Year of the Dog Inspiration

Chinese New Year is almost here, and even though I’m an adult,  I’m already having childhood memories of firecrackers, oranges, and red envelopes with special gifts inside. To celebrate last year, I shared some fashion inspiration that went along with traditional practices I have come to learn over the years. This year, I was even more excited for the Lunar New Year animal. Which Lunar New Year animal is featured in 2018? It’s one of my favorite animals: the dog. As it turns out, I’m not the only one who loves dogs. Searching online, I found home decor ideas and kitchen utensil sets from NOVICA, Ten Thousand Villages, and UncommonGoods. I was thrilled to find companies who love this four-legged furry creature as much as I do. Look below to see some home decor and kitchen treasures I uncovered featuring this animal for the 2018 Lunar New Year. Continue Reading ›

One Rule to be an Ethical Fashionista

When friends and family ask me about being ethical or sustainable with my fashion choices, I’m usually met with curiosity and the assumption that everything I own has to be organic cotton. While shopping with my mom and sister during the holiday season, they found a coat they thought I would like and remarked, “It’s made from vegan materials.” I replied that vegan materials are not the sole reason I purchase something and that they aren’t always the best choice. “You would know that,” my sister said. As someone who supports more sustainable and ethical practices in fashion and consumption, I do my best to stay informed. But if there is one priority I have for being an ethical fashionista, it’s not having a closet full of recycled polyester. What exactly do I think is important for someone who supports sustainable and ethical fashion? It’s not having a closet full of organic and recycled materials.

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Tales of the Traveling Hats

My days as a costumer may be over, but one thing from my past career still matters to me: What’s on my head. I’m not necessarily talking about my hair. On National Hat Day, what’s on my mind is the art and craft of millinery. Why hatmaking? For me, hats provide a sense of nostalgia and a chance to travel back to years gone by. Seeing Kate Middleton with a fascinator or Audrey Hepburn’s wide-brimmed hat in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s instills a sense of romanticism in me. The more I travel, the more I find myself looking for hats. Where exactly have I discovered these sophisticated and whimsical accessories? Follow me as I journey back through former travels and see where I’ve found and worn hats!

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Fashion and Pantone 2018

One of my favorite things in fashion and design has arrived: Pantone’s Color of the Year. For 2018, the company selected Ultra Violet because of its attachment to mystical and spiritual qualities as well as for its unconventional tone and artistic characteristics. This color is known for being a forward-thinking one. Pantone selected Ultra Violet for its sense of mindfulness and inspiration for communities. Sounds like something we could use a little more of in today’s world, doesn’t it? In Marketplace‘s recent podcast, design journalist Kassia St. Clair brought to light, even more reasons for me to admire this color. For one, it has been linked to many civil rights movements, and St. Clair sees it as a blend of red and blue. This combination emphasizes the need for more unified messaging and viewpoints in a world where we are politically divided. I’m already in admiration of this powerful and deeply moving shade of violet, and as it turns out, some of my favorite fashion brands are as well. Ten Thousand Villages, Studio 189, and We Are Thought also happen to be fans of this Pantone Color of the Year–not too shabby Ultra Violet! Continue Reading ›

Native American Fashion in the Modern World

Without a doubt, November is a time of the year I enjoy the most. December is too overwhelming and stressful, summer is nice but goes too quickly, and although spring is one of my favorite seasons, after living in the Rocky Mountains most of my life, it can be full of unpredictable weather. That’s why I tend to like November, even if it marks my impending due date for finals. While my main reason for admiring November is Thanksgiving, in recent years it has shifted. This time of year, I admire this month’s recognition of Native Americans. Currently, one of my interests includes indigenous cultures and how they exist in the modern world. Now, it seems, is a trying time for cultures amongst tense race relations, which is why I have become interested in not only respecting other cultures but seeing how fashion has empowered ethnic groups. Because of this month’s theme, I decided to do some quick research if fashion has had an impact on Native Americans. As I found, my research was anything but “quick.” Here are a few of my favorites: Continue Reading ›