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spring favorites


springfaves


springfaves by fracturedradiance featuring leather bags

Charlottesville had its first taste of spring last week and now I'm totally and completely over winter. I've been enjoying watching wildlife reemerge and birds take flight, flocks zig-zagging across the sky hypnotically. I can't stop looking up.

If I had an unlimited wardrobe budget, I'd update my closet with:

  1. Everlane U-neck tee in Pine

  2. Bookhou Day Bag in Bure

  3. Dogeared L ring

  4. Orla Kiely for People Tree Collar Dress

  5. TOMS Black Woven Correa Sandals

  6. Everlane Sandals


But alas, I'll be thrifting or not shopping at all. It's tax season after all.
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the moral wardobe: perfect

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This 1990s skater dress has the perfect cut in every direction. Perfect wide v-neck, perfect low back, perfect curve to the skirt, french seam in back. I love it so much that when I saw a pink version of it on etsy, I almost bought it, and I don't even like pink.

It's funny how vintage sellers often market their products as one-of-a-kind when, in reality, they have no way of knowing that. If it originated in an era of mass production, another one's likely out there somewhere.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Dress - vintage

  • Cardigan - H&M

  • Shoes - Korks by Kork-Ease, won in giveaway


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sunday styleboard

spring fashion styleboard
sources (clockwise from top left): unknown; 6pm; recent settlers on flickr; Adored Vintage; thetimeisgrey

A few recent favorites: thick strap sandals, flatform shoes from France, a chunky knit blanket, a beautiful 1970s dress, and the composition of thetimeisgrey's outfit photo.

I'm savoring the beautiful weather we've been having in Charlottesville because I know it won't last long. But spring will come eventually and I'll go outside with bare legs and it will be wonderful.

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body image

body image

I've been really down on my appearance recently. I've had a few extra pimples here and there and I've gained 3-4 pounds (my weight fluctuates up and down in a 5 pound range, so it's hard to track what I've actually gained), and I've been angrily obsessing over it.

In moments of extreme self consciousness, I always recall a terrible night in high school spent crying on the floor of my parents' room about my horrible skin. That was my lowest moment.

As a perfectionist, I'm always buying and returning products, second guessing myself, putting myself down and trying to pick myself back up again. I also tend to be hardest on myself when I'm dealing with stressful situations that are largely outside of my control. And this year has been stressful! Mattress warranty issues, car maintenance bills, unexpected tax payments, loose tooth fillings, doctors' appointments. It's all piling up and when it does I turn to the easiest person to take it out on: myself.

I hate my hair, my teeth, my skin, my body. And I know that I'm being unreasonable and that very little has changed with my appearance in the past few months. I know it's caused by more than just a real dislike of my physical traits. But it's still hard. It leaves me feeling restless for change, for progress, for perfection. I keep asking myself what I can do to improve. Eat better, change skincare regimens, dye my hair. But I'm torn because part of my perfectionism insists that I perfect my character, and arrive at a place of total contentment with who I am sans all the cosmetic bells and whistles.

So I'm stuck. And I'm sure I'll find a way out soon. But I'd like to stop second guessing myself. I'd like to face the fact that life, appearance-wise, is all downhill from here anyway. It's ok. 

style recipe: graphic tee + high waist jeans

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stylerecipe by fracturedradiance showing how to wear white tops

I have never been a jeans person, but months of cold weather have encouraged me to wear them more often, just as much out of a desire for wardrobe diversity as a need to stay warm(ish). I have, however, been a big fan of artful graphic t-shirts ever since I discovered Threadless freshman year of college. The combination is casual and thoughtful, so I find myself gravitating toward this look on weekends and afternoons off.

The above looks incorporate glasses from ethically minded companies, Benji Frank and Warby Parker; fair trade and domestically produced tops and jeans, and Swedish Hasbeens boots.
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the moral wardrobe: snowed in

high waist flare jeans gr6bell bottoms

There's no better time for a blog update than today, because we're snowed in (by snowed in, I really mean we can't drive anywhere without shoveling out the whole road first; we could certainly take a walk outside).

I wore this earlier in the week. I almost always pair these jeans with moccasins for a truly vintage feel. I like that they verge on costume; I can pretend I'm a cool girl in the late 70s.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - People Tree, fair trade

  • Jacket - secondhand

  • Jeans - made in USA

  • Moccasins - secondhand via ebay

  • Earrings - American Apparel


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sale alert: curator

Curator clothing is designed and produced in San Francisco. And they're having a sale!

 

All clothing is 40% off until tomorrow and 30% off over the weekend. Click here to go to the website.
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favorites: asos green room

Asos Green Room is dedicated to offering ethical and sustainable options while remaining fashion forward. Though many items are out of my everyday price range, I'm happy to see a major fashion retailer catering to ethics-minded consumers; it's certainly less tedious than typing "fair trade," "made in usa," "made in uk," or any other keywords I can think of into a website's search box in the hope of finding items I feel good about purchasing.

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asosgreenroom by fracturedradiance featuring Swedish Hasbeens

Have you purchased anything from Asos Green Room? I'm pretty obsessed with asos in general, but I haven't bought anything from the Green Room line. I really love the two piece outfits they made from vintage fabrics, like the black and white floral one above.
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12 months, 12 goals: shop local

shop local

Shopping locally contributes to ethical living in several ways: 1. by supporting local businesses, you contribute to your local economy and culture, 2. you reduce fossil fuel usage and waste since retail items are shipped in bulk to the store rather than to individual homes, 3. you have more opportunities to promote and support fair trade endeavors on a personal level with local business owners and customers.

Charlottesville is blessed with a number of local businesses, from fair trade cafes to greeting card shops, from eco-clothing boutiques to produce grown on local farms. Though the farmers' market is closed for the season, there are still plenty of options. Since moving here, I have found that I prefer to spend the money I earned at a local business at other local shops. I like supporting people's dreams. Local businesses are the heart of the city. They make or break its appeal.

I'll feature a few throughout the month, but to whet your appetite, why not check out my post on local vintage store, Low?

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