Sustainable Shopping: New + Old

I did a little shopping this morning before I even got out of bed. Saturday mornings I drink coffee in bed and read blogs and peruse my Pinterest account. I rarely buy new items. My wardrobe is almost entirely secondhand (except for shoes and undergarments), but this morning I was inspired (by the sale price) to buy something special. I bought this Coralscape dress by Nancybird.  I learned about it via Miss Moss. nancybird-ss15-01

dress backIt looks comfortable and chic.  I could wear it to either the Corey Daniels art opening on May 30th or the Patrick Healey Opening Reception on Sunday June 14th, or both. When buying something new I think it is a good sign when I can see myself wearing it in 10 years. With this particular piece, I can see a young woman buying it in 20 years when I bring it to a consignment shop.

I also got this vintage cotton wrap dress from Etsy. It was only $38 bucks.  It’s the perfect thing to throw over my Minnow Bathers swim suit. I’ll wear it with a vintage straw hat and granny sandals. The hat below is by Rachel Comey. The sandals are vintage SAS.

vintage-summer-outfit

What do you wear to art openings and on lazy summer days? xo jam

Sustainable Style

whowhatwearHave you noticed the coat-as-cape trend?  The image above is from a post on Who What Wear. It is a great example of sustainable style. You don’t need to purchase anything new. Just wear what you already have with a little more pizazz. I wear my librarian-chic cardigans this way at work sometimes.

two trendsThe image above is from the J. Crew blog. Notice they are both wearing their jackets as capes. There is another little detail that I love from this image. Do you see it?  It appears that the woman with the jean jacket cut off the collar. I love that little alteration. It makes the piece more personal. I have a jean jacket in my closet that I haven’t worn for years. If I cut off the collar and wear it as a cape it could become my go-to piece for the summer.

thesquare_spring2015

If you follow me on other social media channels then you already know that I am now a style contributor for two local publications. I contribute a regular piece about sustainable style shopping to the The Square. Grab a copy when you see one around town. There are a ton of great articles about what is happening on the Seacoast. You can also read it online.

style queueI have also started a regular contribution for The Sound. The format for my Sound piece is inspired by the Talk column in the New York Times. It will feature a head-to-toe portrait of a local stylish person alongside a question-and-answer article. With this monthly series I hope to celebrate individual style, sustainable style, and body positive style. Here is a link to my first contribution.

6th Annual Clothing Swap [VIDEO]

For the last few years, My friend Kirsten and I have been making little videos to help promote the swap. We are self-taught hacks (obvi), but we love the creative challenge of creating a video. This year’s video was directly inspired by Daria Werbowy for Equipment Spring 2015. Hope y’all like it.

Below is a link to the Facebook event page for the swap. Join the event and invite your friends! The swap is a super fun community event and a great opportunity to find a fabulous addition to your wardrobe, but please remember this is a clothes drive for Goodwill. #GiveMoreThanYouGet

Speaking of hashtags — There is one more week until the Swap. Why not share what you are bringing to the swap on social media with the hashtag #PortSwap. Then after the swap share what you got at the swap. I know, right. #sofun

6th Annual Women’s (and Men’s!) Clothing Swap
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Portsmouth Public Library
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-427-1540

I founded the swap in 2009 but since then I’ve switched to working part-time. I am no longer the person that actually organizes the swap. I am more like a retired chairman on the board. The swap is now run by the uber-talented Stacia Oparowski and the promotion is handled by Laura Horwood-Benton.

Hope to see you at the Swap! xo jam