No class or work on Fridays makes for the perfect days for exploring. And exploring is a great way to treat yourself to a fun day that doesn’t cost a lot of money. Last week was a stressful one, so on Friday, I met a friend in Birmingham with no plan and ready to discover some new things in the city. And discover we did. Birmingham is a cool place. It’s even on Forbes’ list of emerging cities. One of my favorite places we found was Revelator Coffee, which has only three menu items and the most stunning decor. There, we stumbled upon some locally-produced kombucha, which made my kombucha-loving soul very happy. For the rest of the day, we just walked – the weather was perfect – and found ourselves in parks, antique stores, bread shops, cool restaurants, and the historic district.
As for my outfit, everything I wore was either fair trade or thrifted. My jeans were thrifted from my roommate’s closet, and the sunglasses are from a vintage shop in England. My shirt is from Brandy Melville, whose clothes are produced sweatshop free in Italy. And my shoes are Soludos and were, to my knowledge, produced in either Spain or China. Based on everything I read about Soludos, they are a fair trade company with transparency regarding their international factories, but they are working on further expanding their relationships with artisans throughout the world for product collaborations. They’re also made of eco-friendly materials.
P.S. I got some weird looks as I was walking around town, and it took me a while to figure out why. The bottle isn’t beer. It’s kombucha.
What’s your favorite way to spend free days?