Responsible fashion and style – checking in

It has been a while since I’ve written a personal post about my Made in USA fashion journey. It has been a topic I have been passionate about since exploring the tragedies that left many people dead in Bangladesh when their sweatshop collapsed. Consumers and bloggers are caught in the crossfire of big fashion companies that just want you to consume. I could not turn a blind eye and neither should you. I’m going to share some of the things I have done and learned, but also some goals.

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1. Goodbye Forever 21 – the first and easiest thing I did was to rid my closet of all items from Forever 21. I bundled them all up and took it to Goodwill, and suddenly my closet felt much better. It was by no means easy. I hate being wasteful, and I felt like this was purposely being wasteful. Not everyone gets the luxury to do something like this or even want to do something of this scale. I know this, and I’m not naive about it. But it was something I needed to do to make the right steps towards this journey. The plan is to eventually repeat this with all the H&m that is left in my closet.

2. Last year, I made a big pledge. I promised and forced myself that when I bought new clothes, it would have to be made in the USA. This was HARD! Damn hard. Because the temptation is around you all the time. For the first few months while shopping at Target (and I loved Target clothes, collaborations and all) I had to make a beeline AROUND the clothing. I just didn’t want to be tempted. And you know what? This also meant I was shopping drastically less, WHICH WAS THE WHOLE DAMN POINT! It took me all that to realize that the big solution was to just shop less. We don’t need to be shopping all the time. I hope to continue this. But, this big goal with actualized with the help of the two points below.

3. When I started my Spotlight series researching and discovering brands that are designing, creating, and manufacturing in the US, I wanted it to be a motivation for me to introduce some of these brands into my own wardrobe. Some are affordable enough I can do this! I hope I can introduce you to some brands you’ll find interesting and notable too.

4. Besides regular thrifting and shopping second hand, another way I have been turning things around has been through thrifting ‘made in US’. Something I have been documenting HERE to show that if you can’t buy made in the US new, then you can always get it gently used. There is a misconception that shopping made in the US is expensive. But really, any shopping can be expensive – I’ve seen clothes at H&m for $100+. What’s really interesting too, is that you end up finding vintage items from brands when they used to manufacture in the US!

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5. I’m making small (very small) steps on this goal, but I want to continue making more clothes for myself. I bought myself some nice fabric the other day to get the wheels spinning. Because guess what folks? Making clothes is HARD! It requires precision and quick thinking, but also lots of patience. Sewing is one of those *ain’t nobody got time for that* things, so it’s totally not responsible to have a person get paid pennies so that you can buy $10 pants. I’m going to continue finding some library books with patterns and sewing tips (send any recommendations this way!)

6. One of my favorite things that has happened through keeping this blog and learning about fashion, is truly appreciating the clothes my mom makes just for me. And I’m going to keep bugging mom to make me clothes. She has a dress she can’t find time to finish between making stuff for herself, I’m going to give her a call to remind her! I have bonded with her so much over something so little. It’s truly a luxury I do not take for granted. If you can ever get something made just for you, do it. See if there’s a tailor in your neighborhood that can make a custom piece just for your body, pick your own fabric and fit – it’s a great feeling and you wear your clothes with pride.

7. One big thing that is my next long term goal, is to eventually buy more shoes not made in China. Because most large manufacturing companies have moved overseas, a majority of shoes are made in China. I still have to explore the world of shoes made in the USA (if that’s even a thing? Enlighten me if you know). But I know amazing quality shoes are often made in Brazil from their fine leathers, still hand-made in Mexico from fine craftsmen, and amazing shoes that have been made in Italy for many generations. Another thing that’s going to be difficult, but not an overnight change.

These are all long term goals that anyone can incorporate at any budget and lifestyle. Don’t ever think that you don’t have enough money to revamp or create your wardrobe in this way. Maybe you can’t while you’re in high school, or on a college student budget, but start thinking about it. And if all else fails, thrift first!

Soft makeup for (almost) every day

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Wow, it really has been a long time since I’ve done one of my makeup posts. But in all honesty, since I have gotten my skincare routine down, my need for lots of makeup all the time has become less and less. It definitely is one of the perks. I will do a separate post on what has worked for me. So in the meantime, I’ll show you one of my easy breezy everyday looks – what I like most about is that depending on how casual or dressy I need to be, I can easily add or take away elements without complicating things. My makeup like this, takes 15 minutes tops (when you want to add a complicated eyeliner or a really defined lip, that’s when it can take more time).

We’ll start with four photos of small changes
Top left – bare faced, but washed and moisturized.
Top right – eyebrows lightly filled in, under eye concealer making me look alive again, and foundation/makeup if needed.
Bottom left – an easy lined eyeliner with a thick and bright color pencil.
Bottom right – just some mascara.
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Good enough to leave the house if you had to! And I often times can and do. But this is where I think you can make big changes – contouring with blush and adding color to your lips.

A blush that compliments (but doesn’t overwhelm) your face can be a BIG change to the whole look. It took me a long time to figure out which worked best for me. Which is why I loved going to places like Sephora and Ulta to find a good match while testing products. Let the counter people help you, they are great at helping you find things that definitely don’t work (or find a great make-up artist that can). I broke my last blush, so I went budget for this one, but it has proven itself quite well.
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I could have added a bold red lip here, but didn’t because I was just going to hang out. So I chose a soft glossy pink that complimented the gold tones of the eyeliner. But I have some orange hued lipcolors that I think could work well too. Life is too short, have fun with your lipstick.
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Below, I’ll share and discuss the products I used.

Previously, I had been using a small Milani eyebrow kit. It works well, but I found the eyebrow colors a little too strong for every day. I trusted their brand for brows, so I decided to try their eyebrow pencil – and I’ll say, it does everything I wanted it to do! It’s easy to apply and looks more natural than the brow shadows. Purchase HERE
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Benefit Boing duo has been the only undereye concealer that has worked for me (I’d love to hear if any of you have any other recommendations). Purchase HERE
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This makeup is special and was definitely a splurge (when I’m not wearing a more basic BB cream, I wear this). I visited Korean beauty store The Face Shop for a mask, and walked out with a sample of this amazing CC cream. I was shocked at how well it worked! It was more expensive in store than it was online, I should have checked online first, but now I know for next time. Purchase HERE
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Like I mentioned, I had another blush, it fell and broke, and I needed another quickly. I was bummed, and didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I had heard a lot about NYX products from my sister, so I gave this one a try. I only have good things to say about it – great color and staying power. I also don’t have to worry about looking like I’m from the 80′s – the colors so far have been natural. Purchase HERE
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Having a sister that is a beauty junkie (sorry if you’re reading this Diana) has it’s perks – I get her makeup when she upgrades. I had griped to her about hating all mascaras (after wasting a free mascara coupon from Sephora with a bad one that shall be kept nameless) she gave me this one to try. I like it so far, even though the wand is a little wonky. A few people proclaim this one is on par with Dior mascara (haven’t tried that one so I can’t compare). Purchase HERE
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A friend that is a makeup artist gave me a tip about these Nars eyeshadow pencils, and now I’m hooked. They last a long time and have great colors with lots of dimension. The gold color is so shimmery and bright! Purchase HERE
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I have been wearing and raving about these Revlon balms for quite some time. I LOVE them. It started with their Twilight line, which they’ve renamed, cause you know. Then came a matte line. And now they have this metallic/glossy line. I like them all. They moisturize your lips and have great color. The lasting time could be better, but you can’t beat the price. Purchase HERE
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I hope these posts, even though few and far between, inspired

Hey, a simple outfit

I started this blog post with all different kinds of words – first with a whole breakdown of blogging, about style, and then I scrapped all the ideas. What this really is, is just a post about me and how some days, dressing down feels really good. I went to visit my family┬áin Southern California to meet my new nephew and these travel outfits always end up quite interesting. Mostly because traveling between San Francisco (where it’s chilly, and has been rainy) to Southern California (where it’s inevitably sunny and warm) gets difficult when you only want to bring a carry-on. This outfit isn’t flashy, it’s not bright, it’s not even dark! (I do enjoy my all black outfits). It’s just comfortable, plain and simple.

Item From Made in… BUY
Uniqlo top Uniqlo.com China HERE
Broadway & Broome skirt thrifted China -
Vintage belt thrifted - -
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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My thrifted outfits are starting to lean heavily towards the Made in Asia side…I have a few things I need to do. I’ll have a Made in USA post coming up soon!

When I am blue

Navy blue is such a striking color. I wore a navy blue suit to my last job interview a year ago, and the color just commands power in a way that wearing black does not (black is for blending in). It was my go-to color for a few years, and I still love it so much. Wearing the blue dress in my last post really made me want to see all the ways I’ve worn navy throughout this blog – there are too many to list! I’ve rounded up my favorites.

As usual with these remix posts, click on the image to see the original post!

Black and blue, I wear this dress all the time!
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When I was on the hunt for navy blue shoes, I caved into this pair. Too bad they were very uncomfortable for San Francisco walking.
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This skirt will forever be known as the most perfect skirt.
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I’m sad I had to let this lovely dress go – it was just too big on me.
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A navy trench, when the weather and outfit permits, I wear this hell out of this trench coat.
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One of the first gifts my bf ever gave, I don’t get to wear it in SF. So when I’m somewhere warmer, it comes with me.
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Hmm, I’ve worn this striped outfit so many times! I could still today, I just need to take in the skirt a little bit!
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I loved the paint brush strokes print on this skirt – it became too short for me to feel comfortable wearing it anymore.
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Are you a navy blue lover like me?!