Fall is such a beautiful, inspiring time. We reflect on the year so far, and we get very, very cozy, as we ask ourselves what’s needed this season.
I wrote the following list of my top 10 priorities this fall:
1. Time with loved ones 2. Intentional movement 3. Time outdoors 4. Healthy food 5. Water 6. Conversation 7. Learning 8. Creativity 9. Warmth 10. Comfort
Here are my 5 Fall Eco Fashion Favourites… for warmth and comfort
1. WARM SWEATERS
One of my favourite thing about fall is getting all my cozy sweaters out. Warm Woven Sweaters, Cozy Hemp Sweaters, Vintage Sweaters, Funky Fair Trade Sweaters
2. COOL WEATHER ACCESSORIES
Nothing makes fashion more fun than accessories, and fall offers lots of opportunities! Scarves, hats, mittens or wristlets, arm and leg warmers, cozy socks.
3. FUN & COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR
Fall is a time when we make a point of getting out for walks and other adventures before winter. As the youngest of three sisters I’ve inherited most of my footwear. That’s what I call sustainable fashion! Do you have a favourite sustainable or vegan shoe company? Please let me know in the comments!
On cool mornings you can wear warm socks, a hat and sweater with leggings. They aren’t too warm in the afternoon and their more comfortable than most other pants. I like to wear a long shirt/tunic, short dress or mini skirt with leggings.
5. LONG SKIRTS
Always a favourite item in my store, long skirts are so elegant and classy. When it gets really cold I like to wear a long skirt over top of leggings. I have a few in stock and I will be making more, if you have a colour request please let me know.
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A completely new name might seem like a big change for a business to go through. It is, but it’s also true that change is constant. In fact it’s the only constant truth. There have been many big and small transitions in my life and business over the years. I’ve managed to stay aligned and flow through them fairly well, at times. At other times it’s been a less enjoyable challenge.
This name change (from Hemp Tent to TREE CHIC) is definitely a big moment for me. This is the year I was finally able to make this big change happen and it’s been very exciting and energizing. And to be very honest, I’ve been feeling rather sentimental about it too. Yesterday, another major moment occurred, which was my daughter’s 5th birthday. My reaction to that was similarly sentimental. Let’s just say that these past few weeks I’ve been very focused on being present, and watching the unfolding of time.
The New Sign
We have been so fortunately to work with a local artist who has such talent and initiative that along with organizing a Studio Tour, working full time, selling DoTerra and going to arts festivals on weekends to promote her wonderful paintings she has made this vibrant new sign for our storefront! The logo design, which always warrants a mention, is by Mirabai <3
The principles of environmental and social responsibility that I founded this company on will stay the same. Design, including web design, is something that I’ve been finding a lot of beauty and joy in lately. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with three incredible yoga instructor friends with this fall. Their support and appreciation has reawaken my love for coding.
My hope for the next chapter in this business is to find more fun ways to collaborate with other passionate and imaginative people. To give more back to social and environmental organizations. And also to make more connections locally and globally.
If you want to express your unique style and creativity with sustainable, ethical fashion or get help with a web project from knowledgeable and sincere designers who have been building websites for over 20 years, come talk to us at Tree Chic!
What do you think of our new name? What big changes have happened in your life this year and where do you hope they will take you? Leave us a comment below.
Baby Soft Skin
I have a confession, I’ve been thinking about those lines on my face again… I recently tried a free sample of a cleanser/toner/serum/eye cream/night cream combo and felt disappointed that it didn’t live up to the promise of results in less than 24 hours. If you’re like me and get tempted by promises of immediate results and dramatically younger skin I have good news: there is one easy way to enjoy baby soft skin today. I mean, right now.
The simple, guaranteed results steps go like this: have or borrow a baby, touch baby’s skin, be reminded that you are not a baby and that’s a good thing! Borrowing a baby is easy by the way. As someone who is lucky enough to have my own I can assure you there is a foolproof way to earn access to those chubby soft cheeks today. You can probably think of someone like a niece, brother-in-law, friend, cousin etc. with a young family who would be ever so grateful if you offer to read to, tickle or play in the yard with their kids while they load the dishwasher, have a shower, grocery shop (alone, hallelujah!), write a blog post… you get the point.
Celebrate Aging With Grace
So why is it so good that you yourself are no longer as young as you once were? Well, can you imagine being an actual baby? Having so little control and such poor motor skills? Also, I distinctly remember not enjoying my ‘youth’ as much as I now suppose I should have. It’s so easy to get caught up in striving and focus on the negative but as we grow, face challenges and learn new skills it generally gets easier to live with awareness in the moment. Personally, in spite of my episodes of self-conscious uncertainty, I’ve been leaning into my creativity, intuition and joy (helped exponentially by my adorable, little balls of sunshine). The best thing is remembering that those fine lines come from the smiles and laughter of all the silly years and the deliriously happy times that have befallen us.
Disclaimer: promotional/product links follow. Tree Chic is my own company, so if you buy anything here my family will eat more organic vegetables.
Just in case anyone actually thought this post would contain skin care tips: use natural soap or cleanser morning and night, make your own toner or try witch hazel, and finally moisturize.
Toner Recipes to try
Toner for oily or acne prone skin:
- 3/4 cup steeped green tea
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (store in refrigerator upto 10 days)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup filtered water
- 5-10 drops of lavender or frankincense essential oil
Toner for Sensitive Skin
- 1/2 cup dried rose buds
- hot filtered water (steep 1-2 hours, store in refrigerator 1 week)
Toner for dry skin
- add a few drops of geranium essential oil to the rose water, shake before spritzing.
Do you use any homemade natural skin care? Share your recipes below! Thanks for reading.