Thursday’s ethical style

I am obsessed with the combination of this dress with these shoes. The color reminds me of some beautiful stucco houses I have seen on my journeys. I’ve finished the outfit with simple jewelry and a subtley patterned clutch. I don’t pay much attention to hair jewelry but I think I might start trying a little harder after seeing this hair pin. How about you? Do you like the idea of matching your shoes with your dress? Do you have a strong hair accessories game?

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  2. Hairpin
  3. Clutch
  4. Bracelet
  5. Sneakers

xoxo Anna

 

 

Floral at the fort

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Dress, ASOS Eco Edit, here; Earrings, Shashi via Cupcakes and Cashmere, here; Shoes, Aeropostale, ethical alternative here; Bracelet; Beacon’s Closet, similar here

Fort Christiansvaern was down the street from my Airbnb in Christiansted. It was spectacular and yellow and an awesome place to take photos. It was a windy day, obviously but I kind of like the windblown effect. I got this dress from ASOS Eco Edit and I am very pleased with the way it fits and feels! The pattern is really fantastic too, as you can see if you scroll down. When I ordered it I thought it was a cotton dress but it is really more silk adjacent which feels great on the skin. It has a ruffle running down the front which I think is a unique and fun detail and creates nice movement while walking. It was certainly the perfect dress for walking around in the caribbean heat. I think I felt more comfortable wearing a bold pattern because I was in a tropical environment. It just felt right! How about you? Do you like bold patterns? And/or do you feel more comfortable taking fashion risks while you are traveling? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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xoxo Anna

Thursday’s ethical style

I don’t know about you but I love striped shirts! I am always drawn to them and own several versions. This relaxed one from H&M’s Conscious line seems both comfortable and stylish. I paired it with a pair of distressed jeans also from H&M Conscious for a casual look that is still polished. I could see wearing this outfit to a weekend get together. It might even be okay as a work outfit for some of you depending on your office dress code. The ring and the necklace are from Favor Jewelry, an ethical jewelry company from Portland with a great selection of handmade, minimal pieces. I have my eyes on many of their items! Finally, I like the graphic imagery of this wallet, which is made from a recycled cement bag.

Here are the details for today’s look:

  1. Shirt, H&M Conscious
  2. Ring, Favor Jewelry
  3. Necklace, Favor Jewelry
  4. Jeans, H&M Conscious
  5. Shoes, Tom’s
  6. Wallet, Fair Trade Winds

Let me know what you think about today’s ethical style. Would you rock this look? And where?

xoxo Anna

P.S. This post was not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned. I’m just sharing my humble opinions 🙂

Five jumpsuits

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Jumpsuit, Target, here; Shoes, Catherine Malandrino; ethical alternative here; Earrings, Old Navy, ethical alternative here; Stud earrings; Madewell, here

Hi folks! So, I debated whether to post this jumpsuit as I bought it at Target (quintessential fast fashion) and I am trying to cut back/eliminate my dependence on this type of clothing. I was even thinking of returning the jumpsuit, but I just fell in love with it the first time I put it on. It is so comfortable and easy to wear (and take off :)). The floral pattern is lively, while the off-the-shoulder silhouette is dramatic. I have been resisting the culotte trend because I was not sure how it would look on me, but I am pleased with the way this version of the trend looks. To accessorize this look, I added hoop earrings and blush slides.

I think one of the major reasons I want to get away from fast fashion is my tendency to cycle through clothes and disregard the value of each item. In this case, I feel that I will be wearing this jumpsuit for a long time so I think that counts for something.

To further cosmically offset my Target purchase, I am highlighting four ethical jumpsuit alternatives below. These picks come from three stores that are new to me. AmourVert (which means “Green Love” in French) has gorgeous pieces that are sustainably produced. Cleobella features bohemian clothing and accessories that are handmade in Bali with recycled materials. Finally, River Island offers pieces designed in-house and boasts an ethical mindset toward manufacturing as part of their “firm belief that business can be both profitable and responsible.” This UK company is huge, which immediately makes me skeptical about their practices, but I was impressed with what they had to say on their site about their relationships with their manufacturers and their commitment to working against modern slavery. Check out the jumpsuits below and let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂

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1 here; 2 here; 3 here; 4 here

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Thursday’s ethical style

Today’s outfit pairs a cute pink tank top (which I actually bought recently) with a kicky skirt and sneakers. Tie a bandana around your neck to complete the look. I like how cheeky this outfit is. It’s sexy, yet playful. As always, the items for Thursday’s ethical style are sourced from retailers that report themselves to be ethical and/or sustainable. I have found that this can mean a lot of different things for each retailer, from engaging in fair labor practices to sourcing recycled materials to eco-friendly production practices. While this can all be a little confusing, I feel like it is a step in the right direction to start to consider these factors when it comes to the clothing we wear. Here are the links to today’s picks:

Sneakers, Tom’s

Skirt, ASOS Eco Edit

Tank top, ASOS Eco Edit

Bandana, Krochet Kids

Ikat Wallet, Fair Trade Winds

Necklace, Starfish Project

How about you? What do you think of today’s look? Are you trying to be more conscious of your fashion choices? What have your experiences been?

xoxo Anna

 

Desert blooms

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Shirt, souvenir from Mexico, cute ethical alternative here; skirt, Calvin Klein, thrifted, ethical alternative here; Sunnies; bought at drugstore, ethical alternative here; boots, Nine West, thrifted, ethical alternative, here; Earrings, Madewell, here

Hello from Phoenix! Even though the heat is crazy here, I still love the desert. I have always felt very connected to and energized by it. I like the stillness and observing the plants and animals that are so different from what I am used to in New York.

I’m so happy to have a new outfit post to share with you today. This outfit seemed like a natural fit for the desert landscape. Something about the embroidered flowers on the shirt reminds me of the cactus flowers I have been seeing. The denim and the boots give it a slight cowgirl look, which I am not mad about. I got this shirt in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico a few years ago. It has surprised me how functional it has been. It was one of those items of clothing that just feels like home, or the clothing equivalent of home. The Goodwill here in Mesa, Arizona has been very good to me 🙂 I found this skirt there. It was weirdly long until I cut it down to midi length, and I plan to let the hem fray naturally. The boots were another Goodwill find. I think they will be just as good for New York winters as they are for desert walks. I made a few other fun finds which I will be sharing with you soon. For all these pieces, I have offered ethical alternatives from around the web. How about you? Do you have any favorite clothing items you have bought on your travels?

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xoxo Anna

Thursday’s ethical style

Today’s ethical style combines a cute leopard t-shirt from ASOS Eco Edit with a simple, pleated skirt from Everlane. A colorful headband, crystal bracelet and stylish sandals, gives this classic look a little flair.

  1. Leopard t-shirt
  2. Headband
  3. Leather card holder
  4. Pleated skirt
  5. Crystal bracelet
  6. Sandals

If you follow my blog, you know that I am in Phoenix for the month of July. It’s been hard to get a photo shoot in since my go-to photographer (my awesome sister) is 3000 miles away. But I think I have convinced my Dad to take some shots, so hopefully that will be coming soon. It has also been a challenge to come up with ethically-sourced outfits. I had some outfits planned before I left New York, but the clothes that I ordered didn’t look right. This week, I broke down and went to Target. It felt like an old friend and I got some pieces I really love, but ended up feeling bad about it and not wanting to post those clothes on the blog. Lesson learned, I guess.

I am finding that being more thoughtful about my purchases takes more time and results in a less spontaneous shopping experience, which is something that I am having a little trouble getting used to. Most of the ethical clothing I buy is from online retailers, so I also miss the brick-and-mortar shopping experience. Still I think there is value in being more methodical about the clothing that I purchase both from a budget aspect and an emotional aspect. I think, deep down, I desire a connection to each item of clothing I wear. So when I get back to New York, I plan to purge and reassess my current wardrobe, which I actually very excited about. I think I will use some simplified version of the Marie Kondo method, but also put thought into the use of each piece and reintroduce myself to the clothes I own. I will be sure to blog about the process. It’s nice to know I will be coming home to a specific project as well.

Final note: If you like cacti and pie, you should follow me on Instagram 🙂

XOXO Anna

 

Thursday’s ethical style

Hi everyone 🙂 I’m excited to introduce a new weekly series. Every Thursday I will pull together some awesome ethical clothing items that happen to look great together! (at least in my brain). Let me know what you think of today’s look:

  1. How comfortable does this t-shirt look?
  2. Add a fun headband
  3. And maybe a delicate crystal necklace
  4. I love these pinstriped pants
  5. Slip into these slides
  6. Your underwear can be cute too! Bralette, here and undies, here

Black Impala

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Hat, Forever 21, similar here; Dress, Everlane, here; Belt, H&M, similar here; Shoes, H&M, similar, here

Hey everyone! I wanted to share my first ethically-sourced item of clothing with you today—this awesome black tank dress from Everlane. I am really pleased with the purchase. It feels great and I think it would be flattering for any figure. I recently wore it on the plane for a 5-hour flight and it will be my new go-to for traveling as it is super comfortable and I didn’t feel like a complete mess when I arrived at my destination. Speaking of traveling, I will be spending the next month in Phoenix and then I’m off to St. Croix for a wedding. I will try to share as much as I can from these great locations.

xoxo Anna

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Au revoir spring

 

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Skirt, Madewell, here; Shoes, here; Tote bag, here; Shirt, H&M; Earrings, Old Navy

It’s been hot (like for-real summer) in New York City for the past week or so, which makes sense because summer solstice is only a few days away. There’s something about summer in the city that is so sexy. Time to break out the dresses and short skirts!

This denim skirt is from Madewell. I haven’t shopped there much as I think I was intimidated, maybe by the price point or because I thought the clothes wouldn’t fit… who knows… but I think I am going to shop there more in the future. From the research I did, it seems that Madewell is not considered a fast-fashion brand as they produce a smaller product line, so I feel slightly more comfortable shopping there. I kept this look simple by pairing the skirt with a white shirt, a pair of black heels and gold hoops.

And then there was this tote! I don’t know what it is about this bag, but it just makes me giggle. A friend at work came back with it from a sample sale around the corner. I hurried over to buy one myself. I felt pretty dumb running for a tote bag, but was happy because I got the last one. I haven’t heard of this brand before, but in addition to several similar totes with different sayings (I got one for a friend that says, “Nobody likes a shady beach.” 😉 Ain’t that the truth!) they had a variety of cute straw bags and clutches at the sample sale.

 

I’ve been doing some research on ethical clothing brands and I found that several great lists have already been compiled by other people. Guys, there is so much information out there! I got lost exploring the options. Many brands are surprisingly affordable, and surprisingly stylish. I think I expected to have to wade through a lot of high-price, low-style options before I got to something that felt right. But that was not the case at all. The range of styles and price points is vast. I learned about many new companies, and also found that some of my old standbys had ethical clothing options as well. I was aware of H&M’s Conscious line, but didn’t know that Urban Outfitters and ASOS have similar options. I ordered some items and will be featuring them in coming weeks. Can’t wait to share!

If you are interested, I found the following articles, here, here, and here to be helpful.

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