O Lena, Lena…

O Lena, Lena…


Lena, where have you been all my life? In my humble opinion, period cups are the best invention since sliced bread. For us ladies, at least. Although admittedly, I was one of those skeptics when I first heard about them. Is it messy? Will it be painful? What if it gets stuck, and I can’t take it out? However, once I took the plunge, all those worries washed away, and NOW – I can’t live without them. Period cups, specifically Lena Cups have officially been established as part of my monthly routine, every time Aunt Flo comes to visit.

WHY? How did I end up trying something I had previously been hesitant about? Two Words: Climate Change. Pollution caused by waste is a huge contributing factor to climate change and essentially the destruction of our planet. The more we throw trash at our home, the less it will become a safe and healthy place for us and other species to reside in. That was the push for me. I’ve been working my way towards a waste-free lifestyle and period cups are vital when it comes to eco-friendly living, as the recurring use of these feminine hygiene products contribute intensively to waste production.  And indeed, that could be said about a lot of things. Zero waste, no chemical-ridden cotton and no unwanted spillage – period cups are the way to go. When researching period cups, I wanted to choose one that was ethical and safe. Lena Cup is made in the USA, vegetable dyed and FDA approved. That means it is an ethical company using no nasty chemical dyes on their products, with no labels of unknown ”imported” manufacturers.

THE EXPERIENCE. I was able to try the 2-pack of the small and large, and the sensitive cup. On the first day of my period, I tried the Small Cup to get acquainted with period cups as it was my first time. I gave it a rinse with warm water using a mild, allergen-free, natural and vegan soap. Then I flattened it, folded it in half and inserted it until the bottom was at the opening of my vagina. It suctions into your vagina and will reform itself to catch all your blood. And yes, I even have it in when I sleep. I would say that there can be leaks, and I’ve stained my underwear a few times so I’d suggest wearing a liner when your flow is heavy. Also, it could just be needing to make sure it’s suctioned in fittingly. After noticing the leakage, I did switch over to the large cup and that definitely solved the problem for me. With the period cups, you’re able to wear it up to 12 hours – amazing. However, the longest I’ve worn it was 8 hours (at night until morning). When I’m out and about, I was changing it every 4 hours. When I did this, I noticed that the period cup was only filled up halfway, at most. I wear the Large Cup at the start of my period when I have a heavier flow, and once I see that cup barely filled up at 4 hours, I switch to Small. During a period cup emptying or switching, I rinse it and insert it back in. Instantly, I feel refreshed and clean again. If you do not have access to a private bathroom or stall with a sink, rinsing it will obviously be an issue. I suggest purchasing a second and bringing it around with you, or just opt for the 2-pack. Lena Cup gives you a small pouch to keep your period cup sanitary. Comfortability factor, I’d give it a generous 8/10. That’s pretty above and beyond, considering having anything up there shouldn’t be comfortable. And I haven’t even talked about the Sensitive Cup. This one feels a lot more gentle and soft, not significantly but enough for one to notice. For those of you who are uncertain and nervous, I’d start with the Sensitive Cup. I used this one when I was feeling sensitive “down there,” hence the name. We all undoubtedly have those days where we don’t want to deal with anything. The sensitive one is great for that, but also not necessary since the regular cups are already excellent. I’ve used it three months in a row, and I can confidently say I will never go back to pads and tampons.

STILL NOT CONVINCED? If you’re unsure about it because you have never even inserted anything into your vaginal canal, think about how miserable you are when your period rolls around. On top of dealing with moodiness, fatigue and period cramps (if you are one of the unlucky ones), you have to put up with a mess in your underwear, consistently for 3-7 days. Not going to get too graphic or descriptive because all you pad-wearing ladies know what I’m talking about. If you are strictly a pad lady for any other reason besides a fear of sticking something in your vagina (such as religious reasons), I understand, and this may not be the thing for you. Another huge plus I can’t forget to mention, is that you never have to buy a box of tampons and pads, ever again!

With that all being said, I highly recommend period cups. I have linked the period cups I talked about at the bottom of this post, and I suggest you give them a try. They’re currently on sale right now! ☺️

I think I pretty much covered everything, but if I’ve missed something you are curious about – definitely send me an e-mail or a DM on Instagram, and we can chat.

Pictured: 2-Pack Small & Large / Sensitive Cup

 

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The Backpack For Your All-Inclusive Adventure

The Backpack For Your All-Inclusive Adventure

 

Lee Coren is a talented bag designer based out of Jaffa, Israel. Her designs are unique to her and everything is made ethically from the textiles to the products themselves.

Functional and casual, yet chic, this backpack by Lee Coren is the perfect travel companion. I have been taking this one around with me daily and it is undoubtedly my current favorite! Living in one of the busiest cities in the world, a good bag is absolutely necessary. Named the Metropolitan Confetti Backpack, it is made from vegan suede with confetti detailing on the top half and vegan leather on the bottom half. The top closes with a zipper across and this part of the design makes the bag very convenient for accessing the items inside. I can fit a 13″ laptop, and I was definitely able to stuff in a good amount of necessary items and knick knacks. The contents of my bag typically include: an ipad or laptop, a novel I’m currently reading, a notebook or journal, pens, earphones, phone chargers, a wallet and a vanity pouch.  Despite all that I was able to fill the backpack with, the backpack was still very comfortable to wear – I kept it on my back for 4 hours walking around New York City and was surprised at how light it felt throughout my day’s journey. These are the two main reasons I would recommend it for travel: it’s spaciousness and comfortability. There’s also a hidden zipper compartment on the opposite side of the backpack where the straps are and your back would be touching – this spot is good for keys, your bus pass, or anything you’d like to easily be able to reach for or items you’d like to keep in a safer spot. There are also pockets on either side of the backpack for extra storage. This is the ideal backpack situation for your all-inclusive trip to prepare you for the most worry-free and wonderful trip.

 

 

X,

Joan

Transitional Pieces: Winter to Spring

Transitional Pieces: Winter to Spring

The most awkward wardrobe transitional period is from winter to spring, especially here in New York because it’s not subtle. East coast winter can be brutal. When it is icy cold out, and you leave any bit of your skin exposed, you’ll instantly become a popsicle. This makes you look forward to spring days while envisioning outfits such as ripped denim with a flowy top or a breezy midi skirt and short sleeves. Then comes one of those winter days where hints of spring weather are in the air. I chose this outfit to ensure that I am covered up when it gets chilly, but not over-layered to avoid any icky and unnecessary perspiration.

 

I am wearing a long sleeve off the shoulder crop top under my cropped vegan leather jacket. It’s the perfect combination for this seasonal transition.

I wore these lightweight high-waisted and comfortable pants which might the best type of pants to wear on one of those cooler spring days, next to denim. And of course, I finished off my outfit with these shoes that are a definite favorite. If you follow my blog, you have already seen them featured here before. My boss-lady and entrepreneurial friend, Bianca designed them and I am in love with her artistic eye. Her entire collection is quite eye-catching and wonderfully versatile. She has some of the best all-season shoes for transitional days which can be worn into spring and summer. Go check out her site, Susi Studio now for a special sale, with 10% of proceeds going towards Planned Parenthood.

Photography by Neivy.

Details*: UNIF Cropped Vegan Leather Jacket || Striped Off the Shoulder Crop Top || American Apparel Pants || Susi Studio Emerson Shoes.

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

X,

Joan

Snowy Vibes in Vintage

Snowy Vibes in Vintage

This post is coming to you a little later than expected. I had forgotten all about these photos and happened upon them today. This look was taken around January, I believe. I was at a vintage shop and I fell in love with these awesome 70’s plaid flared pants. Disappointingly at first glance, these pants were labeled by the store as “Wool Pants”. However, when I felt that fabric, I was 70% sure it wasn’t. Keeping my fingers crossed, I checked the tags and to my relief they were 100% acrylic. I recommend checking tags, always! You never know – fabrics may surprise you… Although, fur is pretty obvious and repulsive. Buying leather or wool second-hand may be more acceptable (in terms of sustainability) than opting for new, but I personally do not buy or wear any clothes that use animals as fabric regardless of leniency to sustainability. The decision is yours.

These pants definitely needed, and still requires an alter. I haven’t had the time to get done and since winter is coming to an end, I might even just postpone the adjustments until next season. 😅 You just might see them again next fall or winter, styled in a completely different look.

The snow makes me smile, but by the end of this shoot my toes were freezing. I indubitably concurred that I was not wearing enough layers; not to mention, the shoes I am wearing are not ideal for trekking through snow. Outfit impracticality is my specialty. This look altogether is a little different than what I’m used to aka not my usual, normal style. Sometimes, it’s fun to experiment with your style so go be bold and wear whatever inspires your mind. Even the nonsensical outfits can complete a killer look. Remember, fashion has no rules. As long as you are expressing yourself and it is representing you, no one can tell you no.

Photography by Neivy

Details*: ASOS Jacket (yes it’s 100% polyester) – options here, here and here || White Long Sleeve  – options here and here  || Vintage Plaid Pants || Boots (Old) || Vaute Hat

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

 

X,

Joan

Small Steps for Fashion Change

Small Steps for Fashion Change

Sometime last month, I complimented this girl on her neck scarf and asked if she thrifted the piece because it was unique and stood out to me. She quickly replied with a grimace, “No. It’s from (insert brand name here – irrelevant). I like to buy new things — unless it’s vintage fur.” There were so many things that turned me off from this response, as would be an obvious reaction via my blog’s clear message and stance. Whenever I meet someone who is this misinformed I want to make sure that they understand the impact they are having by what they choose to support. If you are a lover of fashion, it is important to be aware of the circumstances in which you are involved in as an avid shopper. Being a blind and passive consumer is a huge epidemic in our country. Here is a quick overview via short answers given to three general/ commonly asked questions.

What is the issue with the above mindset? Most people have this misconstrued and erred view of sustainability as an unappealing way to dress because it means a wardrobe obtained by thrifting and clothing made out of hemp and recycled plastic. Knocking down this misconception, brands like Susi Studio, Matt and Nat, The Reformation, and Vaute Couture are examples of cute clothing that abides by eco-friendly practices. Green initiatives and innovations are the newest fashion trends. In addition, when it is revealed to you how fashion is the 2nd most polluting industry, on top of being one of the most corrupt industries, the impacts of your choices don’t become something to waive off. To further educate yourself about the truths of the fashion industry, check out the documentary, ‘True Cost.’

What is ethical and sustainable fashion?  Ethical companies have practices in place that treat their workers fairly and pay them deserved living wages. Ethical companies that are above and beyond, also leave out animal skin, fur, and all byproducts in their clothes. Sustainable companies tend to create new textiles out of recycled fabrics to make their clothes, such brands include Reformation. They also suggest for their customers to apply eco-friendly clothing care efforts that have less of an impact on our environment.

What can we do as lover of fashion to better this situation? I doubt many of you have considered opting out of buying new things altogether – I don’t think I’ve even considered doing so. However, please note there are ways to go about it that won’t sacrifice your style or expression. We have to fix the way we shop. We must change our mindset. Whatever fashion means to you, we all have a responsibility as inhabitants of Earth to do whatever we can to save her. Invest in timeless pieces (slow fashion), go thrifting for trendier stylish pieces (check out apps like Poshmark and Depop or visit your local consignment store), and support sustainable and ethical brands such as the ones I listed in the first answer.

Photography by Neivy.

 

Details*: Thrifted sweater dress|| Vaute Couture Boater Hat || Black leggings (old) sustainable options: here and here.

 

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

X,

Joan