January is a month both hopeful and dreary. It’s a time of taking stock and starting fresh, but it also brings bitter cold and “bomb cyclones”, at least in my ‘hood.
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
To say the last few days in NYC were sweltering would be an understatement. In this heat, I rely heavily on the same rotation of warm weather wardrobe essentials that are crisp and fresh.
- Madewell white eyelet top // 2. Baggu tan leather tote // 3. Toms clogs // 4. Madewell packable straw hat // 5. Everlane stripe t-shirt dress // 6. Tata Harper cheek + lip tint
Top image from Madewell.com
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.
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
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.
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
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!
Photo by Emily Barbeau
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:
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