I’m not a capsule wardrobe kind of person (gasp, I know!). Capsule wardrobes are often synonymous with sustainable fashion; however, I have always viewed clothing/accessories as a form of artistic expression. A capsule collection makes me feel like I’m being severely restricted. To each his/her own, though.
But, things have changed a bit as my belly is starting to grow, and virtually none of my pants fit anymore. This mild inconvenience is forcing me to get creative with the items that do fit. At times like this, I’m so thankful for accessorizing! Same outfit, different accessories. This has definitely simplified my morning routine, and for that I’m thankful.
I’ll be posting some of these looks in the coming weeks. What about you? Do you prefer a capsule wardrobe?
Richmond friends, our next @ethicalstyleco event will be a clothing swap held on Sunday, February 25! Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours before they sell out. We look forward to seeing you there!
Happy Valentine’s Day! 💋💞
In case you missed it, I talked about why I love this overly commercialized holiday in a blog post. Click the link in my bio to read. •
Share the love today and everyday. ❌⭕️❌⭕️
It’s a chilly, rainy morning here in Richmond.☔️ Thankfully, I have my vintage wool sweater to keep me warm.
Stay tuned, I will be posting a Valentine Gift Guide to treat yourself, or a special friend. 💕
In case you haven’t heard, @wethebroad opened this week! I’m proud to be a founding member of this co-working and social space for women here in Richmond. I remember when Ali (founder) first told me of her idea - I responded, “If you build it, they will come.” And they have!
Several of you have asked what it’s all about and therefore I’ve outlined what you need to know.
1. A space for you to connect, network, and socialize with amazing women from a wide-array of professional backgrounds.
2. A space for you to enjoy weekly yoga and educational content on art, money, politics, etc.
3. A space that has no shortage of coffee and wine.
Interested in touring the space? Come tomorrow night from 5-6:30pm for Happy Hour and Open House.
I finally had the opportunity to watch “River Blue,” a documentary about the toll that the fashion and textile industries are having on our waterways around the world.
I was surprised to learn about how much of a negative impact the denim industry is having on rivers in China, India, and Bangladesh. Each year, rivers are becoming more and more polluted as denim manufacturers dump toxic chemicals into nearby waterways. What’s more disturbing is that millions of people rely on these rivers for their livelihood. According to Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo, “The wars of the future will not be fought over oil. The wars of the future will be fought over water.” What can you do?
1. Think twice before buying a new pair of jeans. How many pairs do you already own?
2. Buy jeans secondhand.
3. Watch the documentary and be informed about the high cost our western fashion consumption is having on the environment and the inhabitants that rely on these rivers.
4. As always, ask your favorite brands about what they are doing to minimize their carbon footprint.
It’s hard sometimes to know how transparent one should be on a platform that thrives on being perfectly curated. However, I believe it’s important to share even when it’s not perfect. Today, we laid to rest my beautiful, loving, and vivacious mother-in-law. She had fought an 8-month battle with cancer. •
I’ve spent the past week being present with loved ones. Quite honestly, it has been a breath of fresh air despite the very difficult circumstances. In times like this we are reminded of what really matters in life.
Several weeks ago, 64 brands signed a commitment to focus on sustainability as a part of the Global Fashion Agenda’s focus on “circular production in fashion.” Brands such as Zara, Adidas, Asos, H&M, Target, Eileen Fisher will be required to publish a progress report of their efforts toward sustainability. The year 2020 is the aim for most of these brands to “go green.” •
While this is a step in the right direction, it does beg the question of just how much of an impact will it make. Companies such as Zara and Adidas have said they are committed to collecting used garments in their stores. While Asos and H&M have committed to training their designers on “circular design,” meaning a garment is designed with intention of longevity and sustainability. •
According to the Business of Fashion, “As consumer attention on sustainability issues increases, sustainability leaders can use their advantage to promote revenue growth.” If sustainability is the current trend, how will we as consumers know if this is just a PR campaign for these larger companies to sell more stuff under the premise that it is sustainable? •
There is no simple solution; however, I’m encouraged that consumer demands of sustainability are taking hold in the broader fashion industry. What are your thoughts? •
To read more, visit: www.globalfashionagenda.com/commitment/
My mission is to inspire women to shop more ethically without sacrificing style because I believe each of us can make an impact by making small, but intentional steps toward conscious consumerism. 🙏 What’s your mission? 👊
Several weeks ago I discussed my love of @poshmark for finding specific pieces I’ve been searching for. I also found a similar website (@tradesy) for gently used items. I purchased this coat from a seller on Tradesy and it still had the price tag on it. I’ve come to realize that I can purchase most of what I need via consignment/secondhand.
My collaboration with @thegoodtrade for their Week of Outfits Series is now live! Their website has been one of my go-to resources for conscious fashion, beauty, travel, and more. The content is both practical and inspirational. To see the seven looks I put together, click the link in my bio. 📸 @lisamarieskillman
This week we launched the @ethicalstyleco to encourage intentional shopping and conscious conversations around the fashion industry. It’s an honor to do this alongside these four other women who are striving to make an impact in this area. Stay tuned for our first event happening in Richmond soon!📸 @sandyswaggerjones