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  • Inposhmark, Sustainable Fashion

    My New Poshmark Strategy Is A Game-Changer For Your Closet

    If there are two things that I thoroughly enjoy, it’s thrifting and helping people build a more functional closet. Both of those combined is why I love Poshmark so much. Since I started using the app, my main Poshmark strategy has always been to give people great clothing for a great price. Yes, making money is great, but that’s not the sole purpose that I’m on the app. That’s why I decided to change up my Poshmark strategy to make my goal even more clear.

    When I first got on Poshmark, I listed unwanted items from my closet. The tactic worked fine. Well, okay more than fine. It paid my student loans and went towards building my own sustainable closet. Then I decided to pick up some good finds thrifting and post those on Poshmark, so that someone else can reap the benefits of a good deal. But eventually the tactic of posting whatever I found got boring.

    That led me to slacking on Poshmark, feeling uninspired, and, ultimately, taking a little break from the app. I got back on to list a few things for Dressember, with all money going to the non-profit, but I didn’t feel the same joy that I did before. Honestly, stepping back from the app gave me the ability to see my Poshmark tactic more clearly.

    Now I’m onto a different Poshmark strategy — building capsule wardrobes.

    What is a capsule wardrobe? A capsule wardrobe is basically a starter wardrobe. It’s a handful of items that you can mix and match to create different outfits. You can add as many items to the capsule collection as your little heart desires, but this is the starting point. Some people use this for a minimal clothing collection and others just use it as a base to find their personal style. There’s no wrong way to do it, but there are a tons of ways to create one.

    I have grown to be very passionate about capsule wardrobes, especially the deeper that I dive into fashion. No matter who you are or what your background is, you can benefit from a capsule wardrobe. That’s why I decided to make a strategic plan to curate different types of capsule wardrobes for Poshmark.

    It’s a win-win for me. First of all, I get to continue to thrift and put together Poshmark listings. I also get to make people’s lives a little easier by finding a cohesive wardrobe for them and giving it to them for a great price.

    It’s a passion of mine combined with a hobby that is really, truly fun. That, my friends, is the key to Poshmark.

    But enough about the “why” of it all. Let’s talk clothing. I spent some time going through my past listings, new finds, and some unwanted items from my own closet to put together four different collections. I call them my “edits.” There’s the EVERYTHING EDIT, BLUES EDIT, TURTLENECK EDIT, and COLORBLOCK EDIT.

    Each one is made up of a variety of items that all go together. Think: the same girl would wear every single item in the edit. If you like one of the items, there’s a good chance that you like them all. That’s the idea that I was going for. You can buy the pieces altogether for a steal, if I do say so myself, or purchase the items individually. the choice is yours, but both are there for you on my page right now.

    Capsule collections are not easy to create.

    First, you have to figure out what your personal style is. After that, you have to figure out what items are the most important to include in your wardrobe. The last, and what I would argue is the hardest part, is actually finding the items. You have to decide where you’re willing to look and be patient. Finding the right items takes time and dedication. Lucky for you, I’ve done all of that for you.

    If you can’t tell, I’m a little geeked out by capsule collections. I love every single thing about them. But it’s time to break down my two favorite capsule collections that I have listed so far — the EVERYTHING EDIT and the BLUES EDIT. All four edits on my page are very different, but theses two are the most cohesive and complete.

    THE EVERYTHING EDIT.

    This is a full summer collection. It was designed for the cool-girl who loves fashion, but isn’t willing to spend a lot of time and money finding the perfect look. It’s a fun, laid-back meets put-together style that has everything you need for casual days, nights out, and, when you add a pair of black slacks or white jeans, gives you enough work options, too.

    The colors are black, white, and rust red. The pop of color is there, but the rest of it is classic and modern. You are going to be able to wear these items for years to come, but will also stand out in a crowd.

    THE BLUE EDIT.

    If you’re looking for something a little more feminine, this is the edit for you. The collection was made for the girl wants a clean, effortless look at all times. The bright white and light blue colors make for a great spring to summer collection.

    The five tops in this collection can all be work so many different ways. Two of the shirts can be worn at least two ways and the light blue tank makes for the perfect layerable piece. But what I really love about this edit is that you can build different neutrals and layers right into your closet. If this is your style, you likely already have a few other items that will blend seamlessly.

    There are two other edits on my page, just waiting for you to check out. I’d love to hear what you think of my new Poshmark strategy and what strategies that you have on the app, too. Everyone Poshes their own way, and that’s the beauty of the app.

    xx.

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  • InSustainable Fashion

    Veja Sustainable Sneakers Are Fit For A Princess

    The Meghan Markle effect is alive and well in the world of fashion. No matter where you are in the world, you’ve likely seen something about the Royal Wedding or an outfit or two that Markle has worn. But when the now-Duchess of Sussex wore Veja’s sustainable sneakers, the brand didn’t even notice. Yes, really. Thankfully, I did, and I can attest to the shoes being fit for a princess — or just a lazy Saturday look.

    It’s no secret that I love sustainable brands. The products are great, but besides that there is so much thought that goes in behind the scenes. The brand uses sustainable leather, organic cotton, and wild rubber from the Amazonian Forrest to make its shoes. There is so much going on in Veja’s sustainable sneakers that they didn’t even know that Meghan Markle was wearing the brand’s shoes, according to Footwear News.

    In fact, Veja doesn’t spend any money on advertising or paying celebrities to wear its shoes. Instead, the brand spends all its time and money paying workers fairly, finding the most Earth-friendly projects, and becoming as transparent as possible.

    “Seventy percent of the cost of a normal big sneaker brand is related to advertising. So, eliminating ads, marketing costs, doing away with brand ambassadors and billboards means we can invest in our employees, our materials, our factories and, therefore, our planet. It means we can focus on the production chain and how to change it,” said Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillion, founders of Veja.

    This is what sustainable shopping is all about. The brands might not smack you in the face. You won’t see every celebrity in the world wearing the items. but when they do, you’ll wonder why more people aren’t. Veja is that brand. The sustainable sneakers are the hidden gems of the world of sustainable fashion.

    Veja focusses on sneakers and does it well. The brand has three different styles in tons of different colors. Similar to how Nike has its iconic swoosh, Veja puts a “V” on the side of the shoe. The name is also on the back tag of the shoe. Each shoe has a vibrant color, like true green, bright white, and pops of red.

    I am obsessed with these shoes. Each one is a classic sneaker, but looks so chic. This is not your typical running shoe, people. This shoe is meant to be noticed. Every time I wear these sustainable sneakers, I style the outfit around them. I want them to be seen, and I want people to ask about the shoes, so I can tell them the story of how they were made. Being proud of what you wear is an incredible feeling. Knowing that Veja goes above and beyond to make each of the shoes as good for the planet as possible is worth shouting from the rooftops.

    One look at Veja’s website and you’ll see why this brand is so great. There is a full rundown of every single item that makes up Veja’s shoes. I’m talking a full rundown of cotton, rubber, fairtrade ethics, limited, production, and upcycling. There are interactive charts showing exactly where the brand sources its cotton. Veja shows photos of people that fight to save the Amazon Forrest. There’s charts of production, breakdowns of where money is spent, and photos from the exact farms where materials are sourced.

    I have seen a lot of great sustainable brands in my time living purposefully, but have never seen anything like this before. The transparency is incredible. I wish every single brand put this much time and effort into making a product that is both great for the consumer and for the planet.

    Like mentioned before, Veja spends exactly $0 on marketing, branding, and getting celebrities to wear its products. That, my friends, is amazing. So what does Veja do with all the money that it’s saving? Using it to reinvent how people see sneakers.

    “Since we started Veja in 2005, we never had a corporate Code of Conduct. We did the contrary : on field, we have been developing ourselves fair trade supply chains in Brazil, working directly with organic cotton producers, and with rubber tappers in Amazonia. We spent years in Brazilian factories, learning how to make sneakers step by step. This was and still is the goal of Veja, to change every step of the production chain from the raw materials to the stores,” Veja says on Instagram.

    On top of all of that, these are amazing shoes. I love my Vejas. I feel great putting them on and just as good wearing them around all day. They’re comfortable, styling, and worth every penny. This will be a brand that I continue to buy from, no matter what age I am. They will never go out of style and the brand has proved through every aspect that it is worth my money.

    You will not be disappointed by this brand. It might not spend money trying to woo you, but you will be wooed. After all, if it’s good enough for a princess, it’s definitely worth trying out.

    xx.

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  • InSustainable Fashion

    Sustainable Leather Exists & Frankie Cameron’s Zero Waste-Produced Purse Is Proof

    The first thing that you think of when you hear the word “sustainable” is likely not leather. Silk, organic cotton, wool, all yes. Leather? Well, get ready to have your mind blown. Frankie Cameron is proving that sustainable leather exists, and it’s actually a really incredible way to create fabrics. Give this brand’s story a chance, and I can guarantee that it will change the way that you look at accessories.

    I’ve made it my goal in 2019 to focus on the fabrics that I have in my closet. For the Cliff Notes version: they feel better, hold up better, and don’t pollute the Earth when I wash them. Oh, and they can more easily be recycled. I want the exact same in my accessories — something long lasting and good for the planet.

    Frankie Cameron does all of that — with leather. The term sustainable leather was not even on my radar until I learned about this brand. Frankie Cameron uses every single part of the animal hide to create its products. That’s hide that would otherwise be thrown away in the landfill. It uses that hide to make leather handbags, clutches, makeup bags and diaper bags. Each one is classic style. Black, two shades or brown, and that’s it. Personally, I love it. The brand doesn’t try to do too much, but does what it does well.

    On top of the brand using all of the cow hide to make its’ products, it also doesn’t slaughter cows. Instead of slaughtering live cows, which is what most leather companies do, Frankie Cameron uses cow hides that have been used for meat and are going to be discarded.

    “Many bag companies use hides they choose while the cows are still alive, and slaughter for the hides,” Frankie says. “We only consider hides which the entire cow has been used for meat purposes to feed the community in which the hides would otherwise be wasted. We also use every piece of the hide — nothing is wasted!”

    Let’s pause for a second. I know that vegans are not going to be happy with this technique. It still uses animal products and animals are still dying. I am by no means saying that this is the be all end all of purse production. The most important thing is to stay true to your beliefs. I would never take that away from anyone.

    But if you aren’t willing to give up your leather, Frankie Cameron is a great options. This is the most sustainable that it gets when it comes to leather. Hands down. In fact, this brand is even more sustainable than some of the vegan leather brands that I have explored. Like I said, at the end of the day, it is still a personal decision. Just like every other purchase that you make.

    The leather used from Frankie Cameron comes from Leon Mexico. The brand is so fond of the product that it gets, that it even opened up a an entirely new warehouse there. The warehouse has created more jobs, where people are paid and treated fairly.

    Frankie and Cameron are so committed to using every single part of the animal hide that it even created accessories to go with the bags. Because, you know, there was some cow hide left over. You can now get even more tassels on your sustainable leather purse than ever before. Which, if you ask me, is a great addition to the bags. When you have the opportunity to add more tassels, you should always take it.

    “We use every part of the hide, this was the reason we created our accessory line,” says Frankie. “We use every little piece down to the strands on our tassels to cut out waste.”

    I think the addition of tassels on these bags is pretty brilliant for a few reason. First of all, they look great on the bags. The bags are pretty simple on their own, so tassels give them the perfect touch of personality. It just enough to make it your own while still being minimal. Oh, and they can come off with the flip of a clasp, so you don’t have to commit if you’re not as into tassel as me, hehe.

    The second reason is that Frankie Cameron took what it had left over and made it into something that worked well with the bags. Companies create too much too often. I’m a firm believer in that. Brands dream up more products just for the sake of having more products. Frankie Cameron is not like that. It started with a vision and expanded mindfully. That’s incredible.

    As if all of that isn’t already enough, each purchase donates money to a non-profit that helps displaced homeless children. The brand did not mention exactly which organization it is.

    You can purchase the bags on the Frankie Cameron website. Like I said, the styles are simple, but they will not left you down. Bags range from $9 for accessories to $425 for the most expensive bags.

    This bag company will not let you down, if you’re into the leather look. Trust me.

    xx.

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  • InSustainable Fashion

    The Tight Spot’s Recycled Yarn Tights Are Keeping Me Warm This Winter

    There are some things in this world that you plan for and others that you stumble upon. The Tight Spot’s recycled yarn tights were a little bit of both, but mostly the latter. In the middle of fall, I knew that I wanted to buy a few pairs of tights for the upcoming season. So I did what I do best — get on Instagram and Google to search for the best sustainable fill-in-the-blank-here. Both had initially let me down, so I decided to wait an try again later.

    Then I got an email with the subject line, “Hosiery Gets Ethical.” I don’t know if the fashion gods were listening or if Goggle read my mind, but I am glad that it happened. According to the email, a designer named Pamela Mann created tights out of recycled yarns. Two months, countless wears, and no rips or tears later, and I am so glad that she did.

    I have worn the ECO-tights for two months now, and I am obsessed. They are warm, high-quality, and extremely durable. I have walked my dog in them (think: being jumped on at least five times a day), worn them to work, and worn them to holiday parties. Honestly, I have never found a pair of tights that are so comfortable. They hold you in without squeezing too hard and wash up great, too.

    Needless to say, I am a big fan. Not to mention that I can breathe easy knowing that I am sticking to my sustainable finds all at the same time.

    The UK-based designer uses 88% recycled yarns to create her tights. It all started as a way to become more environmentally friendly, and ended with a serious incredible pair of tights. Oh, and it gets even better. Pamela Mann has plans to expand the range even further in the upcoming years.

    “By manufacturing these products for high street and online brands, and filtering them down to the end-user, it enabled everyone to do their bit. We are beginning with our global best – selling products and actively looking to expand our recycled range throughout 2018 and beyond,” says Rob Morris, Managing Director Pamela Mann.

    Why buy recycled? Well, simply put, it’s better for the environment. Most tights are made of nylon, which is a synthetic fiber. That means that, unlike natural fabrics, it takes the fabric a very long time to break down in landfills — over 40 years. It’s also harder to recycle than other fabrics. Pamela Mann’s ECO tights use recycled yarns, instead. That means that less water is being used in creation and that there are less items going into the landfill every year.

    If you can believe it, Pamela Mann gets even better than that. The brand uses a Oeko-Tex certified dye house that uses solar power to create the tights. Oh, and it recycles water to cut down on the amount that it used during the creation process.

    The cherry on top is that the packaging is made from recycled cardboard and is recyclable. Basically, you can feel just as good about wearing these tights as you do wearing them.

    I can’t say enough good things about these tights. The incredible way that ECO tights are made and what it’s made out of is good. But eco-friendly or not, these are the best tights that I have ever worn in my life. Some tights are thin and rip easily. Others are so tight that they cut off your circulation. ECO tights are the perfect balance of them all.

    The tights come in two different weights. There’s 50 and 80 dernier. Personally, I’m a fan of the 50. They are slightly thinner than the 80, which look more like leggings than tights. The lower thickness is still durable, but shows a little bit of skin when you move around.

    I wore the ECO tights a lot throughout the month of December. Because I was wearing dresses every day, I wore these tights almost every day too. They survived Dressember, over ten washes, and a puppy. Basically, you need a pair in your life — no matter what your life entails.

    Each pair of tights is.. drumroll please.. $11. Yes, you read that right.

    These are well-worth the $11. This will be my go-to tights brand until the end of time. That’s how much I love these tights. It’s taken me a long time to find a brand of tights that I actually felt good about spending my money on.

    You can buy the ECO tights on The Tight Spot’s website. They’re available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Europe. Stop what you’re doing and go order yourself a pair. You will not be disappointed, and the Earth will thank you too.

    I did a lot of searching for these tights. It seems like a lot, I know. Little purchases like recycled yarn tights seem small in the grand scheme of saving the planet. But without thinking about every single purchase, not just the large ones, nothing in this world will change.

    You vote with your dollars, friends. What do your purchases say about you?

    xx.

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  • InSustainable Fashion

    Fast Fashion & Slavery Are More Connected Than You’d Think

    I love fashion. It allows people to express themselves and experiment with different styles. But that doesn’t mean that it should come at anyone else’s cost. The more research that I do about the fashion industry, the more I realize that fast fashion and slavery go hand-in hand. Doing Dressember this year actually taught me that the two are actually pretty close friends. Don’t worry, because there is a way that you can stop it.

    When people think of slavery, they think of people owning another person to do some sort of manual labor. That, my friends, is what fast fashion is. People are forced into terrible conditions, low pay, and awful hours, because the fast fashion industry has made it the norm in their area. They get paid pennies on the dollar so that you can have that shirt for $1.80 or $5.90. As rough as this might be to hear, you buying the item for that cheap is what keeps the cycle going. Yes, it’s great that you can get fast fashion items at an extremely low cost. Wouldn’t you feel better paying a little more to know that no one suffered, though?

    There are plenty of reasons floating around to not buy fast fashion. Cheap, disposable fabrics and the damage on the environment is just the start. Fast fashion is slavery. It is saying that having a trendy outfit is more important than someone else’s life. I don’t know about you, but I’m not okay with that.

    According to the Global Slavery Index, “the fashion industry is identified as one of five key industries contributing to the prevalence of modern slavery.”

    fast fashion and slavery go hand in handNow, this doesn’t just mean fast fashion. There are plenty of high-end brands that are perpetuating the cycle as well, but I want to focus on fast fashion. Because while you might need to save up for a while to buy that designer brand, you likely see fast fashion brands every single day. That makes it easy to grab for convenience and not think about the harm you might be doing.

    It’s a bigger problem than you might think. To put it in perspective..

    “$127.7 billion worth of garments at risk of including modern slavery in their supply chain are exported annually,” according to the Global Slavery Index.

    What can you do to stop it? Simply put, buy better clothes. Those three words are loaded, I know. Asking questions are the perfect way to start your journey to end fast fashion habits. You control fast fashion with your dollars. Every single dollar you spend is a vote. Ask the brands hard questions, like “who made my clothes?” Let brands know that you love their items, but you want to know more.

    If you’re looking to go the extra distance, start buying clothes secondhand. Places like Poshmark and thrift stores are a great way to find great pieces for less. Bonus points that you don’t have to feel bad about buying them. You’re saving it from the landfill and breaking the cycle at the same time.

    Dressember teaches me something new every day. Some days it’s how to layer, and other days it’s about just how real slavery currently is today. This month is changing me, and I hope this little tidbit of knowledge can change you for the better, too.

    xx, Kali

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  • InSustainable Fashion, Thrifting

    Here’s How My Dressember 2018 Will Be Different Than Last Year

    Ready to see a whole lot of dresses around here? Because ready or not, they are coming. I decided to participate in Dressember for the first time almost one year ago. I wore a dress every day in December to raise awareness and money for sex trafficking victims. It was hard. It was cold. And I decided to go ahead and do it again this year.

    This time is going to be a little different, though. I teamed up with my best friend to create a Dressember team. Last year, I decided to go at the cause alone. That’s partially because I had never done it before and partially because I came into it way late. Like, end of November late. This year, my best friend and I have been preparing for Dressember since the beginning of the month. We’ve educated ourselves, done some thrifting, and have been planning team meetings and events for weeks now. It feels pretty darn good to have someone to tackle this cause with.

    dressember 2018 outfitsOur team name is Thread For Thought.

    Because, well, we’re trying to make people think with our threads. It’s no secret that I am on a mission to make my wardrobe matter. Everything I wear has a reason and a purpose. That’s how I’ve lived my life for two years now. It’s also how my best friend and our team hope to live this December. We’ll be picking clothing with purpose for the entire month.

    On top of that, we’re asking our friends and family for donations to Dressember. The non-profit works with twelve different organizations including International Justice Mission, Project146, and CAST to end slavery around the globe. They donate money to missions to rescue people trapped in sex trafficking, set survivors up with aftercare needs, and even help them defend themselves in court. Dressember is a 501c3 organization, so you are guaranteed that your donations are going to those who need it.

    According to Dressember…

    30 million people are currently enslaved worldwide and human trafficking generates about $150 million a year.

    I don’t know about you, but that makes me pretty darn angry. Sex trafficking isn’t something that happens in a far away land, either. Children are stolen and sold all the time. Foster children are coerced into to trade as well. Heck, even grown men and women are tricked into entering the hard-to-leave cycle. This needs to be stopped, and the least I can do is wear a dress for every day in December to bring awareness to that issue.

    Want to help the cause? You don’t have to wear a dress every day to do it. (Although you’re more than welcome to join my team if you’re interested.) If you’d like to give to the cause, you can click on my profile and donate to my team. Every little bit counts — $5, $10, $20 — all of it makes a difference in the movement.

    If nothing else, I’d love for you to follow along on my journey through Dressember. I’ll be doing outfit breakdowns on my Instagram, blog posts on brands that are helping me get through the month, and keeping everyone updated on all the fun meet-ups and events throughout the month. It’s time to make the season of giving bigger than ever. After all, what better way to end my year of giving than this?

    xx.

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