Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Saturday: Shop My Closet at Secondi!

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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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Little Black Dress: Day to Night {Maternity Style}

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Today I'm celebrating three things: 1) entering my third trimester (home stretch!),  2) the versatility and general awesomeness of the little black dress, and 3) most importantly, the return of Victoria, sister-friend and photographer extraordinaire! She has been traveling for six weeks straight and I don't know how I survived without her. Three cheers for the return of Victoria Corkhill!


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At 29 weeks along (translation: seven months prego), ain't no hidin' the bump! At this stage, I have found that stretchy-yet-substantial fabrics are my bestest friends, along with loose shift-style dresses.

A fellow preggers blogger, Haya from Good Good Gorgeous, remarked in a post that now, more than ever, she feels so much more comfortable wearing tight slinky dresses that really hug her curves, and I have to say I feel the same! I might never have worn something like this before, but for some reason, I feel more confident in silhouettes that really show my shape. 

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To transition this look from "day at the office" to" night on the town," all I did was lose the jacket, add heels and throw on an enamel cuff. You may recall these strappy little sandals from when I wore them in the middle of January because they are amazing secondhand Givenchy heels, that's why!

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Last, but certainly not least, here are 15 little black dresses that are all made in the USA, priced from $58 for this shift by Wayf all the way up to $1,495 for a more conservative take on the dress I'm wearing by Lela Rose.

Shop your eco-hearts out!

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