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  • Life x Style 059 (Cyber Monday Deals + Conscious Holiday Shopping + Thrifting vs Consigning)

    This post was originally shared as a Black Friday {beware} Shopping post last year. Because this subject matter is so important to me I felt compelled to share it again. Over the last year I feel the holiday shopping insanity has only escalated, as my email has been flooded with Black Friday/ Cyber Monday, etc. etc deals to persuade us to buy, buy, buy.

     

    I love a good deal just as much as anyone, but when is enough enough? I’m choosing to take a stand against the excessive advertising this year by sharing what I feel is a more conscious way to do holiday shopping. The coming week’s content will provide plenty of stylish & fun gifting alternatives, discount codes, and shopping for a cause- shopping that actually does more good than harm. I’m sold. You?

     

    I hope you LOVE and appreciate having more conscious shopping choices as much as I do. Please feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested or could use a little push in a more conscious shopping direction.

    Happy Shopping! Or not…

     


     

    Black Friday may be a long-held American tradition, but more importantly than ever it is another opportunity to vote with your wallet. Every purchase you make is helping to create more of the world you want to live in. That is why I am choosing to focus on consignment, local independent retailers and ethical fair trade gifting options throughout this entire holiday season. I hope you will consider this as a potential shopping solution to help you become a more conscious consumer and do more good than harm with your gifting choices.

     

    Today’s post focuses on consignment shopping and features luxury treasures sourced from a local consignment store. Consignment is my go-to when it comes to designer goods- handbags, scarves, jewelry, sunglasses- all the wonderful luxuries we love to give & get. This goes for both buying and letting go of items I no longer use. You might be wondering what is the big difference between consigning and donating your items other than the fact that you can actually get paid to give up that designer handbag vs simply handing it over to your local thrift store with no monetary exchange?

     

    Donating your clothes to a thrift store, such as the Goodwill, is simple, quick, and convenient, and I’ll admit, it feels really good to give stuff away to someone in need. But where do all those donated clothes go if they do not sell? Not all thrift stores are created equal. Here’s why~

     

     

     

     

    Many (not all) thrift stores today sell surplus or unsold items to developing countries (a whole other situation that needs serious attention) where it is negatively disrupting their local economy, or it is dropped into a landfill where it is helping no one & harming the environment- exactly what you were trying to avoid by donating your clothes in the first place, right!?

     

    This is why I am so passionate about shopping consignment. This is also why I choose to consign my clothes as often as I can. There’s a much better chance of extending the lifecycle of those clothes and someone else enjoying them for years to come.

     

    I want to support this industry and the retailers that are giving your old clothes a second chance in someone else’s closet. For that person who didn’t think they could afford higher-end or higher-quality clothing or for someone that wants that unique [no one else has it] kind of find, consignment is a great option. One that I personally rely on to curate the most stylish & unique wardrobe that I can.

     

     

     

     

     

    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 really every choice matters.

     

    I hope this leaves you feeling empowered and inspired to check out your local shops and make choices to shop more consciously.

     

    Choose clothing you love and that feel good to you! Use your style to express yourself freely and vote with your wallet.

     

     

    Get confident! Get dressed! Get noticed!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Today’s featured look was (once again) curated from Urbanity Style Sharing, Berkeley, CA. Urbanity specializes in well-edited women’s designer resale and locally designed jewelry. This year Urbanity is making green holiday shopping even more appealing by offering special deals such as a $50 gift certificate for only $40, and locally curated home decor and gifts. I hope you’ll consider making more eco-friendly and sustainable shopping choices by shopping Urbanity this holiday season and beyond.

     

     


     

    Shown here:

    • Leather duster coat- Blur
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Navy leggings- Ohne Titel
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Navy turtleneck- Tory Burch
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Leather clogs- John Fluevog
    • 
Fur stole- unknown

     

     

     

    John Fluevog

     

     


     

     

    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.

     

    Photos by Jessie Cagliero Photography 

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