What I Would Wear to the Oscars

For as long as I can remember, it’s been a family tradition to watch the Academy Awards.  Before the iconic movie awards show, my dad does everything to be certain he sees as many of, if not all of, the nominated movies.  Any top-rated films my mom and dad make sure to see and sometimes make the occasional drive out-of-town to see independent and foreign movies.  And, if a movie they enjoy doesn’t make it into the nominations, my parents add it in their opinionated suggestions, telling the TV they’re missing an important underrated performance.  Their passion for movies is what has driven my own interest in film and performing arts, and my mom still remarks when Best Screenplay or Best Costume Designer is announced, “That could be you!”  I have to admit that her comment makes me wonder what I would wear if I was invited, although I’m far from any sort of celebrity or renowned filmmaker status.  Still, a girl can dream and to celebrate this year’s upcoming Oscars, here are a few designers I would chose to attend this award ceremony: Continue Reading ›

How to Wear Summer in Winter

When it comes to the arrival of winter, it seems everyone has found a way to pack up their tank tops, camisoles and dresses and restocked their closets with sweaters and pants. Every year when there’s a first rain or snowstorm warning, I know it’s time to say “Goodbye” to my favorite brightly colored sleeveless tops and dresses. Normally I feel the disappointment as I pack away my summer favorites, but this year I’m taking a new approach to my summer wardrobe. Rather than pack everything away from my summer collection, I’ve decided to keep a few things to incorporate into my winter wardrobe. But before I show you my summer-winter style here’s a quick reminder of my guidelines from sustainable and ethical fashion for my outfits:

  • Using items already in my wardrobe instead of purchasing.
  • Purchase new only from sustainable and ethical companies.
  • Purchase from second-hand shops.
  • Make items for my wardrobe.
  • Mend and repair items, instead of throwing them out.
  • Repurpose wardrobe items into another piece of clothing or other item.

With each purchase I’ll also list prices and companies so you know where you can shop and how affordable it can be. If I make something, I’ll also indicate where I plan on using leftover scraps so you can see that each piece of fabric is used. Last but not least, if I have something already from my wardrobe, I’ll share how many years I’ve had it so you can see how timeless, classic pieces have longevity and can enhance your wardrobe. Even if I don’t use all of these principles in my post, I’ll have them handy for future outfits so you can see how to do the same with your wardrobe. Now that you have a quick reference to my guidelines, take a look at what I’ve come up with! Continue Reading ›

Sustainable and Ethical Fashion for Winter

Now that the holidays have come and gone, winter weather has settled in with warnings of snow and wind. Bundling in layers of coats and scarves may not sound like the most fashionable outfit, but as winter days continue, I’m finding there are plenty of ways to still have style with winter fashion. Whether I’m planning an outfit to see friends or pursuing work opportunities, I’m finding inspiration from all kinds of sources from fashion bloggers to Pinterest. But before you take a look at my winter creations, here’s a quick reminder of my guidelines to incorporate sustainable and ethical fashion principles in my outfits:

  • Using items already in my wardrobe instead of purchasing.
  • Purchase new only from sustainable and ethical companies.
  • Purchase from second-hand shops.
  • Make items for my wardrobe.
  • Mend and repair items, instead of throwing them out.
  • Re-purpose wardrobe items into another piece of clothing or other item.

With each purchase I’ll also list prices and companies so you know where you can shop and how affordable it can be. If I make something, I’ll also indicate where I plan on using leftover scraps so you can see that each piece of fabric is used. Last but not least, if I have something already from my wardrobe, I’ll share how many years I’ve had it so you can see how timeless, classic pieces have longevity and can enhance your wardrobe. Even if I don’t use all of these principles in my post, I’ll have them handy for future outfits so you can see how to do the same with your wardrobe. Now that you have a quick reference to my guidelines, let’s begin!

Outfit 1

Sweater Dress (L)

Sweater Dress 3 (L)

Sweater Dress 2 (L) It’s a shame that I have two great sweater dresses with my favorite neckline that I haven’t worn much at all. That’s why I was more than thrilled to pull out this burgundy sweater dress and combine it with my favorite pair of tights with a small hearts pattern. Layered with a grey cardigan, I’m looking forward to wearing a great outfit for a future day at the office.

From My Closet: Sweater Dress (Take Out), Years I’ve Owned: 3; Grey Cardigan (Ann Taylor), Years I’ve Owned: 3; Shoes (Naturalizer), Years I’ve Owned: 4; Necklace (Banana Republic), Years I’ve Owned: 8; Earrings, Years I’ve Owned: 4.

Give-Away from My Sister: Tights (Look), Years I’ve Owned: 3.

Outfit 2

Blazer (L)

Blazer 2 (L)

Boots (L)

My favorite pieces in this look are the plaid blazer I purchased several years ago from Victoria’s Secret and the boots a former co-worker swapped with me. I haven’t had tons of opportunities to wear the boots, but after reading various fashion blogs I see winter is the best time to pull them out of my closet! With a top I’ve worn in a previous post for backstage outfits and skinny jeans, I’m ready for a night out with friends.

From My Closet: Plaid Blazer (Victoria’s Secret), Years I’ve Owned: 9; Black Top (H&M), Years I’ve Owned: 8; Jeans (Levi’s), Years I’ve Owned: 4; Necklace and Earrings, Years I’ve Owned: 4.

Give-Away from a Co-Worker: Boots, Years I’ve Owned: 2.

Outfit 3

Jacket 2 (L)

Jacket 3 (L)

Jacket (L)

Heels (L)

Even though it’s winter, that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck wearing dark clothing! This recently gifted scarf from Passion Lilie inspired me to pull out some lighter clothing and accessories to come up with a different style of winter outfit. The unique print of this scarf compliments the embroidery of this white jacket from Doki-Geki, a piece I chose to feature in my 30 x 30 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge. Who’s ready for brunch?

From My Closet: Brown Camisole (Banana Republic), Years I’ve Owned: 8; White Embroidered Jacket (Doki-Geki), Years I’ve Owned: 9; Corduroy Pants (Eddie Bauer), Years I’ve Owned: 2; Brown Heels, Years I’ve Owned: 9; Earrings, Years I’ve Owned: 4.

Gift from Christmas: Scarf (Passion Lilie).

From this set of outfits, I’ve found what makes a great outfit is what others tend to give away. Rather than think of an accessory or clothing item as something that’s been tossed out by someone else, I hope you can see the potential and value it might have in your closet. I hope we can all appreciate and share the excitement of giving a previously worn clothing piece or accessory a new life just as much as we do buying a new jacket or hand block printed scarf. Finding value in the old can be just as rewarding as loving what’s brand new.

What item do you love that you’ve swapped or exchanged with friends? What have been your favorite hand-me-downs?

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Art Vs. Craft

On the final day of my drawing class, a classmate eagerly pursued me and asked, “Can I draw you in class today?”  He seemed intrigued as his eyes looked over my features, not that I got the sense he was necessarily pursuing me romantically.  Instead he seemed to be taking me on like a challenge, but I wasn’t sure what the challenge was.  “Sure,” I responded, shrugging my shoulders and not thinking much about it.  I didn’t think more on it as I concentrated on drawing another classmate, until I saw the final result.  It hit me hard.  It wasn’t that it was terrible.  It was that the drawing was so accurate my heart jumped.  I couldn’t believe how I looked.  He perfectly captured my large dark brown Italian pupils perched in the narrow Epicanthic folds of my eyelids.  I always thought I looked Mediterranean, but never Asian.  “I look Japanese,” I replied in shock.  He took this as an offense, but that wasn’t the problem.  It surprised me that someone could capture me so well.  Other students tried, and some were close, but none had drawings like this final result.  Continue Reading ›

My Christmas 2015 Wish List

When it comes to Christmas lists, do you have yours well in advance, or are you always thinking of one last minute?  For me, I’m always last minute.  Whether it’s giving my mom a few ideas or if I’m finishing up a D.I.Y. project for someone else, the result is always the same.  In the past I’ve grown a little tired of Christmas and had very little time to spend with family and friends to celebrate.  During past Christmas seasons, I was lucky if I took the time to think of anything other than a day to sleep in, lounge around in PJs and do absolutely nothing.  However, this year I’ve decided it’s going to be different and rather than delay my Christmas wishes and put celebrating this holiday on the back burner, I have a couple of Christmas lists ready: Continue Reading ›