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    A reflection on my 1st year in California

    This week I’m reflecting on my first year living in California. Hard to believe it’s been an entire year since we moved here. I know we all say it- but seriously- where does the time go???

     


    It’s been an interesting year for me because 5 months after moving , we semi-moved again- back to Arizona. (So I’m like a Cali/ Arizonan- perfect). We bought a house just a few miles from where we used to live there- another dream come true.

     

     

    Miss Maggie at the new Arizona house

    Miss Maggie at the new Arizona house

     

     

    A good amount of my time has been split, and I’ll admit that straddling two worlds is not exactly making life any easier, but I wouldn’t pass it up for anything. We moved from Scottsdale to Minneapolis in 2013, and honestly, we’ve both missed living there since. It feels good to be back- like I’ve reclaimed a part of myself.

     

     

     

    Day 1

    Day 1

     

    Maggie on her new patio. The San Francisco Bay view is not so bad either!

    Maggie on her new patio. The Pacific Ocean view is not so bad!

     

     

    I’ll admit something I’m not proud of. One of my fears about moving to California was that we’d have to severely downsize and therefor have to sacrifice my abundant closet space- and (gulp) the excesses of my wardrobe. That did not exactly happen- no complaints here. I love my new closet. I even think I have a better closet now than I did before.

     

    I was so excited for all the new shopping I’d splurge on once I got here- so many vintage shops, a significant sustainable fashion scene. I haven’t given up shopping by any means, but I don’t feel the need to buy so much stuff.

     

    I’ve found myself shopping way less than I ever have before, and am finding more enjoyment in exploring this enchanted new land. There really is something to living a more minimalist lifestyle, and the space and freedom it creates.

     

    Oh and, one of the most joyful- and unexpected- California finds- our new baby Lucé! This is our third rescue dog, a Cairn Terrier. He was a stray found in Vallejo, and now he is ours!

    Oh and, one of the most joyful- and unexpected- California finds- our new baby Lucé! This is our third rescue dog, a Cairn Terrier. He was a stray found in Vallejo, and now he is ours!

     

     

    I find myself choosing more investment pieces that I’m confident I’ll enjoy for a very long time. I’m much more selective about the fabrics I bring home. The ability to be more discerning- about what’s ‘luxury’ and what’s timeless- I credit that to some of the connections I’ve made since moving here. Connections that I’m so grateful for- like Callina, Remake, Mira Blackman, Tilden, Rare Bird- just to name a few.
    Here, I’ve shared just a few of my favorite purchases since moving West. Admittedly, there are many more. But for today, I’m keeping this short and sweet because this week is all about taking time out to reflect and redesign the experience I want to have for the next year moving forward.

     

     

     

    Chanel

    Chanel from Sola Lucy

     

    By Malene Berger from TBC Consignment, Scottsdale

    By Malene Berger

     

    Vintage Ralph Lauren

    Vintage Ralph Lauren

     

     Sacai from TBC Consignment, Scottsdale

    Sacai from TBC Consignment, Scottsdale

     

    My commitment to the sustainable and slow fashion industry continues to grow- and has only been intensified by my move to California. There is a huge influence on sustainability, conscious living, and raising awareness of eco-friendly manufacturing and business practices.

     

    I am happy to be here and explore where this experience may take me in my journey and what positive influence I can leave behind. For now, as an advocate I will share what I can through my content, and hope that you come away inspired and empowered to live a more conscious, sustainable lifestyle.

     

    And lastly, my partnership with my photographer Jessie Cagliero- no words to express how filled with gratitude I am to work with her. Since Jessie and I were connected through Remake last fall, she has shot almost every one of my blog posts since. If not for her, I would not have had the impact I’ve so wanted to have, sharing my passion for a more sustainable fashion world, and to empower and inspire others through beautiful images and my message. Thank you Jessie. Your work is extraordinary.

     

     

    photo by Jessie Cagliero

    photo by Jessie Cagliero

     

    Your clothing says a lot about you. Make yours a positive and empowering statement.

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    Golden

     

     

     

    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.

     

     

    *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 consider a sustainable fashion choice simply for the longevity of it.

     

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