Mini Stripes and Thrifted Jeans

I love stripes! They’re classic and timeless. I wore a t-shirt by the ethical, organic company Armed Angels today. It is a mini-striped shirt. No need to be worried about looking wider. Skinny stripes don’t have that effect.


I wore a cardigan by Amour Vert over my shirt because it’s too cold in Seattle now for just a tee. The vertical color blocking effect of an open cardi will offset any worries about horizontal stripes. Amour Vert is made in the USA.


I was lucky to find a pair of pre-loved Current/Elliott jeans on eBay. The boyfriend cut is casual and comfortable, and the length is perfect for showing off my shoes.


I admit I created this outfit around these awesome shoes. I love the black and white theme. They’re by NAE (No Animals Exploited) and are vegan patent.


With the money I saved buying second-hand jeans, I could afford all the eco pieces from my store, Drizzle & Shine. Drop by if you’re in Seattle!

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Cozy and Stylish Fleece

Seattleites love fleece. What’s not to love? It’s warm and soft. It’s not always stylish though. Hoodies are practical but that’s about it. 

That’s why I grabbed one of these fleece jackets when they arrived at the store. They’re warm, cozy, and stylish. No buttons; just a simple tie closure. 


Jacket: Valln

Jeans
: Monkee Genes

Top
: Skunkfunk

Shoes
: NAE


This jacket is made in the USA by Valln. I paired it with my Monkee Genes. Sweatshop-free and organic. Love them! I’m digging the Skunkfunk long sleeve tee too. So simply but the contrast stitching takes it up a notch. 


My shoes are the same pineapple leather sneakers I’ve been wearing all summer. I changed the look of them by swapping out the white laces for black ones. Little changes make a big difference!

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Dress Up, Dress Down: Column Dress

I love my purple column dress! I sell them in my store. They’re made by Synergy, a company that is fair trade and uses organic cotton.

I wore the dress to work with a denim jacket and tall, flat boots.

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Jacket: Thrifted
Dress: Synergy
Boots: DSW
Pendant: Maple & Mauve

I went directly from work to the Farm Sanctuary Gala and the dress transitioned perfectly. I simply ditched the denim (I brought a sparkly cardigan, not shown) and swapped out my flat boots for heels.

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Pendant: Agapantha (available at Drizzle & Shine)
Boots: Novacas (also at Drizzle & Shine)

It’s a simple piece that brings a level of elegance and comfort to any occasion.

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Purse: Crystalyn Kae

 

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The Grand Opening

I opened my store, Drizzle & Shine, a few weeks ago and it’s been quite a ride! I’ve had a lot of fun meeting like-minded people and sharing the store’s mission with people who stumble on the store as they walk to and from work, home, and shopping.

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The grand opening was really busy–just the kick start the store needed. People came by all afternoon and browsed, shopped, and asked questions. We had snacks and raffles and it was a fun day.

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I’m lucky to also have my first employee (with another in the works). I can’t work every day. Even though the store might not be busy enough for a large staff yet, I need downtime too!

I’ll still be blogging, and I will be showing off the wares that I carry in Drizzle & Shine, like the Synergy shirt dress I wore to the grand opening), but I might not blog a lot. Having a brand new store takes up a lot of my time! I enjoy it and hope you can visit when you’re in Seattle.

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Fashion Revolution Week

It’s Fashion Revolution Week. April 24th marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1130 garment workers.

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The people behind Fashion Revolution Week encourage consumers to ask the simple question: Who made my clothes?

Looking for ethically made clothing is important so we can support companies that take care of garment workers. Fashion is a multi-trillion dollar industry funded by us. We consumers and our buying power have a lot of leverage. Let’s ask our favorite brands “who made my clothes?” and demand better treatment of workers.

For Fashion Revolution Week, I’m showing brands I love and I’m also showing my favorite mix: organic, fair trade, handmade, US made, thrifted, and DIY.

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My dress is by Synergy, a company that specializes in organic cotton clothing made by women in Nepal who are paid a living wage.

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My jacket is swapped. I love thrifting, swapping, and otherwise give clothing a little extra life. Plus, it’s cost-effective! I’d rather thrift and swap and save on generic items like denim jackets so I can put my money toward investment pieces like my Nicora shoes.

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My shoes are by Nicora. They are handmade in Los Angeles from eco-friendly fabrics. I’m a Nicora brand ambassador. Contact me if you’d like a discount code toward a pair of their wonderful shoes.

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I made my scarf from an old t-shirt. It was a simple, free project that allowed me to take a t-shirt I no longer wore and turn it into something I do wear.

That’s my formula for a perfect outfit. A US-made item, an imported fair-trade item, a DIY piece, and something thrifted or swapped. Every bit helps to change the fashion industry.

#whomademyclothes

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My Big Plans

Have you noticed that I haven’t posted with the same frequency lately? It’s not that I’m disinterested or that I’ve stopped wearing clothing. I’ve been busy working on a big project for the past several months.

I’m opening an eco boutique in Seattle!

After watching The True Cost and reading Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion I decided to change my buying habits. I love to thrift and swap, but I’m also guilty of getting sucked into fast fashion trends. And while an $8 skirt is hard to resist, as soon as I realized why some apparel is so cheap—and that someone somewhere is paying in blood, sweat, and tears—the urge to buy, buy, buy went away.

I started looking for places to buy clothing that are gentle on the environment, are sweatshop-free, and aren’t made from animals, and I realized there’s no place like that in Seattle. Was I supposed to provide this store? I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. For the past year, I’ve been researching and planning.

Last week, I signed the lease on a space in Capitol Hill and I quit my corporate job!

I have a lot of work ahead of me. I’ll be getting the store space ready for a grand opening in May 2016. If you’d like to follow along with my new adventure, check out www.drizzleandshine.com or @drizzleandshine on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

I’ll still be posting on this blog, but you’ll likely see a lot more eco brands and local designers in the mix.

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My new mantra is to buy less, shop mindfully, buy high-quality, timeless items, and mix thrifted and swapped clothing with new investment pieces. After I make a purchase, I’ll wash cold, hang to dry, and mend instead of toss.

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A Change of Shoes

Sometimes I change the look of my outfit with lots of accessories, styling, and add-ons. Other times, like today, one item changes everything.

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Dress: Gifted
Necklace: Fair Trade Winds
Tights: Roots Canada
Boots: DSW

I styled my geometric wrap dress with gray tights and knee-high boots. My mom bought this dress for me when we were in Fremont last year. In exchange, I handed over my vintage DVF two-piece. But don’t worry—the dress will stay in the family. It belonged to my Oma so it’s great that my mom can wear it for a while.

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Later, I completely changed the look with a pair of short boots. These are Sinclairs by Nicora. I love Nicora shoes and have several pair. They’re handmade in Los Angeles by skilled artisans and are vegan and environmentally friendly. I’m a Nicora brand ambassador now so it you’re looking for a long-lasting, stylish pair of shoes or boots, contact me and I’ll send you a code for 10% off your purchase.

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Earrings: Suite 6 Boutique
Boots: Nicora

I’ll show you the other Nicora Shoes I wear and love in future posts. You might remember that I’ve worn my Sinclairs with a maxi skirt before and my Sallys with paisley pants.

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How do you change the look of your outfits?

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The True Cost Film Screening

Being a fashion blogger has opened my eyes to a lot about the fashion industry—not all of it good. You may have noticed that I love to attend clothing exchanges and I love supporting local designers and small businesses. I also don’t wear animals. People, animals, and the earth are important but they are often exploited in the name of business.

true costLast year I watched The True Cost, and I learned a lot about the human and environmental impacts of the fashion industry. The film sheds light on the wasteful nature of fast fashion and the horrible working conditions in the factories where cheap clothing is made.

This groundbreaking documentary asks the simple question: “Who made my clothes?” It features activists and green fashion companies too (it’s not all grim). And it drives home the obvious fact that no one should die making the styles we love to wear.

Click here to see the trailer.

Edit: I showed this film in Seattle last week and people were really moved by it. If you’d like to see it, it’s available on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. Please have a look and let me know what you think of it.

 

 

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White Shirt and Convertible Boots

Well hello there! I’ve come out of hibernation on this sunny day to show off some new items.

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Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Nordstrom
Vegan boots: BHAVA Studio
Wristlet: Crystalyn Kae
Jacket (below): eBay

I’ve heard a crisp, white shirt is a wardrobe must-have. For years, I didn’t own one. Even now, I rarely wear one. It’s hard to keep them clean and neat. I do agree that they go with everything and are a great part of any wardrobe.

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I paired this shirt with a stretchy pencil skirt and a pair of convertible boots. Yes, convertible. I’m wearing an ankle-length boot with boot sleeves for a knee-high effect. I’ll show you the look in ankle length soon.

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These nifty creation are by BHAVA Studio. There’s also an OTK sleeve option if you want extra tall over the knee boots. Love this! What a great travel accessory.

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I hope you’re enjoying February and that a bit of sun is gracing your day. I feel spring in the air, and that makes me happy!

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Happy New Year!

As 2015 comes to an end I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. It’s been a great year and I’m looking forward to what 2016 brings.

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Jacket: Target
Top: Thrifted
Skirt: Swapped
Tights: H&M
Pleather boots: Guess

I’ve often thought about how to join the themes of this blog and my vegan blog and I think I’ve found a way (don’t worry, Jean of all Trades and Sunshine and Slaughter will still be around). But in case you’ve wondered about what I’m up to in between posts, well, I have tales to tell. I’ll have to wait a bit though, before I spill the beans.

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For now, have a look at what my garden looked like just a few short months ago. In no time, flowers will be blooming again and I will feel the warmth of the sun on my SPF-slathered face.

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Be safe, celebrate with loved ones, and see you in 2016!

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