M2M: Made to Measure

In the last few comfy and cold days off, I’ve been indulging in some fun TV shows! And not the typical kind.

It’s been a strange catalyst for me. When I first started this blog, I was into learning and researching the fashion world (as an outsider.) I’d grown up with female seamstresses in my family, custom making most of my clothes, reading their countless back issues of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. So my interests at the beginning of this blog, spanned the history of fashion, but also learning about modern trends. In the last few years…I don’t know what happened. The endless cycle of fast fashion and the disillusion with lack of transparency of bloggers being bad, turned me off the fashion world in an odd way. And then one day a few months ago while bored of watching all the same things on Netflix and through the Roku, I discovered the M2M channel! A portal to fashion videos.

From their about page
Made to Measure (M2M) is a new fashion video network. M2M covers the world of fashion and style – past, present and future – through fresh and culturally relevant storytelling. M2M features original programming, classic fashion films and runway shows from the world’s top designers. M2M’s original series and documentaries highlight the people, issues, trends and events that have defined and transformed the fashion landscape.

There are tons of catwalk/runway videos. Fashion films both recent and from the past. Lots of quirky and interesting series that show behind the scenes from the fashion world, but also intriguing interviews!

For example, I’ve been LOVING these interview series called Tea at the Beatrice with Glenn O’Brien. A simple concept of Glenn O’Brien (famed editor and writer) interviewing a wide array of artists and creatives! It’s a simple interview, but full of such great information!

Or these quirky shorts about fashion icons figures and objects

It’s the only place I’ve been able to rewatch this old favorite, Signe Chanel, which followed Karl Lagerfeld and his couturiers as they got ready for the Haute Couture show!

I enjoyed for the first time, watching a runway show! It has been YEARS since I’ve been able to sit through one. This Chanel 2017 pre-fall show at the Ritz was sublime!

This seriously has been so fun to absorb and made me fall in love with fashion again. It feels so weird to say that?!! Do yourself a favor and connect to this channel!

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!

See more videos here or watch it streaming on Netflix.

LookMazing

The awesome folk over at LookMazing have been on a roll here in San Francisco throwing events where attendees can participate in the ultimate shopping experience. It gave us the opportunity to visit the Gap and local boutique Azalea, and do what we all dream of: dress up in their clothes from head to toe. Once your picture is up, you get a chance to link to the products you are wearing and share it with others. The platform seems to be quite useful for those that don’t have blogs already, it was always fun to try it out for ourselves.

Here is my outfit from the Gap

Head to toe in the Gap: jacket, dress, belt, shoes, bag. Only the tights were mine. Now I really want these shoes.

My other outfit was put together by the lovely shop gals at Azalea. In fact, if you watch their promo video of that night, you’ll catch a glimpse of me at the sales associate putting this outfit together and its transformation (she made me try on some super duper short shorts at first).

Top: Liv, similar. Skirt: Azalea. Belt: Cheap Monday. Shoes: Mine, from Target. Tights: mine as well.

Both of the outfits are completely different and don’t belong to me, but I definitely could see adding both into my wardrobe. Playing dress up like this can be dangerous to your wallet.