Reader Request: Ethical Black Flats

So the gorgeous Noelani mentioned that she was looking for some black flats and maybe it would be a good idea for my next ethical footwear post, and I agree- so here we are! I’m sure Noelani’s not the only one in the search of the perfect black flat, so I was really happy to go on a little hunt for a variety of this classic shoe. All these lovely black flats are cruelty free and made ethically. Melissa Dreaming… View Post

The Great Transition: Ethical Ankle Boots & How to Wear Them

I feel the weather in NY while still chilly has been subtly hinting Spring is on the horizon and so I thought it would be an apt time to go over the great transition item that is the ankle boot. Ankle boots are fantastic because they’re totally at home in Winter, Spring or Fall and there are a variety of styles that can fit in casual or evening looks. Ankle Boot Outfits-Casual For a casual look you can pair a… View Post

Ethical Riding Boots and How to Wear Them

(image source, text added by me) I am a firm believe in buying good boots. Even inexpensive boots are relatively expensive so investing in a great boot that will last you seasons makes complete sense to me. Also having a great pair of boots really makes dressing way easier because a good pair of boots can be worn in a variety of ways! I typically wait till around this time of year to shop for my boot needs because towards… View Post

Ethical Finds in Pantone’s Color of 2013

100% Recycled Binder from$5.50 available HERE  Proud Mary Bag 60% off!-$27.50 available HERE Fair trade scarf from SERVV-$22.00 available HERE Fair+True Pleat Print dress from Fashioning Conscience-$102.33 available HERE Oka B. Taylor Vegan flats, made in the U.S.-$42.00 available HERE Fair Trade hand painted plates from GreenHeart Shop-$19.95 available HERE Komodo Fair Trade Floral Blouse from Fashion Conscience-$55.30 available HERE Priti NYC nail polish in Peporomia, on sale!-$9.45 available HERE Melie Bianco Vegan Kim Bag-$104 available HERE Handmade Ring from Given Goods Company-$225 available HERE Fair Trade… View Post

My Favorite Ethical Finds of 2012

One of my favorite things about writing made-to-travel is researching experimenting, reviewing and being inspired by all kinds of new ethical products that I share with you. 2012 was a GREAT year for discovery, so I’d like to reintroduce you to some of my favorite new ethical finds of 2012. 1. Compassion Couture-a fantastic  shop for ethical shoes, bags, and jewelry (seen here) 2. Osborn Shoes-the gorgeous collaborations Osborn did with artists was just amazing (post here) 3. EcoSwim-ethical swimwear… View Post

Ethical Evening Wear-The Holiday Office Party

Hi friends! I received a beautiful request from a young reader named Alyssa a few weeks ago. The dear Alyssa is looking for ethical prom/evening wear, a fantastic request since I actually don’t think I’ve done a post on evening wear on made-to-travel! And no better time for ethical evening wear than this holiday season where we’re inundated with holiday occasions….like the holiday office party! The trick for me personally in office holiday parties is you want to look more… View Post

Mission: Melissa Shoes!

It has been rainy here in NY and I’m so not ready for boots yet. I feel like Melissa Shoes would be the perfect solution so I’ve been literally trying to get to the Soho store for about a month now! But sadly I’ve been working late and having busy evenings so I haven’t been able to make my way down there  :(.  I want to try on some pretty plastic Melissa Shoes!! Now friends, there are a plethora of… View Post

Guest Post: Eco-Chic at the Beach by Susan of Instyle Swimwear

Susan is a blogger at Beauty and the Beach, a swimwear blog by  For more information about their styles and brands, visit them today! To celebrate the first days of summer and all of those sunny beach trips to come, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate post than one on Vitamin A Swimwear and Melissa Shoes—two of my favorite eco-conscious beach-chic brands!  Both Vitamin A and Melissa Shoes are doing some pretty amazing things when it comes to… View Post

Consciously Trending…Shoes…Lots of Shoes

Oy vey friends! I told you I was in my friend’s wedding a couple of weeks ago (here). One of the requirements for my bridesmaid attire was silver shoes which I did not have.  I wanted to buy them ethically but I was in a pinch because of course I procrastinated and made myself a tight deadline. Well, I hit my local thrift stores and found way more than what I was looking for…eep! You can see the actual reason… View Post

Still Crushing on Osborn Shoes

Well friends a little over a year ago one of my very first ethical shopping features was on Osborn shoes and till this day it remains one of my most searched for keywords and there is plenty of reason why. Osborn shoes, ethically handmade in Guatemala, is still putting out wonderfully creative and beautiful shoes.   Do these not scream “HI! THE WEATHER IS GETTING WARM!”?! I am personally saving up for the cork perforated guys. Sadly friends, at the… View Post

A Trip to 2568…

Last week I had the opportunity to visit 2568 Shoes’ offices to preview their upcoming fall collection with Pendleton. I had not heard of 2568 before, but after a quick google I knew I wanted to visit. All the vibrant and truly special fabrics used in 2568 are hand loomed with hand dyed fibers, ethically made by women in Guatemala. 2568 pride themselves as “classic with a twist” and that is exactly what I found in their beautiful showroom/office. The… View Post

Jeffrey Campbell Eco Collection :)….Just in time for Spring!

Jeffrey Campbell is what I consider to be the darling of fashion bloggers and just straight up fashion lovers because of the fresh and fun designs that give a little nod to the glamor and boho style of the 70’s. Well friends, I’m happy to share that just in time for Spring this innovative and beloved shoe designer has started an eco collection :D.   Right?!?! Ahhhh-maaazzzzing! I kind of die for the whole collection. Soooo here are some more… View Post

Crushing on Osborn Shoes

I came across Osborn Design in an old vendor highlight from Brooklyn Flea. I think they’re shoes are just extraordinary. Beautifully and highly designed but really really practical for my walking life. Now the shoes left my mouth agape but the philosophy and fair trade practices of Osborn Design is what I find most inspiring. Co-founder Aaron Osborn’s family runs one of the largest orphanages in Guatemala and after meeting an unemployed cobbler in 2007 he was inspired. Aaron with… View Post