Sustainable Sundress & Straw Handbag For Those Late Summer Weekends

Hey there! In today’s post, I’ll be discussing my recent purchase from Mara Hoffman, a big name designer with a focus on sustainable and ethical practices, and Indigo&Lavender, an artisan-focused Mediterranean home and lifestyle company.

Mara Hoffman Slip Dress

I fell in love with this print when I initially ordered a swim suit in the same print. Sadly, the suit didn’t work out for me – but I still wanted the print in my life. Luckily, Mara Hoffman also made a slip dress in the same print! Technically, this dress is listed under the ‘swim shop’ as a cover up, but it is a dress. Just wear neutral undergarments and you’ll be fine.

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The dress is made from ‘responsibly sourced’ viscose, which starts as the wood pulp of sustainably harvested trees. The source material (wood pulp), is then treated with chemicals before becoming fiber. Mara Hoffman states that the Indian mill they work with to produce viscose is committed to:

  • Reducing water consumption and pollution emissions
  • Reusing material by-products
  • Converting energy used into electricity

Read more about Mara Hoffman’s commitment to sustainability and ethics here.

Mara Hoffman Dress

The spaghetti strap top and midi length contrast each other well. The floral pattern is eye-catching, and sure to be a staple for many spring and summer events to come. The dress is available (and on sale!) here for $132. Needless to say, I’m more than pleased with this Mara Hoffman dress!


Even though this dress is a standout, you can dress it up or down. I styled it above with flat sandals and a straw tote for a laid-back summer afternoon look. On the flip side, you could dress it up with heels and a clutch, and it would be suitable for more formal events as well.

Indigo&Lavender French Market Basket

Let’s talk about one of the trendiest accessories of the summer: straw handbags. They’re everywhere, of all shapes, sizes, and price points.


The Lucena oval round shopping bag, shown above, is from Mediterranean home and lifestyle company Indigo&Lavender. The straw bag is made with sustainably-sourced palm leaves, hand woven by an artisan in Marrakech, Morocco. The bag is fair trade and eco-friendly.

If you’re in the market for a straw bag, I urge you to choose one that is fair trade, crafted with care, and with sustainability in mind. Not only will it last longer, but you’ll truly have a beautiful bag.

Indigo&Lavender Tote

I mainly intend to use this bag as a large tote for traveling, shopping trips, or as a beach bag. It would also work as an everyday bag if you carry a lot! The Lucena is available here for $60. It is also available here at Madewell for the same price.

Indigo&Lavender Tote

Indigo&Lavender has a number of other options for straw bags, under the French Market Baskets section of their website, available here.

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