Disposable fashion

Just watched this very inspiring documentary streaming on Netflix (& a few other places online) called The True Cost. The consumerism of having a fashion blog and living in a time of non-stop consumption is something I have struggled with. I try to consume as little as possible, reuse & restyle my wardrobe, and be conscious of what I buy. It’s not easy when bloggers who buy, buy, buy are soaring to to the top! But I’m happy staying behind if it means I’m setting a responsible model to be mindful of what you put on. I might just be at a stage of my career where I don’t need to shop second hand – but I’m using it as a means to not shop the high street and replace my old cheapy wardrobe with better quality things!

Watching this documentary is eye opening to a global impact that we can make if we change the way we shop.

It’s not something we can fix immediately – but you can choose to tell brands to not pay the bottom line, to pledge better wages and work environments, pledge sustainability and mindfulness over profits in their pockets. This goes beyond shopping Made in USA – but also promoting ecofashion and true fair trade. Our wardrobes don’t have to be disposable – don’t let the high street brainwash you into thinking so!

Light summer layers

Weird weather (and lack of water) up and down California has left all us dressing in all sorts of different forms. This has been the summer of weird weather. While we’ve gotten no rain in San Francisco – we have gotten just about everything else (other parts of California are randomly getting drenched then getting scorched). So I’m prepared for all elements in this light layered and white/grey outfit.

I’ve had this burnout top for a few years now, and I’ve washed it so much that the fabric has faded even more! It’s like wearing a light gauze, which is actually perfect for really sunny weather as it keeps me cool from the sun and helps me not burn! While I’m enjoying this warm summer in San Francisco (typically it’s more foggy), I’m still hoping for rain any day. I’ll gladly sacrifice fashion for any rain. A few pictures here in my happy place (aka Golden Gate Park where I frequent the gardens and museums almost every weekend!)

Item From Made in… BUY
Vince top thrifted China -
J Brand jeans Buffalo Exchange USA HERE
Vince flats gift Italy HERE

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Spotlight on: Eva Franco

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

One thing about Made in USA clothing is that because cotton is the most popular and widely available fabric to manufacture, most (but not all) items made are variations cotton basics. Some brands are defying that notion, and Eva Franco has been a buzz name I’ve been hearing more about in the fashion world over the last few years.

After graduating from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Franco went to Paris, where she continued her education as a design assistant for Etienne Brunel.
But it was when she moved to Los Angeles that she began crafting clothes for herself. Fueled by positive remarks from passersby, she set up shop at a local flea market, where she was able to learn directly from customers about creating pieces that celebrate the female form.
Today the Eva Franco brand can be found in 800 stores domestically and internationally. All clothing is made in Los Angeles, where her company is based.

I’ll let the clothes speak for themselves – if you love dresses (*raises hand*) you’ll love Eva Franco’s designs!

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Eva Franco, made in USA clothing, womens fashion

Do you currently own any Eva Franco pieces? I can’t wait to save up one day and call one of these pretty dresses my own!

Remix black pencil skirt

My black Elizabeth & James pencil skirt has proven itself to be a closet staple (I wear it more than you see it here of course). It is made out of  several layers of a stretchy mesh that let me move freely – in comparison with a longer cotton black skirt I own that is practically impossible to walk in! I should probably get the waist taken in a little bit so it fits better, but I’m in no hurry to make it bodycon – the relaxed fit literally suits me better. There’s one for sale on Ebay HERE.

Like other Remix posts, click on the image to see the original post!

My first Tokyo outfit! This skirt was great for walking and feeling like a stylish tourist!
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I’d wear this outfit again any day of the week!
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I loved this outfit, but the top I made shrunk right after I wore it out this night. It is now borderline croptop, which means I can’t wear it with this skirt again. But I’ll always have this particular outfit in my memory!
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This was the first time I was brave enough to wear this skirt again after having lost weight. I just remember thinking I felt so good in it :)
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And this was the first time I had worn this skirt on the blog – I remember feeling so self conscious after posting these photos. I hid my weight very well, but I felt anguished and fearful of being made fun of for wearing a tight skirt and having a belly. I weighed so much more than I do now that I had to wear the skirt very high up to even fit. I definitely had a moment where I thought this way too small for me and I should get rid of it. I’m glad I didn’t!
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