1. Parachute Home, Linen Venice Sheet Set, $189-$399
2. Preemptive Love Coalition, Love Anyway Sweatshirt, $45
3. The Little Market, Stacked Knitting Basket Set in Silver Herringbone, $98
4. The Anchal Project, Large Overdyed Cross-Stitch Black Pouch, $55
5. Josie Maran Cosmetics, Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil, $28
Linen Venice Set
All Parachute Home bedding is made in a family-owned factory in northern Portugal, which is owned and operated by the founder’s great-grandchildren, and the Oeko-Tex certification their products carry means you can be sure your sheets aren't made of harmful chemicals or synthetics. Though we can't imagine why you'd return these luxe linens, if you do, they'll be donated to Habitat for Humanity instead of resold. And, on top of that, Parachute Home partners with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to send life-saving malaria-prevention bed nets to those in need. For every Venice Bedding Set sold, they donate one bed net--and have donated over 20,000 bed nets so far! Let's add one more, shall we?
Who doesn’t want to own something that actually looks better wrinkled? Sophisticated, stylish--there’s nothing that says “I’m Good at Being an Adult” like linen sheets. And like a good adult, you’ll be investing well: linen is far more durable than cotton, and actually gets stronger with washing, so these are sure to last you a decade or more. Plus Parachute Home's linens are free of chemicals and synthetics (kinda important in something you're rubbing your face on all night), and they don't artificially soften fabrics like many other bedding companies. But we kind of buried the lead here, which is that--according to a study out of the University of Milan--you actually fall asleep faster, sleep more deeply, and wake up in a better mood on linen sheets. Sign us up.
Love Anyway Sweatshirt
We raved about the Preemptive Love Coalition on our first edit, so click back and see what you missed (and load up on their Activated Charcoal Soap and their Sisterhood Soap, both of which are excellent stocking stuffers). Then get this sweatshirt before they sell out. Every purchase funds the Preemptive Love Coalition's peacemaking work on the front lines of conflict in the Middle East.
In a world of statement tees involving tacos and champagne, why not save your bod for a message truly worth sharing? The words on this one were reason enough for us to pre-order it the day it went on sale; we weren't expecting such a fantastic fit or the softest material ever (we don't know what "sponge fleece" is, we just know we want it on our bodies always). Now that we have it, we're making up for the pre-order wait time by not taking it off; turns out it's great for a couch picnic of tacos and champagne.
THE LITTLE MARKET
Stacked Knitting Basket Set
Here's the deal y'all: baskets are the new drawers. From laundry to toys to that collection of single socks on top of your dryer, a cute basket offers a stylish place to throw your junk in a flash, leaving all of your last-minute guests to marvel at how clean your house always is. Or borrow a trick from one of our favorite designers and use this as a chic spot for your favorite potted plant. Hand-woven from cattail stalks and recycled plastic, these three knitting baskets from The Little Market will be a part of your home for years to come (long after you've killed that plant).
The Little Market is an online fair trade shop founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla where customers can purchase elevated home goods and accessories handmade by artisans around the world. This basket set was woven by the Wolof Weavers of Senegal, a cooperative effort of over 100 highly skilled women weaving in nine villages. The coil style is a technique that has been handed down for generations, and the women who use it are earning income that is essential to the livelihood of their families. Forgo those mass-produced crochet bins you've been eyeing at Target and bring a little piece of Senegal into your living room instead.
Large Overdyed Black Cross Stitch Pouch
The cure for your daily chaos, this pouch will serve more purposes in your life than your first boyfriend did. We use it as a laptop case, a diaper bag, and an oversized clutch for nights out. Check out the other fun fabric options offered if you must, but you can't go wrong with this classic black with white stitched crosses, a print that’ll never go out of style. Handmade in India using vintage cotton, every pouch is truly one-of-a-kind, exuding character and charm--just like you.
After a visit to India during design school, the co-founders of the Anchal Project (pronounced “on-chal”) became convinced that they could use their design skills to affect social change—starting with the oppressive conditions and lack of economic opportunities they witnessed amongst women in India. They raised $400 selling handmade notebooks and cards, invested in a sewing machine and a few artisans in India, and the Anchal Project was born. Now officially a 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States, every purchase of an Anchal product provides an artisan with a full-time job, health care benefits, design training, and educational workshops.
JOSIE MARAN COSMETICS
Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
It all started with a video. This video, to be exact, which, yes, is an ad, but when we watched it for the first time there was a moment (maybe when Josie rubs her dry elbows on that heavenly front porch) when it seemed as if her Infinity Cream might actually change our life. It hasn't manifested beautiful backyard dinner parties or baskets full of organic produce (yet), but it has become our go-to cure for, well, everything. This magic balm goes on as a cream, melts into an ultra-absorbent oil, and leaves you with just the right amount of shine (think glow not grease). It subs for lip gloss, tames renegade eyebrows, smoothes out dry patches, and fills in for eye cream in a pinch. Pure bonus, it works wonder on baby eczema, too. It’s luxury and convenience times infinity...cream.
From inception, Josie Maran Cosmetics has been all about fair trade practices, sustainably harvested ingredients, and eco-friendly packaging. Her products don't contain any parabens, artificial fragrances, or chemicals. Argan Oil is her main weapon, and it's now become ours.