Beauty Weekly Rundown

the Weekly Rundown: ‘Hostel’ work environments for garment workers in India and the Minimalists

February 7, 2016

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Imagine if you spent all your time – with the exception of two hours a week – working and sleeping where you work. According to a new report out of the Netherlands that is what life is like for many garment workers in India, who live at ‘hostels’ where they work. The clothes they go to supply H&M stores and other fast-fashion brands. >>Read more

Gorgeous, made in the USA with 100% merino wool and salvaged leather. Sounds like an ethical-fashionistas dream! Check out Poppy Anthology’s review of Yellow 108’s Eastwood fedora. I am pretty sure a hat like this is going on my life list! >>Read more

Have you heard of the Minimalists? Apparently these guys are wildly popular, but they’re new to me. I started listening to their podcast – there are only 7 so far – and there are so many good takeaways! It is really causing me to pause and think about what I own, and what I am doing with the hours in my day. >>Go listen

Are you a blogger? How’s your work-life balance? Working from home (something I’ve done for the past 3 years) can easily turn into working more hours than you want to because you’re always at work. Here are some great tips to on how to set up a successful blogging schedule without ‘going crazy.’ ;) >>Read more

Let’s talk about hair for a quick minute, specifically: dry shampoo. I love it. You love it. We probably both already spray at night, but here are a few more tips to learn from. And, how awesome is the model’s hair color? And make up. >>Go see for yourself

Happy Sunday friends! 

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  • Katie February 7, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    It’s so wrong that working conditions like that are still okay. I know actual slave labor is still a HUGE part of the food we buy (almost all of the shrimp sold at large grocery stores are a product of slave labor) and several of the minerals that are used exculsively in smart phone is also a product of horrific slave labor. There’s so little in our lives that isn’t a result of it and it’s just… It’s awful. I don’t even know what to do, it’s just overwhelming. I’m going to try this year really reducing what impact i have – cut down drasticlly on clothes buying, try to grow and hunt as much of our own food and not buy any electronics, I’ll keep using my super old phone! (which is so old it doesn’t have spellcheck, sorry about all of the misspellings!). I do want to thank you, you’ve been really inspiring and I fell like I cut down on one section at least.
    The blogging thing is neat! I schedule my posts out for the week and it’s a nice way to not let it overtake my time.

    • Andrea February 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Katie, my husband keeps telling me about the shrimp thing – so awful! You’re right so much of our lives are brushing paths with atrocities, I guess the more we know, the more me can’t ‘unknow’ right? Small steps are key for me. I am completely honored to inspire you. That’s the great thing about the blogging world, connecting and inspiring each other to be better! Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Rebecca N February 8, 2016 at 8:06 am

    After watching ” The True Cost ” over the weekend I can’t hide from the fact that I have thrived on the blood and sweat of others thousands of miles away. My husband and I have both decided not only to buy less, choose ethical or second hand, but also to go back to supporting our local farmers for our food. Yes, it will cost more but at least we will be supporting local small farms, and smaller businesses that care about their workers.

    I have read The Minimalists books and blog for several years, but have not listened to their podcasts. I credit them and also Francine Jay (Miss Minimalist) for the inspiration to sell half of our belongings when we moved out to Virginia in 2013. :-)

    • Andrea February 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Yes! Thank you for sharing Rebecca, I love to hear other’s viewpoints. It is a bit astonishing to learn so much about the apparel industry. It’s hard stuff to know, but it’s good to know.

      Great point about local farmers. We used to do CSAs but haven’t for the last year or so. It’s probably something we should consider again. Great reminder to shop local even for our food! (Or Especially!)