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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

For the Love of Big Blue

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Surprise, surprise-- it's still ridiculously cold here in Maine. I am a huge proponent of taking outfit photos outside , but it's just not happening right now. So I've decided to show you what I've been wearing day-to-day in my natural habitat -- my house that, yes, I'm still working on.

I've never really been a long sleeved t-shirt kinda gal, but for the past 6 months or so, I've really been drawn to them, which is one of the reasons why I picked out this shirt from Pepper's Closet-- the other reason was the whale. I don't talk about it much here, but I actually co-founded an ocean conservation non-profit back in 2012, so needless to say, I'm a huge ocean-loving nerd. I'm especially a huge whale-loving nerd. One of my first dates with my husband actually ended with us sitting on the beach talking about whales.

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Anyway, this has been my go-to outfit lately. The long sleeved shirt is comfy and warm, then I pair it with a denim wrap skirt and tights or fleece-lined leggings. It's a great outfit for transitioning between winter and spring, and super comfortable without making me feel sloppy. I also love this shirt because it washes so well. I often avoid t-shirts with designs on them because they melt in the dryer or they crack within a couple washes, but after multiple washes this shirt still looks and feels like new.

Oh, and did I mention that Pepper's Closet donates 10% of their net profits to ocean conservation, research, and cleanup efforts?

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Sadly when it comes to ocean conservation, I feel that there is a one step forward, two steps back thing going on. Or as of recently, five steps back. Regardless of what is going on with policy, it's important to keep on keepin' on and do what you can, no matter how small your contribution may seem. And more than that, it's important to encourage others to do the same. Unsure of what small actions you can take? Here, have some ideas:

No bottled water or plastic utensils and straws- These items are the most common things that I find when I clean up the beach.  Plastic utensils and straws create so much senseless waste, and don't even get me started on the bottled water industry. Invest in a reusable water bottle and utensils and carry them with you. Fun fact: I always have a set of reusable chopsticks in my purse, they're great in a pinch!

Don't celebrate with sky lanterns or releasing balloons-  Warming weather brings more releases of sky lanterns and balloons. As cool as releasing lanterns or balloons may look, it's horrible. Sky lanterns have set buildings and forests on fire, injured people and animals, and get tangled in power lines. Balloons don't fly up to heaven unfortunately-- they end up in the stomachs of animals, littering beaches, and helium is a non-renewable resource that is quickly being depleted.

Host a swap- If you have unwanted clothes, books, or whatever else around the house, host a swap with your friends. Tell them to bring their unwanted items and trade. Donate whatever is left to a local secondhand store.

Tidy up around you- If you're enjoying a day outside and see trash around you, just take a couple minutes to pick it up. I know cleaning up after other people isn't fun, but it will benefit everyone. In my experience, this usually inspires people around me to help out, too. Keeping gloves in your car comes in handy for this!

Contact your elected officials- This is probably the least fun thing on this list, but the most important. It is more important than ever to let your elected officials know where you stand on issues. Writing to them is great, but calling is so much more effective. If you're like me and have social anxiety, here's a little tip sheet for how to get through it-- and that is exactly what I do when I call my reps!

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You can get 10% off your order from Pepper's Closet using the code "poppyseeder" or simply by using this link.

*This post was sponsored by Pepper's Closet. All opinions are mine!*
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