conscious living night + sunset yoga

conscious living night + sunset yoga

food roof st. louis

As always, I’m trying hard to be healthy and intentional in all areas of my life, which is why I’m so excited about an event I’m co-hosting with other women-run, St. Louis-based businesses on June 8 at 7:30pm at the Food Roof. The theme of the night is intentional living. You’ll be able to enjoy intentional food from Core + Rind, intentional beauty care from Lark Skin Co., intentional fashion from ethical retailer Route, and of course, intentional wardrobe advice doled out by yours truly. In addition to all of that, there will be yoga on the roof as the sun goes down, led by Kate Ewing from Southtown Yoga. There are a limited number of people allowed on the Food Roof at any one time, so there are only 40 tickets available, and a few have already gone. Don't miss out and get yours here!

 

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books i've read recently

books i've read recently

I’m always feeling like I should be reading more and surfing the internet less, but as I looked back over my Kindle account, I’m surprised by how many books I got through since January. For the most part, I read in bed for an hour or so before falling asleep, and I do try and make an effort to read during the day when I need a break. That doesn’t always happen and often I just cycle through my social media feeds: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Feedly (yes, in that order).

mindful closet: books i've read recently

Here are a few of the books that I really enjoyed:

Torn
I’ve recently become really obsessed about the topic of how mothers fit any sort of work into their lives with young children. Both areas can be all consuming, and it’s hard to feel as though you’re not measuring up in either. I’ve been searching out examples (not advice) from women and seeing how different people in different situations try to carve out a lifestyle that works for them.

The Rosie Project
Sometimes you don't want to better yourself, you just want something funny and entertaining. This is perfect. 

Year of Living Danishly
Did you know that Danes get free education and in fact, charging tuition at any school is illegal? That most people finish their workdays at 3 or 4pm and working after hours is frowned upon? Of course, it’s also cold and dark for 6 months a year. I was fascinated by this book about the ways in which society in Denmark is geared towards general wellbeing. 

Chasing Slow
I was expecting this to be a “how-to” about slowing down, but it was more of a confessional of how the author hasn’t yet (and is likely not to) achieved slowness, despite her curated public persona.

No Bad Kids
We’ve had a nice couple of months with our almost three year old (knock on wood!), but I’m going to be honest, the time between 15 months and 33-ish months was rough. I like Janet Lansbury and her philosophy on positive parenting and this book has been a resource I’ve returned to multiple times.

Commonwealth
A multi-generational story about a blended family and a few actions that affected the directions of all of their lives. I love novels that give you a glimpse of how the characters turned out as grown-ups.

Swing Time
I love Zadie Smith.

Mischling
An unbelievable (although based on truth) story about twins who were part of experiments in concentration camps. Not a light read.

Today Will be Different
I liked Where’d You Go, Bernadette, but I think this book is even better.

Except for Swing Time, which I bought on Kindle as a treat to myself (for what, I can't remember!), I requested all the others from the library. A few others I enjoyed, but couldn’t fit into my 9-square graphic ;)
The Mothers, Wangs Vs. the World, Miss Jane, Another Brooklyn, Here I Am... (edit: I JUST finished Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and it was amazing.)

Books that were recommended but that I didn’t enjoy and therefore didn’t finish (life’s too short): Pond, Version Control, Big Magic, Love Warrior, Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, All the Light We Cannot See...

What have you read lately? 


 

sometimes i feel guilty about ethical fashion

sometimes i feel guilty about ethical fashion

This week is Fashion Revolution Week, which was created to commemorate the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed, and encourages millions of people to demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.

I’ve been so fully immersed in the online community that’s dedicated to ethical fashion that I feel guilty when I consider a purchase that’s not from an ethical brand. Maybe you do too. It’s hard. We really can do good in the world just by choosing where we buy our clothes, but at the same time, it’s not easy.

Ethical clothing is often more expensive. It’s not easily available at the shopping center nearby. Ethical retailers may not have size or style options that fit our needs. Even expensive designer brands may not be made ethically. You might feel that sustainable fashion is only for certain styles. 

Even if you can’t buy directly from ethical fashion retailers, there are still three important things you can do to make purchases more ethically:

  1. Reconsider a purchase and make use of what you already own. Maybe this is where part of my guilt is coming from. I do have plenty of things to clothe my body. I don’t need anything new. However, style and fashion are my creative outlet and I do like evolving my style, which often means adding new pieces now and then.

  2. Buy secondhand. This is always my first method of buying something. If something’s on my shopping list, I first check on ebay, Poshmark, and in consignment and thrift stores. Sustainable and affordable. 

  3. Make a mindful purchase and plan to get as much use out of the item as possible. The least ethical purchases are those that are made and then barely used. The more you wear an item, whatever its production origins, you're slowing down the fast fashion cycle of buy, discard, repeat. 

It’s all about baby steps. Do what you can. Awareness is the first step.

elizabeth suzann ethical fashion

(This ethically made top from Elizabeth Suzann is on my wish list)

More:
What I wrote about ethical fashion more than three years ago. 

A few of my favorite blogger resources on sustainable fashion: Grechen, Andrea, Lee.

Amour Vert is a pretty reasonably priced clothing company with a wide range of styles made in the USA. 

I'm partnering with Route, a St. Louis based ethical retailer, on an upcoming event. Sign up below to get details!

a color i want to wear: rust

a color i want to wear: rust

I'm pretty color-averse, but lately I've been really drawn to anything and everything rust-colored. Although associated with fall earth tones, it's been showing up on everything from underwear to accessories for spring. 

mindful closet: spring color

(bra, necklace, sunglasses, print, bag)

In addition to the items above, I've been bingeing on Reese Blutstein's Instagram feed and loving all the rust sprinkled throughout. 

mindful closet: obsessed with reese blutstein

Any colors you're getting excited for as the weather warms up? 

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spring wardrobe inventory

spring wardrobe inventory

It may be premature, but I went ahead and switched out my winter wardrobe with my spring one. While doing so, I took inventory. I had SIX black dresses, so I will take one to the consignment shop. I have 4 short sleeve black tops, so will avoid buying any more. I've worn my Eileen Fisher silk shell so much that it's in need of a replacement. I admitted to myself that there were a few pieces that I wasn't excited to wear even though I felt like I had spent too much on them. Luckily, they're quality pieces that I'll be able to sell. All in all, I got rid of about 8 or 9 things, which is a pretty big percentage when you have a small wardrobe!

I'm feeling the urge to add new pieces just for the sake of new, but will try to work with what I have for a while to see whether that urge is necessary or not. Things I WANT, but am not sure I need yet are: this Everlane top or this Mango one, these Everlane pants, this crop top, and maaybe even these shoes in blush (!!!) since everything else I own is black, white or denim. 

What are you planning to add for spring?

Photo by Celeste Boyer.

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winter wardrobe assessment

winter wardrobe assessment

Before you get excited about all your spring stuff, now's a good time to look at your winter wardrobe and access what worked and what didn't. If there are things that didn't get worn this season - reflect on why. If something has gone through two winter seasons without getting worn (and you're not pregnant or otherwise transitioning in weight), I'd say it's time to let go. Taking photos of your outfits (whether you share them with the world or not) is a great way to track what you've worn and judge which were your favorites - here are a few of mine:

mindful closet: winter wardrobe assessment

If there are things you wore and loved and could use a replacement for, this is a great time to take advantage of winter clearance sales. For example, I really enjoyed wearing my black pointy-toed boots, but wouldn't mind a pair with a little bit of a heel. I had tried these on earlier and liked them, so I ordered them when I saw them on sale recently. They come in wide width and fit my orthotics. I also saw another pair of my beloved Blondo boots on eBay for 1/3 the price and snapped those up too. 

Other bloggers have written much better, detailed posts about the process of assessing your past season's clothing, so I'll direct you to Seasons and Salt and Style Bee for those. 

What did you love wearing this winter? 

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trench coat: wardrobe staple or not?

trench coat: wardrobe staple or not?

There are some things that we're told every woman has to have in their wardrobe. 

mindful closet st louis personal stylist: trench coat

I've already decided I'm not the white-button-down-wearing type (usually on that list) and therefore don't need one, but what about a trench coat? I love the look of it, and it's perfect for transitional weather like we're having now. I was all about the trench while I was pregnant (here and here) but in reality, I hardly ever wear it. 

What do you think? Keep it or let it go? 

 

(photos by Celeste Boyer)