my birthday wishlist: the ethical items + travel gear this birthday girl is lusting after

It’s my birthday in exactly one month. This past winter, I put together a wishlist for Christmas, and my loved ones actually said it helped them pick out ethically made, eco-friendly items and travel gear to gift me, as well as introducing them to brands they hadn’t yet heard of— talk about wins all around.

In truth, I have everything a girl could really need. Good friends. Good work. Big laughs. What more could ya ask for? I am currently saving up for a few big trips at the moment, so it’s always good to have little injections into those lovely little travel pots. It was kind of difficult to make a list, really, because, despite frothing over everything on this list, travel fund bumps and experiences are my gifts of choice.

But, if you’re going to spend your money on something material, I highly recommend you spend it on these items I love from some of my favourite brands {classic and new}. And, hey, I’m sure you know someone who has a birthday coming up you might want to buy for, am I right? Why not try one of these sustainable brands for a loved ones gift!

Psst…all items are linked to make shopping easy!


everlane’s Cheeky Straight Jean in Bone {ankle length}

I have an ongoing love affair with Everlane. Their denim never disappoints. After investing in their high-waisted, skinny, light wash denim, I was so in love I had to buy the same pair in the darker wash. Then, I invested in the summer jean. Now, I’m looking for a straight legged pair I can dress up or down in their perfectly cut ankle length. I have been loving white pants lately. I think it’s incredibly easy to style in a way that looks effortless.

will and bear calloway hat in cream

This is the eco-hat of my dreams. I love the brim. I love the band. I love the classic teardrop pinch and that it’s made of 100% Australian wool. Want to hear something extra special? For every hat sold, Will and Bear plant ten trees!

Reformation’s Juliette Dress in Bouquet

I’ve been eyeing this dress for a while now. Reformation is a brand with a mission a girl like me can get fully behind. I only own one piece from the brand, but it’s the piece I wear when I want to feel like my flirtiest self. The fit is incredible , as is the overall ethos of the company. If the birthday suit were actually an ethical and environmental dress, the Juliette Dress in Bouquet would be it for me.

Everlane's Cheeky Straight Jean in Bone

everlane’s renew long puffer in surplus

If you haven’t already gathered, much of my wishlist {as per usual} is from Everlane. Their radical transparency as a company and the quality of their designs simply cannot be matched. As a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, there is no other company whose products I’ve invested in that I’ve worn more than any item I’ve purchased from Everlane. This long puffer in {my favourite} surplus green is ideal for New Zealand winters with the added benefit of being made from plastic bottles. Yeah, amazing, right?!

Patagonia Brodeo Beanie

My old white and gray Carhartt beanie is a favourite, but amongst my travels {specifically my European travels this past winter}, the poor thing got well-used. The white bits actually are a bit off-white now no matter how much I wash it. It would be pretty rad to grab a new, warm beanie for my head’s new year.

Tread by Everlane’s Trainer in off-White

Tread is the shoe brand by Everlane that has fully revolutionized the sneaker industry. The mission for Tread is to make the world’s lowest-impact sneaker. It’s production is carbon neutral, guys. White sneakers designed by Everlane with the environment in mind— that’s as “me” as it gets.

she sells sea shells lima necklace

She Sells Sea Shells is a New Zealand company that makes gorgeous accessories. The Lima necklace, pictured here, has me all heart-eyed. I love supporting small businesses, and I doubly love supporting ones in my favourite place on earth.

Sony a7iii

Canon EOS 6D Mark ii Digital SLR Camera

Yeah, it’s hefty {and so is the price tag}, but now that I’ve invested in photography courses, it makes sense to make the upgrade in kit too. My Canon Rebel T5 has worked wonders as a learning camera, and I have a longggg way to go, but the time has come the Walrus said. The Canon Eos 6D Mark II has been repeatedly named one of the absolute best DSLRs in the game. The video and photo quality is outstanding. To me, this is the ultimate wishlist item as far as tech gear goes.

Women's ORIGINAL UNIVERSAL sandals in black

Not much to say here, really. I have a patterned pair. I would like that pair in black because they are easier to match with everything. Please and thank you.

sony a7iii mirrorless camera with 35mm f1.4, 16-35mm f4 and 70-200mm f4 lenses

Again, a hefty price tag. Again, voted one of the best cameras for both film and photo. This one, however, is mirrorless. Having played with Luke’s Sony, I immediately could tell weight difference. Ultimately, I’m a Canon girl at heart, but having something lighter that compares in quality wouldn’t render any complaints from me!

Canon Eos 6d Mark ii

grayl geopress purifier in camo black

Having a reuasble water bottle did me absolutely no good in Morocco. There were no water refill stations in anywhere I went— restaurants, riads, you name it. I ended up having to buy a lot of clean water in, you guessed it, plastic bottles. Having a Grayl GeoPress Purifier would have been an easy solution. This purifier makes 24 ounces of clean drinking water in 8 seconds and clears it of everything— even nasty microplastics.