Intentional Consumption

shopping Nov 12, 2021

 One of the benefits to helping my clients achieve their wardrobe needs and goals is to help them slow down their consumption and waste. They buy less clothes that they don't wear, therefore reducing the amount of waste in the land fills and oceans (and also less waste of their time and money).

This has led me to more deeply look at sustainability, ethically sourcing and the reasons behind "why we buy".

Is there such thing as "ethical consumption"? Is that a thing? What about instead, we call it intentional consumption? Especially with Black Friday coming and the Holiday season on its way.

I thought I would share what intentional consumption means to me:

  1. Knowing whether something is a want/need. Both are valid, but I want to know when I buy, if it's really a need vs a want. Can I afford that “want”? How will this “want” positively impact myself or others? Do I have to make sacrifices in other areas in my life? I WANT tons of pretty things and...
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10x10 Style Challenge

outfit creation Oct 21, 2021

Have you ever participated in a style challenge before?

I've recently wrapped up a 10x10 challenge 

I have done several in the past and I've always learned something new about my wardrobe and created new outfits that I never would have tried before.

So what exactly is a 10x10 challenge?

 Trust me, I tried to explain it to my husband and it took in awhile to grasp it, so I have a guide that you can download that breaks it down further, but the short answer is...

 I choose 10 items of clothing that I can mix and match with each other and then I wear a different combination for 10 days.
 
Why a 10x10?
 
✅ To wear more of what I already own. I've slowed down my consumption since I got intentional in my wardrobe 4 years ago. One way to slow down consumption is to be purposeful in your buying and to wear more of what you own.
 
✅ Fun & Creativity. It might sound weird, but putting limitations on items in your wardrobe kick starts creativity. I...
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S2 Ep12: Disrupting Fast Fashion

 

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Duration: 59:32

Fast vs slow fashion. Do you know the difference?
 
Fast fashion = a large amount of cheap poor quality clothing produced at a large rate, on the backs of black and brown folks, in order to keep us consuming and feeding our capitalist society.
 
Slow fashion = smaller amounts of clothing produced at a smaller rate. It respects human rights and better for the environment and is better quality so that it lasts longer and can be reused.
Today, I bring on Courtney Figler from The Kindness Closet to discuss fast and slow fashion and why we, as a society should start to embrace slower, more sustainable fashion.
 
Courtney is a Social Worker by day and a vintage and preloved clothing slinger by night. Courtney has been intrigued by and involved in political and activist circles for 10+ years, with a particular interest in...
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S2 E11: Setting Boundaries

"If you can't communicate your boundary, than how is anyone else going to know how to respect what you want/need or keep the space you want? Sometimes you even need to set boundaries for yourself. The best way to practice respecting boundaries is by respecting your own. It's a practice" ~ Amanda 

 


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Duration: 1:12 

On this episode, I bring on my good friend and past guest, Lisa to discuss the need for us to set our own boundaries and the complexities that come from it.
 
We share how we recognize and visualize our own boundaries.
 
We dive into how boundaries can be malleable and how it's good to think about why and how that allows you to let people in…
 
We talk about how when it comes to boundaries setting, we are only responsible for ourselves and not about how others feel about our boundaries.
 
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S2 E10: Is the medical system failing women?

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Duration: 39 min

As a woman, have you ever been dismissed by a doctor on your pain, medical concerns or symptoms?
 
I have heard numerous stories of women being dismissed or brushed off on their medical concerns. Some have been even refused to be physically examined or to do any further testing.
 
In today's episode, I bring on Jennifer Fougere to share her story and the long lasting repercussion of neglectful and unfair treatment/ dismissal by an OB. 
 
Jennifer got news of abnormalities and a hard mass during an exam. They ended up being fibroids though she didn’t learn much besides that she had them and that they grow in the uterus… every few months she ago to the office to essentially watch them grow but her doctor never laid out a treatment plan…
 
This prevented her from getting pregnant at the young age of 29-33...
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S2 E9: Navigating body changes in your wardrobe

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Duration: 43 min

In this episode, I bring on my co-founder of The Real Diet Story Project, Roni Davis. It's an audio recording of an Instagram Live Roni and I did on our Real Diet Story Projects Instagram page (that we co-founded together). The Real Diet story's mission is to dismantle diet culture and its long term harmful affects in our society, by sharing REAL stories.
 
On today's episode, we are focusing on navigating our body changes - in our wardrobe.

Maybe your body has changed coming out of the pandemic...

Maybe you avoid dressing rooms or your closet like the plague...

Maybe the clothes you want to wear no longer fit...

Maybe clothes in general triggers shame, guilt or frustration...

Then this episode is for you.

In this episode, I share 5 ways to prepare yourself when trying on clothes for a more positive and gentler experience.

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S2 Ep8: So I hired a sex coach

“We are not made for outside consumption, were actually made for our own consumption and then we share that to the outside world... to who we choose to.” ~Serena


 

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Duration: 49 min

So...I hired a sex coach. I've been having sex for decades and it took me this long to finally dive deeper into intimacy, my own pleasure and desire. It does NOT mean that I am broken, that I don't like sex, that my sex life is broken or that my relationship with my husband is broken.
 
I grew up in a time where sex was not talked about. I did not grow up in a sex positive community or culture and it has impacted me on a deep level. I know that I am not alone.
 
So today, I bring on my sex coach Serena Haines to talk about how to foster a deeper intimacy with ourselves.
 
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S2 Ep7: Disrupting Life for Radical Self-Acceptance

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Duration: 54 min

On todays episode, I bring on Jaclyn Reinhart, musician, friend and past client. Today, we are doing a cross over episode, as this will also be airing on Jaclyn's podcast.
 
After styling Jaclyn for her new upcoming album cover, I bring her on to share about what I call her "radical acceptance journey". 
 
She shares about what she learned from working with me (a Style Coach) and how she was shocked by how much her self-expression (through her clothes) was connected with her past and beliefs.
 
Jaclyn shares how she was able to move past some limiting beliefs about her body and wardrobe so that she could authentically express herself with more confidence.
 
Jaclyn also shares about her struggles of pursuing her career, co-parenting and realizing she had surrounded herself with toxic people and a...
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Mini Disruptions #1 - Your appearance is not the currency of your worth

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Duration: 9 min

I am trying something new today on the podcast.

I am sharing my first episode in what I am going to call my "mini disruptions" (I may change this, haha!) I will use them to dive in deeper on a certain topic, thought or idea that has been percolating in my brain. So, here goes the first one on the idea that "your appearance is not the currency of your worth".

In a society that values beauty, youth and thinness. There’s really only a few who get to benefit from it. And even if you do, it’s still fleeting. So we get stuck in a never ending pursuit of chasing flawless skin, a thinner body or hiding the natural aging process by any means necessary. Even if it makes you miserable and unhappy. 

You think that it’s the price of admission to acceptance, validation or self-worth.

So many base their self worth on:

  • The size of their body
  • Lack of...
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Navigating body changes in your wardrobe

 

 

Are you starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel yet where you live?

 

Does life seem to be returning to a new normal yet?

 

Maybe you are heading back to an office or are starting to leave the house more frequently. This means that if you have been living in your loungewear for the past year, you might want to start branching out again.

 

This might mean that you will be looking at the clothes hanging in your closet for the past year.

 

It might mean that it's getting warmer where you live and have to try on last years shorts or swimsuits.

 

If you're like the most of us, your body might have changed while it was surviving a pandemic. And yes, your body might have needed to change while it was keeping you alive and managing stress the past year.

 

This can be frustrating and triggering for some. Let's get real...for many.

 

Me included!

 

It's frustrating when your clothes no longer fit!

 

For many, trying on clothes...

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