I hope I’ve made it clear here, but whenever you use my referral link to Garmentory to sign up for an account, you’ll get a $20 credit, and so will I. I use the credits I earn to order things to review here – that’s the only “compensation” I get for linking to Garmentory. I would link to Garmentory anyway, even if I didn’t get anything for it; I love it so much, and it’s become my primary shopping resource lately. It’s an amazing way to try independent designers.
In my last order was this raw silk jumpsuit by California designer Ozma, and this Turkish cotton kimono/robe. I posted on Instagram last night about the jumper, because I was conflicted about hemming it. The overwhelming consensus was to NOT hem it, and I won’t. I like the length as-is, actually, but I am always so concerned about the proper length of pants; for me, that can really make a world of difference in how something looks. For this jumpsuit though, I think because I’m showing A LOT of skin up top, I don’t need to show my ankles as well. Generally, I default to showing my ankles with oversized pieces lest I look completely overwhelmed…
I love the jumpsuit, and wore it all afternoon/evening at home after first putting it on. The tie waist is quite low, and looks funny tied tight, so I will leave it loosely tied most of the time. I could remove the tie and belt loops altogether, but I don’t mind the overall “look” with the tie sort of undone; it seems very “effortless chic” LOL.
The robe/kimono is wonderful too – I bought it to wear as a robe at home, I will probably not wear it “out” although I’m not opposed to how it looks with the jumper.
A few more things shopping-related of note:
I love this new Hoibo kangaroo bag (video of it on Instagram). It’s actually made from Kangaroo leather, which I’m not sure how I feel about, but the company itself is very concerned about sustainability and eco-friendliness, so I’m fairly confident they’re using leather from kangaroos dying naturally. I hope so, anyway.
ScarfShop organic cotton scarves – I love my ScarfShop wool cloud scarf, and am intrigued by these super-lightweight organic cotton scarves. I don’t know how I’d wear one – I just can’t do the scarf-around-my-neck thing just to look cute – but they’re lovely if you CAN.
More thoughts on Elizabeth’s talk on EconTalk I mentioned the other day: Her business model is naturally restrictive – it will cap her growth at some point, with rising demand, and she will have to figure out a way to sustain her business going forward. Listen to the talk for more details, and read her latest blog post about the 8-10 week lead time on her clothing, but this is going to be a huge challenge for her business to overcome – she’s basically created her own business model without a lot of other examples to learn from.
I understand and respect wanting to stay small, and niche – I appreciate that very much, and that her focus is on her employees, and customer service, but I also REALLY REALLY want the company to stay around for a very long time, and finding a way to scale without sacrificing quality or raising prices so much they’re prohibitive will be a hurdle to get over.
(I am very much into economics, so this stuff fascinates me…I’ll stop before I get too geeky)
I started using this Mad Hippie vitamin c serum recently, and then, as happens, goop tells me I’m doing it wrong. Haha. I noticed a brightness immediately, and I still do, but according to Jean at goop, vitamin c serum loses its efficacy pretty much as soon as it’s exposed to air. Which is any time you lift up the dropper to use it. Of course, their solution is to buy their (spendy) recommended powdered Vitamin C powder. With research though, I’ve found much more affordable alternatives, and recipes for making your own serum, but I’m not great at DIY. Has anyone done this? Do you use Vitamin C serum? Do you buy it or make your own?
Speaking of goop, did you know wearing clothes can kill you? ha, well not exactly, but there’s an article this week about toxic clothing, from a different perspective: being exposed to carcinogens, etc., from WEARING the clothes we buy. Good points, all, and it’s important to be aware of these things, but good grief, can we not do ANYTHING right??
I watched To Catch a Thief for the millionth time this week. Sigh. I just love that movie, and anything Alfred Hitchcock and Grace Kelly, and Cary Grant for that matter. I also watched Rosemary’s Baby again – it had been many years since I first saw it. And we started watching House of Cards a little, but I’m just not into it anymore, I’m just watching because I feel like I have to…
I’ve been a busy, busy bee this morning packing and shipping new slowre orders! But I’m looking forward to a relaxing afternoon tweaking slowre.com with some new content, and creating a customer survey to go out next week. I have ideas!!
What are you plans for the weekend? I hope you enjoy!!!