Second-Hand Summer Fashion

Second-Hand Summer Fashion

One of the main comments I’ve heard when I advocate for sustainable fashion is: “It sounds expensive.  I can’t afford that.”  It’s a reality many of us face as we determine which products to purchase and balance the checkbook.  Although sustainable fashion can have a heftier price tag and not everyone can make the time to find sales or research options, there is one solution.  Purchasing second-hand is a great way to give existing clothes a new life and as I’ve found shopping used during my various travels and temporary work has given me many wonderful wardrobe options.  And what better way to show the great finds I’ve purchased from second-hand shops this summer than on National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day?  Below you’ll see how much unique fashion options I’ve discovered over the summer at second-hand shops: Continue Reading ›

Tourism and Small Town Culture

Tourism and Small Town Culture

As the end of August approaches and advertisements for back-to-school supplies are on newspaper coupons and televisions, I’ve also noticed what slows down in my current location is the amount of tourists in town.  Although Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park are still on many people’s radars for the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks and prevalent on many travel bloggers’ Instagram accounts, I’m intrigued to see how the local culture in Cedar City changes when September begins.  At my current job, I’ve seen plenty of families and couples filter through the museum and stand in line at the ticket office, but with Southern Utah University students arriving how will it change the atmosphere of southern Utah?  Once fall has settled in and tourism season comes to a close, how will the town change?  Continue Reading ›

Lessons From My Ethical Fashion Career

Lessons from my Ethical Fashion Career

It’s hard to believe that graduate school is beginning in the next few days as I wind down my summer assistantships.  Last year around this time, I was frantically searching for a temporary apartment in Chicago for an internship with a fair trade fashion company in sales and marketing.  I had always wanted to live in Chicago and although I didn’t stay longer, my involvement with the company made me realize that I still support the industry even if I’m not directly working in the field.  Finding my way back to the arts, I didn’t see my involvement in ethical fashion as a complete bust, as I used my knowledge of retail and marketing in my summer assistantships with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Southern Utah Museum of Art.  As it turns out, my assistance with pop-up shops and trade shows, counting inventory and writing company blog posts prepared me for more than I thought.  While my support for ethical fashion may solely be on this blog as I focus on graduate school, there are some valuable lessons from the industry that have equipped me this past summer. Continue Reading ›

The Story of My Organic Cotton Tote

The Story of My Organic Cotton Tote

When I asked for a Raven + Lily tote for Christmas, I couldn’t have been more excited to receive it as a gift.  I always enjoy having large bags to carry with me, and not for just hauling groceries.  When I lived in Denver, I used to have multiple bags to carry everything I needed for my jobs and was always thrilled when it could fit my lunch as well.  In Chicago, a reusable grocery bag was always necessary to carry coats, jackets and umbrella for the just in case moments walking from the bus stop to work.  That’s why I was excited to see this one from Raven + Lily that is colorful, playful and was durable as well.  Just how much do I admire this tote?  I didn’t think it was possible, but after learning more about it like I have with other accessories, I appreciate it even more. Continue Reading ›

The Similarities Between Social Media and Travel

The Simliarities Between Social Media and Travel

Since exchanging my sewing kit for an iPad and a digital camera, it seems my life is constantly embedded in the digital world at my new job and my blogging.  Whether I’m scheduling Facebook posts for the week, arranging Instagram ideas or sifting through Tweets, I still find a connection to travel even if I’m not traveling frequently.  With my recent return to the arts in digital marketing, you would think my travels have come to an end.  However, I’m finding that with social media, I’m traveling in a whole new way.  What is the connection between the two?  Here’s what I’ve found so far. Continue Reading ›