this week’s best find: your own closet

 

as i was thinking about what i wanted to post for this week – brands, items, etc. – i realized that i didn’t have anything specific to post.

that’s not because there are no other brands out there, or no other fantastic finds to be had. there are plenty of brands out there we haven’t gotten to yet. really really great sustainable brands. and we will highlight them.

but today, as i sit here rejoicing that it’s fall {because if it’s september, it’s close enough, especially for a fall aficionado like myself}, for once i’m not going crazy thinking about all of the things i want to buy. i am thinking about the one or two things on my list right now, but not the huge list i used to have every time the change of seasons rolled around.

believe me, it has taken a loooooooong time to get here. and a lot of wasted money – ask my husband. but finally, finally, i’m looking at all of the clothes i have saying, “it’s too much” instead of “it’s not enough.”

so, as cheesy as it sounds – go shopping in your closet. pull out the items that you love, and find a couple of different ways to wear them. plus, regularly revisiting everything you have is a great way to make sure you don’t buy something else that’s eerily similar to what you already have in your closet.

or go on a shopping fast {i was always really bad at these, so i won’t judge you if you break it}. necessity is the mother of invention, and not allowing yourself anything new is a great way to appreciate what you already have. it’s also a great way to see if you actually have any holes in your wardrobe.

if you want help, call a friend and make it a party to go through and style your wardrobe. {or comment here if you’re local, and we’ll find a time to get together!}

have a great week!

xo

kate

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brand spotlight: CB tees

i came across this etsy shop on instagram, and fell completely in love with it. the owner, carly, lives in australia and her shop is full of upcycled clothing!

she takes clothes she finds at thrift stores, and embroiders them to make them something new.

this shop gets right at the heart of why i started this blog. one of the reasons is because there are too many clothes that are not made responsibly. the other is because we can do with far less than we do. there are so many clothes already in the world. there are so many clothes that end up in landfills every single year. and carly’s shop is a brilliant way to reuse and reinvent clothes that still have a lot of life left in them.

sassy pants from cbtees on etsy

my absolute favorites right now are these “sassy pants.” if they were my size i’d have a heckuva time not buying them.

she has inspired me to think further about upcycling. not just how can i reinvent things that are already in my own closet, but inspiring me to reconsider thrift stores from a whole new perspective.

itsCBTees shop on etsy

if you need something that’s new, but old, go have a look!

have a great day!

xo

kate

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this week’s best find: box cut pocket tee

everlane box-cut pocket tee

i love this shirt as much as i thought i would. and how much did i think i would?

i almost ordered it in 3 colors right from the get-go.

yes, really. three colors. even though i know that i don’t really need that much i still almost ordered three. and i’ll see if i wear it as much as i think i will. if i do, i’ll be adding the other two colors to my wishlist. they offer it in 10 colors. {ten!}

i’ve been hesitant to feature anything from everlane on here simply because i think most people have heard of them, and i’d like to showcase the lesser known brands so we all learn a little bit more about the options we have. but this one is too good to pass up.

this one is one of the softest and most comfortable shirts i own – right out of the package. and it fits like a dream. and is responsibly made. all for $16.

if you haven’t heard about everlane, definitely check them out! they have great basics and minimalist styles. and their entire business structure is all about transparency so they give you a breakdown of their costs for each garment.

happy thursday all!

xo

kate

 

 

 

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brand spotlight: 31 bits

most of you probably know of 31 bits, but i had to spotlight them anyway. they’re one of the better known jewelry brands who have trumpeted fairly made goods from their inception.

right now i have a major crush on them particularly because of my daughter. her birthday is coming up, and a visit from one set of grandparents this past weekend meant she got to open a couple of presents early. one of them was a bitsies necklace. she has tried to put it back on with her pajamas every night since receiving it.

shine on bitsies necklace. 31 bits.

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brand spotlight: alternative apparel

{check them out: alternative apparel}

alternative apparel is a brand i heard about from the author don miller. his wife {betsy} had come up with an idea for a t-shirt, and they used alternative apparel t-shirts in their design.

since then i’ve looked into the company, and right about now there are a whole bunch of basics i want to add to my closet!

{burnout jersey t-shirt}
{move it flex it tank}
{boxy v-neck t-shirt}

these shirts are so soft and comfortable. they primarily work with jersey material and offer t-shirts, sweatshirts, leggings, etc.

{see more here}

on their website they take you through the entire process of how their shirts are made, and where they are sourced from. they are part of the #whomademyclothes movement. and one of my favorite parts about them?

not only do they have a great product that is sustainably made, they have an entire section on their website dedicated to “brands we love.”

{see more here}

i love that they highlight other brands that believe the same things they do. to me it shows an undeniable authenticity to direct potential customers off of their site and onto another because they believe in what these companies are doing too.

if you’re in the market for any basics, be sure to check them out!

hope you’re having a great start to your week!

xo

kate

the why: because it matters.

i started putting together a brand spotlight post for today {which will probably post on monday} but then i realized that i really just needed to write a little bit more about why all of this matters.

up until about a year ago i didn’t think about who made my clothes. i’d see the tags that said “made in china” or “made in vietnam” and i didn’t think any deeper than that. when the factory collapsed in bangladesh in 2013 i thought about it for a time. i considered it a little bit, but if i’m being honest it didn’t stick for very long. or even more bluntly, i didn’t want to think about it.

because it’s hard.

it’s hard to consider whether or not companies are utilizing their workers in an ethical way. a lot of them aren’t. and we don’t like to think about ugly truths. so often, we just don’t.

unfortunately there are a lot of ugly truths in the fashion world. and that’s why this is important.

because people matter.

we cannot simultaneously say that we fight against the injustices of the world, and that we want to make the world a better, more equal place, and perpetuate an unethical system by what we choose to buy.

it’s all linked.

there’s an #ethicalfashion movement that is picking up steam. and i am so grateful that this information is more readily available.

{on instagram via @fash_rev}

along with this call-to-arms {of sorts} a hashtag has started showing up on instagram – mostly via fashion revolution {@fash_rev}: #whomademyclothes. these are interviews with various types of garment workers about who they are, and what they do to make our clothes.

{on instagram via @fash_rev}

i know that i feel better in my clothes when they fit well and they look good. but i also feel better in my clothes when i know that purchasing them supported a company who is doing the right thing by the people who work for them.

{on instagram via @fash_rev}

it’s a learning process, and i know i have so much more to learn, but the important thing is that we keep trying to learn. that we don’t throw up our hands and say that it’s too hard, and stop thinking about it.

the well-being of the roughly 40 million people who work in the garment industry demands that we think about it.

the point of this post is not to make you feel guilty for the purchases you’ve made, {trust me, i’ve spent a lot of time there} but to encourage you to think about the impact your purchases have, and possibly do something differently now. we can only begin where we are.

enjoy your weekend!

xo

kate

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