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In Style on
November 18, 2017

an ethical holiday gift guide: ABLE

Over the last year, I’ve really gotten into ethical fashion – I haven’t purchased a major piece of clothing (a shirt, a sweater, anything) since late summer when I had a medical issue and needed an emergency skirt at Target.

I love fast fashion – half of my shirts are from Forever 21, and Gap Jeans are my life and my ethos. But I also realize that my clothes can produce a lot of strife on the other side of the world in factories that aren’t regulated and can be deadly. The reason I love these brands is that they’re transparent and sustainable – they’re making clothes you won’t throw away in 6 months because they’re out of style, and they’re doing it while paying people a liveable wage in a safe environment, even giving back to their communities.

The things I consume shouldn’t hurt other people, and I’m trying to keep my shopping as ethical as possible – take a look at this gift guide, and let me know if you will, too. It may seem like a steep up front cost, but to me, the investment is worth it.

Mamuye Tote from ABLE ethical fashion line. Dark brown leather tote bag. 178.00 dollars.

Mamuye Tote // $178.00 // ABLE

I’ve been lusting after this tote bag for months in the cognac color. It’s a great ethical alternative to that Madewell tote you’ve seen everywhere. ABLE is a fashion line that focuses on ending generational poverty by working with local women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances. They’re based in Kansas City but have a flagship store in Nashville.

Black leather Mayte Backpack from ABLE fashion. 238 dollars.

Mayte Backpack // $238.00 // ABLE

Love this backpack because the great thing about quality leather goods is that they just get better with age.

Gold earrings. 38.00 dollars.

Echo Earrings // $38.00 // ABLE

I love these gold earrings, above. They’d be great for a New Year’s Eve party!

Double Bar Gold Ring from ABLE. 28.00 dollars.

Double Bar Ring // $28 // ABLE

The above ring is such a cute everyday staple piece at a great price. ABLE’s bread and butter initially was simple jewelry and leather goods – they’ve since expanded to denim and apparel, too!

Slouchy blue jeans from ABLE. 148.00 dollars.

The Slouch – Gennie Wash // $148 // ABLE

Green cropped tee shirt from ABLE. 34.00 dollars.

Patricia Cropped Tee in Olive // $34 // ABLE

Hope you liked this guide! Check out ABLE online, and click any of the photos, for a chance to peruse their website.

In Link Roundups on
July 12, 2015

Things I Wanted to Write About This Week, But Didn’t.


teeny tiny succulents at a farmer’s market in DuPont Circle that I wish I could bring back to MO with me.

In true DC fashion, this week has been broiling and action-packed; here’s what I was reading on the metro this week via Pocket:

(Side note: I’m writing this while listening to this week’s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ podcast [titled: Free Boobin’] and they discuss in detail their insane love affair with Stanley Tucci…a love affair I confess to having as well. Just look at him!)


And no, I couldn’t find a smaller picture of Stanley Tucci. Could I have tried harder? Maybe. But it is what it is. *shrugs*

Have a healthy and happy week!

In Inspiration on
March 24, 2015

I’ll Drink To That.


(Note: I am currently writing this in a giant beige wool sweater with mutton sleeves from the eighties. Thanks, Mom!)

My maternal grandmother is an icon. MaryCarol was a powerhouse of color, style, and cigarettes. To me, she embodied the last great women who dressed extravagantly well.

Which is why, when I spotted Betty Halbreich’s memoir, “I’ll Drink to That,” sitting on a shelf at my local library, I was instantly attracted. From a coddled upbringing on Chicago’s South Side to a devastating end to a terrible marriage, I loved Halbreich’s wit throughout the book. She pushes the story along with a dry humor and bluntness that is at once amusing and jolting.

Above all, though, I appreciate Halbreich’s love of luxury and of life. A self-proclaimed “child” throughout her twenties and thirties, in her first and only marriage, she’s gently comes into her own as an independent woman post-separation, relying on what would become an iconic job at Bergdorf Goodman’s department store to get her through the day.

It sounds shallow; I can see some of you rolling your eyes as you read this. And perhaps it is. But I know this: every single woman has a piece of clothing in her closet that makes her feel gloriously beautiful. It could be a pair of jeans, a shirt, a dress, or a hat. Halbreich celebrates that fact.

She reminds me of my grandmother in some ways, who was always swathed in some kind of pastel, with pants that sat much too high on her waist, always with a belt. MaryCarol smelled like a combination of cigarettes, oil pastels, and Coco Mademoiselle perfume. She was a florist, an artist, a wife and a mother. She was dynamic. I still look up to her long after her death.

This memoir, if you love clothes, comeback stories, powerful women, dry wit, or simply interesting anecdotes about famous people, is a phenomenal read. I finished it in two days flat. Perhaps the occupation with dressing well is something few people will understand, but the heart of the book, about finding your purpose through self-exploration and serving others, is broadly applicable. If you’re looking for a new read, I highly recommend this book.

In Link Roundups on
August 17, 2014

Things I Wanted To Write About This Week, But Didn’t

Another week, another list. What’s on yours?

Fashion/Style (apparently I was reading a lot of style news this week):

Also, my sister and I have already decided that we’re seeing this together:


In Inspiration, Interior Design on
July 20, 2014

L’inspiration, n’est-ce pas?

Inspiration hits me really hard when I’m home for any extended period of time.

Maybe it’s because I used to create things here in my cream-colored bedroom. I was the enemy of my mother’s wooden doors because I’d stick magazine clippings and articles and photos to them with masking tape–tape that would later totally destroy the door and leave sticky residue behind (I think she’s happy I moved out).

Now whenever I’m back home, I can’t stop thinking about things I’d like to write about or create. Where does your inspiration hit you hardest?

Harper’s Baazar has a phenomenal article about the best quotes in fashion, which I’m loving for inspiration right now.

I also love collecting DIY ideas…since I’m moving back into an apartment soon (soon!), I’m collecting decorating ideas. Do you have any to share?

(Pssst: My cute little point and shoot camera isn’t doing it for me anymore, and I’m trying to find good decent (read: cheapish) cameras online. Any tips?)