Monday, August 22, 2016

Shopping Guide: Conscious Consumption

With the world of fast fashion (which we both admittedly participate in), it is easy to forget about where the products we buy come from.  With that in mind, here is a short list of some great products and brands that work great, and do their part to be socially or environmentally conscious.

1. Luna Foreo Mini 2 Special Edition: 100% off the net proceeds go towards marine conservation!  The Foreo is a cleansing brush that uses T-Sonic vibration to clean out your pores and improve your complexion.  Plus it's made out of hygienic silicone that resists bacteria.  It feels pretty luxe to deep-clean every morning and night.

2. Soko Jewelry: Soko is headquartered in San Francisco, but production is by Kenyan artisans. Soko provides market access to marginalized artists who quadruple their annual income by working with Soko.  All of the jewelry is extremely attractive and well-made (we both own bracelets and necklaces).

3. Amour Vert:  Another SF-based company! Amour Vert uses sustainable fabrics and non-toxic dyes to create modern, minimalist pieces that will last you from season to season.  

4. Matt & Nat: Vegan and eco-friendly. Neither of us are vegetarian, and love the quality of leather.  But, there is something to be said for Matt & Nat's eco-philosophy. The brand uses recycled materials, including tires and plastic water bottles to reduce waste while making bags that any blogger would be happy to wear.

5. Tarte: They aren't kidding when they say 'High Performance Naturals.'  Tarte uses eco-friendly (and skin-friendly) ingredients to make long-lasting cosmetics. Mal personally loves the Smooth Operator Clay makes your makeup look really smooth!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Breezy Sleevies with Banana Republic

On Mal: c/o Banana Republic Short Sleeve Lace Top  (also similar linked below) and Denim Skirt, c/o Soko Rembo Wishbone Cuff (Get 20% off with code READYTWOWEAR), Gucci GG Marmont Small Leather Shoulder Bag, c/o Public Desire Lace Up Karis Flats (old, similar)

Photos by Annie Hall 

Ok, ever since I saw this post by Happily Grey, I have been obsessed with Self Portrait.  Unfortunately, the price point is too high for me to justify, so I was super happy to find this much more reasonable (and equally unique) lace top from Banana. The fluttery sleeves really set it apart.

Also, as you have probably also noticed, we have been on the hunt for denim skirts. This one (I ordered in petite), is perfect for short girls.  Order a size (or even a couple sizes) down to have it sit at the waist.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

INSPO // Thick Laces

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Lace-up tops have been everywhere for a while now, so it is refreshing to see a fresh take.  Thick lacing gives a more utilitarian feel that is completely different from the gauzy lace-up shirts from last season.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Shopping Guide // Buttoned Denim Skirts

Used to think denim skirts were either too 'prairie' or too A&F, but these buttoned numbers managed to raise my opinion.  Trying hard to resist buying that Good Vibes Bad Days's on sale too!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

1 Minute DIY: Instax Mini Polaroid Magnets

I have been trying to figure out how to display my Instax minis for a while now.  I didn't think I would ever really look at them if I put them in an album, so after coming across playing card sleeves, I thought it would be a perfect way to protect and display.

Mini Instax
Card Sleeves (I used a flexible white set from a local game store, but I want to try the hard plastic sleeves next)
Magnetic Tape (Also available at Michael's)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

INSPO // Embroidery

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Neither of our closets are exactly bursting with color, but these bright embroidered looks are making us reconsider. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bolinas Beach House


Photos by Rene

Just got back from spending the weekend at a friend's beach house in Bolinas.  Driving in was a little bit of a nightmare in a couple ways: 
1. I get nauseous as a passenger on windy roads
2. The fog over the hill made it feel like we were driving into a horror movie murder house (I actually really like scary movies).

It was pretty foggy and cold this morning too, but the sun actually came out around 2 so I got to enjoy some nice sun and a light hat-blowing breeze.  

Bolinas is such a funny town.  It is really small, and pretty isolated....gas was going for $4.65.  Being so small, everyone says hello when passing by down to the beach.  There is a used, un-manned bookstore that operates on the honor system (with a pricing suggestion guide) and the downtown area looks like a slice of Americana...think whitewashed 'general store' type buildings.  

If Stinson is too crowded for you, Bolinas is a more low-key alternative.  You should note, however, that the sand is not as soft!