Green Around Acadiana | Clothing Swap at Deuxième Vie Creative

I've written about Deuxieme Vie Creative before and shared their background as a nonprofit creative reuse space in downtown Lafayette. Over the past couple years, they've expanded on their events and classes, accepting donated goods and repurposing items along the way.

Coming up next week is a fun event for families all over Acadiana! In partnership with No Waste Lafayette, Deuxieme Vie Creative is hosting a clothing swap on Saturday, December 14.

There are specific details to participate, so be sure to read the steps below. If you have any questions, feel free to message the center on Facebook or Instagram - they are very responsive!

All proceeds raised from the clothing swap will go towards creative reuse, community sustainability and programs funded by both No Waste Lafayette and Deuxième Vie Creative.


$5 participation fee at the door


Saturday December 14, 11am - 3pm (start time change)
549 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA, 70501

Photo courtesy Deuxieme Vie Creative


  • Bring in your donations to Deuxieme Vie from Saturday, December 7 through Friday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. They are open 10am-5:30pm every day.
  • Clothing must be donated BEFORE the swap day. Do not bring your clothing on the day of or evening of the swap.
  • Please only donate wearable items. Ripped or broken items will not be accepted. 
  • Accepted items include men's, women's and children's pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, shoes, belts, sweaters and coats.
  • When you bring your items in, you will be given tokens to use as currency during the swap. Bring your tokens on the day of the clothing swap and use them as your currency.
  • Please bring reusable bags to carry your goodies out!
  • Interested in shopping even though you don’t have clothes to swap? All unused tokens will be available with a donation during the swap.
  • All unclaimed clothes will be donated to local organizations in need.


My 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

As Christmas quickly approaches, I've been working on my list of gifts to get for our family members and friends.

In that process, I thought about putting together a gift guide similar to ones I've done in previous years, highlighting eco-friendly and sustainable gifts. But I figured that since there are so many other gift guides being put out by talented bloggers, I might focus on a different kind of guide.

I love this guide from Natalie over at Sustainably Chic - she compiled 50 sustainable and ethical gifts that are less than $50. Right up my alley!

As Ariana gets bigger and more into her toddler phase, I've found myself thinking more about my desire to create fun family memories. We're past the newborn survival mode and she's able to do more things. It inspired me to create a gift guide focused on the intangible - things that help you create fun family memories. It's eco-friendly in a way that it doesn't focus on material goods!

So this year, consider gifting your family and friends with experience gifts. To quote Cousin Eddie, it's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year!

If you desire to wrap more than just a card or slip of paper, I'm suggesting a small tangible gift to go along with each experience.


Halloween Art and Nature Festival

If you're looking for a fun, family friendly event, make some time this Saturday to drive out to Arnaudville and attend the Halloween Art and Nature Festival! Due to last weekend's heavy rain, the festival was rescheduled to November 2, and is still from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Atelier de la Nature is a nine-acre experiment in a farm-returned-to-nature. Sustainable food educator Aurore Ballengée, artist and biologist Dr. Brandon Ballengée, and their children Victor and Lily began Atelier de la Nature in 2016. The former soy field is now a native prairie, hardwood and wetland habitat.

They are a partner of the NUNU Arts & Culture Collective, and are within the Cecilia et les Alentours Cultural District. The goal is to educate about the interconnection of the south Louisiana ecosystem. Atelier de la Nature offers French and English cooking demonstrations, guided nature walks, eco-workshops, and art and science educational programming.

The festival has a ton of activities planned, including:
  • Trick or treating,
  • Halloween-themed stories in French and English
  • DIY costume making/cosplay workshop and contest
  • Bio-art painting demonstration using live microbes
  • Mythical Afro-futurist heroes workshop, based on Louisiana folklore and African mythology
  • Japanese Pickle making and Kim-Chi fermentation workshop
  • DIY walking stick workshop
  • Ghostbusters archery activity
  • Jack-o-lantern bath bomb decorating
  • Deuxième Vie Creative reuse activity
  • Hands-on educational presentations about native reptiles and amphibians with live animals and natural history artifacts (skins, shells, bones)
  • A "Beetlemania" exhibit featuring live spiders, scorpions beetles and other creepy crawlers
  • Solar power workshop and demo
  • Building a bee hotel to help insects
  • Ceramics activities with clay from the Atelier de la Nature
  • Traiteur medicinal plant walk and making paint from plants activity
  • Fortune telling and spooky face-painting
  • Geodesic dome from bamboo activity,
  • Presentations on native wildlife, native plants use and how to create safe nesting areas benefiting Louisiana's bird populations

Participating organizations include:
  • Acadiana Center for the Arts
  • Acadiana Master Naturalists
  • Acadiana Native Plant Project
  • Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
  • Audubon Louisiana
  • Bain Amour Bath & Body Company
  • Cecilia et les Alentours
  • Cub Scouts Pack 301
  • Deuxième Vie Creative
  • Elizabeth FX
  • Field Hat Studios
  • LASOAR (Louisiana Association of Sports, Outdoor Adventure, and Recreation)
  • Les Deux Mondes
  • Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Louisiana Amphibian And Reptile Enthusiasts (L.A.R.E.)
  • LSU Ag Center
  • LSU Entomology Club
  • LSU Museum of Natural Science
  • New Generation Seafood
  • Red Hatter Productions
  • St. Martin Parish Public Library
  • TECHE Project
  • Tee Jugs, LLC
  • Teens Outdoor Education and Service (T.O.E.S.)
  • The Beetle Experience
  • The Walls Project/ Baton Roots
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette Anthropology Program
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • University of Tennessee Sculpture Club

Festival organizers advise attendees to bring a chair. Food and drinks will be available.


Atelier de la Nature, 1050 Andrew Gautreaux Road, Arnaudville, LA 70512
(off Coteau Rodaire Hwy, north of I-10 Exit 115 Cecilia/Henderson)

National Secondhand Wardrobe Day

Today is National Secondhand Wardrobe Day, and I'm excited to celebrate!

Since I embarked on a personal journey back in 2017 to make a sustainable wardrobe a higher priority, I've found that I've really made a big impact on my shopping habits and my closet. I don't impulse shop at conventional stores online or locally, choosing to shop from either a sustainable/organic/ethical brand or a secondhand store.

Sometimes, I won't even realize it until I'm halfway through my day, but I'll look down and realize every element of an outfit is secondhand in some way. That's what happened with this outfit from earlier in the week!

Touring the UL Lafayette Solar PART Lab

After I wrote a few weeks back about the UL Office of Sustainability hosting a day dedicated to panels on sustainability efforts, I decided to sign up to attend the final session of the day. It focused on the construction and usage of UL Lafayette's Solar PART Lab and included a field trip to the lab.

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