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 ›

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 ›

My Fashion Love Stories

It’s official: this may be one of the best weeks ever!  Why is that?  Because this week has both Earth Day and Fashion Revolution Day!  To start out Fashion Revolution Week, I’m not only encouraging my readers to post pictures of themselves wearing their clothes inside out with the hashtag #whomademyclothes, but I’m also finding a way to show my closet some much deserved appreciation.  Certain clothing and accessory pieces in my wardrobe have become essential to my style throughout the years and to show how much I treasure them, I’m sharing some love letters and poems written to them.  Want to join in?  Then let me inspire you with some examples of my own and show you how to participate in Fashion Revolution Week’s love stories. Continue Reading ›

Looking for Locally Made in Costa Rica

My recent travel adventure to Costa Rica had me pumped, not just for the opportunity to venture into the jungle, but to visit a destination known for ecotourism.  In the past I’ve set goals for myself to live and travel more sustainably as well as reflect on how I can balance sustainability with my shopping habits, and I anticipated putting these ideas into action in Costa Rica.  Although it was inspiring to see numerous places recycling all kinds of materials including paper, aluminum and plastic, there was one lingering disappointment in the back of my mind.  Scouring the souvenir shops in Monteverde and Tamarindo left me feeling at a loss for something else.  Continue Reading ›