sustainable fashion

Decolonize Sustainable Style

I’ve been sharing my “conscious style” across social platforms for the last 5 years. But now more than ever I am using my style identity to share that sustainable doesn’t look one way and it’s NOT just worn by a select few. Brown skin, afro textured hair and messages of DECOLONIZATION are most certainly welcomed!

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Style meets Politics

Deadstock fabric blazer dress - Vetta

Ethical “Decolonize” beret - Slow Factory

Thrifted Heels - Out of the Closet (LA)

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PHENOMENALLY INDIGENOUS!!!

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A Chill Autumn Day

Phenomenally Indigenous tee - Urban Native Era

Tencel pants - Vetta

Vintage Duster (San Francisco)

Socks- Hotsoxco

Thrifted Heels - Out of the Closet (LA)

Thrifted Hat - Beacon’s Closet (Brooklyn)

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A Fall Day in Brooklyn

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Out Here Livin’ My Best Life Before Winter Fully Hits

Thrifted WESC dress

Vintage suitcase

Scarf/Turban - Via Moroccan Souk

Tennis Shoes

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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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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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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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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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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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A Day in D.C.

I love wearing all black these days! But nothing says, "Hello Spring" like a vintage blazer on top of that black panther ensemble.

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Vintage is an Accessory

Vintage blazer - Christian Dior

Sweater - Bad Decision Adventure Club (hemp & organic cotton blend) 

Jeans - Levis

Necklace - Arts Boheme (black onyx; white opaque glass beads, Czech crystal beads and pewter) 

Glasses- thrifted 

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Cool Girls Care

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Who Needs New Clothes

"Cool Girls Care" tee - Neo Thread

Upcycled vintage trousers

Thrifted purse

Levis denim jacket

U.O. Infinity scarf - headwrap

Bracelet - Natalie Frigo ( vintage lucite & bronze) 

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Vintage & Italian Threads

This was literally just a casual day for me. I love comfortable clothing, especially if I have a busy day ahead of me. The weather in NY is still pretty cold so layering up is a must. All solid and earth tone colors - and again, I love to mix textures! You don't have to be stunting every single day - sometimes keeping it simple is the key! : ) 

40% Hemp 60% Organic Cotton Cardie Sweater -  Cecilia Rinaldi   Vintage Denim Dress -  Awoke Vintage Brooklyn    Velvet Leggings - American Apparel  Long sleeve 100% silk top - Vintage Ann Taylor

40% Hemp 60% Organic Cotton Cardie Sweater - Cecilia Rinaldi

Vintage Denim Dress - Awoke Vintage Brooklyn

Velvet Leggings - American Apparel

Long sleeve 100% silk top - Vintage Ann Taylor

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Urban Chic meets Ethically Made

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Chillin' in Spain when it's made in India

Pom Pom "The Charlene" sweater - Trove

Trousers - Thrifted from Brown Butterfly Vintage

Olive Quartz Necklace - Arts Boheme

Clear Quartz Necklace - thrifted in Barcelona

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It's day 3 in Barcelona, Spain and this look is perfect for being comfortable while still being chic. I love the simplicity of black sweater and the pom pom's give it just the right amount of chic sass. I love that Trove (the brand of the sweater) celebrates artisan craft and culture through ethical production. I'm all for it! This particular sweater is made in India.