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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Simply pink

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Shirt dress, H&M, here; Shoes, H&M, in black here; Emerald studs, Catbird; Bracelet and hoops, Beacon’s Closet

So, funny story… I bought this pink number at H&M thinking it was a dress, but when I googled it for this post, I found out it is actually a long shirt 🙂 I guess it pays to be short sometimes. It may be veering toward the Kardashian/Jenner/Rihanna t-shirt-as-dress look, but I don’t care. As Cher Horowitz said, “Carpe diem, okay. You looked hot in it!” At $9.99 you can’t beat the price and it is wickedly comfortable. In fact, I am wearing it right now! I plan on buying it in a few more colors, as well. I have to say it has been hard to break my fast-fashion habits. I still get a thrill out of bringing home a bag full of high-fashion knock-offs. One step at a time, I guess. I think my next step will be to research alternatives to my go-to stores. I’d love to hear your thoughts on fast fashion and the shirt-as-dress trend.

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Thrifted midi

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Skirt, thrifted, Beacon’s Closet; Jacket, H&M, last season; Shoes, Catherine Malandrino; Earrings, Shashi via Cupcakes and Cashmere; Necklace, thrifted, Housing Works; Tank, JCrew, here

I love a good midi skirt. I found this one at Beacon’s Closet on 5th Avenue in Park Slope. I especially like the muted abstract stripes. There is no tag on it so I have no idea who made it, which is sort of fun to me. I paired it with the most comfortable tank, a pair of blush pink slides and minimal gold jewelry.

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Stripe on stripe

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I was almost out of Target when I saw this dress. I have been trying not to buy a whole lot there, as mentioned, but it was as if this dress, which was the only one left on the rack (in my size, no less), was destined to be mine! Hey, you win some, you lose some, and I’m pretty happy with the purchase as it is super comfortable and striking in a simple way. If you scroll down, you also get a peek at my new tattoo. I got the original idea from a beautiful button I found in Paris (although it has certainly been voiced by many recently, as well) and it really speaks to me.

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La femme en blanche

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T-shirt, Sézane here ; earrings, Old Navy; jeans, Target, similar here; shoes, H&M, last season

I’ve been drawn to monochromatic ensembles lately. I feel like it automatically makes a statement to dress head-to-toe (or ankle?) in one color. I ordered this shirt from the French company, Sézane. They have beautiful clothing and it felt special to receive a package from France. Also it fit well with my goal of starting to build a wardrobe of better quality pieces.

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