GAP Brings Back the ’90s with Limited Edition Pieces

GAP Brings Back the '90s with Limited Edition Pieces

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So I know, I’ve been posting a lot about old and vintage style…but it’s no joke. I figured it was probably something that fit into the realm of cult favorites—even Urban Outfitter’s Urban Renewal vintage shop seemed to be kind of hidden like an enigmatic back room of a brick and mortar shop to be discovered and deliciously ransacked by only its biggest fans in the know. Nasty Gal helped bring vintage style to the forefront too, but to me it never seemed to totally kick off. That seems to be changing now, with Gap being the next to dive in with a new collection of pieces right out of the ’90s.

Gap’s ’90s Archive Re-Issue shop is brought to you by several familiar faces right out of the era: Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis), Lizzy Jagger (you got it, Mick Jagger’s daughter), Coco Gordon (daughter of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore), supermodel Naomi Campbell (wearing the same tee she wore in a 1992 Gap ad), DJ TJ Mizell (son of Jam Master Jay of Run DMC) and Chelsea Tyler (Steven Tyler’s daughter). The collection is full of several basic (as in essential) limited-edition pieces that bring back every nostalgic feeling of yesteryear…and in my opinion, the best decade for music. These pieces ended up being a hit, with many of them selling out already! Fortunately, these items are now all on sale, so now is your chance to snatch them up!

GAP Brings Back the '90s with Limited Edition Pieces - Rumer Willis

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GAP Brings Back the '90s with Limited Edition Pieces - DJ TJ Mizell

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GAP Brings Back the '90s with Limited Edition Pieces - Lizzy Jagger

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GAP Brings Back the '90s with Limited Edition Pieces - Coco Gordon

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GAP Brings Back the '90s with Limited Edition Pieces - Naomi Campbell

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GAP Brings Back the '90s with Limited Edition Pieces - Chelsea Tyler

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Shop the full Gap ’90s Archive Re-Issue shop here!

Diesel goes Balls To The Walls with their SS17 Campaign

Diesel goes Balls To The Walls with their SS17 Campaign - Tank

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Loving and learning to understand each other and our differences is not political. This is a basic human need (and want) that we all undeniably crave despite whatever heated political environment we may currently be living in. It’s not uncommon of course for figureheads, brands, or any public figure with the power to reach large masses to use their platforms to promote their political views, but don’t worry. I’m not going there. However, denim goes way back when we’re talking about both fashion and activism, with the Summer of Love days being the first era that comes to mind. Denim stands for creativity, and a sense of individual freedom and expression. Spin it however you’d like, but I am always so warmed to see denim brands sticking to their roots and promoting this kind of powerful positivity whenever they can.

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Modern Vintage Inspired Denim for Style and Comfort

It took me awhile, but I think I’ve finally been bitten by the vintage denim bug. I’m hugely loyal to the super stretchy skinny jean—or skinny jeans in general—as I feel I work too freaking hard at the gym to cover it all up with baggy styles, darn it. Even when the boyfriend jean became popular way back in 2007 or 2008, I wasn’t partial to it at all, until I tried a pair from Rich & Skinny and fell in love. After reviewing several amazing skinny styles with Denimology years later, I put them aside once again in favor of form-fitting jeans. I didn’t only get the chance to review slim fits though, as there were several boyfriend fits mixed in here and there, and my tastes started to move in that direction once again soon enough. Later, when I was introduced to the love that is quality selvedge denim, I finally began appreciating 100% cotton, vintage jeans and the “they don’t make them like they used to” idea (although I don’t agree with that completely nowadays). I realized though, that they are super hard to shop for! Most denim fans prefer to visit antique and second hand shops to see in person and try on these jeans that really did come from denim’s early days, because the fits can be difficult for different shapes. This is because these pieces came out way before stretchy denim did and thus have barely any give (and usually have already been formed to their past wearer’s bodies). I don’t even have many great thrift shops around me, so I was stuck browsing them online.

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Pretty in Pink Destroyed Denim at J Brand

Pretty in Pink Destroyed Denim at J Brand

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And now it’s time for something completely different (for me at least)…I’ve mentioned before that I’m totally not into the “traditional” girly shades. You’ll just about never spot me in pastels, and certainly not pink. However, I do like seeing such feminine touches going through “tough makeovers,” as J Brand puts it. I always thought a pink motorcycle, or a pink handgun, or…you know, anything that normally isn’t very girly at all in a humorously girly shade was somewhat appealing. Looking at it the other way though, gives it a whole different approach. Colored denim is always fun, and relaxed, vintage-like fits have been growing in popularity. Along with vintage denim comes plenty of tough distressing and broken in detailing, which I feel definitely make a pink shade look a little more rockstar and tones down the girl-next-door factor a bit.

J Brand has released a short but sweet “Pretty in Pink” collection made up of the Ivy High-Rise Short, the relaxed boyfriend-inspired Ivy High-Rise Crop Straight with a Hi Low Hem (the mullet-like Hi Low Hem, along with raw hems became a popular detail last year), the Harlow Jacket, and the form-fitting 835 Mid-Rise Capri, all with heavy distressing details and everything that puts vintage denim on such a high pedestal in the industry right now. Each pair, except for the 835 Mid Rise Capri which brings in J Brand’s stretchy Photo Ready fabric makeup and cut, is comfortably relaxed, and each dons the much-loved raw hems. I love the way raw hems look on denim jackets! I’m still not sure if I’d jump into the world of pink denim, but these pieces definitely get my creative styling juices moving.

Shop J Brand’s Pretty in Pink collection here!

Post Apocalyptic Apparel for Every Day by Siskatank

Post Apocalyptic Apparel for Every Day by Siskatank

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By now you may have already realized that I’m more partial to the darker stuff…I like edge. I kind of hate pastels. That basically sums me up! However, I love unique and creative pieces, and most of that can be found in the realm of independent artists. Because of that, Etsy is a huge favorite shopping stop of mine. You might think Etsy is just full of items sold by everyday hobbyists (which I also support), but it’s far deeper than that. I own and wear several pieces I’ve gotten from Etsy, as there are several full blown (but still small) brands that use this platform to reach discerning fashionistas such as myself. I wrote about some of my favorites about two years ago on two separate posts (see them here and here). The search always continues, and I’ve just run across another one that I’m completely enamored with!

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Spotlight on the Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinny Jean

Spotlight on the Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinny Jean

While brainstorming post ideas, I thought about all of the posts I’ve been proud of in the past, and thought it would be nice to come up with a way to bring them back up to the forefront before they are lost in blogging purgatory. Last week, I brought up an old review I did for the James Jeans Twiggy jean, to highlight the fact that it’s a great skinny jean for curvier shapes. My thought is, every now and then I’ll bring up another to show off new styles that are currently available in the featured style. They’ve all been awesome jeans, and I wouldn’t have had the chance to discover them if it weren’t for my reviewer stint at Denimology! So, why not give them a second time to shine?

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Improving Lives of Detroit Women with Better Life Bags

I am so excited to find more and more of these hidden gems that are small companies with true passions to help others. As time goes on (and my talents for digging for such things improves), they begin to see more abundant and it makes me so happy in this world of fast fashion and self-serving overconsumption. I always like to feel that fashion shouldn’t ever be just for me—since my dollars will be going somewhere, they might as well go to those who could truly use them the most, right? Win win! What impresses me about these small charitable companies is how most of them began…by an independent creative like me who one day had an idea, or just found his or her passions leading them to an opportunity to give back. I’d like to think one of these days I could follow in these footsteps!

My latest discovery is an amazing handbag brand called Better Life Bags. This company began when founder Rebecca Smith turned her last-trimester pregnancy boredom into something crafty, creating diaper bags and posting photos of them on Facebook. They received a very favorable response, and when requests started flowing in, Rebecca opened an Etsy shop in 2009. The cool part though, is that she decided to donate 10% of each bag’s sale to a low income entrepreneur overseas through microloans. With each purchase, she’d send a photo of the person the loan would be benefiting, to show each customer the good they were doing. In 2010, her family moved to Detroit, Rebecca witnessed first hand the impact of poverty and unemployment can do to a city. By then, her orders were exploding, and she reached out to a local woman from Yemen, with the name of Nadia, to help her sew bags for her company. As time went on, Rebecca was inspired by the positive shift this employment provided Nadia, as she was finally able to provide some much needed essential items for her family. Rebecca continues to hire as many women in need from Detroit to help sew her bags as she can…the more sold, the better! Like before, each bag come with the name of the woman who made it, creating that personal connection that really shows how impactful and beneficial voting with your dollars can mean for those whose lives need it the most.

Better Life Bags offers three bags for custom, made-to-order options: the Clara, Linda and Brynnda, seen below. Custom orders take 2-3 weeks, but there are also plenty of ready-made bags to purchase as well! See below for some of my favorites.

Made-To-Order, “Design Your Own” Bags

Ready to Ship Bags

“Our mission is to hire women who have various barriers to employment to make our custom leather and fabric bags. They are adopted into our Better Life family and given a chance to succeed in life, family, and friendship.”

“We really believe we have created a unique business that brings together YOUR design efforts with tangible needs in our community of Detroit, Michigan. Every bag we sell means more women that we can hire! Your bag will come with the name of the woman who made your bag – bringing the personal connection straight to your mailbox. We’d love it if you hung that card on your fridge to think about that woman whose life is being changed as a result of your purposeful purchase.”

Read more about, and shop even more beautiful pieces from Better Life Bags, here!

An Evening Outdoors with Anjolee

An Evening Outdoors with Anjolee - Outfit Centered

It’s been getting a lot colder here (in California terms, at least), and it’s been great being able to switch things up a bit style-wise! We’ve also finally been getting a ton of much needed rain downpours…as you can see, our hills are finally green again (or green-ish, at least, the drought was no joke)! The air is crisp and feels so refreshing after a rain, and it feels so nice to get out and enjoy it. Hopefully this will continue on for awhile, as our lakes start to fill up again!

This year, as the weather grew colder, I decided to shift my focus a bit from jeans and onto jackets and boots. As you can see here I’m wearing my favorite new boots, the Frye Melissa Tab I scored on eBay earlier this winter. I’ve been wearing them an awful lot and they’ve broken in beautifully. My coat here is actually an off-brand that my sister had for awhile, and passed onto me! Don’t worry, that’s faux fur you’re looking at. A lot of my jackets I’ve had in the past were more casual, so it was nice to get something both warm and stylish for those late nights out or dinner parties here and there. My Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip in Port (purchased off Hautelook after searching everywhere for this discontinued color) is a common accomplice of mine to these types of events as well, as it is compact, lightweight and stylish, but still roomy enough for the essentials.

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The James Jeans Twiggy Jean for Curvier Bodies

The James Jeans Twiggy Jean for Curvier Bodies

There’s been a long standing assumption that skinny jeans are only for…well, skinny people. Thankfully over the years that’s changed, and several denim brands have stepped up to the plate to prove that notion wrong. Jeans have become more stretchy, more form fitting, more curve hugging than ever, and fits have changed a bit to cater to those who have more ample shapes. For me, I’m thankful because I’ve always had a more athletic shape, as I am a bit of a fitness buff! I lift, I run, I HIIT, I do a lot. Fortunately, I’m slim enough that most jeans will fit me anyway, but I still run across that issue of waist gap or my thighs being a bit too muscular every now and then. I am extremely thankful for my experiences of reviewing jeans for Denimology, as this has opened my eyes to the real meat of the denim industry, and I am not sure I would have discovered these amazing fits for bodies like mine if I hadn’t had that opportunity!

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Empowering Women and Local Artisans with Nanette Lepore

I’m not usually all that into designer goods…unless you count premium denim and super talented yet small-scale independent artists off Etsy or elsewhere…I guess technically that’s all classified as “designer” goods since it’s all higher quality with more attention to detail and less mass-production (and much of it is sustainable). However, traditional designer goods, although beautiful to look at, aren’t always all that practical for my wallet or lifestyle. I kind of see it like high couture: beautiful art pieces to admire and ooh and ahhh at, even though I might never own a piece (but who knows, right?). I don’t abhor prices, as I know what often goes into creating most of these brands. Every now and then though, a popular designer pops out to me as something special, whether it’s the designs or ethical practices. One in particular is Nanette Lepore.

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