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Bella Bow Tie

Jessica Wagner

Charming & Sustainable Fashion

It doesn’t get much more charming than a classic bow tie. 

It evokes earlier times. Simpler times, and that’s exactly what up-and-coming fashion house Canapé is setting out to do – simplify, through sustainable fashion.

Earlier this year, Rob traveled to LA and had the opportunity to meet and shoot with Bri (Brianna) Olenslager, LA native, model and designer. If you aren’t already in love, just wait!

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Revamped staples made to last
— Canapé

Bri runs an amazing women’s apparel company, Canapé, based in Los Angeles. Through her designs she is seeking to provide woman with gorgeous and sustainable fashion choices. Canapé is one of the few that are sustainably and ethically made here in the US. 

Canapé launched this past summer with one {darling} staple item in five patterns: The Bella Bow Tie. Prim, with vintage-eclectic flare. While a proper bow tie might be menswear inspired, there is nothing formal about this look! A classic staple piece, this boxy button-up ties at the top into a jaunty little bow. Bri was kind enough to send me one of my choice to shoot with and keep! I went with the “vintage rose” (as you know my weakness for rose anything, here.)

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Miss Olenslager is on a mission is to change the way we think about fashion and introduce the idea of investing in truly artistic staples. Each item she designs is constructed with the intention that it will maintain and sustain in your closet.

I LOVE this idea. The more I delve into the world of blogging and fashion the more I see the need for awareness, especially when it comes to ethical fashion choices.

We need to demand open-conversations on the subject. I am guilty of buying into "fast-fashion" brands because they are inexpensive, but you end up with cheap items that don't last. I've have worked multiple retail jobs and it amazing how much waste we create through the clothing industry. It’s wreaking havoc on our ecosystem

 As a consumer we have a responsibility. I want to know where my clothing is coming from. How are your clothes being manufactured and by whom? I know there have been lists released calling out specific fashion houses for using child labor and subjecting employees to unsafe working conditions. There is much to be done to wage battle for the underpaid, over-labored and unfairly compenstated. One way to help put an end to these actions is to buy from trusted designers and invest in quality pieces.

Know your brands babes. Look for equal and fair trade companies who empower sustainability. Help speak awareness. Knowledge is power!

In Bri’s own words:

"For me, shopping is a luxury. I believe in only buying items that I know I'll love and wear for years. I curate my wardrobe to reflect my quirky personal style and only select pieces that I feel truly belong. Canapé is just that - only unique pieces that truly belong in every woman's closet."

YES! This is a goal for me as well. I tend to “fall” for fast-fashion. The price is right, but it’s not going to last. Trendy doesn’t always mean fashionable. This is an area I am working on, and a great place to start is with socially conscious brands like Canapé.

As Bri shared with me:

“It's {Canapéall staple pieces, not trends, made out of unique fabrics with quality sewing. I really try to make them artistic and a little loud so they'll stand out. I want people to buy my things knowing that it's a good investment. I want them to feel like they can keep it forever and wear it a bunch and feel unique and cool each time. I feel your wardrobe should be like a fine art collection, each piece should be unique and stand on its own. Everything should be your favorite. Or maybe I just have a weird attachment to clothing, lol who knows!”

Confession: I had no clue how to fashion a traditional bowtie (!) and Bri has an easy how-to video here that even I managed to master in a couple tries!

Right now the Bella Bow Tie top is 20% off with code FALL20 at checkout! 

If you can’t tell I’m a bit obsessed. You guys know decision making is not my strong point, and I seriously had to go back and forth on which pattern to style because they are all so cute and well-made. The material is a wispy cotton poplin, and each print can easily pair with everything from a classic jean, to old school overalls, or even a frilly skirt. 

 Check out all the chic ways to style a bow tie top, by following Canapé on Instagram here!


Outfit Details:
Top: Canapé Vintage Rose c/o Skirt: Express (old, similar here) Basket: Free People Shoes: Zara Kitten Heel Faux Patent Ankle Boots Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Plastic Oval Lips: Kylie Cosmetics Kristen 

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Borrowed From The Boys

Jessica Wagner

The Coolest Loafers Of The Season

Menswear inspired clothing is at it’s best when paired with relaxed, feminine details.

These luxury Gucci loafers have been around for some time (have you seen these ones?) While this style may be nothing new, these particular slides feature a rosy floral embroidery that feels perfect for spring.

When I spotted this pair (at Forever 21 of all places) I had to give them a try. (Alas, this may be the closest I will come to owning the actual high-end set.) This was a definite save, as the splurge was just not in my relative future.

When it comes to fast-fashion vs. luxury brands, weigh your decisions carefully. While I have been lusting after the real deal, I rather save my pennies for a classic Chanel purse or something that I know won’t be off-trend in a few months. That’s not to say you shouldn’t invest in a quality loafer, but you might want to pass on the added details that may not withstand the test of time. The great thing about finding a similar style to a high-end look is that you can stay within your budget. This really allows you to go for a test-drive. Before investing in luxury pieces, say sunglasses for example, spec out a similar pair at a lower price point and see how much you really love them/wear them. Nobody wants those shopping regret blues!

For this outfit, in terms of going for a minimalistic boyish look, I layered my new-found loafers with a men’s vintage tweed overcoat and it’s seriously one of my favorite pieces. Personally, I have found this style hard to come by. Tweed blazers seem to be more abundant in options than the longer jacket style for women, but this coat is such an easy, smart layer any time of year. This one has been in my closet a long time, and shows some wear but I think that’s part of the charm! When searching for one of your own, don’t be afraid to look in the men’s (or little boys!) section.

Keeping it feeling femme with a hint of lace. A white button up shirt can make a subtle sexy play when paired with an eyelash bralette. Button downs should be slightly fitted through the body and hit below the waist. Tuck in the front, for a loose look.

As for the rest, try a slouchy handbag and retro feeling shades. The '90s are here to stay, so why not try a pair of slim oval lenses? 

Dark-wash, raw-hem jeans, with an exposed ankle are still rounding out my favorite style denim, and keep it weekend-friendly.

As for hair: casual, effortless, elegance. I can’t wait to share with you guys how my experience using HairStory’s New Wash the last month has been going, but spoiler alert: I am loving my hair and having more fun with it in it’s natural state than I thought possible. Somehow I think we are brainwashed to believe if we don’t spend a certain amount of time tweaking our hair it doesn’t look good, and that’s just not true! I’m so used to having to curl and get those coveted “beach waves” that don’t come easy unless I invest a chunk of time to getting them just so. I have been washing, air-drying and leaving it natural and straight with the help of two other HairStory products, their Hair Balm and Dressed Up lotion. They give it subtle texture and I love running my fingers through it or pinning it up in a “real girl” bun. For some reason I’ve always felt self-conscious about my hair being “flat” or looking “boring” - if that’s the right word. I think my hair is also enjoying the freedom. (Anyway, full post and review to come!)

With Spring close at hand, I am ready to trade in my winter shoes for easy slip-on styles (and as we are about to go see Beauty and the Beast -favorite childhood Dinsney movie- there is no better time to add some rose -themed floral embroidery to your repertoire!)  Ever appropriate for that allure of apparent effortlessness. Relaxed and easy as Coca-Cola in a bottle (not Diet.)

Outfit Details:
Jacket: Men's Vintage Tweed Overcoat (similar here) Top: Old Navy Classic White Button Down Bra: Forever 21 Sheer Eyelash Lace Bralette Jeans: Free People Destroyed Ankle Skinny Shoes: Forever 21 Horsebit Floral Loafer Mules Glasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: Zara (old, similar here) Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Path Ear Climber Lipstick: Tart Creamy Matte Lip Paint Birthday Suit Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud