Sustainable Self Care No. 2: Sica, Founder of Fair Trade Fashion Show & Bead & Real

 Sica Schmitz, the founder of the Fair Trade Fashion Show, is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to finding and supporting ethical, fair trade fashion brands - it’s one of her superpowers! Her jacket is by  EcoVibe Apparel  (which is a member of  1% for the Planet ), the tee is by  Round + Square , the pants are by  Matter Prints , and the cuff is from  Lucy & Jo .

Sica Schmitz, the founder of the Fair Trade Fashion Show, is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to finding and supporting ethical, fair trade fashion brands - it’s one of her superpowers! Her jacket is by EcoVibe Apparel (which is a member of 1% for the Planet), the tee is by Round + Square, the pants are by Matter Prints, and the cuff is from Lucy & Jo.

During our wellness journeys, here is something we’ve found to be true: The most powerful self care starts with finding rituals you will ACTUALLY DO!

Self care doesn't need to feel hard! It should work for you and we believe you'll find this series, “Sustainable Self Care” inspiring and full of new ideas!

We are leading a self care and yoga experience in partnership with Prana, a sustainable and fair trade clothing company, at the Fair Trade Fashion Show (FTFS) November 11, 2018 and so we’ve asked the ladies of the FTFS to share what’s working for them! You’ll get new ideas and be inspired by how different we all are! No two ladies are the same.

Self care shouldn’t feel hard. It should feel sustainable in your unique life.


Sica Schmitz, founder @fairtradefashionshow and @beadandreel!

How I get self care to fit into my life:
I used to de-prioritize self care because I thought I was too busy, and I mean, who has time for that, right? But I burned out really hard, and realized that I truly could not continue to do my work if I didn't make time and space for myself. It took quite a while, and quite a bit of effort, but now self care is my number one priority. And honestly, the more I prioritize my own health and well-being, the more my projects and businesses seem to flourish. I don't think that's an accident.

My current go-to self care ritual:
I feel very fortunate that I have the ability to prioritize self care right now. Currently, I meditate every day (either alone, or as part of two weekly group meditations) and also do an hour of yoga (either vinyasa flow or yin, at home or in a studio, depending on what I need that day). I get a massage once a week for my body, therapy once a week for my heart, and go hiking once a week here in the beautiful Olympic National Park once a week to clear my head.

Where you’ll find her at the fashion show:
You'll find me basically everywhere! As the creator of the Fair Trade Fashion Show I'm involved in every aspect of it (though usually behind the scenes). I'll probably be most noticeable as one of the speakers, and as the curator of the runway show. 

Our fav takaways from Sica? We easily get trapped into seeing self care as a waste of time - or at the sacrifice of success. But in reality, which keeps you strong, motivated, and creative, can be a massive investment into your success! Also, Sica always inspires us that you can find ethical fashion that you feel amazing wearing. Check out her online boutique, Bead and Reel for inspiration.


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Why talk about self care?

The @fairtradefashionshow believes that anyone who cares about fair trade fashion and changing the "status quo" is an activist...but when you're someone who cares about change it's easy to pour all your energy and passion out without prioritizing self care.

You risk burn out or even disease without a conscious commitment to self care!

Which is why we will be sharing simple self care tips with BIG results and offering an all-levels yoga class for everyone during the marketplace November 11, 2018. It's like a hug for your body!  Self care doesn't need to feel hard! It should work for you and we believe you'll leave inspired with some new ideas.

You do need to grab a FREE ticket to the event. Grab your ticket here. And come early! Prana will have a special gift for the first 10 guests!

The marketplace is free and open to the public from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Experience fair trade fashion, food, drinks, beauty and more! Shop dozens of brands, textile recycling drop off, denim repair lab by MeWe and a clothing swap hosted by Global Fashion Exchange and Swap Society.

Plus, we want you to join in the conversation and share what simple self care is currently working for you by using the hashtag #sheselfcare! Tag any fair trade brands in your photos and we will be sure to tag them to give them a shout out if we repost on Instagram.

  Read our recap of the    2017 Fair Trade Fashion Show   !

Read our recap of the 2017 Fair Trade Fashion Show!

Fashion is a three trillion dollar global industry with high hidden costs for our world. Considered one of the most polluting industries on the planet, it is a major contributor to the destruction of our environment and the mistreatment of people and animals.

 That's what the Fair Trade Fashion Show celebrates annually. We all connected to fashion, which means we all have the power to fix it

You can learn more about the mission and vision of the Fair Trade Fashion Show here