Collaborator for Change: Mariko Ashley
At Pink Moon, we place a high value on community and giving back. As a matter of fact, from the moment we decided to create our digital wellcare space, we knew we wanted to create a unique initiative that fused these two values together. Our ultimate goal was to create something that would allow meaningful and far reaching change birthed from collaboration.
For us, this meant putting a spin on the traditional affiliate program structure.
The amazing women that we work with were chosen very intentionally. We have a lot of respect for the women we have partnered with, and, more often than not, have been admirers of their contributions to the beauty space for years.
We're excited to partner with Mariko Sandico-Lee, a sustainable + mindful living enthusiast, activist for BIPOC, and yoga student + 500 hour certified yoga instructor. We love Mariko's purpose-driven content on ethical fashion and shopping and eco travel (we LOVE Getaway, and our founder has gone on two Getaway trips so far). Follow Mariko on IG here.
Pink Moon: Tell us a little bit about you and your platform.
Mariko: My name is Mariko (she/her), and I'm a 2nd gen. Filipina & 4th gen. Japanese American living in Seattle, WA; on territory of the Indigenous Coast Salish people. I run an IG blog (@marikoashley) on sustainable fashion, mindful living, and holistic healing. I'm a 500 hr certified yoga instructor and communications specialist, hoping to pursue a masters in counseling & psychology in the fall.
Pink Moon: How has self care positively impacted your life?
Mariko: Self care has been an important practice that keeps me both grounded, and engaged. With all that's going on in the world and in our country, I've found it absolutely necessary to carve out time and space for self-reflection, rest, and joy. Staying engaged with justice movements for the long haul requires me to do so from a place of wholeness, and regular self-care is a big part of that.
Pink Moon: Since you are one of our Collaborators for Change, what charity have you chosen to work with? Why?
Mariko: I've chosen to have funds donated to Real Rent Duwamish because as someone that lives in the Seattle area, I recognize that the land I live and work on has been stolen from the Coast Salish people. I personally choose to make monthly donations to Real Rent Duwamish as a small form of reparations to the Duwamish tribe, and find it important to encourage others to do the same.
Pink Moon: What are your favorite products in the Pink Moon shop (or what are you most interested in/excited to try)?
Mariko: I'm most excited about trying out Pink Moon's skincare products. The Over the Moon Duo looks lovely, given that I already incorporate Gua Sha into my nightly skincare routine. I'd be curious to try the Malaya Organics face serum and eye serum too, as I'm always looking for high quality and clean serums to keep my skin glowy and fresh. Outside of skincare, I'm a sucker for a good candle -- so the Pink Moon Clair de Lune Candle sounds like a soothing scent. I love that it doubles as a moisturizer, too!