Spotlight on: Born Free

It’s been quite a bit since I’ve done on of my “Spotlight” series posts – which again is a series of posts featuring brands, both large and small, that have that have a mission to create fashionable things of great quality and are Made in the USA for men, women, and children too.

So when an email about Born Free Hit my inbox recently, I was very intrigued to check it out. Coming as a vision of the Shopbop team where they explain

“Shopbop joined forces with Born Free, (led by John Megrue), Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg in conjunction with Amazon Fashion, MAC AIDS Fund and 22 leading women in fashion, in an effort to raise awareness and support for the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission. The 22 top designers who have contributed to the collection are mothers themselves and therefore, strongly connected to this initiative.”

At first I thought to myself, it sounds great, but where is it made?! And SO surprised to see a majority of the items are in fact made in the USA, even when some of the collaborating brands themselves don’t manufacture in the USA. This was also delightful to read “the entire collection, including clothing and accessories for women and children, is based on prints from Wangechi Mutu, a celebrated Kenyan-born New York- based visual artist.” How awesome is that?! Let’s bring more things like this to fruition!Shopbop born free Shopbop born free

Many of the grown up looks come with a child version as well! I love the idea of this.

I wish more stores and brands would undertake jobs of this size – this is what ethical fashion can look like! Any suggestions or recommendations on who you would like me to feature next?

Matching dresses

I never really understood people that went crazy over buying the same item in different colors – I’ve always wanted to incorporate as much variety into my wardrobe – in brands, eras, styles, and colors. That is until I found the sister dress to one of my favorite dresses ever!

This Richard Chai for Target collaboration dress has been worn to many types of occasions – from date nights to weddings, and has always fit so well. The thing fits like a glove and has some of the best Target quality you really don’t see as much anymore (it has an invisible zipper). I loved that it was two different colors together and that I could tie it at the waist.

Dress: Richard Chai for Target. Shoes: Gap designer series. Watch: vintage. Lipstick: Bare Minerals in Get Ready.

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Thrift Eye, matching dresses, same dress, wearing dresses, Richard Chai Target dress, colorblock dress

Old dress, meet new dress. While what I loved about the other dress were the bright colors, I think because I like the fit so much, I’ll be getting extreme use out of this classic color combination. Making me finally understand, when you find something you love, you’ll want to buy many others of it.

Dress: Richard Chai for Target, thrifted. Heels: Target (looooong time ago). Lipstick: Bare Minerals Call the Shots.

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Thrift Eye, matching dresses, same dress, wearing dresses, Richard Chai Target dress, colorblock dress

Do you have something in your wardrobe like this, that you’ve found you need multiples of?

A literary take on fashion part 21

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

In this installment, I bring you a collage not only from my own readings, but another by the lovely Nnenna who blogs over at Star Crossed Smile, who also runs the awesome Correspondence Club! (Thank you Nnenna!)

In Nnenna’s own words-

Me Before You is the story of the unlikely friendship (and later romance) between Louisa and Will. Louisa is an ordinary girl living a simple life in a small English countryside town and Will is a hotshot businessman, jet setter and adventure-seeker, that is, until an accident leaves him mostly paralyzed and bound to a wheelchair. When Louisa finds herself in need of a new job, she applies to be Will’s daily caretaker. At first he ignores her completely or is downright rude to her, but over time Will softens and begins to open up. One evening Louisa overhears Will’s parents discussing his health and learns a shocking secret about Will’s future.

I really liked the character of Louisa and enjoyed watching her hopes and dreams develop over the course of the book. In the beginning, you kind of hate Will because he’s so mean and pessimistic, but you also pity him because a terrible thing has happened to him. This book also discusses a very controversial topic that’s a key part of Louisa and Will’s story, but without shoving the issue in your face and in a way that really makes you think. I was definitely a little sad and teary near the end, but I think this book is well worth a read.

Louisa’s style is a little bit eclectic, a little bit vintage. She dresses colorfully and uniquely and likes to shop at thrift and vintage stores. A few items in particular have special significance- the black-and-yellow striped tights, the bumble-bee tattoo, and the red fitted dress. Want to know why they’re important? Well, you’ll just have to read the book! ;)”

Me-Before-You

Nylon Striped Tights // Red Carpet Ready Dress // Blossoming Creativity Printed Dress // Sweeter Days Striped Dress // Bumblebee Temporary Tattoo // Aqua Fiesta Fringe Collar // Castle // Nirvana Strappy Heel in Coral // Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy Eau So Fresh- Sunshine’ // This Time Tea-morrow Set // Me Before You cover

So the book I chose to turn into a collage, seems like it may have been the inspiration for Nnenna’s book (but completely opposite)! Lady Chatterly’s Lover by DH Lawrence was one of those books that gave me impressions of the sadness complexity that love and relationships can be. Set in the English countryside, Constance is a lovely lady who is married to an educated, high class man that was paralyzed at war, and consequently impotent. Constance has already had a fling, but she’s tired of the space growing between her and her husband Clifford (among other things). When she then seemingly falls in love with Mellors the grounds/game keeper – he is quite the opposite of her husband, and she’s impossibly attracted to him. After giving in to his own reluctance, they begin a love affair – where Constance is constantly tempted to leave her husband at any moment, but their social lives and Mellor’s previous marriage are big road blocks. When rumors begin to spin around in their small town, Constance seems to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown and Mellors is turned away from the home and forced to work somewhere else. I don’t have to give you the end, but just know this doesn’t end as a happy story of course.

Lady Chatterly's Lover

Thank you SO much Nnenna for collaborating with me :) Have you guys read either of the books? I haven’t read Me Before You, but I think I will at her suggestion! And again, if you’re interested, please be in contact with me and you can make a collage too!

Bad girls club

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback I have been getting from my previous post – especially your thoughts on affiliate links. I will be brutally honest with you in that it doesn’t make someone as much money as you would think. I try to keep them as discreet as possible. But at the same time, it takes a lot of time to run the whole blog, that any little bit of money I can get helps me continue running the blog. I will definitely begin injecting more thrifting tidbits into the blog as well as your other suggestions. Thank you :)

Onto the post!

As much as I try to stay away from all black outfits, some days I just cave in. I have been meaning to wear this dress again (last seen here years ago right before I moved away from Vegas!). It’s kind of a difficult dress for me to wear because it’s a little too bodycon sometimes. But let me introduce to you my new favorite holy grail boots I finally found after years of searching on ebay. Something about these boots made me want to wear this dress – and taking a page out of the bad girls club, wanted to do an all dark outfit for this evening. I kept the jewelry extremely simple, and let my boots be the statement piece.

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Dress: Alexander Wang. Tights: no name fleece lined tights from Crossroads trading Co. Boots: Emma Cook for Topshop via ebay. Necklace: DIY.

I will admit that these definitely are not walking boots (or maybe I’ve just gotten used to wearing sensible shoes?). They were a little difficult to walk in at first. But oh, are they oh so pretty.

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

 

PS. I love my asymmetrical hair, can’t believe it’s been almost two months since I got it cut, but once you get that itch, you have to scratch it. I’m already planning on getting another haircut soon!

Joining the #tabletcrew with Intel tablets

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Two weeks ago I got a little surprise package in the mail. This post on Facebook explains it a little further, but I partnered up with Intel to start using/test/promote the new Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 running tablet! I’ll be posting on my social media channels (oh you know, here, here, and here) and on this blog how it’s working out for me. Look for my posts tagged #tabletcrew

I am a PC girl, but I had never used Windows 8. No one else I know had either! I was a little worried that it would feel completely alien to me, but I’m pleasantly surprised that it’s super easy to navigate. It’s like a PC and smarthphone had a baby! You can access multiple apps for anything (and since the platform is still sort of new, I see tons of new apps constantly coming out) or if you need to, you can still access the desktop.

I was borrowing an iPad from work for a small time, it worked nice but it has very little customization and the apps are quite limited (most are for the iPhone). So I’m enjoying how versatile the tablet is in making it look like a real computer and the ease of being on the go without the bulk.

So while most people I know will be gearing up for the Superbowl in a few days (since you know, the city where I live in has a team playing in it!) – I’ll instead be gearing up for Fashion Week and the Oscar’s later this month. I don’t post much about fashion week on here, but I keep my eye on it for trends. So I’m making sure to bookmark my favorite fashion week links like Style.com, New York Times Fashion & Style, and Jak & Jil. But I’m also hoping that the Vogue and E! Red Carpet apps keep me just as updated.

I was compensated by being given the tablet but not to write this or any posts, so when I say the views will be my own, I mean it – because we all know even computers aren’t perfect. The tablet has already frozen on me once (but to be doubly honest, so did the iPad when I was using it). If you have any questions or comments, just let me know. Have you had the chance to try Windows 8 yet?

PS. I’m pretty excited to look for a sleeve/case now, to be continued.

PPS. I just started using the Vine app (I think many of you have seen it by now, but think Instagram for videos), and I made this little video of my tablet (note: there is sound).

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