Candy stripes

I’ll gush some more about how I love it when the things my mom makes me turn out so well. It’s not my first time wearing this dress (as seen here previously). But for a dress that has a more Southern California vibe, I’m trying to figure how to incorporate it into my Northern California lifestyle. This time it was with some casual shoes for a weekend bit of fun while the sun was still out (sorry those of you in snow). But I really want to try wearing this dress as a skirt next, so I can wear it to work! As someone who draws a distinct line between my work and fun wardrobe, this will be hard to do. (am I the only one who does this?)

Item From Made in… BUY
homemade dress Mom :) California -
Superga sneakers Vietnam HERE
Bill Blass watch Flea Market Japan  similar

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Bad hair day

I’m hesitant to post these photos, because not all days can be good hair days. But I felt like this one was a particular bad hair day – that’s why hats were made. These photos are a tiny bit old, in subsequent weeks I went to get my hair “fixed” at the salon, where they managed to mess it up even more. So you’ll see me wearing my hair pulled & tied back quite a bit here, I barely was able to do something about my hair situation yesterday! Perhaps that’s why this outfit consisted of mixing dots and stripes – to pull your attention away from what was going on up top. It feels a little costumey – but I’m trying to figure out how to wear my no sleeve dresses during inclement weather, so that I don’t feel like I’m wearing the same outfits over and over.

Item From Made in… BUY
Uniqlo top Uniqlo China  HERE
Betsey Johnson dress Buffalo Exchange USA Maxi verion or  long sleeve version
Vintage hat Flea Market USA  -
DKNY opaque tights - HERE
Sam Edelman boots China HERE
vintage Bill Blass watch Flea market Japan Similar or similar

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I will continue trying to link my items to eBay finds whenever possible! I remix a lot of new and old things, and try to link to the most similar type of thing possible that is within the same brand, so as to not mislead anyone.

Spotlight on: Shopbop

*Shopbop is a sponsor of this blog* But I know you guys love deals just as much as I do – so I’m going to share the big sale that’s going on over there until March 8th. What I love about Shopbop is that they are very clear in the descriptions of each item, so you can easily see where it’s made. Not only that, Shopbop carries one of the largest ranges of Made in USA clothing I have seen sold anywhere on the web! They have also collaborated with different brands to create in-house collections, of which, they were also manufactured in the US. Now, if we could only get them to create a section on their site that links to just made in USA clothes (it would be nice!).

There are tons of items on sale right now, and they’ll be having an additional extra off with this code BIGEVENT15 which goes
save 15% with purchase over $250
save 20% with purchase over $500
save 25% with purchase over $1000

Here are some of my favorite Made in USA items being sold on Shopbop right now

Lot’s of eye candy over there! I recently had two pairs of pants accidentally split in the most inappropriate of places, so I may be shopping for some new denim myself.

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!