March 27, 2019
In college I took a class where we talked about different topics that would stimulate an open conversation. Our teacher was so awesome about providing a space where people’s opinions could be heard and new ideas could be shared. One day, the topic of ethical clothing came up. We watched a documentary about the working conditions of most clothing “factories” around the world where workers were over-worked, underpaid, and coped with some of the worst working environments you could imagine. It was riveting and I made a mental note to look into ethically made clothing a little more, but I never did. To be honest the whole idea felt a little daunting and I didn’t know where to start, and besides – I was a college student who didn’t want to pay extra for better quality. #noexcuses
Fast-forward to last October and I received a message from a girl named Melissa who ran an online boutique called Arrive Market. She wanted to connect and talk more about me taking photos for her brand, which I was beyond stoked about. And THEN, I realized all of her pieces were ethically made. Every single piece supported workers with fair wages and good working conditions. I couldn’t believe my luck!
All of this time of not knowing where to look, and the cause found me. I wasn’t about to take that for granted. The more that I’ve gotten to know Mel, the more impressed and inspired I’ve become to support fair-trade businesses.
It never should have taken me this long to support fair trade, but I believe timing is everything and now that I know of a brand that I absolutely love (y’all, these pieces are ADORABLE), I won’t ever be able to stop bragging about them.
Here are a few of the pieces I’ve gotten from Mel since we connected – I wear all of them often and never want to get rid of them! They’re made of incredible quality and the mission behind Arrive Market is so note-worthy. Mel chooses a different cause each month for a portion of proceeds to support (the current one is building a well!), on top of the fact that purchasing each of these pieces provides more women around the world with safe jobs, fair wages, and empowers survivors of human trafficking. I mean, dang.
Shopping with purpose has been so exhilarating.
Use my code “HEARTTOHEART” for 20% off when you shop with Arrive Market!
This is my absolute favorite shirt at the moment, for obvious reasons. If you know me at all you know I love my coffee, so this shirt was a perfect fit. Also soooo comfy!!
I LOVE this cute lil’ sweater from Arrive Market, definitely planning on pairing it with shorts when summer rolls around!
This entire outfit (other than the shoes & sunglasses) is from Arrive Market. I kid you not when I say that I practically live in these jeggings. They pair so well with so much, and are the most comfortable pair of jeans I’ve ever worn.
This duffel bag is from Arrive Market! As soon as I saw Mel post about it, I snagged it for myself. The quality is so good, the fabric so soft, and it’s the perfect size for a weekend getaway or carry-on bag! I’m also wearing the same jeggings that I mentioned above.
Speaking of accessories, I also have this adorable bracelet from Arrive Market & this tote! The tote has been so wonderful to use when I work away from home – it’s the perfect size for my laptop, notebook, and other necessities. Not to mention, it is the most durable hand bag I’ve ever come across.
And, lastly (for now!), I also own this cute sweater from Arrive Market! It’s so cozy and has an adorable back detail (see below).
I could go on and on about Arrive Market all day, but hopefully by now you can see why I love them so much. You can find them online at www.arrivemarket.co and use my code “HEARTTOHEART” for 20% off when you shop!