Friday, July 6, 2012

Maxi Dress for Maximum Humidity

macbook air, rachel mlinarchik, fair vanity, fashion blog

macbook air, rachel mlinarchik, fair vanity, fashion blog


fair trade bracelets, rachel mlinarchik, fair vanity, fashion blog

gladiator sandals, rachel mlinarchik,fair vanity

rachel mlinarchik, fair vanity, fashion blog, maxi dress, zara

rachel mlinarchik, fair vanity, fashion blog

  • Linen maxi dress, purchased second-hand from Secondi, similar available used on Ebay HERE but not for long...ladies, if you are in the DC area, you MUST check out Secondi.
  • Belt is also from Secondi, similar available from American Apparel
  • Woven bracelet made in Hawaii, similar fair trade version available from Ten Thousand Villages
  • Shell bracelet is from a store in San Francisco, similar fair trade version available from Ten Thousand Villages
  • Topaz ring, similar fair trade version available from Novica
  • Wedding ring is from Brilliant Earth, who use recycled metals and Canadian diamonds
  • Nail polish is not eco-friendly, but here is similar version from Essie that contains no formaldehyde, DBP or toulene.
  • Shoes were a birthday present from my huzzband last summer. But guess what--there are SO many similar used pairs on Ebay right now: HERE in size 6, HERE in size 7, HERE in size 8, and HERE in size 9 
Where I wore this:
A lunch meeting, then out and about in 100 degrees + crazy humidity with my friend V (who wishes to remain anonymous).

I think you will agree with me that V should begin life anew as a fashion photographer.  I hope she will agree to unveil herself as the Artiste she is someday. I asked her for help taking pictures while I was putting together a collage and she was like "THIS is your next outfit post! Look down, now smile, now STOP, now turn slightly to the right, feet more apart...go sit over no, stand up straight, DON'T MOVE." I thought she was going to pull a wind machine out of her purse, but she didn't. Without her, the below was all I could come up with. This is my Fashion Game Face:

full smily

So thank you thank you thank you, V!!!

The Eco Breakdown

I'm pleased to introduce you to Brilliant EarthThey believe strongly that  "high quality, fine jewelry need not come at a great human or environmental cost," and I couldn't agree more. They really do provide an amazingly beautiful and kind product, right down to the packaging, which is handcrafted from wood sourced from a sustainably harvested forest that preserves biodiversity, soil, water, and air quality. And ALL of their beautiful bling is cast from 100% recycled and re-refined precious metals.

Brilliant Earth also works with non-profits to provide education about the social and environmental issues affecting the jewelry industry and identifying ways to help, and as if that were not quite enough, they also donate 5% of their profits to help communities who have suffered from unethical practices in the jewelry industry.

If seeing their pretty shiny jewelry isn't enough for you, check out their "Top Ten Reasons to Care Where Your Jewelry Comes From"


  1. Hey you! I love this maxi dress on you, and you do look very beautiful!
    Good luck with dealing with the heat!


  2. great post. i'd love to read more about fair trade diamonds!

    1. thanks! i will try to do more posts on that soon.

  3. You look gorgeous! Love the dress and your friend V is a fabulous photographer!

  4. Thank you so much, guys! Outfit posts make me nervous, but V is the jam, right?

  5. a good maxi is like a good pair of jeans!

  6. love how you do your pictures, very nice!

  7. You do look nice and cool. A very elegant way to beat the heat!

  8. I love this- effortlessly chic.
    However, I think my boobs would explode out of this dress, lol!! I'll just live vicariously through you on this one. ;)
    Eat Cake

  9. I don't know what I love more - you in that dress or you gorgeous hair, girl!

  10. The dress looks lovely on you. Also, I love your bookshelves.

  11. I love the style of that maxi dress! I need to get myself a maxi dress! If you get a sec, I would love to hear your thoughts on my latest post. xo

  12. i absolutely love your dress and book case! fashionable AND organizing books by color? amazing!


  13. what a beautiful dress!! and I love those shoes!!

  14. have that dress! love it so much!


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