Oh shorty

My last post got me thinking about how much I used to like showing my legs – it’s not that I don’t anymore, it’s just that the weather doesn’t really permit it here in San Francisco (and who am I kidding, I’ve become self-conscious about it!) So having been in Palm Springs gave me a flashback of a real summer where it’s okay to dress like this and not feel like you’re showing too much (cause everyone else is too!) just like when I lived in Vegas. This is my goodbye to summer post!

As always, click on the photo to get to the original post. And don’t worry folks, I always wear a pair of shorts underneath!

A Rag & Bone tunic
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A vintage top
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Also vintage, this little green number
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A Zara dress with a great print
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An American Apparel Le Sac dress
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From swimwear to streetwear, my Roxy neoprene dress
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Always loved my H&m print tunic, it’s one of the few H&m things I still own
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A vintage tennis dress for a particularly scorching night in Vegas
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My bright shorty short Elizabeth & James dress – I got rid of it soon after because it was just too short!
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Bring on the cold weather outfits! Bon voyage short dresses.

PS. Hope you guys are ready for my Halloween posts coming :)

Oh Palm Springs

Palm Springs ended up being one of those places I never really went to (spent one night there years ago while passing through to somewhere else) – that was until we were able to head there for a wedding. I wore my summer finest, which gave me flashbacks of living in Las Vegas during the hot summers – the heat sticks to your body and you avoid going out during the peak heat moments. But, because I’ve been deprived of this type of weather so long, I just went with it. Poolside by the day, wedding fun at night. All I could have asked for. This lady has needed a break.

Item From Made in… Buy
Ace & Jig dress Buffalo Exchange India HERE
Vintage shoes Las Vegas consignment store - -

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We also stayed at the colorful and lovely (but somewhat noisy) Saguaro

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I can see why people like coming back now, I’m ready to explore Palm Springs more one day.

Disneyland play

Sometimes you just got to unwind and enjoy yourself in a kiddy way, so we escaped to Disneyland for a little bit (although, the price tag isn’t as enjoyable as of late). I found my most Minnie Mouse looking outfit, comfy shoes, finally got myself a little embroidered cap, and I was set! Only kids are allowed to wear costumes, but there aren’t any rules about having fun with your outfit!

Psssst, I’ll be trying out this new table form for the outfit information – so I can track my shopping sustainability a bit better. I’d love your feedback about it (if you have any).

Item From Made in… Buy
J. Crew top thrifted China
Theory jeggings borrowed from sister not sure HERE
Superga sneakers Shopbop Vietnam HERE
vintage Bill Blass watch Alamdea flea Japan
Ray Ban glasses vintage USA HERE
Marc by MJ earrings Shopbop China HERE
NARS Red Square lip color NARS - HERE

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Spotlight On: Fidelity

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

I have one goal by the end of the month, to buy a quality coat. Not a jacket, not a sweater, but a real coat that will keep me warm. So when I was doing my made in USA shopping rounds last month, this coat by this brand Fidelity caught my eye. You don’t see too much outerwear made here, so I thought I’d look a little more into the brand. What I found was a heritage brand that had been manufacturing coats for the military. Fidelity manages to span from utility to fashion – these are the type of brands we should strive to support!

Their about section states

Fidelity Sportswear was established in 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts as a military supplier to the US Navy. Gerald & Stewart Webber, the present day owners of Fidelity Sportswear, have been involved with the company since their youth. Their father, Edward Webber, was an original partner in the American outerwear company and worked with his sons in the factory in their teenage years. The brothers have maintained a hands-on approach to the family business and remain active in all areas of the company. To this day, all manufacturing takes place in Boston under one roof with the hands-on supervision of brothers, Gerald & Stewart Webber.”

Just look at how awesome their latest lookbook is!

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Photography : Shane Godfrey

The way I see it, there are coats of worse quality out there going for the same price (or for more), one by Fidelity will last you a very long time. It is worth the investment.

PS. I know it’s been a little quiet over here, I’m working on some Halloween costume posts that will be coming soon!

Sewn by my own hands

Over a year ago, when I began to explore to world of responsible fashion after the Bangladeshi clothing factory tragedy – it pushed me to approach this whole thing (both blog and real world-wise) in a more ethical and human way that celebrates the people dressing you, not punishes them. I did this in several ways (we each find our own path, mine is no better than anyone else’s). This was done by thrifting (and thrifting Made in USA when possible), buying vintage, shopping Made in USA for new items, wearing things my mom made for me, getting rid of everything in my wardrobe that was Forever 21 (almost there with all H&M things too), and the last goal was to begin making clothes for myself.

I found a step-by-step instruction book at work that allowed me to see, read, and cut patterns (I shared that post here and you can get the book here.) I visited a fabric store on the way home one day and finally decided what fabric to get. I chose something relatively inexpensive and forgiving for a first timer since I would probably make mistakes – in this case, a cotton slub knit fabric. It has a nice stretch to it, and the slub means that instead of being smooth, it has tiny knots throughout that gives it a textured feel. I knew I wanted to make the baseball raglan first! So I cut my patterns and set off.

This is my first thing ever cut from a pattern and sewn by my own hands. It’s nowhere near perfect (I accidentally cut short, it’s too cropped for my day-to-day style, but looks fine when tucked in) but I made it! I’m using it as a prototype of what not to do the next time. Because next, I want to make myself a short sleeve raglan dress. This is a great start – not only in making things myself, but also rethinking what I want my wardrobe to be and also what kind of shopper (or better yet, nonshopper) I am.

tl;dr I made a shirt!

Top: me, using Built by Wendy Pattern. Skirt: Elizabeth & James, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Boots: Dolce Vita (mine are from a few seasons ago, these are the new ones). Lipstick: NARS.

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It’s only the beginning!