Life+Style+Justice is a resource for stylish, sustainable living with an emphasis on social justice. I believe in the concept of "everyday justice"- that normal, everyday actions can affect change in the areas the world needs it most.
I'm happy to bring you this inaugural post on ethically made heirloom jewelry in collaboration with Thesis Gems- a woman-owned company that operates from a belief that "people and the environment are more valuable than any gem". Owner Cate has loved gems and minerals since she was a rock-collecting child, which I love since I, too, had a expansive rock collection containing lots of fools' gold and even a few prized fossils that I collected on a fossil dig during a summer family camp.
It’s been 10 months in the Philippines. While there have been many beautiful moments of impact and breakthrough with the A Beautiful Refuge shop, we’ve been successful in getting the wheels turning for our big factory project, and we’ve been (mostly) able to acclimate to living overseas and (mostly) able to pay our bills, there has been a bit of a dark cloud hanging over my head- the feeling of failure.