Eden & Ivy Fair Trade Striped Skirt

 

Eden & Ivy stripe skirt
Eden & Ivy top - coming soon!

 

Eden & Ivy stripe skirt
Eden & Ivy top - coming soon!

I’m so excited to share some new arrivals from my fair trade clothing collection, Eden & Ivy, this week on the blog! First up is this navy stripe skirt. I wear skirts in this shape a lot, and two things about this one that really stand out: it’s made of 95% organic cotton and 5% spandex so it’s super easy to wash and keep clean. And, the waistband is really comfortable - it doesn’t restrict or cut into you at all.

My top is also Eden & Ivy! It and several other tops that were made with love by women in Nepal will be posted on Friday! xoxo

Making the Most of Summer With Stitch Fix

 

We are proud to partner with Stitch Fix for today’s post.

Stitch Fix palm print skirt

Stitch Fix top and skirt

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Stitch Fix top and skirt

 

Oh, summer – you are so much fun! With BBQs, vacations and activities galore, there’s a lot going on. And yet, it hardly leaves any time (or desire) for shopping. So, what’s a girl to do?  

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Today's Everyday Fashion: The Final Stretch

 
 

We are in the final stretch of opening our new business and the Sunday morning we took off to attend church and snap these pictures was glorious! It’s been almost a year since we started the process, and it has been a lot. Most recently, that has meant spending every waking moment (since April 27th - but who’s counting?!) doing physical work. My body might be tired but my heart is so happy. The hard work is meaningful (I have no doubt I will look back on it with nostalgia someday!), it’s important (Rome wasn’t built in a day), and it’s enjoyable (I listen to podcasts + friends come to visit). And - most of all - it makes mornings like these extra sweet. All dressed up, wearing a new dress, enjoying the beautiful weather and time off with the hubs. I’m excited to share this awesome find with you today + wishing you many sweet moments like these! xoxo

Dress: TJ Maxx, $40 (same, similar, plus)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson, $59 (similar, similar)
Purse: Macy’s, $63 (similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 5 years ago. Earrings are last year. Purse is recent, dress is new.

Eden & Ivy Fair Trade Off-Shoulder Top

 
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So excited to share the latest new arrival from my fair trade clothing line with Elegantees! This Eden & Ivy top is made from a soft, slightly stretchy organic cotton and is made by survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal. It is truly the most comfortable off-shoulder top I’ve ever worn - it stays put and doesn’t restrict your arms at all. It comes in 3 colors - black stripe, periwinkle stripe and cerulean blue - which one is your favorite?

[Shop this top]

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Top: Eden & Ivy, $46
Jeans: J.Crew Factory, $23
Shoes: JustFab, $30 (similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Necklace: Aster/Rocksbox, $42 (similar)
Approx. dates: Jeans, shoes, jewelry is last year. Purse is recent. Top is new.

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Top: Eden & Ivy, $46
Jeans: J.Crew Factory, $23
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Purse: Vince Camuto/Saks Off 5th, $70 (similarsimilar)
Bag charm: H&M, $6 (similar)
Earrings: NM Last Call, $22 (same)
Approx. dates: Purse is 4 years ago. Jeans, shoes, earrings are last year. Top is new.

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Top: Eden & Ivy, $46
Jeans: J.Crew Factory, $23
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Purse: Old Navy, $30
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Jeans, shoes, earrings are last year. Purse is recent. Top is new.

 

Today's Everyday Fashion: I Clearly Have A Type

 
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I clearly have a type and that type is linen and buttons! The fun started last summer with the purchase of the linen dress below, bottom right. And this summer I added shorts (with matching shirt, top right) and today’s midi dress, which means my collection is now complete! This dress is a total steal and I highly recommend it. Just size up - it’s definitely junior’s sizing! (And ps. if you noticed my missing wedding ring, I injured my tendon and can’t get it over my knuckle at the moment. 😢)

Dress: TJ Maxx, $20
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Earrings, shoes are last year. Purse is recent. Dress is new.

 
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Eden & Ivy Fair Trade Dress in 3 Colors

So… I counted. And I‘ve spent 19 of the last 23 days working at our new business, getting it ready to open. And by working I mean physically working late into the evening - painting or whatever labor I can contribute. My body is beyond worn out but my heart is so, so full. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be starting this business, so grateful for the season of rest that came before this that prepared me. And so grateful for Eden & Ivy launching right now!! It’s certainly a morale boost to see something we (me + Elegantees) started working on almost a year ago come to life. All of your responses and notes have been so appreciated, too. I’ve even seen pics of you wearing the collection which is SO fun! And knowing that the women in Nepal who made these dresses are being given fair employment and that fashion is restoring lives? Whoa. Such good stuff.

On top of all of that - this dress is SO pretty and fun to wear!! I’m excited to share this latest Eden & Ivy release with you today - a beautiful, versatile dress in 3 vibrant colors!

Which color do you gravitate towards most?

[Shop this dress]

Eden & Ivy Fair Trade Tie Waist Top

 
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The mission of Eden & Ivy is to make fair trade more trendy and fun, which is exactly how today’s top was created for my clothing collection with Elegantees! This design makes your typical “tee” into a blouse with a peplum vibe without sacrificing any of the comfort or ease of washing. Plus these colors - blush pink and tangerine - are so dreamy! I’m loving these colorful tops for summer and hope you love them, too!

Top: Eden & Ivy, $42 (fair trade)
Jeans: J.Crew Factory, $23
Shoes: Soludos/Amazon, $55 (similar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Bag: Forever 21, $25 (similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 2 years ago. Earrings and jeans are last year. Top is new.

 
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Top: Eden & Ivy, $42 (fair trade)
Jeans: J.Crew Factory, $23
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Earrings: Stella & Dot, old (similar below)
Purse: Stella & Dot, old (similar below)
Approx. dates: Earrings and purse are 2 years ago. Jeans and shoes are last year. Top is new.

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Today's Everyday Fashion: Rainbow Meets Linen

 
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Today’s outfit is what happens when your two favorite style things come together into one look! I’m nuts about rainbow stripes, and equally nuts about linen things with buttons. So when I saw this 2-piece set it was an instant YES. The bottoms are actually shorts (or skorts to be exact!) with an elastic waistband in the back, see second to last photo. I sized up based on the recommendations and for a looser fit and am really happy with how it turned out. And if you like this style but prefer a different shape or retailer - then check out lots of similar options I rounded up for you, below!

Top: Forever 21, $15
Skorts: Forever 21, $18
Shoes: JustFab, $30 (similar, similar, similar)
Purse: Jane, $29 (similarsimilar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Purse and earrings are last year. Shoes are recent. Top and skorts are new.

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Eden & Ivy Fair Trade Button Top

 
 

I’m so excited to share item #3 from my fair trade clothing line today! This beautiful organic cotton top with buttons and tie front was modeled after a favorite top that’s on repeat in my closet (no surprise, but these are already on repeat, too!). I am wearing mine tied up higher than you’ll see on the models (I unbuttoned the bottom button, then tied it). And the olive color (below) also looks great with jeans - see this post for the same olive color styled with blue denim. Let me know how your are liking this top and which color you prefer!

Top: Eden & Ivy, $49 (fair trade)
Jeans: Levi's, $37
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar)
Necklace: Etsy, $36
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Jeans are 2 years ago. Shoes and earrings are last year. Necklace and purse are recent. Top is new.

 
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Top: Eden & Ivy, $49 (fair trade)
Pants: LOFT, $26 (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: JustFab, $30 (similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane, $10 (similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Pants are 4 years ago. Earrings are last year. Shoes and purse are recent. Top is new.

Today's Everyday Fashion: That’s Bananas

 
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This bananas tee and yellow necklace were too cute and quirky to pass up! For my first look with them, I loved the idea of adding a black and white print. I tried it with both a skirt (above) and pants (below) - which one do you like best? And if jeans are more your thing, you could try a polka dot cardigan or black and white sneakers to achieve the same vibe!

Tee: J.Crew Factory, $15
Necklace: J.Crew Factory, $23
Skirt: Jane, $20 (similar below)
Pants: J.Crew Factory, $24 (similar, similar)
Shoes: JCPenney, $14 (similar, similar, similar)
Purse: Bloomingdale's, $70 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Pants are 5 years ago. Skirt is 4 years ago. Shoes and purse are last year. Tee and necklace are new.

Today's Everyday Fashion: Plaid For Summer

 
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Inspiration: American Eagle

 

I love throwing on a plaid shirt and jeans during the fall and winter months. So when I saw this inspiration photo (above), I thought - why not capture that same casual feeling for summer?! With the smocking and off-shoulder details this top feels like a fun riff on the gingham trend. I’m all about throwing this easy outfit on all summer long!

Top: American Eagle, $22
Jeans: Express, $48
Shoes: JustFab, $30 (similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane, $10 (similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Earrings are last year. Shoes, purse, jeans are recent. Top is new.

Today's Everyday Fashion: Color Inspo

 
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I’m being super selective with purchases lately, and this skirt is not making the cut!! I wear the rainbow skirt below so much that I figured I’d wear this one a ton, too. But I don’t like how it looks with this top (too much volume), and the skirts are so similar that I can’t see ever reaching for the new over the old. How cute is this retro building in Orlando though? And hopefully this outfit provides some fun color inspo - lavender, red, yellow and chartreuse could make a super cute outfit!

Top: Rachel Roy/Macy’s, $35 (similar, plus)
Skirt: Forever 21, $25 (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: JCPenney, $14 (similar, similar, similar)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off Fifth, $51 (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Purse is 4 years ago. Top is 3 years ago. Shoes, earrings are last year. Skirt is new.

Eden & Ivy T-Shirt in Four Colors

 
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We’re rolling out one more item from my new fair trade clothing line, Eden & Ivy, this week! It’s the most simple item in the collection - a v-neck tee that comes in 4 neutral colors. Simple tees are a must in my closet because without them, I couldn’t make my statement pieces work!

So what does this t-shirt have that others don’t? 1. The quality is outstanding! You will not find a softer, thicker, more luxurious t-shirt in this price range. 2. You get all the good vibes knowing that the women who made your shirt (survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal) were paid a fair wage - something that is unfortunately not true with so many of our clothing purchases.

If you’re in the market for a great v-neck - be sure to check out the Rose tee in all four colors!

Pink tee
Olive tee
White tee
Cool gray tee

Which color is your favorite?

Sneak Peek at My New Fair Trade Clothing Line!

 
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Somebody pinch me! Is this really happening?! If you’ve been reading my blog for very long then you know I’m passionate about two things:

  1. Having the time of your life with clothes on a budget (the audacity to enjoy yourself!)

  2. And ethically made clothes (because all humans deserve to be treated fairly!)

These two passions are often in direct opposition with one another, as ethically made clothing tends to be super plain (not my usual colorful style) AND super expensive! So I was beyond excited when Katie, the founder of Elegantees, asked if I would design a spring/summer clothing collection to try to fill this hole in the market. Today’s post features a top that has not just one but THREE ruffles on the sleeve, is super soft, and only $44 - PLUS it was handmade by survivors of sex-trafficking in Nepal, who were paid fair wages. Yes, I think I have died and gone to heaven, officially. You can pre-order this top now, and I’ll be sharing more styles over the next month as the collection officially launches in May! xoxo, J.

Top: Eden & Ivy, $44 (fair trade)
Jeans: Levi’s/Amazon, $59 (same, same)
Shoes: JustFab, $30 (similar, similar)
Necklace: NM Last Call, $21 (similar, similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Jeans, necklace are last year. Purse, shoes are recent. Top is new.

 

Eden & Ivy
by jeanette johnson
Author and founder of J’s Everyday Fashion takes ethical fashion into new territory. Because making responsible choices shouldn’t require style sacrifice.
THOUGHTFUL DESIGN
Designs as unique as you, with fabrics made of organic fibers or dead-stock materials.
MADE WITH DIGNITY
Providing a positive source of income that reinforces independence and a confidence that restores lives.
Sewn in Nepal with love by: Sarita

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Top: Eden & Ivy, $44 (fair trade)
Pants: Forever 21, $30
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Etsy, $36
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes, earrings are last year. Pants, purse are recent. Top and necklace are new.

Today's Everyday Fashion: The New Casual Friday

 
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“You should buy that.” I was trying on this shirt - over my clothes, in the middle of the store - when a passerby encouraged me to buy it. And that’s exactly what I did! Because I love how much this outfit is both a work look (dress pants and a collared shirt, technically) but the shape is so on-trend. Other selling points were the fabric (100% cotton) and price (under $20). And I love having another way to wear my favorite pants of late (below)!

Top: Forever 21, $18
Pants: Macy’s, $62
Shoes: JustFab, $30 (similar, similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane, $10 (similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Earrings are last year. Pants, shoes, and purse are recent. Top is new.

Today's Everyday Fashion: Rainbow and Denim

 
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These new pants are the best! They come in two colors, and beyond being super comfy, they are the perfect blank canvas. You could go simple with a plain white tee, you could go boho with a pendant necklace, you could go retro with a smocked top - the possibilities are endless. I decided to go rainbow for my first look with them, and my outfit turned out so much like last week’s rainbow and denim look that I decided to do a round up - check out it out below! Which “rainbow and denim” is your favorite?

Top: Forever 21, $10 (similar here)
Pants: Forever 21, $30
Shoes: Express, $42 (similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Amazon, $10
Approx. dates: Earrings and shoes are last year. Purse is recent. Top and pants are new.

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Today's Everyday Fashion: The Spring Sweater

 
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Sometimes, the most perfect spring sweater comes along. One that’s heavy enough to keep you warm but not itchy (it’s 100% cotton), in pretty colors like blush pink, ivory and taupe, that celebrate spring. Not to mention that sweet dog face! I declared animal sweaters a huge trend maybe 6 years ago? But they are so much more than that - they are a staple I still adore in my closet all these years later. I am excited to add this one to my collection!

Sweater: LOFT, $20 (use code “SURPRISE” for 40% off)
Jeans: J.Crew Factory, $23
Shoes: Soludos/Amazon, $55
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Bag: Forever 21, $25 (similar below)
Scarf: H&M, $5 (similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Bag is 3 years ago. Scarf, earrings and shoes are last year. Sweater is new.

Today's Everyday Fashion: In Between Meetings

 
 

On Tuesday, Joshua and I ran some errands and attended two meetings and in between we snapped these colorful photos! I recently made a list of old items in my closet to wear again this spring/summer and this top and skirt were both on the list. Turns out, they go great together. I’m glad to have a new way to wear this cheerful top that’s versatile enough for a busy day!

Top: ModCloth, $35 (similar below)
Skirt: H&M, $30 (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Jane, $24 (similar, similar)
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Amazon, $10
Approx. dates: Skirt is 4 years ago. Top is 3 years ago. Earrings, shoes are last year. Purse is recent.

 
 

Today's Everyday Fashion: The Olive Jumpsuit

 
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Truth be told, I like the concept of an olive jumpsuit better than this particular one. It has some fit issues (check out the puckering above the waist in picture #2) and the material is a bit too “beach casual” to dress up with heels. It’s going back (I actually thought I loved it until I saw the pictures!), but this post still has a happy ending. If you’re into olive jumpsuits like I am, then check out lots of alternative options you can shop below!

Jumpsuit: LOFT, $39 (similar below)
Necklace: Express, $13
Purse: H&M, $25 (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson, $59 (similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 5 years ago. Purse is recent. Necklace and jumpsuit are new.