We’ve made it to February folks. It’s now light out until 5pm (!) and we just have one last push until spring. I’m looking forward to warmer days ahead with a focus on slowing down, breathing deep, and stretching out. Read on for my ideas on how to spend the next 28 days of mindfulness. How will you be spending yours?
Amid the frantic pace of modern life, it’s not surprising that many of us look to the New Year as an opportunity for a fresh start. My personal resolutions are about budgeting, but they also are closely related to simplicity. I’m trying to focus more on what I have and less on what I don’t.
In this spirit of simplicity, I’ll be creating seasonal capsule wardrobes in order to figure out what I truly love to wear. Capsule wardrobes involve narrowing your closet down to roughly 40 pieces, including clothing and shoes; accessories can be mixed in freely. My hope is that narrowed down options will mean less time stressing about what to wear and more time living life.
Winter time is snuggle time in my book. Amid the crazy whirlwind of parties and events that the holiday season brings, I schedule my spare time to be all about relaxation. December is for:
Baking treats (recently gluten free for me)
Watching the snow fall outside while snuggled on the couch with tea. Or wine.
Viewing parties of this movie on repeat
Wrapping gifts a bit more responsibly with this paper
Bundling up with my tried and true cold weather accessory (on sale!)
Image source: pixabay.com
I love shopping. Whether it’s for clothes, housewares, or beauty products, I love trying new looks and experimenting with styling options. I’ve been a professional in the retail industry for over 4 years, and overall it’s been a dream job. Each day I create assortments and use my sartorial eye with the goal of tempting customers to buy more and more.
And yet, this last year has really been a turning point for me in how I think and feel about shopping. Through documentaries and graduate certificate work at The Fashion Institute of Technology, I’ve learned so much about the havoc that the fashion industry has on the planet and the most vulnerable people who live on it. According to The Business of Fashion, the garment industry is the second most polluting in the world, second only to oil. Fashion has been responsible for the exploitation of child labor in developing countries and contributes millions of pounds of waste to landfills each year.
So what is a fashion lover to do? The simple solution is not to shop. And yet we still need the occasional dress. And new sheets. And chapstick.
Luckily there are so many amazing companies that take responsible production and sustainable business practices seriously. Gone are the days when “eco fashion” meant a hemp shapeless sack. The options out there are stylish and functional, and the best part? You can feel good purchasing them by knowing your money is supporting a company that cares about the world we live in.
This 3 part series will showcase some of my favorite sustainable style sources for clothing, home decor, and beauty. We’re kicking it off with clothing and accessories.
This French inspired brand is manufactured in the U.S. using non toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, and a zero-waste philosophy. Their clothing is beautiful and feminine, featuring silk tops, classic denim, and pretty dresses. First time customers get 10% off their order.
Coining the phrase “radical transparency”, Everlane is completely up-front with consumers about the factories they use for production and the markups that they charge. The brand focuses on affordable basics that are timeless in design. I personally own and love several of their basic tees and tanks.
This jewelry brand’s supply chain innovation allows artisans unable to earn enough in their home country to have access to technology in order to sell their goods abroad. The jewelry is affordable and stunning. First time customers get 15% off.
Photo Credits: cover photo, everlane.com ; amourvert.com, everlane.com, shopsoko.com
This week I escaped to the Atlantic coast of Florida for a quick getaway with my mom and my sister. GIRLS TRIP! We’re enjoying sleeping in, taking dips in the ocean, and having nothing but cheese and wine for dinner. Have a lovely weekend!
Photo by Emily Barbeau