If you’re Downsizing your Closet

You need basics. Here is a list of a few items that you should have when building up your closet. I definitely think that this is so important to evaluate your current garments before buying more hip and trendy pieces. I’m not going into accessories or shoes because that would take forever. I wanted to list a few versatile pieces and basics. There are definitely many many more pieces that are essential, but I thought when you are building a foundation for your wardrobe you must first have the essentials.

Click on the image for a link to where to shop the piece.

Tank / Tee

Denim Jeans

Cool Jacket : This could be a trench, a denim jacket or a leather coat

Plain Sweater

Button up

Trousers

Midi Skirt

Staple Leather Piece

Blazer

Printed Dress

White Blouse

Little Black Dress

 

Shorts to Wear instead of Denim

I saw a recent post on WhoWhatWear that was similar so I thought I would share a few of my favorites that I thought would be great for summer. I am LOVING the monochromatic pastel trend right now and I wanted to incorporate that and other ideas because wearing denim shorts, a tank, and sandals are so 2010.

Crochet Shorts : Easy to throw-on, breathable and usually come in fun colors

Leather Shorts : These have a cool star design on them and are currently on my wishlist

Tie Dye : Not only is this trend in style, but it is also is comfy and you can match the various colors for a fun summer look

Biker Shorts : Easy to slip on and layer over an oversized tee and denim jacket. This pair has such a cool look too

Dolphin Shorts : Easy and Cool especially for a post quarantine casual look

 

Lavender Elastic Shorts : Throw these on with a lavender blazer and you have got a monochromatic look that’s on-trend

GRWM + Catch Up

Fenty Beauty Foundation : https://www.sephora.com/product/pro-filtr-soft-matte-longwear-foundation-P87985432?skuId=1925411

Makeup Shack Sponge : https://www.hbbeautybar.com/products/beauty-sponge-by-the-makeup-shack?variant=24177454907473&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping&gclid=CjwKCAjwq832BRA5EiwACvCWsaH69odTur4puVpmS511xgNnQEyAMwhapThoCCuhjbcBIQ7VDj8yIxoCl2wQAvD_BwE

Revlon Liquid Eyeliner : https://www.ulta.com/colorstay-skinny-liquid-liner?productId=xlsImpprod10521131&sku=2274991&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=pla-293946777986&CAAGID=102825324120&CAWELAID=330000200000159238

Grand Lash MD : https://www.ulta.com/grandelash-md-lash-enhancing-serum?productId=pimprod2003445&sku=2544503&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=aud-879589371974:pla-294680686006&CAAGID=28397269470&CAWELAID=330000200001693972&CATARGETID=330000200001394369&CADevice=c&gclid=CjwKCAjwq832BRA5EiwACvCWsRzVEHdJq1Z-MWYxkrWLm5vtFgl0yCRQ3i46Tg3QkbEmFNStBSt2hxoCOQ4QAvD_BwE

Voluminous Lash Paradise : https://www.target.com/p/l-oreal-paris-voluminous-lash-paradise-mascara-204-waterproof-blackest-black-0-28-fl-oz/-/A-52117732?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Beauty%2BPersonal+Care%2BShopping&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9028099&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&gclid=CjwKCAjwq832BRA5EiwACvCWsUAQH5lTpbFupzJGNL6m2uzCQ79qdHB5071FasziGFMLu1pyx4cuvRoCuAsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Highlighter : https://www.ybskin.com/collections/blush/products/plumberry-crushed-mineral-blush

 

Nasty Gal Haul

Waist Belt : https://www.nastygal.com/dont-let-it-go-to-waist-harness-belt/AGG56330-295-35.html

White Body Suit : https://www.nastygal.com/roll-the-credits-turtleneck-high-leg-bodysuit/AGG52222-173-30.html

Vest : https://www.nastygal.com/all-in-a-days-work-crossover-tailored-vest/AGG53541-165-14.html

Gray Tee : https://www.nastygal.com/stick-to-the-basics-relaxed-tee/AGG50275-131-30.html

Cut out Top : https://www.nastygal.com/out-of-arms-way-one-sleeve-cut-out-top/AGG53514-173-14.html

Leather Jacket : https://www.nastygal.com/crazy-little-fringe-faux-leather-jacket/AGG53634-105-30.html

BLM

I think it is very important to use my platforms to inform and spark discussion. While I had many other posts scheduled, it is important to address the current situation as it stands. We must always use our voices for good and be smart and strategic in the way we use our voice and our power.

Below is a list of Black-owned businesses that I encourage you to look into and discover

Briogeo Hair Care

The Honey Pot

Oui the People

Golden Girly Shop

Nude Barre

 

Resources to make a difference:

Donate to the Unicorn Riot which supports journalists on the front line

Reclaim the block aids in community safety in Minneapolis

Books To Read (as found by Refinery 29)

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

 

Sustainability in Fashion

Fashion’s Newest Pivot – Fashion as an industry as seemed to be becoming more increasingly sustainable in recent years. I think that is partly due to the COVID crisis, more fashion houses and brands, in general, are taking more steps to pivot and develop new ways of doing things. They are considering what is new and now in fashion and I think that sustainability is one of them.

 

It is something that we hear over and over, a new brand is eco-friendly, and while it is not exactly a breaking news story, what is a bit more newsworthy is that the fashion world as a whole is making moves in the right direction. At last year’s SXSW, I attended a panel with representatives from Levis on how they make efforts to being ecofriendly and how it is a huge part of their mission.

Higher-end brands such as Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Nanushka all have their feet dipped in the sustainability pool and have several notches under their belt when it comes to eco-friendly.

The Fashion industry is the second-largest consumer of water and is responsible for 8-10% of the world’s carbon emissions.

“Sustainability is not just about wearing an organic t-shirt, it has to be a way of life.” – Bandana Tewari

While I am all for this I still find it a bit tough to be completely sustainable but I think as long as you are being conscious and making a real effort that is what counts.

Links to resources :

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/opinion/could-coronavirus-spark-a-sustainable-fashion-awakening

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/correction-eu-fashion-sustainability-issues-story-68119669

Top 13 Sustainable Fashion Designers Making a Change in 2020

 

*IMPORTANT* While I always want to provide outfit details, I was alerted by a reader that Nastygal does not release sufficient information on how they are sustainable. I have looked into this and discovered they are in fact correct. While it goes against the post above, I opted to keep up my outfit details from Nastygal ONLY because I personally buy clothes that have longevity and will be used multiple times. I also plan to pass down my clothing collection to my children one day. This does not mean that I will not be shopping at Nastygal, but it does mean I will be more careful in choosing what I buy and how often I buy. I also think that if others did the same and prompted the site to move toward more sustainable standards that we could accomplish something even greater.

White Turtleneck Suit : NastyGal // Waist Belt Harness : NastyGal

 

Quick Looks you can find in your Closet for Spring

Which would you rather see more of? Videos or Regular Blog Posts?

I was not really sure what to call this one. I really just threw together a few SUPER simple and totally different styled outfits for Spring. I thought the first would simply be for creating content and hanging out. The skirt look could be for going out to dinner or something fun when meeting up with friends. The printed skort look is definitely a fun day look especially one by the pool. And the tank is a basic everyday look that everyone can create especially when running errands when we get out of quarantine.

Purple Crop Top (similar) : https://www.missguidedus.com/lilac-crepe-corset-crop-top-10185375

Levis Shorts : https://www.levi.com/US/en_US/apparel/clothing/bottoms/high-rise-shorts/p/728780013

Graphic Tee : https://cottonon.com/US/classic-band-t-shirt/2007108-92.html?dwvar_2007108-92_color=2007108-92&cgid=womens-band-tees&originalPid=2007108-92#start=1

Brown Leather Skirt : https://www.lulus.com/products/keep-livin-rust-brown-vegan-leather-mini-skirt/819882.html

Platforms : https://www.stevemadden.com/products/cici-nude-leather?variant=15840289488986

White Button Up : https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/top_blouses/2000379892

Pink Skort : https://www.thereformation.com/products/robbie-skirt?color=Blush

Pink Bag (similar) : https://www.meliebianco.com/collections/top-handle-bags/products/loren-nude-crossbody-bag

Tank : https://www.freepeople.com/shop/georgie-muscle-tank/?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=010&searchparams=q%3DGeorgie%2520Muscle%2520Tank&type=REGULAR&quantity=1

Book Club : Fashion Reads

I’ve gotten a lot more time on my hands because of quarantine of course and besides taking a few simple online courses, I have grown my love for the fashion industry by reading a few promising titles. I recently started a book club, and while we are not reading these titles, I thought it would be interesting to read these in my free time out of pure interest. I never really liked self-help books, but I love both fiction and non-fiction.

What is your go-to genre?

This is not a Fashion Story by Danielle Bernstein : If you know about WeWoreWhat (who doesn’t) then you’re family with Danielle Bernstein. I love her platform and I just had to read. I am almost done with this one and let me tell you it has re-inspired me to hustle with my blog and my own digital platforms. It is all about her journey to becoming a macro-influencer and some juicy life details along the way.

The Chiffon Trenches by Andre Leon Talley : I was prompted to read this one by one of the many articles that mention the many fashion secrets spilled in this read. I just had to be in on the gossip when it came to these huge name drops!

Clothes.. and other things that matter by Alexandra Shulman: I love reading memoirs, especially one that touches on Vouge. I love to hear advice and different paths to success so this one is on my must-read list.

The Woman I wanted to be by Diane Von Furstenberg : I read an excerpt from her book that was published a few years ago and I thought it was very interesting. All I had really known about her before was from her show on E!

Older, but better, but Older by Caroline de Maigret : This title was actually recommended by my former employer. After her recommendation I listened to a podcast with Caroline de Maigret on the book and I also wanted to add How to be a Parisian Wherever You Are which is her first book.

My Go-To Skincare Products

LINKS :

Tula Probiotic Skincare Replenishing Cleansing Oil : https://www.tula.com/products/kefir-replenishing-cleansing-oil?_pos=2&_sid=ef47fdfe2&_ss=r

Face Halo : https://facehalo.com/

SebaMed Cleansing Foam : https://www.sebamedusa.com/sebamed-clear-face-cleansing-foam

Neutrogena Face Wash : https://www.target.com/p/neutrogena-oil-free-salicylic-acid-acne-fighting-face-wash-9-1-fl-oz/-/A-12921121

YTTP Super Food Cleanser : https://www.youthtothepeople.com/products/superfood-face-cleanser?_pos=1&_sid=c096da386&_ss=r

Garnier SkinActive Charcoal 3-in-1 : https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/garnier-skinactive-charcoal-3-in-1-face-wash,-scrub-and-mask/ID=prod6386973-product

YTTP Yerba Mate Resurfacing Facial : https://www.youthtothepeople.com/pages/yerba-mate-resurfacing-facial

Grace and Stella Rose Water Spray : https://www.graceandstella.com/products/rose-facial-spray

Kopari Coconut Rose Toner : https://koparibeauty.com/products/coconut-rose-toner

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Sunscreen : https://www.drunkelephant.com/collections/sun-protection/products/umbra-sheer-physical-daily-defense-spf-30

Drunk Elephant Luxury Facial Oil : https://www.drunkelephant.com/products/virgin-marula-luxury-facial-oil

Sebamed Moisturising Face Cream : https://www.sebamedusa.com/sebamed-moisturizing-face-cream-75-ml

Kopari Coconut Face Cream : https://koparibeauty.com/products/coconut-face-cream