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Mary Ann

    Explore: New York

    July 7, 2018

    I was in need of a vacation and when the opportunity came to visit one of my very best friends, Stephanie, in New York, I jumped on it. This was also the first time I’ve gone with Will and he hasn’t been since he worked there almost 10 years ago.

     

    There’s always an energy that keeps me awake and moving in the city. I love just walking through and taking in all the energy of the different neighborhoods. From visiting old favorites and exploring new ones, New York and I will never be done with each other.

    A few stand outs: Maharlika serves delicious Filipino food that goes beyond the traditional homecooked meals from my family. Pancit Palabok with Uni is where it’s at. We also ate the most amazing burger at Corner Bistro, and of course had Big Gay Ice Cream beforehand. Stephanie knows me so well that she knew that Flying Tiger would be my favorite shop in all of the city. We also walked through the city from 10 AM to 6 AM ending the night with pierogies and stuffed cabbage at Veselka.

     

    Check out a few more photos from our Manhattan and Brooklyn adventures after the jump! And let us know what your favorites spots are in New York.

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    Inspiration: Jacob Reischel

    June 9, 2018

    If you’ve been following consistently for the past few years, you would know how wildly obsessed we are with flatlays. Berlin-based design duo Marie Jacob and Julia Strathmann (Reischel), are the two talented ladies behind Jacob | Reischel. They have been a main point of inspiration for us when designing and creating our own flatlays.

    We love how their separate careers – Marie as a photograph and Julia as a graphic designer – came together to create their signature style of harmony while balancing color and unique object selections. Their vision is sleek, fresh, and continuously evolving. We love creating stories behind images, and their work speaks of so many.


    All Images from: Jacob Reischel

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    Friday Favorites

    May 11, 2018

    We’re trying a new Friday Favorites series where we go through a list of all the things that got our attention this week. Check out our thoughts on what really captivated us this week.

    1. We’ve been swooning over the Mara Hoffman Spring 2018 collection for quite some time now. We love the attention to detail, and how she layers pattern and texture with each piece.
    2. We’re still not over Femme Fair. And we were so pumped that our favorite jacket was featured on their Instagram.
    3. Intentionally Blank always comes out with the fiercest effing shoes. And they’ve opened a store in San Francisco! Let us know if you’ve went!
    4.  Can we talk about how Janelle Monae continues to kill the game? We love her take on the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” theme by wearing a halo-mimicking hat meant to be seen in the front pew of church. Her homage to her earlier fashion choices of wearing black and white speaks to her love of duality: good vs. evil or even faith vs. religion. Janelle Monae always tells a story with her clothing, and we are here for it.
    5. We’re seeing the trend of flowers and muted pastels all over the place. We like how the soft tones bring a sense of balance to images; the dusty coloring seems to make everything else stand out. It feels so sophisticated.
    6. Are you like us and you’ve watched and rewatched the “This is America” video by Childish Gambino? There’s been so many think pieces surrounding the video, and if you’re like us, you’ve read through a lot of them and watched the video over and over again to catch something you didn’t see before. All we gotta say is that this video and song is real. Real and raw truth. Childish Gambino’s social commentary a true reflection of the world we live in; we want our entertainers (especially entertainers who are POC) to keep dancing and not comment on the social injustices of the world.  Millions (including us) are reflecting on the times we never paid attention to what’s really going on.
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    Femme Fair

    May 7, 2018

    Adrienne and I got the chance to attend Femme Fair last month, and  we are still feeling the positive energy of the event and all the women present. The event originally started out as a way for the public to shop their favorite bloggers’ closets, but it has since gotten bigger. We definitely felt welcomed and connected to the community; not only were we able to do some shopping, but we got a chance to meet other amazing women, share stories, laugh, eat, and find ways to support each other in future creative endeavors.

    We sat in on the morning speaking engagements. The first conversation centered around finding your voice in a sea of many. It was so inspiring to hear women in the creative industry talk about their own fears and vulnerabilities in this field, and how it’s so important to be your most authentic self. The second conversation was the keynote given by Chloe Elisa with the core focus on putting a light to sex trafficking. The topic hits close as a lot of my career focused on supporting young folks who have been abused and/or trafficked. Her words were incredible, and if you were to just spend 5 minutes talking to her, you’d want to get out there and serve the greater community. She also works for Selah Freedom, the nation’s leading anti-sex trafficking organization. Definitely check it out, and support our most marginalized groups of people.

    We were also in awe of the beautiful detail put into the event. Saying it’s IG-worthy doesn’t do the justice the hardwork the women of Femme Fair put into it. They really converted a space that was open, inviting, colorful, and effing fun. We were taking pictures like crazy and were also admiring all the care that brought everything together. Check out our photos below! Make sure you’re following Femme Fair. We believe it’s only going to get bigger from here. We can’t wait for next year, and we’re hoping to see more of our readers there!

    Photo Credit: Jess Onesto

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    Earth Day 2018

    April 22, 2018

    Photo Credit: Lacausa

    Happy Earth Day Everyone! Here at Style Approximately, one of our goals is to support ethical and sustainable brands. We truly believe in the “less, but better motto” and try to implement it in our every day practices. We think Earth Day should be recognized every day. If you’re starting to develop your own practices to make this world and our consumptions more sustainable, we’re all for it and we’re here to help guide you as well.

    Shout out to Ashley Gabrielle for this inspiring quote, ”You vote by where you spend your money. How and where you spend is you saying this is the standard of products I want.” Although it’s hard to have a fully sustainable closet, we think it’s important to put in some thought and effort into what we put on our bodies. Below are 5 of our favorite sites and brands that we think anyone would love.

    Garmentory

    While not a brand per se, Garmentory has been my go-to for finding indie brands that are focused on the sustainable movement. They’ve created a platform where consumers can find the ethical brands they love and purchase directly from the designer or indie boutique. I’ve found a few of my favorite brands like Intentionally __________ and Ace & Jig. The above featured dress is the Medusa Rosewater Dress from  Aurora Vestita.

    Redemption

    Redemption is a California based shop with the goal of selling products that are designed and made in California that keep to a sustainable and ethical production model. It’s also a local favorite of mine. They believe in selling the best products from the local community so that consumers can have a lasting and trusting relationship with the people behind the clothing.

     

    LACAUSA

    LACAUSA has been in on the sustainable game since 2013. They keep their production firmly in Los Angeles and will continue to do so. Their cause is to make quality pieces under ethical and sustainable practices. They’re taking that cause a step further by partnering with different organizations to raise awareness on environmental, human, and civil rights. Also SALE ALERT: they’re currently have a sample sale on their website. Marked down items are an extra 40% off with code SALE40

    Girlfriend Collective

    There’s so much I want to say about Girlfriend Collective and their collection. After reading more about the brand, I love it even more. The goal was to create women’s workout apparel with recycled, post-consumer materials (aka recycled water bottles). They also wanted a brand for the person who likes to casually workout with a minimalist aesthetic. Their pieces are also incredibly comfortable and I feel so wildy confident wearing my set.

    Allbirds

    Allbirds are the sneakers that have taken the shoe industry by storm. It isn’t hard to see why. Allbirds is incredibly transparent about their production and where they source their materials. Other than using ZQ Merino Wool, which “meets the highest stands of farming, land management, and animal welfare.” They’re also at a competitive price point with shoes starting at $95.

    Are you interested in getting more advice on living a sustainable lifestyle? We have a few ideas in the works. If you have any thoughts, let us know in the comments!

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