Me again! Wearing my mother's vintage, of course. Sporting Terry Flanigan's silk blouse with Reformation jeans (similar here), a sweet little bag from Room Shop Vintage, and my kicks are mama's vintage, too!
'Twas a little drizzly that day so I layered my pearlescent TexileHaus Wrap Around Jacket atop my getup. Its made from water-resistant polly taffeta to be exact—I asked the designer herself! My friend Anastasiya Yatsuk, founder and designer of the sustainable brand (read/see more on it here and here) made this jacket.
My favorite thing to say is “Thanks! It was my mom’s” when someone compliments or asks about what I’m wearing. My second favorite reply is “my friend made this!” Not that my whole closet is this way, hence the Ref jeans here for example, but it just feels good knowing that some of my favorite pieces in my closet came from women that inspire me. I like when clothes tell a story or hold some special meaning. I guess we could all say that about most of our belongings. Yeah, when it comes down to it, it's just "stuff" but given that we all get dressed every day, clothes are important. Though I wish we could all roam naked like the stone structure making out behind me, Eve, that son of a gun, ate the damn forbidden fruit so here we all are naked and ashamed. So! Clothing it is. And I think there's nothing wrong with having fun with what I believe to be an art form. And even better when those pieces were made and passed down with care.
*Side note: God, thank you for Your grace. Because while we deserve that shame, You give us freedom to walk in the light instead. Also, for Your grace when it comes to my potty mouth (i.e. above). Appreciate Your grace there, too. :)
If you don't have vintage easily accessible (check out my post for vintage resources here) or creative friends who can make sh*t with their own two hands, no worries... 'Cause here are some brands I truly love that are sustainably & lovingly crafted. So the next time someone compliments your outfit, you can still feel good telling them where it's from:
The Line By K - This is my number one favorite line currently. Other than my mom's pieces, all of my Line By K items never fail to make me feel confident.
Reformation - Maybe not everyone's price point but worth it for most! And if not, their sales are the bomb diggity, so get on their mailing list to be in the know.
Everlane - They work hard to keep costs down but quality and ethics UP, yo.
By Signe - Organic fabrics, and effortless silhouettes any woman could cling to.
House of Sunny - This London brand is too. dang. good and is honestly a great price point for its unique, intricate pieces.
H&M Conscious - YES. You heard right! H&M! And this shiz is cute and affordable, all made from organic fabrics. I also recently learned that H&M collects shoppers' used textiles of any kind and re-purposes them! Literally, any kind of textile... like, your curtains are acceptable. I've been meaning to drop some things off myself. Living in the city, there aren't many locations to donate clothing near me, so this is a convenient way to give my goods! Woo!
With all that, lest we forget, the utmost sustainable way to buy is by thrifting/vintage hunting. Duh. If you can swing it, buy something that's already been produced and needs a new home! But either way, just know that quality always wins. Quality is the reason why I can say "Thanks! It was my mom's" so often.<3 So, buy well, with a purpose, and when ya can, as sustainable as possible. It's good for errybody.
Photography by my dear & talented friend: Khrystyna Oros
The holiday season ending tends to provoke a bit of the blues, but we can look forward to a couple of things; the new year of 2017, full of fresh beginnings, aaand... not having to put away your party attire just yet!
I bought this Reformation top* specifically for New Years Eve. Now, normally I don't do such a thing. I always have the "wingin' it" state of mind when it comes to a special event and can usually come up with something I already own. But, for this specific New Years, I wanted to look forward to the reward of a fabulous top, given that I would not be spending it with my friends how I wanted, but would be working all night. My shift at Igby's bar ended up going really well. All of the guests I had were extremely friendly and made the night fun for me, too! Bonus: my top was complimented immensely. It was what I needed for sacrificing a big night (I'm a sucker for holidays/celebrations of any kind).
Funny enough, the top was on sale for only 38 bucks, yet just to have it in time for NYE, you best believe I paid extra for speedy delivery. Now, with all of that effort for one shirt, I simply could not say goodbye to it until next season, despite its festive nature. So, to make it a little more day-to-day, I paired it with some light denim skinnies (love that they come in "tall" for a 5'10" gal like me), and my Urban Outfitters rain boots (similar here--most flattering rain boots I've ever laid eyes on). And for a personal touch, I mixed the look up with my mom's vintage, polka-dotted, Guess denim jacket. I used to think of this jacket just for "play" with my dress-ups as a kid. To younger Lexi's dismay, I now love this thing.
*Sadly, the Reformation Lola Top is now sold out, but I strongly encourage you to check out the brand (and their current sale!). Reformation prides themselves on using recycled materials for each and every one of their designs. It's refreshing to see a brand hold a high caliber to their clothes, while taking a stance on the extreme pollutions this industry causes. Beauty and detail isn't sacrificed, nor is the health of our planet when it comes to the clothing of Reformation.
Clean lines and handmade, quality fabrics; that is exactly what you get with the designs of TextileHaus made by the beautiful (and sweetest!!) Anastasiya Yatsuk.
Before I formally met Anastasiya, I met her jumpsuit first! It was hanging on a wall at one of my favorite, neighborhood boutiques in OTR, known as, Continuum. I tried it on and fell for it (as hard as one can for an article of clothing). I then met the designer personally at The City Flea (an event you must check out whenever you find yourself in Cincy for the summer). We chatted for a bit and then got acquainted on social media. It was through Instagram that Miss Yatsuk sent me a message asking if I'd like to model her clothing. Social media really is good for some things, isn't it? I was thrilled and overly flattered and of course said, "yes!"
I knew it would be fun, but it turned out to be even more wonderful of an opportunity than I expected. I met seriously cool people for the very first time.
A huge shout out to the photographer, Josh Anderson. He is so creative and isn't afraid to get a little "weird" with his art form. I cannot wait to work with him again in the future. As for hair and makeup, we can thank Shannon Yoho for our pretty, undone looks. She wasn't there to "cover" us, but simply do a bit of enhancing. Shannon, you are so approachable--which makes you a perfect fit for a profession that requires you to touch a stranger's face. I felt at ease sitting in your chair!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Anastasiya for asking us to be a part of your first collection. You and everyone involved truly inspire me and you gave me a little pep in my step after our day together.
Below are a few of my favorite pieces from TextileHaus. What I love about this collection is that every piece is so useful for any woman, no matter your style. These are your TextileHaus Essentials:
A polished update to a traditional pant suit--one with stretch, structure, all without sacrificing style.
This is a throw-on and walk-out-the-door piece--who doesn't love that? Its modesty doesn't take away from its cool factor. No matter your shape, this dress will lay just right on you.
Anastasiya told me of her love for sexy, little camis from Victoria Secret. Being the talented designer she is, she decided to just make her own. And now we get to relish in her talents! My favorite colors are the Dusty Pink and Deep Blue. Get yours, here.
The jumpsuit of your literal dreams! This micro-suede fabric feels like sweet heaven against your skin. The perfect balance of modesty with subtle sexiness in the back. Dress this piece up or down, you cannot go wrong.
Oh, and did I mention it's got pockets? Yes.
If only everything could be made with micro-suede. Sigh... Fortunately for us, Anastasiya knows what she's doing when working with this fabric. Another favorite of mine from the collection is the Kimono Dress. Such an easy piece to instantly amp up your look with no fuss, only comfort.