Personal Care

Honestly Beautiful

Winter is upon us here in the U.S.! We even had our first batch of snow in the D.C. area this weekend. I’m doing everything I can to prepare my mind and body for the frigid weather ahead.  This includes daily meditation, keeping up my exercise routine, and incorporating more nourishing and moisturizing products into… Read More Honestly Beautiful

Fashion, Travel

Valuing Women’s Work

In light of last week’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), I thought I’d explore a subject that is very close to my heart – woman-owned businesses. This topic gets at the very raison d’etre of this blog. As you might have read in my ‘My Story’ page, I firmly believe in the transformative power of women… Read More Valuing Women’s Work

Food, Local Guide to Global Style

Fairly Roasted

Last week, many readers in the U.S. might have enjoyed some quality family time during Thanksgiving. I appreciate the holiday as a time of reflection and gratitude. I love the spirit of Thanksgiving, even if I don’t love the rampant consumerism that follows. As you might know from reading this blog, I’m trying to become… Read More Fairly Roasted

Fashion

Thread to Power

This week, I’m excited to share an extra-special collaboration with GuaTela, one of my favorite social enterprises. According to founder Smita Jacob, GuaTela positions itself as a “vehicle for gifted women weavers in Guatemala to collectivize and create high quality handmade fashion accessories aimed at the global consumer.” GuaTela’s story is so compelling that I… Read More Thread to Power

Fashion, Local Guide to Global Style

Design for Good

Do you ever associate high fashion with ethical fashion? Yeah, me neither. I typically stay away from “high fashion” designers because they aren’t always transparent about how their products are made. I can’t tell you how many designer labels I’ve come across in the local markets in Cambodia (where many of these products are made).… Read More Design for Good

Fashion, Travel

Wrapped in Warmth

As you might have gathered from my post on incorporating more silk into my everyday life, I’m really into fabrics that feel good against the skin. I travel quite a lot for work, and over the past decade, I’ve probably spent weeks of my life sitting on planes. Given all of the traveling that I… Read More Wrapped in Warmth

Travel

The Responsible Tourist

Have you ever heard the phrase “development tourism” before? If you work in the international development sector, chances are that you are far too familiar with it. A “development tourist” is someone who visits a developing country (usually for a short period of time) with the stated purpose of “helping out”, but the personal gains… Read More The Responsible Tourist

All, Home Decor

Framing the Issue

So far on the blog, we’ve talked a lot about “hybrid” businesses (such as social enterprises) that address poverty in their own way. Some of these businesses give a portion of their profits to impoverished communities overseas, while others are fully embedded in those communities in order to work with them directly. The former can… Read More Framing the Issue

All, Home Decor

Luxury Revival

Silk is one of those materials that evokes images of opulence and luxury. Its light and airy texture feels wonderful against the skin. It can also last a lifetime (if it’s high quality). That said, silk can also have a bad reputation for being a high maintenance (hello, dry cleaning bills) and expensive fabric. Personally,… Read More Luxury Revival