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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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 ›

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 ›

My Crafts Inventory

After finishing Chapter 4 of The 100 Thing Challenge, I realized there was one aspect I had not covered: my guidelines for taking on this challenge. I wasn’t sure cutting everything down to 100 things would be possible for me, but looking through my belongings, I also gathered I couldn’t keep everything I owned. As I started digging through books, craft projects, and more, I began putting everything in boxes to give away. My dad observed, “Are you giving all of these books away? Looks like you have a library.” His comments made me realize that although I may not be able to handle cutting everything down to 100 things, I can definitely cut back on what I own. This led me to set a few of my own guidelines, similar to what Dave Bruno establishes in his book: 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 ›