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 ›

Road Trip on Route 66

A couple of months ago during a school break, my mom and I were eager to go on a road trip to put responsibilities behind us. We had thought of many possible options, but after not settling on a specific choice, we put my dad in charge of determining where to go. His choice: A road trip that would take us along the old Route 66 through parts of Arizona and California. At first, I was hesitant given the fact that I was concerned about getting carsick on windy, curvy roads, but I decided to join in and see some of the historic Old West. Taking the desert scenery along our drive, I found Route 66 had plenty to enjoy including some unexpected surprises. If you’re planning on taking this drive through Arizona or California anytime soon, I’ve got a few memorable moments to inspire you for your next road trip: 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 ›

January 2017 Affirmations

If there’s one thing that can be tough about sustainability, it’s constantly making sure you’re committing, which is especially tough when you have a job that requires you to be on the move. In the past, I’ve set goals for myself to maintain sustainability although I moved every few months or so to a new location and job. Even though most of my moving was from Denver to nearby towns, after several years I began moving temporarily to San Diego and then internationally followed by a few months in Chicago. While I was in Chicago, I noticed it could be difficult at times to maintain my sustainable practices. On some occasions I found myself holding a plastic bag instead of a cloth one or using Ziploc bags instead of looking for replacements. In order to remedy the situation, I set a few goals for myself, which have gone fairly well. I continue to use cloth bags, I have a reusable lunch tote and I love to shop at local markets and boutiques. I was also gifted reusable bags to replace Ziploc bags and I always strive to carry a refillable water bottle with me. While all of these updates are great news, I still sometimes find myself feeling overwhelmed. Continue Reading ›