Conrado Girl: Emily Pack

I had the chance to partner with Emily of A Day Pack again this summer. Nick and Emily are Seattle based ethical enthusiasts seeking ways of living thoughtfully and ethically. They have a great list of women's, men's, children's clothes and accessories. Even an ethical list of beauty, health, and food brands that they use.

She reviewed our new Rachael Ruffle Top (we are getting more!) over on their blog too. She talks about our pricing and other ethical ways in making our sustainable clothing with the use of deadstock fabric. I also wanted to get to know her more and did a little interview with Emily!

 1. Can you tell us a little about yourself? How have you become the woman you are today?  I’m a nearly 28 year old woman with a life mission of “loving others through vessels of creativity.” I teach preschool by day and blog about ethical style + products by night (or in the wee hours of the morning). I’m in love with a man name Nicholas (my husband of the last 3.5 years). We live near Seattle, Washington, and love our simple little life.  I think the largest influence in shaping the woman I am today is my relationship with Jesus and the community I’ve surrounded myself with. First off, my faith is what I live for. It gives me purpose in this, sometimes, confusing and overwhelming world. I have deep joy and hope because of my relationship with Christ. Second, my “village” (friends, family, co-workers, and blogging community) have deeply shaped the woman I am. Their encouragement, guidance, and challenge helps me remember who I truly am and who I was made to be. They keep me grounded.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself? How have you become the woman you are today?

I’m a nearly 28 year old woman with a life mission of “loving others through vessels of creativity.” I teach preschool by day and blog about ethical style + products by night (or in the wee hours of the morning). I’m in love with a man name Nicholas (my husband of the last 3.5 years). We live near Seattle, Washington, and love our simple little life.

I think the largest influence in shaping the woman I am today is my relationship with Jesus and the community I’ve surrounded myself with. First off, my faith is what I live for. It gives me purpose in this, sometimes, confusing and overwhelming world. I have deep joy and hope because of my relationship with Christ. Second, my “village” (friends, family, co-workers, and blogging community) have deeply shaped the woman I am. Their encouragement, guidance, and challenge helps me remember who I truly am and who I was made to be. They keep me grounded.

2. Do you remember that moment that made you think to switch to an ethical lifestyle?

Absolutely! Back in high school, I attended a youth group through my church. My youth pastor at the time (now a dear friend), Dawn Oas, spoke about the atrocities of human trafficking and how we could help fight this global issue. From there, I learned how and where the products I use were made. I started my journey of living more intentionally, researching brands and working to shop second hand as often as possible.I haven’t been “perfect” in this ethical lifestyle, but I’ve been consistent. I don’t ever see myself going back to old ways of living, shopping, or learning.

3. You and your husband Nicholas are what makes your blog. Describe your favorite moment working together.

This will absolutely sound cheesy, but I treasure taking photos together. At first, it can always feel awkward and a bit clumsy (we are not models and definitely need coaching to get that right pose). However, there will be these little moments when we’re looking at one another, just being silly and locking eyes. Those moments are meaningful. We have a very intentional relationship, but the constant hussle and bussle of life can often block you from being completely present with someone else. Being told over and over to look into your spouse’s eyes - well, it can spark a lot of romance, hah!

4. What ethical practices do you practice at home?

We would love to be a zero-waste household, but we certainly have  a log ways to go to achieve this goal. Right now, we’ve started little habits toward this lifestyle: no paper towels, natural cleaning products and laundry powder, and simply owning less. Everything in our home (except for a small handful of items, like pots and pans) were found secondhand. We truly try to live out what we share about. We are not perfect, and as noted before, we have a ways to go in our “ethical journey.” But we’ve begun and don’t ever see ourselves turning back to old habits.

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5.  Describe something that you love to learn for yourself.

I am currently on a mission to master playing electric guitar. It takes significant practice, but I finally feel that I’m making progress. I have a passion for encouraging women to pursue music, as the industry is heavily saturated by men. I am deeply inspired by women who go against the grain and master an instrument with proficiency and creativity!

6. What is your dream destination?

Nick and I often chat about traveling to Santorini, Greece, someday. Google it. I guarantee you’ll be inspired to do the same.

7. What are your reading?

I’m currently jumping between two early summer reads: Lila by Marilynne Robinson and The Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica Alexander and Iben Sandahl. They are very different reads, but I’m enjoying both immensely. My day job is teaching children, so I am inspired by other culture’s views and practices of parenting. I think it’s healthy to have an open and well-rounded perspective!

All photos in this post are by Jon + Moch Photography