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

 

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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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, SĂ©zane 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, SĂ©zane. 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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Welcome to Fashion Spirit

Welcome to Fashion Spirit! My name is Anna. I love whiskey, fashion and my cat (and my friends and family, of course). I have struggled my whole life with the same problem—too many hobbies and interests. I’ve dabbled in a number of careers including fashion, culinary arts, a variety of craft enterprises, scientific research, journalism, photography, travel writing and graphic design. Thankfully my career trajectory, at least in terms of day jobs, has settled over the past few years, but I still find myself seeking an outlet that will allow me to explore some of my other interests. I’m not sure how it didn’t occur to me before (I am a notorious late adopter) but authoring a lifestyle blog might just be the one-stop-shop I’ve been searching for.

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I hope to infuse this blog with all the wonder and inspiration I feel every day, living in NYC. It may sound a little hokey, especially to my fellow New Yorkers but I still get a rush when I come out of the subway into the sunlight and see the buildings rising up and the sky. I still smile every time I see the skyline from an airplane or bus window upon coming home from a long trip.

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That said, I also love to travel and I will be sharing some details of adventures that I’ve been on and places I am dreaming of going. Watch for posts on Nice, Ireland, St. Croix USVI and more in the coming year.

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There will also be tons of fashion. It’s hard to sum up my personal style but maybe the best term for it might be “personal classics” as I enjoy borrowing from my own mind bank of fashion inspiration and reorganizing things into unique combinations. Shout out to mixing patterns! In the past, (you know, up until yesterday) I have been addicted to what is being called “fast fashion.” After reading about the impact this kind of clothing manufacturing has on our planet and people, I will be attempting to move away from old habits by buying a smaller amount of better quality pieces and shopping second-hand stores. It will be a slow process, but I am looking forward to the challenge and will keep you posted on my progress.

One of the reasons I have relied on inexpensive fashion is that I am constantly in the process of “losing weight”. I will be sharing the (literal) ups and downs of my fitness/nutrition journey. Let’s just say I may have issues with consistency in this area, which is something I think many of us struggle with.

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And speaking of nutrition, you can expect a variety of recipes some healthy some not so much.

And speaking of home dĂ©cor (well not really, but I couldn’t think of a good segue) I am always refining my one-bedroom apartment in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Stay tuned as I tackle clutter and attempt to define my interior design style.

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I look forward to sharing my adventures with you. And hopefully hearing about some of yours. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at fashionspiritbklyn. Till tomorrow â˜ș Yours, Anna