• life

    thrifted outfit // skirt: thredup, jacket: value village, bralette: gifted

    I have been so inspired to do better this year. Instead of shopping on Amazon and big corps, I am committed to shopping small, local, female-owned, and BIPOC-owned this holiday season. I hope you’ll join me! With the way this year has gone, it is crucial that we support them more than ever. I will also be sharing a lot of my favorite sustainable-forward brands because that is very important to me.


    mcbride sisters wine paired with homemade charcuterie

    mcbride sisters // wine

    golde // matcha + skincare

    beauty bakerie // cruelty free cosemetics

    mented // cosmetics

    grounded // plants

    brave and kind bookshop // books

    inbooze // diy cocktail/mocktail kits

    rooted in blk co. // planters

    calm and cure candles // candle

    brown and coconut // plant-based skincare

    good girl chocolate // organic chocoalate

    corky’s nuts // organic walnuts

    blk + bold coffee beans

    blk + bold // coffee

    bright lights jewelry* // inspirational bracelets

    city sweats* // infrared wellness spa

    boon boona coffee* // coffee

    the shoppe seahurst* // misc. gift shop – local to seattle

    the zen succulent // plants, ceramics, misc. gift shop – local to raleigh durham


    handpicked lemons curated holiday gift boxes

    handpicked lemons* // intentionally curated handcrafted boxes

    dear survivor // jewelry

    stasher // plastic-free ziplock bags

    final // reusable and portable straws and utensils

    discount code: SayNoToSingleUse for 10% off

    meow meow tweet // zero waste beauty + skincare

    zero waste store // home

    girlfriend collective // activewear made out of recycled water bottles

    thred up // secondhand clothing + accessories

    $20 code with the link above

    nw bulk market // online farmers market

    el cholo’s kid // handbags

    ellie’s best // nut milk bags and misc. home

    discount code: kaleintheclouds for 10% off

    w&p design // food storage

    eco collective* // zero waste home

    out of the closet* // thrift shop

    simple living shop // sustainable shop, local to redding


    cocokind skincare products

    cocokind skincare // nontoxic skincare

    cocofloss // the best floss ever

    discount code: kaleintheclouds for 20% off

    araza beauty // nontoxic makeup

    primally pure // nontoxic skincare

    eco lips // nontoxic lipcare

    frank body // body care


    pacific candle co. // hand poured soy candles

    the little reason goods // handcrafted candles and body care

    dot bee co. // beeswax candles

    shakes and speares* // handcrafted pnw inspired gifts

    glasswing* // plants and misc. home goods

    sugar pill* // apothecary and misc. home goods

    retrofit home* // home goods

    fun stuff

    crokd // diy ceramic kits

    jot // ultracoffee (similar to a coldbrew concentrate)

    discount code: kaleintheclouds15 for 15% off

    kaman things // stickers and apparel

    movement the brand // ethically made clothing and accessories

    dancing for donuts // made to order tie dye

    the opal creative // polymer clay earrings

    miss meli mac macrame earrings, made to order

    miss meli mac // macrame accessories

    dknits etc // knit, crochet, and embroider goods

    roothie // handmade scrunchies

    robinson creative house // stationery

    shinnsparkle // intentional jewelry

    moon juice // adaptogens and wellness elixirs

    copina co. // plant-based collagen

    naoki matcha // matcha

    mother whale* // polymer clay earrings

    frankie and jo’s* // ice cream

    chateau ste. michelle* // wine

    coffeeholic house* // coffee

    atulea* // matcha


    rainy day picnics* // outdoor picnic set up

    justine hays creative* // photography

    candids by cass // photography (socal based)

    graze together* // charcuterie boards

    thistle // meal delivery service


    the lonely robot paper co*

    seattle ink and paper*

    other ideas:

    acts of service: cooking a meal for or together, cleaning the house, washing their car, asking “what can i do to help?” etc.

    gift cards to your local coffeeshops and restaurants

    digital art – there are lots of artists on instagram who do commission work, IE: megan john and the happy doodles

    supporting locals at farmers markets

    print out more recent photos and write about your favorite memories together

    shopping local bookshops

    cookbooks from black chefs

    i’ll take out the trash/wash the dishes/clean the bathroom coupons

    virtual personal training/group fitness classes, IE: lexi stelzer and moses yim

    adopting/fostering a pet from an animal shelter (obviously only if you have the means to)

    donating money to an organization they are passionate about

    * indicates local to Seattle, Washington

    Hope this inspires you to think outside the box with me! If we start early this year, we won’t have to lean on Amazon and big shops for the convenience. Let’s commit to doing better together.

  • travel

    ‘Tis the season! Between family, friends, work, and extra time to vacation, we’re here, there, and everywhere. I love working this time of year because it warms my heart seeing families reunited. Hearing stories about why people are traveling: whose grandparents we’re visiting to introduce baby to or what our unaccompanied minors are most looking forward to when visiting dad. It’s so special to be a small part of the journey. This time of year also brings new travelers and I just thought I’d share some tips to traveling smart this time of year (but also all the time).

    • Get to the airport early to fill your water bottle, get food, and use the restroom all before your flight. Plus, it’s nice to not be rushed!
    • Plan ahead if you have dietary restrictions and/or allergies. Pack what works for you and never assume the airport/airline will have a gluten free, vegan, kosher, nondairy, keto, whole 30, etc option.
    • Ask friends for music, podcast, movie, and book recommendations and come prepared with pre-downloaded material. Don’t forget your headphones!
    • Give yourself more than enough time for connecting flights to save yourself the stress later.
    • Essential oils work wonders for nausea, stomachaches, headaches. Just be mindful of others.
    • Have empathy and patience for airport employees, airline employees, your fellow travelers, and yourself. You don’t know what someone is going through and everyone will be much happier that way.
    • Stay hydrated and bring your favorite snacks!
    • Pack leftovers after visiting family and friends. You’re allowed to bring any food items with the exception of things like yogurt and soup.
    • Please and thank you goes a long way. Be courteous with your seat mate, cab drivers, hotel staff, flight attendants, gate agents, and TSA agents. So many people sacrifice family time to work during the holidays.
    • Don’t forget to pack your vitamins! Keeping your routines consistent is important especially to combat jet lag.
    • Extra supplements I like to take while flying are: Flight Fūd (inflight elixir, helps fight fatigue, jet lag, and other negative side effects of flying), greens tablets (I like the ones from Amazing Grass, Nuun (boost of hydration), and ginger tea to help aid digestion. These are not necessary but I’ve noticed a difference in how I feel when I land especially after long flights.
    • If you are an anxious flyer, check out my previous blog post written for anxious flyers here.

    As always, I’m here for you! You can best reach me via DMs at @kaleintheclouds. Fly safe, fly happy, and fly smart. All the love.

  • life

    Gift giving (especially this time of year) is so much fun and the older I get, the more I realize how much of a privilege it is. For me, it has never been about the dollar amount spent or collecting the most amount of wrapped boxes underneath the tree. I remember some of my favorite gifts were stocking stuffers my sister would regift from her room. Yup. We had a childhood tradition where we’d regift random knick knacks around our rooms for each other for stocking stuffers and those were what I cherished even more than the brand new sweater or toy (that was also so sweet to receive). So here are some gift ideas that I came up with that are sustainably friendly and will mean more to the person receiving than you know.

    • A letter. Tell them your first impression of them. The moment you realized they’d be a forever friend. Your favorite memory of them. Or just how much they mean to you.
    • Something from your closet. One of my favorite new things I’m doing with one of my best friends is trading clothing items out of our own closets. It’s like Rent the Runway, except more fun, thoughtful, and FREE.
    • Your favorite book. Let’s be real. You probably won’t read it again. And even if you will, it will still make a nice home in the hands of that person in your life with the same taste in books as you.
    • Baked goods stored in a Stasher bag. Who would say no to homemade banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, or peppermint bark?! And FYI- Stasher bags are currently on sale for 25%! You can also get them at Anthropologie for 30% off. Sales end when Black Friday sales end.
    • Acts of service. Offer to wash their car or maybe help clean out their closet to post stuff on Poshmark (what we say we’ll always do, am I right?). An extra set of hands for that ongoing to-do list goes a LONG way.
    • FOOD. Cook them dinner or maybe offer to grocery shop and/or meal prep for them.
    • Kale Me Maybe’s Meal Plan. This Meal Plan is perfect for that “too busy to meal prep” or “I have no idea what to make, like, ever” friend. Her recipes are simple, easy, nourishing, and delicious! It’s also on sale for $12 for a limited time.
    • Craft their favorite photo, quote, or song. Recreate a favorite photo of their dog, cross-stitch of their favorite quote, or sing their favorite song. One of my favorite gifts I have ever received was a video of my best friend singing “Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera, our ultimate best friend/karaoke song. I BAWLED MY EYES OUT. It was beautiful and I will cherish it forever.
    • Groupon self care. Send them a massage, cup of coffee, or fun date night activity. The possibilities are endless!
    • Concert tickets. Harry Styles is going on tour next summer, haven’t you heard?
    • ClassPass. Seriously swear by this app and service. I have discovered some of my favorite workouts using ClassPass! Use this link to save some monies!
    • Thrive Market. It’s like Costco but for healthier and environmentally friendly stuff, but you don’t have to commit to buying in bulk. AKA the best thing ever, and now you can gift a Thrive Market membership.

    Hope this helps if you’re stumped or currently aren’t in a place to be spending a ton of money. The Holidays can put on a lot of pressure and I’m here to take it off, or help anyway! All the love.