wellROUNDED// no.10

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THIS WEEK IN FASHION, CULTURE AND ETHICS

Ever since Joan Didion’s Celine ad fixed the internet, a cascade of attention has been shown on her work. And hallelujah. She’s a brilliant, creative and strong older female — what woman wouldn’t want to hold her as a role model?! So if you haven’t, I highly recommend reading her essay, “On Self-Respect”. (There’s a clip of the piece published in Vogue linked in this post). In other news, Netflix is competing with Popcorn Time. NYC restaurants are scrambling post-styrofoam ban. And drones are painting paintings.

Happy Friday Readers!

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Global Fashion + Its Interconnectedness

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DISCUSSIONS ON FASHION

 

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to speak side by side with author, teacher and ethical fashion advocate Sass Brown on the American Fashion Podcast. Sass’s intelligence, wit and vibrant passion is contagious! Have a listen

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16 Essentials

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THE NOTEPASSER’S GUIDE TO AN ESSENTIAL WARDROBE

Ever since I completed the Six Items Challenge and waxed poetic about a forever wardrobe, I’ve been thinking about fashion trends and history. Styles come and go and return again. That’s how it works. Sometimes, styles are tweaked to make them more modern, but there are some that hold steady over time. I’d like to get some data on colors, styles, shapes, etc, but I was also eager to get a designer’s perspective. I’ve asked Christina DeSmet, fashion designer, friend, and fellow blogger, to guide us through some essentials for a more trend-proof wardrobe. —Elizabeth

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wellROUNDED// no.9

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THIS WEEK’S NEWS ROUNDUP

 

What’s the deal with fashion trends?, Edun’s Ali Hewson Interview, Scientific Ranking of Creativity, Google’s loosing female employees , Discarded glasses become a plant’s biosphere + more

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Fashion Positive

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BUILDING FASHION MATERIALS THAT MEET HIGH DESIGN AND SERVE AS A NUTRIENT FOR THE SYSTEM

 

As the individual movement towards thoughtful or vertically integrated ethical fashion builds – not as a trend but as a fashion revolution – a major player is emerging to yoke together efforts towards a better fashion industry.

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wellROUNDED// no.8

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THE WEEKLY NEWS ROUNDUP

 

Bulletproof Coffee // Sixteen Essential Wardrobe Items // Malala Speaks, we listen // Serial’s Branding // Cuba + more

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Collaborative Gift Guide

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FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST

 

My Fair Vanity founder Rachel Mlinarchik, curated a 2014 Holiday Gift Guide from a handful of bloggers with each and every item featured carrying one or more of the following ethical attributes: Made in the USA; Fair Trade; Organic; Handmade; Made in Europe; and Upcycled/Recycled.

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Stella X EFI

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FASHION AS A FORCE FOR GOOD

 

Stella McCartney’s signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity has wowed the industry since she launched her eponymous line in 2001. A lifelong vegan, Stella translated her ethical values into her own label – refusing to use fur or leather in an industry built on handbags and shoes – and proving to top houses values and businesses are thriving.
 
Since 2011, Stella McCartney has been working in partnership with Kenya for a portion of her line’s handmade accessories, specifically in screen-printing and tailoring. A new video by Stella McCartney x the Ethical Fashion Initiative showcases a behind the scenes look at the brand’s devotion and positive impact in the region.
 
“5,000 people in Kenya are involved with the Initiative. Ninety percent of them are women, mostly from disadvantaged or isolated communities. Poverty and female inequality can not be eradicated by simply dishing out cash handouts. Instead, they provide employment and support … the empowerment of the women working for us has to be one of the meaningful to me.” – Stella McCartney

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Gift Wrapping

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PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING

Make your own holiday gift wrapping this year.
 

The older I get, the more the holidays excite me again. The tradition of gift giving and meal sharing coupled with being near those we love is a special pause I am really looking forward to. For me, it’s a time to get together and let go of all other static in our lives and just enjoy the company.
 
Over the last two years, since I’ve been on path to buy ethically and ‘buy better’ (thank you Vivienne Westwood for that universal meme that never gets old) with it, gift giving is also more meaningful. I put more time into the people on my list. And for me, the best way I love to show that is through the presentation. Presentation is the cherry on top – or in this case literally the ribbon that ties it all together.
 
As I gathered inspiration from around the web for my own holiday wrapping, I came across these eight elegant ideas. I hope you are as inspired as I am + have a lovely holiday season
 
xo juliette

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