Think of a world where every dollar we spend is in turn used for good. Like paying it forward just by spending a buck.

I want to live in this world, so I work on projects that promote conscientious consumption and the idea of the dollar vote. Votes for fair labor, small business, local production, pesticide-free farming, independent artists and good design — always good design. I do my best to fill Fashion Loves People with only things that vote for good.

One of my greatest joys is helping small brands find exposure and sales through a post of mine.

(Another is dressing me and my toddler alike.)



Launched in November 2012, the Fashion Loves People pop-up shop is to offer a rotating selection of beautiful items that fit my values. I’m inspired to sell baby items because I’ve been surprised at how hard it can be to find simple products that fit my home and my style. I’ve gone out of my way to find some great options, so with the Fashion Loves Babies pop-up, I’m sharing my favorites.

My second themed pop-up will launch Summer 2013: Mini Moi!



I want to live a conscientious life. I started Fashion Loves People in Kansas City in 2007 after I became convicted about the TRUE cost of cheap products. Like anyone else, I love a good deal, and my closet then was full of fast fashion — cheap, trendy items that were designed to be replaced by more cheap, trendy items the next year. It occurred to me that for every $10 shirt, there were so many PEOPLE involved. Farmers, millers, cutters, sewers, packers, shippers and retailers. Not to mention their bosses. And if I wasn’t paying a price that paid each of them fairly… who was? This struck me as a moral obligation then, and it still does today. Not finding other sites about ethical brands that fit my style, I started my own.

Now, I live in San Francisco. I have my dream apartment, across from the Full House houses. I had a baby, Vivian Sunshine, in November 2011.

My writing and style have appeared in Refinery29, DesignSponge, Apartment Therapy, PopTech, Worldchanging, Standard Magazine, to&from, Well Spent, Siren Magazine, KC Magazine, Kansas City Home Design and more. Some of my favorite articles have been about the resurrection of Nauvoting with your dollar, the Eames dining chair and the green rebuilding of Greensburg, KS. My favorite style feature was Refinery29: How to dress when you’re super pregnant.

I’ve spoken at Alt Summit, Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs, Texas Style Council and PRNews’s Facebook Conference.

More, in a tidy bulleted list:

  • It takes me forever to make decisions, especially on things for my closet and home. I want to make sure I’ll get as much use possible out of everything. It can actually get a bit ridiculous.
  • Case in point: It’s taken me over two years to decorate my home. And I’m not done yet. Especially with Viv’s nursery. She’s 1.
  • I spend a lot of time shopping on Ebay and Craigslist. If it were an art, I’d be an artist.
  • I grew up on a wheat farm in Kansas.
  • My family and hometown community are all Mennonite. It’s to the Mennonites that I attribute my less-is-more approach to life, my appreciation for sustainable aid, my globally inspired aesthetic, my ability to cook and, of course, my love of singing in harmony.
  • I’ve played guitar since I was 14 and wrote a lot of music in my teens. (Think Ani Difranco…) Throughout high school I did the singer-songwriter thing at a coffee shop in Newton, Kansas. Like any good teenage girl singer-songwriter, my favorite song to cover was (is?) Landslide by Stevie Nicks.
  • I love fashion as self-expression. But there’s a lot about it I could do without.
  • I absolutely love living in San Francisco. Foghorns in the distance, Kirby Cove across the bridge, vintage streetcars on the F line… pinch me. Big Sur is one of my favorite places in the world.
  • Having a baby was the best thing that ever happened to me.

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