How ‘Look For The Woman’ Was Born

Anita: Look For The Woman

Anita Irlen: Look For The Woman

MKG: What was the inspiration for your website, Look For The Woman?

ANITA: I started reading fashion blogs approximately 10 years ago. That was when fashion and style blogging really started. What I noticed was that fashion blogs were mostly written by young women for young women. I looked around and tried to find someone older who was speaking to older women, like me. What little I did find was cliché-laden and not very high quality. I wanted something different, something for women who wanted to “age differently” whatever that means to them personally. I thought I could do better –  that’s how Look For The Woman was born.

MKG: How long have you been writing?

ANITA: I dabbled with what I would call “serious” writing years ago. I loved it but then lost it. My blog has existed for almost two years now. I try to write everyday. I don’t always, but when I do, I love it, like I used to. It’s intimidating, it’s hard, but if you believe you have something to say you just plug along. Continue reading

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Jenny’s Style Experiment

Photo Courtesy: JenEric Generation - Outfit details: Tweed skirt: thrifted/$6, Jacket: thrifted/$3, Boots: thrifted/$9, Purse: H&M, Earrings: Etsy/gift, Bracelet: flea market

Photo Courtesy: JenEric Generation – Outfit details: Tweed skirt: thrifted/$6, Jacket: thrifted/$3, Boots: thrifted/$9, Purse: H&M, Earrings: Etsy/gift, Bracelet: flea market

I featured Jenny a over a year ago on TFIO; I was moved by her website motto, to “avoid mediocrity in all areas of life.” Months later and with an adorable addition to her family, Jenny is still committed to living an honest and authentic life. Her latest challenge is to complete one year, twelve months, by thrifting her way to an ideal capsule wardrobe. What does that mean? Let’s find out …

MKG: How brave of you to conceptualize and then actualize your thrift-capsule collection! What was the incentive?

JENNY: Thank you! My incentive was the hope of owning a wardrobe that felt completely “me”, as well as finding clothes that fit perfectly. I wanted to get away from the temptation of trends – not because they are evil – but because I felt like they were inhibiting my efforts to define my personal style. Continue reading

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On Becoming a Conscious Consumer …

Natalie

Natalie

Natalie is the creator of the website Sustainably Chic. She has taken her passion for ethically made clothing and created a role for herself that rings purposeful and true. I understand what drives Natalie: rather than waiting for the phone to ring, she is making the calls herself and making things happen. And the world is better for it. Here is Natalie …

MKG: When did you become aware of sustainability and why it is important?

Natalie: While studying fashion in college, I had a strong interest in eco-friendly and ethically made clothing after reading how wasteful the fashion industry has become. In my last year of studies I took a course on sustainability. Everything started coming together in my mind about what I wanted and needed to do. It wasn’t just about working with a brand who paid fair wages and cared about zerowaste. Sustainability encompasses several things: environment, society, and economics. I needed to be a part of something which affected every element, and not just the environmental factors. Sustainably Chic promotes positive purchasing {economics}, culture and community {society}, and creating smaller carbon foot prints {environment}. It is about making sure that future generations are able to thrive. We can get so wrapped up in the environmental issues we forget that in order to be fully sustainable our society needs to foster a strong economy which is fueled by the consumer. I’m trying to make us more conscious consumers! Continue reading

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Soles4Souls And the Power of a Single Shoe

The Bernados Family from the Phillipines

The Bernadas Family from the Phillipines participating in the Soles4Souls micro-enterprise program – courtesy of Soles4Souls

Brian Granfors is the Creative Director of Soles4Souls, a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. With the organization for 4 years, Brian has seen much change and movement for the good. We spoke about Soles4Souls and its impact on our world …

MKG: How did Soles4Souls come to focus on footwear? What should we all know about the significance of shoes?

BRIAN: It started with a single shoe. After watching news coverage of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and seeing an image of a single shoe wash ashore, a group of philanthropists and shoe company executives were moved to do something. They orchestrated the collection of over 250,000 pairs of shoes and delivered them to those most impacted. After Hurricane Katrina hit the very next year, they collected nearly one million pairs for relief efforts. After realizing the desperate need for adequate footwear all around the world, Soles4Souls was officially formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2006.

In many developing nations walking is the primary mode of transportation. Every day millions of people are exposed to unsanitary conditions that lead to parasitic diseases such as hookworm and threadworm. These diseases may lead to sickness, even death. They also keep children out of school leaving them without an education and continuing the cycle of poverty. In the United States, 1 in 5 children live below the poverty line. When we can help provide a pair of shoes, we’re helping bridge the economic gap. For these families, a new pair of shoes provides dignity and hope.

MKG: Is disaster relief still a part of its mission?

BRIAN: Absolutely. Our biggest impact in recent years was after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in late 2012. Acting as second-wave responders, Soles4Souls sent close to 200,000 pairs of BOBS from Skechers shoes to those affected areas hardest hit in the Philippines – the islands of Cebu, Leyte and Samar. We respond according to the product we currently have on hand. Most recently, thanks to a generous donation from Macy’s, we were able to deliver winter coats this past fall to those who lost so much during the wild-fires in Lake County, CA, in the summer of 2015. Two days before Christmas we distributed winter coats to those affected by the floods in South Carolina and just two weeks ago, we delivered coats to those who were victims of a tornado in Garland, TX.

MKG; What are the long-term goals of Soles4Souls and how has the organization developed in the last ten years?

BRIAN: Our long-term goal is to double our impact in the next three years as we continue our mission to fight extreme poverty around the globe. Continue reading

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It’s time for a Fashion Revolution!

Oceanna Lott

Oceanna Lott

Wearing something that you know was produced in an ethical manner – whether it’s sustainable fabric, fair trade, or sweatshop and cruelty-free – adds to the enjoyment of clothing and, indeed, to life.”  ~ Oceana Lott

MKG: Oceana, you are the Executive Director of Fashion Revolution; you are an eco-fashion blogger and a writer, an advocate, an organizer, and an educator. How did you get started in this life of purpose? 
Oceana: Since I was 21 years old, when I joined Earth First! I have always been looking for ways to live in a right relationship with people and the planet. For the past 30 years, I have sought to be a stand for what is fair and just, for life to thrive. Continue reading

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Caution: Watch the clothes on your back!

Margarete Hyer

Margarete Hyer

Wellness is a mindset and a lifestyle. With an open mind, desire, and persistence, so much dis-ease & dis-comfort can be overcome.” ~ Margarete Hyer

On this eve of Earth Day, we meet Margarete Hyer, an educator and founder of the website, The Essential Classroom.  Margarete’s mission is to help inform the public and the planet about how the products we use affect our health and wellness. This live fashion, print and film model, who has modeled high-end designer fashions herself, is now bringing forward information about dangerous chemicals lurking in our clothing. It’s a wake-up call for us consumers, and hopefully, for the fashion industry itself. Here is Margarete

MKG: Tell me about your passion for health and wellness. When did it start?

MH: My journey started when I was 23 years-old and I contracted (mono) mononucleosis. I was confined to my bed for two weeks and I almost died. Continue reading

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H&M Conscious Exclusive collection: Easy on the eyes and the planet!

631x842xhm-conscious-spring-2014-lookbook5.jpg.pagespeed.ic.zLXZiafK-WH&M is proud of its sustainability work,” says H&M’s head of design, new development, Ann-Sofie Johannson. And I am proud of H&M. Scheduled to launch on April 10, H&M’s Spring 2014 Conscious Exclusive collection, made in collaboration with the sustainable fashion and design think tank and publication, Ever Manifesto, uses environmentally sustainable fabrics such as vegetable tanned leather and organic silk. Continue reading

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EILEEN FISHER loves the world

Courtesy: EILEEN FISHER, INC.

Photo Courtesy – EILEEN FISHER, INC. “When you see the ampersand symbol it means we have a story to tell about our sustainability efforts.” EILEEN FISHER, INC.

In the front section of today’s New York Times, there is a sleek advertisement for an EILEEN FISHER black jacket and white silk tunic that catches your eye. Not just because the outfit is quintessentially simple and stylish; it is also green. As part of the #THISISECO campaign, the jacket gets 38% of its fiber from recycled water bottles and the tunic is dyed without using hazardous chemicals.

Since its inception in 1984, EILEEN FISHER, INC. has taken a human interest in the design and production of its clothes. Eileen Fisher, the woman and founder, has made it her mission to support not only the environment through its holistic approach of honoring the earth, but also supporting women with its Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs and Leadership Grant Program for Women and Girls. These are the reasons that the brand EILEEN FISHER loves the world and the world loves EILEEN FISHER right back!

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This Devil Wears Prada

IMGP0401In honor of President’s Day and the spirit-of-the-sale, I purchased my first pair of Prada boots at my favorite local consignment shop. These boots are like-new … and the final price? $50 (reduced from the already reduced price of $260). In any other universe, I would never be able to own a pair of Prada boots, so this is a dream come true for me. Continue reading

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Does fashion create waste? This young designer thinks so!

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Daniel Silverstein, Founder and Creative Director - Daniel Silverstein

Daniel Silverstein,  Creative Director and Founder – Daniel Silverstein

Meet Daniel Silverstein, Creative Director and Founder of Daniel Silverstein, who, at 24, is young and energetic and leading the way by imagining how clothing design can look in the future. He is not only charming but purposeful, with a strong interest in preserving the industry and the planet with responsible concepts like no-waste and sustainable fashion. I have no doubt that where he goes, other designers will follow. Meet Chris Anderson, Brand Manager of Daniel Silverstein, and Daniel’s mentor, visionary, and longtime friend, helping Daniel achieve his life goals.

You may remember Daniel as one of the three finalists on last season’s Fashion Star on NBC. In this podcast, we talk about his life-altering experience on the show and his passion for design that began as a child who simply “couldn’t be stopped,” according to Daniel …

Daniel Silverstein, Spring 2014 Collection

Daniel Silverstein, Spring 2014 Collection

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