claremont pant by talula | naomi dress by wilfred free
prome jacket by muubaa | cut out blouse
france suede boots by jeffrey campbell | oriley boots by jeffrey campbell | stacked heel loafer by madewell
I love perusing RTW and finding pieces that would compliment a handmade wardrobe. Right now I’m drawn to black everything and simple silhouettes. I can see a Gerard coat, an Archer button-up and a Sloppy Josephine tee pairing nicely with the styles above. I better get to it!
I’m not crazy into clothes shopping. When I have extra money to burn I’ll buy supplies, like beads, yarn and fabric, or shoes. I do, however, shop at big box stores like GAP and H&M for cheap staples and trendier items. I’m not going to say big is bad because that’s not always the case, but I am realizing that my purchases directly affect a lot of people. Who’s benefiting when I buy a J.Crew tee? Who am I hurting? How is it manufactured and how long will it hold up?
There are a few makers and doers I’ve met recently who care and it’s rubbing off on me. Some care enough about these questions that their entire business is built on sustainability in fashion. One in particular is Kristen Glenn of Seamly.co. When Kristin needed help with some photos I enthusiastically said yes! Her clothes are what I actually wear. The leggings especially! Modeling leggings is kind of terrifying, but after lots of laughs and direction from Kristin I think they turned out pretty great!
I know most of you sew, but if leggings aren’t on your list of things to make this season or if you just want some extra pairs, I can’t recommend these enough. They’re super soft and comfortable. I especially love the high waistband and unbelievable price: $34. For handmade, eco-friendly, kick-ass leggings. Yeah.
Her other pieces focus on versatility. The Versalette can be worn 30 ways and comes in a super soft, black knit fabric. I also tried on her dresses. The Jenny can be worn long or short and the 5-Ways Maxi is next on my wishlist. I can see myself wearing it daily all summer long.
all photos via seamly.co
What I’ve learned is that I like having a warm feeling after shopping. I like having that personal connection and a good story behind the brand. And I think Kristin is a badass and I love what she’s doing. I’m honored and flattered to be all over her site! Read her blog and story when you get a minute. I think you’ll really like her too.
On a somewhat related note – I’ve never really thrifted and I look hilarious in vintage anything, but I’ve started shopping at secondhand stores. Dudes. I found Frye’s for sooo cheap, designer jeans (I CAN’T HELP IT) and other goodies for ridiculous deals. It’s this liberating underworld that I’ve been completely unaware of until now. Any other savvy shoppers out there?? What and where are some of your best finds?
1. Calder Toe // MICHAEL Michael Kors
2. Wide Brim Hat // San Diego Hat Co
3. Surf Spray // Bumble & Bumble
4. Self Tan Bronzing Lotion // St. Tropez
5. Cosmetic Brow Zings in Medium // Benefit Cosmetics
Summer is here and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I’ve been busy crafting my summer look and the above products are my daily necessities. Wearing a hat is new to me, but I need to have a stylish one on hand to keep my freshly dyed red hair from fading. Other than that, a fake tan, easy to walk in (yet slightly fancy) sandals, intense eyebrows and crazy beach hair is how you’ll find me this season.
What items are in your summer arsenal?
1. Collarbone by Catharine Luckett / XX Long Gunshell Necklace / $145
2. DANNIJO / Naomi Collar / $172
3. DANNIJO / Finnegan Ring / $172
4. DANNIJO / Alessandra Cuff / $395
5. Odette New York / Bronze Rib Ring / $138
6. DANNIJO / Abacos Necklace / $436
7. Noble Town Vintage / Brick Chain Diamond Necklace / $38
My grandma runs a trading post in southern Utah and she’s always decked out in chunky Navajo squash blossoms, turquoise cuffs and big rings. Growing up I may not have appreciated the look, but now I think she’s as cool as it gets. That inspiration is very much evident in a few of DANNIJO’s pieces. I love the modern take on styles that are familiar to me. Besides the Indian-inspired pieces, I love brass, gunshells and unexpected shapes like the Odette rib ring.
I don’t have the skills or equipment to make anything similar, but I’m going to bust out my seed beads today and see what happens.