From the Founder :: Get to know Kristin and 10+ ethical brands she loves

Hey lovely people! It’s been awhile since I’ve dropped in here, so I thought I’d do a little ‘get to know me’ since I am one with the business and the business is with me (nerd alert 🤓 ).

Here’s what you’re going to get. Little snippets about me (I’m calling them founder facts, because alliteration is fun), mixed in with some pictures featuring ethical, local, and sustainable brands that I love. Because why not start the year off supporting other amazing brands? Collaboration over competition, baby!

Founder Fact #1 :: Before I was married, I would eat some variation of avocado toast for about 50% of my meals.

Who doesn’t love avocado toast? I mean, c’mon.

Prepping cut pieces of the blazer to vacuum the lint off and then pack in individual bags so we can keep each size separate. Featuring the coziest sweater I own from  Nellie Taft  (local Indianapolis brand owned by some of the most amazing people). Thanks to the lovely Dlang from  Dlang Designs  for snapping the photo.

Prepping cut pieces of the blazer to vacuum the lint off and then pack in individual bags so we can keep each size separate. Featuring the coziest sweater I own from Nellie Taft (local Indianapolis brand owned by some of the most amazing people). Thanks to the lovely Dlang from Dlang Designs for snapping the photo.

Founder Fact #2 :: I LOVE goal planning. But if I’m honest, I’m not always great at the follow through.

New Years Resolutions are my jam. Except I make way too many and I almost never keep them. The only time I did was when I went an entire year without purchasing new clothes. So worth it.

Repping the first version of the kimono blazer at a fashion trade show in New York City. We were originally going to dip-dye all the blazers, until I realized that dyeing was super time-consuming and stressful for me (plus, I could never get the color I actually wanted). I’m a little bit embarrassed about it now, but hey, we gotta start somewhere, right? Shirt beneath the blazer is an  Everlane  tee. Plus  The Giving Keys  necklace.

Repping the first version of the kimono blazer at a fashion trade show in New York City. We were originally going to dip-dye all the blazers, until I realized that dyeing was super time-consuming and stressful for me (plus, I could never get the color I actually wanted). I’m a little bit embarrassed about it now, but hey, we gotta start somewhere, right? Shirt beneath the blazer is an Everlane tee. Plus The Giving Keys necklace.

Founder Fact #3 :: I’m obsessed with personality tests.

I’m a 9w1 on the enneagram (hence my love for goal planning and organizing my life, and my inability to successfully follow through on my New Year’s Resolutions) and an INFJ on Myers Briggs (also called the Advocate). Read about them to know my deepest darkest secrets.

Taken in Bangkok, Thailand. Steven (the hubs) and I went for our 1 year anniversary. I’m repping a shirt by  Liz Alig  (local and fair trade brand) and my favorite shorts by  United by Blue  (they focus on ocean clean-up).

Taken in Bangkok, Thailand. Steven (the hubs) and I went for our 1 year anniversary. I’m repping a shirt by Liz Alig (local and fair trade brand) and my favorite shorts by United by Blue (they focus on ocean clean-up).

Founder Fact #4 :: I’m obsessed with Travel.

Someday, I’d like to say that I’ve been to every country (okay, at least half of them). So far, I’ve only been to 18 (will be 20 later this year 🥳🤘🏻🤘🏽🤘🏿).

Taken on an island off of Phuket, Thailand. I HATE pictures of myself in a swimsuit, but I’m trying to be brave because there are some really great ethical swimsuit brands out there. Peplum Top:  Rey Swimwear from Jessica Rey . High-Waisted Bottoms:  June Loop .

Taken on an island off of Phuket, Thailand. I HATE pictures of myself in a swimsuit, but I’m trying to be brave because there are some really great ethical swimsuit brands out there. Peplum Top: Rey Swimwear from Jessica Rey. High-Waisted Bottoms: June Loop.

Founder Fact #5 :: I probably listen to 15 or more podcast episodes a week.

Here are some of my favs (I couldn’t just pick one, sorry). Believed, Depolarize, Code Switch, Serial (esp, season 3), Skimm’d from the Couch, This Cultural Moment, The Bible Project, the Liturgists, the Moth. I listen to them all on apple podcasts, but these links will get you in the right direction if you’re interested.

Taken moments after Steven proposed to me on the beach in Florida. I’m wearing an organic cotton dress by  Blue Canoe  (made in usa + focus on sustainable materials). Plus, there’s that  Giving Keys  necklace again.

Taken moments after Steven proposed to me on the beach in Florida. I’m wearing an organic cotton dress by Blue Canoe (made in usa + focus on sustainable materials). Plus, there’s that Giving Keys necklace again.

Founder Fact #6 :: My go-to genre is Sci-fi

Despite the Star Wars reference in the first paragraph, I’m much more of a Star Trek kind of gal. To boldly go where no one has gone before…. I can’t resist it. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏿‍♀️

Engagement photoshoot. Taken at Willowfield Lavender Farms on the south side of Indianapolis. My dress is from  Elegantees  (fair trade, providing employment for women exiting the sex industry in Nepal).  Photo cred: the lovely  Ashley Link .

Engagement photoshoot. Taken at Willowfield Lavender Farms on the south side of Indianapolis. My dress is from Elegantees (fair trade, providing employment for women exiting the sex industry in Nepal).

Photo cred: the lovely Ashley Link.

Founder Fact #7 :: I didn’t have a smart phone until 2016

I’ll never stop being proud of that. 🤣 Although, I am very appreciative of my smart phone now. It makes life as a business owner a heck-of-a-lot easier.

And I just had to include one from our wedding. My dress is fair trade (and sort of second-hand. I bought one of their try-on samples) from  Celia Grace . I’m wearing thrifted shoes (Steven’s jacket was also thrifted) and the once-again featured Giving Keys necklace (can’t get enough of it). Steven’s shoes are from  Nisolo  and his tie is from  Mrs. Bowtie . Also, shoutout to  Indy Collective . If you’re looking for a locally-made, beautifully-unique tie, this is where you should go (nothing is pictured here, I just had to mention them 😊).  Photo cred: the lovely  Ashley Link .

And I just had to include one from our wedding. My dress is fair trade (and sort of second-hand. I bought one of their try-on samples) from Celia Grace. I’m wearing thrifted shoes (Steven’s jacket was also thrifted) and the once-again featured Giving Keys necklace (can’t get enough of it). Steven’s shoes are from Nisolo and his tie is from Mrs. Bowtie. Also, shoutout to Indy Collective. If you’re looking for a locally-made, beautifully-unique tie, this is where you should go (nothing is pictured here, I just had to mention them 😊).

Photo cred: the lovely Ashley Link.

Okay, that’s enough about me. Tell me about YOU! If you’ve made it this far, I’d LOVE to hear some of the quirky things that make you lovely and unique. Comment below 👇🏻👇🏽👇🏿