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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upcycled

one thing i’ve thought about a lot more lately is the re-use side of fashion. so much of fast fashion is use it and throw it away, or to make ourselves feel better we use it and then give it away. {and there is something to be said for giving it away. although i’ve recently learned that a lot of donation centers can’t even use what they receive and end up throwing a lot of it away.} but what if we didn’t? what if we consciously bought only things that we needed? what if we bought things far less regularly, and only things we really thought about and really loved?

and what if we tried to repair and re-use them whenever something happened to them instead of just throwing them away?

i have started thinking more about this in part because of one specific pair of pants that i have.

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