• Mata Traders
  • 05 May, 2014

Travel expert Kendra Thornton has a challenge a lot of us can relate to; day-to-day a busy lady and mom of three, she needs the perfect outfit for a night of fun on a trip to New York City! We put together two style boards that would work perfectly for a night out with her friends. Most importantly, both outfits are from fair trade, ethical, and eco-friendly brands. Conscious spending is the best spending!

In Kendra’s words, here’s what she was looking for:

A European Experience In New York

“There is a trip to New York in my near future. I plan to wine and dine the night away, but I need a stunning outfit that will make me feel glamorous and comfortable at the same time. There truly is nothing better than a stay at one of the best hotels in New York City. If you haven’t had the pleasure, I highly recommend it. The location of the restaurant is the Dream New York Hotel. I won’t have to walk far, so I can wear heels that have a little height. My outfit needs to be something flattering while still being modest because I am a mother. I am anxiously awaiting your ideas so that my friends and I can have a wonderful evening!

The restaurant that I have chosen to dine at is called Courgette. Food on the menu, as well as the décor, is inspired by northern Europe. While sitting in the restaurant, we can see Times Square as it is only a few steps away. This is somewhere we can sit and relax from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. The inside of the restaurant has been transformed into a magical environment that will make us feel like we are in a garden. Brick is exposed in the walls to give a rustic feel. One of the areas that I can’t wait to see is the bistro and bar. While enjoying a drink, we will see cutting boards that are adorned with olives and other ingredients that are often used in the drinks. Honeysuckle is planted between the bricks, and the dark lights illuminate the blooms elegantly. The specials of the day line the walls in a playful fashion as there are newspapers that also line the walls. This restaurant is somewhere that will take us to the heart of Europe without us leaving the country!

New York offers more than just fine food and wine. It is a place of entertainment and has a certain style that makes you feel like you are a world away. Dream New York Hotel is one of the best in the city, if not the state. While there, I want to have the perfect outfit so that I can have the best time possible.”

Sounds a like a spectacular night, right? Escaping real life for a trip to New York would be quite an adventure, so here’s our first style suggestion for Kendra:


Our hand block printed blue Marketplace dress is great to dance the night away with her girls while still looking elegant. The neckline and trim around the bottom is hand embroidered, and the dress even has hidden pockets! Adding the Golden Echelon necklace gives her a touch of class, and the gold Threaded Arrow earrings bring some color into the jewelry mix. Our Medici Wrap bracelet has the look of wearing multiple bracelets, but all it takes is a simple wrap around the wrist.  The flirty, fun Dusty Blue Clutch from Malia Designs will have Kendra carrying her essentials in style! Topping off this look are Clarks Artisan Wessex Shav shoes from eco-conscious Planet Shoes.

Up next, a second look for Kendra:

Our Glam Noir dress, with ikat polka dots and contrasting lace trim, has elastic smocking in the back for a flattering fit. Pairing the dress with our red Darling Doily earrings makes a statement that’ll have people staring, while the silver Chaise bracelet and the silver Curly ring bring in a touch of sophistication. Add some bling with a unique purse made of recycled pop tops, from Bio Imaginarte. To polish off the outfit, why not step into some ankle booties from Planet Shoes again? 

Don’t forget that you can dress for a party or a night with the girls, look glamorous, and still shop fair trade, ethical brands. We hope your trip is fun, Kendra!

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