Draped In Navy

Draped In Navy

 

Hello, it’s been a while. If I’m going to be completely honest, the infrequent blog posts are due to my hectic mental state. Sometimes life makes you more than blue; it’s more of a deeper, darker color – perhaps we’ll say like a navy. My outfit photos are of course always unplanned and on a whim so that adds to the inconsistency. I am a moody person and a lot of what I do is based on how I am feeling at the moment, so I’m sure you can only imagine how stressful that can be. Healing comes with time while practicing self-love, and I am making an effort to be better. Thank you to those who have stuck around and have been patiently cruising along with me on this blogging journey. I really, truly appreciate it. I hope with each post, no matter how rare, it inspires you to make more conscious decisions.

 

 

This photo shoot was empowering. A quick one, but that’s all it takes. I was barefoot. I was bra-less. The entire time I tried to be mindful while channeling self-care, albeit struggling lately with my body image among other insecurities. My boyfriend is my biggest supporter and it shows through how he captures me, every time. No matter how I’m feeling, he manages to snap a shot that captures me beautifully – a reflection of unconditionally how he sees me. I am so grateful to have someone in my life who encourages me to be better an stronger, despite my downs and my rocky moods. Body image issues come in waves, and affects me most when I’m at my most vulnerable states. However, learning to be confident in front of the camera (because it hasn’t always been this way) has truly helped me be more self-accepting and comfortable in my own skin.

 

 

Now, on to this simple, yet bold outfit. I purchased this dress VERY recently from Reformation’s sale, which is STILL going on! I’ve just been really wanting a dress – I have no other reason or need. This one in particular is flow-y and comfortable, yet elegant, which is exactly the type of dress I go for. If you’re itching to buy something new, it is important to get into the habit of purchasing from ethical and eco-friendly companies. Check out ‘The True Cost,’ the documentary to learn more. Feel free to also research fashion waste and the fashion industry’s corruption. This dress is called the ‘Naya Dress,’ and it is made with Ecoballet fabric which is 92% micro tencel and 8% spandex. All of Reformation’s clothes are made in an ethical factory. Then the other piece to my outfit is this gold statement choker by Soko. Their stunning pieces are handmade by artisan entrepreneurs with recycled brass. Please note that they are not a fully vegan company and some of their pieces do include reclaimed cow horn and bone. Make sure to double check each piece.

Typically, my outfits are simple because I like to let each piece stand out. It is important to me that every bit of my outfit signifies something to me or helps me feel good because we all know how much feeling great in an outfit can change our mood. Although, I guess you could say I’m just extra sentimental. I’m all about simplicity as long as it allows the intricacies shine.

Each of you are aware of what works for you in regards to your shopping habits and your personal style, then from here all it takes is a few extra steps to be conscious of the impacts these decisions have. You can most definitely still dress mindfully for the planet, the people, and the animals.

 

Photography by Neivy // Instagram: @neivy

 

Details*: Reformation Naya Dress (Sold Out – but they have a SALE!) || Soko Luxe Collar Necklace

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

 

X,

Joan

The Roads Fade Into Summer

The Roads Fade Into Summer

 

At this point we’ve finally peeled away those layers worn into the very beginning of summer, proving the uncertainty of this spring’s weather pattern. It’s hot as hell now, and the uncomfortably hot, humid east coast summer weather is finally here to stay. During the time of these photos, it was well into the spring months teetering between hot heat and 60 degree weather – an odd time for fashion decisions. Wrap skirts are ideal for shaky weather patterns. When it comes to heat resistance they are a great idea for letting in a nice breeze, yet long enough to protect from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Go for a light fabric such as polyester, viscose or light cotton. I found mine at my local vintage shop down the block for 8 bucks! What a steal. Walk into a thrift or consignment store of your choosing and do some digging! Sift through hangers and rifle through bins with an open mind and you never know what treasures you’ll find.

// TIP: Remember to slather that sunblock on your face and body. You should be adding this step to you face routine in the morning EVERYDAY – not just in the summer, but ALL-year round. Your face is exposed to the sun 365-days a year, and not to mention it hosts the most gentle and sensitive skin cells on your body. Enough of that random spiel/ lecture on skincare, but hopefully that encouraged some action on self-care. //

 

 

Nature inspires me most, therefore naturally my photos end up amongst forests or fields I happen upon through adventures with my partner in crime, Neivy, who photographs my beautiful images. Green is my favorite color and summer is the best time to see the most of green scenery.

This day we stopped by the side of the road to take photos near the woods, then drove further on and came upon fenced off marsh land surrounded by fields of grass. We pulled over to the side of the road to capture it, and enjoyed our time there.

At day’s end, we visited the local beach near Neivy’s house and caught the beautiful sunset that lit up the skies red and orange. My favorite days are those tranquil ones spent frolicking through and appreciating the beauty this Earth holds.

 

 

*** Please be mindful of our Earth by implementing daily habits that vitalizes sustainability and our planet’s healing. Start out with the small stuff: carry reusable water bottles, say no to straws and plastic utensils, cut out meat and dairy a few times a week, and shop second-hand more often. ***

 

// Items I use:

  • Reusable water bottle, here.
  • Reusable utensils, here.
  • Glass straws, here. //

 

Captured by Neivy (Instagram)/ Edited by Yours Truly

 

Details*: UNIF Cropped Vegan Leather Jacket|| Black Off the Shoulder Bodysuit || Thrifted Floral Wrap Skirt || Nude Vegan Thin Strap Heels || Chokers: Etsy and Bijoux Indiscrets

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

 

X,

Joan

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 definitely favorite. If you follow my blog, you already have 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 nasty. 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