#Sotelaeverydaywoman: Chandra Fox of These Native Goods

What do you get when you ask an incredibly beautiful woman to style your cocoon dress? Six chic easy-to-wear outfits  for 6 different events.

Chandra Fox created These Native Goods to serve  as a directory for people looking to find made in the USA products. It is not a shop, but a specially curated list of companies who manufacture their goods locally.

This month’s #sotelaeverydaywoman goes to the gorgeous, Chandra who knows how to look chic, but comfortable without compromising  ethics!

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Everyday Woman Talk: What They Don’t Tell You About Birth Control Pills

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The more I talk to women about the reason I started Sotela, the more I find out how common digestive and hormonal issues are among women.

Up until last year, I had been on birth control pills for 7 years. My doctor recommended the pill because I had irregular periods and terrible PMS. The pill was exactly the “relief” I needed because I wasn’t doubled over in pain every month.

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#Sotelaeverydaywoman: Lee Vosburgh of Styleebee Blog

Before launching Sotela, I quietly Instagram stalked Lee Vosburgh of the Stylebee. Her style and thoughtful posts reeled me in each week. She’s different than most fashion bloggers because she focuses on conscientious shopping instead of meaningless consumption.

Lee, is this month’s #sotelaeverydaywoman because she’s genuine, exudes grace and has classic sophisticated style. The Stylebee has tons of great outfit posts including my favorite series,  Closet Mission, where she shares tips on how to create a versatile and functional closet from responsible companies.

Without further adieu, I’d like to introduce you to Lee!

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Your personal style in three words:

 
Clean | Considered | Versatile

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#Sotelaeverydaywoman: Andrea Hartman of Seasons and Salt

I’m so thankful for the friendships I’ve made through blogging (while it was Gold Polka Dots) and through Sotela.  Andrea of Seasons and Salt is one of those people and I’m happy we’ve had the chance to work together. She is one of my favorite bloggers because she is such a sweetheart who has a timeless style that is very relatable.

Last week, Andrea of Seasons and Salt, asked me some great questions ranging from my background to where I see myself in 5 years. Today, it’s my turn to ask about her switch to conscious fashion, how she defines her style and her daily uniform.

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#Sotelaeverydaywoman: Johanna Tropiano Styles The Cocoon Dress

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Johanna is just as amazing in person as she seems online. I was a huge fan of Johanna’s when I was an ethical fashion blogger because I loved her effortless style and how genuine she was with the real reason behind her compulsive shopping.

She embodies the meaning of the Sotela Everyday Woman because she doesn’t intertwine her identity with material possessions like clothing. Johanna recognizes that clothing is just another way to display her creativity because her beauty comes from within and what she has overcome.  We all have a story, but it is up to us to look inward and figure out who we want to be in the future.

I asked Johanna to join the #Sotelaeverydaywoman series because of everything I said above. She is beautiful, strong and incredibly chic.

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How The Essential Dresses Are Solving a Problem

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I quit the comfort of my stable full-time job to pursue a business I truly believe is necessary. Sotela is solving a real problem for women that isn’t talked about too often because we are either embarrassed or ashamed.

How often have you felt upset staring at a closet full of clothes that don’t fit the way you remembered? As women, we know our bodies fluctuate monthly, even daily and there isn’t much we can do about it.

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An Ode to Fast Fashion

This post was originally published on Good On You.

It’s Fashion Revolution Week, so let’s take a moment to pen a love letter to Fashion.

1. I hate the way you come and go and change with every season. Why I bought those baggy overalls last summer: I’ve forgotten the reason.

2. I hate the way you’re hot and cold, I can never win. I threw out my flares in 2012 and now the 70s are back in?

3. I hate the way you make me worry about how I might be seen. ‘12 bras you need in your lingerie drawer,’ my god, where have I been?

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We Choose to be American Made

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In the 1980’s, the US produced 70% of its own clothing. Now, we produce less than 3% because we’ve outsourced all our clothing production due to cheap importing laws. As soon as big box retailers realized it was cheaper to manufacture in China, Bangladesh, etc., they closed up shop and moved to a different continent, leaving thousands of Americans without jobs. There are communities in North Carolina that essentially became ghost towns once manufacturing was moved overseas.

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One Month To Kickstarter

Holy moly, it feels crazy to say that I will be launching on Kickstarter in one month! Things are moving really really quickly now, even though I’ve been working towards this for over a year.

Let’s go over the timeline of events, shall we?

December 2014: I realize I want to start a clothing line.

January 2015: Panic about December’s realization. Email Shannon Whitehead of Factory45 to see if my idea is good enough.

February 2015: Apply and get accepted to Factory45. Panic again. 

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Sotela is the answer to a closet where nothing fits and the time wasted trying to find something that does.