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  • 2017… you sure did surprise me!

    Happy New Year Everyone!

     

    Despite experiencing severe insomnia most all of 2017, it still was a pretty incredible year. 2017 brought much more than I even asked for – in the area of growth and change that is. (silver lining, silver lining, silverrrrrrrr…..)

     

     

     

     

    2017 helped me wake up to how much I really enjoy working on this blog (minus to web/techie piece)- writing, sharing, speaking, shooting, styling my own art. After relocating to CA I was desperately in search of something I could pour myself into- that was work, yes, but also pleasure- something that actually felt like my calling.

     

    And it seemed that life made it available to me, in a sneaky kind of way. I honestly believe that the health challenges I have experienced were largely for that purpose- to slow me down enough to get still, to know thyself, and force me to step into my power by embracing my craft.

     

     

    The above look sourced at Urbanity in Berkeley, CA.

     

     

    {Stuttering a bit} because sometimes getting what you want is actually scarier than not getting what you want. Now I had to act on my findings. I made a commitment to this blog, to build a platform to stand up for what I believe in, exercise my voice, and feed my soul by doing something that I genuinely enjoy.

     

     

     

     

     

    Life also chased me down in other areas in 2017. I adopted a second rescue dog, a stray we named Lucé. And of course I can’t ignore the biggest surprise of all- moving back to AZ full-time!

     

     

    Oh and, one of the most joyful- and unexpected- California finds- our new baby Lucé! This is our third rescue dog. He was a stray found in Vallejo, CA, April 2017, rescued by Hopalong Animal Rescue, Adopted by us, May 2017!!!

     

     

    In an eery sort of way, it’s like our lives have been waiting for us there since we left in 2013 (more to come on that later).

     

    I am grateful to you for sticking around as I’ve evolved and pivoted. I’d like to invite you to share your feedback and thoughts on how I could improve and evolve some more- because for sure there are changes up ahead, and I’d love to know what you’d like to see more of here (or not).

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I imagine you’re reading this because on some level you believe in me, and for that- grateful doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel. Without you, this would simply be a hobby, and that is not my intention in building this blog and advocating for what I believe in.

     

    Moving forward, it is becoming more and more important to me to choose more ethical and sustainable shopping sources and to reduce unnecessary consumption and waste. I’m sure I’m not the only one- considering the state of our political leadership (not very much environmental concern and support) and 2017’s overwhelming amount of natural disasters. Now, more than ever it is imperative that we all wake up and pay attention to what is happening in our world and what we can do about it.

     

     

     

     

     

    I am doing what I can to encourage and inspire you to choose more sustainable and conscious shopping choices- because I love to shop and would never ask you not to- but please be awake and aware of what you’re purchasing and why.

    Always consider- what is the impact your purchase has on the world? It is so important because every purchase is a vote- whether you like it or not.

     

    Sharing, styling and shopping secondhand fashion is undoubtedly my favorite way to do fashion these days, and my favorite way to support a more sustainable future because I believe secondhand fashion is the most sustainable way to shop.

     

    Secondhand shopping is reutilizing resources that have already been used. It just makes sense. And anyways, I have the most fun curating a wardrobe from items that may have traveled all over the world, from all different brands and all different eras.

     

     

     

     

    But, it is challenging to monetize a blog focused on secondhand fashion, and I understand wearing someone else’s clothes may not be for everyone. So bare with me as I smooth this out and continue to refine my brand and this blog.

     

    I also understand trying to change your lifestyle can take time, much dedication and some work. If you don’t have time to do the research on your own to make more sustainable shopping choices, please keep coming back here every week, and also bookmark these reliable resources to search for more ethical brands (these are just a sampling that I’ve relied on myself- trust me, there are loads more):

     

    Project Just
    Good On You
    The People Label
    Bead & Real
    Raven & Lily
    Remake

     

     

     

    Black dress- Isabel de Pedro; Shoes- Vince

     

     

    That’s all for now. I really just want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to do what I’ve done this past year. I’ve got a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I’m making my way, moving in the right direction.

     

    Next week I’ll be sharing highlights of the brands I’ve been fortunate enough to work with in 2017. It really is exciting that there are so many brands hopping on board to change the face of fashion and make this world a happier healthier place.

     

    Stay tuned! I foresee many great things on the horizon for 2018! And of course, starting over (again!) and rebuilding my life in the desert ain’t so bad either.

     

     

    Jacket- vintage, at Urbanity.

     

     

    Happy New Year!!!

     

     

    Get involved. Become part of the movement for a healthier, more sustainable fashion world. I believe that together we can change the face of fashion.  Wear what you love and wear what empowers you. Also consider where your clothes were made and who made them. Your purchase may empower the person who made them (or not).

    Shop wisely. Every purchase is a vote. Make yours count. Dress in clothing you love and that have a positive impact on you and the rest of the world.

    *The items featured on this blog are what I consider sustainable fashion and/or are items I have owned for a very long time- which I would then consider a sustainable fashion choice simply for the longevity of it.

     

     

     

    Photography by Jessie Cagliero

     

     

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