When Grechen from Grechen’s Closet joined the Ethical Writers Coalition recently, I was beyond excited! I’ve been a big fan of her blog for a while and consider Grechen a style icon when it comes to minimal, sustainable style. Her support and appreciation for small ethical and sustainable brands have led her to open an online consignment store, SLOWRE, which focuses specifically on re-selling and consigning slow fashion. While there are already a few similar stores online, Grechen is filling a void with her focus on ethical standards and small designers. In the past, I’ve sent items to places like Thred Up and tried to sell pieces on Laws of General Economy, which mostly features very small sizes, without much success.
As a curvy woman who is quickly approaching 40, my style has changed a lot over the last few years. At times, it can be difficult to find ethical options that are age-appropriate and cover my midriff. Grechen’s blog has introduced me to many wonderful brands and she features detailed photos and descriptions of herself wearing specific items, so it’s easy to determine how a piece will fit. I really love her aesthetic, and now she’s bringing that same thoughtfulness to SLOWRE. It’s the perfect way to continue her love of slow fashion while recycling the pieces that she and her readers no longer need. Grechen is hoping to create a niche market for women who love independent designers and want to pass along their gently loved pieces to other women who will fall in love with them.
It’s a wonderful concept that I completely support, and I’ve already sent two separate packages of items to SLOWRE myself. The process is easy: take simple photos of your items, fill out the description form on SLOWRE’s site, and wait for Grechen to email you. Since I’m in Austin and Grechen is in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it only takes a day for my things to arrive, and she’s prompt about responding. Once she receives the items, you both agree to a consignment price, sign a contract, and then she posts everything to her site. It’s very simple, and some of my consigned pieces have already sold, so Grechen sent me a payment via Paypal. I love knowing that the items I’ve worn and loved in the past will now get a second home with someone else who’s also interested in ethical clothing and sustainability.
If you’re interested in independent designers, including Everlane and James Perse (Grechen’s favorite), definitely check out SLOWRE. And if you’ve got some pieces in your closet that you’d love to pass along, Grechen is currently accepting items for consignment.
As I run out of regular beauty products these days, I’ve been working to replace them with more natural alternatives. I’ve recently tried a few new products for spring and I’m really pleased with all of them.
My skincare routine is simple and straightforward, and in the morning, I apply my trusty Mullein & Sparrow serum before adding moisturizer for the day. After reading so many glowing reviews about Josh Rosebrook’s products, I decided to sample his Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30, which contains zinc oxide for sunscreen. After a reaction to a product with titanium oxide last spring, I discovered that zinc truly calms my skin. This day cream is moisturizing and slightly sticky at first, so it works well as a primer under foundation. Josh Rosebrook also makes a tinted version, which I tried and liked, though the plain version is my current favorite. Because Josh Rosebrook’s products are made from natural ingredients, the pricing is fairly high. The company offers generous sample sizes for both their hair and skin products for six dollars, which is a great way to try them before committing to the full-size bottles. I have sampled several of the hair products, too, and really like them.
Since last fall, I’ve been using Honest Beauty’s Tinted Moisturizer as my daily foundation. It also contains zinc oxide and offers the light coverage that I prefer. But sometimes I like a more refined look, and I’ve been curious about Gressa Skin’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation since first watching makeupTIA rave about it in her videos. After months of research, I finally ordered a bottle of the foundation in shade 02 and have been using it daily for the last few weeks. Overall, I’m very pleased, though it’s different from any foundation I’ve ever used before. As a serum foundation, it’s completely liquid and only requires a few drops to cover your entire face. Because I prefer a more natural look, I’m still using the Honest tinted moisturizer and applying Gressa’s foundation where I like more coverage. I’m learning to use a foundation brush, also from Gressa, to blend it into my skin after lightly using a beauty blender. The finished look is subtle and natural, and since Gressa’s ingredients are organic, this foundation feels like the last step in my skincare routine. If you’re curious about Gressa’s foundation, definitely watch a few application videos first to learn how to apply it.
My last skincare product is a tool I’ve been reading about for months, with lots of skepticism. But this crazy spring weather has left me dealing with regular sinus headaches, so I decided to purchase a jade roller to help relieve the tension in my head and neck. Jade rollers have become popular among beauty bloggers as a way to apply serum while gently massaging your face. They are touted as possessing healing elements while also aiding in wrinkle reduction. I doubt the truth of those claims, but I do find the jade roller to be a great facial massage tool. And because it stays cool while touching your skin, it’s a simple way to relax after washing your face at the end of a stressful day. Since first trying my jade roller, I’ve purchased several as gifts for my mom, mother-in-law, and sisters, and everyone has enjoyed using theirs, too. It’s one of those little luxuries that you might not think much about, until you try it.
I’m really happy with my current skincare routine, and these three additions have quickly found their places among my favorites. Are you trying any new products for spring?
This week, PBS aired The Armor of Light, a recent documentary by Abigail E. Disney that profiles the story of Reverend Rob Schenck, a pastor and pro-life activist who begins to question the prominence of guns within the evangelical community in the United States. The film also follows Lucy McBath, whose unarmed, teenage son was murdered in Florida, home of the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. McBath’s story is interwoven within the larger exploration of Reverend Schenck’s journey, and the result is both powerful and moving.
As I watched the film, I kept thinking of that old saying about politics making strange bedfellows. Though I completely disagree with Schenck’s campaign against the freedom of choice, I was struck by his intelligent approach to learning more about America’s gun issue and the compassionate and gentle way he chose to broach the topic with fellow pastors and church members. The film is essentially Schenck’s quest to find the courage to speak out against gun violence within the confines of the evangelical community he has worked so hard to strengthen in his years as a vocal anti-choice activist.
It’s not an easy task by any means, but Reverend Schenck assumes this responsibility after meeting with many parents who lost children to gun violence, including McBath, who encourages him to use his platform to help change both public opinion and government policies. Schenck takes a lesson with a gun instructor, visits NRA conventions, and talks with fellow believers in an effort to understand their motivations. He is surprised to discover many pastors who don’t share his views, but finds many allies within Black churches.
As Reverend Schenck explains, “I’m concerned about the NRA promoting the idea that the best way to solve the most vexing problems in our society is to be prepared to shoot people dead. That doesn’t sit well with me as a Christian moral vision. When we champion the Second Amendment over and above the word of God, then we must be very careful that in respecting the Second Amendment we don’t violate the Second Commandment.”
Rob Schenck’s compassion and sense of moral duty are incredibly inspiring, and despite his past activism, I found myself encouraged by his message of love. His ability to sit down at a table and just listen is more than many people are willing to try, and I hope that more faith leaders will take up this work, as well.