Favorite Investment Pieces

Picking out quality pieces for my closet has been a big change in how I am shopping this past year. I have started to not only shop for sustainable and ethical products, but also looking for more items made in the USA or high quality products. It’s been a task because high quality products are way more expensive than what I have spent on clothing before and fast fashion just seems a bit more interesting because it’s trendy and what most of you are wanting to see. But I just can’t spending between $20.00 and $40.00 on cheaply made clothing that is going to get holes or start to ravel and possibly be out of style next year. So I started buying things I actually like, that are fun, versatile and much better quality than fast fashion. So here are my favorite quality purchases I have made in the past year.

Lysse Denim– These jeans are amazing. They work perfectly for curvier ladies because of the actual denim used and the control top available in each pair. These are skinny jeans with a nice side pipping and a fun zipper detail at the ankle. Seriously if I could wear these every day I probably would. So comfy and so slimming. The best part about Lysse? They include sizes from XS to 3XL. So everyone can enjoy these jeans. Lysse jeans are a little over $100.00 a pair and tend to sell out quickly when updated on their website. Seriously worth the investment though.

Lack Of Color Hats– A new to me brand and I’m in love. Quality made hats with structure, so no floppyness with these. I haven’t had these hats for too long but they have held their shape very well so far. There are a ton of options on their website; different colors and styles. These hats are $80.00 and up but well worth it if you are a hat lover.

Yana K Dresses– Buttery soft, simple and versatile. I can’t say enough about this brand. From every day wear to dressing up. Each piece has the potential to be styled so many different ways. And so flattering on so many body types.

Custom Fox & Beaux Jewelry– Located in Asheville is a little jewelry boutique where all your jewelry dreams can come true. Carefully designed pieces are available for quick purchasing or you can work with the staff to create your own. This dangle choker was a custom design piece I created and they put together. Literally no one else will have anything exactly like it making it perfect for my daily go to choker.

These are just a few of my favorite investment pieces from the last year. And you will see them on repeat, styled different ways. Because sometimes having less is more.

Shop This Look: Jeans // Dress // Hat // Silver Necklace // Dangle Choker // Horseshoe Necklace

Perfect Dress and Luxury Gift: Yana K

I love a good versatile piece, we all know this by know. Versatility is the key to getting the most out of your wardrobe without spending a fortune every single season. So is investment pieces.

I have been following along with fashion designer Yana K for some time now and am even more in love with the designer and her designs after meeting the designer at a local pop up shop and of course, finally investing in one of her pieces. At the meet up, I love her explanation behind her designs. she has created a line of clothing for all women, for every stage of her life, so she can feel amazing. She doesn’t want us to have to think too much on looking amazing in her clothes. She wants us to feel amazing. She wants us to be comfortable. And most of all, she has created her dresses as a one size fits most situation so we aren’t focusing on the number in the tag. All of these are things I can get behind.

I walked away with this dress knowing that I can wear it all Fall, Winter and Spring long with it’s versatility. The quality is going to make it last season to season, and probably my most reached for piece. This piece looks great on it’s own, cinched with a belt, draped with a cozy cardigan or a little more edgy with a leather jacket. I wore this dress after taking photos to a large art and craft show at the agriculture center in Asheville. I got so many compliments and also was as comfy as the women in their sweatpants. Win Win in my book.

Seriously, you want to add one of these babies to your Christmas wishlist now. Or gift one to yourself or someone you really love that loves fashion. I know I have another dress on my wishlist currently like this one. Because if you are going to ask for a piece of clothing for Christmas, make it an investment piece that I can guarantee you will feel amazing in.

Shop The Look:

Dress // Similar Booties // Belt // White Cardigan // Similar Leather Jacket // Bag // Necklace

 

The Luxe Scarf + Rachel Weisberg Choker Giveaway

You’ve got to love when your friend is a fashion designer! You get to see and sample all the goodies. And Rachel Weisberg did not disappoint with this Long Scarf. The scarf is made of velvety, cupro fibers and hand dyed in her Asheville studio. The cupro fibers give the scarf an extremely soft touch and the hand dye job gives a unique flair to each scarf. You are literally getting to wear your own little original piece of art. Though soft it packs in the heat and is perfect for bundling up in and or dressing up a plain jane #ootd. It’s totally city chic. I already have a ton of ways I want to wear this. And one will be for my Christmas Eve dinner, probably Christmas day festivities as well.

You can get your own Long Scarf at rachel-weisberg.com or you can find them locally in Asheville at Embellish.

When you are a fashion blogger and your friend is a fashion designer, of course she participates in your holiday giveaways. So today on Instagram I am giving away a Rachel Weisberg choker (in your choice of the brown or black). All you have to do is find the picture below and follow the instructions (they are oh so easy)! 

Fashion With A Cause + Giveaway

You guys know that I love a company or brand that gives back to artisans and employees or a company that produces it’s products ethically! And I have yet again come across another company that provides jobs in places where job and economic opportunities are sparse, empowers women all over the globe, provides living wages and promotes a better way of life for everyone involved. Noonday Collection is a fair trade organization that partners with artisans around the world to provide a marketplace for their handmade goods.  All artisans are paid a fair wage and are able to work dignified jobs that empower them and the community around them.  They are able to pull themselves out of poverty and create a better tomorrow. And the jewelry isn’t half bad either!

I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren who is an Ambassador for Noonday Collection and was immediately drawn to the collection of curated pieces. The pieces range from statement to subtle, from vivid to organic; so there is a piece for every woman. Each piece is high quality, making it perfect to take with you in every stage of your life. The price point ranges from around $15.00 and up; and let’s be honest some of us have spent more on costume jewelry that tarnishes in a month.

Fashion With A Cause + Giveaway

Earrings ($48.00)

The Column Earrings made of brass in Peru by Noonday’s artisans Fermin and Madalyn who work to provide ecomonic opportunities for others in their community by providing jobs in their workshop. These earrings are simple, so great for every day wear but if paired with the right accents can be the right amount of dramatic for a bigger statement.

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Necklace ($72.00)

The Nairobi Necklace is made Turkana beads and hand cut brass and handcrafted in Kenya. This piece is my favorite of everything available right now. The cobalt beads are the perfect pop of color and will pair with everything. Since the leaves are made of brass I was expecting it to be heavy, but it’s just as light as a dainty necklace making it the perfect piece for everyday or your go to statement necklace.

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Necklace ( $28.00) Earrings ($42.00 )

 The Minted Necklace is handmade in Uganda. It is made of handcrafted paperbeads. This necklace is made by the first group that Noonday partnered with, Jalia and Daniel. They went from living in poverty to now employing a large team of artisans. This necklace is perfect for every day and the ideal layering piece. Even though the beads are technically paper, they are great quality! I even wrapped it as a bracelet for a fun layered arm party.
The Fringed Crescent Earrings are made in Haiti of upcycled metal and thread. Noonday’s partners in Haiti have been able to use their wages to improves their lives.  One artisan even used his wages to repair his truck so that he could take the neighborhood kids to school. These earrings are my second favorite thing. Perfect to wear with absolutely anything and a subtle touch of color with the blush thread.
Lauren is an absolutely amazing woman, #GIRLBOSS and honestly one of the kindest people I have met in Asheville. For the entire month of April, Lauren will be donating a percentage of her proceeds to the International Justice Mission. The International Justice Mission works to provide justice to all people, specifically those in developing countries. To find out more about the International Justice Mission you can do so here. Also Lauren is giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win The Minted Necklace! All you will have to do is comment your favorite piece from the collection in the comments for one entry, follow myself on Instagram for another entry and for an additional entry you can follow Lauren on Instagram! Perfect for Mother’s Day!

So let’s get to shopping, enter the giveaway below and empower women!

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(The giveaway will run until the end of the month and a winner will be selected at random.)