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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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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Saturday Farmer's Market with bagE

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Boho Vibes

Sweater top - Trove

Wide Leg pants - thrifted

Fedora - Thrifted

Reusable Tote - BagE

I'm finally excited about farmer market season now that Spring is in full bloom. Shopping at farmer's markets, local grocers and Trader Joe's are my top places to invest in healthy food options. 

Especially with the weather nice there are two "must do's" on my list when I'm grocery shopping:    1) dress comfortably cute and 2) bring my own reusable shopping bag and/or produce bag. The amount of single serve plastic that's wasted during grocery shopping is astounding. I've particularly been loving the bagE Pack, which consists of a washable reusable shopping tote Bag and Set of 3 premium reusable mesh produce bags.

I know it's Earth Month, but to me every month is Earth Month! It's extremely important that we start to make better environmental decisions that become part of our lifestyle. And I'm going to continue to use and support brands who invest their time and energy in the triple bottom line: people, planet & profit. 

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Prints x Graffiti = An Urban Masterpiece

I've been slowly transitioning my wardrobe to a more monochromatic vibe. As I continuously evolve as a person, I'm starting to fall in love with the elegance and beauty of simplicity (with pops of pattern). However, from time to time I get back to my roots of loving to mix and match prints when I'm feeling bold and daring.  

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Ankara Prints

Jacket - Handmade in Malawi by Mwayi

Skirt- thrifted in street market while in Ghana

Headwrap - thrifted in street market while in Ghana

Bandeau - Oakland street vendor

 

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Melanin on Melanin on Melanin

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Burnt Orange Always

Joggers & Jacket - Chan & Krys

Thrifted Heels from Ghana

Secondhand glasses & metal necklace - Monk Vintage

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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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All Black Bamboo With A Pop Of Pink Shearling

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Day 4 of my trip in Barcelona is all about comfort! Susana Colina's super soft long sleeve bamboo dress was perfectly chic and practical. Colina is known for her luxury pieces that bring about feminine minimalism. I loved adding the pop of color - hence the hot pink shearling collar by Onar. Onar creates the pieces are handcrafted in Finland and Greece exclusively from by-products of European meat industry (highly regulated meet market) with all materials being ethically-sourced, vegetable-tanned and 100% chrome-free. 

With the weather being about 60 degrees, this look was a perfect for a full day of chic tourism.