An IKKIVI x NISOLO Desert Collaboration

There’s something so beautiful being in the desert and having your outer skin reflect the beauty of the natural habitat. In this space - earth tones are majestic royal!

Dress via IKKIVI-

Designer: Mati - 'Mati' in Hindi means 'soil'. Soil can be moulded into various shapes. Designer Fatima K. Punjaabi captures this essence into her clothes as a reflection of her personal style.

The brand is all about comfortable silhouettes. The raw organic feel comes from sustainable and handwoven fabrics, shapes that are inspired by nature and colours that are earthy and natural.

Slides -

Nisolo - a shoe brand that is intentionally designed creating ethically made goods at a fair price. These slides were handmade in a factory owned and operate in Peru.

Hat-

Thrifted (Out of the Closet LA)

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Looking Golden At The YSL Museum in Morocco

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Stand Strong With Statement Pieces

Dress - thrifted

Earcuff - Kpelle Designs

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When Minimalism Clashes With Architecture To Create Street Style

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Palais De La Bahia

White dress- Thrifted

Top - Bias (IKKIVI) Cotton jute yoke and cotton crochet body

Shoes - Adidas

Necklace - Purchased in Moroccan Market

Head wrap - Purchased in India Market years ago

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Traveling Through The Medina In Comfort

My first time traveling in Morocco was extraordinary. When I was going through the Medina and through all of the souks, in was important for me to be super comfortable!

Ethically produced Midi Dress - Trove

Organic Cotton Peruvian Pima Cotton Pants - Known Supply

Slides - Thrifted

Chrysocolla Necklace - Natalie Frigo

Headwrap - Locally made Moroccan scarf

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In Living Color!!!

As much as I love solid earth tone colors, I can not get away from being vibrant and colorful. Learning more and becoming increasingly connected to my ancestral roots, means that colors play a special part in my identity and livelihood. Mixing prints and solid makes me feel alive, sophistical, bold and ready to take on the world! 

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Prints x Solids

Floral Pants: Mara Hoffman

Thrifted Top: Out of the Closet LA

Duster: Hack With Design

Thrifted Heels: Out of the Closet LA

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It's Starting To Feel A Little Like Autumn

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Nature Lover

Upcycled Top - Nathalia JMag

Organic Cotton Pants - Kowtow

Thrifted Hat

3 Different Ways To Wear A Basic Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton Tee

A basic tee-shirt should NOT be $50, $60 nor $70, and this is the first line that needs to be drawn in making sustainable fashion affordable and accessible. No matter your geography, style sensibility or ethnic background - a basic white (black or grey) tee shirt is more than likely a staple part of any wardrobe. 

This is the perfect place to start your sustainable fashion journey when you’re ready and able to take that first step in purchasing something new. 

Most people don’t know the basic lifestyle of a tee shirt. The material phase alone includes farming, irrigating, fertilizing, harvesting and ginning. Understanding the time it takes just to make a tee but also the waste that’s created when using conventional cotton will make buying that first sustainable tee extra special. 

One brand we love has a mantra of “accessible-luxury”. Truth Alone Clothing is a basic tee brand specializing in Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton, as well as Peruvian Sourcing & Production. They work to keep everything as local as possible, from raw material to finished product, but their our photography, stylists, models, and locations are also Peruvian. “We believe in giving back to a culture that puts so much love into everything they do, and that’s the truth.”

Here are some looks in my Truth Alone tee shirts:

  • Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton Black tee - Truth Alone
  • Vintage denim jeans
  • Heeled Mules - Bhava (Handmade Italian vegan leather that DOES NOT contain aromatic amines, PCP, formaldehyde, PVC, phthalates, azo-dyes, or chrome. 
  • Peruvian Organic Pima Cotton White tee - Truth Alone
  • Thrifted Mustard Overalls
  • Indigo Dyed Slides - Studio One Eighty Nine
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Wear What Makes You Glisten

I've worn this dress once before ... but of course part of being sustainable is wearing it again! (See previous feature). I love the quality, simplicity and most of all the women behind this ethical brand. Chan & Krys  make sure great fluid pieces that you can keep forever and still pass down to your next of kin. 

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A Staple

Dress - Chan & Krys (woven with 55% hemp & 45% organic cotton)

Marble Necklace - Jewel Posse 

 

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Selfcare Sunday Vibes

Outfit by - The Conscious Life Shop

"Our loungewear speaks to the brand mantra because it is especially curated for the modern sexy meditator. Our whole vibe is creating a space for meditators that don’t fit the traditional idea of what it means to meditate. You don’t have to be boring, or draped in Indian garb. You can be your chic sexy self, and have a meditation practice! Our Sacred Loungewear offers pieces that you can meditate and chill in, while feeling comfy and sexy." - Tiffany Shelton, The Conscious Life Shop

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100% Botanical Dyes Out Here

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Naturally Dyed With Flowers

Botanically dyed Two piece by Earthly

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Conventional dye are extremely toxic for the artisan, the consumer and the environment. Residuals from the textile manufacturing and dyeing process are of the most toxic industrial products that filter into our oceans. There's so much toxic runoff that goes into our water ways that ultimately cycles back to human consumption.

Using plants instead of synthetic dyes supports products that cycle right back to the earth. It literally eliminates a whole toxic process that completely changes the narration of fashion production. 

Although there are levels to natural dye, much like anything else, walking in that direction is better than not. Let's support brands that are connected more to the earth and are healthy for your skin. We begin to create habits where we invest in more meaningful processes and start to create connections! 

 

Here's another naturally dyed brand that I love - MIXED COLOR

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Eco-Friendly Shoes With Character

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Sustainable Sneakers

Sustainable Sneakers- KIN

Maxi Duster Jacket - Thrifted (Oakland)

Social Justice tee - BLCK MSSN

Velvet pants - Thrifted in the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Sustainable Sneakers are literally the coolest thing since ... sliced bread! I got the opportunity to partner with KIN Shoes. This Italian brand has men's and women's shoes that feature 1) recycled rubber/ plastic outsole, 2) fully degradable textile inner and 3) upper and KIN logo made from eco-tanned leather. They focus on 100% ethical slow production ethos including facilities that are aimed at minimizing waste, upcyling unused materials and donating 10% of each purchase to selected NGO's.

Many people many assume that sustainable sneakers don't have character but these definitely do. I have the orange pair called "The Tropico", and I find I'm able to put them together with so many outfits. Their funky design are only for the bold, brilliant and unapologetically badass. I love the fact that this brand took the time to come up with a unique and truly original design that doesn't look like other conscious kicks. They are super comfortable and feel really well made! I strongly believe that sneakers - more than any other shoe style - should be made with integrity and should last several years. There's no doubt in mind that they suckers are built to withstand my running around in nature and throughout the streets of NYC. I'm thrilled to have these babies part of my sustainable style wardrobe collection.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM!!!

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It's Sexy Sustainable Swimsuit Season

Sustainable One Piece

Swimsuit: Sustainably made with recycled fabrics in Italy - UND Swimwear

Thrifted Hat: Beacon's Closet

I just don't think you can go wrong with an all black swim suite. A backless one piece that hugs your hips is so sexy but also a classic. I'm absolutely in love with my UND one piece! UND Swimwear is a 360° sustainable and ethical brand: all of their swimwear is made with recycled fabrics in Rimini, a small town by the sea in Italy. The label was created respecting the highest quality standards and all of the principles of slow fashion.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Less is more! A white vintage slip dress with a pair of white beat up chucks is simply perfection! Top it off with some fun socks and it's a look! 

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A Kiss of Pink

Vintage Slip Dress 

Socks - Hot Sox 

Shoes - Chucks 

A minimalistic look with a touch of sass! 

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