The TOMS x Prabal Gurung Collection for Nepal

The TOMS x Prabal Gurung Collection for Nepal

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I’ve always got my eyes on TOMS. Of all the philanthropic companies that I love writing about, they are one of the most active, always building new collaborative relationships and collections to benefit those who need it most. This time, TOMS has joined forces with couture designer Prabal Gurung to benefit Nepal through the Shikshya Foundation Nepal. We all know about TOMS’ One for One campaign, where for every pair of shoes purchased, one is given to a child in need. This campaign takes things one major step further: rebuilding Nepal after that devastating earthquake. Prabal is from Nepal, bringing his unique designs to this collection of four women’s shoes. The Black Suede Contrast Women’s PG Nepal Boots look straight out of the country, and the beautiful black, white and red designs of the other three pieces are sure to please your style tastes as well. For every purchase, TOMS will donate $5 to the Shikshya Foundation Nepal, with a minimum contribution of $20,000USD.

The Shikshya Foundation Nepal also has a mission to help give the best education possible to the 300 underprivileged children within ten years of the company’s foundation. They also aim to open libraries and other reading centers, as well as the development of counseling and mentorship services to aid the holistic development and enrichment through financial, social and emotional support.

“The collection is inspired by my home country of Nepal and its colors, textures and wonderful stories.” — Prabal Gurung

“”What excites me about collaborating with TOMS is our shared belief in inspiring others and giving back. We’re coming together to make a difference in the world by what we do.” — Prabal Gurung

“This special collection helps raise funds and awareness for the Shikshya Foundation Nepal and the rebuilding of Nepal, Prabal’s home and inspiration behind his designs.”

“For every pair of TOMS x Prabal Gurung shoes purchased, TOMS will donate $5 to the Shikshya Foundation Nepal in support of education for underprivileged children and, more recently, helping aid relief efforts in Nepal.”

The TOMS x Prabal Gurung Collection for Nepal - Nepal Images

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Shop the TOMS x Prabal Gurung collection here.

Read more about the Shikshya Foundation Nepal here.

The Iconic Levi’s 505c ’70s Rock Jean

The Iconic Levi's 505c '70s Rock Jean - in Joey

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The Iconic Levi’s 505c ’70s Rock Jean

It’s tough to be as obsessed with denim as I am without also being fascinated by its history. It may have been considered workwear at one time, but it didn’t take long for the popular, tough fabric to become an iconic fashion statement which led to the vast range of enticing premium varieties on the market today. Denim has always been a symbol of rock n’ roll, and the Levi’s® 505™C leads the pack. This style was born in 1967, during the Summer of Love, which sparked the rapid growth of the counterculture movement. The denim jacket was also an iconic piece at the time, thanks to the concurrent release of the Levi’s® Type III Trucker Jacket. Along with the 505™C jean, the jacket is symbolic of this era which was rich in cinema, music, and political activism.

The 505™C jean was seen sported by rock and punk idols throughout history, with Levi’s® naming The Ramones of the most notable. Levi’s® recently held a launch party to re-release this classic style, with legendary rock star Debbie Harry and other figureheads sporting their own pairs. The new 505™C is a slim straight leg fit that sits at the waist. The men’s and women’s collections each features six eye catching washes and levels of distressing, each made for a rock star or rocker at heart! I’m usually more of a skinny jean person than straight leg, but these vintage-inspired washes are making me drool a little. It’s hard to pick just one!

The Iconic Levi's 505c '70s Rock Jean - in DeeDee

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“The 505™’s history goes hand in hand with counterculture. It’s the infamous star on the front cover of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album and plays a part in the beginning of punk rock by being worn by all four of the Ramones in their seminal, eponymous album. Ripped jeans, which we take for granted now, were pioneered on 505™’s.” – Jonathan Cheung, Svp Apparel Design, Levi’s®

The Iconic Levi's 505c '70s Rock Jean - in Patti

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The Iconic Levi's 505c '70s Rock Jean - in Elvis

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“The 505™’s history goes hand in hand with counterculture.” – Jonathan Cheung, Svp Apparel Design, Levi’s®

The Iconic Levi's 505c '70s Rock Jean - Atomic Blue and DeeDee

Image: Levi’s®. The 505™C Jeans in Atomic Blue and DeeDee

The Iconic Levi's 505c '70s Rock Jean - Joey and Elvis

Image: Levi’s®. The 505™C Jeans in Joey and Elvis

The Iconic Levi's 505c '70s Rock Jean - Marky and Patti

Image: Levi’s®. The 505™C Jeans in Marky and Patti

See photos from the Levi’s® 505™C launch party and read more about the style here.

Shop the women’s 505™C here!

Vegan Handbags and Footwear from Matt & Nat

Vegan Handbags and Footwear from Matt & Nat

I honestly kneel down to anyone who has perfected the vegan lifestyle…I am not sure I’d be able to do it. It’s tough enough to just avoid cheese, bread and meat (which I do as often as I can as an almost-vegetarian and slightly lactose/wheat intolerant) wherever I go. Applying this lifestyle to other consumables and products across the home and wardrobe, I have a ton of respect for. It’s kind of an awkward topic; it’s not like I’m trying to be vegan, but I do like to support vegan products as often as I can. I do like a supple leather handbag or shoes, usually because they tend to last longer. Over the years though, some brands like BLANKNYC, MeDusa and Matt & Nat have relaxed that belief of mine with their super high quality, attractive vegan leather products. I own a few products from each, and they all have held up just as well as my real leather pieces (and of course, leaves me feeling just a bit more animal friendly). Fauxgerty and Angela Roi are two others on my radar that I hope to try out soon! I absolutely love watching this market expand.

Matt & Nat is a vegan handbag and footwear brand that I’ve been eyeing for a long time now. Born in 1995 in Montreal, their name stands for MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE. The brand stands for the motto “Live Beautifully,” which means “appreciating the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us.” Matt & Nat is always looking for new ways to use sustainable materials in all of their products, using recycled materials such as nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork. They have used linings made out of 100% recycled bottles since 2007 and just recently introduced the use of recycled bicycle tires! One thing a lot of people complain about when it comes to leatherlike mediums is the the fact that manufacturing such materials can also be environmentally harmful. Matt & Nat uses PU over PVC, which is far more Earth friendly. Establishing personal relationships with each of their factories is also very important to the brand in order to ensure quality work conditions for all.

I own a wallet and a clutch from them, and I love the versatility of them both! I’ve watched this company grow up over the years into a sleek, refined, vintage-inspired brand and these new pieces from their Fall/Winter 2016 collection are simply beautiful! Here are several photos from the new lookbook…feast your eyes…

“At Matt & Nat, we live by a simple motto, “Live beautifully”. Living beautifully means appreciating the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us.”

“Our values include social responsibility, excellence, inclusiveness, integrity, learning, authenticity and, of course, love. We are inspired by the textures and hues of nature and, to better protect it, we aim to constantly better our ways.”

“We’re passionate and in awe of the world that surrounds us. Being inspired by MAT(T)erial and NATure means exploring the synergy between the two, the reflection of one on the other.”

Shop and read more about Matt & Nat here!

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Back to Black for Fall with BLANKNYC

Back to Black for Fall with BLANKNYC

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Back to Black for Fall with BLANKNYC

Everyone’s favorite season is almost here…at least I think it’s everyone’s? Summer is always exciting for just about everyone I know, but I’ve never seen as much excitement for any season until Fall rolls around. I guess it’s thanks to pumpkin spice lattes, cuddly time, Halloween, changing colors and of course, switching it up a bit in the fashion department. Tall boots, skinny jeans and layers of jewel or neutral tones always dominate, and black is often right there up top. I always feel I can’t own enough black pieces, and when it comes to BLANKNYC I always feel like I can’t own enough of THEIRS. Just in time for Fall, this brand favorite of mine has released a nice batch of items in this dark classic shade, focusing primarily on their amazing Vegan Leather line.

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The Fall 2016 Collection from Nomad’s Hemp Wear

I’m sure I write enough about this brand now to not have to explain my obsession right off anymore…they’ve been a favorite of mine not only for everyday wear, but also to pair with a lot of my denim reviews to round out my denim, sustainable fashion and nomadic style tastes all in one. I don’t feel that any other clothing brand bridges the gap between festival spirit and everyday casual as well as they do, and the fact that they use eco-friendly and sustainable materials like soy, bamboo, hemp and organic cotton is the huge, juicy cherry on top! I always feel like this brand was made just for me! Most brands with such positive initiatives often come at a fairly high price tag, which I understand and never mind too much, choosing to take take it as an option to shop more mindfully…sourcing such materials and mass producing them is not quite as economical as standard fashion is yet. However, Nomad’s Hemp Wear is a leader to me also in the sense that they do try to keep their price point down as far as they can without sacrificing quality! With this brand, it’s all in the super sweet details.

I own several pieces from them now and everything has held up wonderfully after several washes. Each piece is so unique and yet modern enough that they really could be worn anywhere. The only brand insignia are marked rivets and logo zipper pulls, and oh how I love all the subtle hardware details! As a creative myself, I know it’s tough to find the right stylistic niche and stick with it for as long as this brand has! I’m super excited to help announce the arrival of their Fall/Winter 2016 collection, which I’ve been anxiously awaiting all summer! Clothing for warm weather is always fun, but there’s nothing like some nice cozy, stylish clothes to bundle up in as the cooler months arrive…especially if it’s made of the supersoft fabrics (honestly if you’ve never tried bamboo, you’re missing out) that help us treat the earth with a little more respect. Check out my favorite lookbook images below, and product images in the below gallery!

Shop Nomad’s Hemp Wear here.

Best End of Summer and Labor Day Denim Sales

Best End of Summer and Labor Day Denim Sales - Singer22

It’s yet another long weekend, and yet another great round of sales! I plan to spend my next few days resting, going to a few concerts and clubs in Hollywood, and spending time with friends. I’m fortunate to live in California where it’s going to be nice and warm all weekend, but I know some parts the country have some inclement weather looming overhead…and I’m sure if I lived in those areas I’d be more inclined to stay at home shopping! Whatever you plan to do this weekend, if you are aching for a new pair of jeans, I’ve put together some of the best premium denim sales I could find. Enjoy, and be safe!

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Patched and Embroidered Denim for Fall

Patched and Embroidered Denim for Fall

The artistry within the denim community is one aspect that keeps me hooked. When ripped jeans first got popular over ten years ago, I started by buying my own pair and ripping them myself, then added rhinestones and patches all over them, based on a pair I had seen at either Abercrombie or Hollister (same thing basically…but can’t remember specifically). Way before that, in high school, I enjoyed putting embroidered patches all over my backpack, but hadn’t ever considered putting them on clothing. Jeans with cute embroidery have been floating around the market more than before now, and it’s so fun seeing all of the different designs available! It further pushes the notion that denim is like a canvas, ready for a designer (or designer at heart) to have at it and express their creativity, just like with painted jeans. A lot of them bring out a cool flower child-ish ’70s vibe which obviously fits me pretty well if you’ve been reading my blog long enough!

Fall is almost here already, and I think patched and embroidered jeans would be perfect to match the falling leaves and changing colors of the season. Springtime is also another season that I feel these embroidered jeans fit well within, but that’s a subject for a much later post! Here are some of the best I could find out on the market right now, starting with two beautiful styles that are part of Level 99’s Fall/Winter 2016 lookbook: the Allie Mid Rise in High Street (above) and Level 99 Amber Slouchy in Point Dume (below). Which is your favorite?

Patched and Embroidered Denim for Fall - Asos

Images: Asos. Glamorous Petite Embroidered Girlfriend Jean (Petite or Tall) and Glamorous Tall Boyfriend Jean With Embroidered Leg

A Casual Evening in STRÖM Brand

A Casual Evening in STRÖM Brand

I’m still loving these longer summer days, but as we get nearer to Fall, I’m definitely noticing we’re having to rush out of work more often to catch a quick shoot before the sun goes down! It’s definitely tougher to keep up with the blog and Denimology reviews in the winter time because of this. Photos always look better in the early evenings due to less brightness and shadows, so it’s not like weekends can all be used for catch up. Either way, we bloggers do what we gotta do!

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Birthday Recap of my Shiniest Moments in Blogging

Birthday Recap of my Shiniest Moments in Blogging

Birthday Recap of my Shiniest Moments in Blogging

Well it’s that time again, when I stop and think in disbelief how fast the time has gone…and how the hell I’m already one year (or two or three or…heck, 10) years older. It’s definitely scary how our relative perception of time gets shorter as we get older compared to how many years we’ve lived, making it feel like time is speeding up. At least, that’s the theory I’ve read and tend to believe. What’s hard to believe though, is that I even got into this blogging business to begin with. Only a few years ago it was just a fleeting thought with no plans to even bring it into fruition—the last time I had even attempted to start a blog was on Blogger in 2009 when I thought I would document the planning of my wedding. I did squeeze a few denim-related posts in here and there but only had one follower (my fiancé’s sister) and I just didn’t feel a drive, passion or motivation in general to continue beyond only a handful of posts. That probably lasted about three or four months. Perhaps I wasn’t as well rehearsed on how to promote a blog—social media was already a strong point of mine, as was networking and web development, but I definitely didn’t know as much about marketing or how to properly promote posts cross-platform as I do now.

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Eco Friendly and Modern Yoga Apparel by ALO

Even though I’m a denim-head, I didn’t much mind the so-called “threat” that the athleisure boom imparted onto the denim industry. On one hand, innovations come when challenges arise, and jeans as we now know them are nothing like they were just a few years ago! On the other hand, there just have been some seriously cool activewear brands out there—I’ll admit I’ve ended up really digging my growing little legging collection and even now wear some active outerwear on a daily basis too. The comfort is one thing, but so many of the newest brands and styles are just so much more unique than regular apparel!

One other thing I love about a lot of activewear brands is their realization that the textile and apparel industries are some of the dirtiest out there in terms of pollution, and have made strides to adopt more eco-friendly practices. I guess it comes along with the concept of fitness, well-being and always striving to improve oneself…the environment definitely plays a part! ALO Yoga is a premium activewear brand found at large retailers such as Revolve, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Carbon38 and more, but they stand out in such a great way. “ALO” stands for “Air,” “Land” and “Ocean,” to begin with. They also use eco-friendly fabrics and solar panels adorn their Los Angeles headquarters, which is also paper-free. Employees are encouraged to drive eco-friendly vehicles as well, with electric car chargers offered in the parking lot. Their clothing itself is high quality and offers a modern, clean but fun touch! Here are some awesome pieces from Revolve, below.

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