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? 

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