FIFTY-SEVEN

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I’ve been reading a lot about the sustainability issue within fashion and just how much clothes end up in landfills each year and it’s pretty terrifying. I’m definitely a very proof based person and it’s hard for me to put stock into things that aren’t immediately affecting me but it’s something I’m challenging myself to do better with. I’m trying to be very intentional with everything that I purchase so that I can minimize waste as much as possible. Believe it or not I’m not a frequent shopper, I usually set my sites on a particular shoe or bag every few months and I don’t fuss with anything else. After redoing my apartment I felt like my wardrobe needed a little boost to match but being that I spent a bunch on housewares my funds were limited when it came to clothes. 

Luckily sample sales exist and I was able to snag these Rachel Comey trousers for $60. I love the wide leg and length and I know they will be a staple in my wardrobe. As for the top, I got it from Aritzia for $20 and snagged two other colors because I knew instantly seeing it online that they would work in every season. The material is super sheer and slinky which is perfect for this transitional period where in before summer. I’m sure the other colors will pop up on here soon enough. Purchasing transitional pieces allows me to maximize the use of my wardrobe and minimize waste because everything (besides coats) is wearable no matter the season. 

P.S I was really on the phone with my mom in the first photo 🤣 I wasn’t going to use it but I love the shot so much, Hey Mom!

FIFTY-SIX

Just as quick as the temperature creeps into the 60s it’ll switch up on you and drop down to 35. New York weather is as consistent as the truth coming out of the White House. This week has been very cold but sunny as hell and I’m over it. The wind in NY has been competing with Chicago for the baddest bitch award and I just want it to be summer already. This has been a heavy week and it feels like the weather is reflective of that.

As I’ve stated before, I’m really into monochromatic looks lately and mixing different shades of one color. For this I started with this heat tech Alexander Wang x Uniqlo top and built the outfit around that. I got these amazing heavy cotton pants from the Need Supply/Totokaelo sample sale and I’m so in love with them. It’s rare for me that I can buy a trouser and wear them without having to get them tailored first (short girl problems). If you’re in NYC, I highly recommend checking out @260samplesale they have new options weekly and the prices are always really good.

On a somewhat unrelated note, I watched a video recently from a YouTube personality that I can’t remember the name of but she said something that resonated with me, it was something along the lines of “I created a website so I could control the narrative and tell my story in my own words” and I think that was so profound. Whether you want to believe it or not, people are constantly googling you, whether it be jobs, partners, or friends the ideas people make up about you based off of a tweet or an IG post is kind of insane. So for me, the reason why I keep coming back to this space which seems dated in this period we’re in is so I can drive the story about who I am. You don’t have to guess, I’m showing you and telling you.

FIFTY-FIVE

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As the weather starts to warm up I’m all about transitional wear. I’m not sure when it happened but Spring/Summer has creeped up and become my favorite time to get dressed. I think it has to do with the feeling of a refresh, sun on my skin, and honestly I’m just tired of being cold.

I got this dress from Need Supply, the silhouette reminds me of a white Jacquemus dress that I bought and ultimately lost when I moved back to NY (R.I.P!). Because it’s not that warm yet I paired it with my absolute favorite pants (surprisingly by H&M) and these Margiela boots I got on eBay brand new for $70. Every time I wear them, TRUST that I will remind you of the amazing deal I got on them.

Somehow, my spring layers game is so much better than fall.

FIFTY-THREE: GUMBY AIN'T GOT SH*T ON ME

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One thing I absolutely love is a monochromatic outfit. It instantly makes you look put together as if you put way more thought into your outfit besides just picking a color. I’m not big on color and don’t have much of it in my wardrobe but green, like most colors, compliments brown skin so well.

I especially love different shades of green and it’s probably the most consistent thing in my wardrobe besides black and white. These Zara boots have also become a staple in my wardrobe, they’re the perfect height and print and are so similar to an Isabel Marant pair I’ve been listing after for the last couple of years (for a fraction of the cost). I’m hoping that getting these resoled will add some longevity because I really do love them.

FIFTY-TWO: CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

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Well it’s been a while! I should probably just stop acknowledging my inconsistency with this blog but I’ve been feeling very inspired lately to write and shoot so I’ll take advantage of it while it lasts.

As I’m sure you all have heard, Calvin Klein has decided to shut down its collection brand and focus on the money, which seems to be the Calvin Klein underwear you see every girl on Instagram in. No shade, just not my taste. When Raf took over the reigns at Calvin Klein Collection and marketed it as 205W39NYC I was definitely intrigued, I saw a lot of things I liked but me being the budget girl I am I knew right away that it would not sell well and would be heavily discounted every sale cycle.

One of the skills I have developed is being able to determine which brands are actually worth their price point, surprise surprise, most aren’t. Especially when it comes to RTW, with the worlds general overconsumption of fashion, consumers don’t really keep items long and are more likely to cycle through clothes. For the average consumer, high price points don’t work when you’re just trying to get the latest fit off on IG.

For me this is a gift and a curse, I do value clothing but it is hard to find the brands that I like discounted simply because they refuse or the girls are on it and there’s nothing left. Additionally, when I spend more on a piece I always think about my ROI. Its harder for me to spend more on clothes when I know that although higher quality definitely renders longevity, higher quality doesn’t have to equal hundreds of dollars and the chance of me being able to keep it for as long as I feel like I would want to for the cost, isn’t likely.

This is why I splurge on shoes and bags that can handle the elements, the accidents, and someone like me who uses her things and doesn’t reserve them as trophies. This brings me to these Calvin Klein Claire boots. I’m sure you’ve seen them, many fashion gals and guys have them and they’re fucking dope! I found them on sale at Net-A-Porter for 50% off on Black Friday, I was unsure and broke at the time because I just bought a pair of Céline boots (that I ended up returning!) so they sold out before I could get my hands on them. Fast forward a month, my mom, niece, and I passed by the newly renovated 205W39NYC store and I made the mistake of trying them on, instantly falling in love and begging my mom to buy them for me as a Christmas present (priced at $995 I knew that wasn’t going to happen). So I immediately began doing what I do best, trying to find it elsewhere on sale: eBay alerts, The Real Real, Vestiare Collective, Barneys, Shopbop, oh my!

It wasn’t hard to find them, as I’m sure it still isn’t, but I found them in a lilac color at Nordstrom for $300, the MacGyver in my mind spoke up: “Buy them and dye them black!” And here we are, $1000 boots for $300 and a $30 dye job. There are still some flecks of purple that come through giving the boots a unique, distressed look that I love.

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