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my jewelry collection


minimalist jewelry collection on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com

In middle school, I decided I should only wear one piece of jewelry at a time and I still believe less is more. I don't wear a lot of jewelry, but I have a fairly large collection of pieces that get their moment to shine periodically.

j crew elephant charm necklace
butterfly wing necklace

My current favorites include gold and brass items, geometric designs, and the occasional animal-inspired piece. The locket necklace above has a real, sustainably harvested butterfly wing fragment inside.

the moral wardrobe: mauve

personal style pink hair ma6ma2
 Outfit Details: Top - very old / Skirt - thrifted / Sandals - old / Necklace - handmade via etsy

No, I didn't re-dye my hair. It just faded into a unique shade of coppery pink over the past couple weeks. I like how well it matches the bricks on my house and the colors in my skirt.

We did a major overhaul of the thrift shop layout over the weekend. It was a lot of work (way more physical labor than I'm used to), but I can already see positive results. Customers gushed about the ease of their shopping experience now that the clutter is gone and everything has its place. I love being able to see the fruits of my labor. That sort of direct feedback can be hard to come by outside of school.

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links

fortune photo stylewiseguide.com

I'm following in Catherine's (of Walking with Cake) footsteps today and posting a few memorable links.

Palestinian teen killed in suspected revenge attack by hard-line Israelis, Al Jazeera America

Promoting better products or just promoting consumption?, This Kind Choice

Brainstorming Keywords, Etsy Blog (I've been working on SEO this week)

Set Me As a Seal, Rene Clausen (we sang this in church choir this morning; it's always a lovely one to sing and listen to)

Dus of Cuddly Cacti just got back from Mexico and has stocked Mitla Moda with some great new arrivals: Shop here

Over 50 Workers Injured in Yet Another Disaster..., North Face Death Traps

Retailer Asos Resumes Taking Orders After Warehouse Fire, Wall Street Journal (did you guys hear about this?)

Anything interesting on the fair trade front? On the internet cats front?

eat your vegetables


eat your vegetables



eat your vegetables by fracturedradiance on Polyvore

I spotted this Gorman veggie print tee on an Australian blogger and immediately clicked the link to purchase it. Turns out it's a small, Australian label and the price plus shipping to America is astronomical.

So I did what anyone would do when they're desperate and in need of help: I wrote a whiny facebook status. Several friends, to my delight, sent me links to veggie shirts, but I needed to find one that was ethically produced. My mother-in-law sent me a link to One Lane Road, maker of the green shirt above, which made me realize I hadn't yet bothered to check etsy.

None of the etsy screenprinted options measure up to the all-over print of Gorman's tee, but at least I now know a niche market exists for vegetable t-shirts. If I do buy one, it will be the bottom gray one with the carrots front and center. Yum.
Sources: Gorman / One Lane Road / EMaryniak / Borders TeesGive me a little Smirk

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vintage shop update

I finally had some time to photograph and list some of my favorite vintage finds to date! The cream blouse will be up shortly, but everything else is up and ready for purchase. Click the product image to go to the listing.

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1990s Cropped Blousevintage 90s crop top


1950s Delicate Embroidered Blousevintage 50s blouse


1960s Resort Tent Dress1960s resort moo moo


1970s Boho Tent Dress1970s hippie dress


1950s Sailor Collar House Dress1950s sailor collar house dress


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the moral wardrobe: catch up

summer style navy dress on6on3

I had a wonderful, jam-packed weekend working extra hours, attending a tea party, singing at church, doing a fashion shoot, driving to Richmond, and celebrating a friend's birthday party. It's always nice to have a full schedule, but I'm quite behind on Platinum and Rust updates and laundry, so I have to catch up in the next couple of days.

Speaking of Platinum and Rust, I found some groovy summer dresses I'm excited to list. I'm also interested to know what styles and items you're looking for this season, particularly if you like to buy vintage clothing. It'd be great if you'd leave me a comment or etsy message so I can try to find them for you.

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

  • Dress - Vero Moda

  • Cardigan - thrifted

  • Earrings - handmade via etsy

  • Shoes - MIA


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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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12 months, 12 goals: shop secondhand

secondhand shopping

It dawned on me, as I flipped and flipped through endless blouses at a local Goodwill on Monday, that thrift shops will never run out of items for me to add to my closet. Sure, there are a few items (like underwear) that I'd rather not purchase at the thrift store, but really, there's a lot to be found if you take the time to look.

A few of my prized thrift finds include LL Bean Duck boots, a BCBG Max Azria Flapper-style dress, and several items in pristine condition that I wear so much I forgot I bought them on the secondhand market.

And if that's not enough, internet marketplaces and local vintage shops allow me to shop curated collections when I'm not in the mood to spend 2 hours searching through crowded racks. I buy most of my shoes secondhand on ebay; I've purchased like-new Minnetonka moccasins and several pairs of sneakers for a third of their original price. I found my favorite vintage dresses on etsy and ebay.

The marketplace is flooded with piles of discarded clothing with plenty of wear left, so why do we insist on buying new? Secondhand shopping is easier than it's ever been - we can do it from our couches - so we really have no reason not to try it.

People are often confused about the ethical value of secondhand shopping, noting that many donated goods were likely produced in sweatshops. What they aren't connecting is that the thrift market doesn't operate according to traditional supply-and-demand principles; if you buy cast-offs, you aren't participating in the traditional market at all. Instead, you're opting out; you're boycotting; you impact it only because you're avoiding it. We're nowhere near operating in a market in which demand for secondhand items exceeds supply, so we can rest assured that we do no harm (to others, at least) when we make it rain at the thrift store.

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