Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cobblestone Runway: A Weekend in Old Town

I had the great pleasure of being included in a new lookbook headed up by Old Town Alexandria's Bishop Boutique a few weeks ago. They partnered with several local businesses and bloggers to produce the first issue of Cobblestone Runway: A Weekend in Old Town, and I'm so grateful to have been a part of it! Tune in later this week for behind the scenes details about what I'm wearing, where it's made, and more.

Spoiler alert: Bishop Boutique and Zoe Boutique were kind of enough to ensure I'm wearing lots of made in the USA goodness in each shot. I even discovered a few new, fair brands that I can't wait to share with you, but for now, please read, share, and let me know what you think of the lookbook!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Behind the Scenes & Favorite Looks from #styledbyshellbcheri {Ethical Spring Style Inspiration}

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Last week, I shared the outfit that Shell B Cheri styled for me as part of her "rediscover a difficult item in your closet project." Remember? The Dad Jeans?

Well, I was not alone in this project, and all of these beautiful women participated, too! It was an honor to be a part of such a thoughtful, ethical endeavor, and I feel lucky to have spent time with each one of these kind, stylin' ladies.

The Gang (above)
Top Row: Meaghan of District Sparkle / Trish of Fashion According to the Menu / Krystin of Be Loud, Be You  / Vivi of Heart Print Style  Natalie of The Fashionably Broke / Michelle of Eat Style Play / Waverly of Pich and Roor / Tammy of A Loyal Love
Bottom Row: Erin of Currently Coveting / Elle of Elle Choi / Alicia of River City Chic / Yours truly / Alissa of Feeling Good Style / Carmen of Compact Closet

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We shot on location at Georgetown's Malmaison, and after fortifying ourselves with lattes and croissants, we were trooped outside to be lined up and photographed by Ashley Lettich, although many of the behind-the-scenes shots (such as the one below) were snagged by blogger Julien of it's Julien.

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These are the three ladies who made it all happen (again captured by Julien): our photographer, Ashley of Ashley in DC, Ms. Shell B Cheri herself, and Waverly of Pich and Roor, who is wearing one of my favorite looks, a vintage dress that she hand-dyed herself from a blah beige color, with a thrifted belt and clutch, no less! Crafty, economical, and stunningly beautiful, that one. And she styled a few of the looks for the project as well!

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Krystin of Be Loud Be You was (of course) wearing my favorite look of the day. Vintage coat over thrifted Lanvin dress. She found a Lanvin dress for $10. Seriously, she really did.  This is only one reason of many that Krystin is kind of my hero.

Krystin doesn't call herself a sustainable or ethical fashion blogger, but I sure do! This girl rocks vintage and thrifted gems in almost every post, and she always looks like she just stepped out of an editorial lookbook (as you can see). She's fierce, she's a Mom, she can sew and alter her own clothes, and I find her to be endlessly inspiring. If you haven't checked out her blog, start here, or here... it doesn't really matter where. It's all beautiful and you will just keep clicking and clicking, I promise.

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I also really loved this look that Shell B put together for Tammy of A Loyal Love. It's so fresh and modern, so perfectly spring, and just so damn cool, like Tammy. She said she'd purchased the wooly vest a while ago and aside from pairing it with a bandeau top in summer, could not figure out how she would wear it even though she loved it. This is why projects like Shell B's are so wonderful! Our closets are full of possibility and we often just need just a teensy nudge or shake-up, and boom, insta-wardrobe refresh with no need to shop.

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The last look that really stood out to me was Natalie of The Fashionably Broke's overalls. She has a great story bc in styling her tricky overalls, Shell B also pulled out a studded green blouse that Natalie loved but often allowed to languish in the darkness of her closet.  I love the clean, bright colors and the white wedge heels. I would never have thought to pair them with overalls in a million years but somehow they just look right.

Shell B is a very talented young woman, and I'm so grateful to have been a part of her vision. She's moving to Nashville very soon, I hear, and I'm sure she'll be taking the city by storm!

 Do you have a difficult to style item in your closet that you love and can't part with? What is it? 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sustainable Style: Vintage Levis, Polished Blazer {#StyledbyShellBCheri}

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Just a few short weeks ago, stylist and blogger Shell B Cheri* waltzed into my apartment to give me a little closet refresh, and I'm so glad that she did. I was participating in a project she was working on with several other bloggers, in which we each chose an item from our closets that we loved but rarely wore so that she could help us style it.

But you guys, she did so much more. For my difficult-to-style items, I had chosen a well-cut creme blazer given to me as a Christmas gift by one of my bestest friends, as well as a vintage beaded bag that I'd worn for New Year's and never really picked up again. I loved them both but was intimidated by the creme and wanted a more casual way to wear a beaded bag during the day.

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Well, Ms. Cheri dove into my closet and after pulling out almost everything I owned (ok maybe half), she unearthed a completely unexpected item: a pair of beat-up vintage Levis that had been my father's. I'd worn them in 9th grade with combat boots (yuuuuup), but simply carried them with me ever since then, unable to bring myself to donate them or sell them, but not actually wearing them.

Since my father passed away in 2004, I've held on tightly to the little pieces of him that I have: his old t-shirts, or his 70s jeans that I loved to wear in jr. high.   When Shelby whipped out these jeans from the depths of my jeans pile, she was shocked that I never wore them, and I was just so, so happy to see them, and a little teary.

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When I wore my rad new outfit to the group photo-shoot at Malmaison in Georgetown, several fellow bloggers asked if I had destroyed/distressed the jeans myself or if they "came that way." When I explained that they were my father's, and that he had so artfully "distressed" them by mowing the grass, changing the car battery, and doing various other outside chores in them, I laughed to myself (and at myself) for not realizing what a gem had hiding in my closet! Move over boyfriend jeans, these are Dad Jeans, and they are AUTHENTIC.

There really is nothing like having someone else help you to shop your closet. Aside from the fact that getting more wear and re-styling the clothes you already own is much more eco-friendly than buying new ones, it's super fun, economical, and inspiring. If you have a friend whose style you admire, ask him/her to come over one day for a glass of wine and some style advice. Just as Shelby had us do, pick a few items that you can't let go of but also don't really wear, and let the magic happen.

STYLING by Shell B Cheri  /  PHOTOGRAPHY by Ashley Lettich  / WEARING vintage Levis, bag, gifted blazer, and eco-friendly white t-shirt by Alternative Apparel.

*To see more of Shell B Cheri's handiwork, check out #styledbyshellbcheri on Twitter and IG.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Eco-friendly Party Dresses for Spring

2 spring florals
  1. Black Halo, made in the USA, $375
  2. Lela Rose, made in the USA, $40 from Rent the Runway
  3. Vintage from Etsy seller Maeven, $98
  4. Wayf, made in the USA, $58
As spring galas and events get underway, it's time to start thinking florals and party dresses, amiright?

The DC Ecowomen have their 10th Anniversary Gala coming up on April 24, and as a guest blogger, I've put together a guide for them on how to dress to impress the eco-friendly way.  From Rent the Runway to Etsy to Nordstrom, the options are endless, and I hope you'll stop by to see the full post.

At the very least, I encourage you to click over to my Pinterest collection of eco-friendly party dresses to see dozens and dozens of ethical options for your own special spring event, whether it's a wedding or an Easter brunch.

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