- 12 Jan
Best of 2017// Favorite posts, brands and designers
Looking back to move forward… Sometimes it’s just what you need to jumpstart the new year. As our calendar rolls out a brand new year, I myself am in the midst of my own version of renewal and reinvention- in addition to a whole house renovation which will be my full-time work for the time being (hopefully not too long). Phew. It’s been a fast & furious start to the year for me. I hope your 2018 is also off to a super happy healthy start!
This week I wanted to share some of my favorite posts and brand collaborations from 2017. Sometimes the New Year time brings up a lot of judgment over missed opportunities or maybe we felt we just missed the mark altogether in reaching our full potential.
When I look back though, I really need to give myself some credit. In the last year, I’ve become a part of numerous organizations that support influencers and advocates, such as The Ethical Influencers Network and The People Label which focus on ethical and sustainable shopping options.
Moving on from my life in California, evolving and growing, I hope to incorporate more collaborations with local consignment and thrift stores in my new hood. (TBC Consignment Scottsdale, if you’re reading this- I’m all yours!)
I will continue to focus on more conscious shopping options and curating content to inspire you to make more conscious and ethical shopping choices, whether that’s only buying from brands that produce ethically, buying fabrics that sustain themselves through time, buying secondhand or buying items you know will stand the test of your time. There are so many ways to be a more conscious, ethical and sustainable fashion consumer. Above all, think about what you’re buying and why, and know that those items are truly meaningful and useful in your life.
And on to the main event- my top 10 blog posts from the past year. Honestly it was pretty tough to choose because I loved all of them for different reasons. Each one stretched me in it’s own way. Anyhow, thank you for reading and for caring. MUaaaahhhhhhhhhh!
1. Happy Birthday to me!!! Celebrating with some Chanel!
My first Chanel purse, a gift to myself for my 40th birthday, found at Sola Lucy on consignment. Lucky me!
3.One To Watch 06- Designer + Confidence builder Stella Carakasi
Stella Carakasi is a Berkeley, CA- based designer that is on a mission to design clothing that make women feel beautiful, empowered, and confident. And it really is true- You can’t not feel those things wearing her clothes. All of her lines are packed with well made, solid designs that flatter (speaking from experience} and make you smile back at yourself in the mirror. Now that’s a brand to invest in.
5. Life x Style 046 (where does great style come from?)
I don’t often give out style tips & how-to’s but in this post I did. I hope you weren’t disappointed (he-he). Again, this look was a secondhand pairing; skirt by Reformation from TBC Scottsdale, and a thrifted sweater.
Impeccable style can be both sustainable & affordable, and does not have to come at the cost of human & environmental ethics. Only good things can come from learning to be a more conscious consumer- because it really does matter.
6. Life x Style 048 (travel style essentials)
There are certain things you just need to make life a little easier when on the road, and cashmere just happens to be one of them for me. Last year I also became an ambassador for Catherine Robinson Cashmere, an exquisite brand out of the UK. Her wraps are an absolute essential for staying cozy and warm when traveling (or not).
7. Life x Style 051 (A Wear-forever Classic Knit)
Classic pieces are everything for me! Such as this ethically and sustainably handmade pullover by SF-based sustainable luxury brand Callina. I am so grateful I was able to work so closely with this brand during my time in San Francisco. This one V-neck is a staple in my closet and is actually a part of the capsule wardrobe I’m living in while between moves. (It made the cut!)
8. Life x Style 049 (Summer blues)
This top is one of those things that makes me feel gooooood- maybe it’s the color, the heritage textile it’s made of- or maybe the fact that it’s a one-of-a-kind, handmade design by CA- based designer Mira Blackman. Another designer I am so grateful to have met in person during my time in California.
9. Life x Style 055 (Navy is the new black)
This navy dress is made by sustainable fashion brand Marie Hell which I’ve had the pleasure of working with on numerous occasions this past year. Their designs are made in the USA, using an eco-freindly, wrinkle-resistant fabric, sustainably manufactured from wood pulp.
10. Life x Style 060 (Shop For a Cause Gift Guide)
This was the first year I’ve ever published a gift guide. And I am so happy I did. The energy from sharing ethical shopping options, and offering extra discounts to readers- it really did wonders for my Christmas spirit, which wasn’t exactly off the charts this year.
Proclaim is another SF-based brand that is doing good for the environment and raising the confidence of all women by designing fabrics to match a large spectrum of skin tones, and all using recycled plastic bottles. Any designer that is reducing waste with their designs ranks high on my list! Incredible right?
There you have it- 2017 highlights that stretched my creative (and technical) edge. Looking forward to pushing myself beyond my comfort zone a bit further this year, I hope you’ll join me!
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.