Life currently looks a lot like last-minute wedding to-dos. Beauty appointments, seating charts, airport pick-ups, managing bride melt downs... you name it and I have it scheduled somewhere into my week, between working remotely for my new job and planning a California road trip at the end of the month. We are knee-deep into this thing... T minus five days, though.
I have a love/hate relationship with weddings. The planning and coordinating required - especially for a budget wedding - is a stress bomb. Money can also be a downer since everything, even flowers (don't those grow freely in fields?), have a starting cost of $1000.
What I LOVE about weddings though is celebrating, especially when it is my sister. Aside from the beautiful vows and meaningful commitment, I'm a sucker for cash bars and dance floors. Getting dressed up is an added bonus since I spend most of my year in yoga pants and a baseball hat.
I also LOVE buying gifts. It's my primary love language towards others and I enjoy nothing more than celebrating my loved ones in the form of pretty packages.
For my sister's bridal shower, I wanted to especially spoil her and find a gift that was not only unique, but followed my principles of only purchasing fair trade and sustainable items.
So without further ado, here is my Fair Trade Bridal Shower Gift Guide for all your bridal shower and wedding needs this summer!
Tucked into a corner of Downtown Colorado Springs, Yobel Market's mission is to "empower and promote the value of exploited, displaced and impoverished people groups of the world through the development of sustainable economic opportunities and fostering of education."
The tiny workspace/store is full of beautiful goods from all over the world, including this gorgeous printed tea towel created by women in India. I also love the Mountain Knit pillow covers they carry from Nepal, especially since it was one of the places we traveled to this past year. I plan to pick one up to cozy up our apartment this fall.
I love, love, love candles - especially when they are hand-poured into tiny, vintage containers. Threadbare Candle Co. is "all about bringing new life and functionality to vintage castaways - retro tumblers, teacups, kitschy mugs, and more."
Owned and operated by a very creative friend from college, I am not surprised that she now successfully runs her own eco-friendly candle business. All candles are high quality soy wax and contain aromatherapeutic lavender essential oils. And they. smell. amazing.
Added bonus: Is this not the cutest container for a bridal shower gift? It's perfect.