Have a hard time waking up in the morning?
Ever wake up exhausted?
Good, than this post was made for you. This look was inspired by lack of sleep, and only took 5 minutes to put together.
I tend to lean towards easy and classic or grunge styles (complete opposites I know.)
Around 98% of my clothes will be affordable — and by affordable I mean $50 or less for each individual item.
From Top to Bottom:
Sneakers-Tj Maxx $20
Necklace- Forever21 $8
Sunnies- Street vendor in NYC $5
I’ve always tried my best to support human and animal rights, as well as protect the environment.
I identify as an intersectional feminist, recycle, don’t eat meat, abstain from buying non-cruelty free beauty products.
But one of the aspects in my life where I’ve neglected to criticize is the clothes I buy.
Many of my friends have argued that it’s hypocritical to ignore the underpaid and overworked farm workers that are behind the produce vegetarians/vegans use to build their “cruelty-free” diet, and I can agree.
These arguments made me wonder why we don’t bring more attention to the millions of adults and children that are abused in factories overseas to create the clothes we buy in common clothing stores.
Fast fashion is usually defined as the fast-paced fashion industry, where trends move quickly from the runway to stores you’ll find in the mall.
If you’ve ever worked in retail, you already know that most low-end clothing stores receive shipments of new styles every single week.
As clothing gets more inexpensive, consumers have been buying more— especially since the quality isn’t made to last the way it was when clothing was higher-priced and made in America.
Behind these new styles is an entire world of mistreatment that we have been ignoring.
It’s no secret that our production has moved out of the U.S. and into sweatshops overseas.
In these sweatshops, children are exploited to create clothing for pennies per hour.
Countless news articles and documentaries like “The True Cost” have been dedicated to the horrors of sweatshops, yet the biggest culprits of these instances, including Walmart, Zara, and Forever 21, continue to thrive.
The damage that fast fashion inflicts on our planet is immense as well— the clothing industry is the second biggest polluter in the world, oil being the first.
According to the EDA, 85% of textile waste -10.5 million tons- ends up in landfills, while only 15% is recycled.
Dyes from clothing make up ⅕ of water pollution as well.
Even if you make an effort to recycle your plastics and use less paper, the clothing brands that you give money to continue to destroy the environment further.
So what do we do to help?
There’s a number of ways to avoid fast fashion, or at least cut down on how much money you give to big companies that abuse their workers and hurt our planet.
Click here to check out my YouTube playlist of my favorite videos on the topic.
So even as the weather gets colder again, I've been firmly looking towards spring, and that is really reflected in my clothing recently.
I thought I might share that inspiration in a lookbook for the impending season.
My first pick is the long sleeve floral mini dress from StyleWe. I love the sleeves and the thicker fabric, but the length and floral pattern allow it to transition well into spring. I think this kind of vibe says i'm looking to spring rather than holy sHIT ITS SPRING.
I also adore the structured trunk box clutch. It's subtle but a statement piece.
I love the pairing of the two here, and the vibe is really cool.
I adore this dress. It's super versatile, not mega revealing but ultra sexy.
The stripes and the sheer fabric make it almost just look like censored lines and I love it.
This is a more baller choice, but would be killer for night time looks.
These two piece looks are great. They're monotone and add some fun to the mundane and especially these colors— the cranberry and dark teal are subtle but feel very *almost spring.*
I love the gauzy sheer look to these two dresses. The longer sleeves add warmth, but also a very 90s look which is obviously very on trend.
StyleWe also has a sick black and white jumpsuit that I love for spring.
If you're going for a more Coachella vibe, check out the post here for hippy dress up vibes.
For the plus size gals, this is also a great source for plus size tunic tops.
Let me know if you buy anything, or any looks you're digging this almost spring! Tweet us your pics!
BootayBag was kind enough to mail me some of the cutest undies ever!
Check them out below- the first pair was a super stretchy, comfy, all lace pair of baby blue cheeky undies. The lace is super high quality, with the nicest scalloped edges. They're lined inside with the softest material ever.
The second pair was another cheeky pair with lace-up detailing on the back, and lace panels on the front. This pair was a little more- almost sporty- they're a tighter cut, more emphasis on the cheeks!
I love the packaging and aesthetic, the little brown bag is adorable and the surprises inside were even better. I can't wait for my next BootayBag!
Also, did you know that every time #undermatters is used with a photo of BootayBag's latest undies, the company donates $1 to the Melenoma Foundation. How amazing is that?
BootayBag is my new obsession- check them out in time to get February's undies!
I have a full time real people job that requires going into an office every day, and I also have a cat.
These statements are seemingly unrelated until you realize I love my furry lil bean and can't help but picking him up and snuggling his cuddly ass even when I'm dressed for work.
This leaves a less-than-professional carpet of cat hair all over me because I have no willpower and I need to snuggle animals constantly.
Obviously, I'm not going to stop hugging my cat so what's a girl to do?
Flint has been an amazing salvation. I have regular lint rollers but I rarely remember to use them and by the time I think of it, it's almost always after I've already left the house.
Flint is a retractable, reusable lint roller, and arguably the cutest lint roller I've ever seen.
My Flint is bright orange and I keep it in my work bag- it's cute and bright and I see it and remember to de-cat-hair-ify and I no longer look half-woman-half-cat.
It sounds like an idiotically simple solution, and maybe it is, but Flint has definitely become a product I use daily that improves my life- and I think that's all you can really ask of a product.
The lint roller is well designed and sturdy, comes in a ton of colors- including metallics- which you can bet (hello, rose gold) are on my wishlist.
Refills are also available making Flint the perfect choice for people on the go.
Balenciaga's Fall/Winter 17/18 line had more than a few nods to Bernie Sanders' logo on jackets and scarves. Coincidence? I think not.
Dior makes a great feminist stand at the SS17 show in September, and the world is loving it.
Read about Dior's feminist stand below via Vogue:
Among the romantic dresses and fencing-inspired suiting on the runway at Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior debut was one piece that will have the fashion world talking. A T-shirt reading We Should All Be Feminists was paired with an embellished midnight blue tulle skirt and sneakers, instantly becoming the most Instagrammed moment of the entire show. The fact that Chiuri is the first female artistic director of the Dior maison was a much-discussed fact in the lead-up to her debut—and clearly one that she took to heart. The show notes also made a point of explaining how important feminism is to Chiuri: “Feminism is a recurring word for her.” What’s more, the Beyoncé song “Flawless,” which features Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous TEDx talk about feminism, played on the soundtrack. And the author was in the crowd.
Turgeon Jewelers is a family owned jewelry store in Wethersfield, Connecticut. They specialize in high quality jewelry, with an inventory including everything from contemporary minimalist items to classic precious and semi-precious stones, bridal, pearls, watches and rhodium plated silver items.
Owner, Michael Turgeon consistently prides himself on providing jewelry with low overhead which allows him to offer a tremendous value to customers, as well as in –house jewelry repairs and unique special orders. Turgeon Jewelers contributes to the community through countless local philanthropic donations as well as the annual Holiday Toy Drive for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Mike and his staff create a welcoming atmosphere for all customers while holding themselves to the highest standard of professionalism and personal service. Check out the photos below for some great holiday gift ideas!
Wanderer Bracelets is the coolest brand. I'm obsessed with the adorable handmade bracelets (From Bali!) with charms made from sustainably sourced water buffalo bone. The nylon thread is soft yet durable, and the range of designs is great. It's so easy to find one (or seven) that resonate with you. I gave my mom the peace sign- it was her favorite, and she's been obsessed ever since. I love the fish hook and the 'hang loose' ones, but I also love the feather. There are so many other precious designs, and the bracelets all support the best cause!
Local Bali artisans are making a livable income thanks to Wanderer Bracelets, and now I have the most adorable jewelry. Check out the bracelets here and the Wanderer Bracelet story here!
I recently reached out to MeUndies, and they sent me over a few pairs to sample. I tried the Modal Thong and the Lacie Thong. The website claims that the Modal fabric is 3x softer than cotton, and I'd definitely agree. I heavily preferred the Lacie to the other waistband, because I found the lace to be more formfitting and comfortable, but both styles are great. I threw them in the wash with the rest of my clothes and dried them normally, and they came out fine.
They're comfy and well made, but still quite cute. I really liked the Lacie and preferred it to similar lacy styles from Victoria's Secret or Aerie. I would love them to expand their color/pattern selections for the Lacie, and I would definitely buy more. The devil is in the details, and I loved the stitched-on tag on the Modal pairs, and though I'm sure lace is different to work with, I would love to see something similar on the Lacie.
Overall, I really love MeUndies, and I think anyone seeking well-made undies at a reasonable price should check them out. They also offer some loungewear that I'm dying to try, including hoodies, crewnecks, lounge pants, and joggers. I would love to see MeUndies expand to hyper comfy bralettes, but that's just my 2 cents. Check out MeUndies!
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