Looking to the Older Kids

Have you ever seen this video of Rachel Comey on the New York Times website? You need to watch it. I saw it a while ago and I keep remembering how, when she was a kid growing up in Connecticut, she looked up to the teenagers that lived next store. In a funny way I feel like I am doing something similar. I’m looking up to older women for style inspiration.

If you do a search for style for women over 40 in Pinterest you get some pretty boring stuff. I wasn’t finding anything that resonated with me so I kept searching. I started finding older women that were really having fun with fashion. Your mind is probably going directly to Iris Apfel and Advanced Style, but I have to say that isn’t what is inspiring me. I appreciate that over-the-top style, but it isn’t me. Also, I’m a working mom. I need a somewhat sensible wardrobe.

No, lately, I’m inspired by one woman in particular, and I’ve been stalking her on the internet ever since I first learned about her.

Meet Lucinda Chambers. She is the fashion director at British Vogue. What I love about her style is that she looks chic, confident, and comfortable. She looks like she is having fun with fashion in her own unique way. And she is aging with style and grace.

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From her ensembles above I am inspired to:

  • look for pencil skirts that have a bold pattern
  • wear a belt over a long cardigan
  • remember that buttoned-down shirts always look good
  • attempt to wear statement heels but if I can’t, then just wear statement sneakers or slides
  • don’t worry about my hair, it’s fine
  • add a giant bag as an accessory
  • have fun mixing and not-matching

P.S. After you have absorbed this style inspo for the day you need go and watch this other Rachel Comey video. It is beyond. It features Dan Stevens (that handsome blond actor that left Downton Abbey in like season 4) as a cross-dressing-stay-at-home-dad. It is a #mustsee. The cultural references are hysterical and on point.

The images above (and more) are on my Advanced Style Pinterest Board.

2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists

I continue to be obsessed with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. I love learning about new talent. Last year when the finalists were announced I gathered together links and videos for each of the finalists on my blog. The finalists for 2015 were just recently announced and so, here again, I have gathered links and videos for each of the finalists. Enjoy!

Scott Studenberg and John Targon of Baja East.

Matt Baldwin of Baldwin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDwHys45vCc

Aurora James of Brother Vellies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_muxS1AxOU

Brad Schmidt and Raul Arevalo of Cadet
Click on the image below to be taken to a video about CADET.
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Chris Gelinas of CG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLTgaY7rf_s

Becca McCharen of Chromat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyD714-OIkI

David Hart
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4kFDKDQCXo

Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebf0RKtEb3A

Jonathan Simkhai
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uTpwgn6hZ8

Thaddeus O’Neil
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVL2MNU1KrA

It’s funny how many of them are men’s clothing designers. Right?

My top three four favorites are:

1. Chromat
2. David Hart
3. Thaddeus O’Neil
4. Aurora James of Brother Vellies

Which ones are your favorites? Some of the videos I selected don’t really do the designers justice. You can learn more about them by clicking over to their website.

To see video clips of the 2014 Fashion Fund process click here.

xo jam

BULK DENTAL FLOSS DISPENSER

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a year. I keep putting it off because I don’t have a solution to share. I’m blogging about it now with the hope that maybe someone else will be inspired to come up with a solution, or maybe we can come up with a solution together. It all started when I saw the video below.

We’ve all heard about the problem of plastics in the oceans but this video really shows the scale of the problem. It’s hard to watch. As an individual, the problem feels overwhelming. How could I do anything to help?

I am as guilty as anyone for using plastics on a daily basis. I try to do my part to limit my use. I started to notice how often I was throwing away dental floss containers. I thought — this could be a plastic habit I could break! I could just buy bulk dental floss. I did some research online but didn’t find much. I did find a bulk dental floss supplier out of Canada called Oralgem. It’s great that Oralgem offers this product but as you can see from the image below it is geared towards businesses and dental professionals. I want a solution I can use in my home.

ifloss-dispenser1While I was thinking about bulk dental floss dispensers, I was noticing the trend of using mason jars for just about everything. I already owned a couple of Cuppow lids. I thought — Why not combine the two? — Make a dental floss dispenser using a mason jar! All that is needed is a lid with one hole to allow the floss to come out and that little curved lip on which to cut the floss. Sounds easy right?

After many attempts to create something I finally gave up. What I imagined in my head was a super cool, minimalist, hipster, dental floss dispenser. I imagined a white ball of floss in a classic mason jar. I though it would look sculptural. Instead, what I have is a pair of scissors sticking out of a mason jar in my bathroom.

bulk dental floss dispenserI reached out to both Cuppow and Oralgem. They were hugely supportive of the idea. Each of them even gave me free stuff to play with to see if I could engineer something myself.

This idea needs a champion, or two. Do you have an idea how to create a lid in such a way that others could duplicate it using household tools? Would you pay for bulk floss? It costs $49.00 for 437 yards of dental floss from Oralgem. I was told that we use 18 inches of floss at a time. That calculates to 1,212 pieces of floss per roll. There are four people in my house. That’s a lot of dental floss dispensers to throw out every year.

If someone made this product I would buy it. Would you?

I know that this is a tiny solution to a huge problem, but I think it can’t hurt to make people aware, and to encourage each other to change our habits.

Questions? Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com

UPDATE – Oralgem graciously shared this post to get the word out. Also, they let me know they do offer a smaller home dispenser called Pearl. You can learn more about it here.

Port City Dye 2015

tie-dye-in-bucket-on-grassThere are still spots available in my tie-dye class at Port City Makerspace this Saturday, May 30th.

The class will be taught in two parts.

10:00am – 12:00pm:  Tie-Dye Instruction and Demonstration

This first portion of the workshop is designed for individuals who are completely new to tie-dyeing, or need a refresher on the basics of folding and dyeing techniques. There is no additional cost for supplies. Squares of recycled fabric will be provided for practice. We will cover single color immersion dyeing and multicolor direct application dyeing.

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 pm Dye Playtime

After a short lunch break the workshop will turn into an afternoon of play and experimentation. Students who have taken the morning workshop will continue on and work on personal projects. Students who have taken the instruction portion of the workshop previously can arrive and work on personal projects.

Every student who is signed up for the afternoon will have access to the space, soda ash, dyes and supplies. The teachers will be around all afternoon to answer questions.

Suggested items for students to bring  to class for personal projects: t-shirts, tank-tops, skirts, leggings, socks, pillowcases, etc.

VERY IMPORTANT: Your personal project items must be made of natural material in order to accept the dye. Examples of natural fabrics are cotton, silk and linen.

The entire workshop (10:00 am – 4:30 pm) costs $35.00 per person
The afternoon Dye Playtime (12:30 – 4:30) costs $25.00 per person
Register HERE.

This workshop is for adults and older teens. Children between the ages of 12-16 need to sign up with an adult. The class will be limited to 12 people.

Join the Facebook event page for inspiration and updates.

Questions? Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com

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.

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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.