What do you think about H&M’s Eco Steps?

Hello Readers,

H&M will launch this week a Conscious capsule collection with Ever Manifesto‘s collaboration- a publication and sustainability think tank.

The pieces are made of organic cotton, silk, leather, recycled polyester, etc… What does it mean?

Organic cotton is generally understood as cotton and is grown in subtropical countries such as Turkey, China, USA from non genetically modified plants, that is to be grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. (source: wikipedia)

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The collection is inspired by bohemian couture with the flair of Spanish flamenco. The line is beautiful but I really think it will be hard to wear for the everyday life. I won’t personally don’t get anything. Prices are higher than what we are used to know with the Giant fast fashion retailer. How do you feel about that? Are you willing to pay more if it’s made of sustainable materials? Or if you are the kind of green customers, do you think eco fashion labels should save you a couple of $$?

I really like the steps H&M are taking but I can’t help myself thinking it’s just marketing greenwashing oriented!

How ironic is it for the Fast Fashion Giant Retailer to go “Eco fashion” while it’s undeniable that its model is itself wildly unsustainable, with its focus on producing cheap disposable clothing for a world where tastes seem to change by the minute. As a pioneer of this business model, H&M is fast forwarding fashion trends, as well as driving down the costs of clothing to the delight of consumers but the detriment of competitors, including ones that operate more sustainably.

Besides, reading all these “incidents” don’t make the brand looks better in its Conscious Plan:

– Although H&M is a member of the Fair Labor Association, which aims to improve working conditions in factories, the company was recently hit with a slew of bad press after a series of mass fainting incidents at partner factories in Cambodia.

– A Greenpeace report alleged that H&M-affiliated factories are discharging hazardous chemicals into rivers in China.

– In 2010, the German edition of the Financial Times reported that H&M was knowingly passing off genetically modified cotton as organic. That same year, it was discovered that an H&M store in Manhattan was destroying and discarding bags of excess merchandise. H&M representatives insisted that the incident was isolated, and that company policy is to donate unworn clothing to charity.

One point I like and believe can make a difference is using the brand’s popularity to educate customers about one of the world’s most polluting industries and change their behavior for the better but please, let’s not hear one more incident like the above!

When you think about the whole chain, not only the fabrics are involved but the transportation (gas), packages, labels which are all polluting actors… Is H&M thinking about these other factors?

In a world where resources are limited – even though most of people think and act like it’s not – are you willing to make a change in your wardrobe for the future of our planet and our children? And at which price?

I’m looking forward to read your comments and opinions as there is a project growing in my mind for a greener fashion future!!! 😉

Happy Monday.

 

Run for the latest sales!

February to me means = Fall/Winter sales – great last deals! It’s not always a great time after Holiday (yes most of people is broke because of Christmas) but it’s the best time to fill your winter closet.

My sales rules are to buy something that I won’t never buy at full price; get a trendy piece; fun pattern you won’t wear everyday; something I don’t own much in my closet, not look at all at the new collection next to the sales section… I found hard to get something I had a crush on before the sales and get it after at 50-60-70% so now I don’t really expect for anything I was looking for.

This weekend, after two hours of window shopping, my credit card swiped at Zara.

sales at zara

For a total of $43, I got this fun textured printed skirt and a black long sleeves top in linen with lace on the shoulders (not available online-go in stores there are still plenty). $20 each items.

The skirt has an animal print but not sure if it looks more like a zebra or a cow pattern?! If you are too scared to wear this kind of pattern, go for something that will never go out of fashion: a leopard print. Shop animal print skirts here.

You can dress up this skirt with a black sweater/top or white shirt/blouse. You can also dress down this skirt with a chambray shirt.

Shoes

We saw them during the Fall 2013 runways – Chanel, Balenciaga, Tory Burch… designers featured the cutout boots.

The cutout bootie trend is an easy way to transition into the cooler months without going full-on winter snow boots. I got mine at DSW. Check out here for more options.

Jewelry

When I wear black and white or grey, I always prefer to wear silver jewelry, I believe it matches better than gold. This statement chain necklace is from Stella and Dot and unfortunately it’s sold out but you can find similar here. Contact me if you want this one for free. I add an S&D arm party to my wrist: the best seller Renegade cluster bracelet in silver, Gilded Arrow bangle in silver and the Jessie stretch bracelets.

makeup

“Accessories”

Since the black and white are neutral colors, I’ll use my nails and lips as “accessories” for a pop of color and not look too boring. I’ll go for red bold lips and nails.

Lips: Givenchy Lip Liner #5 // Benefit lipstick Frenched color

Nails: Essie nail polish A List color // Sally Hansen Top Coat – Insta Dry

Zoom on my fave “Must Have” purse Makeup:

L’Oreal Pencil Eyeliner in carbon black // Maybelline concealer “Eraser dark circles Age Rewing” #40 Honey color // Make Up For Ever Mat Bronzer shade 40 // Sephora brush Pro Bronzer 48

 

Go – hurry up to the sales section. Happy february shopping.

 

Mani Pedi

One of my fav spot to get a quick, cheap mani-pedi is called City Beauty Salon on Polk Street.

It’s hard to beat $25 ?!! Don’t expect for a fancy place though! But they will do a great job, my pedi can last more than 5 weeks. Keep this address: 1610 Polk Street (between Sacramento & Clay)

Business Hours: Monday-Sunday 9:30 AM – 7 PM

No appointment needed

All I want for christmas is OPI

Gifts ideas under $25: last minute Christmas shopping

Hello Readers,

It’s been a while since my last post but I hope by writing this one, it will be useful for you: last minute shoppers.

I have been invited to a Christmas dinner at the last minute. We will be about 12 people and I wanted to get something cute, fun, special for everyone. But when you have a small budget, shopping can be a pain. I wrote down my list of folks and think about each person, their origins, their favorite colors, styles, habits…

When you think ahead, I think customized/monogrammed gifts are great and make them really special. But here is what you can get on the 24th AM. ENJOY!

gifts under $25

From 1 to 4: ANTHROPOLOGIE

1. Limited Edition Golden Mongram Mug – $10

In stores, there are pretty much sold out, you might get lucky though and find the initial you want! The regular mugs are at $8.

2. Mini Capri Blue Candle – $12 Need some fresh, fruity, floral scents at home? Pick a candle. There is a large selection at Anthropologie, different scents, sizes, prices, packages, prints… A candle makes a nice deco piece in a room.

3. Monogrammed Filigree Keychain – $18 A solo key hanging out there, always looking for your keys, never can find them? Add a personal touch with your initial, some colors, noise and a cute tassel.

4. Royal Apothic Conservatory Collection Mini Eau De Parfum – $18 Perfume can be hard to choose for someone else but these mini bottles and scents are great. The packaging is vintage.

I got the English Rose for a grandmother from the UK, I don’t think I can go wrong with it!

5. Notebooks – a notebook is always nice for these workers always taking notes, or bloggers, creative person… I love the one from Moleskine, it’s great quality and price point. But you can find them everywhere even if you go at TJ Maxx, Marshalls… J.Crew got some cute ones too. But lately I have discovered the May Designs brand, it’s completely customized. The one I have created in the picture is at $19 – Shipping cost at $6.

6. Happy Socks – for her or for him! – $19 for the cute box of 3 to 4 pairs of socks at Nordstrom Rack, or also I found some at TJ Maxx. But at Nordstrom Rack, there is a lot of stock and a better selection. I used to wear boring plain black socks but my sweet stylish love has a drawer full of fun, colorful socks from Happy Socks, J. Crew… And as a stylish men, he loves to match them with his sweaters/shirts. So do I. I believe that everyone should be the owner of a pair of Happy Socks.

I love some of them from Gap and J. Crew.

7. Chocolates – Kisman ‘Felicidad’ Navidad Gift Box, 12 milk chocolate bars TCHO – $16.95. You have no idea of what to buy? Or you barely know the person? Chocolates are always a good options. As I’m not a huge fan of Ghirardelli or See Candie’s, I have chosen for this new brand TCHO and I love their fun, colorful packagings.

8. Unicorn Shaped Jewelry Holder – Forever 21 – $8.8

I love this little cute idea, I got two myself this year from Jonathan Adler and J. Crew. I left one at work and brought one at home. I got one at Anthropologie with the Big Ben in the middle because my friend loves London. You can put your jewelry, or even your keys, coins, can use it as a soap dish etc…

9. Aster Frame 5×7 – Crate & Barrel – $24.95

This ribbed sunburst of antiqued brass aluminum lets family, friends, pets portraits shine in your home or in your office!

If you go to Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, you will even find great cheaper frames. These stores always have some treasures waiting for you.

HAPPY SHOPPING & MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

Isabel Marant for H&M: Prices are revealed!

Just an update to one of my previous post about the Isabel Marant collection for H&M, prices are already revealed on the website: check it out! http://www.hm.com/us/isabel-marant#see_all  Not for the price of a “baguette” thought :(.

The good news is it will be possible to shop online from 12pm EST, no need to take a PTO! But for the ones planning to go: the H&M store located on Powell Street will have the capsule. But get ready, it starts at 8 am and be prepared as the stores implemented special conditions to shop:

  • LINE SYSTEM: The first 420 people in line will be given a colored bracelet that represents a group: there are 14 colors with one for each group of 30 customers. Your color determines when it’s your time to shop in the designer collection area. Each group will have 15 min to shop, with 5 min between slots (HOW CAN YOU SHOP IN 15 MIN?).
  • RETURNS: a return or exchange is possible within 7 DAYS, after 7 days, refunds will be issued as a store credit.
  • NUMBER OF ITEMS: every customer can purchase with a limit of 4 pieces of each product in store and a limit of 1 of each product online.

My favorite jacket is listed at $399 so it will stay on the shelf and the off white lace top at $99, I’ll maybe get it as my personal gift for my upcoming birthday…

Are you planning to go? What do you want to get? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Fridayh&m IM

 

 

 

Mix high-end & low-end styles

You probably understood I love fashion when it rhymes with bargains!

But I can’t pass on these high-end styles brands because I do believe it makes your outfit looks like a million bucks. Especially with shoes and handbags. If there is something I’ll spend more money is on these two categories.

Then everybody is able to find a great skinny jean, trendy blouse, blazer, sweater, tees, dress with low-end brands like H&M, Forever 21, Target or mid-end brands like Zara, J. Crew/Factory, Banana Republic, Club Monaco (ladies, always go on sales for these brands, when I know the margin they take, it’s not allowed for the sake of our wallet to buy at full prices).

The question is: where to find high-end styles at reasonable price?

  • Jeremy’s stores: San Francisco: Two South Park and Berkeley: 2967 College Avenue – their merchandise is coming from department stores, items that have been used in advertisements and window displays. Other items they receive are damages and customer returns.
    They also get merchandise from clothing designers who sell their production, sale samples and past season’s stocks.
  • Crossroads: it’s a buy-sell-trade store. I love it, it’s so cheap and I always find something that will give a “wowww”. You need to be patient and look everywhere, on the aisles, etc… There are many stores but my fav ones are on Fillmore & Market St.
  • Seek online when you have a designer piece in mind like Ebay, Threadflip, Poshmark… Trust me, you get amazing deals there! I will write more details about these 2 companies in a different post :Apps/Services…

Look what I’ve got for $130 on POSHMARK: the seller was allowing Bundle Discount meaning that if I was buying more than one item from her, I was able to negotiate the price.

But let me tell you the full story of this purchase, I went to the 7 for All Mankind outlet store few months ago in Gilroy and I was trying jeans on but I wanted to try them with high heels (as I was wearing my running shoes) so my Love grabbed me a random pair of heels but too big for me. And I became obsessed with them, they didn’t have my size in store. So I went online to find them and the winner was POSHMARK I found them totally BRAND NEW along with a skinny snake print jean I wanted last winter.

The original price of the jean was around $200 and for the shoes $225. I’ll let you make the calculation on how much I have saved!

poshmark

  • Nordstrom Rack, I can get lost and go crazy in the Palo Alto store ;). I got the cutest camel bag from Vince Camuto there – pix will come!

Going to get anything from any of these mentionned stores? I’d love to see what you’ve got! Do not hesitate to share it with me, get a selfie pic on Instagram and tag me @marjosf.

I hope you are enjoying these tips. Xoxo