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Friday Favorites // 056 :: girldust.com

  1. I’ve been trying to be more mindful in my clothing purchases and wishlist additions (window shopping only, these days). Will I wear this often? Is it flattering? Who made this? Will it replace something of lesser quality already in my closet? Is it adult? All valid questions. I’ve also been trying to add maybe a little more color to my wardrobe (just a little), but sometimes black is simply the way to go. I love this dress from Synergy Organic Clothing.
  2. Girls. To. The. Front. I love this pin by Chicago-based artist and designer Jenna Blazevich. Find it at Vichcraft. Now, maybe more than ever, we need ladies supporting ladies.
  3. Sand Cloud Towels donates 10% of every purchase to help protect marine life. This peachy beach towel is currently sold out, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for new or re-stocked striped designs closer to spring! You can use this link to save 25% on your first order at Sand Cloud. This is valid for new accounts only; enter your e-mail address to receive a code!
  4. Valentine’s Day at LUSH is basically my favorite ever. Rose scented everything, please! I like buying bath bombs (like this one) to bring on trips, since we don’t have a bathtub. Hotel baths are always nice.
  5. At some point between Halloween and Christmas, my face broke out in a red bumpy rash because of some dumb thing I put on it. Make up? Soap? I don’t know, but since then I’ve been making more of an effort to be kind to my skin. This facial steam herbal blend from Mullein & Sparrow has become a semi-regular part of my self care routine.  It’s full of lavender, rose, and calendula.
  6. That thing I said about clothing at the beginning of this post also definitely applies to jewelry. I spent a few hours last week sorting through my collection and tidying up my displays and storage. I then did a second round yesterday, getting rid of even more junk. It felt good. So, that said, I’m smitten with this pair of tiny, simple pearls. My previously suggested questions have all received the proper answers.

Do something kind for yourself, this weekend, and do something kind for someone else. If you’re able, get outside. Or pick up a book from your library. Support a local business you’ve previously neglected. The light has to come from somewhere.

 

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ModCloth has finally introduced its first-ever namesake label, 100% inspired by you and me.

To create this line of versatile separates and dresses, the folks at ModCloth looked at shopper feedback to determine all the must-have details (so many pockets!), pored over popular trends on Style Gallery, and did three times the typical amount of fittings to ensure a fabulous, consistent fit. The pieces in this collection are available in sizes XS through 4X!

I’ve been a fan of ModCloth since college, and it’s been wonderful watching this brand grow. This new line has been a long time coming, and I am thankful that there are so many grown-up pieces and work wear in the mix. Lots of navy and cranberry, too, and some great neutrals! For people that actually like a little color, there’s plenty of it (and some more graphic prints, as well). I know I personally tend to lean toward the darker side of the spectrum!

You can shop the line here. My personal favorites from the collection are below.

ModCloth's New Namesake Label

Lighthearted Lecture dress in Cranberry / Profound Pizzazz skirt

A wrap dress with pockets? How more perfect can you be? As for that skirt, I have always had an affinity for upholstery and wallpaper-inspired florals. I don’t think I’m the only one. Also, more pockets. Yes.

ModCloth's New Namesake Label

Overnight Oats top in Chia / Casual Composure cardigan

The jersey tank is available in three colors. I love the crochet detailing. Always. Of all the pieces I’ve featured here, I am probably most likely to buy the two above! Income pending.

ModCloth's New Namesake Label

Intern of Fate skirt in Navy / Trusty Travel top in Grey

Two great basics. The navy wool skirt was actually the first piece that caught my eye in this collection. I think maybe my “professional museum attire” brain has replaced my “summer dark bohemian wear” brain now that it’s August. I don’t know. I do know that my New England heart likes wool. PS do not listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t wear black and navy together.

Check out the full ModCloth label line! Which pieces are your favorites?

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One of the tasks on my “thirty before 30” list was to swap out some basic wardrobe pieces for more sustainable and/or higher quality options. It’s taken time (of course), but I’ve made quite a bit of progress, there! Tackling my closet was a great place to start. Now, I just need to drag the pile of donations to work with me.

First on the update list was underwear. I talked a bit about my search here. I am still on the lookout for bras and lingerie, but for my basic day-to-day comfy undies, I went with Pact. Their quality, ethics, and customer service are outstanding. I was able to replace four pairs over Christmas using a coupon, and will continue to replace my remaining “normal” undies as they wear out.

As for the bras and lingerie, I’m having a really difficult time finding ethically produced or sustainable pieces in the size(s) I need, let alone pieces that I’m in love with. I may have to simply choose quality over all else, with the intent that these pieces will last me a long while. If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

Tj once sent me this really great piece about personal uniforms that I appreciated, particularly in regards to my current job at Goodwill. I don’t think I’ll be there too much longer, but if I am, it’s something I’d like to actively put into practice. My own work wardrobe is pretty limited to pieces that are nice-ish, long-lasting pieces that won’t be a huge loss if I somehow catch them on a pallet or open a bag of attic debris on them. It’s a really fine balance. I’ve been wearing jeans nearly every day since cold weather set in, but summer will mean three months of skirts, tees, and sanuks. I don’t feel limited, and I still look retail professional if I throw on nice earrings and a lightweight scarf (and maybe switch out the shoes). I think having a work “uniform” allows me to be more creative in my personal time, which is the time that actually matters to me right now.

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Horny Toad // Sanuk // EMS

I very recently replaced one black tee shirt, a black tank, and a white tank with pieces from Threads4Thought. I am happy with their price points ($10-$15), but I don’t think these items will last as long as I was hoping. I think my best bet will be to wear them as many times as possible between washes. The only other T4T item I  own is a hi-low skirt that needs handwashing, so wear & tear hasn’t yet been an issue.

I used to be one of those people who washed something even after wearing it for only an afternoon; I ended up with way too many clothes and really itchy skin. Now I have fewer clothes that I wear more often. BUT I really like clothes. If you read this blog, you may have figured that out, but you’ll also know that I do try to keep things simple and that I want my purchases to matter. I don’t like fast fashion. I try my hardest to shop fair, and I buy more unique pieces second hand instead of new. I make some exceptions. I am privileged. I am part of the culture. With fewer pieces in my closet, though, I am much happier spending that extra $5 for an ethically produced article of clothing versus spending less for more (quantity) at Target. The T4T tops were good buys for me, even if I only get a year or so out of them.

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black & grey, always

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Suggestions? Thoughts? Share in comments!

Related posts: Ethical Underthings // Fashion Wishlist // Outfitted 01

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Hello, August! I mostly rocked my goals in July. Let’s check it out.

  1. Start tracking my spending and spend more intelligently.
  2. Finish two books. 
  3. Set aside one tech-free hour a day. 
  4. Continue with my Couch to 5k training.
  5. Get an air conditioner. 
  6. Sponsor a blog.
  7. Start Insanity.
  8. Finish a painting.
  9. Take every opportunity to surf.
  10. Continue with the job hunt.
  11. Send in my money for The Sketchbook Project.

Various emotional and physical health concerns over the month sort of got in the way of exercise, including surfing. I’ve decided not to feel bad about it! Summer does kind of seem like it’s speeding by, but I have no regrets. So far, it’s been lovely, a nice balance of activity and lull. So, what’s in store for August?

  1. Get a haircut. As soon as the ladies from Acorn Salon in Dover return from vacation, I’m scheduling an appointment. So long, long hair! I’m going short.
  2. Run/jog three or four times a week, or squeeze in some sort of twenty minute cardio on a daily basis. The Color Run is at the end of September. I need to sign up (ASAP) and kick it into gear.
  3. Get my potential school materials prepared. I recently found out that Harvard has an incredible Continuing Education program, with a Museum Studies graduate degree available. I could potentially start taking a class in January that would start me on my way!
  4. Related: Buy a new day planner.
  5. Sponsor a blog! I’m in a better place with my little corner of the internet, now. Ready.
  6. Indulge in some final summer excitement! I start my driving class in September, which will leave me unavailable for overnight adventure a few nights a week.
  7. Drink more water!
  8. Enjoy summer produce while it’s still fresh and available!

Not much else going on, this month. I really want to focus on staying active and eating healthy. I am really excited about the 5k, and hoping I’ll be well enough prepared!

While I’m at it, I’d like to catch up with my Weekly Wishes! Check out The Nectar Collective to share your dreams for the week, and give some encouragement to others! Last week, all I wanted to do was work on cleaning out my closet and sorting through some clothes.

And, did I ever! My donation pile includes:

  • 3 dresses
  • 6 pairs of shorts/pants
  • 2 sports bras
  • 20 shirts (including tanks, tees, sweaters)
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 2 pairs of earrings
  • 1 bottle of glitter nail polish
  • 1 paperback book (just finished reading and ready to pass it on to someone else!)

Twenty shirts. Yes. What is sad is that the majority of these items are clothes that I bought specifically for work and never wear for any other reason. Some of them are high quality, lovely items, but they’re just not me. The discarded shirts are being replaced by four black tee shirts and the pants are being replaced with three new jersey knit skirts. I’m so excited to share this “work uniform” thought in greater detail with you. Soon, soon! The pieces are falling into place.

The rest of the clothes are items I’ve had for ages that simply don’t fit me properly. I’ve been attached to them for years, and now it’s time to finally let go. My body has changed and it will continue to do so! Even after getting rid of all this stuff, I still have plenty of things to wear. I am happy. It has occurred to me, however, that I need to invest in some basic wardrobe “essentials.” I have too many statement pieces that I love, but nothing to wear them with! From now on, when I shop for clothes, I will be keeping a very specific list in mind!

I would also like to point out that I have not gone through any of my winter things, or the clothes that ended up at Timothy’s house in the move. That will come eventually. I did sort through my socks and underwear basket, only to discover that I really need some new underwear. So it goes!

This week I’m going to focus on getting all the details for school sorted out, whatever that entails. I’ll mail things that need to be mailed, make some marks on the calender, figure out finances, whatever. I’m also going to look into how many credits I need to be enrolled in to receive a break from my student loan payments! Keeping it simple!

Tonight we’re heading up to Rangely, ME to spend just a couple days with Timothy’s parents while they’re on their vacation. I’ll be back on Thursday!

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This may have been my best Fix, yet. Just about everything I received this time around was genuinely me, even though the colors were bright. I almost-almost kept two items (I loved four of them to bits) but once again I remembered that I would probably need to eat and drink coffee and buy shampoo this month.

Providing detailed feedback after each Fix, as well as linking the stylists to some kind of personal style inspiration pin board makes a huge difference. Thank you, Sarah, whoever you are.

Honestly, my only qualm with the Stitch Fix program in general is the lack of information about the brand names. A good portion of the items I’ve received have been made in the US, but I only have solid information on the labor practices of a scant few of the brands who outsource their labor. Green America has been a helpful general resource for me, but they don’t list much information on smaller labels. I usually have to  google search a label and hope that their own website clearly mentions standards and practices. With this in mind, I’m going to take a bit of a Stitch Fix break for a while to save money for clothes I can get behind.

Not Pictured: 41 Hawthorn Double Tear Drop Earrings // Sweet Rain Halsey Graphic Print Skirt

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Aryn K. Layla Crochet Detail Collared Tank

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Angie Delcan Crochet Insert Floral Print Top

The Stitch Fix stylists have learned that I love crochet.

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Angie Aviary Floral Print Belted Shirtdress

The earrings looked really pretty (peachy-coral and gold double tear drops), but they were surprisingly low-quality and definitely not worth the price. They were also far too heavy for my ears. I haven’t seemed to have very good luck with accessories in these Fixes.

The skirt, even though it was swingy and the perfect length, wasn’t something I could wear with anything I already own. I’ve also come to realize I am not super into geometric prints on my own clothing. There are a few exceptions to the rule, but I am primarily a floral, stripes, and solids kind of girl.

I loved both shirts, but they both had some issues with fit. The floral top was too long for my torso and boxed my shoulders out, and the tank top just had a general not-quite-rightness to it. I desperately wanted to make one or both of them work, but eventually forced myself to understand that it wasn’t worth it. I probably would have kept the tank top despite the fit issues, given the funds, or if it had been maybe half the price.

In the end, the dress was the clear winner. I think my Fix stylists know who they’re dealing with now, though, so I am sure to receive more crochet and floral in the future!

If you’d like to schedule your own Stitch Fix, please feel free to sign up using my referral link! Thanks! You can read about my previous Fixes here.

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