Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mixed Print Pencil Skirt


Happy Thursday everyone!  Not much longer until the weekend! 

If you have been reading for a while, then you know that I love to mix prints.  But a skirt with 2 prints in one?  Sign me up.  I love that this pencil skirt from Anthropologie has the bright, colorful florals and the black and white on the sides.  



The best way to style a really busy skirt like this is to keep it really simple on top.  I went with the lace tee to give it some texture, but I stuck to basic black and white.  A chambray shirt would also be really cute with this skirt.  

Shirt: Target (similar); Blazer: Lauren Conrad for Kohls (similar); Skirt: Anthropologie; Shoes: J. Crew (love this)
Have a great day! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spotlight: Green Embassy

Happy Wednesday!  It is time for another spotlight feature.  And since yesterday was Earth Day, the timing for this feature couldn't be more perfect!



Zuhal is the amazing artist and designer behind Green Embassy, Australia's first internationally recognized organic fashion label.  Green Embassy focuses on traditional handmade techniques, organically certified materials and luxury quality and believes sustainability should be at the heart of the fashion and textile industry.


How did you get started?
I graduated in 2010 with a degree in visual arts. My exhibitions were usually based on textile art as well as photography that focused on the women's rights and the environment, which can be found on http://zuhalkuvan-mills.com/portfolio/. Soon after, I began my certified organic textile art company to create functional artwork into blankets, throws and wall hangings to be use interior design elements. My textile works can also be found at http://atelierzuhal.com/textiles/.


What is your favorite part of your job?
The best part of my job is getting to create my own garments and textiles from a single fiber. It involves much intensive manual labor and countless hours. All of my pieces are made of certified organic material (GOTS), and I am also an Alpaca farmer, which means I can get my material right from my backyard. I love that I depend on my own farm for materials, and truly enjoy creating my pieces from scratch. I also love that as an artist I don't have to text as a form of communication; I make a statement withmy hands through every piece of clothing, and every little detail of a garment. I get to see my work, grace the runway the same way any other artist views their work at an art exhibition in a gallery, but the difference is that I also get to tell the fashion industry that I was able to make wearable pieces of art while still caring for the environment, avoiding pesticides, and caring for wildlife. I feel very lucky to be able to concentrate on eco-conscious fashion, and hopefully help to inspire other young designers to take a similar approach towards their brands. 



What are the biggest challenges?
Time and cost are two major challenges running in my company and designing every piece that goes into the collections. Nowadays people are so used to fast-fashion and cheap clothing without realizing the true cost of their environment and human rights. There's a huge understanding as to why my pieces aren't fit for certain people, but a lot of care and authenticity goes into each garment that I work on. If you look at other companies, they don't think about the animals they are slaughtering, or the people's right that they are abusing in order to create thousands of the same pieces.
My garments are placed at a certain price point because they are made by hand with only the best organically certified materials. The fact that I take care of my land and animals is also a big cost compared to conventional agriculture. I also pay fair wages to all of my employees, which is more than I can say to other companies manufacturing out of countries like Bangladesh. 


What inspires you? And where do you look for inspiration?
Women! I love to see a woman walking tall and confidently in one of my designs. I always have the female figure in mind, as well as what a woman today would want when working on a new design. I'm also very inspired by the Australian landscape; the authentic nature, bright colors, and beautiful flowers always spark up new ideas for me.


What is your favorite thing in your closet?
My thrift store findings which are usually made of vintage silk, wool, and cotton! I've collected vintage items from thrift stores here and they are over the past 20 years, which I have built into a large collection of interesting items, so I have always something to wear at any occasion.



What are some of your favorite trends right now?
I'm currently following along the lines of natural chunky fabrics in sophisticated and sexy design. I like when sustainable products are worked into timeless and sexy designs that any woman can wear. I also really love embroidered and felt textures going on right now. Highly artistic pieces always seem to call out to me more than any kind of trend.


Thanks so much for Zuhal for taking the time to talk to me!  Make sure check out Green Embassy!

*all images thanks to Green Embassy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday Shoesday Week #94

Happy Tuesday Shoesday! Hope you survived Monday.  Today we are talking about gladiator sandals.    I feel like these have been popular for a few years now, and they are big again this spring! 



There great thing is there is something for everyone when it comes to this trend.  For the timid, choose an ankle strap pair.  Love heels? There are plenty of pairs with heels.  Want to be bold? Go for the full knee high version! 




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Will you be wearing gladiators this spring?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Perfect Pastels


Another weekend is gone, another Monday is here too soon.  I hope you all had a nice weekend.

I got this floral dress from Gap last year, and it is still one of my very favorites.  It always makes me feel really happy and springy.  And a striped blouse underneath compliments the florals perfectly.





Blouse: J. Crew (similar); Dress: Gap (similar); Sandals: Target (similar); Bag: Marley & Lilly; Hat: Target (similar)
Have a great day!

Linking up for Style Sessions, Trend Spin, Beautiful You, Random Wednesday

Friday, April 18, 2014

Brand to Know: Maeve

The other day, I was wandering around Anthropologie, and there were so many cute things.  And almost everything that I loved was by a brand called Maeve.  So I naturally had to come home and do some research.

I can't find any information on the brand through my google searching, other than it is sold at Anthropologie and is reasonably priced (dresses are from about $100 to $150).  Even though I can't shed any light on this amazingly adorable and feminine brand, I am going to share some of my favorites, which I think might become some of your favorites too!



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Have you entered the $75 Sephora gift card giveaway yet?  Better go enter now!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Double Stripes


Yay for Thursday!  I am so glad the week is almost over.  Plus, I don't have to work tomorrow, so it is kind of like Friday for me.  I need a long weekend… I also could use a vacation, so if you want to invite me on yours, I am available. 

You know, I am all for mixing prints.  Know what else I am all for?  Doubling prints.  Stripes on stripes, polka dots on polka dots.  It is a good thing.  And breaking it up with something like a chambray shirt helps keep the look from getting too busy. 





Chambray: Banana Republic (similar); Shirt: Target; Skirt: J. Crew (similar); Shoes: Vince (similar)
So how do you feel about doubling a print?  Good right??

Don't forget to enter the awesome Sephora gift card giveaway!

Have a great Thursday!

Linking up for Spotlight of the Week, Three-fer Thursday, What I Wore to Work

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fabulous Florals

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Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada) had it right- florals for spring isn't groundbreaking.  In fact, I am almost positive that florals are a spring trend every single year.  But really, after a long, cold winter, why wouldn't you want to break out a cheerful floral frock??

So, no, florals aren't the most original thing.  BUT there are lots of really cute floral pieces out right now that I highly suggest you consider adding to your wardrobe.  I think Miranda would approve of these picks…



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Have a great Wednesday!


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