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