Do we want to be Speedy Gonzales with fashion?

My daughter sent me an article in the New York Times that puts into words the insanity of our “must have it now” society. I think my greatest treasures are the items that I have longed for, considered again and again, thinking can I afford or need this? And then when time passed I finally ponyed-up to purchase said item. Take a look at Vanessa Friedman’s thoughts. Do you agree?

Mindful Style gifting.. finally!

I am often asked to recommend mindful clothes and gifts and now that I have a couple of years of research under my belt I am posting a sustainable gift list. Plus all of these companies manufacture in the US so they are keeping jobs here.

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-9-26-42-amI love this coat – classic shape, great colors, made in Minnesota of a proprietary fabric that is wind/water/stain resistant. Great gift for men and women.

 

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-9-48-42-am These personalized bracelets are a cool way for your teenage girl to add to her “stack” or for her to give as gifts as they are reasonably priced.

 

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This tee and more, is proudly made in the USA since 1975 site, is an original gift for the male teenager or dad. The story behind the company is great too.

The organic shape and big size of this ring is perfect for the fashionista in your life.

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This Juniper Ridge room scent makes a good hostess gift. Their house will smell like a fir forest – so clean and fresh and enervating.

 

 

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As a kid I often got a pair of pretty or unusual socks in my stocking and these colorful ones sure fit the bill.

 

 

 

This “everything bag – a clutch, wristlet, dopp kit or stow in a larger bag” is made of waxed canvas (such a hearty and pretty material) and has a made in USA vibe.

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screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-12-23-09-pmThis is one of many adorable original tattoos that can be bought in sets or singly, for adults and kids. screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-12-41-05-pm

For fido – a bit outrageous – a sweatshirt that will delight the humans and probably annoy the dog.

 

 

 

 

And my personal favorite, because really, experiences are the best gifts – Santa do you hear me? – a travel trailer that lets you stay off the beaten path!

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Plus New Balance, J Brand, LL Bean, Steven Alan, Brook Brothers, Levi’s are all true blue made in America companies. Here is the full list.  Please enjoy gifting responsibly! It really can be a wonderful time of the year. B

Enough is enough

Are you getting inundated with holiday sale emails? Seeing ads on your facebook feed for big discounts that will be over soon? Do you start to think you must buy now and buy on sale because you will never get a price like this again?  screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-20-48-pm

I can see how easy it is to get swept up in the frenzy of discount shopping but i say NO – just because an item is on sale does not mean you need it, that you must buy it now, that someone else will get it and you won’t.

That’s what good advertising and marketing is supposed to get you to think. Instead please think carefully. We are “over” consumers; we buy and throw out; we do not need all we have. Shopping has become a sport in the US.

For the holidays I suggest giving a gift of a donation to charity; shop high end vintage or go to a handicraft fair. Etsy, too, has beautiful repurposed items. This week I am posting my list of super gifts from American manufacturers. So even better hold tight and don’t get carried away with all the sale crap you see!

 

Idee fixe

My new idee fixe is the turban. Yes, the head covering that is worn for religious, philosophical and secular reasons. Hear me out..

Thanks to my friend and Soul Stylist, Lori Sutherland, I am following an instagram account (@fandjanm, picture on the left) that shows multiple ways to wear a headwrap; all sorts of colors, styles and women wearing them. I am in heaven!turban-fanm-djamn

I also found the woman on the right, Zadie Smith, an authoress, who wears a turban in many photos. So elegant, so Nefertiti-like! A turban makes the wearer hold their head high, elongates the neck and accentuates the cheekbones.screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-19-45-am

I grabbed the closest scarf, started wrapping, and voila! I am doing my best Egyptian princess pose. I do love the look! This is also a chic way to hide dirty hair and use more of the scarves I have collected over the years. I am committed to trying this and I will let you know how it goes.

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Ladylike Temper

pink-redWant to express yourself without raising your voice? Here is my solution to our nation’s temper tantrum- a hot color combination in a ladylike form. Definitely not for the faint of heart. I adore it!

That’s Me in the Corner

Growing up I went to a school that required me to wear a uniform. In the winter it was a plaid skirt, certain solid color tops, tights or knee hi’s. We had more freedom with our shoes so there were some girls who wore platforms and others who stuck to the classic Topsider’s Wallabees(?!) or clogs. I wore clogs (and still do to this day). But that’s not my point. I was restricted in what I could wear 5 days a week and when I went to college I went nuts buying clothes. Plus I had the almost exact bikini on the girl on the right, used baby oil and aluminum foil covered albums.

College was the beginning of me realizing I had a love for clothes- shape, pattern, color. Off to the races I was and its been a great journey.  These pictures take me back…

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Less is More? Less is a Bore?

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I see my clients burdened by too many clothes and often no idea if they look good. Why? Clothes are cheap and when people buy because “its on sale” or “its a bargain” or “its a trend” they end up with a lot of stuff. packed. in their closet AND still wearing the same 10 pieces week after week.

Less is more if you are bothered by not using what you have. Less doesn’t mean you have boring clothes.

What Is Mindful Style?

Cultivate an image that suits your desire to live consciously.

Streamline your wardrobe, declutter your closet, and buy well-made, modern clothing that you can mix and match.
Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
—Anna Wintour

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