Sustainable Style #1: A New Series

While I love fashion and I love expressing myself through what I wear, I am also a scientist, environmentalist and a nature enthusiast. These can be very conflicting seeing as how much of an impact the fashion industry has had on the environment. I have waited way to long to write this post and to take this issue seriously so it is very much time to hold myself accountable.

I will start by saying that even if you don’t really care about trends or style you can care about this issue because you still have an impact on the environment via what you wear because everything we buy has an impact. Beyond just direct environmental impact (throwing things away), our decision to buy something supports a certain company and sends a specific message. We might be supporting a company that doesn’t regulate their factories or uses highly impactful material or that produces a lot of waste, and not even know we are doing so. Therefore I think sustainable style is a problem for everyone, not just people who care a ton about what they wear.

I do think that, as someone who does love clothes and style, I should be even more conscious of the industry and impacts it has both socially and environmentally. My goal for right now is to go on a journey that delves into sustainable style and to revisit who I am as a consumer. I am going to share this journey through a series of sustainable style blog posts. I will start with one post a month. That post is going to be well-researched and it will always have a personal twist that gives some insight into how I am doing on this adventure and how I am going to change things or try things based on that month’s topic.

Over the past five or so years I have really struggled with expressing both of these sides of myself (my love for fashion and my love for the environment). I often sort of argue with myself about what to do and how to care for the environment while still expressing myself and sharing a big passion. I can’t say I have come to a place that I feel good about yet but I want to get there. I think this series is not only a way for me to share what I learn but also to really push myself to do better and be more conscious of my impacts. I want to feel good about both of these passions and feel like they can, in some way, interact positively.

I want to also give a disclaimer that I am not going to change my wardrobe or ways (as a consumer) overnight. I am not just going to throw things away and buy new things, from companies that are ‘environmentally friendly’, this also defeats the point seeing as I would be throwing a way a lot of clothing. I am going to be methodical and take time to figure out how to bring two worlds together (in the context my wardrobe and my closet). My goal for the next post in the series will be to focus on getting some real facts about the industry and some basics things I can do.

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Incorporating a vintage skirt into an everyday outfit!
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My absolute favorite crop top/sports bra right now is from The Girlfriend Collective.

I invite you will follow along on this journey, AND I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences throughout the process!!!

Erin

Transitioning to Fall

I can’t believe its already almost the end of August! This summer has really flown by. Classes at Utah State start next week and I definitely need to get myself mentally prepped and ready to teach and for my own classes. Fall is hands down my favorite season though so overall I am super pumped for the next couple of months. Seasonal transitions can be tough so I thought I would do a post on transitioning a wardrobe into fall. It is still so hot (at least in Utah!) but a lot of people are going back to school and in general feeling ready for fall style (I already want to be wearing sweaters).

I rounded up some great pieces for this transition and I am going to share a couple of outfits that I am excited to wear during the next couple of months.

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Loafer: They are a great school option that is also so comfortable plus I love that this snakeskin print elevates the more traditional look.

Grey jumpsuit: I am a lover of jumpsuits and I just ordered this one for fall. I was on the fence about the grey but it is a neutral so it goes with everything and can definitely be dressed up.

Wide leg pant: These pants are amazing! The print is so fun and perfect for fall. They also look so comfortable and airy.

Wrap dress: This is another great option for school/teaching but also great for warm weather. I am so tempted by this, its just so cute and could be great for spring and summer as well!

Tank top: A tank top in a fun fall color is another great way to transition into fall. I love throwing a cardigan or blazer over top for teaching or in the evenings. This Reformation top is another fun option (I love this stripes) and I have this BP cami in the leopard and the black and love them both.

Striped blouse: I don’t immediately think of blue and white as fall colors but I think the colors bring some of summer with a great style for fall. It would go so well with a brown corduroy skirt. Plus it would totally work for spring and summer as well!

Heeled sandal: Sandals are also not something I usually associate with fall however I do think these could be so cute with some fall outfits for the rest of August and September. I just ordered them in the taupe and am so excited for them to arrive!

Olive jumpsuit: Yup another jumpsuit. This color is so pretty for fall and I can’t wait to wear it with some sneakers or leopard flats.

A few other things I am eying include this leopard skirt, fun sunglasses and an Everlane sweater.

I do have a Pinterest board with outfit ideas for summer to fall transitions. Some outfit ideas:

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T-shirt is BP (I freaking love this tee so much and wear it all the time, I also have it in black!), Skirt is BP, Booties are Vince Camuto, Bag is Madewell (my go to right now, great size and material), Sunglasses are Karen Walker (a big splurge but an all time favorite and the absolute best quality)

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Jumpsuit is BP, Sunglasses are Quay (similar), Hat is Brooklyn Hat Co. Palm Fiber Safari Hat (similar), Sandals are from Birkenstock, Bag is last year Faithful the Brand (similar), Cardigan by Leith.

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Tank is old (this one is very similar plus is on major sale), Jeans are Levi’s, Wedges are Treasure and Bond (they definitely live up to the hype, so cute and actually so comfy), Bag is Madewell, Sunglasses are last year Quay (similar).

I hope you are having a great weekend, spending time both relaxing and having fun. And let me know what you are into for the transition into fall, I love getting new ideas and inspiration!

Erin

 

Snowbird Life Update

The past couple of weeks have been crazy. I worked a ton during July and had a conference from the 23rd until the 29th in Snowbird, Utah. I went down a day early to hang out with my high school friend who was visiting from Denver. We stayed at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake so that we could be close to everything and it has an outdoor pool. We had a great time just laying out by the pool, reading, chatting and relaxing. I needed that day so much! We ate at a delicious vegan restaurant called Zest which had amazing gluten-free, vegan pizza and other yummy appetizers. For dessert we headed to Capo Gelateria Italiana for gelato.

I headed up to Snowbird for the conference the next day. It is so beautiful up there! Seriously though I highly recommending either going up during ski season or hiking during the summer. It is just the resort and the mountains and although I didn’t really expect it to be that isolated, I really liked it. I did not have a ton of time to explore since I was at sessions most of the time but I did go to many of the restaurants up there and I managed to squeeze in a trip of the tram to the top of the mountain. The views were so beautiful and I loved just having some time to myself to walk around. Also I saw a moose!

The conference in general was amazing and I met some really incredible people. The best part of attending conferences is definitely the opportunity to network and find interesting people. My experience was dampened by some news from home which I won’t go to into in this post but it did effect my ability to be present and really take advantage of every opportunity available.

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Erin

Nordstrom Sale Try On

I know how overwhelming this sale can be so I am just doing this one other post and the only reason I decided to do an actual try is that I ended up really loving some of the things I found in the sale. I original was a little disappointed in the selection but after trying things on I am definitely really excited about some things. I also wanted to especially link options that are still available since public access is starting today!

First I am going to do a little round up of things that are still fully in stock and that are either so worth the money or that I would still consider getting.

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Zella Pocket Leggings: I have the normal high waisted Live In leggings and absolutely love them. I am about to order these since I am really into the pocket aspect.

Leith Cardigan: I am not really a cardigan person but I ordered this one and am really excited about it. It is a great length and looks so cozy. It has also been recently restocked in all sizes! I also think this cashmere Halogen one is a great option but much pricier.

Spanx leggings: Still fully stocked and 100% worth full price so this is a great time to get them for cheaper.

Nordstrom PJs: Everyone always raves about these and for some reason I only jumped on them this year (see below) and they are the softest and most comfortable pajamas ever. There are still several color options in a few sizes and all sizes in black.

Free People Blouse: This blouse is so pretty! The pink is available in all sizes and the black in a few sizes. The price is great considering it is Free People.

Joggers: I am super into these joggers. The price is great and they are still available in all sizes. Disclaimer though, I have no idea how the quality is in them.

Halogen Trench: So I feel like I might be able to find a better deal on a quality trench coat but I can’t speak to quality here I just really like the look of this and it is still entirely in stock!

And now on to all the pieces I have purchased so far (disclaimer I am definitely not keeping everything).

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Nordstrom PJs, this cardigan is one of the Barefoot Dreams from last year (so comfy!)

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Alo crop top (hands down my favorite purchase, I so wish it was still in stock), Amazon leggings

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Waffle knit jumpsuit (it is so comfy and still available in all sizes)

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Free People swing top, Sam Edelman Boot, skirt is KJP (not a Nordstrom purchase)

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Suede Jacket (such a beautiful, high quality jacket), Sam Edelman Boot

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BP sweater, Vince Camuto Bootie (one of my favorite purchases), Levi’s jeans (not on sale)

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Long sleeve tee (great fit and very comfortable but I am not sold on the colors), Sam Edelman Boot

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Chenille sweater (I really love this, the fit is great and I love the green), Vince Camuto Bootie

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Ponte pants (so flattering and comfortable but kind of on the expensive side), Lace cami (love love love), mules are from last year’s sale (I do love this year’s studded loafers)

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Leopard cardigan, Free People top, Zella leggingsVince Camuto Bootie

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Cowl neck sweater (this is much larger than I expected, this is a small and I felt like I was swimming in it), Sezane booties (not Nordstrom), Levi’s (not in the sale)

Happy Friday!

Erin

 

Prime Day

Amazon’s Prime Day is upon us. I am in a little bit of a rush getting to work today so this post will be rather short but I wanted to get it out early since the sale is only two days. I have already picked up a few things and wanted to post of few of my highlight items that are on sale. You can click on the photo and it will link you directly to the product.

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Such a great deal on this Nespresso machine (down to $99.99 from $181.99)!

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This sports bra by Amazon’s clothing brand is on sale for $20, I just got it in grey. Super excited about it!

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I am also psyched about the matching leggings (on sale for $27.30).

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This is my one big purchase and it is the one I have been planning for. I finally am taking the leap to the Kindle, mostly for travel reason. But now is a really great time to get it since the paperwhite is only $84.

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For now my final pick is this green cast iron dutch oven for $28.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you end up get during prime day! Happy Monday!

Erin

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

So I told myself I didn’t want to post about this sale however I have spent way too much time thinking and planning for this sale so I decided to channel some of that into a post despite knowing how much other people post about it. It really is a great opportunity to prep for fall if you are in need of any clothing or beauty products. There are also some amazing basics that go on sale for great prices (especially for the quality, e.g. BP. and Caslon). I think the best part of the sale is that there are several great deals on things that don’t usually go on sale (e.g. Barefoot Dreams, Spanx, Barbour, Patagonia). Just in case you are not familiar with this sale I will quickly go over how it works. The sale opens today (July 12th) for cardholders and then it opens to the public on July 19th and runs through August 4th. The second important thing to know about this sale is that it is such a big deal because its the one sale that occurs at the beginning of a season. This means that everything is brand new and has not been sitting on a shelf for months.

First I want to share the products that I have continued to use over and over again, that are included in this year’s sale. These are the products that for me have been most worth the money. This includes mostly things that I have had the most wear out of for the price and several things that are hard to get for lower prices:

Tory Burch Riding Boots: These were one of my first Nordstrom sale purchases and they are such a great closet staple that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend getting these in the sale if you have had the on your wish list. They are such a deal!

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Hunter Boots: Although I did not purchase these from the sale, it is a great place to buy them. They are such a great deal and will last forever. If I repurchase ever I will definitely get the packable ones so they are easier to travel with.

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BLANKNYC Moto Jacket: I have one in black, I paid full price, and it is totally worth it. They quality and fit are incredible and despite thinking I wasn’t very into leather I wear it all the time.

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Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: I have the cameo ones from last year’s sale but I am considering buying they normal ones since they are a great deal and very versatile. I wear mine fall through spring.

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Zella Leggings: If you don’t already own Zella leggings they are a great closet staple for such a great price. I have worn them for workouts, around the house and even to dress up in.

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Zella Jogger: I bought these in last year’s sale and they continue to be my absolute favorite pair of sweatpants. They are so comfy and great for hanging around the house. I went up a size because I like my loungewear to be on the looser side.

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Patagonia: I am not including a specific one since I don’t have any of the items included in the sale but I will say that all of their stuff is such great quality and perfect for outdoor adventures. They are also a really great company with an amazing vision and mission.

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I have looked through everything that is in the sale and I chose my top three items from the from clothing and shoes/accessories categories. Although I did lump skirts, denim and pants together because in all honesty I was not that impressed with the selection. I organized it kind of how I am shopping and thinking about the sale. I will do a post in a week or so with more specific categories. What I am looking forward to this year:

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Pants/Skirts: Madewell jeansCorduroy skirt, Leopard skirt

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Tops: Leopard wrap top, Free People swing top, Lace camisole

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Dresses: Floral printed dressMidi slip dressFloral printed dress #2

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Sweaters/cardigans: Madewell color block cardigan, BP v-neck sweaterCaslon Hoodie

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Coats/Jackets: Suede Jacket, Something Navy CoatPlaid printed jacket

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Athletic wear: Alo Yoga moto leggingsAdidas SneakerCrop top

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Bags: Rebecca Minkoff Circle Crossbody, Tory Burch Tote, Longchamp tote

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Shoes: Vince Camuto Knee High BootBP BootieLeopard sneaker

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Jewelry: Necklace Set, Statement earringsRainbow hoops

Those are my current picks! I will update you all soon with what I try on and what I end up purchasing. I will say that have set a budget and am trying to stick to that so I definitely won’t be purchasing everything!

Erin

Summer Sun

Summer is such a fun time of year! I usually fill mine with lots of adventures… for school, for work and for fun. This year is no different however it has been much busier with work than I was expecting. I still have managed to find time for my favorite parts of summer. I have been to the farmers market every Saturday since I have been back in Utah and they have such great fresh fruits and veggies. Plus ours has had the most delicious lemonade. My absolute favorite summer wardrobe item is wicker baskets. They are pretty impractical for me but they are just so fun and make me so happy! It gets pretty hot out here and we don’t have air conditioning which can be a bit of a pain, however if anything it is an excuse to find some water, shade and a good book! So many fun summer things…

Beaches
Farmer’s Markets
Swimming
Sunny Days
Dresses Galore
Watermelon
Fresh Fruit
Cookouts 
Road Trips
Sprinklers
Wicker Baskets
Camping

Erin

A Birthday Adventure

SO last Monday was my 24th birthday. I really wanted to spend it up at Bear Lake, reading and swimming but Aiden had planned to take me to brunch and then to a bookstore (my favorite place ever!). We decided to fit it all in. The day started off great, I had to go into work for an hour but then we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Herm’s Inn at the base of Logan Canyon. We then drove down to Ogden for some book browsing at Barnes and Noble. Despite having a crazy long booklist I still managed to choose too many! I always wish that I had one extra day to every normal day just for reading.

We drove back to Logan and started up the canyon to Bear Lake. Aside from some construction things were going fairly smoothly until we started the last ascent up Bear Mountain. I was driving and the car just would not accelerate. It was really freaky and we pulled over several times trying to figure out what the problem was. Things would go back to normal and then maybe thirty seconds later we would start to decelerate again. Eventually the car just would not go at all so we pulled over and managed to get to a parking lot off the side of the road.

The biggest problem was the we had no reception at all so there was no way to get ahold of aaa or anyone else. A very nice man stopped to help us and ended up driving us to Garden City (on the other side of the mountain) where we were able to call aaa and then our friends. Our friends met us at Zipz for dinner (an delicious raspberry milkshakes) and we all went for drinks at the country club while we waited for the tow truck.

It was quite the adventure and we did not get home until past midnight (the tow truck took forever and ended up being very expensive). The reason I wanted to share this story is that it taught me a very valuable lesson. I had an expectation for how the day was going to go and I know things go wrong all the time but I really did not expect this. It could have been really sucky but the whole day actually ended up being really fun! The car having issues and the expenses are definitely a bummer but having Aiden there really helped me feel better and I actually had a great time with my friends while we were waiting.

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I am so so appreciative of all the nice people out there willing to go out of there way to help stranger. I also can’t thank Aiden and my friends enough for helping out and for making a bummer of a situation tons better!

Erin

Spring has Sprung

Spring is already here! How crazy is that? I will say that this year I am especially excited about the warm weather. I probably say that every year but I was not expecting Utah winters to be nearly as cold as this one was. It was just this constant freezing temperature with wind (making the cold 10 times worse). The flowers and greenery are my favorite parts of spring. I have never had a Utah spring but I will be here for April so I will get a taste before my month and a half of travel starts. As always floral prints and shades of pink are favorites for the season. So far my beige trench coat has been my most worn piece, but I am sure that will change as it continues to warm. I am also very into white jeans this spring. It is such an easy way to make an outfit fit for spring while still staying warm.

Floral Prints
Lots of Pink
Fresh Flowers
Warm Weather
Light Sweaters
Raindrops
Baby Animals
Potting Soil
Dresses
Green
Walking in the Rain
Hammock Reading

 

 

 

Erin

On Being Happy

I won’t go into all the details, but I have been struggling on a personal level a lot this year. I realized recently that I haven’t been entirely happy and that has really made me not want to do things that I usually love to do.

The important part of this is that I also realized that my happiness is 100% in my control. I have had some great opportunities and I have amazing, supportive people in my life. I have an amazing job that I really love and I live in a very beautiful place. I thought to myself, how am I unhappy with all these incredible and positive things? What is it that is making me unhappy? The problem is right there. I am way to focused on the outside factors. Happiness is something that can be influenced by outside factors but is ultimately a thing I can control. I can control my own attitudes about my situation and about life in general. This might sound intuitive to some but for me this has been a big realization. I need to take the necessary steps for myself to be happier and have a better outlook on life.

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I want to make a quick note that generally I am a very positive person and don’t usually have a problem making friends and being happy. I have gone through some big changes in the past year and I think I struggled a lot with that. It put me in a state of mind that was not as positive and I started blaming things on other people or outside factors.

A few things I have been doing to change my mindset:

  1. Lots of yoga. This is one that is probably different for everyone but moving your body is a really great way to focus on something else (not thinking too much) while moving your body and getting in touch with your physical self. I overthink things a lot and letting myself let go for an hour or two each day is such a beautiful gift. I want to be clear about this one, it is not at all about losing weight or even being physically fit, its about getting to know myself better and focusing my mind on that.
  2. The 5 minute journal. I only started this about five days ago but I spent a lot of time thinking about it and debating whether or not I should give it a try. I wanted something that puts me in a more positive mindset from the get go every morning. This journal seemed like a great way to influence my initial attitudes about the day while still being true to myself. The journal is just a daily journal with more directed prompts. The prompts are short and quick to make it a very easily attainable habit.
  3. Everyday joys. Incorporation of the things I love and am passionate about into my every day life has been a fun way to remind myself of what I do and who I am, everyday. This sounds vague so I will be more specific about what I am doing. I first made a list of things I love and care about and am trying to dedicate at least 5 minutes a day to thinking about each thing. I am trying to incorporate this into my Instagram stories because it gives me a sense of accountability to those things and it lets me shares those things that I love. One example of this is finding a cool nature video on YouTube or taking the time to explain an interesting biological concept (I think about biology all day but this gives me dedicated time to remind myself of why I love biology). It could also be sharing a trend I am into or a book I am loving. I will say that of all the things on this list, this one is the least developed, meaning I have not made it a habit yet so it might change a little over time.
  4. Intentionality with food. This absolutely does not mean that I am only eating super healthy food, it also does not mean that I previously was not eating healthily. It just means that I am focusing more on what I eat and how it makes me feel. Balance is such an important part of life and it is something I am trying to intentionally bring into my diet. A green smoothie every day has really improved my stomach problems and it has increased my vegetable intake significantly.
  5. Saying yes. In the past I have been that person that always says yes, is always overcommitted and takes every opportunity. This definitely made my life crazy busy but I like being busy, I feel like I work harder, am more productive and am happier when I have lots to do. I realized that I have been making excuses a lot lately which is very unlike me. So, I am trying to say yes to more social things and volunteer for different opportunities at school.

Being happy is a big part of creating the life I want to live. Realizing and recognizing that I have been unhappy has been a big step for me. I definitely hid my feelings and tried to convince myself over and over that everything is okay I am entirely happy with my life right now. It is okay to not be great and happy all the time. Life ebbs and flows and that is just a part of being human. I can’t always control what goes on around me but I can control how I choose to react to things. I may have a gut feeling about something uncontrollable but ultimately I can control how I feel about it in the long run. I choose to be happy with the person I am and to do more of what makes me happy.

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I hope you had a nice, relaxing February. Its already almost March, so crazy!

Erin