I want to thank each and everyone one of you for all the kind birthday wishes last week! I'm honestly a bit apprehensive about edging closer to 30 (where did time go?) and seeing another decade go by, but being part of such a positive and uplifting fashionista community on Instagram is truly one of the best decisions I've made in my later 20s and I'm very excited to continue sharing more style content. So thank you, thank you for all your continued support!
For my birthday, my mother surprised me with my very first Chanel Boy bag. This bag is in the small size featuring a gorgeous chevron pattern with caviar leather. Isn't she just a beauty?! I'm still in shock and want to pinch myself to see if I'm actually dreaming. I've lusted after this specific design for a year, but because of other financial priorities in my life (mortgage, monthly bills, and more immediate personal expenses), I never felt it was ever justified for me to make the purchase. My mother understood this, so she took it upon herself to get it for me instead. I initially gave some push back and told her I would felt extremely guilty if she spent so much money on me on a single item. She already went through enough to raise me as a single mother, so I couldn't ask for more than that. But my mom isn't one to back down easily!
After a long, emotional conversation, we found ourselves walking out of the store with our new boy and beaming smiles.
There's something about string lights that just scream major summer vibes... After watching a Brandon Woelfel inspired editing tutorial from Mango Street (check out their Youtube photography channel!), Dave and I HAD to give them a try. We never attempted to shoot in low lighting before and thought this would be an interesting challenge for us. The photos below were taken on our front porch at sundown. I wore this cute, simple Forever 21 panda graphic tee to keep the focus on the lights.
It's been forever and a minute since my last blog post hasn't it? A lot of personal events have happened in my life recently, so I took a small break from fashion blogging to brainstorm the type of content I would like to share with all of you. During my hiatus, I came across a documentary on Netflix titled "The True Cost" which discusses the negative environmental and social impact of the fast fashion business.
'Fast Fashion' is by definition: "....a contemporary term used by fashion retailers to express that designs move from catwalk quickly to capture current fashion trends. Fast fashion clothing collections are based on the most recent fashion trends presented at Fashion Week in both the spring and the autumn of every year."
In order for brands to keep up with this high demand to sell new trends to consumers while maximizing costs, they seek out the cheapest resources for clothing production. Thus, most of it gets outsourced to garment factories in third world countries where employees are overworked, underpaid, and work under potentially dangerous conditions. One tragic example occurred in 2013, where an eight-story commercial building named Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed and killed 1,129 people. The building housed a significant number of garment workers who were told to report to work despite known structural failures the day beforehand. You can read more on it here.
Over the past two years of blogging, my clothing collection grew nearly 3x in size and yet I would open up my wardrobe wondering why I didn't have anything to wear. This struck me as very odd. How was it possible to have so many options, but feel the need to buy more? This couldn't be right. After watching the documentary and doing my own further research on the matter, I started reconsidering my choices as a consumer.
I will no longer support these fast fashion brands. My current goal is to work with pieces I already have and hold off on purchasing any 'on trend' items unless they follow these two simple rules.
1. Must be able to wear it at least 5-10 years from now
2. Must be of excellent quality and from a company that values ethical practices
I understand that I'm just one person...and perhaps I won't be making that much of a difference, but I want to help lessen the global impact of my choices in whatever way I can. Sure, my blog may take a hit in terms of sharing the newest fashion styles, but I also think it's an exciting new challenge for me to find out how I can use my creativity to mix + match my current wardrobe. I hope you can all support me in this journey! :)