Byeee 2020! This New Year is Looking Bright.
First Look: Rylee and Cru Autumn/Winter Enchanted Forest Collection
Sustainable Style Series: Mate the Label
If there’s anything that we hope you know about us, it’s our dedication to sustainable fashion. We strive to continue finding the best in ethical brands for you, but we also want to take time to celebrate the incredible brands that we are lucky enough to partner with. So now that we are in the new year, we decided to start a new series to highlight how our favorite brands are focusing on creating the cleanest, most sustainable styles for you, starting with MATE The Label.
You’ve heard some of the horrendous statistics before — the fashion industry is the second-largest contributor to pollution in the world, just after oil. It contributes a whopping 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. And even more upsetting, 24% of insecticides and 11% of pesticides are produced through cotton farming. And beyond the global impact, there are also direct health concerns, like the more than 8,000 synthetic chemicals used in producing clothing. That’s where MATE The Label comes in.
This Los Angeles-based clean fashion label makes it easy for you to find chic essentials that you can trust. Everything is made out of certified organic, non-toxic fabrics, and this isn’t just an empty claim. They only use GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton, which is the highest standard in the world. In the interest of full transparency and education, they even have a page dedicated to all of the fabrics that they use, so you can know exactly what you’re putting on your body.
Let’s bring it back to a large, global scale and toss in a phrase that we all know so well … carbon footprint. And the fact that MATE keeps theirs as small as possible. Based in LA, they keep every part of their production chain right in LA, and better than that, all of the warehouses are within 10 miles of each other. That’s right. Cutting, sewing, dyeing, shipping, you name it, and it all happens right there, and it happens up to fair trade standards to top it all off.
This is the part of your clothing’s journey where you come in. After you purchase all of your favorites, they package them up with care in 100% recycled materials (and are working on creating a 100% compostable plastic bag as well). They are also in the process of creating a program where you can return your well-loved MATE goodies so that they can be turned into new products.
This female-founded fashion label is also predominately female operated, which is just one more reason why we are so glad to have them as part of our team and to bring their stunning styles to you. Keep an eye out for the newest MATE products and stay tuned to learn about more of our favorite sustainable fashion brands and comment below to share with us why you love shopping sustainably!
The sun is shining, the days are long, and the beach is calling your name. Now that our favorite season is finally here, it’s time to fill your wardrobe with nothing but one-pieces and bikinis because let’s be honest, that’s what we’ll all be living in for the next three months. And in case you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve gathered up our summer swim favorites for you.
When it comes to designer swimwear, this California-based swim line is the only one you need to know about. Not only do they feature the most gorgeous styles of handmade swimsuits, but each one is also made from Italian swim fabrics, giving you an unrivaled fit and feel wherever you go. The first swimsuit we added to our closet this summer? That gorgeous polka-dot bikini top and matching high-waisted swim bottoms — there’s nothing like a retro look to ring in sunny days.
Boys + Arrows
We recently introduced Boys + Arrows into the lineup, and boy, oh boy are we excited. They describe themselves as troublemaking, whiskey-drinking, bikini-wearing hooligans, and we are all about it. Besides the wild spirit of the brand, these seamless swimsuits are also some of the comfiest we’ve ever worn. They fit perfectly and will keep you running around easily, whether you’re lounging poolside in Palm Springs or running through sprinklers with your minis. Oh, and did we mention that they have a shark jaw printed top and bottoms? Yeah, we should probably mention that.
Beach Riot is the ultimate in bold, yet ultra-chic swimwear. Their entire story revolves around rebelling from the norm and making waves, and with these California-cool swimsuits, they’re bringing that spirit of confidence to all of your summer style. If you're looking for full-coverage bikini bottoms and super comfy tops, Beach Riot takes the cake. We’re still swooning over the yellow matching swim set with those high-rise bottoms and the sport-style bikini top, and all we can dream about is a quick game of beach volleyball.
Considering the fact that Tori Praver grew up in Hawaii, it's no wonder that she’s an expert in all things summer. These stunning swim separates feature an iconic smocking technique that she created to keep them as comfortable, easy to move in, and incredibly flattering as can be. If we had to choose a pattern of the summer, I think we can all agree that it’s stripes, stripes, stripes. So make sure you don’t sleep on this yellow striped high-waisted bikini bottom and top combo. But don’t stop there, when you can also add the one-piece strapless floral swimsuit to your vacay lineup.
Summer Styling with Sancia
When it comes to effortless summer style, wanderlust seems to be the name of the game, with our new favorite brand really leading the pack. This Australian company was created to showcase the ideal mix of global influences and beachy Australian vibes. The story starts in 2013 with leather accessories (with brushed gold hardware that’s to die for), but lucky for us they decided to expand to apparel so we can fill our closets with the dreamiest pieces. We are head-over-heels in love with everything they have, but here are our top 5 summer wardrobe essentials.
1. Statement Shorts
When the sun is shining and all there is to worry about is whether you’re going to spend your twelve hours of daylight at the beach or curled in the hammock with a new book, there’s only one appropriate uniform: shorts. We’re all for those trusty denim cutoffs that you’ve had for years, but once you slip on the Sabrina Shorts, you probably won’t want to wear anything else. Not only are they so comfy with the super relaxed fit, but also they showcase the official pattern of summer (at least in our opinion).
2. Casual Blouse (that can be worn with anything)
Some people might think that button-down shirts are meant only for days in the office, but we are here to tell you that that's utterly and completely wrong. The Estelle Painters Shirt brings the perfect free-spirited style with the slouchy fit, and you can wear it in (approximately) a million different ways — we’re talking over your swimsuit on beach day, French-tucked into jean shorts, or tied at the waistline with your favorite jeans.
3. Sunny Pants
In case you haven’t yet realized, mustard is the color of the season (and the official condiment of summer barbecues). Even better than brightening up any outfit, these high-waisted paperbag pants have a relaxed fit that will make it feel like you’re strolling around in your pajamas while making you look like you just came from a day in Paris. The Lida Pants are super lightweight to keep you comfortable even when the sun is strongest — just tuck in a tank top for the perfect casual-chic outfit.
4. Function Meets Everything-Else-You-Could-Want-in-a-Bag
Gone are the days of simply grabbing whatever purse you can find, because with a statement as striking as the L'echelle Mini crossbody bag, you’ll never pass up an opportunity to catch some eyes. The structured design means no more digging around trying to find your keys amongst the madness, and the mix of bamboo and leather is about as beautiful as you could imagine.
5. Jump into Jumpsuits
You know the feeling when you just slip on a dress and all of a sudden you feel like you can do anything? Well with jumpsuits, you really can do it all. The Lia Jumpsuit has the versatile look of a maxi dress — perfect for beach weddings, brunch with your besties, or just strolling around your city — and the lightweight feel and spaghetti straps will make it your go-to one-piece outfit as long as there’s a hint of sun. Want to bring even more winery-weekend vibes? Look to the Palma hat from Lack of Color to bring it all together.
Spring has Sprung with Rylee & Cru
There are so many things to love about spring — warmer days, breaking out our favorite sunglasses and putting away the ugly boots, and perhaps best of all, our new spring collection of Kids and Mommy ‘n’ Me styles from Rylee & Cru.
This line was founded by illustrator Kelli Murray, bringing a whimsical and artistic feel to every piece. Better yet, everything is hand dyed and made from the softest fabrics, to keep you and your babe cuddling, playing, and adventuring in the sweetest styles. With a lot of natural colors, tropical patterns, and funky graphics, we still can’t get over these pieces.
It doesn’t matter if your sunny spring has some resort trips in store (check out our favorite destinations if you need a little extra inspiration) or if you are just ready for some uninterrupted playground time, we have pulled out our top essentials that you’ll love to sport well into summer.
When you have the cutest of littles, why wouldn't you want to match them wherever you go? Mommy 'n' Me outfits are our favorite trend this year, and with everything from skirts and blouses to jumpsuits and maxi dresses, we have your style needs covered for any event that comes your way.
Women's Mila Maxi Skirt - Storm
With all of the crawling around, dreaming, and imagining your baby has to do, comfort is key. We love these matching sets for kids, with the super soft material, easy-to-move-with elastic waist, and funky prints to boot.
Vacationers, rejoice! These super comfy (and super cute) girl's swimsuits will keep them moving easily for splashing and swimming around, and they'll really love getting to show off their personality with all of these fun tropical patterns all summer long.
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Heart-Worthy Valentine's Day Looks
Whether you’re more of the “it’s-a-fake-holiday-created-by-greeting-card-companies” kind of person or you’re thrilled to fill your day with chocolate in every form, Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly. You might as well make the most of the day by doing it in your own style (and also gifting the lovies in your life with some extra treats). We’ve pulled together our favorite love-inspired looks that will be perfect for a Galentine’s night in with wine and movies, date night out, or anything else heart day brings your way.
Go Big or Go Home
Sequins aren’t just for ringing in the new year, especially when the sequins in question come in a stunning hot pink that’s ready to wow your Valentine. We love Pasadena Clogs from Free People for a more casual look that gives your dress the space to shine brightly.
Not only will the Daphne Pintuck Jumpsuit bring the sweetest romance for the holiday, but it’ll also become a quick favorite that you’ll love wearing all spring and summer. With that fitted waistline and flowy legs, you’ll get a showstopping silhouette ready for this Thursday-night celebration. Of course, while it’s still chilly out, you can’t leave the house without an extra layer. And once you see try on the Not Your Mom’s Faux-Fur Jacket, you’ll never want to leave the house in anything else.
There’s so much more to love about a matching top-and-bottom set, especially when that set features comfortable flowy pants and a striking crop top with flared sleeves. Make sure you save the big reveal of this stunner for your Valentine’s dinner, but once it’s been introduced into the world, you’ll have the best time mixing and matching these pieces with all of your other wardrobe favorites. Might we suggest the crop top with your favorite vintage jeans? Okay, yeah, we’re definitely suggesting that.
Keep it Chill
While we’re big proponents of taking any and all excuses to celebrate, we love a special night in, especially when it’s with our favorite ladies and our favorite cabernet (hey, it’s red so it fits the theme, right?). For a subtle nod to the reason for the sugar, we can’t get over how cute the Heart Fiona Long-Sleeve Tee from Spiritual Gangster is. In the name of versatility, this will also become a favorite that you can pair with leggings for a trip to the yoga studio or with some high-waisted shorts like The Cody Octopussy Shorts from Boyish once summer weather makes its way back.
Whenever you have an excuse to treat yourself, we vote you take it! The Scarlett Bucket Bag from Cleobella will keep you with the color scheme of the day (so no one can call you out on your all-black outfit), and will also become a new favorite with the bold spring color and vintage-inspired fringe detailing.
We’re all about the subtle-yet-not-so-subtle flair that these Hand-Beaded Chandelier Earrings from Allia will bring to your love-filled celebrations. And we’re even more about the fact that they mean you can stick with your preferred outfit of jeans and a comfy tee while still fulfilling your themed-outfit duties. Plus, why wouldn’t you want to add hearts to your outfit every single day? Once you try these on, you’ll probably start.
The point of the holiday is all about love, right? So why not bring a little extra love with the Love Potion from Little Shop of Oils. This gemstone-infused essential oil blend has been cleansed under the full moon and crafted to boost your love life, whether you want some extra sparks with your honey or you give it to your favorite gals looking for love. And on top of all of that, it also smells delicious.
In case wearing your new favorite Love Potion wasn’t conjuring up enough in your romantic life, add the Love Spell Ritual Candle and you’ll find yourself with more suitors than you even know what to do with. Okay, maybe not, but it’ll make your cozy home even cozier, and any good vibes are always welcome.
And nothing could complete your look better than dewy, radiant skin. Check out some of the latest serums and lotions from Full Unicorn and get ready for the glow.
Even if you try to stay away from buying into the whole Valentine’s gifts thing, you won’t be able to pass up showing your love in the cleverest of ways with a Valentine’s Day card. Our personal favorites? Well, the Pizza card from 417 Press really sums up our love for all things carbs, but the Best Friend with Benefits card is simply too cheeky to pass up.