Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Blue jean baby...

Garment Collective block print wrap top, Azeeta Designs dragonfly ring, Jessica Ricci Jewelry charm necklace, Emblem Eyewear sunglasses, Skar Designs beaded bracelets, jeans outfit, teacher outfit, casual outfit

You want to know something that I seriously take for granted?  

It's actually kind of epic. 

Give up?

It's wearing jeans at work! While our school doesn't have a super strict no-jeans policy, it is preferred that we only wear them on Friday and let me tell you... Just about every other day, when I'm making my outfit, I reach for a pair of jeans and then hit a brick wall when I remember that, well 4x out of 5 during the workweek, it isn't Friday and jeans are kind of a no-no. 

It's made me kind of wonder at the dress code again... what's so bad about jeans?  They were originally developed as functional, durable clothing for farmers... and how is that not applicable to a teacher's wardrobe?  Teachers farm/cultivate the minds of children and may often find themselves crawling on the floor, chasing kids around the building, or rolling around the carpet with our charges.  

Basically, jeans are the PERFECT wardrobe staple for a teacher (especially a special education teacher).  

Because I was at a training, without a dress code, I was able and got an extra jeans day in this week, and boy was I grateful!  I spiced my denim up with a fair-trade block print top and lots of handmade jewelry!  Keeping it casual and sustainable is where it's at, in my book! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the top is fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is handmade
: the earrings are handmade 
: the bracelets are handmade
: the ring is handmade 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hot planet...

Ichcha patta scarf/sarong, Emblem Eyewear black frame mirror sunglasses, Azeeta Designs aqua quartz point earrings, Skar Designs necklace, casual outfit, boho outfit

Lately, I've seriously had sustainability on my mind, but something that I haven't written about much is the impact that sustainability has on the earth.  Case and point: it's the end of October and this ^ is how I am dressing on a daily basis.  Yep.  I'm wearing a tank top.  And yeah, I live in the desert so it's extra hot here, but the lack of changing seasons has circled my brain back around to how hot this world is.

There are billions of people living on this planet, and especially in this country, those people are all about consuming as much as they possibly can.  This rampant consumption means that there is more in production and this production causes the planet to heat up.  

Many people these days use things for a short period of time and then toss them into a landfill even though they are still fully-functional.  Getting smart and using what you have until it is no longer usable (or by re-purposing it), or by filling your closet with wardrobe pieces that are sustainable (i.e. second-hand, eco-friendly) is a simple way to make a positive impact on the planet.  

Give it a go! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the scarf is handmade and fair trade
: the necklace is handmade
: the earrings are handmade

Sunday, October 23, 2016

#SustainableSunday with Live Vessel...

Live Vessel one-o-one travel mug, Zaful boho dress, Skar Designs crystal necklace, Emblem Eyewear round tortoiseshell sunglasses, boho outfit, bohemian outfit

It's #SustainableSunday!  These snaps were taken last week on my birthday and I am super happy to share them with you, because the focus of today's post is my brand new Live Vessel travel mug, which just so happens to have matched my birthday outfit perfectly! 

My One-o-One vessel was handmade from ceramic and glazed using environmentally-friendly techniques.  Because it was manufactured without lead of cadmium, it is able to purify it's contents naturally.  Water stays nice and cool and tastes great, and when I use this tumbler for tea, it stays hot for hours!  

I most definitely appreciate that all of the travel mugs from Live Vessel are made using environmentally-friendly procedures.  They are stylish and come in a wide range of different patterns and colours, so there is something for everyone! 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Just a wanderer...

Zaful striped t-shirt, 22 Stars bead necklace and bracelet, Jessica Ricci Jewelry Buddha amulet ring, GlobeIn open ring, fair trade jewelry, handmade jewelry, casual outfit

In the famous words of The Beatles..."They say it's your birthday... we're gonna have a good time..."  

... and as it so happens, today is my birthday!  I'm officially old.  Like multiple decades old.  I don't really know how I feel about it.  

I know my focus here lately has been on sustainability (and this outfit does have several sustainable components), but I've got to reflect a bit.  Leading up to this year, my life goal has been to find a job with a salary that would put me on a career path and let me use my grad school degree and to live on my own (i.e. pay all of my own bills, etc.).  Now that I'm doing just those very things (and not really enjoying them), I find that I'm on the fence.  My previous life style, working multiple jobs, but having free time to work on my etsy shop, blog, work on manuscripts, and travel, while not feeling very adult, made me rather happy.  I had to scrape an income together, but I could leave work at work whenever I wanted to. 

Now that I am teaching, about 85% of my life is all about work.  The other 15% is used for sleeping, running errands, and housekeeping.  It has been difficult to carve out the time to get the fun stuff in.  When I talk to other people about life, I largely hear "Yep, welcome to adulthood." but I question it.  Why does "adulthood" have to consist of slogging through each day, doing things one doesn't like simply to pay bills?  I question this often, but today, it's the prime thought on my mind. 

While I've done a lot in 3 decades, I still haven't found that one thing that I want to do for the rest of my life... and I'm trying to decide if I'm ok with it or not... perhaps, I'm just a wanderer and my sole purpose in this lifetime is to wander... 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the jeans are second-hand
: the necklaces and bracelet are handmade and fair trade
: the rings are handmade


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Few and far between...

Zaful embroidered top, 22 Stars red bead necklace, Sandgrens Athens clogs, GlobeIn earrings, casual outfit, sustainable outfit, ethical fashion

Ahhh... once again, it is Monday (nearly 2200) and I find that I am just now sitting down to process my thoughts.  In between trying to fill out forms for work, searching for French editions of Harry Potter (Prisoner, Prince, Order, and Hallows (preferably the Folio Junior version and second-hand)... if anyone has any tips, let me know!), and trying to figure out when/where I am going to get outfit photos done tomorrow, I've found a momentary calm. 

While it is the middle of October (and coincidentally, almost my birthday), my patio door is open and the air is just barely what could be referred to as cool.  Crickets are chirping.  The lights from the Strip are twinkling in the distance.  The moon is huge and high.  In the back of my mind, I'm wondering if/how I will survive another work day, but the better part of my brain is hoping that I'll finally receive my Hogwarts letter (yes... I am mildly obsessed with HP again...) in a few days. 

In any case, I'm still learning/re-learning how to stop in the quiet moments and reflect upon what is good.  These days, moments like this are few and far between. 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the clogs were made (in a socially responsible manner) in Sweden
: the necklace is handmade/fair trade from recycled paper


Sunday, October 16, 2016

#SustainableSunday re-purposing garments...

Charlotte Russe denim jacket, CiChic skirt, AMI Clubwear slip on shoes, Skar Designs necklace and bracelets, casual outfit, re-purposed clothing, ethical wardrobe

Hello, friends, and a very happy #SustainableSunday to you!  This week, I want to quickly chat about re-purposing your clothes.  I often hear people say that it's not worth the time it takes to turn a shirt into something else or to mend something that's been ripped or torn, but if you think about it... re-purposing your clothes can be an incredibly quick and easy process.  

For example, the skirt I'm wearing here used to be a maxi skirt.  One unfortunate day, I stepped on the hem and it ripped.  My first thought was "Ahhhhhh!  My pretty, long, twirly skirt is ruined forever!" but then I chilled out and realized that yes... I know how to work a sewing machine.  I trimmed off the ripped end, put a new hem in the skirt, and used the salvageable leftover fabric to make re-usable gift bags.  

And that's not the only re-purposed garment in this outfit.  Yes, my eco-friends, this top was found in the bottom of one of SB's boxes of childhood clothing.  It was about 3 sizes too big for him and we debated putting it in the donate pile, but the graphic eagle design really caught my eye and I decided that I'd just cut the neck, cut off the sleeves, and cut the hem (it is actually an uneven hem, but since it's tucked in, you can't tell).  

My point is that re-purposing doesn't have to be a huge operation.  It can be simple, but you can extend the life of a garment that is already in existence in addition to gaining a wardrobe piece that feels new, but that you didn't have to spend a dime on!  

Win, win! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the top was re-purposed
: the skirt was re-purposed
: the necklace and bracelets were handmade
: the ring was handmade
: the earrings were handmade

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

#WanderlustWednesday at the Hoover Dam...

Ixchel Triangle fringe backpack, Synergy Organic Clothing triangle stitch muscle tee, Jessica Ricci Jewelry travel bead necklace, Emblem Eyewear sunglasses, Kisii Ethiopian prayer bead bracelets, casual outfit, hoover dam travel tips

I'm seriously debating making #WanderlustWednesday a thing... and along that vein, I have a few snaps from last weekend's trip to the Hoover Dam.  

Now, I didn't really know anything about the dam before going, other than the fact that (obvi) it's a really damn big damn.  My mum and step-dad had visited before and talked up how awesome and huge it was and that if we went, we'd definitely have to take the "Dam Tour."  

Some online research lead me to discover that the "Dam Tour" is a first come, first serve tour that only takes 20 people at a time.  There is no way to buy tickets online in advance.  SB and I made the decision to drive out to Hoover Dam totally on a whim, but we figured that since it was pretty early on Sunday morning, we'd be able to buy tickets for an afternoon "Dam Tour."  

Think again.  I'm not sure if it was because it was a holiday weekend or if this is how it usually is, but we arrived around 11 AM and the tours were sold out for the whole day.  We ended up paying $12/person (with the military discount... tickets are $15 at regular price) to go on the Powerplant Tour, which we were told only made two less stops than the Dam Tour.  

My advice is not to waste your money.  The Powerplant Tour consisted of a 10-minute video, a 10-minute wait in line, a 1-minute elevator ride, a 5 minute chat in a very loud room, another 5-minute wait for an elevator, a quick elevator ride, 5-minutes in another room, another elevator ride, and that was it.  Add the $10 parking fee (and the fact that SB and I got trapped in the elevator in the parking garage) and I would really say that if you do want to visit the dam, pay for the parking, but skip the tour.  If you walk across the dam, there is an audio track that plays and gives you the most important information you need to learn about the dam.  If you need to do some more research, hit up Google or head over to Youtube to watch a documentary!  

When  you're done with the dam, head back into Boulder City and grab lunch and a few cold ones at Boulder Dam Brewing Co.  Out of all the hefeweizens I've had in America, theirs is the best.  I also highly recommend the megawatt sliders!  

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the top is organic/eco-friendly
: the backpack is handmade and fair trade
: the necklace is handmade