Welp it’s been a long time since I’ve written a post on fashion and I’m jumping back in with some BIG NEWS! I am so excited to share that I am now working as a stylist in the fashion industry 😱 a total dream come true! If you didn’t know, I spent the last 6 years working in nonprofit development - most recently serving as Director of Development for the Santa Fe Community Foundation. And, while I loved the very worthy and rewarding aspects of working in that sector (aligning donor interest with community need - whether that be homelessness, hunger, animal welfare, domestic violence ~talk about meaningful~) it was time to do something a little different. And, my move to Portland proved to be the perfect opportunity to transition into an industry I’ve ALWAYS been passionate about - FASHION 🥰 it sometimes doesn’t even feel real that I get to spend my time helping clients feel their absolute best by putting together looks and finding the perfect outfits for special occasions. What do ya know - so many of the skills I developed working in fundraising have been transferable! Relationship building (and inspiring confidence!) has been and continues to be an important part of what I do 🙂

During this transition I’ve also had a lot of time to think about the things that are important to me. While I’m not saying I’ll never shop at Zara or H&M again, it’s important for me to step away from fast fashion. If you’re not familiar with what fast fashion is, here’s the online dictionary definition: inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.

Fast fashion has a huge environmental impact and, unfortunately, can violate many human rights. To mention a few, garment workers are oftentimes underpaid and exposed to harmful chemicals in the production process. Check out this article on The Good Trade to learn more. Contributor Audrey Stanton wrote, “brands like Forever21 use toxic chemicals, dangerous dyes, and synthetic fabrics which seep into water supplies in foreign countries (where the clothing is made) and at home when the clothing is washed.”

I care about my own carbon footprint and wellbeing, do you?

I’ve spent time doing extensive research on various brands’ social responsibiltiy commitments. In my opinion, brands like Eileen Fisher are paving the way for a more sustainable future. Check out their social consciousness stance here.

I was also super excited (and proud!) to learn that their extra-long staple cotton is grown IN NEW MEXICO! Specifically, Alvarez Farms based in the Mesilla Valley. This NM gal was pretty stoked - to say the least - to discover this 💃🏻

I started working on this post over a month ago and it feels like there is so much more to share, but I’m afraid I’ll never hit “post” if I don’t stop somewhere 🤪 what you should know:

1) You can become a client of mine! (no matter where you live) and enjoy the services of personal styling

2) I’ve begun sending personally styled boxes of clothes to friends in New Mexico, and I can send boxes to you too! (let’s discuss details)

3) Whether you have some special upcoming events, or you just need a seasonal closet update, I can send boxes as frequently (or infrequently) as needed 🤗

4) I have a new client questionnaire I’d be happy to send to you to get started - just shoot me an email 📧

Let’s work together!! I know so many friends that love looking fab but hate doing the work. You don’t have to go to a mall or shopping center, spend hours browsing for things online, or wonder if an outfit will look cute once all the pieces you’ve ordered come in and you put them together - I’ll do all the work for you 🙂

Here are some looks I recently put together at Mercantile.