Sustainable Fashion: A New Craze?

You might think that compared to animal agriculture or heavy industry, fashion doesn’t have an unusually large impact on the environment. But when you realize just how many mines there are all over the world to extract precious metals for jewelry, how many cotton fields there are to make our clothes, and how many giant tankers freight clothing from one country to another, you soon realize that what you wear really does make a big difference to the planet.

Today, many of us are looking to make more ecologically-friendly fashion choices which help the planet and make life sustainable for our children and grandchildren. Here are some things you can do today that are both fashionable and sustainable.

Buy Clothes Second Hand

Every year, Americans throw out more than a million tons of clothing. According to estimates, upwards of two-thirds of those clothes could be resold, giving somebody else a new outfit and saving on all the resource costs of making clothes. The great thing about second-hand clothing is that you’ll often find vintage items - something stylish from the past that you can wear today.

Also, keep an eye out for great bargains. You’ll be amazed at some of the designer items people throw out and how cheaply you can find them in charity and secondhand stores.

Choose Sustainable Brands

Some brands go out of their way to be more sustainable than others, using fewer resources and emitting less CO2. According to a Brilliant Earth review, fashion businesses address everything from environmental issues to education in many of the poorer countries where they operate. Next time you go shopping for designer clothing or jewelry, take some time to look at the brand’s website. Do they support sustainable practices? Or are they exploiting resources and labor in developing countries?

Always Choose Natural Fibers Over Synthetic

Do you know your natural fibers from your synthetic? If you’re interested in saving the planet, you should. Natural fibers include anything which can grows in the ground. That includes wool, bamboo, and cotton (yes, you can get clothing made from bamboo these days!). Avoid synthetic fabrics, most of which are made from the byproducts of an oil refining.

Choose Locally Made

Transporting clothes from one location to another uses up a fabulous amount of resources. That’s why so many fashion-conscious people now prefer to source their clothing locally. And with a growing community of artisanal tailors, the breadth of choices available to consumers is growing by the day.

The great thing about locally-produced clothing is that you get to see the conditions under which the clothing was made up close and personal. Often artisans are hobbyists who employ just a handful of people in small workshops - all of whom want to be there.

Up-cycle Your Old Items

Rather than put an old dress in the trash just because it went out of date, why not make a few alterations or re-purpose it? You’ll be amazed how you can transform any item of clothing from something drab into something delightful with just a few simple changes.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS GROWING FASHION TREND?


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East African Gal

So it's supposedly Spring in the L.A. area, however, it does not feel like it at all. It has been more cooler and cloudy days than sunny and warm days. Hey, I am NOT complaining! As a Midwest gal (St. Louis to be exact), I am use to experiencing all 4 seasons and what TRUE Spring feels like (of course with more rain). But I did not expect L.A. to be this cool.

Not sure if many of you know, but I moved to the L.A. area from Atlanta last August to start my Doctorate program in Clinical and Neuropsychology (YAY!!) and I have just finished my first year. I could not be more proud of myself, for being able to accomplish my dream of getting into a doctoral program. The journey was long, but it was well worth it. This was the FIRST and ONLY school that I applied to and voila, ya girl got in! With that being said, I literally uprooted my life across the country and went that came a yard sale and everything went from furniture to most of my clothes. Needless to say, this year has been heavily focused on school, my clinical internship and work, so there has been NO TIME to go shopping.

.... and that's where this lovely outfit comes in. 

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This lovely creation happens to be 2 different dresses that I conveniently turned into a top and a pencil skirt ensemble. Desperate times call for desperate measure right? However, this is what makes fashion so beautiful, when you can create unique looks that look amazing.

African print anything is ALWAYS in season because it is so versatile and comes in an assortment of color patterns and it always makes me feel good when I can give an ode to the other half of my heritage. As always, black never goes out of style and I love how this dress converted very easily into a top and the cut outs add for a sexy and playful look. 

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:: OUTFIT DETAILS::

TOP: Guess | SKIRT: Vintage find | CLUTCH: TJ Maxx | SHOES: Traffic Shoe


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TRACK | Queen


:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

BLAZER: Sag Harbor | TOP: Vintage find  | JEANS: H& M  |  HEELS: Modern Vice | RING: Bakers


What do you get when you mix a tomboy with fashion? You get a dope a** shoot in a dope a** setting! I definitely put my skills to use hence you see me on the train box car (YES I did climb up to the top in my heels *2 snaps*). 

This shoot was so fun... from strutting on the abandoned train tracks to climbing the box car. This outfit was perfect for the setting and surprisingly enough, all of the colors (the background and my outfit) blended well together to bring this Spring look all together. I decided to play off pastels and neutral and make my blazer, belt and lippie be the focal point for this look. I have been into blazers lately because they can make any outfit look good, especially on struggle days when you are stressing over what to wear.

What are your go to staple pieces?


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POSTED | uP ft. Jah. Revamped


:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

Romper: Jah.Revamped | Heels: Charlotte Russe | Clutch: Jah.Revamped


I am all about the accessories for this outfit and love how they compliment each other. This outfit is perfect for a night out when you want to be dressy but comfortable at the same time. The black romper takes a back seat and lets the colorful graphics of the shoes and boldness of the clutch take the lead.... my boo Jah has done it again. 

If you don't recall, I first wore some of Jah. Revamped pieces in my previous Valentine's Day post and I told you all that I would be wearing more of here eclectic fashionable finds. If you want to find out more about the items she has for sale, visit her on Instagram: @jah.revamped


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Backyard | Chillin

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          Blazer: Macys | Top: Thrifted | Shorts: Target | Shoes: Marshalls | Bag: Louis Vuitton                                            Cuff: Thrifted | Turquoise Ring: Bakers | Earrings: Belk

          Blazer: Macys | Top: Thrifted | Shorts: Target | Shoes: Marshalls | Bag: Louis Vuitton                                            Cuff: Thrifted | Turquoise Ring: Bakers | Earrings: Belk

This past weekend I Headed back home to  St. Louis to see my family. While the weather was horrible the majority of the time (raining and dreary) I didn't let that stop my style!

I opted for this casual ensemble on Saturday because I knew I had a lot of running around to do. I didn't plan for this outfit to look as good as it did lol, I was rushing and just put something together... but I love the way these colors play off of each other to give me a fun Spring look. What's even better, this look can go from day to night... just put on a bad heel and your good to go!


What are your favorite Spring Trends? Comment below...


Stylish cheats I'll be using for my summer wardrobe

So...you want to look chic every day, but you don’t have the time and money to consistently update your wardrobe? This is a problem that many busy, independent women face. The rich and famous get around this issue by hiring assistants and personal stylists. But do the rest of us do? We cheat! Yes, we use many sneaky ways to look fantastic within our budget, and fast!

Summer is nearly here, and I’m sure you fashionistas have started drooling over many beautiful outfits in stores and online. Here are some of the cheats I will be using to create a stylish summer wardrobe. I hope you find them helpful!


RE-USE YOUR SUMMER STAPLES


Yes, there are plenty of new summer trends that we are all desperate to indulge in, but that doesn’t mean we have to invest in an entire new wardrobe for the new season! You probably have a number of summer wardrobe staples that unless they are way past it, you can use again this year.

Such garments include denim shorts, plain t-shirts and vest tops. They may just need a bit of freshening up in the washing machine and an iron to make them look as good as new. And even items that aren’t considered summer “staples”,  for example, maxi dresses, are just as stylish as they were last year.

Some of my staple pieces.......    Vest:  Goodwill find (cut up and bleached) /  Boyfriend Tee:  Target /  Shorts:  American Eagle /  Flats:  Halston /  Cuff:  Goodwill find    Note: These items do not go together, just for visual purposes

Some of my staple pieces.......

Vest: Goodwill find (cut up and bleached) / Boyfriend Tee: Target / Shorts: American Eagle / Flats: Halston / Cuff: Goodwill find

Note: These items do not go together, just for visual purposes

INVEST IN ACCESSORIES

Getting a new summer wardrobe costs time and money. However, if you reduce your shopping list so that it includes mostly accessories, you can still achieve a stylish look for less. I think accessories make an outfit. They can turn a simple ensemble into something really fab! Some of the biggest summer accessory trends for this year include statement cuffs, aviators and 70s style floppy hats. Floral totes and downsized purses are also in style, and if you are particularly thrifty you may be able to find these handbags on sale online. Use your trendy accessories to dress up your summer wardrobe staples.

Pink Chain bag:  Mark by Avon /  Wedge Heels:  Boutique Find /  Yellow Chain Crossbody:  Urban Expressions /  Heels:  Bakers Shoes /  Cuff:  Goodwill find  

Pink Chain bag: Mark by Avon / Wedge Heels: Boutique Find / Yellow Chain Crossbody: Urban Expressions / Heels: Bakers Shoes / Cuff: Goodwill find  

CONCENTRATE ON SHOES

Shoes aren’t exactly the most affordable part of your wardrobe but if you find a great deal on a stunning pair or two, they can work like magic on your wardrobe. Imagine a plain white summer dress with a pair of eye-popping heels. Yes, it’s simple, but sometimes those outfits are the most stylish. With so many online stores, it’s much easier to find items that are within your budget. So use your lunch break and down time after work to scour the web for a few pairs of beautiful summer footwear that can spruce up your summer wardrobe.

 

GO THRIFT SHOPPING

Not only can you find beautiful and unique items in second-hand shops, but shopping in these stores is also kind to your purse. Go in there with an open mind as you are unlikely to find what you are looking for if you have a strict agenda. Most of all, have fun trying different things on and experimenting with new styles, colours and patterns.

 

I hope that these cheats help you to create a stylish summer wardrobe like they have helped me! Have fun!


BEANIE Man

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OUTFIT DEETS:

Jacket: Macys / Sweater: Abercrombie & Fitch / Pant: See you Monday / Shoes: Halston (for Bakers)/ Bag: Hermes / Bracelets: H&M / Gold Hoop Earrings: Belk / Ring (middle finger r.): Jami / Beenie: Dollar Store

Photographer: RepStyle Int'l

 

OMG it's almost May in Atlanta and it's 50 something degrees outside! Mother Nature...... CHILL!! With the bi-polar weather we have been experiencing here, I didn't want to take a chance and freeze my butt off so I opted for something warm yet stylish.....

I am loving this look! It's a mix between Urban Swag and Stylista Chic (is that even a word LOL). I love how the blues and browns make this look pop but the cream pants give it a softer finish.

How is the weather treating you guys?!?