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Capsule Wardrobe: Winter

January 14, 2018

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.

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Conscious Style: Clothing & Accessories

September 27, 2017

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.

Amour Vert

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.

Must Have Pick: Piper Dress

Everlane

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.

Must Have Pick: Silk Short Sleeve Square Shirt

Soko

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.

Must Have Pick: Petite Sabi Outline Studs

 

Photo Credits: cover photo, everlane.com ; amourvert.com, everlane.com, shopsoko.com

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Packing List: 5 Days In Berlin

May 16, 2017

I’m leaving for Berlin at the end of the week, and I couldn’t be more excited. The weather is looking like it will be great – low 70’s and sunny pretty much the whole time. I’ll be sharing a Berlin city guide when I get back, but in the meantime read below for what I’m packing.

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How To Pack

April 23, 2017

Some people hate packing for a trip, but I actually kind of love it. The key to packing success is to prepare EARLY – leaving it until the last minute will ultimately result in over-packing a lot of stress.

As someone who once spent a year living out of a suitcase, I’ve picked up some packing knowledge and now try to keep my luggage as minimal as possible. You can easily pack for a trip that is 7 days long or less in a carry on sized suitcase. No excuses.

I’ll be kicking off a packing list series that is city specific soon, but read on for my general packing tips.

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Polished Tip #2 – Find Your Wardrobe Heroines

November 19, 2016

Everyone has those mornings when you hit snooze 5 times and dread the process of showering, dressing, and getting your butt to work. To streamline these such mornings in my life, I rely heavily on what I call my “wardrobe heroines” (not heroes – they’re female, duh). These are the pieces that I reach for over and over. They make getting dressed easy, no matter the occasion. They can be dressed up for work or dinner out and dressed down for a casual weekend at home.

Your heroines can be anything – dresses, jeans, whatever – as long as you feel 100% comfortable and confident each time you wear them.

My heroines tend to be simple knit dresses, clogs, and cashmere crewneck sweaters.  What are yours?

 

Photo by Emily Barbeau

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Polished Tip #1 – Signature Lip Color

October 8, 2016

It’s my firm belief that every woman should find a shade of lipstick that they love. A fun lip color can take an everyday outfit to the next level. I especially love a bright red or pink with a look that’s head to toe black. Très parisienne!

My go – to is “Lana” by Nars. It’s a bright firey red that works equally well in summer and winter.

Once you’ve found your perfect shade, buy at least 2 tubes. Keep one in your purse and one at home or at the office, so you’re always ready if you feel your look needs a quick pick me up.

 

Photo by Emily Barbeau

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Fall Fashion List

September 15, 2016

September always feels like the beginning of something new. The air feels crisp and we can wear pants and layers without feeling like we’re sweating to death!

All of this cooler weather puts me in a shopping mood. Here are the pieces I’m currently coveting:

A pair of cropped flare jeans

Black pointed toe booties

A classic grey cashmere sweater

Every single sweater dress

However,  I may have to put this shopping list aside for a while – just treated myself to the Gucci loafers above 🙂

 

Photo by Emily Barbeau

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Wardrobe Must Have

August 27, 2016

Recently we had a dress code change at work and are now allowed to wear denim in the office (huzzah)! But the thought of wearing my go-to skinnies when the temperature is above 90 degrees is enough to give me heatstroke.

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