I have always been a minimalist when it comes to my swimsuits, even before my commitment to ethical shopping, mostly because I was too cheap to buy multiple swimsuits every season. I would buy one or two swimsuits in the course of like 5 years. I'm weird. I know that is not the norm - most of my friends have a drawer full of like 20 swimsuits! And one swimsuit can get boring for that long, it's true. My new strategy has been to mix and match different bikinis, so that I don't have to buy both pieces. Like mix a floral top I already have with striped bottoms, or get a checkered top for black bottoms I already have. :)
There seems to be a huge discrepancy in price between most ethically made swimsuits and fast fashion swimsuits (like $200 vs $20). I've focused on the ethical swimwear brands that are the most affordable, but I did keep a few of the more expensive ones if they were really cute because they do usually go on sale at the...
I was very inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical “On Care for our Common Home” that was released last month. It reminded me of the faith journey that has shaped my purchasing behaviors, and made me a more thoughtful and conscious consumer. Though I am not catholic (I'm technically protestant), and though many of my wonderful fellow conscious consumers do not share my particular faith, I think there is a lot that we can learn from from the Pope’s wise words. Here’s an excerpt from the encyclical:
“The creation accounts in the book of Genesis contain, in their own symbolic and narrative language, profound teachings about human existence and its historical reality. They suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor and with the earth itself. According to the Bible, these three vital relationships have been broken, both outwardly and within us….Many things have to change course, but it is we human bei...
I've been quite the nomad, living in 10 cities in the past 12 years. Born in California, that's where my heart is - and I hope to be back there one day. But for now, I am on the east coast, in Boston where my husband's job is based, and I'm learning to love this city (especially in the summer)!
Boston is such a historic place, and there are so many quaint and beautiful corners that just blow me away. I love the row houses and the vines that grow on the walls, the old cobblestone streets and the community gardens. This city really comes to life in the summer, and I try to be outside as much as possible to enjoy it!
I love vintage. It's one of those things that gets my blood pressure going and makes me all crazy and excited. It's fun thinking about the story of where that dress has been, and knowing that you aren't going to walk down the street seeing someone else wear it. It's also great because it helps give new life to garments that have been discarded, and reduces waste. AND you can buy it knowing that you aren't supporting companies that are expoiting people or the planet. Lastly, you can usually save money by buying second hand. So basically it's a win-win-win-win... times a hundred.
I've compiled a list of some of my favorite etsy vintage stores for boho dresses. The dresses above are my favorites from each shop, all between $30 and $100. And there's a bunch more in each shop once you click in!
Weekend in NYC! It was so nice getting to hang out in my old neighborhood on the Upper West Side. Blake and I went to our favorite coffee shop, had brunch with old friends, and ate a lot of good food.
I’m so excited to be wearing summer clothes, though I still am not quite ready to wear shorts yet. I’m loving maxi skirts, because they are comfortable and stretchy, and I don’t have to worry about winter white legs. :) I've been thrifting lately and I found this maxi skirt I found at Goodwill for $5! I sometimes forget how good it feels to find things you love, that don't break the bank, and help give discarded clothing new life. I'm going to try to go once a week to see what treasures I can find! I also want to share a list of my favorite online vintage stores, so stay tuned for that!
Hope you have a great week!
lace crop top // urban renewal // made in Philadelphia from repurposed vintage fabric
First, may I say that I'm so excited it's spring I can barely contain myself! I want to roll around in the grass and hang out with plants and eat icecream, which is basically what I did all weekend and it was absolute perfection.
I'm so excited to share with you a new American made handbag collection that I recently discovered. Well, actually, this is one of the first brands that I didn't find first - they found me! They reached out to me and I fell in love with their bright colors, contemporary design, and most of all their commitment to American manufacturing.
Campos is a handbag line made in Brooklyn that is a collaboration between leather craftsman Roy Campos and Hayden-Harnett Creative Director Toni Hacker. I did a short interview with Toni and it was really interesting to hear about their impact on NYC manufacturing - read on for all the details!
I went to Miami for the first time for a winter escape, and I loved it! For some reason I thought it would be a little cheesy/touristy, but actually it’s a really beautiful, classy city. I loved the Art Deco architecture, the food, and (of course) the 80 degree sunny days. We stayed at the Standard, which is in this retro hotel that’s been restored, and it was the perfect relaxing getaway.
It was fun mixing and matching some of the pieces I have worn through the winter with some of my summer clothes. For example, my favorite everlane black bag that you’ve seen me wearing all winter. It’s the perfect size, and black is always in season.
Now I can’t wait for the Spring and Summer to come to the east coast! It’s getting close!!!
robe // zinke // made in usa
striped t-shirt // ALC // made in USA (from a few years ago)
navy striped bag // mar y sol for j crew // made by artisans in madagascar from sustainable materials with a commitment to promoting families’ financial indepe...
"Buy less, choose well" has been a guiding principle for me for the past two and a half years of buying my clothing ethically. Partially because things produced in a conscious way are generally more expensive, so I have to choose my purchases wisely. And partially because I was tired of being wasteful and impulsive, and shopping that way didn’t get me the wardrobe of my dreams. I always looked in my closet and felt like I had “nothing to wear.”
A few years ago, I was staring at 12 trendy tops that I bought at the mall for $12 each, and half had gone out of style, while the other half had fallen apart quickly because they were poor quality.
Now, I stare into my closet and feel like I have good collection of key pieces that I really love, that I can mix and match, and that will last me a long time.
But, as we all know, basics can be boring.
One thing I realized more recently is that while basics are the true foundation of a wardrobe (that perfect white shirt, yo...
There are many factors that make up ethical fashion. I tend to classify them into two main categories – people and planet. From what I’ve observed over the past five years, most of the ethical fashion movement has been focused on improving the ways that fashion affects the planet. I think that eco-fashion, as it’s often called, is extremely important, but my heart has always gone out to the people who make the products we buy (though it’s true that people and the planet are intricately connected). When I went searching for “ethical fashion” resources, I found many sites devoted to environmentally sustainable fashion but didn’t find much direction for ethical alternatives that supported human flourishing rather than exploitation.
During college, my concern was sparked by news like this article where 54 people were killed when a textile factory with only one exit caught on fire. And it seems as though the situation for garment workers has only gotten worse since then. Last year we experi...