Long time no post... but I finally did it! After years of yapping about it, I finally ran away from home! After 40 years living life as a Wisconsinite I packed up a car load and became a resident of North Carolina! I left my job of 8 1/2 years on September 19th and started a new one September 21st!... so I've been a little busy. House hunting, job settling in and adjusting to life in the South has been keeping me busy.
The dogs and husband are still in Wisconsin but will be coming soon, once I'm settled in the new house and those home projects in MKE get finished up!
Four years ago I saw a fortune teller at Bastille Days that told me I was going to make a big move that is not what I thought it would be (West Coast!... not Seattle or Portland!) and it would take me much longer than I expected. She was right as I debated between heading to two Southern cities! I'm finally putting all my reading of Garden & Gun to good use!... eating pimento cheese where ever it finds me and falling in love with Cheerwine!
Day 20!... this was fun! Today I'm asked to rate my knowledge on the topic of sustainable fashion. I'm a more enlightened 5 today as I cross this challenge off the list! I'm so inspired seeing what people are doing to help clean up the apparel industry. I look forward to restyling my wardrobe and reading more great books and articles from things I learned about in this challenge. This June I'm super excited to return to the Fashion Institute of Technology for the summer Sustainability series! It's so great to get together with like minded people and learn new things. This online challenge was a great reminder of that and I plan to keep that spirit of learning up back home!
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Day 19... a recap of what we learned and d one reading. This has been great fun and inspirational to continue with my passion for sustainable apparel. Here's the list of books that are recommended. I've read a few of these and look forward to reading some more.
Fashion & Sustainability by Kate Fletcher
Sustainable Fashion Textiles by Kate Fletcher
Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black
Overdressed: Shopping in the age of cheap fashion by Elizabeth Cline
Factory Girls by Lesley Chang
I would also add anything by my inspirational teacher, Sass Brown and follow her blog ecofashion talk.
Day 18 is what I was waiting for!... a reason to shop!... I was thinking that is what this would be all about, supporting great sustainable brands. I settled on some awesome shoes by El Naturalista I've had my eye on!
Day 17... oh how I love online shopping!... today is filled with great tips for buying online. The toughest part is figuring out sizing but once I found brands I love after much trial and error I know what to expect.
Here's a couple of my favorite brands:
Neon Buddha - Great knits but run a little big
Green 3 - Love their eclectic selection and it's in my home state! Sizing has been pretty true so far!
Day 16 of the sustainable fashion challenge is something I shoukd really do. I plan my meals carefully, I fill up my free time with plans and keep myself challenged and busy in my work but I do not ponder my wardrobe needs! Can I blame it on working in the apparel industry?... majority of my purchases being impulse! This topic is a thinker that I won't figure out today but do commit to making a plan soon!
Day 15... again with the restyle! At first I dread it but then I have fun mixing and matching!... here's an old skirt with a tank top and a new H&M tencel shirt with one of my favorite new necklaces made from Bombay Sapphire liquor bottles!... my Miss Daisy dog approves!
Day 14... about a subject close to my heart... fitting! This is what I do for a living so I am well aware that the most common complaint about why something isn't worn is because of the fit. I have many times bought a cute style only to hate its armhole or sleeve (and have torn out sleeves to reshape and put back in so I could move my arms)! I highly recommend finding a sewing friend or professional and making those clothes fit you!... or. even better take up sewing. If I can do it anyone can!
Day 13 is a fun one, does it give me permission to go shopping?!... Researching sustainable fashion options! I've been doing this over the past few years and committed to only buying sustainable options so I love finding ones I haven't heard of. When I need something new I do a google check of sustainable options and read through the blogs to find a good option. Once I find a brand I like I follow them for sales updates and try to continue to support them. Many sustainable brands are also on Amazon, including PACT which often has their organic socks/underwear on the lightening deals!
To start when I want to get out and shop here's my favorite local Milwaukee area sustainable shopping options:
* Whole Foods - Yes, it's not just for groceries. They have a small section of clothing, including some local brands. Check online for sales, usually around the holidays.
* H&M - This can be overwhelming but look for the labels with the green "Conscious Collection" hangtags. Those are from sustainable options such as organic cotton, tencel or recycled polyester.
* Fyndig - They are in transition now, looking for a new home but I ran into their booth at an event and bought lots of great fashion items I only read about!
* ReSource - I love this new spot of all recycled or eco friendly finds. Lots of great accessories including some from local artists.
Online here are my go to's:
* Fair Indigo - Still local to me, some people from my ex-employer Lands' End, left to start this fair trade company!
* Patagonia - So innovative, been doing it way before every one else.
* Matt & Nat - This was my first sustainable fashion purchase. About 6 years ago was in Texas of all places when I came across a beautiful handbag made from recycled water bottles. I had to have it and still use it to this day and get tons of compliments on it!
Day 12 of the sustainable fashion challenge is a repeat... I am not a fan of repeats, but she's right. I need to mix it up more. So I pondered and pondered... here's what I came up with. Fancy leggings I don't wear much (I'm not fancy!) along with that Milwaukee tee (that makes me laugh because I bought it in Spain!) and a sparkly black fair trade crochet necklace and black tank top... should work for going out to watch the Wisconsin Badgers game tonight!
...an adventurous vegetarian from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that enjoys exploring her new home state of North Carolina with her husband and two dogs.