Stay Cozy and Stylish in Faux Fur Jackets this Winter

Around the time the weather gets a bit colder, my shopping attention starts to shift a little bit away from jeans and onto outerwear! Hoodies and jackets are so much fun to shop for around this time, even if I unfortunately don’t get to use them as much as I’d like here in California. It’s been pretty darn cold at night here though, and I’ve already grabbed a supersoft, faux suede and shearling jacket from American Eagle (one of my favorite places to shop). I also love jackets with faux fur trim, but I’m never all that partial to full shaggy faux fur jackets. The only time I really wear a lot of faux fur is at music festivals when it gets cold at night, like those furry hoods you’ve probably seen floating around the internet over the last few years. But, because of that party spirit, I have thought of grabbing myself a fuzzy jacket to bridge the line between festival and real life, much like a lot of the apparel from independent designers I find at festivals, and on Etsy.

I absolutely love window shopping online, as frustrating as it can be sometimes to find exactly what you want. I looked far and wide and as much as I hate to say it, I almost went for a cheap overseas seller on Ebay because I just could not find what I wanted anywhere else (however, if it were ever an obvious knockoff, I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole). It’s also hard to find any quality or attractive ones under $100, and since I planned to wear mine primarily to festivals (where it would get dirty) and wasn’t sure if the style was even my thing to wear beyond that, I was afraid to drop a decent amount. But then I stumbled across a beautiful number from Romwe, a shop I’ve clicked around through before but never became a customer with. This choice isn’t too pricey, either. I am so excited to receive it, as I definitely could see myself wearing it both at festivals and around to parties…or even to work or out to dinner if I feel festive enough! I had a ton of second, third and even fourth choices before I purchased it, so I felt inspired to continue the search to see what else is out there and create a post for all of you. Here are some of my favorites I found!

Here are a ton more to search from, below! Multicolored, short, long, solid colored…there are a ton of choices in a wide variety of prices!

High Performance Moto Style by Blanc Noir at Carbon38

Here we go again…more dark fashion awesomeness…totally my kind of thing. As a fitness fanatic, I definitely love that side of the activewear/athleisure industry, as fitness kind of gives an extra bit of badassery to edgier apparel, if you ask me. It also makes this kind of style a lot easier to wear around on a regular basis, since activewear is meant to move with you and stay comfortable, and even wick moisture if you’re wearing it on a hot day. This also makes them prime items to wear out when I’m DJing or attending a late night party! I’m not really into wearing gym clothing on a regular basis, but sometimes, I can make an exception—if it doesn’t exactly look like it’s meant to be in a gym.

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Comfortable and Whimsical Footwear by Lola Ramona

I try not to shop too much for footwear these days…I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I say I already have a decent collection! I at least try to look for a variety of purposes when I shop for shoes…quality tall ones for the winter, mid-calf boots to cover up cropped jeans, low booties, black booties, a solid black pair of nice heels, a comfortable pair or two of sneakers (Converse, specifically) and one high top, a variety of different colors and styles of sandals (flat and with heels) for summer…you get the idea! I try to keep to mostly the basics, but it can be tough to discriminate when you run across something that’s SO COOL, even if it looks like something you already have! You gotta have some fun with shopping, too.

It’s especially difficult to refrain from purchasing something when the item is truly different and unique. Every time I tell myself I’ve got enough shoes, a brand like Lola Ramona pops up. I’m not really all that into cutesy girlie items, but I really appreciate creativity, and this brand has some shoes that I would definitely wear! Lola Ramona was born in 2006 in Copenhagen with the purpose to create “shoes with an attitude”, and something unlike anything seen in the market at the time. I feel that still holds very true!

Shoptiques has an awesome collection of Lola Ramona shoes, and a lot of them look like something a rockabilly Minnie Mouse would wear (in a good way of course)! I’m totally digging all the black and white options, and I always love stripes and polka dots. The Lola Ramona Marilyn Spats Heels and Lola Ramona Ava Calamity Boots as well as the Angie Two Tone Booties are my top favorites, but I collected several others I thought were most unlike any other shoes I’ve seen before, knowing that they were sure to please at least a handful of you!

“Founded in 2006, the Brand originates from Copenhagen, Denmark. On the discovery that a certain type of shoe was missing from the market, we set out to establish Lola Ramona. The path we would take was clear from the onset but how would we introduce this huge burst of shoe magic to the world at large? After a great deal of deliberation and just in time to present the slice of shoe heaven to the masses, Lola Ramona became the Brand that epitomises ‘shoes with an attitude’.”

“Specialising in shoes that have been designed to demonstrate style, freedom of choice and personality, Lola Ramona encourages you to wear your heart on your feet. Lola Ramona is not just a name, it’s a total concept…!”

“True to every design in which elements such as bows, dots and stripes are always present, the collection identifies each style by name, with every shoe demonstrating its own quirks. Humor is vital to the brand philosophy and with unsurmountable dedication from design to the final concept Lola Ramona injects the pizzazz into all of their footwear.”

“Women’s feet are a cause for celebration and pampering. All Lola Ramona designs are based on thoroughly analysed and developed ideas, guaranteeing your feet good support. Because of this you can enjoy both, the high and low stilettos, the chunkier heeled pumps and the beautiful wooden wedges – the design and construction will allow you to dance the night away, or shop all day long without sore feet. The shoes are without age. It’s more a question of whether you as a woman can identify yourself with the design or not! Lola Ramona is on a mission, and will not give in before all of us find our inner shoe diva. Surrender to a shoe universe full of surprises!”

“Lola Ramona shoes are small pieces of art you can carry on your feet”

…and remember:

“You can’t have too many shoes – only too little space”

Lola Ramona also makes super cute bags, like this striped one below!

Shop more Lola Ramona shoes and bags at Shoptiques here!

Visit the brand’s official website here.

The Naturally Dyed Earth Colors Jeans by G-Star RAW

The Naturally Dyed Earth Colors Jeans by G-Star RAW

Image: G-Star RAW

G-Star RAW has been a pretty consistent subject here on my blog. No only are they an impressively high quality, innovative leader in the denim world, but they also take some pretty awesome steps when it comes to sustainability. They are best known by their iconic Elwood 5620 jean, which is constructed in a way you’ve never seen any jean put together before—with 3D detailing and tough but structured and comfortable denim. The brand celebrated the 20th anniversary of this jean last year, and I had the opportunity to review a pair! This wasn’t the first time I had a taste of the Elwood, as I also reviewed a beautiful moto pair, the Custom Slim Tapered, and my first review I ever did for Denimology (or ever), was the G-Star Type C Loose Tapered 3D Jeans. I’ve always enjoyed everything I receive from this incredible brand!

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Holiday Break Recap and Favorite Remaining Sales

Holiday Break Recap and Favorite Remaining Sales - Joe's

Image: Joe’s Jeans. Shop through 9pm PST 11/29/2017.

I’m sure it was easy to gather I was M.I.A. because of this past holiday…I figured Thanksgiving would be a great time to take a bit of a break and focus on family and relaxation for a bit. While there were a ton of sales floating around that I usually enjoy posting about, I really didn’t feel much up to it this time. As much as I absolutely love supporting some of my favorite brands, especially the smaller ones, I feel we as a society have placed too much of an importance on holidays for the wrong reasons over the years. It’s funny as a blogger, trying to keep a healthy outlook on consumerism when sometimes it seems that’s all that a style blog is about. But as I’m sure you know by now, I have a true love for all of the amazing advancements in denim as well as the hard-working independent brands that strive to create a more sustainable future and live off their creative passions. Family and time off is also incredibly important, and sometimes it can also be a challenge for me to keep a healthy balance. When I find the opportunity, I realize the need to take advantage of it, and I do!

My Thanksgiving week definitely was a nice break. I only had to work my 9-5 on Monday and Tuesday, which is a blessing every year (we get even more time off for Christmas and New Years). My immediate family lives in the same town as me, so I am also so stoked I don’t have to deal with the stress of travel! We had family friends over for Turkey Day as we always do, and I enjoyed having a lot more free time to hit the gym and go for my jogs without having to worry about much of a schedule (the way I always dream for it to be). I didn’t even look at any Black Friday sales, even though I noticed they started that Monday of the week (I can’t even remember if it’s been that way before? Kind of crazy if you ask me), until Friday morning, and some here and there this last weekend and Monday, but only online. You won’t ever see me braving those brick & mortar store doorbusting hours! I will say it was nice to take care of a little Christmas shopping early (yes this is early for me).

To stick at least a little with my usual holiday plans with my blog, I figured I would collect some of my favorite brands that are offering extended Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales through this week and share them with all of you, in case you’re curious what I’m looking at or are still looking for some great deals. I started with good ol’ Joe’s Jeans at the top, which is one of the brands that’s been around the longest in the denim market! If you’re looking for jeans that fit amazingly over curvier shapes or a brand that’s put efforts into sustainability and eco-friendly fabrics, that’s definitely one to look at. Scroll on below for more brands, from both denim brands and beyond!

Holiday Break Recap and Favorite Remaining Sales - Oliberte

Image: Oliberté. Shop with free shipping through December 1st.

Olibert√© is a fair trade company specializing in amazing quality footwear, employing artisans in sub-Saharan Africa. These shoes break in beautifully, and are rugged but casual enough to wear every day. I have one pair, but this deal was too good…I had to grab another, which I got for about $41 (usually $130) with the Cyber Monday discount, 10% additional discount, and free shipping! Score!

Holiday Break Recap and Favorite Remaining Sales - Aya Papaya

Image: Aya Papaya. Shop all week!

Aya Papaya is one of my favorite independent brands I find at transformational music festivals I attend. Everything is handmade in America, sustainable and the brand prides itself in supporting local communities and providing local jobs. Find anything you can wear to yoga practice, festivals, or out and about everyday!

I have not yet written about Sure Design T-Shirts, but they are always on my radar. I write a lot about how much I love shopping for cute, casual tee shirts to pair with my favorite jeans, and this shop, based in Thailand, has some of the coolest around. They also carry leggings, hoodies, bags and other items for women and men. I’ve also seen them at a festival or two! They are already so well priced, so this deal is a total steal.

Holiday Break Recap and Favorite Remaining Sales - Symbolika

Image: Symbolika.

I only just wrote about Symbolika this last September! Back to the topic of awesome tees to go with your best jeans, this is a great brand to turn to if you are partial to psychedelic designs. These are based off sacred geometry or tribal visionary artwork from some of the best artists around, and are also found at several music festivals.

Nothing needs to be said about True Religion, really. This iconic denim brand is more accessible than ever with some of these recent sales they’ve been having! The fits and styles are also nothing like they’ve been before, and I’m always happy to see what they are coming up with next.

Holiday Break Recap and Favorite Remaining Sales - DL1961

Image: DL1961

DL1961 has been around for several years already, and values both fits for all bodies as well as sustainable manufacturing practices. I’ve reviewed a few of these over the years and they’ve been one of my all time favorites! This deal is too good to let go if you’re looking for a new pair of premium jeans, enjoy half off everything until November 30th!

Did you have any favorite sales this past holiday? Feel free to share them in the comments! Happy Thanksgiving/Holidays/Shopping/whatever you celebrate. This is my favorite time of the year…even though it always seems to hit us so dang fast!

Shop the Holiday Velvet Trend at American Eagle Outfitters

It’s that time of year again, when temperatures get cooler, people get cozier, and parties bring out the glitz. Luxe fabrics always flood the market this time of year for Christmas and New Years parties, or whatever holiday you might celebrate. Velvet has been a trend every holiday season for the past few years, and I love it. I admit I don’t really have many velvet pieces, but my red velvet flares from BLANKNYC is one of my favorite items in my closet!

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Natural Leather Tote Bags for Fall from Etsy

Just like shoes (or jeans, in my case), almost every girl loves to have an assortment of bags for every occasion. It’s hard for someone fashionably creative to settle on just one or two, right? However, as full as a wardrobe may get with bags of every color, style or even brand, one thing holds basically true: just about everyone desires that one solid, quality bag that lasts through years and years, and possibly even gets better with use. As fun as it is to go crazy with collecting multiple styles, sometimes going back to basics is a tasteful move. I personally have my everyday bag (with a few alternatives if I feel like switching it up), a few evening bags to fit different occasions or moods, and some that are best suited for day trips or outdoor adventures like hiking, festivals or the beach.

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Shop Vintage Inspired Glamour with Nasty Gal Studio

I still have absolutely no idea why I’ve never bought anything from Nasty Gal…considering I’ve been a fan of Sophia Amoruso and her story of rising from the ashes (despite recent unfortunate events), and the fact that almost everything there fits my taste. I really have no good explanation for it. I mean, I’ve already written three posts about this popular shop—beautiful pieces from their holiday collection three years ago, their collaboration with Courtney Love last year, and some of my favorite picks from their 40% off sale earlier this year. Everything Nasty Gal carries is either fun and spunky or ornate and detailed. All of it is eye candy, for sure.

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Mitscoots Outfitters Launches Blankets and Pillows for the Homeless

Mitscoots Outfitters Launches Blankets and Pillows for the Homeless

Image: Mitscoots

All of the charitable brands I’ve written about here have warmed my heart. In a crazy world full of anger and hate, it’s so nice to focus on the good of humanity from time to time. Among my favorites of all the charities I’ve discovered while running this blog is Mitscoots, an Austin-based brand born in 2012 after its founders witnessed first hand the fundamental needs of the homeless while on volunteer work in the city, in 2008. Quality gear and a clean pair of socks were the most requested items, and with that in mind, the Mitscoots brand began. Mitscoots works with local and national charities to send an equal pair of one of their high quality socks, beanies, tees and more to someone in need with every purchase. The brand also employs the transitioning homeless to help package up and ship your purchased items to you! This helps develop confidence, skills, motivation and network building for these individuals to began building better lives. Everything Mitscoots creates is also manufactured in the United States.

I have several pairs of Mitscoots socks and have bought them as gifts for others! Everyone has been very receptive to both the brand mission and the quality of the socks themselves, and I’ve even inspired others to load up the website and grab a few pairs themselves. My first Mitscoots socks was a pair of boot socks last Fall, which fit so comfortably in my Frye Melissa boots! I still purchase some every now and then—my latest purchase is a pair of athletic socks for the gym, which definitely have helped with a few blister issues when running on the treadmill. Everything has lasted wonderfully through several washes.

I am happy now to see that Mitscoots has expanded their support and product offerings into a new collection of blankets and pillows! These are like your traditional fleece blankets, but better (apart from the amazing charitable benefits)! These are water resistant with a durable blanket edge stitch, made from thermal micro fleece, at 60 inches wide by 74 inches long. Several beautiful plaid designs are available, as well as two 100% cotton loom-woven versions. Also included in this new collection are waterproof thermal micro fleece traveler blankets with reinforced webbed cotton straps, sized at 50″ wide by 58″ long. The traveler pillows are sized at 9″ wide by 15″ long and have all the same qualities as the blankets.

I’m kind of a sucker for fleece blankets (you never can have enough for the couch or camping trips), and I know with all the festivals I love attending, I’ll be grabbing a new blanket and maybe even a new pillow or two sometime…from none other than Mitscoots!

Shop more blankets and pillows from Mitscoots Outfitters here.

New Dark and Modern Asymmetrical Artistry from Marcellamoda

During my college years, my tastes were changing so often that I experimented with style a lot, to the point where fast, cheap fashion was the focus of my shopping efforts. I think many of us go through this though, because we don’t really know better. We like cheap abundance during that time in our lives, rather than paying more for fewer, quality things. I shopped based on what I saw advertised or in shop windows (as long as I liked it of course), rather than hunting down unique designers online (which I usually couldn’t afford anyway). Nowadays, however, things have changed a lot, both in availability of unique pieces and knowledge of the value of searching them out. However, the only constant with my tastes then and now is that I never really liked heavily patterned items, and usually shopped items without patterns at all.

Two Februaries ago, I wrote about Marcellamoda, a beautiful, dark, modern, minimalistic designer on Etsy which focuses on edgy, clean, asymmetrical apparel for cocktail hour, work or the street. The brand has its roots in Bulgaria, opening in 2009 by sisters and best friends Siyana and Marta, who call themselves “Marcella.” This was the name of their grandmother, who was a famous Bulgarian designer. Both of them are heavily involved in the arts, which definitely shows in everything that Marcellamoda produces! The brand started off as a small family-run boutique, with everyone designing, sewing and modeling everything themselves. Now it’s grown into a team of talented seamstresses and other assistants in Europe! All designs are hand made and inspired by the urban streets of New York City, where the original founders live during most of the year.

Etsy is definitely one of the destinations that has made unique apparel more accessible, and this is one of the amazing brands I’ve had my eyes on for so many years now. These are the statement pieces for your wardrobe that you reach for when you aren’t necessarily trying to make a statement…I believe every closet needs effortless items that speak without being loud, that work for multiple occasions and go with just about anything! Spending a little more for a few quality, classic pieces like this is worth it, since they will last you for years and you tend to take better care of them, too. Marcellamoda is priced pretty well, however—quite a bit less than your typical designer brands!

Of course, I love it when fabulous brands such as Marcellamoda take things a step further into charity…The Marcella sisters grew up in a family that cared deeply about helping marginalized children, so 5% of all profits are donated to UNICEF!

Here are some of the newest and most eye catching pieces from Marcellamoda. I’m definitely drooling over that Tank Top below!

“Marcellamoda started as a small family boutique – designing, sewing, modeling our designs – and now includes our whole family and a great team of talented seamstresses and assistants in Europe.”

“Our grandmother was a famous Bulgarian designer and truly defined our sensibility for clean lines and beautiful fabrics. Although we’re self-taught designers, we have a combination of art, music, and business education that makes us aspire toward building a dream of beauty and aesthetics. “

“One of us, Marta, is an opera singer with a Master’s degree in Opera Performance from The Juilliard School, New York, with an ever-growing love for design. She is excited about the intricacies of making patterns, choosing fabrics, and trimmings, communicating with customers and doing everything possible to make everybody on the team smile with her awesome sense of humor!”

“Siyana is also passionate for design, but her strength is on the entrepreneurial side – the knits and bolts of making sure everything is run smoothly. With a MBA degree from Emory University and a 10-year career in finance in the U.S., Siyana decided that the world of art, design and entrepreneurship, mixed with social work is how she would truly make a difference.”

“How about our design and manufacturing processes? We care about how every garment is made – in the most ethical and conscious way!”

“After our designs and patterns are complete, our family and team of talented seamstresses in Europe start making your order with lots of love, care, and the utmost attention to detail and quality.”

“We care about our employees – we believe that if they are happy, you, our customer will be happier!”

“We grew up in a family that is passionate about helping marginalized kids and made us believe that people should strive to be better than themselves! This is why we selected UNICEF as the charity you can support through your purchases – 5% of all profits are donated to UNICEF.”

Shop all available items from Marcellamoda here.