Chinese New Year 2017 Inspiration

Last year during Chinese New Year, I was frantically looking for jobs, hoping I would land some luck at employment or a new career pathway. Jumping ahead to 2017, I’m finding I got that luck, but in a way I didn’t expect. To celebrate this year, I’ve decided to let the bigger picture take a back seat and enjoy this Chinese New Year in a different way. Chinese New Year has many traditions to maintain good fortune and honor the New Year, and as it turns out, there are plenty of products from fashion companies that see this importance. Below is a collection of a few fashion accessories and toys that are a great match for the Year of the Rooster: Continue Reading ›

World Hat Styles

A few years ago, I decided to embark on a rather unusual journey that involved nostalgia and days gone past. This journey didn’t have to do with my travels, necessarily, but with learning the art of millinery, or hat making. Making an hour and a half drive to Fort Collins for several months, I studied under a skilled milliner who showed me some tricks of the trade. Hat making might sound simple or easy, but this art form is anything but simplistic. Millinery requires great attention to detail and to my surprise I found the covering and decorative work to take much more time than the shaping of a hat. I admired the work behind millinery so much that although I don’t practice it anymore, I still write about it and want to convey the same admiration on National Hat Day. So, what better way to look at culture and travel than through hats? You might be surprised, but there are numerous hat styles out there, as this infographic from Venere.com shows: Continue Reading ›

Fashion and Pantone 2017

Another year is approaching us and it’s time to focus on what’s important: Pantone’s new Color of the Year. Last year saw two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity, chosen to enhance the feelings of tranquility and peace. This year’s color, Greenery, is all about revival and energy from nature. As a lover of nature and a supporter of making more sustainable choices, I’m instantly a fan of this color, and it’s not just the meaning behind it. This shade of green isn’t dark and heavy like forest green or bright like the yellow-green of an apple, but it still seems vibrant and deep. Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, says it best: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.” A few selections I’ve found from Braintree Clothing, Passion Lilie, Fashion ComPassion, and Fortress of Inca show just how much fashion is committing to this color and its purpose. Continue Reading ›

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 ›

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 ›