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: 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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looking forward & giving back

{found via pinterest from half united} – they’ll be brand spotlighted soon!

august always finds me looking forward to fall. always. this august is no exception; it’s just that this year i’m trying not to buy up everything cozy that i come across.

it’s always crazy to me that it’s still about 90* outside, and yet here we are buying sweaters.

the next few weeks of our family’s life will be crazy, and in that sense i’m looking forward to september even more so than usual.

and i realized that the busy-ness of life is a big part of what causes us to not care. {yes, i realize that seems disjointed. allow me to explain}:

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be the change.

we’re on vacation in charleston, sc this week, and wednesday some of us went into town to do some shopping. i wasn’t looking for anything in particular and thought i’d probably come home without actually purchasing anything.

and then we came across a shop called be the change.

 

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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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brand spotlight: fashionABLE

i found fashionABLE thanks to a friend of mine, and when she told me their story i really wanted to support them and all they are doing.

this became even more true when i looked further into what they do, and how they do it.

they employ a “trade, not aid” philosophy. you can find more info about it on their website here, but really all that means {as they put it} is: “jobs, not charity.” it’s the whole teach a man to fish philosophy.

they started out with scarves, and then added some amazing leather goods and jewelry, and now they’ve added shoes and apparel to the mix. and i just saw last week that they have a denim line in the works.

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two weeks, two trips: packing

over the next two weeks i’m taking as many trips with absolutely no down-time in between. the first trip is a service trip – running a day camp in brooklyn, and the second trip is a family vacation.

my husband and kids will pick me up from the airport at the end of the first trip, and we’ll drive to the beach for the second – likely without even coming back home.

i’m in the middle of the first week right now actually, and i made a concerted effort to pack lightly. what does one bring when headed to brooklyn for a week followed by a week at the beach?

as much cross-over as possible.

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count the ways: double point earrings

these earrings. these are the earrings i posted about back here a couple of weeks ago. and back then i was really excited about them – i didn’t even have them yet, and i was ridiculously excited.

{double point earrings from Goodwin, via Goodwin’s site}
well, let me tell you, my love has not waned. there are so many ways to wear these earrings that it’s a challenge to figure out how i’m going to wear them each day.

and yes, i said each day. each and every day. because that is how often i’ve worn them since they came. every.single.day.

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