Now Trending… 6 Must-Have Tops for Spring

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There’s thousands of indie designers and brands tearing up the fashion world with their distinctive detailing and innovative methods of creating ethical clothing. If you need help wading through the internets, I did all the dirty work for you and I’m reporting for duty.

Reporting the latest mens’/womens’ runway trends for spring, here are the must-have tops you need to blossom into spring (minus the florals).

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Canadian-Made Lingerie

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Canada is well-known for our love of poutine, hockey, and great manners (thanks for thinking of us). We may not be the first country you think of for sensual lingerie, but these designers will prove that our lingerie can be just as sweet as our maple syrup.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you still have some time to order some decadent lingerie for your someone special. Your beau might appreciate these beautifully made intimates by these skilled Canadian designers.

But romantic lingerie is one of those gifts you absolutely don’t buy without consulting your giftee! Picking out something together is just half the fun, sit down together and enjoy a feast for your eyes (and the senses).

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#AskHJJ: Is Leather Ethical?

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Welcome to the second part of the new series, #ASKHJJ where I turn to you readers to ask those burning questions that you need the answers to! Ask me by FB, IG, email, or comment right below to inspire the next #ASKHJJ.

If you followed any of my gift guides during the holiday season, you’ve probably seen one of my popular gift guide, unique leather gifts! You probably thought it was unusual, if not morally questionable, that I would suggest leather goods but not discuss the ethical discourse surrounding it.

Leather isn’t as black and white as the controversial cows it originates from, the issue may be more complicated than you think.askhjj_ethicalleather

5 Truths You Should Know About Your Beauty Products

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Did you know I’ve always wanted to do a section on HJJ where I review beauty products? I’m constantly on a search for the next best facial cleanser, a non-problematic sunscreen, or soothing face mask that won’t burn my face.
Problem? I find that despite that I invest in products that are labelled “for sensitive skin” or “dermatologist tested”, everything makes me break out or causes my skin to burn. I’ve flushed so much money down the drain on products that did more damage than good, I’m sure you’ve had a similar experience or two.

After some research, I learned some important lessons that everyone whose interested in beauty products should know, sensitive-skin or not. This could help you save your money on claims that just aren’t true.

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Top HJJ Posts in 2015

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2015 was an absolutely crazy year for HJJ! Though we just started this summer,

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Here are the top posts for 2015! Included in this best of is a combination of posts that are best received by you, most memorable to write, and most informative that could be referenced anytime.

What are some of your favs?

#AskHJJ: Being 100% Ethical?

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I’m very excited to introduce my new ethical series, #AskHJJ! Readers can submit their questions to me via email, Facebook, or Instagram. Once a month on my social media, I’ll put out a post where you can ask me questions of ethical things you’re curious about, or simply use the #AskHJJ.

I began talking about ethical fashion on here as a way of educating my friends (plus you), so it only felt appropriate the first questions come from them!

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alternative gifts for the ethically inclined

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It isn’t easy buying gifts for your socially conscious friends. You can’t run to the local mall any old gift with mysterious origins. I know these struggles. You both mean well, but wires can get crossed.

Communication is key, talk to your friends about what ethical direction they want to move into. Suggest any of these alternative gifts to them, and you’ll surely warm their hearts (without stepping on any toes).
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6 unique gifts for the leather aficonado

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Leather is a tough material, both metaphorically and physically. With it’s supple and versatile nature, designers all over the world are creating very distinct pieces coveted by fashion lovers everywhere.
If you’re shopping for a leather addict who lives for unique pieces to add to their collection, these 6 leathercraft designers will surely have their next fav piece in store.

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alternative places to donate your used clothing (other than thrift shops)

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I’ve talked about the importance of thrift shops in last week’s Androgynous Guide. Great organizations, such as Goodwill, will support community causes and invest their proceeds back into the lives of helping needy people.

But did you know, there’s a limit to how much thrift stores can resell in their own stores? Thrift stores often sell excess back to third world countries and use those proceeds to help with their own community causes. I’m not in any way suggesting turning your back on your local thrift stores, but to consider helping other charities as well. A bit of research can open a lot of doors to who else is in need of your preloved clothing.
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secondhand vs vintage; all the definitions you need to know part II

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You read about a great, new “vintage” store that opened downtown, “secondhand” stores like Grailed keeps getting a lot of hot press, and you heard up-and-coming ethical brands have clothing that’s “made to last”.

But what does it all mean? Ethical fashion has a lot of terms you may not be familiar with. Even though you’re armed with a definitions guide, there’s more words that are well worth learning about.

Besides, clothing with history or a story to tell is a lot more interesting than mysterious clothing with unknown origins.

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