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.


‘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.


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.