the moral wardobe: color of the week

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Outfit Details: Top – H&M / Skirt – secondhand / Jacket – secondhand / Shoes – ASOS

Now that my hair is on its third color in a month, people have begun asking, “what color will it be next week?” I never thought of myself as the new-hair-color-every-week type, but I guess that’s what I’ve become. I don’t plan on making any more changes for awhile, though, so cross your fingers that the color doesn’t fade into some weird green-blonde.

Things are looking rather autumnal these days, so I had the chance to wear a jacket I bought several months ago to our monthly potluck. We spent the evening telling (mostly bad) jokes, eating crepes and salad and delicious varieties of cheese, and participating in general merrymaking.

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an ethical outfit: afternoon lecture

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Details: People Tree Dress, Mata Traders Earrings, Malia Designs Bag, Ruby Dust Vintage Loafers
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I don’t have any lectures to attend, though I did go to a special talk given by one of Daniel’s professors a couple weeks ago. It’s important to me that I’m still connected to the academic community. I enjoy living outside of it while keeping up with the conversations within it; it’s the best of both worlds. Being married to a grad student has its perks.

I love this People Tree Dress, but the conversion rate makes it pretty far out of my reach. Sad face. The Malia Designs bag, however, comes at a reasonable price at $38.00. It’s made from a cement bag and has the most adorable graphic elephant print!

The weather is inching down to fall temps. I’m not excited for the winter, but Charlottesville is really meant for fall. It’s a fireworks display of changing leaves and mountain breezes in October and November.

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the moral wardrobe: mauve

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 Outfit Details: Top – very old / Skirt – thrifted / Sandals – old / Necklace – handmade via etsy

No, I didn’t re-dye my hair. It just faded into a unique shade of coppery pink over the past couple weeks. I like how well it matches the bricks on my house and the colors in my skirt.

We did a major overhaul of the thrift shop layout over the weekend. It was a lot of work (way more physical labor than I’m used to), but I can already see positive results. Customers gushed about the ease of their shopping experience now that the clutter is gone and everything has its place. I love being able to see the fruits of my labor. That sort of direct feedback can be hard to come by outside of school.

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Fashion Project

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Fashion Project is a new-ish online secondhand clothing retailer with one important difference from other companies in its market: 55% of proceeds go to charity.

The company focuses on well known, mid to high end designers and the site is distinctively modern, with clean lines and minimal use of color. It’s a cool place to be. From a quick sampling of items within several categories, clothing is priced in about the same range as Thredup’s higher end pieces (but noticeably lower on designer shoes), but the site layout and product images and descriptions are considerably better.

I don’t tend to buy much from Fashion Project’s preferred brands (Trina Turk, Elie Tahari, Anne Fontaine), so I don’t really know where to start, but I think they’re capable of appealing to a unique niche within the secondhand market, and that’s a great thing. The more the merrier.

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labor day sales, fair trade style

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clarks + soul of africa

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I stopped into Clarks on my walk through the forsaken corridors of our local indoor mall, thinking maybe I’d invest in a pair of their classic little elf shoes. The price tag caught me off guard (and they were out of my size), but I noticed a flyer for Soul of Africa on the display that piqued my interest.

It turns out that Clarks has an ongoing relationship with fair trade company, Soul of Africa, which employs people in need, particularly women, thereby offering living wages and greater stability. Additionally, all proceeds are given to charities and organizations that enrich and support African orphans.

As far as I can tell, only styles labeled Soul of Africa directly support the organization. My store only offered a leather mule from the line, but there are more styles available online. You can also peruse independent Soul of Africa designs, but you’ll have to locate a stockist when you’re ready to make a purchase.

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an ethical outfit: dinner outdoors

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downtown dinner by fracturedradiance featuring genuine leather handbags

The weather’s gotten noticeably milder since the first of the month and it worries me. Last year’s winter started too early and ended too late, which left us with barely a spring and a short summer. Having grown up in Florida, I have a difficult time adjusting to the cold, dark days and long nights of winter and I’m not quite prepared to live through another extended season.

But it’s still pretty warm and the nights are pleasant, perfect for a drive over to the Downtown Mall for dinner outdoors. Maybe I’ll bring a cardigan just in case. I just ordered a pair of floral print Betula by Birkenstock sandals off of ebay and I plan to get as much use out of them as possible before cold weather hits. I think they’ll look great with skinny jeans and long cardigans. I don’t know how you Northerners successfully live your lives with all the cold weather you get.

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the moral wardrobe: closet secrets

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I totally forgot I had this Mata Traders maxi dress! It had gotten pushed to the dark, mysterious depths of my closet until I tore through it looking for an appropriate outfit to wear to a local art auction that wouldn’t clash with my new, crazy hair color. Though the printing techniques on Mata Traders’ custom fabrics are as traditional as they get, the cut on the neckline is very contemporary with its crew neck and angled arm holes. A lot of their Spring/Summer line is now on sale, so it’s a great time to peruse what they have to offer.

So, my hair is very red. Shockingly red. But the women at church seem to like it and they can be a tough crowd, so I’ll take that as a sign that I have no reason to worry about it.

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the moral wardrobe: before the storm

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 Outfit Details: Dress – secondhand via thredup / Shoes – Sseko / Necklace – handmade via (of)matter

When I went out to take outfit photos Wednesday I could tell a storm was coming from the eerie calm and tangible pressure. By the time I was wrapping up the shoot, the wind picked up, aggressively tearing leaves from the backyard tree and flinging them into the frame. It was exciting! As you can see, I look a bit terrified and the storm that ensued was rather dramatic, but I spent most of it indoors at a local pub eating a big bowl of fries with friends.

In other news, my hair is no longer blonde! I never felt quite me with blonde hair, but I didn’t want to  spend a whole bunch of money at the salon having them re-dye it. I read some horror stories about using home dye on bleached hair, but it turned out fine. I’ll probably need to dye it again to tone the extreme brightness down, but eh, whatever – it’s fine for now. You can see what it looks like on instagram.

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platinum & rust: the fall collection Preview

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The Platinum & Rust Fall Collection debuts later this week so I thought I’d give you guys a sneak peek. These photos will appear in the slideshow on the home page of my site. Vintage jumpers, lovely textures, fall florals, and lace up boots and oxfords make for a 60s meets 90s mashup that perfectly suits the season. All items will be available on platinumandrust.com and on etsy.

In the meantime, shop my 20% off sale on etsy. It ends tomorrow!

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