No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

bienvenue

by Sarah on June 18, 2018, no comments

shirt- Everlane, shorts- American Apparel, shoes- Everlane

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fashion industry and sustainability. Here’s the thing- a brand or producer can have as many fair trade materials as they want. They can ship in brown bags, they can minimize water use, they can tell you how much CO2 was expended in the creation of a garment. They can even offer to take clothing to recycle. But in many cases, recycling is just postponing waste. It’s like giving clothing to a thrift store. You don’t throw it in the trash, but eventually a piece will probably end up in a landfill anyways. It creates an open loop, where no matter how many times something cycles- from a plastic bottle to a sweater to wherever, it ends up as waste.

In order to be truly sustainable, we need to create a closed loop system, where the fabric from a garment can be used over and over to make new garments, without deterioration. I’m not doing a great job of explaining, but this explains it really well. Thoughts? Ideas? I want to keep exploring these ideas and trying to come up with viable solutions, because it’s pretty clear that we have to do something.

I wore this outfit on my birthday, to go out to breakfast at this lovely cafe in Brooklyn Heights called Iris cafe. I felt sufficiently old in it. These shoes are like a superpower- whenever I put them on, I feel incredibly graceful and full of energy. The graceful part is probably due to the slim silhouette, while the energy is due to the invigorating red and power-inducing block heel.

Slip dress

by Sarah on June 11, 2018, one comment

dress- Grana, shoes- Vans

The last vestiges of normcore have left me craving the awkwardness of a midi dress with flat shoes, and this dress really fulfills that purpose. That being said, it would be just as gorgeous with a pair of two inch satin mules. It’s a basic piece, with absolutely no bells nor whistles, but the spaghetti straps, seam down the back, and double lining up top all make this dress seem special. Oh, and it’s on sale right now, so don’t walk, run.

I bought these vans my first week in New York. Prior to that, I had been a strict converse wearer (and my true loyalty will always be to Chuck Taylor), but I succumbed. They’re cool shoes. They’re not the most comfortable sneaker, nor the best for running or standing a really long time, but they look really cool and sometimes sacrifices must be made. I’m a sucker for a good monochrome look, and so the white stole my heart. Be it Converse or Vans, what I really love is a high top sneaker. I really think their low-rise counterparts are just kidding themselves.

Dressed Up

by Sarah on June 2, 2018, no comments

dress- Everlane, shoes- Everlane

There’s something truly special about wearing a silk dress. It make everything feel just a little better! This season, I’m challenging myself to only buy clothing with really great fabric. That means cotton, silk, leather and linen. Not sure how long I’ll be able to keep this up, but basics made with natural materials really do look better than their poly-blend counterparts. That’s not to say that manmade materials don’t have their place- some pieces have to be synthetics, because they need a little stretch or puff. But especially in hot weather, natural fabrics are an easy choice.

Wolf

by Sarah on May 24, 2018, no comments

pants- Aritzia, shirt- Everlane, shoes- Everlane

Really have nothing to say, other than that these pants have dogs on them.

Also, I’ve been trying to figure out how to best wear this shirt for a while. It’s the silk square from Everlane. I bought it when I first moved to New York because I saw a woman absolutely rocking it and wanted to emulate her style. I like it, but I also don’t, and I’ve had a lot of trouble figuring out the right pants for it. Because it’s slightly cropped it doesn’t really stay tucked, and sometimes it just feels a bit too billowy. Any styling tips would be greatly appreciated!

What’s up with Glossier?

by Sarah on May 19, 2018, one comment

When I moved to New York, two things happened. First I learned the difference between a bodega and a corner store. Then I went to the Glossier showroom, along with every other woman aged 14-33 who lives in the greater Manhattan area.

I had looked at Glossier online for a while before I made the trip. I bought into the whole dewy, glowy, is-she-or-isn’t-she-wearing-makeup look. And working in a milennial centric artistic workplace, it seemed that everyone around me was a walking Glossier advertisement. So I succumbed to the glow.

Boy brow and haloscope were my first purchases. I bought boy brow in brown, despite being a strawberry blonde. I like my brows dark, and I wanted to use it to define the individual hairs, to avoid the 2014 blocky brows. I can’t use it quite as effortlessly as a true brunette could, because if I apply it to heavily, I look like I used a crayon on my brows, but I suspect that if I went with blonde I could do a little more intense application.

Rating: 7/10 brow hairs

Haloscope is pretty divine. It’s not sparkly nor chalky, and makes me feel happy. Plus it’s a big product, which is great, because I use a lot. I was tempted by all of the colors, but I got quartz.

Rating: 10/10 sparkly crystals

Next up I bought Generation G, which sounds like a new trendy name for people ages 10-20, but is actually a lipstick. I got it in fire truck red, also known as Zip. I have very chapped lips, always, and it doesn’t irritate them too much. It’s got buildable color too, so you can choose which way to go. The packaging is a little “meh” to me- it looks like crayola markers, but it’s not bad.

Rating: 8/10 firetrucks

Finally I got the stretch concealer. My skin is pretty good, but tends to get a little confused when I’m traveling. As I’ve moved 5 times this year, there have been moments. It’s nice. Definitely shiny, so if you have oily skin, beware. It does cover pretty nicely, without getting cakey nor fake looking. It’s like an IRL version of frequency separation in photoshop; it covers colors, not texture.

Rating: 7/10 drops of olive oil

Next up, I want to try their new mascara (which sparked this post), and lip gloss.

To talk about Glossier is to talk about more than the products. Like other brands targeted at younger people (those in Generation G?), they’ve got quite the business model. Photos that look like they might be taken with an iPhone. Referral codes for all. A pink based website, with skincare put first, then makeup. Greater diversity in skin color shown. Entering the showroom is like going into an instagram model’s room; everything is pink, covered in flowers, and primed for a photo op. It’s marketing, but done in a way that feels genuine.

Anyways, what are your thoughts? Worth the hype or just effective marketing?