2/05/2016

A List of Documentaries You Need to See


Hey guys!!  Sorry it has been forever since I posted, but everything has been so busy since school started (more updates on that later).  For now though, here is a list of documentaries if you are looking for something to fill your free time... oh yeah and they are all on Netflix ;)

1. The True Cost: I know I mentioned this a few weeks back, but seriously it is such a good documentary and it will totally blow your mind!  I have completely rethought how I am living my life because of this docu.

2. A Place at the Table: Another mind blowing documentary that will open you up to the food insecurity so many people are facing in America.  This is a really big issue that I feel isn't talked about enough, so I give props to this docu for bringing the issue to the conversation.

3. Living on One Dollar: This is such a heartwarming docu that gives a really great inside view on what it is like living in a developing country.  You will fall in love with the four friends as they live in Guatemala for 8 weeks never knowing what the next day will bring.

4. Vegucated: I only recommend this one for those who are truly brave.  Vegucated is the documentary that made me become a vegetarian.  They show a lot of the abuse and problems within in America's agriculture industry and it is honestly terrifying.

5. Cowspiracy: The title is a little cheesy, but the content is super fascinating.  This docu offers a whole new look on the global warming issue that I really liked hearing about!

If you couldn't tell, I am a bit of an environmental activist, but trust me, these are great documentaries.  The only one I was a bit iffy on recommending was Vegucated because I had a lot of trouble getting through it.  I remember I actually called Seth crying the night I watched it because it shook me up so much.

What are some documentaries you have been watching lately?  Any I should check out?

1/27/2016

An Email Subscription You Need


Okay a short post today because I just got back into classes, but I have an email subscription I think you all need to be a part of.  Along with my journey of finding a sustainable, fair trade life, I have been unsubscribing from a lot of emails.  Most of this has to do with the fact that there are a lot companies I won't be buying from anymore, but also because I was getting mass dumps of emails everyday.  It was getting frustrating to sort through everything and I really hated the advertising I was being bombarded with.

That said, there are a few places I still subscribe to and one of those is called The Good Trade-- a website devoted to finding ethical brands and sharing those brands with consumers.  I happened upon it when I was searching for fair trade clothing stores and it was the first sight to pop up.  I decided to sign up for emails and I love every one I get.  The articles are really fascinating and great to read!

You can find out more about The Good Trade here!

What email subscriptions do you subscribe?  Is anyone else joining me on my journey?

1/25/2016

Exciting News

So, I have some very exciting news for you today... I got a new job!!!  I usually don't like to talk about stuff like this on here, but I really wanted to share more about the company I will be working for: Canvas Home.  They are absolutely fantastic and they are a fair trade company, which is just what I was looking for. 

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Canvas was started back in 2008 by Andrew Corrie, who took inspiration from his childhood home and British heritage.  This resulted in a gorgeous pastel color pallette and simple, yet eloquent designs.  Although Canvas is labelled as a home goods store, they really focus on the table.  Corrie believes it is a big part of our day and we should have dishware that celebrates that.

Right now there are several main collections at Canvas, my personal favorite being Dauville.  Each collection has its own personality, yet is totally universal.  There is something for everyone and that is truly a feat.

Along with their great dishware, Canvas has beautiful furniture pieces-- all made using sustainable resources-- fun treats that make great housewarming gifts, and beautiful home decor!  I personally love the simple stone washed linen pillows.

Have you heard of Canvas Home before?  

P.S. They have a great winter sale going on right now AND you can find out more about the company here!

1/21/2016

A Trip to the Met

 

If you follow my Instagram, you probably know that I traveled to the Met two days ago... it was amazing.  Getting older, I have garnered such an appreciation for museums and it was nice to finally visit the Met.  It was also a great excuse to get out of the village, which, sadly, I don't do often enough.

Anyway, the Met has several incredible exhibits right now, two of which my friends and I were able to explore when we ventured uptown on Tuesday.  The first exhibit we looked at was "Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama", which was fascinating.  A lot of my friends at NYU are from India or of Indian heritage, so it was nice to learn more about their religious and cultural background.  It is such a great exhibit to go visit and will be sticking around until June 5th, so you have tons of time to go see it if you are in the city. 

The second exhibit we were able to visit was "Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom", which was equally as fascinating as the exhibit on India.  Seeing pieces of history like that is just amazing and such a treat.  I can't even believe they have lasted over such a long period of time!  This is another exhibit you must see because it is leaving at the end of January!

What museums have you visited recently?  Is there a particular area of history you are obsessed with?
         

1/19/2016

Affordable vs. Ethical

This weekend was a really big research weekend for me.  I spent most of my time watching documentaries and, among others, one really stood out to me The True Cost-- a documentary about the consumerism culture and its effect on our world.  I was shocked. 

 
It is a well known fact that America is very materialistic, but do we really have a grasp on what the outcome is of our behavior?  We don't and it really isn't our fault either.  We are shown so many advertisements a day telling us to buy, buy, buy, and eventually, we give in even if we don't notice it.  The worst part of all of this is we don't really know what we are buying.

So much of the labor to make products on the market is outsourced to countries in which wages are low and product can be made cheaply.  Although this makes clothing affordable for us, it has a much higher cost in human rights.  That is why I have decided to go on a journey to only buy clothing when I absolutely need something and to buy it fair trade.

I plan to start my journey next month and I will keep everyone updated on how it is going.  Along the way, I also plan to share some great fair trade brands with you that you can feel good purchasing product from.

Please let me know if you watch The True Cost (available on Netflix!!) and if you want to join me on my journey!

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