what to wear // the office

Reed KrakoffWhile I work in an office that certainly isn’t strict on corporate dress code, the bohemian, shabby-chic style I tend towards isn’t exactly always appropriate. I’ve been trying to get out of a style rut lately, and have found myself leaning towards outfits that still speak to my comfy aesthetic but have a more polished element. It’s kind of a running joke: If there’s an oversized sweater up for grabs, you better believe I’ll take it. On a Sunday, the outfit is completed with leggings (old habits die hard). But during the work week, it’s my goal to balance the chunky comfort with sleekness, exemplified by the Reed Krakoff outfit above. I recently unearthed a leather mini that I had forgotten about, but I’d really love to add a pencil skirt to my arsenal. And I love the blue/brown combo here–it’s a bit unexpected but somehow completely works. That skirt would go with anything, really: a white fisherman sweater; even a t-shirt. 

Reed Krakoff silk cashmere sweater and lightweight Nappa pencil skirt; available at theline.com. Pictures courtesy of The Line.

 

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(i’m still here!)

stillhereI am painfully aware of the fact that my mantra lately for this space is something along the lines of “life is busy, but I have lots of stuff in the works!” Lately, this is more true than ever, as annoying as it is. I would love to be updating the site like I used to, and I really do have things in the pipeline (aka my drafts folder) but in the interest of actually graduating next month and working my little behind off for my amazing job, I’ve had to prioritize, and unfortunately, my blog has been a casualty. BUT, though it’s currently chilling on the back burner, please know that it is still stewing (couldn’t resist the crappy metaphor; apologies). And once some other loose ends are tied up elsewhere in my life I do have some exciting plans for it, so stay tuned. (And I hope I haven’t lost too many people along the way.)

xx

 

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mantra // you were born an original.

bornanoriginal– quote by John Mason.

 

I stumbled across this quote awhile ago and have had it on a stickie on my computer desktop as a reminder. It’s a bit cheesy, but it’s never a bad idea to remember that always choosing to go with the flow is utterly boring. I’m always game to shake things up.

It’s also nice to pretend that had I seen this several years ago, I would have saved myself a lot of teen angst. In theory.

 

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shop // freedom of animals.

Courtesy of Freedom of Animals

I recently got to profile a brand that’s so awesome that I can’t keep it from you guys. 

In spite of my diet and transition to a natural beauty regime, my clothing is kind of the last piece of my vegan puzzle. It’s no secret that I’m a fashion diehard (hence the career path), and, regardless of better judgment, I love my leather. I’ve been taking certain steps, like trying to only buy leather if it’s vintage (which is actually a really great eco-friendly practice for anyone–and for fur, too). I can’t help but feel slightly hypocritical, however, when I wear it.

The issue is, I think that the sustainable, cruelty-free movement in fashion has yet to have its “big moment.” There are amazing, talented designers who are doing amazing things to usher it in to public attention (ahem, Stella McCartney), but it’s not as mainstream as it needs to be yet. It’s almost there. And luckily, a crop of brands has been popping up to prove that there is no reason style should be sacrificed for being cruelty-free or sustainable. It’s so refreshing, because I think you’d agree that there really isn’t a shortage of crappy faux leather out there.

Enter Freedom of Animals, whose luxury handbags and accessories (which could easily pass for Céline) are not only high quality faux-leather, but are made of recycled materials, are made on recycled equipment, and have a carbon footprint of virtually zero. You need to check this out, pronto. I’m obsessed. 

Read more here.

{Photo courtesy of Freedom of Animals}

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natural beauty // diy face wash

natural face scrub

I’m still on board with the whole no-shampoo thing, but it’s not without its caveats, as mentioned before. This face wash, however, has been completely no-fail–yet another testament to the power of that 99 cent miracle worker we call baking soda

I’m lucky to have skin that generally behaves where breakouts are concerned. However, it’s also the infuriating kind, that, when it does act up, is impossible to pinpoint. It’s extremely sensitive and prone to dryness, so it’s necessary to avoid harsh products, but certain areas (namely my T-zone) can get a little oily, and the wrong balance of treatments tends to result in flakiness. So my goal is to use gentle ingredients, but to also be able to exfoliate and lift dirt and oil.

I mixed together this little combo, and will not be going back. It’s so easy, and a short ingredient list is always a good thing.

DIY FACE WASH

- Baking soda

- Clay powder (Find it at a health or natural food store, or, like me, on iHerb)

- Essential oils of choice (I use a drop or two of tea tree and a few drops of jasmine)

- Water

To make: Combine equal parts baking soda and clay powder. Add the essential oils, and then add just enough water to form a paste (an eyedropper is a really good tool for this!). Voila–you have your face wash.

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Next up on the natural beauty calendar: tea tree oil (aka the ultimate skin remedy).

 

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