Author Archives: Leah

About Leah

I have a vintage clothing company called Platinum & Rust (.com). I'm also passionate about fair trade and sustainability issues; I work at a fair trade, organic coffee shop and blog about sustainable fashion at StyleWiseGuide.com.

I’ve moved!

Sorry to spring this on you, but I’ve decided to move to the Blogger platform. It offers greater opportunities for design and sponsorship and I’m excited for the new design. If you currently follow me through WordPress, I’d love for … Continue reading

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the moral wardrobe: sandals’ last stand

Outfit Details: Top – secondhand; Jeans – AE; Shoes – Sseko Designs, fair trade; Fake Tattoo – tattly You can tell fall wants to show itself, but the temperature’s still hovering at 75. I put on my sandals as soon … Continue reading

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platinum no more: how to get rid of the blonde at home

My hair has been through a lot this year. I had my hair professionally bleached and dyed to platinum blonde back in April for a fashion show. I was able to keep the look up for several months thanks to … Continue reading

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easy recipe: balsamic potatoes with arugula

I didn’t enjoy cooking until recently, so I still have the bad habit of not preparing something to eat until I’m ravenously hungry. I tend to fall back on black beans and rice and chickpeas with garlic and parsley, but … Continue reading

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i don’t think minimalism means what you think it means

Minimalism is in. Capsule wardrobes; intentional living; clean lines; sustainable, closet-sized homes. But I hope you realize that the list I just spouted off represents two very different approaches to minimalism and that doing one doesn’t necessarily indicate anything about the other. … Continue reading

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the moral wardrobe: it’s fair trade month!

Happy Fair Trade Month! I’m more excited than I look. Levitating leaves Outfit Details: Dress – Mata Traders, fair trade / Earrings: Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade / Cardigan – secondhand / Shoes – old Hooray for a whole month … Continue reading

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birthday weekend

Things have been hectic recently and I’m looking forward to next weekend, when my schedule is clear and I can read and doze and play my banjo. On Friday, a group of us headed out to Peter Chang’s (not to … Continue reading

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the moral wardrobe: low back

Outfit Details: Top – thrifted via the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop; Skirt – Old Navy (old); Shoes – thrifted I’m emotionally exhausted over the disappearance of local student, Hannah Graham, and spent the week being snippy with people I love. I’m … Continue reading

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platinum and rust: shop update

New items now up at platinumandrust.com and etsy. Click the images to be redirected to listings. Stay tuned for a special sale beginning later this week on etsy.    

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tradesy: secondhand shoes galore

tradesy shoes by fracturedradiance on Polyvore I know that the thought of wearing used shoes makes some people nauseous, but I’ve never taken issue with it. In fact, probably 1/3 of the shoes I own are secondhand. In a consumer … Continue reading

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