Amour Vert (Green Love)

Fashion

My passion for fashion is always reignited by two themes: beautifully made ethical apparel and French inspired fashion. Amour Vert is one of my favorite brands because it blends both themes into gorgeous clothing that isn’t unattainably priced.

Amour Vert makes investment pieces that will last for years. They use organic cotton grown in Texas as well as other sustainable materials such as tencel. Amour Vert also ethically makes most of their clothing in the good ole’ USA. Bonus, when you buy a tee from the company, they plant a tree in North America.

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My favorite purchase from Amour Vert was this navy ribbed dress I found on sale for less than $40. You can purchase an even cuter version, with buttons, here.                             (Sorry the photo is so bright and if you look closely you will see the hottest guy ever.)

I love the quality craftsmanship that goes into every piece and the sophisticated patterns used throughout their collections. I appreciate that the brand has a wide variety of striped tops, making it easy to maintain my francophile nature.

Amour Vert has a “good” score on Good on You and is loved by celebrities and fashion editors alike. Some of the pieces I am currently eyeing and wanting to add to my closet are below.

1. Odessa Cupro Dress

2. Issa Raglan Top

3. Cecilia Tee 

4. Harpa Blouse

5. Carrington Blouse

When We Know Better

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This year’s BAFTAs were all about sustainability, from how people were encouraged to travel to the event to most importantly….how they dressed. Attendees were given a sustainable fashion guide from the London College of Fashion that had tips and a list of brands to shop. They were also encouraged to wear something they had already worn before. (Something we peons know a thing or two about.)

Only a handful of celebrities embraced the challenge, most notably Kate Middleton who re-wore a dress a beautiful Alexander McQueen dress. Celebrities that have access to beautiful vintage pieces and luxury designers that are making eco and ethical strides opted for “standard” couture and runway collections. Celebrities that have a giant platform simply through the way the dress chose to go with the “status quo.” Rebel Wilson even made a joke about the theme in her albeit very funny speech.

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I am not going to deny that I am disappointed by the nonexistent or lackadaisical efforts made by celebrities that frequently tout the importance of making better decisions for the sake of the environment. Never mind the hypocrisy and sheer waste of the industry. I am simply saddened that we (people that talk about the outfits the next day/week casually at the office etc…) were robbed of the wonderful discussion that sustainable fashion is just as kick-ass or better than “regular” clothing.

However, I don’t think the masses rely on celebrities to dictate their purchasing decisions. I know that real change comes from people all over the globe making smarter choices about what they buy and wear (again and again.) Just because celebrity name did not rise to the challenge of being more sustainable certainly does not mean that we can’t either. There are numerous brands that are adopting more sustainable and ethical practices/policies in how they make their clothing as well as countless ways to re-style our current wardrobe.

I challenge you to show these celebrities how it is done and start dressing in a more sustainable way. Start small and make better choices that you know you can maintain for the long haul. Maybe it is repurposing items, shopping secondhand, buying less, and/or purchasing something sustainable and ethical when you need that new item in your wardrobe.

I also want you to look over the guide shared earlier and let me know what you would have worn to the BAFTAs embracing the sustainability theme. I would have rented this Stella McCartney halterneck gown from My Wardrobe HQ or this silk gown from.

Sweater Weather

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I am no fan of the cold, which is one of the reasons why I moved to Texas many years ago. However, there is one thing I do enjoy about the winter months…. chunky sweaters. Chunky sweaters are like a cozy blanket. Chunky soft sweaters that feel like a warm embrace from a beautiful fuzzy creature. Thankfully, there are a lot of ethical options when sweater shopping this winter. My Christmas present from my husband was this cotton-wool blend sweater from Pact Apparel.  (Grab it on sale in grey.)

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I think the rust color suits my warm hair. This blended sweater is fantastic at keeping me warm (but not itchy) and works well alone on those days when it is a more mild temperature.

I also have my ojos on this gorgeous sweater through ThredUp with buttons on the back.

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Here are just a few more sweaters to officially make you a sweater loving convert.

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  1. Tradlands Fisher Sweater in Quail
  2. Sezane Alfred Jumper
  3. Toad & Co Bianca Sweater

Already a pullover sweater enthusiast? (Cardigans are another love song for another day) Then share a sweet narration or pic of your favorite sweater in the comments!

Better(ish) Beauty That is Affordable and Convenient

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(Update: This week 100% of the profits  from their coconut line will go towards WIRES Wildlife Rescue in Australia.)

I have been using Pacifica Beauty for years and my sensitive eyes are quite fond of their mascaras. In the past, I used one of their CC creams but the hue was a little darker than necessary for my pale skin. I know they have a (somewhat) new foundation line (Alight Clean) with 30 shades to choose from but I have yet to give it a try. However, I do like to spice up my makeup look from time to time with the Multi-High Light which I find easy to use even though I am not very makeup savvy.

My familiarity with Pacifica Beauty is more with their skincare and body products.  I have used a variety of their products (from face masks to underarm wipes) and not been dissatisfied with anything. The Wake Up Beautiful Mask, which can take the place of your night cream since you don’t wipe it off, is definitely my favorite and I love how hydrated it makes my skin feel. I appreciate that their products feature naturally derived ingredients and are cruelty free.

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My biggest concern with Pacifica Beauty is the lack of information shared about the sourcing of their ingredients and the manufacturing of their products. This line is the extent of details provided, “Made in the USA with the best globally sourced ingredients.” When asked for more information, I was told that they do not work with any factories/farms that use child labor. I did not get any additional information about wages for the adults that grow/source their ingredients.

I also wish that they did not use so much plastic in their packaging or that more of their products were made from recycled plastic. However, Pacifica Beauty does offer a recycling program where you can send your empty and rinsed out products to the company for free.

Pacifica Beauty can be found at Target and Ulta as well as purchased online.

Fashion Fast

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Part of being a considerate consumer is being a mindful shopper. That means not shopping when you don’t need something. It might also mean pausing your shopping so that you can determine what you actually need. For those of us that enjoy the art of finding a good deal or updating our wardrobe, this can be easier said than done. Think of this dry spell as a fashion fast with an end date in mind to make your shopping ban more successful.

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Fashion fasts can last two weeks, six months, or for whatever duration you set (but try to make it a challenge.) While you are conducting your fashion fast, it is a great time to look through your closet and take stock of what essentials you need to update or stock up on. You might also notice you have styles/colors you never really wear, which probably means that is a style/color you admire but don’t actually like on yourself so make a note to not buy anything else in this category.

I am pausing my own shopping for a few weeks to reassess my closet and I hope to stay on my fashion fast until the end of January. My goal is to analyze my closet so that I can continue to curate a mindful collection as I move forward.

However, I will still be posting so make sure to check back each week! Let me know in the comments if you have previously done a fashion fast or want to start one as well.

My little Rothy’s

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Shoes made out of recycled plastic. Hopefully you are intrigued by this idea, however, you might also be concerned about the overall look and feel. Luckily, with the innovative and sustainable brand Rothy’s, you don’t have to sacrifice good style for the sake of earth friendly footwear.

Rothy’s are made from post-consumer recycled materials (they have transformed over 30 million plastic bottles into shoes.) From production to the treatment of workers, Rothy’s takes an ethical and sustainable approach. They are a direct to consumer brand so the only way to shop their footwear is through their online shop. They also have a collection for kids too.

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I bought my Rothy’s earlier this year and I have already washed them numerous times. They feel like slippers on my feet (even after walking/standing for long durations) and look like new again after a quick wash. I love that the insoles come out as well if you just need to give those a mini clean to get rid of foot odor.

Rothy’s carries flats, pointed flats, loafers, sneakers, and now Chelsea boots. Most recently, the company launched a luxurious collection made out of sustainable sourced merino wool. I currently have the camel point on my wish list. I also really like the navy loafer too.

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Want your own pair? Contact me and I will send you a code for $20 off.

Fall In Love With Prana

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I love fall and I am always awed by the richness of the changing colors. I also really enjoy the crisp morning of fall and the warm sunny afternoons. The fall season is the perfect weather for a light pair of pants that can transition easily from cool to balmy temperatures. Prana pants are the perfect bottoms for enjoying nature all day despite shifts in heat. My Prana joggers are breathable and easy to push up when the weather grows warmer; I also really love that the hue matches the beautiful pale leaves.

The best part you ask, Prana is committed to making clothing that has a more positive impact on lovely Mother Nature.  Prana has adopted sustainable initiatives such as avoiding toxic chemicals, using organic cotton, and creating new apparel out of recycled material. The brand also has a collection of men’s and women’s clothing that is fair trade certified. Prana is best known for their sportswear/outdoor wear but they have numerous items that could also be worn in a business casual setting.

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My “kickin it joggers” are on sale through REI buy sadly my graphic tee showing my love of trees is now only available for men. However, I really love this tee and here is another great pair of fair trade certified joggers if you prefer a thicker material. Need something to keep you nice and toasty? Check out this cozy sweater!

Fun Fact: As a teenager, I would tell people the color of my hair was “autumn” because of the golden tones and the fact that it would appear darker as the days grew shorter. (Thankfully I didn’t shed my hair with the leaves.)