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 ›

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 5 Favorite Repurposing and Craft Bloggers

If you have a Pinterest account or shop on Etsy, you’re probably well aware of the DIY movement and surge of craft bloggers and techniques.  Whether this is something completely new to you or not, there are plenty of resources available that I admire for their promotion of sustainability through repurposing and crafting.  With National Sewing Month in motion, I’m sharing a few of my favorite crafting and repurposing bloggers.  Their styles range from repairing items to give them a renewed purpose to fun projects that reinvigorate your décor style.  If you’re looking for some new crafting inspiration, take a look at a few of my suggestions. Continue Reading ›

Second-Hand Summer Fashion

One of the main comments I’ve heard when I advocate for sustainable fashion is: “It sounds expensive.  I can’t afford that.”  It’s a reality many of us face as we determine which products to purchase and balance the checkbook.  Although sustainable fashion can have a heftier price tag and not everyone can make the time to find sales or research options, there is one solution.  Purchasing second-hand is a great way to give existing clothes a new life and as I’ve found shopping used during my various travels and temporary work has given me many wonderful wardrobe options.  And what better way to show the great finds I’ve purchased from second-hand shops this summer than on National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day?  Below you’ll see how much unique fashion options I’ve discovered over the summer at second-hand shops: Continue Reading ›

The Story of My Organic Cotton Tote

When I asked for a Raven + Lily tote for Christmas, I couldn’t have been more excited to receive it as a gift.  I always enjoy having large bags to carry with me, and not for just hauling groceries.  When I lived in Denver, I used to have multiple bags to carry everything I needed for my jobs and was always thrilled when it could fit my lunch as well.  In Chicago, a reusable grocery bag was always necessary to carry coats, jackets and umbrella for the just in case moments walking from the bus stop to work.  That’s why I was excited to see this one from Raven + Lily that is colorful, playful and was durable as well.  Just how much do I admire this tote?  I didn’t think it was possible, but after learning more about it like I have with other accessories, I appreciate it even more. Continue Reading ›