Fashion Friday: Chambray Romper

Happy Friday!

I’ve been watching the off-the-shoulder trend that has been around since last summer but I haven’t joined in until now. This chambray romper is so flowy and comfortable (it feels like I’m wearing pajamas!) with smocking around the waist and a ruffle around the neckline and shoulders.

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I paired it with a messy bun and a pair of birkenstocks.

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Romper: American Eagle; Bralette: Aerie; Sandals: Birkenstock

What do you think of the off-the-shoulder trend? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Ethical Formal Dress Shopping tips

Homecoming season is upon us so today I’m sharing some tips and ideas for anyone who is looking for an ethical alternative to the standard glittery formal dress that you wear once and then throw/give away.

My first tip is to buy second hand or thrift. This is a great idea if you still want a fancier dress but at a lower price point or as an ethical alternative. You can visit your local thrift and consignment stores or shop at an online resale and second hand shop. I personall haven’t bought anything from ThredUp but I have visited their website and looked around a few times and they have some great options! Because their stock is always changing its best to plan ahead if you want to get your dress from a second hand store. My mom and I pop into a Goodwill that is on our normal route every couple of months just to see what they have with the next event/dance in mind. Once we found a beautiful new with tags David’s Bridal bridesmaid dress for $25. It fit me perfectly except that it needed to be hemmed. We didn’t end up getting it because the color wasn’t right for me but that is the kind of thing you can sometimes find at thrift stores if you keep hunting.

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I went dress shopping at the same store recently and found this adorable green strapless dress.

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And this cute purple one. This one was a little too big for me but the great thing about thrift stores is that all of the dresses I found that day were $7.99! At that price I could have bought the dress and paid to get it tailored for possibly less than what I would spend paying full price for a new dress somewhere else.

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My second tip is to buy from an ethical brand. This can be pricier but it doesn’t have to be depending on the brand you buy from and how you time your purchase with sales. You probably won’t find many fancy dresses but you can find a lot of gorgeous simple ones that can be dressed up or down which I will go into in my next tip. I love this body con dressand this convertible one from Synergy; Threads for Thought has this gorgeous white mini dress.

My last tip is to buy a dress that you can wear again. My sister and I found our dresses for homecoming this yeat at Francesca’s. My sister chose off the shoulder dress and I chose this green cutout dress with this grey bralette. Neither of these dresses are fair trade but they are both dresses that we would wear over and over and maybe borrow and lend between ourselves. This dress is another one that could be worn in a broad range of occasions. This is a sustainable and ethical option if you find a dress that you can see yourself wearing for years into the future. The #thirtywears movement which was started by Livia Firth encourages consumers to be mindful about the clothes that they buy and to ask themselves “will I wear this 30 times?” to determine if this is truly a worthwhile purchase. She talks about it in this interview with The True Cost Movie.

I hope these tips give you some ideas as you shop for your homecoming dress! I’d love to see your dress! Share it on Instagram with #amaizylife so I can see it!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Fashion Friday: Fall Flannel

Now that Labor Day has come and gone it is unofficially the fall time so I have been pulling out my flannels and dreaming about my ankle boots. For this outfit I paired a flannel tunic with some cuffed shorts because I might think its fall but the weather thinks otherwise. For shoes I wore my black converse.

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My earrings are the August Fair Trade Friday earring of the month. I’m giving away a pair here!

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flannel *Amazon shorts made by me from Aeropostale jeans shoes Converse

Happy Fall!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Ivory Ella

I recently bought a shirt from Ivory Ella. I’ve only worn it once so far but I’m already falling in love with it so I decided to share my review of the shirt and the company with you all. Ivory Ella is  a U.S. based company that was founded in April of last year. They donate 10% of their net profits to Save the Elephants and occaisionally create specific products and donate to other organziations from the sale of those products. I didn’t see any information on their website about their manufacturing and production policies so that it something that I would like to find out more about for this company.

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I ordered the Neon Coral Campus Long Sleeve shirt. It was a much brighter color in person than on my computer screen so know that when they say neon, they mean neon! When I placed my order, I received a notification that they were changing warehouses so my package might take a while to be shipped but it was delivered exactly a week after I ordered it so I don’t think that there was a delay. My shirt came rolled up and tied with this twine which I think is super cute! The package also came with these two stickers. I put the blue one on my water bottle. I bought a size small and it is the perfect slouchy cozy size without being too big because sometimes Tshirts kind of swallow me because I’m so short. Before washing, the fabric didn’t really feel like anything special but after I washed it with some fabric softener it became so soft, seriously, I could sleep in it.

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shirt Ivory Ella, jeans American Eagle Outfitters, shoes Nike

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I styled the shirt for school with some skinny jeans and cute sneakers. The shoes don’t really match but they were brightly colored and really comfortable, and my feet hurt from a ten mile hike the day before so I wore them anyway lol.

Have you bought anything from Ivory Ella? What did you think?

Have a great day!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Soaking up the Last of Summer

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Who’s ready for autumn? This morning (the day I wrote this) I woke up and the air felt decidedly fall-like. In a couple of weeks or so I think I’ll be excited for autumn, especially when the aspens start changing colors up in the mountains, it’s probably the prettiest thing ever. Right now, though I’m still enjoying summer and don’t want it to end.

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I got this tshirt recently from REI I love the camping and mountain symbols on it. It is made in the USA out of organic cottons so its an awesome ethical fashion choice. I paired with some skinny jeans and a pair of black and white tribal print sandals.

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My bracelets were both gifts so I’m not sure where they are from but I’ll link some similar ones down below.

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top REI jeans aeropostale shoes Target bracelets similar  earrings Fair Trade Friday

Are you excited for fall? Or do you want summer to stay a little longer? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Back to School Uniform Ideas

This post was originally published on A Maizy Life on March 14, 2016.

Last week I shared my back to school outfit idea, this week I’m sharing a post from last spring with some ideas to look cute even if you are wearing a uniform.

Hello!

I go to a school with a uniform. Its pretty relaxed and we have a lot of freedom on the colors and accessories we can wear, but its still difficult at times to come up with outfits that look good and fit my personal style and are still within the uniform. I have, however come up with a few tricks to make my school outfits cute. I also asked a few of the girls in my classes what their tricks were to share with you so hopefully you can find someone with a similar style to draw from. These tips can be easier or harder depending on how strict your dress code is but I hope you can still find a way to use them:).

tip #1 Choose Colors and Cuts to Flatter

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Make sure that your clothes fit well and are colors and styles that complement you body type and coloring. This will do so much to help make your uniform outfits look stylish. For example: I look good in blues and greens, and red is not a flattering color on me at all so I usually go for colors with a blue undertone instead of a red one. I am also really short and it can be hard to find pants that fit me well. I usually have success at Penney’s and Aeropostale

tip #2 Accessorize

Put a cute scarf or necklace over your shirt and it adds instant chic. Infinity scarves are really easy to wear but I like the regular ones because there are so many cute ways to tie them!

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tip #3 Have Fun with Your Hair and Makeup

If you are just having no luck with your outfits, put all of the attention on your hair or makeup. Find some cool new hairstyles on Pinterest, or wear and bright lipstick.

I asked some girls at my school how they would describe their style overall and how they try to make their uniform outfits reflect that.

Amber:

How would you describe your style? I have so many ways I’d describe my style it kinda varies from day to day. I’d say it’s kinda comfortable for sure, but almost bohemian at times. The long skirts, and frilly shirts.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Scarfs saved my life and also wearing black pants cause really anything looks good with black pants.

Rachel:

How would you describe your style? I like to base my overall style around the 90s’. I love the originality of the style from that era, and so my overall wardrobe is really inspired by that. Other than that main inspiration, I dress however I feel that day.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? I usually wear black, navy blue, or white polos. Because I wasn’t a fan of the polos school provided, I went out and found white flowy-type shirts with a collar that worked perfect for school and were much more versatile and fit my style a lot better.With these white blouses that I found, I often wear them under solid colored sweaters that I find at thrift shops. To that, I usually wear my go to shoes, which are my white converse, and sometimes I like to add jewelry to enhance the polo neckline and show it off in a way, rather than hiding it. I think in the end it’s all about knowing what you like, what looks good, and playing around with the uniform and your personal style so it can all merge smoothly together in the end

Emma:

How would you describe your style? I would say my personal style is simple, comfy, and occasionally classy.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Because my school’s uniform policy is very particular, I struggle with finding outfits that I am comfortable wearing. But most days, I wear basic pants with either a sweatshirt or buttoned up top. Days where I am feeling more dressy, I will wear a scarf with my buttoned up top. Being able to wear simple accessories helps me stay within the dress code while also expressing myself.

Emily:

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Hmm I love to wear sweaters with scarves, or Polo shirts with scarves or a shawl type thing. I also cheat and wear yoga pants (not leggings) lol and shoes make a big difference. I mostly stick with flats.

Sarah Grace:

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Hmmm I like to wear scarves and peculiar earrings. Sometimes I wear flower crowns or wear thin strips of fabric braided through my hair. I aso like to wear bracelets. I often will wear a button up shirt over a T shirt with a scarf as well (technically I’m in uniform since it’s a collared shirt)

Annalise:

How would you describe your style? I believe that my personal style is modern but still conservative with solid colors. I don’t really have a specific style, just what I think would look good together or match.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? I try to definitely go with solid colors or things with collars when picking out a school outfit. It’s hard to pick out something that is boarder line “out of dress code” so I think I try to experiment with a new garment for a couple of school days, and if something isn’t mentioned about it, then I continue to wear it!

Olivia:

How would you describe your style? My personal style is preppy, classy, and occasionally hippie inclined.

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? I find that there are several ways to work with my style within the dress code. Mostly involving layering with a pop of color under my uniform shirt and/or wearing scarves. Shoes and fun hairstyles are also ways I help my outfit out

Sophia:

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? One thing I do is wear a lot of fun bracelets that made mt outdo less boring. Also another cool thing getting solid colored leggings to wear under skirts!

Abbie:

How do you fit your style into your school uniform? Well first off I always like to throw in a nice scarf that will show a little bit of color. I also like to not button up my Oxfords and wear a t-shirt underneath… ( in all honesty im never really in uniform but when I am, that’s what I typically do😛)

I hope this gave you inpsiration to make your school outfits a little less boring!

Photo creds go to my mom at By Quiet Waters

Have a great day!

~Maizy

Fashion Friday: Back to School Outfit

I start school in a little over a week so I’ve been thinking and planning some outfits for the start of school. I’m taking all of my classes at my community college instead of my highschool so I get to wear outfits other than my uniform.

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Something that I think would be really cute is to style a summer dress for fall. For this outfit I took this fun floral dress that I made a few summers ago, added some black tights and converse, and pulled my hair into a ponytail.

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Have a great day!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Redeeming Consumerism: American Eagle

Today’s post is a continuation of my Redeeming Consumerism series. Today I am evaluating a mainstream brand’s labor and manufacturing policies. The brand I have chosen is American Eagle Outfitters.

My four categories are Wages, Worker Safety, Forced and Child Labor, and Enforcement

Wages: Suppliers are required to comply with all compensation laws including wages, overtime hours, piece rates and benefits. Workers may not be required to work more than 60 hours a week and are entitled to at least one day off in a seven day period. Suppliers are required to provide all benefits that are required by law including meals, transportation, health care, child care, and leave for family, medical, or religious reasons. As required by law suppliers must contribute to workers’ social security or insurance programs.

Worker Safety: Suppliers must comply with all laws regulating worker safety. In addition, workers must have access to potable water and sanitary facilities and workplaces and housing facilities, if provided for workers, must have adequate fire safety, lighting, and ventilation.

Forced and Child Labor: Suppliers are prohibited from using child labor as defined by law, in addition suppliers are prohibited from employing workers under the age of 15, or the compulsory age to attend school. Forced labor of any kind is prohibited including prisoners, bonded, or indentured workers.

Enforcement: All suppliers must contractually agree to American Eagle Outfitters Vendor Code of Conduct and are subject to inspections including inspection of all records and documentation and private worker interviews at least once a year. AEO inspections are unannounced and private party inspections are semi-unannounced.

I was pleasantly surprised by American Eagle Outfitters’ policies for vendor conduct, especially the fact that their code of conduct is a contractual agreement. Many companies have a voluntary code of conduct which means that suppliers are not required to comply with it in order to do business with the company. I think that American Eagle is a good choice for consumers desiring to shop consciously and ethically.

All of my information is directly from American Eagle’s website here. If you want more information you can go there, or send AE an email  or message on social media.

Have a great day!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Fashion Friday: Oufit Ideas for Camp

As you read this, I am at camp. This will be my first time going to camp so I’m really excited. Is it just me or did you always think that going to camp would be just like the movie The Parent Trap? In honor of my first week at camp, I’m sharing two outfit ideas, for two diffrent settings that you might find yourself in at camp.

#1 Breakfast in the Mess Hall

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This outfit feels like you’re wearing pajamas, without looking like you’re wearing pajamas;). The shorts are loose and comfy and the long sleeve tshirt will keep you warm if mornings are cold at camp.

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shorts Old Navy, sandals Teva

Evenings around the camp fire

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The camp I’m going to is in the mountains so even if the days are hot, the nights can get really cold. These leggings are pretty thick and the flannel can be worn around your waist or over the tshirt to keep warm.

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flannel amazon, Doctor Who shirt sold out similar, leggings sold out similar, sandals Teva

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.