Hey y’all. Beth here. You may already know me since this blog spun out of thinkliz.com – space I have been writing in since May of 2008. I have written a little in the past about Voting With Your Money and my concerns about how people and our planet are being exploited for the highs of ‘looking cute’ and ‘retail therapy.’ Since that post, I can’t say that I have done much to change my habits other than primarily buying resale or thrifted, and occasionally supporting social justice-oriented companies. I still end up falling for fads, purchasing disposable fashion items, and longing for the next cool thing. I want to grow here.
My background is landscape architecture and I would consider myself a designer with many focuses – a jack of all trades, master of none. I am an environmentalist, which started when I was young, instilled by my amazing 3rd grade teacher (read more about why I strive for sustainability). This bringing together of faith, design, and environmentalism shapes a lot about how I view fashion and spending money.
Changing habits can be intimidating and there is a lot of information out there on the fashion world, much of it conflicting. For me, fashion often feels fake, full of pressure, glossy, frivolous and silly. I do think there is danger in putting too much emphasis on how we look and appear to others – it can be soul-sucking and harmful to our inner selves. But the reality is, we all must put clothes on each morning, and we can choose to make conscious decisions on what we wear, empowering others instead of exploiting them. There are opportunities to do good here, and that is an exciting idea for me. I pride myself on being an information gatherer and processor and look forward to bringing you information that is easy to understand and use!
I am particularly drawn to the Slow Fashion movement within this ethical fashion idea because I love making things with my hands: knitting, sewing, crocheting, cooking, baking and gardening. I think that reconnecting with the process of creating clothing is helpful for me to understand the true cost of clothing. It takes a LOOOOOONG time to knit a sweater or sew a shirt!
You can find me in dresses, skinny jeans, flowy t-shirts, Noonday jewelry (see also my love of giant earrings), pointy toed flats, more dresses, sandals and occasionally a skirt or two. I would say my fashion style is somewhat boho (thanks Austin), with an architectural edge (how about that for two things that don’t go together!). I love bright colors, stripes, and mixing colors that don’t seem like they should mix.
My favorite brands that are working to impact the ethical fashion world are currently: Noonday Collection, Sseko Designs (*affiliate link), Sevenly, Everlane (*referral link), Fair Indigo, ThredUp (*referral link) and my local thrift stores (can that count?). I’d say about 80% of my wardrobe is thrifted from stores, ThredUp, and Instagram Shop thrift sales! I’m looking forward to finding more!