I’ve often wondered how to incorporate my handmade jewelry line — Lace & Pearls Jewelry (LPJ) — into my blog outside the typical outfit posts. It occurred to me that it would be fun to share the story behind each piece of jewelry. And this post is timely, as LPJ is celebrating its two-year anniversary on November 7th. Woot! This feels like a great time to begin a new series on my blog.
What I’m Wearing – Blouse: Loft (similar) c/o | Vest: Talbots via thredup c/o | Jeans: J.Crew (similar) | Shoes: Superga c/o J. Jill | Necklace: Lace & Pearls Jewelry | Ring: Nordstrom BP (similar) | Earrings: Ann Taylor (almost identical) c/o | Tote: Cuyana c/o | Lipstick: Burberry Bright Plum No.49 c/o
The biggest challenge to shopping your closet—outside of getting things organized —is having the RIGHT closet staples, including high-quality jeans, work pants, the perfect T-shirt, blouses, blazers and jackets, skirts, and dresses. Having these key items available will prevent you from scrambling the next time you’re celebrating a special occasion, attending an event, or getting ready in the morning.
I never thought I would wear a pair of sneakers outside of the gym, but now that it’s become trendy it makes sense, particularly for me and my troubled feet. If you’ve read this blog for a while, or know me in real life, you may be aware of my feet issues and how I never wear uncomfortable shoes. So when the tennis shoe became the “it” thing, I was determined to work them into my wardrobe.
Over the years, I enjoy looking back at my style choices. Personal style should evolve as trends and preferences change. But what does it mean when you think you’ve created an entirely different look, only to realize that you wore something similar almost 4 years earlier. Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did it Again” comes to mind, but really?!
- Sparkly cream jacket, check!
- Neutral undershirt, check!
- Gray denim/cords, check!
- Unique brooch, check!
Wow! In which year did Asa wear it better? LOL. I hope that “2019 Asa” is a bit more fashion forward than my 2015 self. I do know, however, when I was younger, I was more adventurous with my fashion choices and dare I say it, “trendy.” I would rock a jumpsuit, overalls, culottes, hats, neck scarves — you name it!
This month, I collaborated with thredUP, in partnership with Olivia Wilde and Conscious Commerce, on their “Choose Used” capsule collection. This collection, referred to as #chooseused on social media, features fun, thrift-related slogans on secondhand T-shirts. My Instagram collaboration was sponsored, but I felt compelled to also dedicate a blog post to the importance of ethical fashion—it is something I am passionate about.
If everyone in the US bought just one item used instead of new in 2019, it would save nearly 6 billion lbs of carbon emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking over half a million cars off the road for an entire year. Source
This is one example of how buying secondhand can have an impact. I am a big advocate for shopping secondhand and love looking for clothes at my local consignment shops and online at thredUP. You can find so many unique and like-new items.