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TENCEL The New Way You Should Be Buying Jeans


Ah jeans, the never ending hunt for the perfect pair.

Sure, you want them to fit well in all the right places and land a decent price point but have you considered what jeans are the best choice for the environment?

The fashion industry is one of the biggest offers to damaging our lovely Mother Earth.  Both the consumption and production of garments creates environmental issues including pollution, landfill waste, and excessive water usage, with denim ranking as one of the top offenders.

Yes denim can be a dirty business.

I’m not saying you have to stop wearing jeans, I mean come on they are a timeless wardrobe staple. But, there is a way you can shop SMARTER by opting for jeans made from TENCEL.

What is TENCEL?

TENCEL™ is a brand name for a set of fibers called lyocell and modal. Its fibers are among the best environmentally friendly fibers around and a green alternative for your closet staples because it’s made from trees. Yep, trees! Plus it’s super soft, extra comfy, maintains breathability and allows for easy movement. And since the fabric naturally absorbs and then releases excess moisture, it even helps ward off nasty bacteria — making your skin feels fresher throughout the day.

This sustainable material is biodegradable because it’s manufactured in a way that allows it to eventually return to nature, reducing the amount of textile waste that gets tossed in a landfill.

TENCEL/Lyocell is made by dissolving wood pulp and mixing it with a wet solvent. The mixture is dried by a spinning process and is then formed into thread. Once the thread is treated, it can be spun into yarn or cloth. The fibers are certified as compostable and biodegradable. As a result, they will eventually revert back to nature.

By combining these sustainable fibers with upcycled cotton to create denim and using significantly less water throughout the dyeing stage, it’s fair to say that TENCEL jeans are the super product of a process that’s eco-friendly from start to finish.

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Quarantine and the Resurgence of Vintage Fabrics

Quarantine and the Resurgence of Vintage Fabrics

Something really interesting has been happening during quarantine, the resurgence of Vintage fabrics. Vintage is back in a BIG way!

With so many people “sheltering in place” alongside multiple generations at family homes it was inevitable that soon, when the boredom set in, rifling through closets would begin.

Last week, I and a group of other fashion industry professionals took part in a fun ZOOM happy hour hosted by my favorite fabric maintenance brand Dryel (their at home dry cleaning kits and stain remover pens are a MUST).

We discussed how fashion has been affected by quarantine, thrifting/vintage fashion and shared “self-isolating” fashion stories. Just about every single person on the call talked about how they have been digging up and adopting their parents vintage clothes and techniques for revamping or upcycling them.

What does this mean for fashion trends once we are out of quarantine? I predict that vintage fabrics and textiles are going to be the next BIG TREND.

Social media totally supports my theory. TikTok is full of DIY vintage clothing revamp tutorials and Instagram OOTD pics have become more thrift and vintage clothing centric.

There are already a ton of designers out there dipping their toes in the vintage fabric waters. Elizabeth and James has the EANDJ Vintage line which is a personally curated collection of vintage pieces by Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen. Each piece is hand selected for its unique character and nostalgia.

Redone, has a mission to, a movement to keep heritage brands relevant by updates the silhouettes of old Levi’s.

Reformation incorporates “deadstock” fabrics in about 15% of their products and vintage clothing (repurposed) into new pieces including bulk vintage denim and cashmere. 

There’s a warmth, intimacy and happy nostalgia to vintage pieces- something that is very appealing at the moment.  They exude a sense of safety and familiarity yet still feel edgy.

Have you been dabbling in vintage fabric’s  during quarantine?  Reworked any fun thrift finds?  Tag me on Instagram I would love to see them!

Quarantine and the Resurgence of Vintage Fabrics

Quarantine and the Resurgence of Vintage Fabrics

Quarantine and the Resurgence of Vintage Fabrics

Quarantine and the Resurgence of Vintage Fabrics

Quarantine and the Resurgence of Vintage Fabrics

What I’m Wearing: Vintage belt from StilettosandSinCity | EANDJ Vintage Dress| Mulberry Bayswater Tote | Free People Boots | Vintage Lace Trimmed Cami |

Vintage Fabric Trend

Eco-Fashion doesn't have to be Hippie-Fashion

Usually if someone says Sustainable or Eco-friendly fashions the first thing that comes to mind are patchouli donned hippies at a grateful dead concert.

Erase those images from your head!

Sustainable/Eco friendly fashions have made some serious fashion forward changes in the last few years.  There are a growing number of fashion conscious people out there that care about the environment, animals and conditions under which their products are made!  They are armed with a determination to smash the “Hippie” stereotype while producing quality fashion forward products that are also sustainable!

What is Sustainable Fashion?

Sustainable fashion, also called Eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility”-Wikipedia

What makes something sustainable? 

Any or all of the following:

  • focuses on the reuse and recycling of materials
  • produces according to fair trade standards
  • produced using animal friendly practices
  • supportive of smaller/local industries
  • produced with environmental awareness

Here is a look at some of my favorite Sustainable lines that are breaking the stereotypes on Eco-fashion:

 WEN by Chaz Dean.  Natural Haircare. Unlike many ordinary shampoos, Wen cleansers are made with natural ingredients and contain no sodium laurel sulfate or other damaging detergents that will not only hurt your hair, but are also bad for the environment. They don’t lather; instead, they create smooth foam when mixed with water for shinier, healthier-looking, more manageable results.

Wen® is an industry-changing product line that is the first ever to exclude ordinary shampoo. What sets Wen® apart from the rest is its cleansing conditioner, a single-step process that cleanses and conditions the hair simultaneously. Its gets even better!  WEN is cruelty free!  NO ANIMAL TESTING! Pick up WEN at

(above: WEN by Chaz Dean)

ecoSkin.  Sustainable Fashions.  “ecoSkin is a privately-held California apparel company offering chic, contemporary designs for the Eco-conscious but fashion savvy woman.  Core to its planet-friendly mission, ecoSkin uses only environmentally sustainable luxury fabrics woven, dyed and sewn in the USA.”  

ecoSkinproves that you don’t have to compromise style to be Eco-friendly.  The use of rayon made from bamboo fibers, organic cotton, Tencel and  hemp in their fabrics give the garments a sexy elegance and buttery-soft texture that feels like a second skin.  Find them at

(above: ecoSkin “Martin” dress)


Happy  Cow.  Recycled Leather Bags and Belts.  If you have read my Blog before you know I am a HUGE fan of Happy Cow! 
“Completely Environment-Friendly: The entire range of bags & accessories are handcrafted from recycled leather. We purchase off-cuts of leather from high-end furniture manufacturers, anything that is too small to make furniture out of is sold to us. Effectively meaning we are using brand new, high-quality leather that would otherwise be thrown away. This means less pressure on the environment and no unnecessary suffering. ” 
“Happy Cow is often referred to as a provider of “responsible fashion”. This is because we pride ourselves on setting an example for others in the fashion industry as to how to be both environmentally-friendly and profitable. Our leather and all the paper we used in all aspects of our business is 100% recycled. We also try to constantly reduce our carbon footprint in the office, warehouse and with our distribution channels. Among other things; we use only environmentally-friendly light sources and our custom-made packaging is also bio-degradable.” 
You have to pick up a bag at

(above: Happy Cow Hobo Bag)

(above: Happy Cow Overnighter Bag: I’m dying to get this one!)

(above: Happy Cow Vintage Hipster)

 Palma Collection:Vegitable Ivory Jewlery.  “The inspiration for Palma came to us from the desire to make a positive change in our society. We believe that we are making a difference and will continue working our best to share with you an exotic, exciting, and original jewelry inspired by nature’s beauty.  Our artisans carefully and masterfully handcraft each individual piece of jewelry into stunning, colorful, and stylish designs that are dazzling the fashion industry. Each unique piece is made from a rare palm tree nut found only along South America’s coastline.”  All of the gorgeous pieces are handcrafter with care and environmentally friendly.  Get some of thier beautiful collection at

(above: Chinkle Necklace from Palma Collection)

(above: Shimonsay necklace from Palma Collection)

 Supayana: Upcycled clothing .   Upcycling is a process in which disposable or discarded items are re-purposed to make them valuable, useful, or simply aesthetically pleasing. Upcycling is designed to work in opposition to consumer culture, encouraging people to think of new and innovative ways to use things, instead of simply buying new consumer goods.  It also benefits the environment, by promoting reuse over discarding whenever possible. 

Supayana is the brainchild of 26 year old Russian born Canadian designer Yana Gorbulsky.  Strongly influenced by vintage style, this clothing line is both quirky and feminine.  She uses recycled or eco-friendly materials for all of her collections and all garments are made ethically and locally.

I am CRAZY for this line!!  Visit her Etsy shop at

(above: Supayana organic cotton Night Sailing dress photo ; Matthew Kristjan and model: Marcela Lazaro)


(above: Supayana Aurora top and Pom Pom skirt; photo: Matthew Kristjan and model: by Marcela Lazaro)

 Mink. Mink is a vegan shoe line that sidesteps leather for eco-friendly, animal-free materials.  Every pair of Mink Shoes has personality of its own.   Since 2004 they have adorned the feet of some of the most famous women in the world.

“Rebecca Mink, a native of southern California, has devoted her entire life to the mission of preserving the planet and the humane treatment of animals. Rebecca was torn between the high-end fashion she loved, and the animals and planet she adored. Noticing the lack of luxurious vegan shoes in the marketplace, she made it her mission to create the choice. Rebecca conceived the ultimate alternative and Mink was born!”  Check out all the hot styles at

(above: MINK “cock” t-strap spike heel)

(above: Mink “Bull”  black pump)

Palma Collection and WEN want to introduce you to fashionable sustainability! 

1 Lucky winner will receive:  a set of WEN by Chaz Dean Products including: Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, Oil and Re-Moist Hydrating Mask  AND a beautiful Arozollo necklace and earrings from Palma Collection! 

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(last weeks lucky winners are: Jamie D., Krystle R., and Dena T. Congrats!)