cost” on netflix and it began to change my perspective. if you haven’t seen it yet, and are interested, it is a very powerful documentary that i would highly recommend.  so many aspects about the fast fashion industry, or just the clothing industry in general, are unfair and ultimately end up harming our environment. i went onto the true cost website and from there i started to explore more articles about human rights and environmental impact. obviously after i began learning more about this topic, i knew i needed to make a change.

i started out with a very basic google search of “shopping sustainably”. vogue had a really simple and straight forward piece that i clicked on first. it was the perfect starting point for me. they give you 5 things that you can focus on to shop more sustainably. slowly, i began to build on top of that. being a supply chain student, a lot of this information i already knew. we actually talk about fast fashion in our classes pretty regularly. although, i must say, the talk so far has been mostly positive when i believe it should be the exact opposite.

if you are interested in doing research of your own, try looking up some of these things: fair trade agreements, fast fashion and human rights, rana plaza, clothing factory wages in bangladesh, fast fashion’s impact on the environment, and how to shop sustainably.

if you’re just here to get a few ideas of how you could make a difference, i compiled some easy “first steps” that you could take. i have used these tips to get started and they seemed to work pretty well for me so far. a few ways that make it easy to shop sustainably are:

  • buying gently used or recycled clothing. a lot of people overlook this aspect, but it is actually a huge step in the right direction!
  • buying clothes that use eco-friendly fibers. look specifically for linen, hemp, bamboo, lyocell, alpaca, organic wool and silk.
  • look for clothes that have fewer dyes. the less dyes we have in our clothing the fewer chemicals we use!
  • look for clothing that bears the fair trade label. to earn this label, manufacturers promise to pay all their workers a living wage. this also means that they guarantee that their factories are safe and their production is eco-friendly.
  • buy things that will last you a long time. i am trying to buy things that i will wear over and over again. try to ask yourself, “do i really need this? how much am i going to wear this? do i really want this?”. even those tiny questions have helped me out a lot.

since i have made this decision, i have found a handful of companies that make their  items in a sustainable way. this whole idea seemed a lot more daunting before i found that there were so many places i could still buy from. a lot of sustainable clothing is much more expensive. however, if you stick to buying high quality essentials, you will find you clothes lasting much longer (which will save you money). some of my favorite finds are below:

  • veja has tons of fun sneakers.
  • thredup is obviously a smart and reasonably priced option
  • harare has super cute sweaters and tops. (i recently got this one and it’s on major sale right now!)
  • teeki has great workout stuff that is all made from recycled plastic bottles!
  • freedom of animals has really nice bags that are all made with recycled plastic or organic cotton and use 70% less energy than many of its’ peers.
  • people tree is a pretty low priced option with many different products.
  • catbird has really pretty jewelry (on the lower and higher end)
  • woron is good for sustainable essentials
  • simon miller also has some really interesting and fun pieces. the brand focuses really heavily on ozone technology in their production, which is really cool!
  • zady also has great products as well.
  • the-acey is an amazing website because they sell clothing, shoes, and more from a lot of different sustainable companies (think nordstrom of the sustainable shopping world)!!

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some thoughts

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this week was long and crazy and busy and i am just glad that it’s over. it’s getting close to the end of the semester for me and i am just itching to get out of my typical daily routine. i took a lot of time to just rest and get little things done this weekend, which felt really nice. these photos are from when we decided to get out of the apartment for dinner and churros.

here a few few thoughts i had during my “long, crazy, busy week”:

  • i love the documentary “the true cost” on netflix. i think i want to start shopping in a more sustainable way, so i need to start doing my research.
  • my sister and i are planning a trip to europe and i am so excited. we have never traveled out of the country together, but we feel like we need to before our lives (mostly hers) begin to get way too busy.
  • my grandmother passed away this week at the age of 90, and i miss her so much. she was the most beautiful person.
  • i could see the new beauty and the beast movie over and over and over again.
  • my boyfriend and i are going on a spontaneous “just because” trip in about two weeks and i am really looking forward to it.
  • i can’t get enough of pure barre. i am so obsessed. i have gone 10 times in the past 12 days!
  • i am going home in a few days. i can’t wait to hug my family and cuddle with my pups.
  • milka chocolate has my heart.

i hope you had a great weekend!


bruschetta

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whenever my sister and i are together we love to try and make or create new recipes. this weekend, we really wanted make a bruschetta. we went to a local farmer’s market in scottsdale to pick up some fresh bread and other ingredients to throw on top! it ended up being a super delicious recipe that we will definitely be using again soon.

i wanted to share it on here as well (mostly so i don’t forget it) and because it think it’s just so pretty and fun. the ingredients and instructions are simple as well, which makes it even better.

ingredients

  • 3 ounces of pancetta (or any other cured meat)
  • small log of mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces of sun dried tomato pesto (or your own favorite spread)
  • 1 small basket of heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 artisan loaf of bread
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste

directions

  • preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • slice bread about 1 – 1.5 inches thick
  • drizzle some olive oil over the bread and pop in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the top of the bread is begins to toast
  • remove from the oven and spread pesto over the top
  • layer cheese, cured meat and tomatoes
  • bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese begins to reach the edge of the bread

and that’s it! i love this recipe because it’s so easy to replace these particular ingredients with other options. enjoy!


save the fishies

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whenever i am in california, i make a point to visit some of my favorite beaches. i used to go to a ton of different ones all the time with my family and friends, so it’s fun to re-visit them every so often.

while we were there this past weekend, i started to think about all the beaches and other places i wanted to bring my future children to. my parents always took my sister and me on the most amazing vacations around the world and i am excited to carry on that tradition with my own family; but it’s sad to think about how a lot of things that may not even exist anymore when by the time i have children (ahem.. i am looking at you great barrier reef).

that’s why i have really been trying to buy from companies who support different conservation efforts. my towel in these pictures is from a company that i love and admire. i recently partnered up with sand cloud because i love everything that they stand for. they support 3 different organizations and donate 10% of their profits in constant effort to protect out oceans and marine life. they were also recently on shark tank and landed an awesome deal with robert herjavec… wahoo!! i love their towels because they are so pretty but also compact and functional at the same time. they have tons of products, so make sure you check them out and snag some for yourself!

you can find the link to the towel in there pictures here. although i don’t think you can go wrong purchasing any of their towels, i also love this one and this one. they’re perfect for that beach vacation you have coming up or even just for a picnic in the park!

for anyone who is interested in supporting this cause or just having a super cool towel, you can use the code MeganIt25 or  this link for 25% off your purchase.

*thank you to sand cloud for supporting this post

universal studios

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While we were were on spring break, we decided to stray away from our group for a day and go up to universal studios! We have been to disneyland with each other a few times, so we decided to branch out this trip. Universal Studios Hollywood recently added Harry Potter World to their park and that’s probably the best decision they could have ever made. we had so much fun hanging out together, going on all the rides and eating our fair share of theme park snacks (I live for banana split dip n’ dots).

We stayed on Mission Beach for spring break and it was super cloudy until the day we left (of course), but it was 90 degrees in Hollywood the day we went up!!! the heat kind of killed us, but it was definitely a nice break from the gloom.


sweet cooie’s

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my sister recently got accepted to the medical program at the university of washington, so we have been in celebration mode for the past few days. last night, my mom, sister and i went out to a fun dinner and then made our way over to sweet cooie’s in denver.  it opened on valentine’s day and as far as i know, they’ve been busy ever since! luckily, we went around 9:00 and it was fairly quiet. we had a good time listening to music (the music there is amazing), telling stories, and laughing about all sorts of different things.

they serve little man ice cream, which is by far my favorite ice cream in the world. you can get a few scoops on top of some cotton candy or even between two hot buns drenched in icing. so this place is pretty much the only ice cream shop i ever want to step foot in again.

i go back to arizona today and i am sad to leave my mom and sister (i am not sad about leaving this awful/cold weather). yay for california in a few days!