Muse of the Moment: Jordan Rebello

Although rare to find, Jordan Rebello is proof that real and natural beauty – inside AND out – is still a thing. A free spirit born to a Portuguese father and Native American mother, Jordan bounced around from Martha’s Vineyard to Boston to New York, and ultimately landed in Los Angeles – where she co-owns a vintage shop called Trouble in Paradise LA.

This down-to-earth babe redefines what it means to be a model, a mom, and a woman in today’s world. We love her au naturel beauty standards (that hair gives us life) and entrepreneurial spirit.

Find out what this wild child has to say about vintage shopping and owning your career!

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1. What was your first big modeling experience like?

I was shooting for American Apparel in 2015, which was the first time I really realized I was a model. It’s weird; I still don’t feel like one. That was the first time I was like, “Oh my God…I can’t leave and go to Trader Joe’s down the street without seeing five billboards within a 2-mile radius of our home.” I was kind of shy about it too, because I’m a mom.  I went to my daughter’s library class and other parents were like, “Oh, I’ve seen your face on that billboard! In your underwear!” I felt a little funny, but then I was like, “This is how I am going to raise my daughter – open minded – and knowing that her mom is an independent woman, working for herself.”

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2. Have you always been into the natural look?

I have three brothers, so I was never raised to be super girly. I was a tomboy from the beginning. I loved riding bikes and getting dirty. Now, I am into keeping my skin clear and dewy. I’m still into the ‘less is more’ thing, and making sure my face is fully clean when I go to sleep. I think the biggest thing is not being too much. I really love coconut oil, so I make sure I put it in my hair, and on my skin for a fresh, clear face.

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3. Where do you find cool vintage clothing?

There are a couple of warehouses in LA where I dig through bins and bins and bins of clothes. They have gross things in them but I love finding stuff! I love that you can do that in LA; I mean you can [dig through bins] in any city, but in L.A. you can find really awesome things, like a Michael Jackson T-shirt. It’s the only city where you can really do that.

4. Since you’re an expert in all things vintage, do you have any thrifting tips?

It’s cool to go in without an idea, but you might get lost, get sick of it and leave. So, I think it’s good to have some sort of knowledge of what you’re looking for. If you’re trying to dig through a bunch of things, it’s good to focus on material. If you like silks, then you might gravitate to satin or anything sheer. If you like prints, then you’ll gravitate toward material with prints.

There are always the name brands that people gravitate toward too. There are a lot of brands that aren’t cool now, but were super cool back in the ’80s, like Esprit and Ann Taylor. For denim jeans, look for selvedge denim jeans. This means you’re looking for jeans made in America or Japan, not China. Made in America is huge! For jeans from the ‘80s and ‘90s to say “Made in America”is pretty rad! Anything handmade is rare, because someone took the time to make it and there is only one of them out there!

Follow Jordan Rebello’s adventures on Instagram: @bigsecret

Recharge Yo Self with Rose Quartz

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Himalayan Salt Stone Tea Light Candle Holder / Moon Mirror Rose Luster Bowl / Smudge Stick / Ceramic Vintage Floral Catch All

There’s a lot of noise out there. In our current digital age, it seems like we’re always having debates on what’s acceptable.

Or what we should look like. Or how we should feel.

No matter who you are, you’re constantly being told how and who to be.

Or what to believe.

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Touch A Life X EB: Empowerment Through Batik

50% of sales from the Batik Fabrics (and Mud Cloth Bags) go directly back to the students at the Life Academy’s Sewing Collective in Accra, Ghana. When you buy a handmade Batik Fabric or Mud Cloth Bag, you’re doing more than just getting a textile. You’re giving a young student the opportunity to do something with their life, to become something.

 

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Touch A Life X EB: Empowerment Through Mud Cloth

Daniel, Faustina, Forgive, Janet, Happy, Ebenezer, Lydia, and Patience completed their first round of Hand Sewn Mud Cloth Bags at the Life Academy Sewing Collective in Accra, Ghana, and we’re so excited to be a part of their global launch!

 

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Touch A Life X EB: Empowering Together

It’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month

That’s why on Monday, January 9th, 20% of all online sales at earthboundtrading.com benefit Touch A Life. It doesn’t matter if you buy a bag, a salt lamp, or new canvas art!

20% of your online purchase goes directly back to Touch A Life, so they can continue to improve the lives of formerly trafficked children.

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[CONTEST!] From Earthbound → Entrepreneur: A Colorful Journey

hailey_alexeditEarthbound team member and creative butterfly, Hailey Lynn Glass, published her first ever hand-illustrated, hand-bound coloring book entitled, Butterflies, Flowers & Weirdness. We sat down to get an exclusive look into this creative girl’s mind to find out how she ended up on this path and what inspired her to take on the world of coloring.

Hailey’s been everything at Earthbound, from key holder to buying intern to merchandise coordinator and stylist. Her ability to dabble a little here and a little there in a wide variety of roles not only makes her a great employee, but a great artist too. From the time she was little, she was getting her hands in and on everything and anything.

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Excavating the Earth with Ground Soap

Meet Angela Youngs and Glenn Forester, Creators and Owners of Ground Soap. This husband and wife duo hand makes cold-process soaps using ONLY natural and organic ingredients. From plant-based fats to local Canadian honey to the Indonesian Batik fabric packaging, no detail is left unnoticed. Continue reading “Excavating the Earth with Ground Soap”

Chak – What? A Beginner’s Guide to Chakras

If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, then you’ve probably heard the teacher reference a chakra during a certain pose, such as: reaching your crown chakra towards the sky during standing tree or opening up your heart chakra during camel.

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Top 5 Reasons to Start Journaling

Light incense – or make a drink. Or do both. Take a breath, grab a journal, and just start writing. There is something raw about writing down your thoughts in a physical journal as opposed to a blog. Ideas spill on to paper and there isn’t an easy way to punch a key to delete them. What you write is real, it’s tangible, and you can even see the emotion in the manuscript depending on the mood. If you’re angry, you may notice the pages curl from furiously pressing your pen down. If you’re excited, maybe your words appear rushed because you can’t contain what you’re feeling. So why should you start this simple act? The benefits are huge. Let’s look at how:
1. Helps Achieve Goals

Writing down thoughts and ideas forces you to visualize what you want from your future self. It provides a timeline you can measure and track day by day. Reviewing your progress is as simple as flipping through the pages and seeing your goals transform into reality. It holds you accountable and reminds you that yes, there will be days you fall but there will also be days you succeed. You learn to take the good with the bad and that it’s just a part of the process.

2. Improves Relationships

Have you ever said something to a friend, family member, or significant other you deeply regret? Word vomit is real and a journal is the trash bag we so desperately need. Instead of instantly reacting when something happens, take time to write it ALL out on paper. Write out what happened and how it makes you feel. Even write out what you hate about the person or situation. It may sound harsh, but it allows you to express yourself in private, gather your thoughts, and come up with something constructive to say so feelings aren’t hurt and resolutions are achieved.

3. It’s a Stress Reliever

According to the Journal of Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, spending 15-20 min. a couple of times a week can greatly reduce stress and emotional events. It allows you to focus on what you’re thinking and helps you recount the event so it becomes more clear, more like a narrative – and less of a cloud of emotion.

4. Encourages Gratitude

Due to our 24-hour news cycle and fast-paced lifestyle, we hardly take time to reflect. There’s a lot going on in the world and we constantly have negative things being thrown at us from every direction. Taking time to write out just a few simple things we are thankful for can make us feel warm and fuzzy instead of bogged down and helpless. It really is the little things in life that keep us going.
5. Removes Judgment

We are always connected. Whether it’s through social media or an article online, our society is constantly spitting out information, waiting to be chewed up by a human behind a screen. A journal is a space where you can completely let go and be yourself. You don’t have to worry about someone judging you for an opinion or mocking you for a belief. It’s a way to build up your confidence and self-esteem from within, instead of through a list of “friends”.

You have to love yourself because no amount of love from others is sufficient to fill the yearning that your soul requires from you. – Dodinsky

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Día de los Muertos

When we think of death or about relatives who have passed, our automatic reaction is to often be sad and/or to avoid the topic all together. It’s understandable to feel down when talking about a deceased loved one but many Hispanic cultures take the opposite approach. Every year on November 1 & 2, known as “Día de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”, families prepare an altar-like set up in their home or town with offerings orofrendas for the deceased. The day is more of a time to celebrate the character qualities and personality of those who passed than to mourn. It is believed that the spirits come back to visit their living relatives and take time to enjoy their favorite earthly treasures, like tequila and tamales.

Instead of preparing for one of our own relatives, we decided to honor Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter known for her self portraits. Photos of the deceased are placed at the altar to help honor and remember their life.

           

Pan dulce, which means “sweet bread”, is a classic Hispanic pastry often eaten for breakfast. We picked some up at a local panadería for our altar. Many people leave their favorite candy, like de La Rosa, as a sweet treat for their loved one. After the long journey, the spirits will definitely be hungry and need to refuel. Although they don’t actually eat the food, the spirits remove all nutritional value from the offerings. It’s also important to leave a bowl of water to cleanse themselves with. After all, who knows how long their travels took and what they encountered along the way.

Incense and candles are always seen at an altar. The spirits follow the aromatic smoke of burning incense and use the candles to guide themselves to their destination.

          

Look, we all seem to enjoy a drink or two and we’re ususally craving one after a stressful roadtrip or flight. How do you think the spirits feel after WHO KNOWS how long without some libations? Tequila is a popular spirit (no pun intended) found throughout Mexico and is found at an altar.

          

Vast majority of Hispanics are Catholic and many families incorporate their religious beliefs into their Day of the Dead altar by placing a crucifix. All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday, actually coincides with Day of the Dead and many Mexicans view it as the same holiday.

Flowers, specifically marigolds, are placed around the altar so the spirits can find their way into the home. The vibrant colors and fragrant scent lure the spirits in and remind us how fragile life truly is.

        

Tamales are a staple in Hispanic culture and are often made during big holidays and celebrations, like Christmas, and Day of the Dead is no exception. Many families put out other traditional foods like mole and even pumpkin. However, if grandma hated tamales and preferred a greasy hamburger, then that is what you would leave out for her. The offerings don’t always have to be traditional and can definitely be something more modern.

          

Even if you don’t come from a Hispanic background, you can still celebrate the day. Honoring those who have passed and keeping their memory alive is a universal tribute we can all get behind.