The Wonder Jean by James Jeans Blends Denim x Athleisure

I know I was on a roll reminiscing on the wonder that was the Global Eclipse Gathering a few weeks ago, sharing anything that has to do with independent and sustainable apparel designers I discovered there, but I can’t neglect the denim aspect of my blog, can I? I at least try to keep a healthy variety! I am still always keeping my eyes on what’s new in the world of denim, and one thing I noticed is the competition between the still-growing athleisure industry is still going fairly strong. At music festivals, I never wear jeans and opt for leggings, but in my everyday life I could never give up my beloved denim collection. Although I’ve grown a taste for the vintage denim trend that’s grown lately in a response to all of the supersoft and stretchy fabric technologies out there, it’s still amazing to me how comfortable these denim fabrics are. They definitely give a lot of the leggings on the market a run for their money!

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Ethnic Infused Street Style by Psylo

Ethnic Infused Street Style by Psylo

Image: Psylo

If you live in the western states right now, I’m sure you can agree that this heat wave we’ve been having has been quite unbearable! I have to admit that I haven’t worn a pair of jeans in weeks. It’s very hard for me to wear loose, light fabrics as bottoms because I feel like I’m wearing almost nothing—jeans give me a feeling of security. However, especially after the Global Eclipse Gathering two weeks ago, I’ve grown more comfortable wearing lighter fabrics in the heat. Even at work! Discovering all of the amazing apparel vendors at the event was great timing for me, as I found myself shopping and building wish lists with all of them more than I have the usual denim brands I love. I’m usually like this after any festival, but feeling a new sense of comfort and freedom in the heat (and year-round) with some of these designs has made them leave more of an impact in the direction I want this blog to go. I’ll always love denim, but independent and sustainable designers are such a huge passion of mine! Plus, it’s nice to break out of the usual jeans and a tee shirt rut.

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Native Print Blankets for a Cause by SoulCrafts

Native Print Blankets for a Cause by SoulCrafts

Image: SoulCrafts

It’s still been so hard to get over the festival vibes after the Oregon Eclipse Gathering! There were over a hundred vendors and I got rather excited to collect business cards and peruse their goods to share with all of you. Denim will always be at my core but I really have such a passion and a huge appreciation for independent designers, especially those who use sustainable materials in their creations. I still have to go through all of the cards I collected and figure out the best way to share them all here, but I’ll start with one that helped us out considerably during the cold nights at the event!

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The Fall/Winter 2017 Collection from Nomads Hemp Wear

OK guys, I’m back from vacation! As I’m sure you all know, we all often need a vacation from our vacation as it’s kind of tough to pick up the pace again after such a relaxing and memorable time, but the daily grind calls again as usual…as well as this poor blog I’ve been neglecting as other obligations took over and my much needed break finally arrived. For those who missed my last post, I was out for about two weeks on a trip up to Oregon for the week-long Global Eclipse Gathering to see the full solar eclipse, which was nothing short of spectacular! At the festival, I collected a ton of business cards for ethical and independent, handmade brands to feature here but it’s going to take me some time to sort through them all and gather material for a post. So, in the spirit of festival fashion I figured I would start things back up with one of the brands I am always so happy to feature, the Canadian-based Nomads Hemp Wear and their beautiful new Fall/Winter collection for 2017!

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A Much Needed Break and a Full Solar Eclipse

A Much Needed Break and a Full Solar Eclipse

Hey all! Life has been fairly crazy lately, as I’m sure you’ve been able to tell…since I’ve lately had to change my post schedule from three days a week to once a week. A 9-5 can take a lot out of you, and this time every year is the busiest for me. This year seemed particularly more busy and stressful, which caused my poor blog to take a backseat! I’ve been working hard to keep up with my own ventures. Once I start and work as hard on something as I have on this blog, there’s no way I’m quitting that easily! Anyway, things have calmed down a bit and I feel fairly burnt out…it’s not often I get a legit vacation. However, now is the time! I’ll be heading up to Oregon to see the full solar eclipse at the Global Eclipse Gathering, put on by the Symbiosis festival out of California and other major festivals from around the world.

This is the first time a full eclipse has traversed across the United States in 99 years, so it’s a pretty significant deal! Just about every artist that has graced flyers across the global festival circuit will be there, most of which will take care of my entire artist wish list. Over 30,000 people are expected to pour into Big Summit Prairie in Oregon, and I have never been to any event of that size. My husband and I are driving all the way up, and I’m way too excited…this is such a much needed break! I hope more of you get the chance to experience the eclipse, or at least the partial eclipse from wherever you are. You can find more information about traffic, weather, and where it is expected to be visible, here.

Style wise, I’ll be wearing all of my favorite sustainable, organic and/or independently-designed festival apparel. I may or may not take photos, as sometimes with awesome events like this you forget you even have a camera! I will return on the 28th, and depending on how much catch-up I have to do after that, I’ll hopefully be back to my regular posting schedule of three days a week again. Either way, I’ll see you all again soon.

18 Summer Dresses to Keep Your Denim Cool In

It’s obvious I pretty much live in denim…the review for Sonas yoga leggings I did last week was definitely something new for me (although I’m just about always wearing leggings at festivals). When summer comes around and it’s the usual time for weeks-long heat waves here in California, wearing jeans is not always practical. For work hours, I usually opt for knee-length bermuda shorts to satisfy my denim preferences. However, the cool thing about denim is that it comes in so many different forms, and I’ve been seeing some super cute options in the form of denim dresses! Shopbop recently ran a denim dress campaign, and I also found myself swooning over several varieties from Revolve. I’m definitely loving the black denim dresses from Etienne Marcel (above) and DENIM x ALEXANDER WANG (below)! That patchwork number from GRLFRND (also below) is one to add to the wish list as well. I don’t yet have any denim dresses (I know, a surprise) as I usually just prefer to wear denim below the belt, but these are making me think twice. I’m usually into the darker styles, but I tried to get more of a variety of washes and cuts here for everyone to enjoy. Which one is your favorite?

Shop more denim dresses from Revolve here, and Shopbop here!

Here are several more styles of denim dresses to choose from:

Sonas Denim Graphic Patchwork Yoga Leggings Review

Sonas Denim Graphic Patchwork Yoga Leggings Review - Front View With Hood 3

If you haven’t yet noticed, music festival life is at my core along with my affinity to denim and sustainable, ethical apparel. It’s rare to get all three together! Last May, I had the awesome opportunity to review a pair of eco-friendly, Burning Man inspired jeans from a San Frandisco-based brand that definitely deserves more recognition, Sonas Denim. I was stoked to discover a company that fit all three, AND donates a portion of proceeds towards future construction of an animal sanctuary. It just so happens that this is one of the main things I would do if I ever won the lottery! Of course I had to present this brand to all of you, my readers. They are definitely now one of my favorites and I still talk about them with all my friends and acquaintances, especially those in the festival circuit.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Revamps their Denim Collection

When it comes to denim, I’m sure Abercrombie & Fitch really hasn’t been on anyone’s radar lately. I realize it’s kind of had a tarnished image in the media over the years, but I really have to say, their denim has been some of the best fitting I’ve ever tried. Every time I walked by my local store, its constant sale signs on the front windows showed the sign of a struggling retail market, as well as brand image, and although I know every brand has to learn its lessons to stay afloat in the competitive fashion industry, I still hoped it could make a turnaround. When I was in high school, this brand was a bane of my existence…as I was definitely not one who cared about status symbols or felt like I “fit in” with the “preppy” crowd that always strutted around wearing A&F, so in a way it did not leave a good impression for me on the get go. However, as I eventually became obsessed with and more educated about denim, I realized just how underrated their jeans really were.

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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.

New Summer Releases for b(air) by 7 For All Mankind

Hey all, sorry for the lack of posts lately! My good old 9-5 has been a bit of a stressor this last week as this is our busiest time of the year, and with the latest heatwave here in California I’ve been a bit wiped out! Bear with me here as I do my best to keep up. Speaking of heat, sometimes the hottest times of the year can be a challenge for us denim obsessed people. Thankfully I have a few lightweight denim pieces such as my Alexa Ankle Skinny from Mavi’s Feather line, which help keep me cool. I really only wear shorts when it’s REALLY hot, and it certainly has gotten to that point over the last week. For work I opt for bermuda or knee-length shorts, which I’ll write a post about later, and I like shorty shorts for weekend get-togethers with friends or going out on the town. For this post though, I wanted to focus on the former: another lightweight option for those who really prefer to wear jeans year round!

A year ago, 7 For All Mankind launched b(air) denim, which has become their softest and most lightweight line of jeans. It initially started off with the brand’s most popular, familiar cuts like their curvy fitting Kimmie bootcut and straight, the ‘A’ Pocket Flare, and classic skinny cuts in a variety of light and dark washes as well as distressing. The entire collection is made of 8.5oz stretch fabric that feels more like 6.5 oz (12-16oz is traditional), which the brand called “remarkably slimming stretch denim that is as light as air and as soft as silk,” that feels “virtually weightless” and “you’ll barely notice they are there.” I own one of these pieces, the Ankle Skinny With Destroy In Reign (which is now on sale), and I can vouch for that! You can read a review done by one of my fellow Denimology reviewers, Jessica, here.

The b(air) line was a success, and this time around 7 For All Mankind has released several new styles and washes to the collection! Apart from the classic light and dark blues, there are now several additional hues thanks to a new PFD fabric which allows for bright, vibrant colors in the form of a dark green (Bottlegreen), a burgundy (Mulberry), and a washed red (Copper). There have also been two brand new styles added: two skinnies featuring removable stirrups and pintucks down the front of the legs. There’s also now a grey washed jean as well as several new black styles. Every piece ranges from 6.5oz to 9oz fabric makeups, and all are promised to be some of the softest, if not THE softest, denim you own.

Shop the entire 7 For All Mankind b(air) denim line here, and check out the b(air) campaign here.