Fall is officially only a week away (even though it still feels like summer here in LA). With every new season we have new trends. In this four part series on the blog, we will dive into some of the Fall trends we expect to see this year. First up we have, Moody Florals.
With the cold and gloomy weather approaching we tend to start seeing an absence of color. But we don't have to completely throw color out the window because the sun is not as bright. Store those bright printed tops and dresses for darker, bold, and moody florals. Dark bold florals is definitely a trend we saw all over the runways. I saw a nice mix of rich floral hues, very decorative tops and skirts, and designers really pushing the envelope on vibrant yet muted prints.
Here are some quick tips to help you incorporate moody florals into your wardrobe:
Rules are meant to be broken - especially when it comes to fashion. You can absolutely wear florals in the fall, you should definitely wear white after Labor Day, and you rock those mom jeans!
If you are going to rock moody florals this Fall, leave a comment or send me a DM. Would love to hear about how you are wearing this trend for Fall. Until next time...
OMG! Who else is mind blown that 2019 is almost over?! I thought it would be a great idea to share what I've been doing this year to help reduce my environmental impact as part of the Organic Basics Low Impact Project. Click here to learn more about the project. Now let's get into it!
No More Single-Use Plastic
Saying no to plastic was pretty much the first thing I did when I started learning more about sustainability. I always make sure to keep my reusable bags with me when I'm running errands. I also bring my own utensils with me if non-plastic utensils are not available and I bring my reusable water bottle everywhere I go. It was hard at first to break old habits, but it's honestly all about being aware and simply saying "no thank you" when a plastic item is being offered. Think of it as that's one less plastic bag you helped keep out of the environment.
Goodbye Fast Fashion
I've pretty much said good bye to fast fashion this year. And I mean like honestly 100% no fast fashion purchases this year. If you've been following me for sometime you know I shop secondhand or purchase from sustainable brands only. I just can't justify spending money on brands that aren't doing anything to help prolong the life of our planet that we all need to survive.
Car emissions increase the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere so the less cars on the road the better. I'm lucky enough to have at least two co-workers at my job that live in the same city as me. We try to car pool whenever possible. Motor vehicles collectively cause 75% of carbon monoxide pollution in the U.S. so if you can car pool please do.
There's still so much I can be doing to reduce my environmental impact, but I also think you have to be realistic with what you can achieve at the moment. My main mission for the year was to completely cut out fast fashion and to keep the conversation going about sustainability. It's something I'm proud I've accomplished and will continue to expand on living sustainably as well.
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We are in the middle of summer and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite thrifted go to summer outfit combinations.
1. Graphic Tee + Skirts
I love me a good graphic tee. It’s casual and effortless. You can literally throw it on and go. And it’s easy to dress up or down. This summer, I have been pairing a lot of my graphic tees with midi-skirts. If you really want to make a statement try to pair your graphic tee with a whimsical statement skirt. Something with a vibrant print or a pleated skirt to add some texture to your look.
2. Graphic Tee + Shorts
Don’t have to explain to much on this outfit combination. I would say this is an outfit combination choice for many if you’re trying to stay cool during the warmer months. All I did was swap out my midi skirt with a pair of shorts. Any graphic tee will do if you wearing a basic denim short.
3. Midi Dresses
This LA summer has been way too hot to even put on pants so I have been reaching for my dresses more often. This dress is a striped midi wrap dress that I picked up a few weeks ago during my last thrift adventure. I wear this dress all the time. It’s lightweight, love the different shades of blue, it’s striped (ya’ll know I love my stripes!), and it has a belt around the waist that you can tie to help define my waistline and cinch me in.
What are some of your favorite summer outfits you are loving this summer? Until next time…
If you are trying to make your wardrobe more sustainable, the most important thing is to determine which aspect of sustainability matters the most to you. And that’s not to say that all aspects aren’t important, but you need a starting point. For example, maybe you care that your clothing was made by an ethically run factory or maybe you just care about the environmental impacts of the fabric being used. Pick your focus and then you can build a sustainable wardrobe that truly reflects your values and expand over time.
Step 1: Perform An Ethical Closet Audit
Moving towards a more sustainable wardrobe people feel like they just need to throw their entire closet away and start from scratch. Throwing stuff away is actually part of the problem. I would start by performing an ethical closet audit first. I won’t go into too much detail as I have a previous article dedicated on how to conduct an ethical audit, but tossing your clothes out is environmentally damaging and is one of the major issues with fast fashion culture.
After you perform your ethical closet audit, separate your clothing into four piles: clothing you love, clothing you may wear, clothing you like but it doesn’t fit well, and clothing you won’t ever wear again. After you have created your piles give yourself a few weeks to decide if you still want to keep anything before donating them or reselling them.
Step 2: Invest in a Tailor
I can’t begin to express how useful a tailor is. I’m sure I have mentioned this in other posts as well. A lot of your discarded clothing can be saved by simple mending. If you can mend them yourself, great! Because free is obviously better, but if you don’t know how to sew and mend clothing you can easily find a local tailor within your budget.
Take your “clothing you like, but doesn’t fit well” pile and decide if you love it enough to spend money having a tailor correct the fit so you can actually start wearing those pieces. If you don’t love it as much to spend money, try to find ways to re-purpose those items. For example, a lot of my old cotton based clothing turns into cleaning rags or makeup remover cloths. You can always head on over to Pinterest for inspiration so you can start your own DIY projects.
Step 3: Take Inventory of What’s Left
Once you know the items you’re actually wearing in your wardrobe, it’s time to locate the gaps. What are you missing? These are typically foundation pieces that should be included in everyone’s wardrobe. For example, are you missing a white button up blouse? Maybe you don’t have a little black dress for date nights? Try to also take stock of the things you wish you had while getting dress. Try writing those things down so you know what to look for during future shopping trips.
Lastly, don’t get distracted by trends during this process. Try to notice the styles in your wardrobe you naturally gravitate towards. Make a mental list or write those pieces down as they will now become your investment pieces. So when you are out shopping you know which styles you love and which ones you don’t. There’s nothing worse than buying the entire outfit on the mannequin because you’re unsure of what style means to you.
Step 4: Buy Less, Choose Well
We all know the infamous Vivienne Westwood quote. Buying with intention is an essential part of creating a sustainable wardrobe. Once you know what you like, how you plan to wear it, and why you are buying it you can shop smarter, not harder.
Once you’ve streamlined your closet and taken stock of what pieces you need, start thinking about three other ways you can style that item with other items in your wardrobe. Remember, multiple wears is key! And I personally strive for 30 wears or more. If I can’t envision at least 30 wears, I’m more than likely putting it back.
Step 5: Shop Responsibly
Buying from ethical and sustainable brands is not always possible due to cost. Which is totally understandable. Please do not feel bad if you cannot purchase from a sustainable brand right away. Our minds have been essentially brainwashed by the fast fashion industry to accept cheaply made clothing. What we forget is that making clothing is not cheap or at least it’s not supposed to be. You’re supposed to be paying for the fair labor, quality fabrics, and ethical treatment of all individuals involved producing the garment.
So if you are financially able and are clear on what you like, it’s time to go shopping! Focus those hard earned dollars towards the brands that really deserve it. They are going the extra mile and have chosen to be a sustainable brand. Going against the grain is not easy, so vote with your wallet.
A great tool that I use all the time when shopping is the Good on You app. They have done all the hard work for you by researching and rating brands. The app will tell you clearly if they’re a sustainable brand or a brand you should avoid due to their unsustainable business practices. I also appreciate that they have a detailed explanation as to why each brand received their rating. Of course, you should do your own research but it helps to have tools to help with your search.
Good luck with starting your sustainable wardrobe journey! Feel free to leave a comment or send me a DM via Instagram if you have any questions or just want to chat about style and sustainable fashion. Until next time…
We can truly become our own worst enemy when it comes to our style. The #1 thing that destroys a women’s sense of style are her own mental roadblocks. These mental roadblocks make us second guess every decision we make. When working with clients to develop their personal style, here are some key mental roadblocks I run into and help my clients overcome.
I just want to lose a few more pounds…
I’ve touched on this before, but it is very common and normal to feel like you don’t want to spend money towards developing your style and wardrobe when you feel you’re not at your desired weight. No more excuses or wasted time. No matter your size, shape, income, or lifestyle; you are beautiful and deserve to look and feel your best right now.
I don’t have the money…
Having all the money in the world cannot bring you style. You can get your entire outfit from Salvation Army or Goodwill and look like a million bucks. It’s not about money, it’s all about how you put the pieces together. At the end of the day, you either have style or you don’t. Most of my wardrobe nowadays comes from thrift stores. There are many clothing options now at every price point. So stop using money as an excuse to not start developing your personal style. Some of my favorite pieces are under $10. Don’t fall asleep on thrift stores and bargain shops.
I don’t want people to stare at me…
If you’re typically a person that does not care for attention then having people stare is an understandable fear. I’ve had clients say “If I start dressing better, people are going to stare and think I’m trying too hard”. I hear you and I get it, but isn’t that putting someone else’s needs over your own? Change is hard, but it will be even harder if you’re always worried about what others think. Your happiness should be first and foremost, period. Don’t let this mental roadblock stop you from having impeccable style.
I don’t know what looks good together…
Style can be taught. To some it may come easier than others, but overall you can teach yourself how to build stylish outfits. Pinterest has been such a game changer for me when it comes to developing my personal style. It’s even a tool that I use when working with my clients. I create a Pinterest mood board for each client that we review together and they must approve the board before I start shopping. Compiling a collection of outfit inspiration can easily be recreated. Once you start to get the hang of putting outfits together you can even put your own unique spin on it.
There are many things that can keep you from starting your personal style journey and all of these fears or concerns are valid. But what is important is how you react to those fears. It’s a mental game and sometimes you just have to tell your internal thoughts to shut the hell up and just go for it. In the end you will be happier that you did.
What are some other mental roadblocks that stopped you from starting your personal style journey? Leave a comment or send me a DM via Instagram. Until next time…
Style doesn’t come easy for everyone, but everyone does have their unique personal style. Defining your look can be intimidating, but does not have to be difficult. It’s all about taking baby steps and I’m here to guide you along the way. Here are some easy steps you can follow, so you will be styling and strutting in no time.
Start with the Basics
A good foundation is the key to building a strong wardrobe. You must start with your basics. I talked about some good quality basics in last week’s post, but when building your new stylish wardrobe your basics have to extend into investment pieces. So your basics are jeans, t-shirts, and tank tops but your investment pieces are skirts, slacks, blazers, and blouses. When you are looking to add new pieces to your wardrobe your basics and investment pieces will be the perfect starting point.
When trying to develop your personal style try to pay special attention to what the women or men around you are wearing. And ask yourself what is it about their outfit that drew your attention? What do you dislike? When you see someone walking down the street and you can imagine yourself in the same outfit you’re heading in the right direction. These are key style indicators that you should pay attention to.
Remembering what you see while you’re observing can be difficult especially if you are always on the go. I suggest to open up a quick note page on your phone to keep track of the outfits you liked while out and about. Also, since style is so visual utilize Pinterest. I swear I’m probably on Pinterest more than I’m on any other social media platform. Creating style mood boards are not only fun, but extremely helpful for me when I get dressed in the morning. You might not have the exact same pieces in the Pinterest photos, but I’m sure you can get creative and find something similar. That’s why personal style is fun!
In an earlier blog post, I discussed why ignoring trends is useful and developing a style uniform is the way to go. But for the purpose of this guide, I think people often combine fashion with style. Not realizing they are two separate things. Following all the latest fashion trends by constantly rotating your wardrobe does not mean you have defined your personal style. The issue is that people think that style is materialistic, but it has nothing to do with the quantity of trends you have in your wardrobe. Then end goal should always be to create a unique style that represents you and should not be influenced by what’s “hot” and “trendy” right now.
Try Something New and Copy Till You Nail It
When you first embark on your personal style journey, don’t be afraid or ashamed that you copied someone else’s look. How else are you going to learn right? The world of fashion was built on taking inspiration from somewhere to create something beautiful. You are essentially doing the same thing when you take inspiration from someone’s personal style.
You should feel good about what you’re wearing. I don’t know how many times I have heard people buying things because it was in season or on trend, but they have no idea how to style it. Therefore, they never wear it. Money down the drain. Trying something new and changing your look can be intimidating or even scary for some. These feelings are 100% normal because you’re putting pressure on yourself to step outside of your comfort zone. All I ask is this, give yourself the freedom to explore and try something new. That’s truly when you will start to jump into a personal style that speaks to you.
I really hope you enjoyed this guide to personal style. If you have some other tips or tricks that you’ve used to develop your personal style leave a comment below or send me a DM via Instagram. I love keeping the conversation going about fashion and style. Also, you have any other guide topics in mind let me know. Until next time…
Summertime is here and gingham is always very popular during the summer months. Gingham is a very unique fabric. It has structure, but is lightweight. It has a very distinct textured weaving pattern on both sides. And it lives within the plaid family. Who doesn’t love a good plaid shirt. Gingham is definitely more spring/summer while plaid has all the fall vibes.
Clearly this gingham blazer is the shining star. I instantly fell in love when I spotted it. This look is a perfect summer work outfit, but if you want to make it more casual switch out the ankle length slacks for some jeans.
What are some of your favorite summer prints? I’m definitely looking to brighten up my wardrobe this summer so leave me a comment. Love getting inspiration from my readers.
I’m always looking for sustainable brands that specialize in simple basics that are just as passionate about slow and clean fashion. And that’s when I came across Organic Basics.
Basics are an important foundation for any wardrobe. I define basics as the core items in your closet that can be used year round. Basics are something that have to be replaced more often than other items in your wardrobe because they’re your “everyday pieces”. The more wear, the more tear.
So let’s dive into what Organic Basics is all about!
Who Are They
Organic Basics designs everyday basics, under garments, and active wear from organic cotton and recycled textiles. What I love about the brand is that they think about sustainability throughout their entire production process. From design, fabric, development, to production they care about the environment and the impact they leave behind from beginning to end.
They handpick every single fabric based on its environmental footprint and lifetime durability. All of the fabrics used are natural, recycled, and biodegradable with the least impact on the environment. Plus, they are GOTS certified which means they only use chemical free cotton
Quality and Workmanship
They only work with factories that also strive to reduce their environmental footprint. Most importantly, the factories are child and forced labor free. The garment workers are in safe conditions, are paid fair wages, and treated with respect.
I received the basic women’s tee in black and the triangle bra in rose nude. My tee is so incredibly soft. What I love about organic cotton is that you really can feel the difference. It’s just as durable as regular cotton, but without all the pesticides.
Now for the bra, I was a little nervous because I’m very busty and typically go for full coverage bras. But the bra is very comfortable and I do feel secure wearing it. The triangle bra has now become by go-to when I just want to be completely comfortable and not deal with an underwire which can feel very uncomfortable by the day.
I really admire a brand that works extremely hard about reducing their carbon footprint to lessen their impact on our environment. But sustainability isn’t just about the environment. It’s about the ethical treatment of the people making our clothes as well. Organic Basics thinks about sustainability in all aspects of their business and I can get behind that.
Click here to give Organic Basics and try and use ‘ MYNKAOBC’ at checkout to receive a 10% discount on your purchase. Until next time…
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I can’t begin to tell you how much I love and admire Sotela. They’re an all inclusive body positive sustainable brand that celebrates people in all their forms. No matter size, age, or gender. Their motto – “Made for humans, by humans”. And isn’t that just a beautiful thing to celebrate.
Being a black female on the more busty/curvy side of the spectrum I don’t always feel represented within the sustainable fashion community. So if you’re a sustainable brand that truly includes EVERYONE you get bonus points in my book. I also had the pleasure of meeting Hanna who is the founder and designer of Sotela at the Renegade Craft Festival this year. She was truly a breathe of fresh air and so kind. It’s nice meeting other people who are just as passionate about sustainable fashion as I am.
Now as soon as Sotela dropped their new SOL Collection I immediately fell in love with the Luna Wrap Dress. The marigold color was so vibrant and it’s a wrap dress! Need I say more? Well if you don’t know how awesome wrap dresses are, the wrap dress was invented by Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) in 1974. The wrap dress is a must have in your wardrobe. It’s flattering on all body shapes/sizes, versatile, easy to wear, and style. So of course the Luna Wrap Dress had to come home with me. It was just perfect especially heading into summer.
Please check out Sotela and show them some love and support. If we want to keep the sustainable fashion movement alive we got to support are small sustainable businesses who are out their truly trying to make a difference. Until next time…
Fashion as we know it is not sustainable. Approximately 100 billion clothes are produced each year and some brands are even burning unsold inventory. The average closet has anywhere from 200 to 300 items and yet we always feel like we have nothing to wear. Continuing to shop and throw away clothing does not help you develop a true sense of style. You can’t build your ideal wardrobe mindlessly shopping. What you’re building is a temporary closet and I’m here to help my clients build wardrobes they love with sustainability in mind.
Sustainability and Your Wardrobe
You can be sustainable and stylish at the same time. When working with clients I try to recycle as much of their own wardrobe as possible. I love getting creative and coming up with different outfit combinations. When I do need to add new items to my clients wardrobe I only shop at thrift stores, consignment stores, and/or sustainable brands.
It’s Okay to Rent
If you’ve been following me for a while you know I rent a portion of my wardrobe. I’ve been pushing for a more sustainable wardrobe for about a year now. I am aware that I still have shopaholic tendencies. Renting my wardrobe allows me to “shop” without commitments. It’s more sustainable to rent to keep clothing in circulation.
Borrow If You Have To
Borrowing, swapping, and thrifting is how I’m doing most of my shopping these days. Buying something new should be your absolute last resort. Plus I find so many cute things for myself and my clients when I’m shopping at secondhand sources. You should definitely check out Swap Society. It’s a big online closet swap party. Each item you swap gets assigned points and you can use those points to grab something pre-owned
Style is Personal
At the end of the day, style is very personal and has nothing to do with the clothes. It’s all about your personal interests and tastes. Putting an outfit together is very much like a puzzle. And I’ve built this platform to show that it is possible to have great style while being sustainable. I’m not perfect and I’m not living a 100% sustainable lifestyle, but I am being mindful and more aware. It’s all about taking it slow and knowing what you can commit to.
Mynka is a personal wardrobe stylist sharing some style tips, outfit inspiration, and using this blog as a platform to continue the important discussions surrounding sustainable fashion.