Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Meet Hatch Collection: Tasteful Maternity Style, 100% Made in the USA

3 hatch maternity jacket made in the usa ethical fashion

WEARING: Hatch Blazer; Alternative Apparel shirt and DVF heels purchased secondhand from Secondi; conventional black pants. PHOTOGRAPHY: Victoria Corkhill.

Pregnant ladies (and pretty much any ladies who think they might want to be a Mom someday), rejoice in all that is Hatch:

  • Easy, on-trend, comfortable wardrobe staples for work and for play that are designed to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy.
  • Entire line is 100% made in the USA
  • Hatch has contributed regularly to charity Every Mother Counts since 2011.

hatch maternity jacket made in the usa ethical fashion

Shop the look, including a few secondhand shoes I dug up from theRealReal:

4 hatch maternity jacket made in the usa ethical fashion

I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful blazer as a gift from a dear friend who turned me on to Hatch. Thank you so much, Kimmie! Above, you can see the real deal, i.e., what I actually wear to work all day: flats. I had the heels on for the District Closets event at Secondi, but for a typical day in the office, I ain't crazy, ya'll, I wear flats. :)

But let's get back to Hatch: they truly have created a robust collection of pieces that any woman would want to wear, pregnant or not. Add to that their commitment to domestic production, high quality, and supporting charities that benefit maternal health, and I think that what may seem at first to be a rather steep price tag begins to make a lot of sense. These are pieces you can invest in (or give as gifts) with confidence, ladies.

And get this: they have several items in their sale section right now that are perfect for fall and winter wear. Again, I kid you not, these are pieces that you will want to wear whether you are preggers or not. Below are seven seasonal staples including a cocoon coat, cocktail dresses, and a tuxedo blazer from Hatch that are all 50% off right now:

And, of course, I can't resist sharing a few more Hatch pieces I am in love with, but which aren't on sale (yet):

Still need more maternity style inspo?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Saturday: Shop My Closet at Secondi!

district closets my fair vanity secondhand shopping secondi DC

Anyone who reads this blog knows I am a huge fan of shopping secondhand. If you search for the term "Secondi" on my blog, you will see that almost every outfit I wear has at least one piece from my favorite consignment store. I love to support brands that are treating their workers and/or the environment with dignity and respect (like this one or this one), but if you think about it, it's even more fair and kind to reuse a garment that is already out there, which is why I am excited to be participating in District Closets this Saturday. I hope you can come on out to shop and make merry! 

The deets: all of you local ladies will have the opportunity not only to shop secondhand selections from Secondi (hand chosen by me and the other girls), but to shop the closets of some of the most stylin' ladies I know, who have been kind enough to ask me to join in on the fun. This Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy complimentary mimosas while browsing District Closets at Secondi in Dupont Circle.

Not local? That's OK! Tune in tomorrow for a round up of all of my favorite online places to shop secondhand, from Etsy to Ebay to The RealReal.

P.S. Carlis from Spicy Candy DC did a little interview with me yesterday and will be dishing on all of the ladies whose closets you can shop, so I recommend keeping an eye on her blog this week to get an idea of the different styles of the participants and what types of items you will be able to choose from. With a percentage of the proceeds of the event going to charity (I've chosen to benefit Nest), you'll be doing good all over the place!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eco-friendly Fall Essentials from AHALife

I don't know about you, but I am ready for fall! And to celebrate it's arrival, I've picked out a few of my favorites from AHAlife, one of my favorite online resources for discovering thoughtful, on-trend brands. And just through today, you can take 24% off of your first purchase on their site with code AHANEW.

I'm a big fan of AHAlife not just because they seek out thoughtful brands creating high-quality goods, but because they disclose the details of each item so well on their site. With one click, I can see whether something is handmade or organic, where it is made, and sometimes even how it is made. They tell the story behind their products quite thoroughly and I wish more online retailers would do the same.

In the (shoppable) image above, you can find:
  • Shwood sunglasses, handmade in Oregon from sustainably harvested wood.
  • Botkier tote (also available in a more conservative all-tan or all-black), made in the USA.
  • Cuff by Kelly Wearstler, made in the USA of gold-plated brass. I wish it were recycled gold plated brass.
  • Organic Pink Fijian Tea, made in Fiji. 
  • Wool Wrap: Crafted from hand-combed Mongolian yak wool, designer Khunu worked directly with herder communities to responsibly source its yak wool which is then crafted in the oldest textile workshop in Mongolia. Boom.
  • Wrap clutch (also in this size) by Busk and Bask. Hand-crafted from vegetable-tanned leather, Chicago screws and a solid teak wood floor.

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