Oh grad school. Hoping this year will go by painlessly.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
|ASOS AFRICA Top|
Hey y'all! I found another great source of sustainable fashion! ASOS is one of the companies that I don't mind purchasing from because they have a Corporate Responsibility (check it out!) page to where you can find information about their corporate culture and how they are working towards becoming a more sustainable fashion company. The Green Room is a site within ASOS where those who are interested in purchasing sustainable fashions or beauty goods can go to learn about sustainability and purchase from manufacturers who use sustainable business practices.
|Made Hair Crown|
The green room features products that are either ethically made, environmentally friendly, reclaimed vintage, support organizations or charities, or products that are domestically manufactured within that specific country which supports local jobs and uses local resources. The site also provides a glossary of terminology for sustainable fashion here.
|ASOS AFRICA Dress|
The Green Room's flagship brand is ASOS Africa which is designed and manufactured by SOKO, the Kenyan clothing workshop that employs and trains some of the countries poorest communities. You can find out more about SOKO by clicking here and definitely check out the ASOS Africa collection here. I am having way to much fun finding fashion companies with great initiatives such as this, and I hope to find a lot more.
Thanks for reading!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
I know I'm a little late to the trend but I am really into this color right now. This color trend may be fading out, but it is still sprinkled throughout resort collections and plus it is essential for summer! Here are some of my favs that I have found so far!
Saturday, May 30, 2015
As stated on the company's website:
ONLY 66% OF WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS SUSTAINABLE. THAT'S GOING TO CHANGE. NO EXCUSES.
The dress is bluesign® certified silk. The jeans are made with organic cotton. And the cardigan? It's one of our Icons, made with fine-gauge linen. The fiber isn't organic this season, but it will be. And by 2020, if the linen is conventionally grown we won't use it.This isn't a perfect picture, but it's an accurate one. We know there's still work to be done. No excuses.
In my search in finding sustainable brands, I stumbled upon an ad for Eileen Fisher and their Vision 2020 initiative. This is the first fashion company I have come across with this type of initiative. This is definitely a brand I will keep an eye on to see if they are able to accomplish their goal. Eileen Fisher's vision is in tune to what I feel fashion retail companies should be doing specifically in regards to addressing their social, ethical, and environmental footprints. I strongly feel that sustainability and corporate social responsibility shouldn't be apart of a PR campaign or just a small initiative that companies take on, it should be embedded into the companies business practices and culture.
Eileen Fisher's clothing is what I would call minimalist chic. Their pieces are simple, classic, and can fit into any wardrobe with ease. The price point for items range from about $50 - $450. Though these prices may seem high, they come accompanied with high quality garments, shoes, and accessories that are ethically and environmentally sourced and made, which for me is worth the price.
If there was not enough to love about Eileen Fisher already, they are even participating in the re-shoring movement which involves bringing production and manufacturing back to the U.S. There is a lot more information available here on the Eileen Fisher's mission, vision, and efforts toward becoming a 100% sustainable brand. With knowing a little more about the brand and their initiative, would you be willing to pay more for sustainable clothing?
Thanks for reading!
Monday, May 18, 2015
Woo! I have completed my first year of grad school! That is all I really have as my excuse for the lack of posting. It really did consume my life for the semester. I am going to do absolutely nothing for the next week....and see how long it'll take before I go crazy. I have learned so much during my first year, so I need to get cracking on more informative fashion posts and just plan randomness as well. Till then, nada.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
So we are over a week into the new year and I finally have time to reflect a little on which goals I accomplished and which are still in process (Happy 2014). I decided to not make any new resolutions or goals and just continue to work on the ones I have yet to complete. So last year I had set six goals that I wanted to work on. The first was:
1. Stop procrastinating
I definitely feel that I improved on this goal because to get any of my other goals in the works I had to get of my bum and just do it. But this area can definitely use some improvement when it comes to my school work because I literally can not afford to waste any time. Grad school is hard, but I know this year will be a lot easier than the first semester.
2. Make more time for myself
2014 was a big year for me, myself, and I. I feel I did focus on myself more than I have in a long time. Lets see, I decided to go natural with my hair...since June 2014, I learned how to read Hangul which has improved my Korean learning with Rosetta Stone, and I learned how to code a little bit just to name a few.
3. Learn how to cook...properly
Hmm...I helped cook Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners...that counts right? Well the house didn't burn down so I guess that's a plus.
4. Travel more
I was able to take a nice beach trip right before I started school but was not able to do any road trips until recently when I rode back to Georgia with my lil sis so she wouldn't make the drive alone. At least I was able to go somewhere. It could have easily have been that I did absolutely nothing so I'm grateful.
5. Finish what I start
So I definitely finished my GRE cause without which I would have not been able to get into grad school, and because I learned how to read Hangul, I decided to restart Rosetta stone to get a better learning experience. Done and done!
6. Be a more conscious consumer
With this goal, I feel I have gained the most knowledge. Because my master's program is in merchandising and consumer studies, I get to study consumer behavior and research sustainability issues. One of my projects involved taking the role of a sourcing executive which duties include sourcing everything from where the raw materials are coming from to the factory they are being manufactured and all of the environmental and ethical issues in-between. This has made me so conscious that it is hard for me to want to purchase just regular groceries let alone clothing with out knowing where it has come from. I'm looking forward to posting on this topic and more.
So it seems some goals are still a work in progress, but I know that this year I will knock them out! Here's to a great 2015!