Friday Faves

In remembrance of 9/11 and in acknowledgment of all of the chaos that is currently in the world, I wanted to do a Friday Faves that is uplifting and allows for spreading the good. I recommend that you also do one kind thing for another person today and try to make it a goal to do so daily.

Habits for a Happier Life

30 Charities to Donate to Now

How to Honor 9/11

Vogue Commissioned two Black artists for the cover of their September Issue.. the biggest issue of the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chrissy Teigen Helps Teacher’s Across America

Compilation of Laughing Baby Videos

134 Acts of Kindness

Instagram Round Up

For any content creators, I always would recommend being posting to multiple platforms. Not only is this good for growth, but at any point, your content can be taken down for any reason. You could be hacked or it may not comply with guidelines, or the platform might not even exist anymore (I’m looking at you Tik Tok). So to keep up with that mentality, I thought I would do a quick round-up from my latest Instagram posts with the clothing linked below. A lot of these items can also be found styled in my latest Youtube videos.

Dress : Princess Polly // Socks : (similar) // Purse : SheIn

Top : Pretty Little Thing // Pants : NastyGal

Top : Shop Dwntwn // Bag : Shop Dwntwn

Top : Pretty Little Thing

Trends Past & Predicting their Rebound

Fashion is like history, is it doomed to repeat itself. The good thing about both is that you can alter it. When a trend comes back around, it does not always come back around the same way, it comes back more modern and fitting with the times. For example, the puka shell necklace trend recently made a comeback and while the original shells were seen, the more popular necklaces tended to be in gold. Gold layered necklaces were already trending so it reinvented the puka shell necklace.

I thought it would be interesting to look back at some trends and try to predict their comeback or how they might re-evolve.

What was one of your favorite fashion trends?

Zebra Print : 1-3 Years

Cheetah print recently made a comeback and while it was short-lived, it was fun. I am ALWAYS here for a good cow print (as long as it is not a gaudy attempt at it). But zebra print I have not seen much of in big numbers. I can definitely see it resurging because of the sleek black and white nature. As long as it’s simple and elegant in the comeback, its okay in my book.

Dresses Over Jeans : 3 Years

I’m praying this one takes longer than 3 years but who knows. I think my dislike comes from being from Texas, I cannot even think about wearing heavy denim much less under a dress. I do however have an exception, which is pictured below. I think that this is a great idea when a dress unbuttons all the way. This I could definitely see coming back, however, I am not a fan of tight, distressed denim atm.

Bedazzled Denim : 6 Years

I reallyyyyy hope that when this one comes back it makes a full turnaround because I do not think I can wear this. What I will say is I did like the pearls on denim jackets that happened for a hot second in 2017.

Low Rise Jeans : 10 Years

I’m giving these a bit more time because of quarantine. Everyone seems to be throwing out their clothes that just aren’t as comfortable, starting with tighter jeans. Now if there was a pair of low rise straight legs maybe I could see it, but it’s hard enough getting abs, no one wants to show them off (or lack thereof) right now. Also, can I just say they seem to be very unflattering when it comes to that lower pouch that women tend to have, and I cannot even think about sitting down in a clear aesthetically pleasing chair wondering if my booty is fully covered! Also, Nylon is totally against their comeback & I pretty much always side with Nylon.

 

(Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures in this post)

Friday Faves

This Friday Faves is going to be fashion-focused.. Fashion Focused Friday Faves? Yes. So I rounded up a few of my recent favorite shows to watch and FREE courses to take. Yes, I said free. I recently completed one of the courses and am nearly done with another. I thought I would share a few of these resources as this is a big part of how I have been keeping busy and up to date during the quarantine.

Shows :

What the Fashion a mini-series on Snapchat by E!

Next In Fashion on Netflix

100 Years of Fashion on Hulu by Glamour

Free Courses :

Fashion as Design from MoMA

Fashion Industry Essentials from Teen Vogue and Parsons

Understanding Fashion from Business to Culture from IFM

Image from course description, not my own

 

 

Trend Alert : The Tennis Skirt

The sporty look has been getting major traction recently. It has shown up all over Instagram and the coolest piece for completing this trend has been the tennis skirt. I remember a few years ago wearing a tennis skirt was like flipping a coin, you either loved it or hated it. While that may still be the case, more girls are loving this cool look. The white fabric tends to be easier to style and can be paired with an oversized top or a crop making it more versatile. Even WhoWhatWear wrote an article on this popular trend.

As for me, I honestly LOVE this trend but I do not want to buy a tennis skirt and then the trend fizzle out and I’m left with a sporty garment when I clearly do not play sports. So if you don’t have one and are like me, try a pleated mini skirt, a white mini skirt, or a printed mini skirt instead.

Best Places to Shop Summer Looks

So just today I saw an ad for Missguided pop up on FB and I always go through the ads just to see what’s new and I just thought I had to share some of the newest looks that I am seeing for summer! Usually, spring is for more pastels and summer brings brighter colors but I think its a free for all this year since we are all kind of going off-script. I rounded up a few cute places to buy your essentials to wear on your next Instagram Live or cocktail night via zoom of course.

What looks are you going for this summer?

Missguided :

Forever 21 :

BNKR :

BNKR has a store in DTLA where you can shop the Australian brands that they look after. Definitely musts for looks year round!

I got this hot pink skirt, neck tie, pink dress and pouch all from BNKR

Princess Polly :

 

Choose your Evil : The Fur Industry

Either harmful to animals or the environment.. choose your evil.

So we all know that real fur coats are bad right? I’m definitely against buying a real fur coat that being said, I do have a real fur coat that was handed down and is more of an investment piece that I did not and would not have bought. I would not wear it mostly because of what it represents. Wearing and encouraging the sale of real fur promotes the acceptance that 85% of the fur industries come from animals that were held captive. In China, animals can be skinned alive for their fur and mislabeled and sold around the world. Your rabbit coat? Probably not even rabbit, babe.

I’m not for harming an animal unless you need to. Hunting is never my go-to but I wouldn’t be against it if the whole animal was needed and used. In a perfect world, animals would be used only out of the pure need for food and clothing and there would be no waste.

Let’s talk about the latter option, faux fur. Faux Fur is a huge pawn of the fast fashion industry. The microfibers contain plastic that sheds and can accumulate in landfills and oceans. The fibers are also not biodegradable, while real fur does tend to be as it is from a living thing.

So do you really need a new fur coat? Can you borrow one instead or pass it on for generations to come so that we slow down the mass production.

YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE ANOTHER’S BEGIN

Resources:

What’s The Problem With Faux Fur?

9 Shocking Fur Facts

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/faux-fur-environmental-impact

Get Hailey Bieber’s Style

First off, I have to give credit to the QUEEN Maeve Reilly, who is Hailey’s stylist, and puts together her killer looks. If I had to pick a style icon of the moment off the top of my head it would probably be between Hailey and Celine Dion. (I know I’m going to add more to the list and regret only saying those two names later but oh well.)

I have absolutely loved Hailey’s look and I have followed Maeve for a while since I love her personal style as well as her client’s looks. I have added a few of my favorite looks of Hailey’s below and even recreated one that I think everyone should wear.

Who is your style icon of the moment?

This look was actually a possible Coachella look before it was canceled. I instantly fell in love with those Mugler jeans.

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

 

Gucci Beauty Pop- Up

The thing I love about LA is there is always a pop-up or something fun around the corner. I work nearby a building where there are frequent pop-ups. I have seen Lulu’s, gym shark and now Gucci take vacancy in the space.

Gucci’s pop-up I actually would have had no idea about! But we stumbled upon it and my co-worker found out it is open to the public. It was a photo op experience, which I had no idea about until I got inside. I remember the door man telling us the tags for all of the pictures we take and I said, oh I won’t be taking pictures because I don’t look great, I just came from work. He probably thought, “well she’s in the wrong place”.

Luckily they had beauty touch ups with their new lipsticks and mascara so the photos did not come out absolutely terrible.. however if I had known it was a photo op I definitely would have prepared a bit more!

I love the color of the lipstick the I tried, it was a rusty colored red and let me tell you, the mascara is EVERYTHING! Not going to lie, I didn’t think that mascara’s were too different other than the brushes that were used. BUT, the best mascara’s I have ever used on their own have been Chanel and now Gucci. I definitely would recommend as they are super splurge worthy.

All in all, I am so happy I went and I would say wherever you are based to check out the places that are always right under your nose.