Art TuGo – Featuring Jordan Robinson

Hello Loves,

I just found out my friend Jordan is making these stunning bags and, I had to share them with you all! I meant Jordan in my first semester studying Fashion Merchandising. She sat down next to me in class and, we have been friends ever since. You may have seen my YouTube video featuring Jordan from two years ago. Now, she is back at it, being her fantastically creative self. It is always my favorite time in a designers career to get in just when they are starting out. The ability to see a brand grow, develop and, prosper is an amazing experience.

 

Art TuGo  is, ” Inspired by Modern art & urban street fashion. Art TuGo handbags are for the fashionistas who aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd.”

You can find Jordan’s Art TuGo line of handbags on her etsy store. Let her know I sent you her way and, tag me if you buy a bag @allievluv I’d love to see you rocking the lastest fashion trend!

                          Art TuGo Etsy Shop

                                                    

 

Nothing Fits Why….

Hello Loves,

So, the other day I was searching and, searching for affordable ethical clothing that will fit me and, honestly there is not much. I think I chatted with you all about not really finding to much at thrift stores that fit my size and, that 90% of my wardrobe is from Poshmark; I was not joking if you ask my friends and, family whenever anyone asks, “where did you get that,” I always respond, “Poshmark.” I absolutely love Poshmark but, sometimes I get really frustrated and, just want clothing that fits well on me. I don’t think it is to much to ask for clothes that fit, especially my chest. I’m sure most of you can relate when it comes to romper, jumpsuits, suits etc. There is always something wrong with a piece of clothing that just doesn’t fit quite right. Now, I am not an expert at sewing, in fact, you could call me a beginner but, I am determined to make myself some clothes that fit really well. I took pictures of items I liked that I want in my wardrobe fitted to my size. I know I’m not going to be able to whip up a dress right away; I do plan on practicing but, I am on a mission to get fabric I love that is ethical and, start sewing away. I do not know how long it will take me but, I’d like to have 10 summer outfits by June. It may be a bit presumptuous however, I would really like some clothing that fits to perfection. I have sewn before and, have made a few pieces but, nothing to this extent without the supervision of a fashion professor. This has been a long time coming especially now that I am a supporter of ethical fashion. I would like ten outfits that are casual/one’s I can wear out, 3 workout outfits and, 3 bathing suits. I will have to figure out how to make all of these things, where I can get fabric and, what time span I am looking at. I made a romper in a 2 hour and 45 minute class over about 13 weeks .  I was done early and, that is because I had an amazing lady next to me who sewed in high school and, she helped me figure out the pattern and, how to sew some of the pieces together. I was also, determined to get it done. That is less then 39 hours of work so, if I can get one piece done a week it will take 16 weeks to accomplish a ten piece summer collection. If I start at the end of January I should be done by end of second week of May. I have to purchase all fabric etc.. which can be very pricey but, it is custom made which could cost thousands of dollars and, I think it will be worth it as long as the pieces are wearable… I am also, on my way to losing weight and, I don’t want there to be a problem that all the clothing is too big so, I will have to see if a tailor or I will be able to take in the clothing. I am so excited/nervous to accomplish this. Please let me know if you would like a series about making clothing without really knowing everything about sewing. I am sure I will learn a lot. If you have any tips please let me know in the comments below. I think I will talk about this on my YouTube Channel as well so, if like to watch videos instead of reading I will leave my channel link below. If you want to follow my progress through instagram you can on @foreverseekingwanderlust and @allievluv.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9lSYWyJqDEXe_-toxR7PvQ

 

 

 

 

Capsule Wardrobe Haul-Prana

Ciao Tutti,

As you all know my capsule wardrobe is coming together well. To save a bit of money I will be looking for some finds at thrift stores as well as, Poshmark. Let’s talk about my latest purchase from Prana an ethical store I found online. I have worn all of there clothing a few times and, I love them. They are comfortable and, perfect for all of my classes I have been taking. I am really putting all of the clothing to the test by wearing them not only to workout but, in everyday life. I bought the leggings specifically so, they can be worn in everyday living and, working out. While learning about capsule wardrobes I have found that your wardrobe should be versatile. Even though your athletic wear does not count toward your 37-?? items if you are on a budget like I am it is important to recognize it and, only purchase items that you will be wearing in more than one way. Basic colors such as black, white, and nude should be the first colored items that you purchase. After having the basics you add the accessories that will make each outfit unique. I have a few more purchases to make and, they may be spread out throughout the next couple of months depending on my budget. If you are looking for ethical stores such as Prana stay tuned I have been doing a ridiculous amount of research.

 Gabi Legging

                             Gabbi leggings on sale for $37.50

Blue Sol Boost Printed Top

                           Boost Printed Top on sale for $32.50

I also, got two headbands but, it looks like they are sold out on the website. If you would like to see my YouTube haul on the clothing the link will be below.

 

Zara Goes Ethical…

Well, I think the fashion industry has heard us loud and clear! Zara has made an ethical/ sustainable collection although, they were vague on the details, this is a step up for the mainstream fashion industry!  When I saw Zara launched an ethical clothing line my first thought was, ” Is Zara just trying to make money off of the ethical trend? ” To answer my question, I would say, “Yes, they are.” We can only applaud this because Zara may be starting a trend throughout the industry which will not only help spread our ethical message but, it will also, result in helping our planet. When you think about “earth” it is larger concept that some us may not be able to grasp. But, if you look at it as your backyard it is possible to conceive helping that little part of the planet. Now, think about others’ backyards all around the country, some of which are non existent because of  excess waste, and pollution. Imagine all of these things right in your backyard; your beautifully landscaped backyard no longer exist and, you helped in the destruction of not only your backyard but, many others. Now go to your sink and, pour yourself a glass of water this is a luxury that man countries do not have. Why is it that they can’t drink their water? The fast fashion industry that we made happen is one of the largest contributors. By using dyes that are filled with chemicals we are not only being extremely wasteful but, dumping the excess dyes into the water. A large population of the world turns a blind eye to all of the horrible methods of how our clothing is made. Some are unaware of the factories/water problem and, I feel it is all of our responsibilities to take action. By expressing the need for an ethical lifestyle we move companies like Zara, toward an ethical approach to their companies. Turning many companies into ethical companies should be one the many goals we set out accomplish on our journey to helping ours’ and others’ backyards.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/join-life/editorial-c861040.html

 

 

 

 

Hanky Panky: Capsule Wardrobe Update

Are you ready for some Hanky Panky…… underwear that is…. it’s so cheeky. As you know I am putting to together my ethical capsule wardrobe and, that means from head to toe. I realized I should toss my older underwear, and refresh my undergarment wardrobe. I searched for about two hours online which led me to the site Hanky Panky. Normally I would not see

underwear as an investment piece but, in this case I did and, I splurged a bit. The pricing isn’t so different from the ever so famous Victoria’s Secret, with a great bonus of ethical underwear I couldn’t pass them up. I only got four undergarments as that is what I can afford at the moment. Below I will show you a few pictures of the underwear and, the link to purchase them. It is time that we all get a conscious mind that focuses on what is important when it comes to the fashion industry; for me, that is fair trade, ethically made clothing. I support others who work very hard to bring us amazing clothing.

The Ethical Side Of Hanky Panky & Story:

Victoria’s Secret can be kept because there is a reason Hanky Panky’s trade mark is ” The World’s Most Comfortable Thong.” From the moment I clicked submit order to the moment I tried on a pair of Hanky’s silky smooth undies I knew they were something special. Since 1977 Gale Epstein has been creating the world’s phenomenon of underwear. I just want to know why hadn’t I heard about them sooner. Hanky Panky’s undergarments are made & fabric is grown in the U.S. using their signature lace knitting and Supima cotton. The reason their things are so comfy is because the use over 30 yards of thread per thong which means more stitches per inch not only does that equal extreme softness but, it also, equals longer lasting things! Instead of having to go out every month to by new underwear I will just have a set for each capsule wardrobe then, wha-la long lasting and, minimalistic undergarments! I have tested these thongs while working out and, they have not slipped so far and, you know what I mean if you move at all with a thong on. Well, these are technically g-strings but, same thing… either way there hasn’t been any ajusting of the underwear mid-workout which is fantastic! I really love the bikini bottoms better known as Vikini 2 Pack; they are great to wear to bed and silky smooth… They will defiantly be part of each seasons capsule wardrobe. Oh, in case you didn’t realize I am slowly making a capsule wardrobe for undergarments, athletic wear, shoes, and of course my regular wardrobe of 37-40 pieces of clothing. It has been quite an adventure and, my next step is bras.. For anyone who has a larger chest and smaller number like a 36 then, you will know finding a bra is next to impossible and, even when you do they are crazy expensive. If you know of an ethical site that sells larger bust sizes like 36DDD I would love to know where to get one! In the mean-time I will keep searching and, hopefully find one! When I do you all with be the first to know. Stay tuned for my capsule wardrobe updates coming your way!

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

 

 

Trending: Vibram Furoshiki

Hello Loves,

I was searching online today through facebook and, I found the link to some new and, awesome vibram shoes. They fold over your feet instead of tying them up. they are so new I am only finding one review for them on YouTube. From watching the review it looks like the shoe could use a little more support/stability. I am wondering if I were to walk around int the shoe if my toe would keep slipping forward? I have not ha luck with getting vibram shoes second hand in the past because they don’t seems to fit vibram-wrap-shoesquite right. If I could actually try on a vibram shoe at the store I’m sure I could find my fit. As the vibram furoshiki is a new trend within the fitness industry is it possible companies like Nike will hop on board to make a similar shoe? The look of this shoe is much more attractive then the 5 finger vibrams which might make them more appealing to the customer. The guy that did the review said that he would be returning the shoe because of the fit and the fabric. he fabric looked extremely thin which is a little alarming when it is there to protect your foot. When I first saw them  thought they’d be great for Italy; they don’t look like sneaker and, they are stylish enough to par with jeans. Than, watching the review I decided they are probably not quite right for my feet. I went to the website to investigate further and, they were over $100 so, I wouldn’t be able to get them anyway. I shop a lot of second hand for a reason. Do you think this trend will catch on or do you think it will be a dud poll in with your comments down below.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

 

 

Orange Harp: Ethical App

Ethical apps are getting me so excited!!

Orange Harp an app that I just discovered with some brands that are making a huge impact on our planet. From zero waste to helping people all over the country his app will make you want to be in on it. I just discovered this app last night and, it is part of my research for my ethical capsule wardrobe. Yes, I have actually been working on my ebook and, I will even be shooting some of looks in Italy! Hopefully, my brother will put on his artistic photographer hat and, help a sister out, literally. I found so many amazing companies and, there a few that stood out right away.

Indosoles- Makes shoes out of tires. Kyle the founder was on a trip in Bali when he discovered locals who were making sandals out of tires of course seeing this at as a golden opportunity he came up with indosole. All the material are vegan, toxin/chemical free and no powered machinery. Kyle’s vision is to take 1 million tires from Indonesian landfills and make them into shoes. Now, that is what I call inspiring! If you remembered I mentioned how landfills will be in future generations backyards if we don’t do anything about it. If more people are like Kyle we won’t have that problem in the future and, trash will become reused in a unique fashion. I want to purchase one pair of sneakers and, a pair of sandals for Italy. This is a company I want to purchase from now and in the future.

bureo- Three friends with a desire to see plastic gone from he ocean. The meaning behind the name bureo is : “the waves” derived from the language Mapuche. They came up with a recycling program to provide fisherman with “environmentally sound disposal points called Net Positiva. From there the team receives” recyclable and durable raw materials.” This can only be found in Chile however, Net Positiva is making its way to California. Their line consists of sustainable skateboards, water bottles, sunglasses, and utensil set. Another great way to help our oceans become free of pollution and, where the fish can roam free. I know that there are fishermen involved in this but, the company is trying to make our oceans safer by giving the fishermen somewhere to dispose of their nets with out further harming the fish. I have always wanted to learn to ride a skateboard but, unfortunately it is not on my list of items I need.

Mitscoots- It does not mention that these socks are vegan or sustainable but, the cause is extremely important.  Tim Scoot founder of Miscoots discovered that the homeless people of Austin, Texas desired socks apart from food and, water. Now some of the homeless people in their area are employed by mitscoots and, for every pair bought another pair is donated to a homeless person. This is how I would envision my company being run by people who are in need of jobs. It is my passion to help those in need of being helped. I would like my company to take aspects of each of these companies and, form an amazing environment to work in.

Right now, I can’t afford employees and, I can’t really afford myself, lol. But, I know that envisioning my company to be more of a family base who helps the environment will manifest it to be. wouldn’t you want to work in places like these that help instead of hurt the planet and, people within it. When I think about the millions of companies who are hungry for money and, have miserable employees I always wonder where did they go wrong, why won’t you build your employees up, why wouldn’t you help them succeed, why wouldn’t you have a save and, calming environment to work in. And, I do not think I will ever understand their ways of business and, I can only strive to do better one day when I have employees.

Ethical LookBook

#ethicallookbook coming soon to my #youtubechannel ! All #ethicalclothing is for sale on my #poshmarkcloset tops & dresses. I used @nativetrashion accessories for the shoot ❤Thank you to my friend @leanncoppola for modeling the clothing for me today! #ethical #ethicalvegan #ethicalliving #ethicallymade #ethicalfashion #ethicallysourced #ethicalshopping #ethically #ethicalstyle #ethicalwarrior #ethicalfashioninitiative #ethicalisthenewblack

I posted this on Instagram and really depicts how I feel about ethical living and, the fashion industry. Let’s be the change that we want to be in the world!

Do you care where your clothing is coming from, who is making it, how they live, and the impact that it is having on the environment.  Most people's answer would be NO. This however, closed minded view is the reason the fashion industry can get away with paying oversea workers .25-$4 a day to work just to make clothing for us. We who are careless in our purchases are hurting the workers and the environment. Well, I no longer stand for this injustice. I will not buy from unethical companies because I do not support how they chose to conduct their business. "We do what they want us to," a quote from a song by Bittersweet is all to accurate. Some of you will continue to buy your cheaply made clothing because you chose to close your minds and, if it doesn't directly affect you, you dismiss the problem. Although, it may not affect you directly it will affect future generations when this planet's water supply is unusable because we threw dye into it from fabric. And, when the landfills are stacked but, are now in our backyards because we consumed too much. "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."
Coco Chanel 
Lets not fall victims to being mindless zombies. #ethicalstyle #ethicalvegan #ethicalliving #ethicallymade #ethicalfashion #ethical #ethicallysourced #ethicalclothing #ethicalshopping #ethicaleating #ethicalbusiness #ethicalwarrior #sustainablefashion #sustainablestyle #sustainableliving #sustainable #sustainabledevelopment #sustainableclothing

Do you care where your clothing is coming from, who is making it, how they live, and the impact that it is having on the environment. Most people’s answer would be NO. This however, closed minded view is the reason the fashion industry can get away with paying oversea workers .25-$4 a day to work just to make clothing for us. We who are careless in our purchases are hurting the workers and the environment. Well, I no longer stand for this injustice. I will not buy from unethical companies because I do not support how they chose to conduct their business. “We do what they want us to,” a quote from a song by Bittersweet is all to accurate. Some of you will continue to buy your cheaply made clothing because you chose to close your minds and, if it doesn’t directly affect you, you dismiss the problem. Although, it may not affect you directly it will affect future generations when this planet’s water supply is unusable because we threw dye into it from fabric. And, when the landfills are stacked but, are now in our backyards because we consumed too much. “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Coco Chanel
Lets not fall victims to being mindless zombies. #ethicalstyle #ethicalvegan #ethicalliving #ethicallymade #ethicalfashion #ethical #ethicallysourced #ethicalclothing #ethicalshopping #ethicaleating #ethicalbusiness #ethicalwarrior #sustainablefashion #sustainablestyle #sustainableliving #sustainable #sustainabledevelopment #sustainableclothing

#govegan #veganforeverything ❤️ The Planet, The Animals, Yourself, And Each Other. #embrace

Indigo blouse vibrant blue upcycled natural cotton- hand dyed with natural botanical indigo extracts

Size: M

Ethical life store

Recycled Hand-painted Denim Headband/Bracelet- NativeTrashion

Jeans & Sandals from Leann’s wardrobe

 

 

 

Boho Eco dyed cotton natural indigo blouse-hand dyed with natural botanical indigo extracts

Size: XL

Ethical life store

Jeans: Bought secondhand on Poshmark

Sandals: Bought on sale a year ago at Payless

 

 

 

 

 

Indigo blouse top up cycled natural cotton- hand dyed with natural botanical indigo extracts

Ethical life store

Size:S

Vintage1960’s Charm Necklace-Native Trashion

Recycled Hand-painted Denim Headband/Bracelet

Jeans & Sandals From Leann’s Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Wedding Top Eco dyed sheer mesh crochet- hand dyed with only natural pigments from plants and minerals

Ethical life store

Size:M

Mini dream catcher/ Recycled Magazine Pendant-Native Trashion

Jeans & Sandals from Leann’s Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eco dyed cami halter top

Ethical life store

Size:S

Recycled Hand-painted Denim Headband/ Bracelet- Native Trashion

Jeans, sandals, & tank top are from Leann’s wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cotton lace t-shirt indigo dyed blue up cycled top

Ethical life shop

Size: S

Vintage 1960’s Heart Charm Necklace- Native Trashion

Jeans & Sandals from Leann’s wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

Green boxy crop top handwoven eco friendly- made from hand woven cotton w/ small printed pattern of blue triangles

Ethical life store

Size: S

Skirt & Sandals are from Leann’s wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

ethical boho dress- hand dyed upcycled clothing colored using only natural pigments from plants & minerals

Ethical life store

Size: L

Recycled Hand-painted Denim Headband/ Bracelet- Native Trashion

Sandals can be purchased on my Poshamark Closet

Natural Eco dyed green lace boho dress- hand dyed using only natural pigments from plants and minerals

Ethical life store

Size: 8 womens

Recycled Metal Buckle Dream catcher Pendant- NativeTrashion

Sandals are from Leann’s wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 Thank You For Watching

Location: Princeton University

Model: Leann Coppola

Me (Allison Vota)

Photographer: Allison Vota

Time Manager/Styling Accessories/Photographer: Ginnie Vota

Special Thanks to Leann and Ginnie (Mom) to take time out of your busy schedules to help make this lookbook possible and, help spread awareness for ethical fashion.

Leann Coppola: Is a student studying to become a nurse and, is currently in her third year of nursing school. Show Leann some love and follow her Poshmark: @leanncoppola

Ginnie Vota: Is a RN who now works as a Pet and House Sitter. Please check out her facebook page for Tag Team Pet and House Sitters LLC, Insured and bonded. She also, my mom who helps me with all my businesses when she isn’t busy with her furry friends.

https://www.facebook.com/Tag-Team-Pet-and-House-Sitters-LLC-Insured-and-Bonded-324818347659324/?fref=ts

 NativeTrashion: http://nativetrashion.bigcartel.com/

My Poshmark Closet: @eyeheartedu

If you are new to Poshmark use my code HFNIS to get $10 credit for both of us

https://poshmark.com/closet/eyeheartedu