Stella McCartney is a leader in the fashion world. She speaks openly about the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment. Stella operates a transparent company that designs with intention and produces clothing in a responsible manner. Her designs are a combination of: feminine + masculine, utilitarian, and timeless. Stella hopes her pieces will be lifers in your closet. She is not about fast fashion. She is about awareness with action. Stella leads by example and believes the industry must do better. She was one of the first designers to drop leather and fur some 15 years ago.
Her recent Paris runway shows her commitment with upcycling, faux leather, organic materials, faux fur, Eco-canvas, and sustainable viscose (btw this is nothing new for Stella). She partnered with the iconic British brand, Hunter boots for this collection. A sustainable boot crafted from natural rubber and feature Yulex sock inserts (a plant-based alternative to neoprene). Stella McCartney is one to support! All images from Stella McCartney
Embrace tie-dye because it’s in full force on the runways. If you care to invest in a piece then I suggest you do so now and wear it straight through summer. Not all tie-dye pieces will have you on board with this trend. But here are few selections that can easily be worked into a wardrobe. Maybe one piece would be fun to play with. The Raquel Allegra (California-based designer with an interesting approach to everyday wear) jumpsuit piqued my interest. It also checks the box for both trends: jumpsuit + tie-dye. Brace yourself, the cost of tie-dye is shockingly expensive!
Give me some green! You don’t need a green thumb to enjoy the natural beauty of greens in your home. Creating that outdoor vibe inside your home is so lovely especially on those gloomy days. It is a said that plants bring happiness and life into your home. I believe this to be true. Who doesn’t smile seeing a living wall or canopy of greenery when you walk into a space?! Begin with low-maintenance plants that require just a bit of weekly attention. For inspiration and motivation check out The Sill. I’m a fan!
It is all about disruption! If you haven’t heard of allbirds then get to know the “World’s Most Comfortable Shoe”. A San Francisco based company founded by Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger are shaking up the sneaker industry with affordable sneakers and wool lounge shoes. Wool, tree, sugar, castor bean oil, recycled bottles, and recycled cardboard magically come together to deliver simple, no logo, no fuss functional footwear. Allbirds is a transparent company from start to finish. They have a wonderful program with the charity organization, Soles4Souls. Lightly worn returned allbirds are given a second life to those in need. This delights me (stay tuned for an upcoming post about returns!)
I gifted my family for Christmas the allbirds’ wool loungers. I am happy to report there were no returns only a few size exchanges. The hype around this company is real and genuine. Get ready Boston for allbirds opening on Newbury Street. (images from allbirds)
You are either a hat person or you are not. Exploring the chic street style brim hat. A stylish staple with a long history. A hat that effortlessly adds a uniqueness to your personal style. The brim hat is a classic fashion piece meant to be worn. A playful accessory that is worth considering. Goorin Bros. is a nice place to explore for an approachable option. They know a thing or two about hats with a history in the hat making world since 1895. Or take a peek at Parisian millenary, Maison Michel. They are beautiful! Check out Farfetch. (all images from Pinterest) Don’t over think this accessory.
Most likely you have all the ingredients in your pantry minus the chicken. Here is a recipe from Food 52. It just maybe the quickest and easiest mid-week meal you can make under 30 minutes. I suggest roasting your favorite veggie in a baking pan alongside the chicken. I opted for the dutch oven method for simplicity as well as adding brown rice and watercrest greens to make this a healthy all in one bowl. Comfort food! Check out Food 52 recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken recipe.
Hair ties, typically scattered from handbags to the everything drawer but never on hand when you need one. They will never go out of style. The other day, I noticed a friend wearing a silk bow tie scrunchie. It was a sweet twist that looked chic not to mention kind on the hair. Check out Silke London (also check out their very cool head wraps!) and Slip for new alternatives that won’t break or damage your hair. Plus bows are so trendy at the moment!