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It all started with Nashville, Tennessee designer, Elizabeth Suzann. I found her elegant designs in a local magazine at Barista Parlor on the east side of town. 

I fell in love with the Elizabeth Suzann mission of classic quality over fast fashion quantity. Elizabeth Suzann inspired me to make some serious changes not only in my wardrobe but in my daily life. I had now become aware of the injustices throughout our world. Fashion has become an addiction for consumerists, a corporation for slave labor, and a great enemy to our planet. 

I began to read about sweat shop abuse, and the environmental dangers brought about by the brands I used to hold so near and dear to my heart.

Around this time, I developed a hungry curiosity for the Buddhist lifestyle. I was intrigued by the simplicity in the daily routine of a Buddhist monk. In Buddhism there is a belief is that a simple life both internally and externally will bring about joy and peace. This is something I personally strive for. My heart was starting to lose interest for the commercially driven and materialistic world.

If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.
— 1935. The Dalai Lama.


I'll admit the minimalist trend was originally what caught my eye. I've been a sucker for trends since the 90s. Minimalism is beautifully styled, photographed, and marketed throughout print, on screen, and social media. But the value behind this trend is what stole my heart in the end. I was so excited to make piles of keep, maybe, and donate.

After fighting with myself for several weeks, I donated the majority of my wardrobe. Not only did I feel a great weight lifted but I felt a shift in my spirit. I now make a point to only purchase what was traded fairly and created ethically. When I go to my closet to put together an outfit there's no longer any stress. I know that what I'm wearing will be of quality and purpose.

In future posts I'll be sharing more about my ethical beliefs surrounding fashion on Minimalism and that which is fairly traded.

Take a look at The Official Elizabeth Suzann website below and prepare to swoon... 

May we 'Evolve With Love,'

- Betsey Long, Creator of VEVOLVE