Introducing Shop Fashion Spirit!

I am so excited to introduce a project I have been working on—Shop Fashion Spirit. The site features my own graphic designs printed on sustainably-produced tees, tanks, tote bags, and sweatshirts, as well as art prints. It really has been a labor of love! The designs are minimal, yet vibrant making them the perfect addition to any capsule wardrobe.

I love designing products, but I wanted to keep my shop aligned with the my goal of responsible consumption. With that in mind all the apparel and accessories on the shop are sourced from companies that are working toward sustainable and ethical manufacturing. More information on the companies can be found on the About page of the shop website. All products are printed on-demand so there is no excess stock produced and printing is done in eco-friendly, water-based inks.

We will also be donating 5% of our profits to charitable organizations every month including environmental, human rights and animal welfare organizations.

You can visit the shop at http://www.shopfashionspirit.com or via the Shop link in the menu at the top of this blog. And don’t forget to follow the shop on Instagram @shopfashionspirit.

And just for you blog readers, use discount code FSBLOG for 10% off your first order.

Definitely take a look and let me know your thoughts.

Happy and responsible shopping!

xoxo Anna

 

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My spring/summer capsule wardrobe

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Dress and oversized sweater

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my spring/summer capsule wardrobe. I am very excited about my selections and already feel inspired to create looks from my capsule.

Before I get into what I selected for spring/summer, I want to talk about what didn’t work for fall/winter. I think the most important thing was that I didn’t like enough of my clothes. I ended up buying random things to make up for not feeling like my collection really spoke to who I was. I didn’t feel stylish, so my capsule wardrobe was only partially successful. I also found that I kept going back to certain pieces and ignored a large part of my wardrobe. I still felt overwhelmed with decisions and the amount of clothing I had. What I took from these experiences was that my capsule wardrobe was too big and that I needed to put more thought into each item.

For a couple months I have been saving pictures I find on the internet to use as inspiration. One day, I sat down and looked at those pictures and identified several items that were common among them including a trench coat, graphic tees, high-waisted jeans, and oversized sweaters and blazers. I looked at what I already had and found I had most of what I wanted. I made a short list to take to the second-hand store Buffalo Exchange and (amazingly!) came out with exactly what I needed. Then I purged like nobody’s business and got rid of a major portion of my clothing. I put away things that I couldn’t donate or sell because of sentimental reasons and was left with a sweet little capsule wardrobe that I am so excited to put into use.

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This Paris t-shirt is giving me life!

Here is the breakdown of what I kept:

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I didn’t include jewelry or shoes because I’m not there yet (and may never be). My general goal is to make my day-to-day dressing more streamlined and to feel proud of the outfits I put together in terms of fit and style. I did purge my lounge wear/pajames even though that’s not pictured here.

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Jeans, jeans, jeans
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Turns out I wear skirts a lot

Since I am currently trying to lose weight, I am going to replace items in my wardrobe as things no longer fit, hopefully with second-hand items. I may add a piece or two as well, probably something floral and flowy. I will be posting looks from this capsule wardrobe soon, so stay tuned!

How about you? Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? What was your experience?

xoxo Anna

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My capsule wardrobe revolves around my jacket selection 🙂

 

5 ways to inspire healthy consumption

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Throw back Thursday to my fall/winter capsule wardrobe shirt selection

I am in the process of thinking about a spring/summer capsule wardrobe, which got me thinking about consumption in general. The more I think on this subject the more I realize that I want to own less and consume less. I think in my fondest dreams, I would live with the bare minimum of belongings, each one precious or useful in some specific way. In reality, I am surrounded by a heap of stuff that just won’t seem to budge. I think I am in a better place than I was before but still have a long way to go. I know there are certain things I will never give up like my chef’s jacket from pastry school, or all my travel souvenirs. Still, as much as I purge, I always seem to be acquiring new things to fill the space left by what I have gotten rid of. I am starting to realize that downsizing is a two-part process involving purging and then learning not to consume in the same way as before. The second part fits in nicely with another goal I have of saving as much money as possible in the coming year. And when I do buy new things, I want it to be in a responsible fashion. Here are some strategies I will be trying to get me to my goals.

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Sorting/purging my jewelry will definitely be a goal

Do a large purge

This is pretty self-explanatory. I plan to do a spring purge in all categories with the goal of eliminating redundant items (read 6000 pens) and things I never use. This will get me ready for my spring/summer capsule wardrobe and I think will make my belongings seem less heavy.

Set a small monthly budget for certain items

I order to motivate myself not to shop impulsively, I am setting very low monthly budgets for things like clothing and homegoods. So far I have budgeted $40 a month for clothing and $0 for home goods. That doesn’t include things like toilet paper, but does include things like cute knick knacks at Target and random pillows. I have been using Mint to manage my money for a while, but lately I have been leaning in to this online budget software even more with my current goal of saving money. One thing that I am notorious (mostly with myself) for doing is buying a new outfit if I don’t feel like my day outfit is good enough for my night plans. Most of the stuff I buy during these sprees ends up in the donation pile, minus a few surprise gems. I think the key to avoiding this is a) not getting lazy with my outfits in the morning and b) storing a cute outfit or at least some jewelry and heels at work.

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Knick knacks and souvenirs displayed in glass cabinets

Take care of what you already have

While I sporadically do things like get my shoes reheeled and sew buttons onto coats, I want to make it more of a habit. I also want to spend time figuring out how to wear the clothing I already have in new ways so that I value each item more. One thing that I have already done is purchase two large glass cabinets to hold some of my favorite travel souvenirs and mementos. I still have overflow but it is nice have things displayed this way and makes even the silly things (ie plastic dinosaurs) seem important.

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A hand-me-down chair which definitely counts as second-hand

Shop second-hand as much as possible

I already shop second-hand for clothing and furniture quite a bit. The challenge will be doing so consistently and including things like gifts and appliances. It can be frustrating to shop second-hand when you are looking for a very particular thing, but I’m hoping that it can be a fun challenge. There are so many options for shopping second-hand these days, from traditional thrift stores to websites like eBay and Poshmark. It just takes a little change in mindset.

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Surrounded by stuff and cats 🙂

Make a list of everything that you own

This one is a doozy! After I purge, I plan to make a comprehensive list of everything I own. It sounds daunting just thinking about it but I am curious to see what benefits an exercise like this could yield. Will I feel richer and more satisfied with what I have? Will I want to purge more? Will I discover that I have things I thought I needed to buy? Will I be inspired to make new things with my huge tubs of craft supplies? These are all possibilities and I am excited to find out what happens that I can’t predict as well. I am not putting a timeline on this as I have no idea how long something like this will take. I may combine this with the purge process. They seem to go hand in hand. I will definitely keep you updated on my progress.

How about you? Would you try any of these strategies? Let me know in the comments.

xoxo Anna

Thursday’s Ethical Style

This week’s ethical style has an athleisure feel to it. I started with a cute sweatshirt with sequin detailing and added gold-striped leggings and shiny sneakers. Simple crystal studs and a gold ponytail holder complete the look.

I think the athleisure trend has a lot of cool elements, but I have yet to embrace it in my own wardrobe. I think I don’t feel athletic enough to wear it 🙂 But since I’m considering training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon I might be able to convince myself to embrace my inner sneaker queen. I have done this race twice and really enjoyed the training process even though it was brutal most of the time. And the self satisfaction I felt crossing the finish line was worth all the pain. I definitely feel like I need some sort of event to train for in order to reignite my exercise program which has been really lame for the past few months. Wish me luck!

How about you? How do you feel about the athleisure trend? How do you motivate yourself to stay active?

  1. Sweatshirt, Sundry, here
  2. Beanie, ASOS Eco Edit, here
  3. Leggings, Sundry, here
  4. Studs, Favor Jewelry, here
  5. Ponytail holder, Favor Jewelry, here
  6. Sneakers, Toms, here

xoxo Anna

 

Three looks from my capsule wardrobe

Hi everyone! Today, I thought I would share three looks from my fall/winter capsule wardrobe. I am still adjusting to my new, smaller clothing selection. I have been struggling with ways to combine items, especially in the mornings when I have to get dressed for work. Often, I am not pleased with the outfit I end up in. And I have noticed that if I don’t like my outfit, I tend to feel off for the entire day. It’s really such a small thing, but it makes a huge difference in my mood. So, I feel like I have to take some time and really look at the items I have and figure out how to make outfits out of them that I feel good about. Today’s post is the beginning of that effort. Hope you like 🙂

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Dress, Everlane, here; Belt, H&M, similar here; Boots, Steve Madden, ethical alternatives here and here.

For this look I paired my Everlane sweatshirt dress with my all-time favorite belt from H&M. This dress is super comfortable. I sometimes wear it without the belt for a more relaxed look. I have enjoyed having several relaxed dresses I can throw on to run errands and still feel put together. These boots are also one of my favorite purchases. I got them at Steve Madden last fall. They are no longer available, but I’ve found some cute ethical alternatives.

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For look number two, I paired a blue polka-dot button down from Uniqlo with a thrifted denim midi and thrifted boots. I feel like this look has a vintage appeal. I have always loved the fashion and aesthetic of the 70s and I think I channeled that when putting together this outfit.

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Shirt, Uniqlo, ethical alternative here; Sunnies, drugstore (I think), ethical alternative here; Skirt, Calvin Klein, thrifted, ethical alternative here; Boots, Nine West, thrifted, ethical alternative here

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For my final look, I combined my favorite graphic tee with a black pencil skirt and my new fall jacket from Aritzia. I have never shopped at this store before but was impressed with their selection. I also liked there statements about corporate responsibility which you can read here. I added a red lip for more drama.

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Tee shirt, Sezane, here; Jacket, Wilfred from Aritzia, here; skirt, H&M last season, ethical alternative here; Boots, Steve Madden, ethical alternatives here and here; Lipstick, Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick, here

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You may have noticed that I wore the same jewelry with every outfit. The necklace is a simple gold charm that belonged to my grandmother. The emerald studs are from Catbird and were a gift for my last birthday. The crystal studs are from Shashi (here) I have been enjoying wearing jewelry that has meaning to me. I am also interested in growing my fine jewelry collection. There are so many new jewelry companies creating ethical and beautiful fine jewelry these days it’s hard to keep up with. I will keep you updated on what I find out.

How about you? Do you have ideas for what you will be wearing as the days cool down?

xoxo Anna

 

Thursday’s ethical style

An outfit for the fall transition

Summer is almost over! I can’t believe it went so fast and yet at the same time seemed to last forever. Dressing for the changing seasons can be tricky. This year, I am mad about sweatshirts for some reason. I think it is because so many chic options are now available. This black, mock neck version from Everlane seems like it would be great for layering as the weather cools down. Items like this are also very versatile, which is helpful when you are thinking about scaling down your wardrobe. So many uses… for example, you could layer it over a patterned maxi dress, like this one from H&M’s Conscious line. Paired with simple but impactful gold jewelry and black boots it makes the perfect in-between outfit. How about you? What are your tricks for transitional dressing?

  1. Sweatshirt, Everlane
  2. Half-moon bag, Sage + Slate
  3. Maxi dress, H&M Conscious
  4. Gold cuff, Sage + Slate
  5. Booties, Nisolo
  6. Half-moon earrings, Sage + Slate

xoxo Anna

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

 

 

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 🙂

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