Category Archives: sustainable

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.


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

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

Vintage Mobile Home For Sale – Kittery, Maine

kittery mobile home

Nice older mobile home on it own lot. Level yard, 2 car garage, paved driveway, town water, in town location. Click on image to be taken to listing on

The vintage mobile home (above)  is for sale in Kittery, Maine. What an awesome opportunity for affordable small living close to downtown Portsmouth. Whoever buys this better post before and after pictures. There is a ton of great inspiration online for how to remodel a vintage mobile home. Click on the images below to be taken to examples on





Sustainable Style Wedding

diane-looking-like-a-rock-starMy sister is getting married! She is 52 and he is 50 something. It is the first marriage for each of them. My sister first noticed him while on a group hike in the White Mountains. A lady in the group fell and he was the first to offer her assistance. Sweet, right.

My sister is letting me help her style the wedding. The groom is happy to let us take control of the style of the wedding. He is in charge of getting the marriage license and something involving a bicycle built for two. :)

Let’s start with the dress. Both Diane and I love vintage. The dress below is one that I really love but Diane doesn’t. It is harder than I thought it would be to find a vintage wedding dress. So many of them were designed for a young bride. Diane wants something that is modest and simple and appropriate for her age.


Dalena Vintage on ETSY

There are three bridesmaids in the wedding. We will all wear jewel tones. I’m leaning towards emerald.

emerald dress

Off Broadway Vintage on ETSY

My dress choice depends on Diane’s dress choice. If she goes with a long sophisticated dress I’ll wear something glamorous like the dress above. If she wears something summery and short or tea length, I might wear something like this dress below.

short green bm dress

Dethrose Vintage on ETSY

old as adam suitI think I will even get to style the groom. I hope to take him to Old as Adam in Portsmouth, NH. Something like this blue suit to the left (without the vest) would be just the thing. I think he would feel himself and Diane would find him British-y handsome.

The wedding ceremony will be held outside with a view of the White Mountains. The reception is in a brookside bistro. Diane wants, as much as possible, for the day to be stress free. She wants the day to be easy and fun. The bridesmaids will carry baby’s breath. The tables will be decorated with rosemary.


The images above are from my Big Day Pinterest board. Click on the image to be taken to the source.

That’s all for now. More details later. xo jam