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 ›

5 Lessons from Sustainability Podcasts

One thing has been adding up on my phone. It’s not the e-mails I need to respond to. It’s the number of podcasts that have added up since I started another semester at graduate school. In the past, I found podcasts as a way to stay informed and to unwind from constant textbook reading. Unfortunately, I’ve had to put podcasts on the back burner, but because of this month’s affirmations, I decided it was time to check back in with some of my favorite podcast hosts. Tuning in, I’m finding there are some ways to look at sustainability that I hadn’t considered. If you’ve seen sustainability as tree-hugging or are apprehensive that those who favor green living are judgmental, here are some of the lessons I’ve uncovered that make me think about sustainability in a different life. Continue Reading ›

The Pros and Cons of Fair Trade

When I first learned about fair trade, my initial reactions were those of admiration for an industry that sought to challenge the ways in which we consume, purchase, and create products. From the production line to the packaging to wages, it seemed fair trade had all of the answers. I’ve written about fair trade and the industry’s principles in many posts including a post for Mother’s Day. Although I still support and respect the principles, I am constantly taken back to my memories of one of my former supervisors who strongly disliked fair trade. When I asked her what the difference between fair trade and sustainable fashion was, she responded, “When you work more in the industry, you’ll see the difference and understand why fair trade may not be enough.” At the time, I didn’t quite realize the full meaning behind her statement. Why would she not support an industry that sets out to change how we manufacture and consume products? Continue Reading ›

My Wardrobe Inventory

The time has come for the inventory I’m least looking forward to: my wardrobe. Why exactly am I dreading it? Because I love clothes. I love fashion. I love style. I also have many items I hold onto, thinking I’ll have the opportunity to wear them. But it’s time to face the music, or my closet, rather. Although I do my best to purchase used and make sure I wear all of my items by rotating through them, I know that this will be the area that needs the most work. Plus, it doesn’t help that I like to make my own clothing and accessories and made a few items over the summer in order to complete my craft and sewing projects. But, nevertheless, I must persist. Continue Reading ›

I Made This Summer Fashion

It’s the end of August and another school year has begun! Before I started my semester of Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Videography, I decided to take time in August to get some sewing projects done. My hard work has paid off, and now I have only two sewing projects to complete. I’m looking forward to finishing up my craft projects, but before that happens, I wanted to share some of my new fashion items to celebrate this month’s affirmations. I’m excited to include these pieces in my wardrobe and share them with my readers. It seems my favorite pair of sunglasses is missing (although I think they’re on my professor’s desk). For now, enjoy my red and white polka dot cat eye sunglasses that add some variety! Continue Reading ›