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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

Food

Trader Joe’s Favorites

February 22, 2017

Rumor has it that in other parts of the country people don’t have to wait on a “one in, one out” line with a bouncer to get a decent price on groceries. Oh, the simple life. Even though it can feel like a zoo or Penn Station at rush hour, the prices and overall amazing selection of items at Trader Joe’s keep me coming back for more. Below are my favorite TJs items and how to use them.

BBQ PULLED PORK

I cook some version of tacos at least once a week, and this package of BBQ pulled pork is an easy way to switch  things up from a typical ground beef or turkey version. Just take the package and dump in a saucepan, heat through, spoon onto a tortilla, and top with your favorite taco toppings. Couldn’t be simpler.

ENCHILADA SAUCE

Continuing the mexican food theme, this surprisingly not super unhealthy sauce is smoky and spicy and makes an awesome topping for tacos, quesadillas, or yes, enchiladas. It’s even good on scrambled eggs.

SUPER SPINACH SALAD

I typically buy at least one of these a week for a no-brainer lunch to bring to work. The spinach and quinoa are filling and the miso carrot dressing is A+++.

FROZEN JUST GRILLED CHICKEN STRIPS

I always keep a bag of these chicken strips in my freezer for those moments when I feel like cooking is the most daunting task of all time. They can be used in a ton of different ways, from quesadillas to tossing with pasta to a stir fry with rice and veggies.

BAG OF SWEET POTATOES

A bag of sweet potatoes at Trader Joe’s is $2. That’s less than a latte! I like to dice up the sweet potatoes and toss with olive oil, salt, and rosemary and roast in the oven for an easy side dish.

BUTTERMILK PANCAKE MIX

Hands down the best tasting boxed pancake mix. All that stands between you and a delicious breakfast is one egg, a cup of water, and $2 in your wallet. And, you know, the line at Trader Joe’s.

Photo Credit: traderjoes.com

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Neighborhood Tour: Lower East Side

November 21, 2016

I recently had the pleasure of spending a crisp fall Saturday with Sophie Preston in her Lower East Side neighborbood. Sophie is a fellow blogger (and also a lovely friend and coworker)!  Her blog All The Wears is a huge inspiration for those looking to shop, dress, and live more sustainably. Read on to find out how she got started as a blogger and why she loves the Lower East Side.

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Style & Beauty

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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Emily’s Eyes

October 3, 2016

This past weekend was cold and rainy, and it was kind of amazing. I didn’t feel guilty about staying in and snuggling up with a good book. When it cleared up I took my first Citibike ride, which was such a fun (and fast! ) way to get around the neighborhood. Hopefully we have some more nice fall weather so I can use it to explore even more.

Below are some things that caught my eye around the internet this week. Enjoy!

How do you begin a creative career? Just start. 

A guide to buying better.

One pot recipes for the win

If this shirt comes back in stock, it will be mine. 

 

Photo by Emily Barbeau

Style & Beauty

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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Emily’s Eyes

September 2, 2016

This week had me in full on crazy mode, and I can’t believe it’s already September! This weekend I’m looking forward to a family party on Saturday and then just hanging out and relaxing. Enjoy your Labor Day, and soak up the last bits of summer!

DIY Gin & Tonic Bar, right this way

A simple yet impactful home office makeover

Trader Joe’s cooking hacks, courtesy of my blog crush Joanna

An awesome and inspiring perspective on our shopping addictions

A summer to make mistakes

 

Photo by Emily Barbeau

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Emily’s Eyes

August 5, 2016

This week flew by. I went back to work after taking a long vacation, and I also managed to pack in a Pure Barre class, the Lumineers concert in Prospect Park, and seeing Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up show at the Beacon Theater, which was so hilarious my face still hurts from laughing. This weekend I plan on having no plans, which is just the way I like it.

In between all of those activities, here are some fun things I found floating around the internet:

Places to pretend you’re Parisian in NYC

Top 20 Seinfeld Moments

The straw bag I’m currently toting everywhere

7 Phrases to stop saying at work

Truth.

Photo by Emily Barbeau