weekly finds: earth day!

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This past Wednesday, April 22nd was Earth Day and in honor of the wonderful celebration of mother nature, this Weekly Finds post is dedicated to her. I was asked to write-up a contributing style post for Well Rounded NY and feature 5 brands that are leading the way when it comes to conscious consumerism. It is critical in this day and age to pay attention to our shopping habits, and understand the implications of where we spend our money. It’s up to all of us to consider the environment and sustainable business practices when we decide where to invest in our clothes! Fortunately there are many epic companies to choose from that fall under both the sustainable yet fashionable umbrella. That said, hop on over to Well Rounded NY and read about my top 5 favorite socially responsible fashion brands which lucky for me right now, have styles that fit both the belly and beyond! Happy Friday!

Click here to shop my top 5 brands who are keeping the future bright for us, and our little ones too.

lower east side walk-a-thon!

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I’m really pumped for today’s post which is in honor of my wife Dina. She will be participating in a walk-a-thon on Saturday, May 9th, raising money for the Lower East Side Girls Club. The Lower Eastside Girls Club provides a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. By delivering strong arts, literacy, science, health and leadership programs they provide girls with the vision to plan – and the tools to build – their future. All Girls Club programs develop environmental, entrepreneurial and ethical leadership in the girls they serve.

I’m super proud of Dina and her constant do-good efforts towards giving back, but feel particularly psyched about this cause which empowers women starting from youth: where confidence building and self-esteem begin to emerge. If you can give $5, $10, $25, any amount, it will go directly toward health-based community initiatives at the Girls Club, which aren’t just for the girls in the programs, but also for their older sisters, younger sisters, moms and grandmas. Every donation, no matter the size is helpful.

You can donate money directly online by clicking the “Sponsor Me” button on Dina’s personal fundraising page. She appreciates anything you can give, and if you’re interested in learning more about the walk-a-thon or getting involved with the club yourself, head over to their site.

Thank you in advance for your support!

photo via max wanger

style the bump: 28 weeks

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Hello, and happy Monday! A few weeks back I mentioned that I was entering my third trimester, but I spoke too soon since according to babycenter it doesn’t officially begin until week 28. That said, this is actually the beginning of my last and final trimester. I am 28 weeks today. I truly cannot believe I’m moving into the last phase of my pregnancy as it seems like yesterday when we were just trying to conceive. I have been feeling supremely grateful lately for this incredible experience, and this baby that is cooking up inside of me. I had no idea what my life would look like since in a same-sex relationship, and while I always knew deep down there was a part of me that wanted a child, it took time to explore our options. I feel really proud to have arrived at this point. It is proof that with perseverance and determination, goals can be reached. After coming off the heels of a very difficult journey, the level of gratitude I feel for us, our life and knowing this baby girl is almost here is unexplainable.

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So here I am at 28 weeks. I’ve gained 25 lbs. so far (which is at the higher end of where I “should be”), but feel comfortable in my skin. I continue to enjoy the challenge of styling this blossoming body, and with epic maternity brands like Isabella Oliver who graciously sent me this super cute red pencil skirt, I’m able to maintain my style rhythm and self-expression despite the physical changes. Per usual, if you need styling support to help you through those times when your body is in flux (be it because of a pregnancy or not) and you want to look and feel your best from the inside out, head over to my Styling Services page for details. I’m here for you!

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As I continue to grow both physically and emotionally, I’ve had moments of contention with my changing body. For the most part I’ve felt beautiful, but I understand when the reflection in the mirror becomes foreign. When this happens, I always come back to the understanding that I am creating life. And then the overwhelming feeling I have more than anything is gratitude.

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SHOP IT: top: URBAN OUTFITTERS // jacket: old (similar) // skirt: ISABELLA OLIVER (c/o) // shoes: old (similar) // clutch: JUST FEMALE // choker: scooped up on street (similar)

weekly finds: eyelet

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Hiya, and happy Friday. We’ve been home from California for about a week now, and I’m finally getting over my jet lag. Who would have thought a 3-hour difference could have such an impact? Not me! I’m back at it, coming off of a very awesome and nourishing work week, but am looking forward to the weekend ahead. I was Virtual Styling a spring/summer collection for one of my clients earlier in the week, and she had requested both white eyelet tops and white eyelet dresses. So for this Weekly Finds post, I thought I’d share some of the epicness I came across because while eyelet may be uber feminine when worn on its own (which may not be your look), it can also be super cool when rouged up with fabrics like leather and colors such as black. I love the ethereal sensibility it creates, especially in warmer weather, and while I’ve been coveting this spring/summer 2015 Chloe dress that has been infiltrating my instagram feed, here’s a few more practical (and better price pointed) choices for ya’ll. I currently can’t wear any of it, but you can! Have at it my friends, and an amazing weekend too!

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Zara is crushing it with this eyelet/lace dress at $129 which can easily work from work to weekend.

This super pretty eyelet top from Madewell, coming in both white and black will work nicely back to denim. So will this one from Johnny Was Collection.

Isabel Marant is always crushing it with eyelet, and she nails it once again with this top and this dress.

I imagine wearing this perfectly polished Joie dress to a spring/summer sunday bbq, or this one from Madewell.

If you can pull off a crop top, this top from Zara is on point, as is this skirt. And if you can’t pull off a crop top, layering a silky cami underneath like this one from Aritzia works too!

I love the silhouette of this top from Maje. And the combination of lace and eyelet is on point too!

This Vanessa Bruno eyelet top is a mega splurge but it’s so so pretty! Maybe you have some extra bonus money that you feel like spending??

I’m obsessed with this Topshop eyelet dress and envision pairing it with a black leather bootie or a funky gladiator sandal like these from Joie.

Go head-to-toe eyelet in this maxi style from Catherine Malandrino. I love this one too from Alice McCall.

All your summer music festivals can be attended wearing this eyelet romper. This one too from Stone Cold Fox.

Too bad I’m pregnant because I would certainly purchase this midi eyelet dress from Ulla Johnson if I wasn’t. Someone buy it, snap a photo and send me a photo so I can live vicariously through you!

spotlight: maya traditions

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I’m super excited about today’s spotlight feature on Maya Traditions for three reasons: the first being that I am bringing awareness to an organization whose focus is on the empowerment of women, tradition, and sustainability, the second because the handmade items they create are absolutely beautiful (and I want one of everything), and the third because now is your chance to get involved, help and in return score some of their epic goods along the way!

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I connected with Maya Traditions through friends over at Tribe Alive, and like other brands/companies I feature through Your Soul Style, this non-profit social enterprise is using fashion as a platform to improve life conditions, effect change and deliver goodness to the world. As one of the pioneers of the fair trade business model, Maya Traditions “is dedicated to facilitating access to national and international markets for Maya backstrap weaver artisans and their families in the highlands of Guatemala.” Through the production of handmade home goods and accessories, these women are given access to opportunities with fair trade wages, maintaining the tradition of backstrap weaving, and a sustainable future. The merchandise is sold through small businesses and retailers around the world and 100% of the profits are re-invensted back into the company in order to continue the growth and development of its social programs. The organization has provided access to over 120 indigenous women by preserving local culture and “strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems”. Take a further glimpse into these women’s lives through a video that demonstrates what Maya Traditions is all about.

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