AN ETHICAL FASHION LOOKBOOK

In light of Fashion Revolution Week I decided to put together a lookbook inspired by  only ethically sourced items. In case you weren’t aware, the fashion industry can be extremely cruel. From slave and child labor to animal skins and body parts, humans are basically willing to kill for fashion, even if it’s done indirectly. Obviously the most eco friendly way to dress would be to wear our birthday suits day in and day out, but we all know that wouldn’t be ethical . . . that was a joke, but seriously. The second most sustainable way to dress is to up-cycle or thrift all of our items. While that can be fun and practical most of the time, if you really need a specific item for an upcoming occasion, searching through second hand shops can be stressful. The truth is, sometimes we do need to shop and even when we don’t, dressing creatively can be a form of expression and shouldn’t be shunned. Before I get to the lookbook, let me share with you a few tips on shopping more consciously.

SLEEK VEGAN LEATHER WATCHES

Let’s face it. It’s cool to know what time it is. It’s also cool to not be glued to our phones. We’re all striving to be present, but most of us rely on technological devices to tell us what minute of the day we are in. Wearing a wrist watch can relieve us of cell phone googling, putting our phones away only to take them out again, and can be the cherry on top of a perfect outfit. The brand I’m highlighting in this post comes from a long line of cute, and classic. WARNING: You may fall in love.

THE DREAMIEST ETHICAL SWIMWEAR BRAND

This Summer, I am committed to sharing with you handfuls of my favorite conscious brands! What better way to begin than with swimwear? With slow fashion finally making its debut, I’d like to expose one of the most original, creative artists in the biz. As someone I have known nearly my entire life, and someone I’ve always felt inspired by, it is no surprise to me that my friend Sabrina has launched her very own swimwear company. Excluding the bias of the artist behind the brand being someone I love, there are 2 important reasons you should know that she and her brand exist.

Number 1: Her line is a part of the slow fashion industry and is an excellent choice for ethical, conscious style.

Number 2: Knowing her has brought an extra whimsical spin to my life and now, through her creations, you can experience the dreaminess this gal brings into the world with everything she touches.

Without further ado, let me introduce the most unique, literally one-of-a-kind (as her pieces are made to order), swimwear lines around, Sabrina West Swimwear.

GUNAS NEW YORK – 100% VEGAN LUXURY HANDBAGS

 

When I first went vegan, it was all about the food. I simply refused to eat animal products. I felt like I had found my truth. It was amazing! I was on top of the world. Then, I realized that VEGAN meant an entire way of life. I began to notice that animal products were in eeeeverything . . . my toiletries, my beauty products, my clothes and accessories. I realized that my closet was full of non vegan friendly items and the more I looked at my bags and boots, the more I saw skin rather than high quality fabrics. This was so disturbing to me that I ended up gathering those items and getting rid of them. While I felt relieved by cleansing my closet of animal products, I was a bit saddened by the thought that I would have to settle for cheaper fabrics from that point on, or so I thought . . . 

S A Y A – HAIRPINS THAT ARE SAVING THE RAINFOREST

The rainforest; a tropical treasure trove, breathtaking in its lush green majesty and one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. This magical world is disappearing right before our eyes. As illegal logging becomes more prevalent in  places such as Indonesia, the rainforests there are literally being stripped null. Places that were once inhabited by so many of the world’s most beautiful creatures . . .

THE ULTIMATE VEGAN “EVERYTHING BAG”

Meet, my beloved new Eba tote. She’s amazing. Aside from her undeniable functionality and perfectly simple style, the ethics behind her creation make her a perfect match for someone that is vegan and/or eco-concious. Complete with two large compartments, a big interior pocket, and a center zipper pocket for smaller, more valuable items, she’s the ultimate vegan handbag for any multifaceted gal (or guy) on-the-go!

TRUELIFE: I’M ADDICTED TO GLITTER

Greetings earthlings! This post is all about one of my favorite things in life, GLITTER. I know, it sounds vapid and so dumb that you probably just questioned the purpose of my existence. Well, I was a pretty big tom-boy growing up but I still can’t recall a time that I denied my love for glitter. I think it goes a little deeper than the happy happy joy joy Ren and Stimpy dance I want to do every time I see it. I think it has more to do with my love for LIGHT and the way that glitter reflects light so well in every direction. It just never ceases to amaze me.

If you love glitter as much as I do . . .if that’s even possible. . .here is a tour of some of my most used glitter accessories. All of the items are made with multi colored glitter, or as I like to call it, PARTY GLITTER. I adore all shades, but this rainbow combination is hard to beat. Now Let’s Party . . .

FANCY PANTS – PART 3: FLORAL STATE

Last, but NOT my least favorite of the fancy pants I’m sporting this Winter, are my 1970’s wide-leg, pleated, floral pantalones! I’ve AAAAAALWAYS loved baggy pants. Since I was a little Aaliya inspired tomboy, I can remember feeling my…. dopest…. in JNCO jeans or big baggy sweat pants (thank you shout out to my sister Ami for supplying those sick threads!). Ladies of the hip-hop community, can I get an Amen?  Alright, so, these pants aren’t very tomboy-esque, but they ARE incredibly wide legged and I can’t picture anything more comfortable, except for maybe my birthday suit. . .

These nearly neon parachute pants stay secured with an elastic waist line and matching tie belt. For this first outfit I pictured more of a day time look for weather that is tolerable. I paired these floral babies with a plain cream tank top, vegan leather sandals, and an emerald green scarf that I’ve been living in lately. Exhibit A . . .

FANCY PANTS – PART 2: CAMO DAZE

Hello again, style enthusiasts! You’ve just entered, Fancy Pants – Part 2. If you haven’t read Part 1 – Seafoam Dream, it was my most recent post before this one!

As I stated in Part 1, this series is dedicated to keeping your style cool with the weather this season by opting for FUN bottoms sometimes, rather than living in jeans. Below I present to you two outfits styled around a pair of authentic, military camo bottoms . . .