Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reflection | Grad Life

TxState

I can't believe it has been three months since my last post. All I can say is that it has been the longest three months of my life, or at least it felt like it was going painfully slow. I have just completed my first semester of grad school and I can say for a fact that it is hard. I should try to give myself some sort of credit. It has been over two and a half years since I have gotten my bachelor's, so I was completely  out of school mode when I decided to go back. I will say that if you make the decision to get your masters, definitely make sure that you have weighed all of your pros and cons. 

I am not at all saying that I regret going back to school. There have been some aspects that I have enjoyed more than others. For one, I cannot honestly see how I could hold a regular paying job while focusing on school full-time. I decided to go for a graduate assistantship so I can bring in some income since I won't be "working"  anymore. For me it brings in just enough to pay the bills and then some. I have enjoyed my assistantship so far because I am able to work with my favorite professor that I had in undergrad and help her with research and be a teachers assistant for her class. It has been very rewarding to say the least.

 The one thing I was not prepared to do in my first semester was a research project. Not a paper nor a proposal, but a full blown research project and to make me even more nauseous, I had to present my research at a graduate research conference! I can go on about how stressful it has been, the lack of sleep I am still recuperating from, and how many crocodile tear producing breakdowns I have had to go through but I wouldn't change any of it. I now know that the key to having a successful time in grad school is ORGANIZATION and TIME MANAGEMENT and at least I have this knowledge to take into my second semester. I unfortunately had to do and learn things the hard way, but hey you live and learn right? Well I guess this is all for my rant about grad school...for now, but It feels nice to be blogging again. Now that it is literally nine days before Christmas, I think I should start on getting some shopping done.

Thanks for reading!

-Desi

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sustainability Tech | Nike's Making App.

nikemakers.com


Hey guys! I know... I know its been a minute, but grad. school is keeping me pretty occupied. While I was busy doing research, I stumbled across an interesting article, Greenbiz.com, talking about Nike's "Making" app and I must say it is pretty awesome! Being that the focus of my Master's is in merchandising and consumer studies, I will be doing a ton of research on sustainability and this app is a great tool for me and for anyone who its wanting information on the sustainability of materials or fabrics they may purchase or use.



 The app provides the environmental impact for materials in the areas of chemistry, water consumption, energy and waste and it compares fabrics so you know which is better for you to use from a sustainable standpoint. It is free for anyone to download (only on iOS), so of course I did and it's amazing how much information this app offers to you. If you every wanted to know the impact of the materials that you wear or materials a certain company uses, I would definitely download the app. It is a great tool to have.



Thanks for reading!

-Desi

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fashion Ed | Sweat Free Brands

Hey guys, so it has been a while since I have posted a Fashion Ed topic, so I want to get back to posting those at least once a month and this month I wanted to talk about Sweat Free Brands.

"Sweat free" means that the item was not made in a workshop or factory where the workers are subjected to dangerous and poor working conditions and low wages.  For anyone who is attempting to purchase ethically made items, you may think you are limited in your choices. Some usually resort to thrift shopping or making their own clothing, but most of us will not resort to those measures right away. Myself for instance, I try to shop at retailers who are trying to become more ethically responsible and who at least have their sustainability/ethic clauses or reports available for the public to see. 


Here are a few brands that are sweat free:

1. American Apparel

Sleeveless Crop Top


Mostly known for their risqué advertising, American Apparel offers sweat free clothing available to shoppers all over the world.  The manufacturing for all of the clothing takes place in Los Angeles, CA.


2. Greenheart




Through Greeheart you can purchase and support artisans from over 60 different countries.The Greenheart shop provides shopping experiences that support fair trade, eco-friendly products and local social enterprises.

3. Steaz Iced Tea



These teas are actually really good and not that expensive. I remember paying about $1.50 or maybe  less for it at Whole Foods. Now that I know that Steaz is a fair-trade company, I'll make sure to stalk up.

4. Oliberté



Oliberté shoes are created at the  Fair Trade certified factory in Ethiopia. By owning their own factory, the company is able to control the quality and manufacturing while supplying sustainable full-time jobs.




Here are some sites that list more brands: Sweatshop Free Shopping, Tree Hugger, World Conscience and The Minimalist Women. Now that you know what options are available, would you consider shopping sweat free?

Thanks for reading!

-Desi

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Zara AW.14 Favs




















If you have not stumbled across Zara's site lately to view their autumn/winter collection, please do. You will not regret it. Being as obsessed with Zara as I am ( I'm literally on the site almost everyday), you know I have to list some of my favorites from the collection. I might even purchase some items and splurge on myself a bit. I was recently awarded the Graduate Instructional Assistantship I applied for and I am more than excited. That deserves a new outfit... or two don't you think!

-Desi

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Reflection | Summer

Road Trip 2013


Hey Y'all. Wow it's been quite some time since I posted last. Life has just been keeping me busy, but its for good reason. In June I took the GRE and applied to Grad School and was excepted. Of course I am more than excited. This is going to bring about a lot of changes in my life and I welcome them with open arms. Things have been a little stagnant lately so it will be a breath of fresh air for me.

I hope to start posting more often too. With me going to school, I will have more time to write, do some photography and maybe pick up my other hobbies! I have also decided to transition into natural hair, so that's random. I am contemplating if I want to document my journey or not. I am only a month into transition so I don't have anything to show as of yet.

I am trying to shift into a healthier lifestyle still. This process has been filled with lots of bumps, but I guess all that matters is that I keep going right! I attempted a juice cleanse and that was a major fail but I learned how to juice in the process and lost two pounds, which probably gained back the next day but at least I tried. Hopefully I can do something exciting before summer is over like a road trip or theme park visit. Well till next time, hope y'all enjoy your summer.


-Desi

Monday, June 23, 2014

A lil obsessed | Teal


Teal Obsession


























1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

I think I will always be obsessed with anything I find in teal or any color close to it. Whenever I see it I am reminded of a beach almost instantly and I can hear the waves. Le sigh, maybe that is why I consider this my happy color, plus it makes anyone and everything look good.

-Desi


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

QOTD

Mesa Verde National Park



"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."

- Chinese Proverb

Thursday, May 8, 2014

H&M Wish-list | 2

H&M Favs 2
Clutch, Tank, Dress, Bedding


Just some current favorites from H&M. A clutch, racer tank, chiffon dress, and teal bedding... all perfect for summer. Hmm where to wear the dress though....

-Desi

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

QOTD


Road Trip 2013

"Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it."
 - Unknown


Monday, April 28, 2014

H&M | Garment Collecting Initiative



Another great option for disposing of garments and clothing items, in addition to giving them to charities, is taking them to your nearest H&M where they will be recycled. Over 95% of garments that end up in landfills can be recycled, so with Zero Waste being the goal, the items that are to worn and torn to be reused will be recycled and turned into raw materials and new products. 







They even donate to local charities for every 2.2 pounds they receive. This is why I throw my money at H&M and other similar retailers because of initiatives like this. Visit Long Live Fashion for more information.

-Desi







Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fashion Ed | Sustainability and Fast Fashion




Because today is Earth Day, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about Sustainability in the fashion industry. So what does sustainable mean:

  • Sustainable - of, relating to , or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.

  • Sustainable Fashion - also called eco fashion , is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility.


Ecouterre.com or Eco Fashion World are great resources to learn more about sustainable fashion and the textile industry. With that said, you can not talk about sustainability in the fashion industry and not mention the fast fashion culture and the  stigma that surrounds it. 

Fast fashion is the production of garments, designed similar to those seen on fashion week runways and magazines, manufactured cheaply and quickly so that the consumer can take advantage of current trends at  low prices. Because we always have to have the latest thing and since the price is low, we buy more of it till our closets are full. With the clothes being so affordable this also makes them extremely disposable. When the item is no longer trendy, you won't feel so bad throwing it out or donating it because it was so cheap.

Business of Fashion

Once disposed, if it does not end up in a landfill, clothing purchases are recycled mainly in three ways: it is resold by the consumer for cheap, exported in bulk for sale in developing countries , or it may be chemically or mechanically recycled into  raw material for the manufacturing of other apparel or non-apparel products. I found these great articles, here and here which talk about what happens to old clothes after you donate. It is what prompted me to write about this topic. Now I am in no way saying to not donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army or other charities, it is just better to be more informed and see the bigger picture of what happens after donation.




While out shopping, do you ever wonder who made the item and where it came from? China is the largest exporter of fast fashion in the world with clothing increasingly being imported from countries as diverse as Honduras and Bangladesh. Most workers work in sweatshop environments while making as little as 12-18 cents per hour in poor conditions. Sweatshop is a term for any working environment considered to be unacceptably difficult or dangerous. Sweatshop workers often work long hours for low pay, regardless of laws mandating overtime pay or a minimum wageChild labor laws may be violated. Sweatshops may have hazardous materials and situations. Employees may be subject to employer abuse without an easy way, if any, to protect themselves. For more information about sweatshops, go to Laborrights.org. Also, visit JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird. It is a fashion and social action blog and she has a boycott list worth looking at.

So does this mean to not shop at fast fashion brands like H&M and Zara in which I love? Not at all. To see what your favorite brand/store is doing to contribute to a more sustainable fashion environment, check their websites and see if you can locate a Sustainability report, Responsibility clause, Environmental policy or anything similar. If you find it, read up on what the company's policies are on the sustainability issue and what they are doing about their impact.

My hope with this post is to make you a more informed consumer and maybe even prompt you to do your own due diligence on this topic or anything consumer related.

Thank you for reading!

-Desi

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekly Chat | 2


Hey ya'll!  Happy Easter!

So hmm what has happened since my last chat. Well I have started working out and tweaking my diet. I have lost 5 pounds!?! Most of that is probably water weight or maybe not but I couldn't be more happy. I have gotten into making smoothies and I feel that having at least one a day is making the difference.

We are celebrating Fiesta in San Antonio and there are many events/concerts/festivals that you can attend. One of the big four events, is Oyster Bake which consists of mostly fried food on sticks, cotton candy, a carnival and free concerts.

I was able to see the rock group Chevelle which was amazing and they happened to be the very first concert I have attended...ever! I know that is sad but at least I can say that I have seen one now.

I wish that I had taken more photos but Fiesta doesn't end until the 27th so I have time to get some good ones.

Earth day is on Tuesday so I am working on a Fashion Ed topic that I feel is important for any fashion blogger or anyone in general to be aware of.

Well, till next time.

-Desi

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A lil obsessed | Zara Printed Slip-ons








Did I ever tell you that Zara is my favorite store. They can never do wrong in my book. I know I've wrote about slip on sneakers before, but I am in LOVE with this beautiful pair from Zara. Just when I finally buy an amazing pair of slip-ons you have to release these with your April look book! These are just too perfect. Not only are they leather printed, but they have the track sole  and they come in sea green! In the shopping cart they go...till I click process order...a week from now.

-Desi

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekly Chat



Hi y'all!

I know it has been a while since I have posted. A lot of things have been going on as of late and I just haven't had time to post. Today I just wanted to talk about whats been on my mind.

Well lets see...

My mother and my momsie (grandmother) have been in and out of the hospital and rehabilitation. As of last week my grandmother was finally released and was able to go home. She has been in the hospital since the first week of January. I could not be more elated because she has technically been in the hospital since November with just one week of being out in January. My mother is in rehabilitation to regain strength in her legs. She has Multiple Sclerosis and so it is pretty much a guessing games when it comes to her symptoms and whenever she relapses.

With this I have been thinking about my health....like a lot a lot. Along with my dad having Type 2 Diabetes and my sister being recently diagnosed as being pre-diabetic, I am beginning to get worried. My younger sister was diagnosed in November and immediately took action. She was on a diet of whataburger and sonic shakes and it finally was taking its toll on her. She did what I think is the most drastic (and best) decisions she has ever made and went vegan....cold turkey. I mean bagged all of the processed and non-vegan items in her kitchen, gave it away and went to whole foods and started on a smoothie cleanse. Since going vegan she has dropped 30 pounds and has since had her diagnosis rescinded. She has a long way to go before she gets a full clean bill of health, but she has been the greatest motivation to not just me, but my entire family and more. I have decided to slowly go vegetarian myself. I went vegan when she came to visit and lost five pounds in two weeks. I don't have the will power to go cold turkey vegan but it is a start. So that's one thing. 

Hmm what else...

I finally made the decision to pursue a graduate degree so I am now studying for the GRE, so wish me luck! I am also thinking about the direction of my blog or not...maybe I just have a little writer's block. I'm not sure why I over analyze so much about what to write about. I guess I worry about my blog becoming your typical cookie cutter fashion blog and to me it is more than that. I can write about whatever I want so  maybe I'll just take my own advice and do just that.

Well that's the gist of what I wanted to talk about today. I will definitely try to post more frequently... it actually feels great to do so.

Thanks for reading guys!

-Desi








Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Quote of the day




"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart"


 - Ancient Indian Proverb

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wish-list | Spring Essentials


net-a-porter


zara


zara


zara


asos






Hey guys! I wanted to list some items that are on my spring  to own/lust after/whine if I can't get it/wish-list. The Oxford button up for the shirt dressing trend and a pleated skirt ( also on trend). An  athletic sandal to go with any sportif look, a trench because it's a classic, and a pop of bright color that can carry you through summer in a clutch. What are some items on you wish-list for spring?

-Desi

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Enchanted Rock Trip


That speck at the top is a person!








I just wanted to share some photos from my recent trip to Enchanted Rock. One of my New Years resolutions was to travel more and hike often, so now I can cross this hiking trip off my list.  Enchanted Rock is about an hour and a half drive from San Antonio and is an enormous pink granite rock formation. It is absolutely beautiful and peaceful being up on the rock. Even though it is tough and tiring getting to the top, the views are worth it. I will never get tired of visiting.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A lil obsessed | Zara Spring Collection








Zara.com



If you have not checked out the new collection that Zara is rolling out, I suggest you do it yesterday! I am so in love with their spring look book. It is an apposition of sporty and romantic and I feel that that they go together beautifully. Hurray for shopping sprees!

-Desi

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Case For Spending A Little More Sometimes



The case for spending a little more sometimes. Thought this was a great short article about spending a little more on what you really want. Can save you money in the long run.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fashion Profile | Michael Kors Spring '14 RTW

I am a little bit obsessed with Michael Kors Spring 2014 RTW collection. This beautiful collection featured tailored linen suit jackets paired with fluid tulip skirts, pinstripe wide leg pants with chiffon tops and pin-up style bikinis. The collection had a 40's retro vibe to it and is one of my favorite collections that he has put down the runway...to date. Here are some of my favorites: