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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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    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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    The Friday Round Up

    March 30, 2018

    We wanted to start a new Friday round up series to share the things we’ve been into for the past week. For our inaugural post, we have definitely been feeling this mercury in retrograde, and it’s been exhausting. We’re getting ourselves out of this weird energy by taking a timeout to breathe. We’ve thrown on the sunnies and happily read Darling magazine while sitting outside in the warm sun. We’re like plants and we need that sun to grow. Mary Ann finally watched Ladybird, and she ran through the gamut of emotions. Why? Because that’s what it was like being in a Catholic High school in the early 00s…an all girls Catholic high school to be exact. And finally, we’re rounding out this week with a trip to the Glossier popup at Rhea’s Cafe. It’s so gorgeous inside, and some quality retail therapy is always a good way to destress. Also, caped dresses at Cuyana? Give it.

    What have you come across this week that’s making you happy? Let us know in the comments!

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    Dressed: Fjallraven Kanken

    August 29, 2017

    The pocky was eaten by Mary Ann before the ending of this shoot.

    Mary Ann and I have been talking about getting  Fjallraven kanken bags for the longest time and we each finally snagged one, both with the intention of using them for work.

    I was surprised at the size of the kanken classic. I’m 5’1, and the kanken classic didn’t overwhelm my frame but it still allowed me to fit the essentials and more. I also like the option of using it as a briefcase or a backpack, but I ended up using it as a backpack to keep myself handsfree.

    I dumped the contents of my workbag into my kanken: makeup bag, toner, water bottle, wallet, a book  (if I ever catch myself with some down time), and snacks -all fitting comfortably inside

    The material of the kanken is 100% polyvinyl alcohol, it’s a thicker material and also water repellant. It has a nice weight to it and appears pretty sturdy. Because of the material ,the kanken holds its structure extremely well. 

    Tip: The kanken comes with a 1 inch, black foam pad, that lines the frame of the backpack. Don’t throw it away!!! It helps keep the shape of your kanken, but also helps to protect any electronics you put in the sleeve.

    I’ve been using my kanken for about 3 weeks now,  and I can honestly say it’s the perfect workbag for me. It holds what I need it to; I can pack my stuff, grab it and go and it’s stylish.

    A lot of people ask me where I got the bag and if I recommend it. You don’t even need to give this bag a second thought. This bag has been a staple in Sweden since the ’60s. I read that people still have their kankens when they were children in the 70s, and it’s still as good as it was back then! I think this is the type of bag that will last a lifetime. Just get it, you won’t regret it!

    -Adrienne

    Creative Sundays

    April 2, 2017

    I like to end my weekend and start my week with a full day dedicated to creative pursuits. I’ve been focusing on the Theory of Color with plenty of play time in the Pantone Studio. It’s been a fun and fascinating ride in understanding color concepts, and how color can convey a swirl of emotions within us. Lately, I’ve been loving deep tones balanced by lighter harmonious colors. I dig the vibrancy.

    Check out the photos below to see what’s been sparking my creativity. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll notice that the featured photos are from women all of the world.

    What’s inspires you to get creative? Let me know in the comments below

    Instagram: dchaussee

    Instagram: HelloSandwich

    Instagram: LeSpecs