An Ethical Gift Guide

If you read my previous article (see the fall issue of The Volk), then you know that I LOVE companies that are ethical, sustainably focused, or that participate in giveback programs. As a fair trade shopper, however, I know it can be hard to find companies that are reasonably priced. With the holidays coming up, I want to accomplish two things in this ethical section:

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The Volk's Gift Guide

The Holiday season is in full swing, and with this comes shopping for fantastic gifts that are perfect for your loved ones. What if I told you that you could do almost all of your shopping right here in Minnesota while supporting small business throughout your community?! I have spent some time putting together the ultimate gift guide making shopping feel almost effortless this season!

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Winter Launch 2018/19 Magazine

In this issue you will find more Minnesota brands, bringing our vision of community to life! From cozy oversized knits to vibrant pops of animal print and the color red, you are certain to find something you’ll love.

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A December To Remember: Fashion Show

The Volk's annual Holiday fashion show is only a week away and this year we are raising money for Threads for Teens MN, while showcasing well over 140 diverse looks down our newly curated runway.

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wMN Breaking Barriers: Cathy Heying

The jump from pastoral staff to auto mechanic may seem unexpected, but not when you know Cathy Heying’s past. As director of social justice at St. Stephens, Heying saw firsthand a need to help people struggling to make ends meet. One of the biggest pain points for people struggling is a broken down car that doesn’t allow them to get to the job they desperately need to be at in order to stay afloat. Heying realized something needed to be done.

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fashion TREND ALERT: Plaid (part 2)

Plaid is definitely a Midwest staple and it is adored by people all around the world.  I am so excited that it is back as a powerhouse trend this fall. Whether it’s the traditional button-up shirt, or a more unconventional piece, plaid isn’t just making a comeback, it’s catapulting a full-on takeover!

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fashion TREND ALERT: Plaid

Buffalo, flannel, argyle, oh my! Any and all kinds of plaids are welcome this fall and it’s especially chic when intermixed with one-another.

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What is Responsible Fashion?

I remember struggling with this when I transitioned to a slow fashion lifestyle almost two years ago. There are many nationwide companies you can shop from (Patagonia, Eileen Fischer, Tribe Alive, Everlane, People Tree), but I wanted to highlight a few local options you can utilize:

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fashion TREND ALERT: Grey Suiting (Part 2)

Business meets pleasure in the latest fall trend of grey suiting. This classic color and style has been attributed mainly toward menswear, but it’s now being reinvented with a feminine twist.

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Fashion TREND ALERT: Grey Suiting

If there is one trend I encourage everyone to try out this season, it would be the simplicity of grey suiting. This sleek and professional trend can be seen both on the runway as well as in local stores and boutiques, really solidifying the diversification of this trend.

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Mental Health: Growing through Change

The possibilities of this time of life seem endless. The freedom of this new space sometimes takes my breath away. It’s a time of great unknown and seemingly instability where I don’t know how or where my next steps will unfold.  It is also a time I know and trust myself more than ever before— and that is proving to be everything.

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fashion TREND ALERT: Leather for Him

It’s one of my favorite seasons: fall! I absolutely love it!  You can finally layer once again and not sweat profusely. Layering is essential during this season, but it’s also very on-trend. What better way to stay warm and look good this season than incorporating some leather into your wardrobe. Unsure of why or how? Don’t fret, keep on reading and we will fill you in on all of the deets.

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Beauty: Time's Up Let's Make a Difference Today!

In the height of the TIME’S UP movement, representation matters and representation for women with developmental disabilities cannot be forgotten. People with intellectual disabilities are the victims of sexual assaults at rates more than seven times those for people without disabilities. It’s one of the highest rates of sexual assault of any group in America, and it’s hardly talked about at all.

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Style Tips for Him: The Blazer

Men, this one is for you:

The temperatures have dropped and let’e be honest it is only going to get colder as well creep further into autumn. Just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean your style has to slack. Let’s keep your look sharp while also adding a classic layering piece to your look with the infamous blazer.

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Beauty Trend Alert: Dramatic Eyeliner

The drama is full fledged this fall with exquisite eyeliner ranging from thick kat-eyes to bold colors and winged liner. I’ve partnered up with beauty vlogger and makeup guru, Valencia Koger to put together a step by step on how to make your eyes dramatic this fall. With a step by step written tutorial, as well as a video, you’re certain to nail down your own personalized version of the dramatic eyes.

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TREND ALERT: Denim on Denim

The horror of denim-on-denim has officially been broken with this season’s most seen trend on the runway. What better way to stay warm and stylish during the transitional weather with a denim on denim layered ensemble. In this week’s blog post, we will explore the denim on denim trend with insights from both Editor-in-Chief, Meghanlee and lifestyle blogger, Sophia Heng. Are you ready to rock the trend that has officially glown up.

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TREND ALERT: Keep It Cropped

Don’t pack away all of your summer pieces quite yet. You can hang onto the cropped sweatshirt that you’ve been rocking all summer long with your denim shorts and swap the shorts for different bottoms, making this summer piece a fall staple. Teen influencer Grace Myler has put together three looks you’ll instantly want to copy this season to keep you comfortable and stylish no matter what the weather brings.

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