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Hi.

My name is Kaylie! I started blogging over four years ago with the intention to show women that style comes in all shapes and sizes! After taking a trip to India last year, I re-branded The Sweltering Sweater into an ethical fashion blog. I want my readers to feel good about the clothes they're wearing, as well as where they came from! 

Feeling Nostalgic with Fair Anita

Feeling Nostalgic with Fair Anita

The last few weeks I have been reminded over and over again of my trip to India last January. Maybe it's an itch to travel again or perhaps just a coincidence, but none the less I have been craving traditional Indian food and looking at clothing from Indian designers all month.

Scrolling through Instagram, I came across the company Fair Anita and was happy to find that they had an Indian collection whose aesthetic was just up my alley and who proceeds benefited the people from the place I loved. 

I paired their Bleeding Heart earrings with this blue maxi dress for a fun summer day spent in Minneapolis. The intricate details of the earrings speak to the handmade quality associated with Indian wear, while the rich red center is a reminder of the elaborately colored tapestries and artwork from the markets. 

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These Bleeding Heart Earrings were handmade by Indian artisans, supported by the fair trade company Fair Anita. Started in 2009 by Joy McBrien, Fair Anita supports women globally who were once victims of domestic violence. Teaming up with Ana (affectionately known as Seniora Anita by her community) - a pivotal leader in the Peruvian city Chimbote, a town where 80% of the population lives in extreme poverty and 70% of women have experienced domestic abuse - Fair Anita has created a company that you can feel great buying from. They pay their artisans 3X the minimum wage, educate them on how to be savvy business women, give them access to networking opportunities and workshops and they use a portion of their profit to support other business' and causes. 

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To learn more about Fair Anita, or to shop the Bleeding Heart earrings, click here.

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Thank you to Ivy Christina for taking these gorgeous photos. I could speak all day on the amazing woman that Ivy is and how infectious her joy is, but I guess you'll have to experience it for yourself ;) To see more of Ivy's work, visit her website here. 

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