Category Archives: Fashion

August 4, 2017

Basket Bags: Under $100

Basket bags. Damn, you have really stolen my heart the summer. It’s classic Jane Birkin summer style. I’m sure you’re familiar with the Cult Gaia bag. I snagged one early this season, prior to my trip to Palm Springs. The Ark’s clean lines and architectural body has me swooning, but it’s a bit of an outlier in the group. The basket bags below have more of a casual, natural vibe.

When I went to Brimfield in July, I was on the major hunt for a vintage one. I lucked out and snagged one that I love, but not everyone can get to Brimfield. Etsy is always a great resource, as well as your local vintage and thrift stores. Make sure to check out the housewares section, because you might be surprised what is hidden in there.

So, without further ado, here are some cool basket bags and they’re all under $100!

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Classic Jane Birkin style. Enough said. (This version from Etsy is basically identical.)

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Another petite, handheld version. This looks similar to the one I found at Brimfield.

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A little bigger is this vintage one with some straw embroidery design.

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This round bag is pretty cool, and has a long strap so you can wear it as a hands-free crossbody.

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The shape of this purse is making my heart pitter-patter. It’s neutral yet a total showstopper.

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This basket bag is handheld, but has a much bigger “body.” The colors are amazing. This basket would also be great decor when you’re not using it as a purse.

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We’re scaling up big time with this one – it will fit everything you need for the day!

Are you into the straw basket bags this summer? Let me know!

August 2, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s that time of the year – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you follow any fashion bloggers, whether you read their blogs or follow them on social media, you know about the sale already. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale goes from July 21st – August 6th, and they discount a ton of items. Most sales discount stuff at the end of a season, but my favorite aspect of this sale is that Nordstrom knocks down the prices of a ton of fall items. It’s a perfect time for stocking up on sweaters and jeans, as well as back-to-school shopping.

The number of items on sale is overwhelming, and you want to be a smart shopper. Reminder: just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. continue reading

April 24, 2017

A Blue and White Scenario in San Diego

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Pattern mixing can be so so so good when done right. Even the most unlikely of patterns can go together with a little finesse and a lot of confidence. This is a more subtle approach to the style. I love polka dots and stripes together. The skirt has a very petite polka dot pattern and allows a louder patterned top to take center stage. Any color striped top would have worked well. Not that I need any more striped tops, but a kelly green or yellow striped top would have given this outfit a little color punch. A bright bandana around my neck would have added a pop of color too.

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We shot these in San Diego’s Balboa Park. That is one seriously gorgeous park, with SO MUCH to do. I have a ton of content to share with you about my California adventures, so stay tuned!

Outfit details

Skirt: Thrifted. Similar here, here, and here. I’m obsessed with pleated midi skirts. Wardrobe superheros IMHO.

Shirt: Madewell

Sandals: J.Crew from a million years ago. Madewell has a similar shape.

Bag: Vintage. This is a similar option, as is this.

April 22, 2017

Celebrating Earth Day with Thrive Exchange

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Happy Earth Day! My love for the environment is well-documented, starting as early as second grade. I’m not sure what the assignment was, but I wrote a “story” (all of four sentences) about how you will have more friends if you are kind to the Earth.

It will come as no surprise that I am a huge supporter of eco-fashion. Eco-conscious brands are becoming much easier to find as demand grows. One of the easiest ways to shop eco friendly is to thrift shop!

Did you know that Americans throw out an average of 68 pounds of clothings per person per year? 

By shopping second-hand, you’re keeping a TON of product out of landfills. You’re also spreading out the carbon footprint of a product. When a product is manufactured, there are emissions from its creation and delivery. When the item is purchased for a second time, the initial environmental cost is eliminated.

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I recently worked with Thrive Exchange to put together a spring outfit using their current inventory. Located in Somerville’s Davis Square, Thrive Exchange is in the middle of a vibrant area of the city. Their space is huge, and I spent quite a while going through each rack. I snagged this outfit for $20. Yes, that’s $20 for these like-new J.Crew shorts, a cute Loft tank in a springy color, and a mini backpack. The clothes are in great condition, and so great for the warmer temps of mid-spring!

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The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.

You can grab awesome clothes at a fraction of the price at Thrive Exchange, as well as getting rid of your unwanted items. You can donate, consign, or trade your items – whichever method works best for you! They’re always looking for new items, so bring in your unwanted clothes, home goods, shoes, and accessories.

Textile reuse and recycling has the second highest potential environmental impact on reducing greenhouse gases compared to other recyclables. Recycling 2.3 million tons of clothing per year is the equivalent of removing 1.3 million cars from U.S. roads.*

A number of thrift stores partner with charities, so your purchase is actually a double-whammy of good karma. Thrive Exchange partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and donates a portion of their sales directly to this organization.

Shopping second hand is a great way to find a cool look at while saving money and keeping items out of the waste stream. I mean, if that’s not a win-win-win, then I don’t know what is!

* Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Thanks to Jeff at Thrive Exchange for inviting me to come check out the awesome space and pick out an outfit! And thank you to my readers for supporting brands that support Champagne Thursday.