ace & jig: Community Quilt Raffle

How I love ace & jig. Community is always front and center. They have been working on another community quilt project. What a wonderful and creative way to show community support as well as resourceful with their left over fabric.

ace & jig are raffling 5 of their community quilts with donations going to the following organizations: Black Lives Matter, Movement for Black Lives, Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Loveland Foundation, and Color of Change.

Here is a little background about each quilt: one-of-a-kind ace&jig community quilt. each of the 36 squares of this quilt were made lovingly from leftover ace&jig textile scraps by a different volunteer from our community, as part of our commitment to reducing textile waste. 

you will receive 1 raffle ticket for every $10 donation. Runs through June 22nd. Please check out ace & jig for more information and to learn about their quilting history.

A Comfortable and Stylish Label To Explore : ALIYA WANEK

Two things that came to mind when I discovered this line: Thoughtful wearable pieces for everyday living and comfortable American classics with a clean and subtle aesthetic.

ALIYA WANEK is a womenswear label from Southern California. Aliya Wanek is a speech therapist by day and a designer by night. She is the heart and soul behind this line. Aliya is focused on quality, form, function, and craft. She is about designing pieces that have longevity along with exploring the connection between identity and personal style. All garments are handmade by Aliya and her team in the Bay area.

Mission statement says it all: “The brand’s mission is to uphold ethical and sustainable practices as much as possible from working only with natural fibers to paying a living wage to small batch production to using zero waste packaging” Please check out ALIYA WANEK (all images from ALIYA WANEK)

Who Is Who?

At the end of the day how much do we really wear everything in our closet?These past couple of months with only dressing for home has shifted my thought to focusing on a seasonless and timeless wardrobe. I have slowly been moving in this direction but for some reason letting go of pieces that I have not worn in ages seems easier said then done.

As I work on editing my closet which is proving to be a painful process. My goal is to simplify my wardrobe for spring/summer with hopes that fall/winter will follow suit. I wish for less choice when it comes to dressing in the morning. Holding on to pieces that fit me well and that I feel good wearing is the name of the game.

Regardless of the season, basics for me include: tanks, tees, and denim. Each spring/summer new tanks and tees replace worn out old ones. The hunt for replacement tanks led me to discovering the Who Shirt Company.

Who Shirt Company is one of those brilliant concepts where you say to yourself why didn’t I think of that?!. A shirt with a built in shelf for your boobs that is not an athletic top. The Who designs shirts made from 100% interlock Supima® cotton with a soft supportive built-in bra. No fuss, no straps, no restrictions just pure freedom. As the company says “This is also about eliminating all the unnecessary details of your life, so you can focus on the things that matter. It’s about simply being who you are.”

Libby Haan is the clever lady behind Who Shirt Co. The company’s core values include giving back, zero waste, and made in America. Each shirt is named after a woman that continues to inspire. The Athenian owl is their icon watching over you as a reminder to embrace all that you are.

Take a peek at their website here if you are needed of some basics and also check out FABSCRAP if you are interested in zero waste.

Roasted Asparagus With A Fresh Spin

So delighted to discover the well known and just happens to one of my favorite NYC restaurants, ABC Kitchen shares some of their recipes through their website. Enjoy this simple spring side dish: Roasted Asparagus with Nicoise Olives and Basil

Colorful and bright and ready to roast

Ingredients:

2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and peeled

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 garlic cloves, julienned

½ cup Niçoise olives, pitted and halved

¼ cup sliced fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish

Lemon wedges

Preheat the oven to 450F
Spread the asparagus in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss and turn to evenly coat. Sprinkle the garlic, olives, and basil all over. Roast until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the basil wilts, about 8 minutes.
Drizzle with a little more oil, garnish with fresh basil, and serve hot with lemon wedges

ABC Kitchen recipe

A Brand To Admire: House Of Dagmar

No doubt the fashion industry must change its practices. But there is hope if more companies follow the footsteps of House Of Dagmar or at least take a page out of their book. In 2005, three sisters launched Dagmar, a Swedish contemporary label for women. Their standard is clear: high quality fabrics, high quality design, and high quality production. HOD takes sustainability seriously.

The sisters began measuring their carbon footprint in 2017. “We learned many things, for example that around only seven per cent of our fibres were sustainable when we started measuring. We also learned that using fibres that can be recycled or incinerated with energy recovery results in CO2 savings.” They don’t walk the talk. They are doing!

Back in 2017, 25% of Dagmar’s collections was sustainable and was a GOOD CHOICE. At the beginning of 2019, 50% of their collections were sustainable. For 2020 they hope to be at 90%! Dagmar introduced The GOOD CHOICE- label. A tag that promises the clothes it hangs on are made from ethically produced and environmentally friendly materials.

Where are they going with the goal?: Dagmar’s goal of becoming a climate neutral fashion brand by 2025, offering only 100% sustainable collections.

“For us, this is not only a trend but an important journey. It is an important part of who we are and what we do, it is a part of the Dagmar-DNA.”

I love transparency! I love choices to buy good! I’m a fan of Dagmar!

Sharing An Easy Pleated Face Mask Tutorial, No Sewing Required

A dear friend shared this link to a clever way for making an easy pleated face mask. Requirements: a handkerchief and two hair elastics. For those that can not sew like myself this is a brilliant approach. Much cuter than my tied bandana technique for my grocery store runs. It may not be a surgical mask but it will remind you to not touch your face and perhaps just add another barrier for self protection.

The website shows it step by step. Easy to follow! I have to say the tutorial I find soothing. Japanese Creations . Stay safe and healthy!

ATHLETA Makes A Statement, Partnering With thredUP

Shopping/spending money/retail therapy are not on my mind but escaping from the current situation feels right for me. I came across this partnership and thought this a good one to share. Maybe you are taking the time to clean out your closet, up your organization, edit your closet, and perhaps exercise.

ATHLETA is an athletic company designing functional, technical, and performance wear for women and girls. They are encouraging their active community to give their garments a second life through partnering with thredUp. It is a wonderful way to recycle workout wear and more importantly it keeps those garments out of the landfills.

Perhaps in the future you may consider recycling your garments and maybe shopping thredUP. Either way the resale revolution is catching on. It’s time to relook at how we shop. Think about supporting circular fashion with ATHLETA!

The fashion industry is one of the leading pollution contributors in the world. Everyday through social media we are being marketed by ads and “influencers” on endless ways to spend our money. Garments are being manufactured at record speed. The fashion industry never sleeps. Garments are being disposed of everyday. The landfills are filling up. Our buying habits have us purchase, wear, purchase without even considering what we currently have in our closet. We get swept up, including myself. Buying second hand is an option. Shopping your closet is too.

Inspirational Words For This Sunday

Poem by Kitty O’Meara

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

May you find peace and comfort with Kitty’s poem. An optimistic silver- lining. Stay positive, healthy, and strong. We will heal together! xo Jenn

The Label: Emerson Fry

This Sunday’s style, Emerson Fry. A local east coast label which I discovered a few years back. EF offers everyday basics with a modern feel. She does a nice job balancing trendy with classic. A playful tee paired with denim or the black fringe dress styled with a white boot are two nice examples of tasteful spins with current trends.

Emerson Fry is easy to wear. Pieces can easily fold into any wardrobe. I see this label as an on point neutral. A safe buy with an affordable price tag. I love that her style seems ageless and approachable. She could reach a broader market with more diverse (age and body type) models.

Emerson Fry started in 2009 by Emerson Bethany Fry. I appreciate that all pieces are made in the USA with the exception of the India Collection which are made in India using heirloom printing and dye techniques.

EF is another independent designer to consider when you are hunting for a fresh piece to add to your closet. Emerson Fry

Shopping My Closet And Found A New Go-To Outfit

When it comes to dressing for a party, are you a pre-planner or do you throw something together last minute? I am not in the pre- plan camp. Getting dressed for me is absolutely based on my current mood. I always have a couple of go-to outfits of the season to relay on for the times I don’t feel creative. But when the creative mood strikes, it delights me.

Event: 70’s party

Mama duty had me 10 days house bound so shopping my closet was my only option. But I knew these jeans would be in the mix. Resulting in a new favorite look for myself. I did treat myself to a mani and hair appointment.

It is all about the denim:

I having been dying to wear these super fun denims with a wide elephant bell silhouette from B Sides. The jean has a super flattering fit with a slightly high natural waist. I particularly love the oversized relaxed style of these jeans through the hip and leg. Also love that they are not cropped. They easily can be dressed up or worn denim casual. Summer on the horizon has me visualizing them with a simple tank and flip flops.