SUSTAINABLE FASHION: My Favorite Leopard Print Coat and Capsule Wardrobes

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I have owned a handful of leopard print coats and jackets over the years but this one is my favorite. First of all it was deeply discounted at the thrift store, it is second hand which is much easier on the environment than buying new clothes, it’s double breasted, it’s lightweight for crisp but not super cold days and loose fitting almost like a duster coat so you can easily and comfortably layer sweaters or other jackets underneath during colder days without making your silhouette look sloppy.

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Incorporating versatile pieces in to my wardrobe is a common theme on this blog because in my mind versatility represents an important component of sustainable fashion that is often overlooked.  This jacket is not only versatile in the sense that it can be worn in different types of weather but it can be dressed up or down easily. It’s loose structure effortlessly pulls together any casual outfit and the leopard print compliments a dress in any color for dressier settings.

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Thankfully not all devotees of sustainable fashion overlook the importance of versatility and the number of brands that are beginning to making it an indispensable element of the design process has been steadily growing over the last 3-5 years.

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The best expression of brands embracing versatility is the capsule wardrobe. Putting together a capsule wardrobe simply means building a wardrobe of timeless staples supplemented by seasonal pieces that if designed well and taken care of properly may be potentiality worn for decades. Minimalists are huge proponents of the capsule wardrobe and because the minimalist lifestyle is based on consuming less, which consequently results in less waste, minimalist principles are a must for anyone looking to lessen the amount of waste their passion for fashion (or anything else for that matter) creates.

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These photos were taken different days, the one of me skateboarding was taken in San Francisco few years back and the rest of them were taken last month in Southern California. All of the clothes and accessories I’m wearing in them are second hand except for the skate shoes and pearl necklace which were gifts.

At the end of the post I linked a couple of sustainable brands that have created beautiful capsule collections recently. If you prefer to buy mostly second hand (and save a substantial amount of your hard earned dough) I linked to a YouTube video that has some very practical tips by Alli Cherry on how she built and maintains her own capsule wardrobe and some of her thoughts on fast fashion and shopping second hand.

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Brands that offer sustainable capsule collections:

COSSAC

https://www.cossac.co.uk/pages/about-us

VETTA 

https://www.vettacapsule.com/pages/capsulewardrobe-about-us

RANT CLOTHING

https://www.rantclothing.com.au/about/

Alli Cherry’s You Tube video on Capsule Wardrobes and Thrifting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OOTD: Green Hawaiian Shirt & Bumper Bangs

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Hawaiian and Polynesian inspired prints became very popular during the mid century in the United States. Men and women both indulged in the trend and it has come back in style almost every decade since. This summer Hawaiian shirts were super on trend and I really enjoyed observing how different people styled them.

I have been wearing Hawaiian Shirts a lot in the past three years or so and all of them were found at thrift stores for under $8.00 each.  I normally wear them with high waisted jeans, shorts or with a mono-color dress in place of a shawl or light cardigan. In these photos I am wearing my favorite green Hawaiian shirt. I have some other green ones but this one is my favorite. Green is one of my favorite colors and can be matched with almost anything and the simple white flower print on this one makes it VERY versatile. If you are in to sustainable fashion like I am then you know that VERSATILITY IS QUEEN.  I styled my hair using the  bumper bang technique because I wanted to give the look a feminine 1940’s/1950’s vibe. That’s why I also added the flower and accessorized with cat eye sunglasses and wing tips.

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Green Hawaiian Shirt: Goodwill

High Waisted Jeans: Goodwill

Hair Flower: Can’t Remember

Cat eye Sunglasses: Goodwill

Wingtip Vans: Goodwill

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INTERVIEW: YOGI, ENTREPRENUER & CREATOR OF CANNABIS ART FLOW SAVANNAH RIVERA

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of interviewing Savannah Rivera. She is the founder of Cannabis Art Flow, a FREE (yes, free!!) 420 friendly event in Pico Rivera, California which is located about 11 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. Cannabis Art Flow is a mini-festival that showcases various vendors from the weed industry, health and wellness industry, vegan food vendors, second hand clothes vendors, musicians, henna tattoo artists and more. Savannah is a Yoga teacher and will be teaching a free class at the event. Savannah also hosts a Puff N’Paint class (sort of like a wine and paint class but with Cannabis instead of alcohol) and is one half of the entrepreneurial duo known on Instagram as @theoilymamass. Savannah and her best friend, Adriana Torrez sell Doterra brand essential oils and teach classes on their benefits. They offer the classes at a physical location and also do Facetime consultations for those who are not able to or prefer not to leave the comfort of their own homes.

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How long have you been practicing Yoga?

6-7 years

What type of Yoga do you practice?

Hatha Yoga. I teach other styles but I always go back to Hatha. My teacher that certified me practices it. I’ts about deep stretching, honoring the pose and your body. 

What are the most common questions or issues  that students approach you with?

“I’m not flexible enough.”  “I’m too tight.”  “I cant touch the floor.” I was unable to to do certain things when I first started but I just kept doing it. You don’t need to do things perfectly, because Yoga practice is about honoring your body and listening to your limits. 

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At what age can people start learning Yoga?

I have a four-year-old niece and she does certain poses and headstands. Both her parents practice Yoga, mostly when they are around me. I wish I started way younger. I think it is  important for people at a young age because Yoga is more than just stretching. It helps you mentally, emotionally, all over….mind, body, and soul.

When did you discover the power of essential oils?

I started dabbling in them because of Yoga. My teacher had all of the oils. I never knew they had benefits, I just thought they smelled good. 

My best friend got in to Doterra because she just had a child and she wanted to use non toxic products on her child so we started the Doterra business together. Her daughter loves the oils.

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What is Doterra? 

They are the top oil company in the world. They have essential oil, essential oil products. Instead of sleeping pills you can take oil in capsule form. They do third party testing to ensure quality and their products aid in weight loss, depression and anxiety. 

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Which oil can you not live without?

Wild Orange Peppermint and Deep Blue. Deep blue is a mix of Peppermint and Wintergreen.

Why does Doterra  sell blended oils in addition to just the single essential oils?

I mixed Orange Lemon and Eucalyptus to get multiple benefits in one. Blending gives you more benefits.

Are all types of marijuana consumption allowed at Cannabis Art Flow?

At the last one people dabbed. They were discreet and respectful. All types of consumption is allowed. We have Cannabis vendors that sell flowers and edibles and other (THC infused)  products like scrubs & more skin care products like bath bombs. 

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How long have you been consuming cannabis?

Since I was 16

How has cannabis enhanced your life?

I have chronic pain and smoking marijuana relaxes me, especially when it is at a 10 and I don’t want to take a Valium. It has helped me manage my pain as well as yoga and also helps with my mood. I battle from time to time with depression. Cannabis opens my eyes to situations that I handled one way and then realized they could have been handled differently.

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Weed friendly festivals like Cannabis Art Flow can be a very profitable for vendors, but even more so for the parties hosting them. I very much admire that you are allowing people access to the event at no charge when so many people wold just look a it with dollar signs in their eyes. Why did you choose to make it free?

The first Cannabis Art Flows I hosted I did charge people and I felt it was not fair. I thought about it….probably when I was smoking and thought if I was spending money to buy a ticket to get in, to buy food and other things I would want it to be free. I think it helps my vendors and more people come if it is free. I always see events I want to go to but the price makes me think they are not for me.

Would you consider yourself a feminist?

Yes I would.

What would you say to a young woman that said she was not a feminist because she personally has not seen or experienced misogyny?

Even though they may feel they may not have  experienced the Patriarchy those things (misogyny) do happen and the victims need a voice. Women need to unite together and let our voices be heard.  

Who is your favorite female singer?

Janis Joplin. When I was little I had a very raspy voice and my mom would always tell me I had the voice of this female rock star. I grew up listening to her and probably thought I was her at some point. 

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And Lauren Hill because I love what she says and how she says it. She has got a good flow.

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What is your favorite genre of music?

I go back and forth with so many. I love classic rock and roll, The Rolling Stones, The Doors are some of my favorites. Sometimes r&b and hip hop, jazz, funk, I am very much influenced by my parents.

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Do you have a favorite painter?

When I was in elementary one of our classes was art and I studied Edgar Dega. He draws a lot of ballerinas now a lot of my friends are great painters i have a ton of friends that are artists and some of them will be leading the puff and paint class.

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Spend a day with anyone doing all of your favorite things?

Andrew Sealy, he is positive and uplifting and I feel that he could help my practice grow. Like my grandfather who passed 10 years ago. I think I would have a lot in common with him (my grandfather) he was really spiritual, had the ying and yang necklace. He practiced a little yoga bu mostly Tai Chi. Almost all of my cousins and I have yin and yang tattoos.

 

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If you could hot box with anyone, living or dead who would it be?

Bob Marley definitely popped up in my head.

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Final thoughts?

YOGA IS FOR EVERYBODY

People have called me a yogi master but I feel that I am not that. There are some poses I cannot do and I am ok with that. I love learning and getting deeply in to who I really am and shedding different layers. I have a new student that is blind, he knew what he was doing. It challenged me as a yoga teacher because I always rely on people looking at me and I had to give more detailed instructions. It was so cool that his disability did not stop him he had a really good practice.

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Thank you everyone for stopping by the blog and special thanks to Savannah for welcoming me in to her home and allowing me to conduct this interview.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 15th! This is the date of the next Cannabis Art Flow. Not in to Cannabis? No problem! Come to check out some beautiful spiritual music, learn more about essential oils, yoga, shop sustainable fashion or just enjoy some delicious vegan food.

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Click on any of the Instagram handles below to keep up with Cannabis Art Flow, Savannah Rivera and Savannah’s partner in awesomeness Adriana Torrez.

@cannabisartflow

@savannahyogi

@theoilymamass

@mammaawolfff