Holiday dressing

Hello 2017!

I love a good party, even more, dressing up for a good party! When I first started this blog, I had a dedicated tag for “outfit of the night” to compliment the ootd! But I just don’t go out as much anymore…nothing like when I lived in Las Vegas!

The weather has been absolutely bananas lately! Some days you get away with bare-ish legs (zipped indoors quickly and put a coat on) and some nights you’re covered head to toe! This wasn’t my NYE outfit, but for a work party! I’ve shied away from the color green for some crazy reason. But I used to LOVE wearing green. As I’ve steered towards more neutrals, the green in my wardrobe faded away – unless it was a green coat! (I have too many of those!)

This Diane von Furstenberg Zarita dress was on my wishlist a few years ago, when I almost bought it for my sister’s wedding. And then…I came across it again recently and now it’s mine!! Oh, it’s so beautiful! I can’t wait to wear it again because it’s just one of the prettiest dresses I’ve ever owned!!

Item From Made in… BUY
Diane von Furstenberg Zarita dress thrifted China  available colors HERE
Dries van Noten heels Nordstrom Rack Italy

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I should have posted this when it was actually the holidays…but oops! I’m sure this dress will make an appearance again during wedding season! I also have a 2016 roundup coming soon!

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!

Holiday wishlist:

It’s been a rough 2016, we all are on the same boat! I’ve been trying my best to feel a little more cheerful about Christmastime and I’m using it as a time to teach others about shopping responsibly! I’m telling people to shop Made in USA and support brands that manufacture in the US. It’s a way to support smaller and homegrown businesses. Here is a small roundup of interesting Made in the USA things I wouldn’t mind seeing underneath the tree.

Shopping responsibly and conciously links

Links posts are a dedicated space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and consciously.

Hello December! (and see you soon January!) It’s been a crazy long time, as I’ve been re-energizing my life offline to get reinspired and charging my batteries for 2017. I was drained…aren’t we all?! I’ve become disillusioned with people and things I see online – a wave of sameness, that I’m evaluating how I can be a different voice and continue to march to the beat of my own drum in spite of it all! Let’s jump right into all the links I’ve been saving to share with you all!

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A picture of a vintage Geoffrey Beene sequined coat I came across at my last trip to the flea market. It was stunning to see in person (but not something I purchased for myself.) It was extremely similar in style to the sequined pieces in the Gucci 2016 Spring line! Again, a reminder that what goes around, comes around!

Kelly Wearstler’s 5 Tips for Flea Market Shopping

Since I love flea market shopping for finding inspiration, I thought I’d link to style guru, Kelly Wearstler’s market tips! Some are for furniture, but could be applied to anything!

100% Silk…

…feeling polyester. I came across this photo on Reddit and people were having a hoot about how misleading fashion can be!

The real cost of ASOS’s fast fashion

I don’t personally shop at ASOS because their style is a little too juvenile for my own taste. Similar to other stories about Amazon fulfillment warehouse horror stories, this investigation into ASOS warehouse practices is quite sad. We’ve changed our taste in fashion to be instant, and we want our online orders delivered immediately too – without realizing that it comes at the physical and mental health cost of many people!

MY INTIMATE STORY: WHY MADE IN THE USA IS IMPORTANT

I have been following the chronicles of Madalynne as she moves away from her day job at the Urban Outfitters realm into making her own line of lingerie that is carried in said stores! What a great business jump. The post is short and sophisticated in her sharing why Made in USA is important to her. I like her quote from another person “made in the USA is the next best thing to handmade.”

Unravelling the Myth of ‘Made in America’

The Business of Fashion goes far again, in researching the realities and truths of what it means to manufacture and shop Made in USA. I’ve learned myself to be realistic about what it means and what it could look like. I’m not naive to stating that it all needs to move back. I just believe in supporting companies that do. As I’ve explored here in past Links roundups, some people definitely pander to the phrase and exploit it to its full ability! I also found this statistic shocking “In the 1960s, more than 95 percent of apparel bought in the US was made in the US. But increased free trade with China, starting in the 1980s, pushed that number down significantly. By 1993, just over half of the garments sold here were made here. In 2015, 97 percent of clothes sold in the US were imported, not just from China, but also from other offshore manufacturing centres like Bangladesh, Vietnam, India and Indonesia”