Hi friends – gosh, the days are really just flying by. How are you all doing? I have so many cool brands I want to write about, but have fallen so far behind with everything since traveling to Paris and Amsterdam (I know…tough life!). Beyond that, you might have noticed my site was hacked while I was traveling, which proved difficult to resolve from abroad. I’m finally back up and running, but my editorial calendar has gotten backed up a bit while I was dealing with all my website troubles. So bear with me as I work to get out all of the posts I’ve been meaning to share! It’s going to get busy over here. I have about 4-5 brands I want to spotlight, as well as a couple of more topical posts.
But for now, here’s a little summary of what I’ve been up to! I wish I could say this post was something more well-planned than me rambling on and catching up with all of you, but hey – some of my favorite posts I’ve ever written have been my more personal posts.
The trip to Paris and Amsterdam was absolutely amazing. We were there for the wedding of our friends Claire and Kevin – bonafide Parisians who I met when Claire was working here in the U.S. Matt and I stayed at a really cute AirBnB in the 15th Arrondissement, which used to be a bakery. You might have seen some of these photos on my Instagram, but I like to make sure to upload images to my blog as well, since I truly own this space and the content here. I also want to share these here because some of them are a bit more personal than what I usually share, and I think it’s fun to get to know each other more authentically.
Wearing an old Madewell x Sezane tee and Lunya.
Claire and Kevin’s wedding was seriously the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to – they rented out a castle! They also had a really nice bilingual ceremony and reception, which was so thoughtful and cool for us international friends. As for Amsterdam, it was my first time there, and I loved it! The city is so eco-friendly and vegan/ plant-based friendly. There were tons of cool eco-fashion shops and great meatless food options! I was drooling over everything in Atelier Sukha, but it was a bit beyond my clothing budget for right now. We were only there for about three days, I’d love to go back one day and be able to explore some of the things that are off the beaten path.
Now that I’m home, I’ve jumped right back into work and blogging. It’s nice to be busy, because I miss my friends in Paris so, so much. But I’m getting back into things, starting with my new Loyale ambassadorship. It’s one that I’m really excited about, because I have not stopped wearing this shirt since they sent it to me, and had to resist posting it all the time since the ambassador program hadn’t gone live. I wore it a bunch of times while I was traveling!
Has a more Parisian shirt ever existed? This ballet-style shirt is actually made in North Carolina of cotton sourced from Japan. Loyale is an indie fashion brand that is focused on quality workmanship and materials and fair practices (this shirt is cut and sewn by Alfonso and Eulusia in Valdese, NC at their worker-owned cooperative). They also aim to create classic and seasonless pieces. This has quickly become one of my favorite tees, and Jenny, the founder of Loyale, is a wonderful person with an inspiring story. There are so many reasons to love Loyale!
I’m excited to have the opportunity to help make ethical fashion a little more accessible if you’re reading here- you can pop on over to my Instagram and enter for a chance to win a Loyale top of your own.
You can also learn about all the other inspiring Loyale Ambassadors here.
Oh, you might have noticed I cut my hair! I’m having fun looking a little more edgy these days.
What’s new with all of you? Leave me a comment, let’s chat!