Category Archives: Sustain

Fly Girl Color Coordination

I DID IT.

I finally did it.

I finally freaking did it!

I took on the biggest project that a woman could possibly ever complete.

Organized my closet. 

Oh and I don’t mean like let me just straight shirts, and re-folding some pieces here and there. No, I mean color coordination! Even though it was a hassle…a huge headache and though I questioned myself many times throughout this project…”Why in the hell did I decide to do this!”…I found it all to be worth it at the end.

Paris Hilton's closet. Well one of them.Photo courtesy of http://www.furfauxandsequins.blogspot.com

I learned so much about my personal style and also about me, like for instance…I actually do have a form of patience. Who knew?! No but seriously, I learned so much more about my style. Like for instance, I have a strange love for cream and ivory colored clothing…anything. I also seem to love prints…very, very, very interesting prints.

I also was able to see areas that I might want to add to, such as colors that aren’t…cream colored for instance. Or that I am in desperate need of more skirts, and dresses. I’ve really become a pants/jeans maniac.

Though the task can seem extremely daunting at first, I encourage you to do it. There is so much that one can learn about themselves and their personal style through a closet. However, I would suggest maybe having a good playlist in the background, and   a bottle of wine during break sessions.

*When I arrive home I’ll snap some photos of my own closet and post them later!*

Until the next post,

Take care fashionista’s,

Monica, your (Re)Stylist

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On The Up and Coming…But On The Budget

This Thanksgiving break was wonderful! I was able to spend time with family members and finally met two new additions to the family, my 2nd nephew (pictures coming soon) and Kami Strong.

Recently married into the family in May to a long time family friend, so yep she’s basically family =). I love meeting new people so naturally I love new additions to the family, there’s so much to learn from some new entering your life and boy did I learn a lot about Kami. 

Kami Strong

Aside from the fact that she is absolutely GORGEOUS! Standing at over 6’0 and still not afraid to rock heels, she’s beautiful on the inside and out, highly intelligent and intellectual, she’s a doctor fresh into the field.

That makes 2 in the family. *PERFECT FOR MY HYPOCHONDRIAC BEHAVIOR =) *

Above all of this she’s on her fly girl fashionista…but get this…on a budget! “I’m a bargain hunter trying to pay down school loans!” Yes even doctors, especially those just starting out in the field have to live on a tight budget, like many of us young professionals building our careers. However, I do think it’s something that we tend to forget in our race to the finish line that is undergraduate, graduate, medical, or law school.

Ask any college student or soon to be graduate student what they look forward to most after college and I’m sure it would go a little something like this…”I can not wait to get a real job because this college life living is just not for me anymore.”

 

College Life Living = Broke just about ALL the days of your little college life. 

We strive so hard to obtain that job and fashionistas across the globe are jumping for joy at the thought of a new wardrobe! (You know we look for any excuse to buy new clothing) But like always, everything can be done within reason. Depending on your job, your salary may provide you with a little more disposable income, the key is to remember to maximize your dollar and you’ll be able to maximize your wardrobe and “welcome gifts from giving mothers, my purse was gift from her and my watch which I’ve had for two years was also a gift.”

The majority of Kami’s clothing pieces are (Re)Cycled her earrings are 10 years old with the exception of her black suede booties which are a month old and were on sale for $75. Also on sale was her dress for $40 bucks! It definitely looked like it cost more.

Kami Strong

 

The most important thing to remember when building your personal and professional wardrobe…is to make the sale wall your best friend!

Come back next week and I’ll show you how color coordinating your wardrobe will not only offer you peace and sanity but also to help you in maximizing your wardrobe while gaining perspective on figuring out and understand your style better.

Your (Re)Stylist,

Monica

 

 

Stitch n’ Bitch

**Warning! This is a Shamless Plug for the MU Women’s Center. I am currently employed there and it is the best place this side of the moon**

 

 

If you’ve never been to the Women’s Center on MU’s campus, you are missing out on a cultural hub feminism, activism and liberation for woman of all shapes, sizes, races, ethnicities, beliefs, backgrounds and sexuality. Its also a fun place to discover things about yourself that you may have never known. The Womens Center host several programs year round that bring women together and welcome fresh, new ideas. One of my favorites?

 

Stich n Bitch.

 

Outside of being a staple for most all feminist spaces (Most colleges/universities that have a student ran Womens Center have a Stitch n Bitch component which runs through the national StitchnBitch program), its an amazing craft space where you can crochet or knit anything you want. You can bring your own yarn and needles or you can use the large array provided a the WC, and from there, you grab a comfortable seat and stitch (and Bitch!) away.

 

You can make Scarves, gloves, hats, socks, blankets (anything!) and best of all, its sustainable because you made it. Don’t have a lot of money to spend on gifts this holiday season? Don’t want to spend an arm, leg and kidney on designer crocheted scarves? MAKE YOUR OWN. better yet, you can find really cool yarn colors in scrap bins at craft stores and make something unique and beautiful.

 

So go! Stich n Bitch!

 

Here on MU’s Campus, Stitch-n-Bitch meets every Wednesday at 6:00 in the Womens Center  (G108 Student Center)

 

*All photos courtesy of the MU Womens Center*

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Protecting your Investments

Designer jeans: $120. Lambs wool sweater: $70. Protecting your investment:

zipper jeans, courtesy of http://www.RagandBone.com ($115) *sale*

Priceless.

Your wardrobe is a huge investment.You spend time, energy and — most importantly — money on building an impressive array of denim, cardigans, suits and blouses. Yet it seems like it becomes less of a priority to take care of them and thus, all these high-priced items need to be replaced.

Courtesy of http://www.jcrew.com, Saturday Lambs Wool Sweater, 49.99 (sale)

In lieu of the upcoming spending craze that proceeds Christmas, it’s important to take some time to read the labels on your clothing and make a resolution to take better care of them so you won’t be forced to replace everything. Maintenance is not hard if it is practiced regularly. This week, I offer you a few tips on how to preserve your wardrobe.

First, washing can cause your clothes to wear faster. So don’t use fabric softener every time you wash. This can weaken the fibers and cause them to get holes or, even worse, make them flammable. Another thing to remember is denim is dyed and has been stressed already in the process of its creation. That’s why important to either buy denim detergent or dry clean your denim to extend its life.

This is my favorite Denim wash by The Laundress (www.thelaundress.com) Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and use cold water. And remember, if you're not sure, be safe and use less. (less is more)

Dark denims such as black, navy or gray can be dry cleaned to protect the color. If hung up in the closet (not tossed on your bed or on the floor), jeans can last two to three weeks before needing to be cleaned or ironed again. This also depends on how often you wear a particular pair of jeans (everyone has a favorite). You can also use denim soap to hand wash your jeans.

Second, everything doesn’t go in the dryer and everything doesn’t go in the washing machine. Sweaters, blouses and tunics are perfect examples of clothing that can be ruined in the washing machine. If the tag says “hand wash,” clean out your bathroom or utility sink, run mild to warm water and use a detergent that is not too concentrated so you can clean the clothing without leaving soap in the fibers. If it says gentle, use the gentle cycle because normal agitation might be too harsh. Also, brands such as Woolite and Cheer have special formulated detergents that help retain color and tighten fibers.

Washing machines can be pretty harsh on your clothes. If the clothes are made of more sensitive material, they are more likely to rip, unthread or stretch out in the washer or shrink in the dryer.

Finally, take the time to sort your clothes. I know in college it might seem cheaper to wash things in large loads but, in the long run, you could ruin your clothes by bleeding colors, shrinking or ripping. Then you will have to invest in new clothes. If you can only do three loads, try to do at least one gentle load for your higher-end clothing and save the other two for clothing that can take a beating. If you can only do two loads, do one warm and one cold. Invest in some plastic hangers or a drying rack so that you don’t succumb to the temptation of the dryer.

Clothing is expensive, but with a little care and maintenance, you can make it worth the effort.

Remember. Being a smart consumer isn’t about rebuying and respending. Its about being responsible.

Jasmin

Your (Re) Stylist

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All About the Benjamins’

Go here first, they take cheap, mall brands. Courtesy of http://www.platoscloset.com

In most majors cities, you can find thrift stores that sell awesome vintage clothing—this is nothing new. What is new however, the phenomenon of “cash for clothes” or the new craze of recyclable fashion. These stores are popping up everywhere and it seems like the closer you are to fashion, the better the selection is.

There are many of these chain stores across the country, but the two I’ve become most familiar with are Buffalo Exchange and Plato’s Closet—polar opposites on the “recycle” scale but both very good for broke, young and fabulous people like myself. Plato’s is a great place to sell your old, mall “high school” attire (Aeropastle, Abercrombie and Fitch, Holister,Old Navy, Charlotte Rousse)

and Buffalo’s is a great place to step your game up, grabbing marc jacobs, Chanel and left over Alexander Wang.

The beauty is that it takes years to build a good wardrobe which means that there is always, ALWAYS something you can get rid of in your closet. Currently, 55% of my wardrobe is recycled. And I’m a pretty well dressed, swanky sort of girl. What does that tell you? This is a movement. Stop what you’re doing, clean out your closet. Take the bag to your nearest resale store. They will probably take 5% of what you bring in. That’s ok. DO NOT TAKE CASH UNLESS THEY OFFER FULL VALUE.

from Armani to A Wang to Chanel to Mulberry, Buffalo Exchange has the brands you want at a price that you won't need to sell your kidneys for. Courtesy of http://www.buffaloexchange.com

THIS IS CRUCIAL. At stores like Buffalo Exchange, they give you 50% in store credit or 30% in cash. You can see how silly it would be to take cash (Unless they are taking more than 5% of your clothes). Too much math? Don’t freak out. Just follow your heart. If you take less, you can’t buy those cute Chanel high waists….

Ok. Go change the world.

Your (Re)Cylclist

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Chillin’….Gunn Style

So I have this problem where I go through my wardrobe at the end of each season and toss things that I haven’t worn or will no longer wear. While I’m contributing to other fashionista’s closet’s this sometimes leaves me out in the cold, literally.

The ever occurring thought “Oh I’ll just get a new one next season” pops into my head and here I am next season, broke as a joke (but still lookin’ fly), buying and registering a new car will do that to you, and the cold weather is starting to settle in. Yet here I am with no winter coat and no boots for at least 2 or 3 more weeks. So how does a fashionista get herself out of this pickle, dill?

She makes it work!

The famous phrase of Tim Gunn

The famous phrase of Tim Gunn

*Side note* I promise this blog won’t become a blog where we only take pictures of ourselves and post them but hey a little self branding never hurt anyone! Look at Kim K!

Kimmy K

Last night I was reading Tim Gunn’s Golden Rules and I finished the Make It Work chapter and applied the phrase to my morning routine today. (Which by the way is turning out to be an interesting read. Check it out!)

The high for today was 60 but in CoMo (Columbia, Mo) this day could go either way! I had to wear an outfit that would keep me warm and cozy. But without a coat and boots, how was I supposed to make due?

Well the answer is simple. You reach into that closet and pull out that big cozy sweater of yours, a pair of dark denim skinny jeans, brown flats and blingin’ necklace and WERK!

Now, while none of these items were thrift store finds, this could definitely be a situation where one really has to work with what they have! My only suggestion would be for days where the temperature is lower than 60, to wear a turtleneck underneath the sweater and a floppy hat for a little attitude and mystique. To keep your feet warm I would definitely suggest wearing a form of tights underneath!

So to all my fly girls, what “Make it work!” situations have you been placed in? Share your experiences and your clever fashionista tricks!

Monica,

Your (Re)Stylist

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Park Bench Fashion Show

Do you ever find yourself at times chillin on a park bench, sippin’ your pumpkin spice for Starbucks and taking in the scenery? By taking in the scenery I mean people watching, or fashion scouting as I like to call it. Then you see it!

That one outfit that is so well put together that you literally watch the person walk as if you are front row at N.Y.C. Fashion week. They’re a model walking down the runway but then…they catch you…AWwwKWARrrrD. Not like this has ever happen to me, *sarcasm major there*.

Sometimes I just can’t help myself! Especially when it’s such an interesting piece like a cool spin on a blazer that looks like a shirt and a pattern that mimicks that of houndstooth. Now, fellow (Re)Cyclist Jasmin or Jazzy J, as I like to call her, actually spotted this funky piece at the end of lecture. Fortunately for us Elisa is an acquaintances so that takes away some of the awkwardness. Either way we were hooked so yes I had to get a picture and show it to you all.

 

I love houndstooth fabric so much that I had to retire my winter coat because I wore the hell (literally) out it. I think black and white checkered fabric (done right) is just one of those fashion staples that is so classic and works with just about any and everything! Though I’ve seen houndstooth or checkered blazers before I’ve never seen it quite like this. If it wasn’t for Jas, I would have never noticed that it wasn’t a shirt but a coat/blazer.

Simple put the outfit was vintage chic.

Now I’ll admit I was so enthralled with this blazer I forget to get prices for everything but never fear, I’ll get them and post them soon but for now draw inspiration from the outfit and hit those vintage shops and create your own fly girl look. Just remember to hit the pavement like a model…what’s wrong with being someone’s fashion show for a few minutes. 😉

 

-Monica

Your (Re)Stylist

 

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Why TOMS Rock.

Shoes For a Better Tomorrow

TOMS (Short for Tomorrow’s Shoes) is an ethical Shoe (and Clothing Company) that over the last 7 years has become one of the largest ethical brands in the world. The famous slogan “One for One” represents the entire company–for every item they sell, be it shoes or eyewear, they give that same item to children and families in need all over the globe. Mizzou’s own Liz Scafer created Sseko Designs (http://www.ssekodesigns.com/) , an ethical brand that not only gives back physically but also provides women in Uganda with work and education.

The concept, while very risky from the financial side, has evolved and has inspired more give than a million give back brands in more than 15 countries. The idea is simple–We take something like shoes, simplify it to the bare necessities (a comfortable sole and an outer lining) and we sell them for a flat price.
Then, we take the profit and buy children in need there own shoes. Cheap to make, easy to spread. This year, TOMS even patterned with high fashion label “The Rowe”, selling there classic designe with the most luxurious textiles and fabrics in the world.

While those may sell for more than $100, TOMS traditionally range anywhere from $45-$60 dollars and because they are such a versatile, comfortable shoe, the investment is both good for you feet and for the planet (they only use recycled fabrics and rubber).
So, If you don’t own a pair, go online, go inside your favorite retailer or go ask a friend. They are worth it. And with just $45, you can leave a positive footprint on the planet and change the world.

-Jasmin

Your Ethicist

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Not Your Typical HeadBand!

Okay so I know last week I told you I’d give you some D.I.Y tips by using cufflinks, but I found something even better! Aside from the relationship articles I really love reading Cosmo magazine for their health and beauty tips.

Mila Kunis in Cosmo Magazine

Mila Kunis in Cosmo Magazine

This issue the magazine featured some very creative tips to recycle your jewelry down to your jeans! The most intriguing bit was about “Hair Necklaces”!

The idea is to wear old necklaces like a headband and since I’m always down for something new…I decided to try it out for myself and with friends!

The different tones in the necklace draw attention Kheyra Halane's beautiful hair color!

The article mentions that you should first spray the clips and pins with hairspray to give the necklaces extra hold and to secure them in your hair.

After that find 3 or more necklaces and lay them out flat on a table as shown in the pictures below.

Steps 1, 2, 3

Follow these easy steps!

Next, connect the necklaces using the clap at the end and remember to do the same to the other end. Finally connect the entire necklace to form the headband.

Now that you’ve connected the necklaces and formed the headband, play around with it to form different styles. You can twist the chains for a more noticeable and bulkier look. You can also space out the necklaces or wear them closer together. This works great especially if you chose tones that are different. Denita McCarthy, a Junior at the University of Missouri also suggest incorporating a ribbon for added style.

Denita show's you three ways to rock your chains!

If you’re not comfortable wearing necklaces in your hair in fear that of tangling, no worries. Turn your old ‘laces into bracelets, another necklace, or a ring if it’s a small chain-link bracelet as shown below. Add an exotic nail polish to your tips to draw even more attention to your accessories.

ReAccessorize your necklaces

Simple, easy and the best part about recycling your old necklaces? You make room for new ones!

Come back next week for more D.I.Y tips!

-Monica

Your (Re)Stylist

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A Gordon Gartrell Original: The ancient art of Cropping, Cutting and Making New, Fly Sh*t


Anyone else addicted to the Cosby Show? Remember the Gordon Gartrell Original?
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So. You’re going through your closet and you realize that even though it’s October,  you live in the midwest and its still like 90 out. Plus, if you’re a college student, you have millions of free, useless t-shirts. You keep going through the rest of your stuff and you find a Really cute sweater that you’re sure you won’t be fitting into this fall (whenever it officially arrives) and you’re thinking you’ll probs be tossing it in the goodwill bag. You also find a pair of skinny’s that are sorta out of season and a bright orange blouse that looks ridiculous on the hanger but probably looks better on….

What WILL you do? Well for starters, organize your closet. So what if it’s 90 in October. You should put all of your “nearly summer” pieces on a shelf and the rest of your closet should be in fall mode. NO Flip Flops. No Daisy Dukes (Why do you even have those?)…you get the idea. Just because it 80 doesn’t mean you should be wearing ALL of your summer finds. Sure you can layer and re-imagine those really nice summer blouses and lace but Indian Summer’s only last a little while.

Next, College T’s are perfect for in between weather like this. Grab some scissors and cut em up! Wait! Don’t get crazy. Just shark crop them a little (thats when you cut the bottom a little jagged), maybe cut the neckline and boom! Pair with some cool jewelry and your favorite toms and you’re cute and trendy. If you’re a rock star like me, you can get some fabric paint and make them sexy by adding your own spin to whatever they already say.The solution for the skinny problem is simple. Peg ’em. My general rule is to do a 2 inch fold but this will vary based on how small your ankle is and how “skinny” the jeans are.

Throw on some oxfords. Hot. The blouse can be layered since color blocking is in.

And those sweaters?

Wait until you hear this.

Take your scissors. Cut off the sleeves. Now grab the sweater as if you were putting it on, but stop right before you’d normally put your arms through. Turn and look in the mirror. You are now rocking a tubular scarf.

Now obviously, this look takes a bit of perfecting BUT. If done correctly, its sexy.

Jasmin

Your (Re)Cyclist

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