​Finding Meaningful Work: Thoughts on Volunteerism

I had never given much thought to volunteerism or the importance of volunteers, until I recently had a “why moment” with myself questioning my intentions for volunteering in the past and present, in the first place. What’s really in it for me? Is it just to feel good or does the effort I give make a difference to the organization that I volunteer at?It helps me to process these things with my frie…

Mesmerizing Markets: How We DON'T Find Artisan Groups

About two weeks ago, I moved to Santiago, Chile, on a quest to work closely with fair trade artisans and develop some new designs for our Fair Anita customers. This is a stunningly beautiful country; Andes mountains, beautiful beaches, glacial lakes—it's all here! As with any Latin country I've ever been to, there's also the amazing street food, catchy music and celebrations, and those tempting…

​India Travelers’ Notes: Our Travel Blog Picks

Why do we travel? Why are we so allured by the idea of travelling? The answers to these questions vary from one person to the other, with every journey a subjective reality for each. A few weeks ago, I finished reading a book by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey entitled “Woman of Independent Means” (which I snagged for only $3 from a second hand bookstore!) I was inspired by the heroine of the book, Bess…

Fair Anita Featured in Pioneer Press

Fair Anita made the front page of the Local section in Sunday's Pioneer Press!  You can read the full article here:http://www.twincities.com/2016/04/01/bullets-to-beauty-st-paul-woman-recycles-materials-of-war/…

​Spring Cleaning: How You Can Create a Conscious Closet

Its finally Spring, and we’re excited! Who wouldn’t be? After months of hibernation and being indoors, it’s that time of the year when the air is light, the soil is richer, and the sun is welcomed with open arms for the promise of new life!Well, we at Fair Anita have started our “spring cleaning,” and we wanted to share with you how this spring, you can let go of the old stuff, as well as hab…