Beauty / Style Finds: Socially Conscious Fashion from Mompreneur Zorana of Wanderlust 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I met Zorana (founder of Wanderlust) on Instagram several months ago, and instantly admired the beauty of her pieces.  However, the message and philosophy behind the work is particularly inspiring. She is a change agent, a woman committed to transforming the world through mindfulness. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading about the story behind the brand. Plus, Live In Color blog readers get a 15% discount (see coupon in the post).  Grab some tea, coffee, or a smoothie (my personal fav.) and  enjoy!

Zorana, founder of Wanderlust

Tell us all about Wanderlust. What materials do you select? What is your business philosophy?
I am a small business owner, and I embrace the attitude of ethical, fair production and a purposeful life! I strive to grow my business through a route of honest work, and the creation of modern simple goods for life and home.

All my bags are handmade, hand painted and crafted. Every piece of fabric is washed, ironed, painted by hand, sewn, folded and tied up with a hand-printed label in my home studio.

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I have a strict policy for sustainable environmental work. I use only water-based textile colors, acid-free. I use a  100% cotton canvas, producing on a small scale, it gives a soft and natural feel. I do not work with leather.

All my bags are ethically sourced, made in small sustainable batches, responsibly, both on a human and environmental level. I’m all about ethical fashion and care for our planet.

I believe that the stuff we use shouldn’t cause harm to people, the planet and animals. There are no animal-based materials in my designs. 

I also believe that it is very important to know who makes our stuff, too. Each of my bags has it’s own story. I like to think that my bags add style to a life with purpose: ethics + aesthetics.

I create reusable bags that people may  take with them when they do their grocery shopping – this is a small act with a big impact. I encourage taking your canvas tote reusable bag anywhere! Our planet is begging us not to use plastic bags. Make life thoughtful and intentional! My new collection of kitchen textiles painted by hand is expected by the end of the month, so stay tuned.

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Wanderlust Coupon for Live In Color Blog readers
Wanderlust coupon for Live In Color Blog readers

What lead you to start your business?
Women makers led my family for generations. All my grandmothers were seamstresses, dressmakers, and one was a famous weaver of traditional kilims. I guess my calling was probably determined by that [history]. I studied fashion & textile design. After a break to have my twins, my fashion collection grew into an Etsy store, eventually becoming a small business.

Wanderlust Packaging

Wanderlust LogoWhat inspires you to keep creating?
I’ve always had an urge to create, but after I discovered ethical fashion my desire grew! It is the amount and quality of attention that counts – and slow  making equals quality.

I think we are what we wear. We should match our outfits to our beliefs. Act as if what we do makes a difference because it does! We should use our buying power to support brands that produce their products fairly, and are not exploiting people and planet. It’s all about buying smarter.

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I draw inspiration from this [outlook]. It helped me realize my mission. I have  [a] quote by Mahatma Gandhi that currently guides my life, and hangs on my wall: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

I truly love what I do! Textile art and brushstrokes painted by hand are a thrill to create. My favorite cup of morning coffee is served with black textile paint! That’s how I like to start my work day.

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Note: All my photos are taken by Zorana and her sister Ivana Pavlovic of “Beads & Happiness.” 

Stay Connected to Wanderlust:
Web site: www.wanderlust.madefreshly.com

Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/MCWanderlust

DaWanda shop: en.dawanda.com/shop/Wanderlust-Tote-Bags-and-Textiles

Social Media:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/moderncraftwanderlust

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/mcwanderlust

Eco-Friendly, Vegan & Small Shop Style Finds: From Queens Knits to Global Jewelry 

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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Christine Gibson, founder of Queens Knits.   All images courtesy of Christine Gibson.

 

Featured Small Shop ▶️ Queens Knits 

Creating and running a business while raising kids is challenging, but certainly possible. And I admire my fellow creative Mamas, who juggle so much and remain committed.

I met Christine Gibson, founder of Queens Knits, on Instagram and was immediately drawn to not only the beauty of her handmade knitted pieces cowls in vibrant colors, coffee cozies (check out the adorable Mom one I linked to), scarvesturban style earwarmers, and hats – but her warmth and down-to-earth personality.

Like many mompreneurs, Christine began her business for a simple and quite practical reason:  “I was seeing adorable kids accessories on blogs and online that I couldn’t afford so I made them myself !” Her business continues to grow, and now you can outfit your whole family in Queens Knits from hats to cowls and stylish hair accessories.

Alongside merchandise, you will find photos of her fresh-faced kiddos and happy customers rounding out this creator’s  IG feed, and immediately it feels like you’re in Queens, baby!

The lovely hair clips below are made of felt and ribbon, and attached to a metal clip. The cost for these is $3 each, or two for $5.
Keep up with all Queens Knits is doing on IG and Twitter, and of course visit her shop.

Ten Thousand Villages

I discovered Ten Thousand Villages in my early 20s in Baltimore’s historic Fells Point, and was later thrilled to learn their stores are all over the country.

You can find everything from products for your skin to jewelry, home decor, clothing, home decor and skincare. The artisans, who come from all over the  world (Nepal, India, Kenya, etc.), are paid fairly and customers can learn about who created what they wear on product tags. There is also  an opportunity to go in depth by visiting their blog .

The pieces below are my new favorites:

 

Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages

Find these heart inspired earrings here (handmade in Kenya).

 

Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages
Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages

Find this stunning jewelry set here (handmade in Guatemala).

Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages

Step out in style with this ornate evening bag. Find it here (handmade in India).

Have an amazing weekend, lovelies!

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Don’t be shy! Tell me what stylish clothing or jewelry (eco-friendly, vegan, or small shops) you’re wearing these days. Know of a small shop or product  I should feature? Feel free to leave the info.