Category Archives: Fashion

Eco / Fashion

The Fashion Revolution

16th May 2019

The time has come for the long-awaited Fashion Revolution! Not only does this revolution ensure a more ethically-sourced, kinder world, but it also encourages the slow fashion movement to abolish wasteful mass production. It is a movement rooted in love for the environment and (most importantly to me), love for other people.

The Fashion Revolution is comprised of people around the globe who are committed to changing the fashion industry’s values and the environment. They’re the designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, makers, workers and fashion lovers. They’re the industry and the public. The world’s citizens. Me and you.

read more

Eco / Fashion

5 Sustainable, Fair Trade Fashion Brands

15th April 2019

The Shift to Slow Fashion

Sustainable, fair-trade brands have been on the up and up it seems recently, and I’m all for it. When it comes down to living a more ethical life, I’m not an all-or-nothing person. Personally, I’m a big believer that if everyone makes more conscious decisions more regularly, we could easily make a huge impact on our Earth and the well-being of our environment. I’m not a huge fan of the societal expectation that if you identify as something, you cannot ever stray from it or you’re not a “true vegan,” a “true environmental advocate,” a “true” anything. The fact that you’re making strides towards a more sustainable life is extremely important in and of itself; be proud of what you have done, and inspire more people to make conscious decisions to save our planet.

Sustainable Slow Fashion Brands

 

When it comes to sustainable fashion, I’ll be completely honest and admit that I do not make sustainable, ecologically conscious decisions 100% of the time. Yes, there are a handful of sustainable fashion brands out there to choose from (and it’s growing everyday), but they’re a bit on the pricier side (which, of course, is due to fair trade), and they’re more often than not a style that differs from my own. I’ve noticed that many sustainable fashion brands have that earthy, bohemian vibe that is beautiful, but not suitable for the office (like I need). However, I would love to begin purchasing my clothes mindfully and with an ecological, humane approach to the fashion industry. One day, I hope every piece of clothing I own has intentionality and kindness behind their brand labels.

Bead and Reel Network

Bead and Reel Logo

That’s why I’m so happy to be a part of the Bead and Reel Affiliate Network. Bead and Reel is a mindful living community that has incredible ethics they run their business by in order to make way for a kinder approach to fashion. Their ethics listed include:

Fair Trade

Fair Trade practices ensure proper, fair and humane living wages are paid to production in developing countries. I had no idea that when a business commits to operating under “Fair Trade,” they’re committing to 10 different principles: transparency, poverty reduction, no child labor, and gender equality. In order to classify as a Fair Trade business, they must be certified by one of the Fair Trade certification agencies, and these agencies ensure they are abiding by the principles listed.

Principles of Fair Trade

Artisan Made

Now, “artisan made” is essentially the uncertified version of Fair Trade. The process is lengthy and costly, and many small businesses can’t commit to the certification process, but still run under the principles. Bead and Reel ensures that all of their vendors are abiding by the 10 Fair Trade principles, even requiring a contract to be signed in order for affiliation.

Female Founder

Bead and Reel requires that at least one founder is a woman.

Gender Neutral

Bead and Reel wants to carry clothing that is “neither conventionally for men nor women – it’s for both.”

Gives Back

Bead and Reel commits to giving back each month, and they require their vendors do, too. Vendors must donate a percentage of their profits to a specific cause or charity in order to be an affiliate of the network.

Made in the USA

Products must be made in the USA and must abide by labor laws.

Made to Order

Did you know that over 11 million TONS of garments end up in landfills every year, JUST in America? How many times have you purchased a Forever 21 shirt that fell apart after just one wash? This is part of the problem; customers are buying cheap clothing that aren’t made from great materials, and they end up being tossed into the landfill. Also, big brands also overproduce their unsellable items, wasting a ton of resources for no reason. Made to Order ensures no resources will be wasted. 

Nonprofit

The brand must be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3).

Organic

Cotton takes up a significant portion of the world’s farmlands, and it is often grown with harsh pesticides. Organic crops are not cultivated in this way; instead, they are grown under “environmentally and socially responsible methods.”

Vegan & Plant based

Everything in the shop is vegan, but only some items are plant based (if that makes sense). Plant based items are labeled so that you know which ones are made with healthy, natural fibers.

Recycled & Up-cycled

Bead and Reel asks all items to be created from recycled resources to cut down on the usual resource-intensive practice of the fashion industry. Up-cycled, on the other hand, allows producers to use existing items or textiles and re-purpose them. All items must have one portion that is recycled and one portion that is up-cycled.

Vegan Company

They also require one owner within the company is Vegan.

Zero Waste

A company with Bead and Reel must commit to having no remaining textile scraps or to using textile scraps to create their product.

So, as you can see, this is a pretty lengthy list of ethics that these brands must abide by in order to be an affiliate of the network. I honestly was so surprised to see just how many brands are in the network; there are so many that are exceptionally mindful, intentional and sustainable.

The Brands

Alright, let’s get into the brands and what they stand for. Please note that I am a Bead and Reel affiliate, aforementioned. You can use my link to purchase any items seen here, or you can opt not to and Google them apart from my link. Please know that even though I do make a small commission from your purchases, I would support these brands, their missions and their ethics regardless.

VICTORIA ROAD

This brand is absolutely gorgeous. They sell such classic silhouettes with chic patterns that are so incredibly chic. They have an extremely modern, hyper-sophisticated vibe that is perfect for today’s business babe. And their mission is even more beautiful than their clothing; they work to “bridge cultures through design.” Check out their gorgeous spring collection here. 

Their brand values inclusivity and the implementation of an “inclusive supply chain.” Instead of having their own design team, they instead collaborate with passionate designers from different regions to create designs that reflect their own cultural aesthetic and craft. They ensure their business operates under Fair Trade policies, meaning pay living wages and provide benefits like access to health care and overtime pay. Victoria Road sources from ethical suppliers, and they commit to reducing their carbon footprint through using local fabrics, small-batch manufacturing and reused materials.

I also love that they highlight their designers to ensure they are given the credit and recognition they deserve. It just gives me the sense that they sincerely value their designers rather than asking them to create cultural aesthetics without intentionality or recognition.

PASSION LILIE

This brand has gorgeous, earthy pieces that retro and vintage inspired, with focuses on whites and blues for the spring and summer collections. I love their loose fitting shift dresses, which are absolutely perfect for the warmer months with a pair of sandals or wedges.

Their business, of course, abides by Fair Trade policies. They also work to empower artisans all over the world by giving employment opportunities that are ethical and humane. Their mission is to reduce the cycle of poverty through global impact, and they pride themselves as not being considered a charity but instead, a part of a movement for empowering, fair and equal industry practices. Their clothing is designed in New Orleans and produced in India.

DEVINTO

For the modest, classic gal, DEVINTO has the sleekest, chicest picks for you. I love their Old Hollywood, classic glamour vibe, and I could see myself purchasing nearly everything in their catalog. They have extremely chic silhouettes, with minimal colors that make for a classic piece. They have a unique vibe from the usual bohemian, airy, bright aesthetic often associated with sustainable fashion. Instead, the DEVINTO is “inspired by ambiguity.”

The website says “the designs portray a sense of dichotomy revealing that elegance can be rebellious, a somber mood can bring a sense of comfort, and simplicity can make a bold statement; thus DEVINTO is at once feminine and empowering, elegant and defiant, while remaining simple and comfortable.” Are you in love yet? Because I am.

They stand by people’s right to express themselves through fashion. However, they say the planet and its inhabitants shouldn’t be at cost when doing so. They use ethically sourced natural fabrics and commit to minimized waste and overproduction.

MATTER

I love the modern yet traditional vibe Matter has. They are extremely intentional when it comes to choosing prints. They explain the meaning of their patterns to their consumers, detailing their motifs and giving insight and context into the cultures that they have been extracted from. This is actually a huge part of their mission; they source heritage prints and reinterpret them in a modern way. They hope to inspire their consumers by provenance: “to ask where and why something is made, by whom, and expand a community that celebrates heritage.”

 

SYMBOLOGY

Lastly, for today, I’d like to mention Symbology, a brand that reminds me of Anthropologie and a bit of Urban Outfitters. They have such a gorgeous, bright color palette and they’ve created the most flattering, stylish silhouettes with their items! I think their items are so beautiful for everyday wear. I love that their mission is to empower women in developing countries. Of course, they abide by Fair Trade  and prioritize the well being of their women. 

Symbology Sustainable Fashion

I’ll be highlighting more companies throughout the rest of this month in celebration of Earth Day. I hope you take the time to check them out. Let me know which brand you’re wanting to order from!

Using Tailwind to Drive Traffic to your Blog

Hello, hello! Let’s talk about Tailwind App, an app specifically made to increase your activity on Pinterest and help you grow. Pinterest is SUCH a great tool for bloggers! Nearly every single Pinterest pin is connected to a blog post, meaning that when people share the image, they’re also simultaneously sharing your content. Make sure […]

0 comments

The Fashion Revolution

The time has come for the long-awaited Fashion Revolution! Not only does this revolution ensure a more ethically-sourced, kinder world, but it also encourages the slow fashion movement to abolish wasteful mass production. It is a movement rooted in love for the environment and (most importantly to me), love for other people. The Fashion Revolution […]

0 comments

How to Build an Engaged Instagram Following

Hello, friends! Let’s talk about building an Instagram following in 2019! I started blogging in February and had around 1200 followers, but didn’t really start seeing growth until April. It is now May and I’m right at 3000 as of right this minute! So that’s about 1700 followers within the last month. Crazy! I more […]

0 comments

XO,
Jade Nicole

Fashion

Style Picks // Spring 2019

12th April 2019

It definitely feels like spring here in Arizona, but then again, when doesn’t it? I figured I’d put together a style guide for business casual items that I think are gorgeous for the spring time — both high-end (ish) and affordable options.

This post contains some affiliate links. 

HIGH END

ANTONI MELANI 

I recently had my law school honors program interview in Chicago! I wore a navy Antonio Melani dress I purchased a few years ago, and have never really looked into the brand since. But OMG, they have the cutest office wear for spring!

Ugh, look at these gorgeous lil’ lace a-line midi dresses ($219). I think they’re so beautiful for the spring time, and elegant, too! You could definitely get away with wearing these at a springtime wedding or even a fancy brunch. They’re a bit pricey, but these pieces are classic and timeless and I’m sure you’ll find 100 different occasions to wear them.

Antonio Melani Yellow Dress

Antonio Melani Yellow Dress

Antonio Melani White Dress

I’m not usually a jumpsuit wear-er, but I definitely love this lavender get-up for the springtime ($179). It’s such a gorgeous shape and has the most beautiful sleeves! I also love the culotte pant trend right now, as I think it’s so flattering to almost every body type. Plus, it’s got a chic lavender tie and would look so cute with some nude heels or even sandals if you’d prefer to dress it down.

Antonio Melani Lavender Jumpsuit

Antonio Melani Lavender Jumpsuit

Even though it’s getting warm outside, it’s still pretty chilly in the office. I still honestly prefer to wear pants anytime I get. Look at this adorable camel colored wool blend suit Antonio Melani ($229) has, though! I think this is a great way to dawn a pantsuit during the spring time, since the color allows you to mix and match with creams and whites. Gorgeous!

Antonio Melani Camel Suit

Antonio Melani Camel Suit

GIANNI BINI

This Gianni Bini dress ($159) is so perfect. I love the corn-flower blue and the midi length! It may be better suited for a wedding or a classic lunch/dinner, but I still wanted to include this one since it’s such a perfect “spring” color!

Gianni Bini Blue Midi Dress

Gianni Bini Midi Dress

CALVIN KLEIN

Calvin Klein is a tried and true brand for me when it comes to business casual (mostly because I can find great pieces on sale at TJ Maxx!). I love the clean lines and the ways in which the fabric lies on the body. This dress ($89) is no exception! I love the simplicity and the minimalism with the dash of flair in the form of the fluttering sleeves. Plus, this creamy nude is such a gorgeous springtime color. 

Calvin Klein Nude Dress

Calvin Klein Nude Dress

AFFORDABLE

AMAZON

I love the style of mock neck dresses, especially for the springtime! Here’s an adorable one I found on Amazon ($49) with 4 stars. It comes in a variety of different colors, but I really love this royal blue. With some nude accessories, I think this would be perfect for the office in the spring and summer months.

Lark & Ro Dress

I love this Milumia tied shirt ($22) with folded sleeves (especially in mint!). I think this would look so cute with either white trousers or some cigarette black pants. Super adorable and flowy for the springtime, when the temperatures soar up to the 100’s.

Milumia Tie Shirt

This blush pink shirt with a tie would be so cute with high waisted trousers for the spring. It’s sheer and will let in some air, so it won’t be too hot for the summertime.

Lomon Self Tie Blouse

What’s on your fashion trends list for this spring? I always go for a more classic approach when it comes to business clothes, to ensure I get the proper wear out of different items. What’s your favorite from this post? Let me know!

Using Tailwind to Drive Traffic to your Blog

Hello, hello! Let’s talk about Tailwind App, an app specifically made to increase your activity on Pinterest and help you grow. Pinterest is SUCH a great tool for bloggers! Nearly every single Pinterest pin is connected to a blog post, meaning that when people share the image, they’re also simultaneously sharing your content. Make sure […]

0 comments

The Fashion Revolution

The time has come for the long-awaited Fashion Revolution! Not only does this revolution ensure a more ethically-sourced, kinder world, but it also encourages the slow fashion movement to abolish wasteful mass production. It is a movement rooted in love for the environment and (most importantly to me), love for other people. The Fashion Revolution […]

0 comments

How to Build an Engaged Instagram Following

Hello, friends! Let’s talk about building an Instagram following in 2019! I started blogging in February and had around 1200 followers, but didn’t really start seeing growth until April. It is now May and I’m right at 3000 as of right this minute! So that’s about 1700 followers within the last month. Crazy! I more […]

0 comments

XO,
Jade Nicole

Fashion

Chiffon and Floral | XOMandySue Collab

3rd February 2019

Good morning! 

I hope you all are having a fabulous start to February. It’s Groundhog Day today, and in Phoenix, the weather is a nice, sunny 70 degrees. I know the midwest and east coast can’t say the same right now (I can’t even fathom what -50 degrees feels like), so I’m sending sunshine and warmth from the Valley of the Sun!

XOMandySue Collab / Text over graphic of green plants

I’m so very excited to share this first XOMandySue collab post with you all! They left a comment on my Instagram informing me they were interested in working with me. In full disclosure, I received a hefty discount on the clothing items I purchased. In no way does this alter my opinions on the brand.

About the Brand

This brand is based out of California. It’s small — from what I can gather, it’s ran by a lovely young couple, Robby and Lindsay, in Newport Beach, California. XOMandySue carries a handful of different vendors in their digital-only boutique. They carry clothing for the beachy-boho babe and are comfortable, feminine, yet still elegant and very put-together (just my style). The clothes came quick and had the cutest white and green monstera packaging, complete with a small note that was kind and cute.

The brand is super interactive on social media, and since they’re a boutique constantly gaining new clothing items, they do a great job of informing their consumers about new drops! I’d recommend following them over on Instagram if you’re interested in staying up-to-date on the latest clothing items, especially via their InstaStories.

My First Order

The Milan Dress

Jade wears an XOMandySue dress, size small, chiffon and maroon. The dress is called the Milan dress.

When I saw this dress on the site, I instantly added it to my cart. The details are so cute and being that I’m an employee at Arizona State University, all pro-staff is required to dawn maroon on Monday’s to show school spirit. This dress is the perfect option for that! My office doesn’t require super formal business casual, so I wasn’t too worried about the sheered out paneling on the shoulders. It has a beautiful dotted detailing and is the most gorgeous shade of rich cranberry-crimson.

The dress then has pleating and a flowy, feminine flair towards the bottom. With tights and boots, this would make for a gorgeous holiday dress. However, since it’s already warm here in Phoenix, I paired this with my holy grail set of Steve Madden *WHAT’S THE SHOE CALLED with a matching clutch I received for Christmas. Delicate gold earrings are the perfect accessory for this, but I could also see it styled with some fun tassle earrings of gold or mustard.

 The Eve Dress

The next dress I purchased has much more of a springtime vibe to it. It’s white with delicate straps and a gorgeous maroon and pink floral design. I love to wear white during the spring months, especially on beach vacations or when I know I’m going to be in the sun a lot. I paired this dress with the same Steve Madden sandals (I told you, they’re my holy grail) and red lipstick. (Shop Fenty beauty RED LIPSTICK here). This dress was $***, and you can get it on their website still. It would be absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day!

This is a screenshot from the site!

 

The Discount

XO Mandy Sue has worked with me to bring you all a discount code that you can use for 35% off your entire order on the site. Just enter JADE35 at checkout and it will automatically be applied to your basket. I do have a discount code of my own for them for being an ambassador, but I do not make additional money from your use of my code.

Are there any must-haves that I should go back to get? Let me know which items you’re purchasing for the spring down below.

XO,

Jade Nicole