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!

Every time the velvet trend rolls around each year, I usually see the prices reflect the luxe factor. Because of this, I usually enjoy admiring everything from afar. However, just like with any high end trend, the less costly retailers have picked it up and offered their own take. American Eagle Outfitters is my absolute favorite out of all of them, due to the fact that they’ve been able to successfully keep their heads far above water in this competitive apparel industry, adapting to changes, growing their appeal to a wider age group and doing quite a good job at brushing up to the border of the premium apparel world. That’s my take at least, as several of their jeans have joined their premium counterparts in my denim collection over the last several years and I love them just as much! My wish list is always pretty full with that brand, and I had originally decided to make this post about that before I realized how huge their current variety of velvet items is.

So, if you’ve been eyeing this flood of velvet apparel in the market every holiday season but haven’t yet been sure because of the price, or maybe you just haven’t seen something that’s right for you, here are some super cute, well-priced items that might just fit your tastes! Whether you are looking for something soft and shimmery for a holiday party or to stay cozy in while bundled up in front of the fireplace, American Eagle Outfitters has got your back. Here are some of my favorite velvet items from the brand!

Shop more velvet items (including footwear, pillows and even blankets) from AEO here!

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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Sustainable and Organic Denim and Apparel by Kuyichi

Sustainable and Organic Denim and Apparel by Kuyichi

Image: Kuyichi

The times they are a’changin’! By now it’s probably no secret that the apparel industry is a fairly dirty one—especially denim. Those pretty denim washes you love take up a lot of water, and oftentimes toxic chemicals. Cotton can contain pesticides, and take up large amounts of land to grow. More and more brands every year are adopting more organic and sustainable practices as the style industry continues to make a huge shift in awareness and manufacturing practices. It makes my heart so happy to see!

I’ve written about several eco-friendly denim lines so far, like Everlane, Sonas, Tortoise and Patagonia, as well as already well-established brands that have improved their production methods, like Joe’s and True Religion. I also did a summary in honor of Earth Month in April of 2015 of a bunch of other eco friendly denim lines. One of the brands I highlighted was Kuyichi, which continues to make awesome strides in sustainable fashion.

Kuyichi got its name from the Peruvian god of the rainbow who brings color into society. They are a Dutch denim brand which started the “organic revolution” by being the first to create organic jeans, sourced from Tanguis cotton from Oro Blanco in Peru. After witnessing the polluted and poverty-stricken cotton industry in Peru in 2000, the brand’s founders were motivated to make a change. Since jeans are the most common product created with cotton, they founded their journey by creating 100% organic cotton denim. Kuyichi also takes social responsibility seriously, working to improve manufacturing conditions in the industry. The brand also now incorporates recycled materials into their product lines, and releases sustainability reports every year which also includes information about their suppliers and code of conduct.

As I’m sure you know, fast fashion is insanely wasteful, both in quality and the idea that new clothes must be purchased each season. Kuyichi prides itself in supporting the “slow fashion” movement, creating timeless denim pieces that keeps its value all year, removing seasonal collections from its product offerings. In 2016, Kuyichi made a new start by bringing in four new owners, one being Dutch Televison host Floortje Dessing. This awesome lady knows sustainable fashion like the back of her hand, as she is the owner of two ethical fashion shops in the Netherlands since 2006 called Nukuhiva. Kuyichi also takes a step further in 2016 with their jeans by stopping the use of leather as brand patches, and instead using jacron which is a very durable material made from recycled paper.

Kuyichi is definitely a brand to keep your eyes on!

“We started the organic revolution as being the first brand to produce organic jeans. Along the way we realized that our collection is timeless and keeps its value. We started loving the concept of slow fashion. A beautiful pair of jeans keeps it’s value. That’s why we have let go of the season collections.”

“Kuyichi uses organic and recycled materials. Our collection is made of recycled denim, recycled PET, organic cotton, organic linnen and Tencel. All the cotton we use is GOTS certified.”

“At Kuyichi we believe in taking environmental en social responsibility for our actions. This includes more than making just good products at the right price. We want to give a positive impulse to the garment industry by choosing organic and recycled materials. We select our suppliers with care and want to improve conditions in this industry. Since the beginning of Kuyichi in 2001, this has been the core of our company.”

Sustainable and Organic Denim and Apparel by Kuyichi - Violet Tee - Gita Sweat Image: Kuyichi. Gita PLP LS Sweat[/caption]

“OUR name KUYICHI is derived from the Peruvian god of the rainbow who brought color in society as well. Why Peru? The first organic cotton we used was Tanguis cotton from Oro Blanco in Peru.”

Shop Kuyichi at their website here, or shop a few other denim options from the widget below:

Knee Length Bermuda Shorts for Work or Weekends

Knee Length Bermuda Shorts for Work or Weekends

Images: Shopbop

I guess it appears I’ll be swinging one post a week for a little while here, as things are getting quite slammed over in my neck of the woods…and I have a big vacation in August to look forward to (thank God FINALLY). The summer months are always pretty busy with it being the time I’m preparing new product on a website at work, along with the usual fun events and DJ gigs. With the latter, I love wearing whatever the heck I want and getting creative. Shorty shorts are never out of the question when the sun is blaring! However, for the former, although my job is pretty lax when it comes to personal style, I still prefer a more modest option. When it’s REALLY sweltering I’ll opt for a skirt, but I’m not much of a skirt person. Not every gal has a thigh gap so chafing is always an issue, and I usually prefer the security that a pair of jeans or shorts gives!

Bermuda shorts are a great option for anyone who wants to wear shorts at work or out and about while staying more on the conservative side. Just about every one of my favorite denim companies offers knee-length options in the form of denim or soft twill, and there are definitely a lot of options to choose from out there. Colored, destroyed, cuffed, frayed…it’s just about all out there. Here are some cute styles I’d find myself wearing!

Knee Length Bermuda Shorts for Work or Weekends - American Eagle 3 Shorts

Images: American Eagle Outfitters. American Eagle Outfitters AE Twill X Trouser Bermuda in Fleet Navy and Gray, and American Eagle Outfitters AE Twill X Bermuda Short in Faded Black

Knee Length Bermuda Shorts for Work or Weekends - Shorts 7

Images: Zappos. KUT from the Kloth Natalie Bermuda in Olive and Cool Grey

Looking for more options? Here are several more, in a wide assortment of price ranges.

Incredibly Unique Styles that Empower Women by Norma Kamali

A brand that excels at designing beautiful, unique clothing is one thing…but the photography that represents it all is another. It’s all about the whole package! Without good photography, even the coolest of clothing gets lost in the sea of competition. It’s a tough world out there and I get a bazillion emails every day (partially from many of the contests I enter so I’m always unsubscribing from things), and I’m a little A.D.D. so it takes a lot to catch my undivided attention! I don’t have to say that I created this blog to share some of the most beautiful, unique talent in the apparel world out there, or that it’s always a bonus if there’s good intentions behind it…at least, if you’ve been reading my work for the last several years. Norma Kamali is the latest brand to cross my paths and I have to say I immediately bookmarked the name as soon as I spotted my first newsletter from this amazing designer.

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Go Beyond the Basic Tee with LNA

Go Beyond the Basic Tee with LNA

Image: Shopbop

We all know how much of a staple the essential tee is. It’s always been marketed to us in the form of fashion articles or ads, and like a good fitting jean, the “perfect tee” can be hard to find. With the barrage of new trends and designs that have emerged over the years, it seems a modern, minimalist company with quality essentials has become a gem among the noise. Some of my favorites are DSTLD and Michael Stars, to name a few, with Alternative and Pact Organic being favorites in the sustainable and eco-friendly apparel realm. However, as much as I love a nice essential tee, sometimes I’m finding myself looking for something a little different to switch it up now and then; basic but with something modestly unique.

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21 Sultry Mesh Looks to Get Your Party On

21 Sultry Mesh Looks to Get Your Party On

Image: REVOLVE

If you know me well enough by now, you know I like the darker looks. I’m not much of a girly girl, so you can assume I usually dismiss the lace, frills, and absolutely anything pink—black makes everything better! I know that my tastes aren’t totally unique in that sense though, as black is always a go-to for a sultry night out. We all know about the classic LBD. However, that basic little black dress can only go so far, as much as it is a closet staple, right? Add in some mesh, and even some frills or lace at times (ok, sometimes they aren’t so bad), and you’ve got yourself a hot little number. Revolve has you covered in that department, with their new Party Girl edit, featuring mesh!

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Apparel and Accessory Picks from Cost Plus World Market

This post almost became an addition to a fairly neglected category on my blog here in terms of home goods and design, but maybe I’ll save that for another post. Cost Plus World Market is one of my favorite local shops to peruse and fantasize about how I’d go all out with the decor in the home of my dreams. It’s also entertaining, of course, to shop all the fun and delicious treats and wines from around the world! Either way, I’m pretty sure this popular chain is best known for their selection eclectic pieces to make any room of your home look like it came right out of a land far away. I’m always oohing and ahhing at all the rugs, tapestries, furniture and even random items that serve no purpose other than to set a theme or tone. However, I always wonder how many people really know that the place offers a lot more than that, in the form of apparel and accessories! Every trip I make to my local World Market always includes a little window shopping in that department. My local store doesn’t have a lot of apparel, but the bags, jewelry and scarves are always such a treat to browse through.

When I first looked at the Cost Plus World Market website, I honestly didn’t realize how much apparel they had since I haven’t really seen any in the store! Dresses, vests, tops, wraps and more are all available to fit your ethnic or “boho” tastes. I still think it’s the jewelry that stands out the most to me, as I noticed while collecting images for this post—I wanted to share all of them and ended up a lot more pieces to share than any other category! I wanted to share this side of one of my favorite stores, and see if any of my readers also frequent the store for items other than home goods, consumables and decor!

Do you have one of these awesome stores near you, and if so, what do you prefer to shop for? Shop Cost Plus World Market online here!

Graphic Tees to Rock With your Favorite Jeans

I feel like I’ve somehow had an increased appreciation for graphic tee shirts lately. When I was in high school, I had a pretty big collection of rock and metal band tees, and I know I still have them packed away somewhere! Back in college, I was all about American Eagle tees, back when it was trendy for people to sport around graphics from fictional (and often satirical) companies. I also had a decent collection of graphic tees from surf brands, but as I got older I ditched most of those for more chic or “grown up” looks. It’s funny though…once you get into your 30s, you seem to, well…not give a crap anymore (I know that a lot of people don’t like wearing names across their chests, but to each their own). Yeah, nowadays I happily walk around downtown with my Star Wars tee from Junk Food, or various band tees (my favorite being Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd). I’ve even found myself gravitating towards tees that bring back amusing or nostalgic memories of yesteryear, such as Rainbow Brite, Nickelodeon or Ren & Stimpy. I’m also often finding myself in the graphic tees section of Lucky Brand’s website for their eclectic collection of Hindu-inspired or rock band pieces. Junk Food has also been a favorite (although their site seems to be on hiatus at the moment, but they can also be found at Revolve)! I also, as usual, love perusing eBay for vintage band tees!

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My Picks from the Nasty Gal 40% Off Sale

My Picks from the Nasty Gal 40% Off Sale

Image: Nasty Gal

First I want to apologize for being M.I.A. for a bit…I came down with a nasty bug last week, and I just found out today that it’s bronchitis. Hooray. Either way, I’m doing my best to keep some posts up, so bear with me here! On the positive side though, at least it’s given me time to peruse Netflix and window shop online for a bit, and come up with more ideas to post! At least, I’m trying to see a positive side in all of this but you know, shit happens.

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