Is It Organic?— The Perks of Purchasing Eco Friendly Fashion

Green juice, solar panels, you name it, nearly every market in the business world is adapting to the environmentally conscious trend.  Holes in the ozone layer and an exploitation of fossil fuels was SO two years ago.  But really in all seriousness, whether or not you agree with global warming, societal efforts are necessary to sustain a healthy and happy Earth.  Millions of people hopped on the organic bandwagon, including those in the clothing industry.  However, this situation is not merely a matter of posting pictures on social media platforms about eco friendly fashion.  When you get down to the nitty gritty, the complications of outsourced labor and hazardous factory factors play a major role in solving the dilemma.

As shown in the line graph below, the production of organic cotton in India, a popularly used country for outsourced production, is expected to slowly grow in coming years despite the recent depletion in popularity as of 2015 , according to Othmar Schwank.

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According to Ethical Fashion Forum , while 73% of consumers surveyed claim that companies disregard the negative effects their factories have on the planet, only 32% of that same pool makes conscious decisions to purchase organic/sustainable products.  In short, the public knows the cons of not using organic material, but more has to be done to turn words into actions.

Screen Shot 2017-11-30 at 10.05.48 AM.pngIn recent years, however, runways have made stylish efforts to use sustainable materials. H&M has a page on its website for solely explaining their use of organic cotton and recycled materials, and how the abandonment of pesticides and fertilizers goes hand-in-hand with the fashionable clothing. Even fashion brands on the higher end market like Tom Ford have designed green ensembles for celebrities on the red carpet. According to Statista.com, the increase of influential brands using organic material will increase the demand of consumers for eco friendly products.
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This bite of research I performed for one of my college courses has made me want to look even further into the production of apparel and the uncomfortable realities of working conditions for those responsible for producing U.S. apparel, as well as the effects this industry has on not only its employees, but also our planet.

xoxo,

Mollz

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Lessons I’ve Learned from 20 Years of Living

I recently (2 months ago) welcomed another whirl around the sun as I turned 20 years old.  It was weird to think that I finally finished my years as a teenager.  I still don’t pay my own taxes and like to think of a grilled cheese as its own food group, but 20 gets me some street cred!  Being a reflective person in general, my birthday got me thinking, “What has my life taught me so far?”  I could dive deeply into a few key pieces of advice, but instead of my usual diary-esque blogs, I decided to switch it up. Here’s a jumbled up list of lessons, big and small, that I’ve learned since I came into this world…

Wear whatever the hell you want.

Mom is usually right.

Not everyone will stay in your life forever. That’s ok!

Tolerance does not mean only respecting opinions that agree with your own.

Ask the barista how their day is going.

Get off Instagram and finish your book.

Love is selfless.

You’ve still got a metabolism, eat the cupcake.

If someone wants to be a part of your life, they’ll make it known.

Call home more.

It’s ok to stay in and take a night to yourself instead of going out.

Stop over-thinking.

There’s no such thing as too much glitter.

If it won’t matter in five years, it’s not worth your tears.

Life’s too short to stay in one place.

High school boys are just that…high school boys.

A major that makes you happy always wins over one that will make you money.

Be on time.

Don’t feel guilty for saying “no.”

You’re the only person who can make yourself happy.

Make plans instead of waiting for someone else to invite you out.

Working out will make you feel 100% better when you’re mad.

Surround yourself with friends who only have your best interests in mind.

Those friends will get you through the tough days.

Dogs over cats any day of the week.

Journal more than five days out of a year.

Fear is the epitome of all “what if’s.”

Eat the last piece of candy every once in a while instead of offering it to someone else. *GASP*

Listening is often more helpful than unsolicited advice.

Dance away the stress.

Sometimes, you just can’t control the way things turn out.

Big Mac sauce on fries, enough said.

Let people know you love them.

Quirky is GREAT, and someone calling you Jess from New Girl  is a compliment.

Urban Outfitters vinyls are overpriced.

Prayer isn’t a Jesus ATM… Be thankful for your blessings.

Sensitivity is a blessing and a curse.

Make more statements, ask less questions, trust yourself.

Stay curious.

Dye your hair blue, hair grows back.

The game of “who can care less” is overrated.

Take constructive criticism with grace and class.

Stand up for yourself.

Your sister is your partner in crime.

A leap of faith is worth whatever the outcome may be.

 

Alright, think I covered enough bases with those! Hopefully some of this resonated with whoever’s reading this.  I know it makes me feel more connected to this world when I read about struggles or life hurdles others have overcome that are similar to my own.

xoxo,

Mollz

 

 

 

Summer Whites in Palm Springs

Why wait until the weekend to lay by the pool in 107 degrees? I just got back from a quick girls’ trip to Palm Springs, and let me tell ya the desert shows no mercy when it comes to sweat-dripping temperatures.  Luckily, the colorful Saguaro Hotel and all its retro glory inspired me to put together a white hot ensemble.

I have always loved the look of white bottoms paired with a white band tee.  It’s an unexpected contrast between a rocker style and a light color palette.  The look comes off as edgy with a hint of crispness (tanning pun not intended).

My leather choker necklace with silver hardware, green sunglasses, and chunky turquoise stone ring really complete the look. The checkered sneakers dress down the outfit, and you could easily switch them out for bubblegum pink high-tops or fringe booties.  If I wanted to make this outfit transition well for going out at night, I would add a wide-brimmed hat and substitute the sunglasses for a leather jacket decorated with enamel pins.

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skirt: Roxy  shirt: Bravado

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shoes: Vans
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sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

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Mollz

My Unending Inner Monologue: Pride Versus Humility

Sunday night gave me a much needed wake-up call.  A couple of my friends brought me to their Christian youth service, and the message the pastor focused on gave me the clarity I’ve been praying for all summer.

He centered his talk on a a few versus of Scripture:

“When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:  “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.  If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.  But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.” (Luke 14:7-10)

The passage takes a few reads to let it fully soak in, but the message is so worth it.  The pastor used the verses to emphasize the importance of humility.  It’s almost second nature for people, including myself, to try to prove themselves as worthy to others, and therefore refer to themselves as the most important person in the room.  However, God asks us in the second half of the passage to humble ourselves, and therefore give others the opportunity to recognize our amazing attributes on their own.

Have you ever caught yourself asking someone else a question in hopes of sharing your own opinion instead of listening to theirs? I know I have.  This metaphorically seats yourself at, “the places of honor at the table.”  Tough cookies, but you’re not always going to be the most important person at the frat party or birthday brunch.  If you create endless expectations for others to tell you you’re important, the only result will be constant disappointment.

I don’t consider myself more important than those around me, but I’m definitely guilty of bragging about my successes and sacrifices.  Feeling proud of my accomplishments isn’t a bad thing.  Losing humility in the process, however, is an entirely different story.  The theme of fame changing people perfectly personifies this idea.  When people forget where the line is that separates celebrating one’s blessings and acting like you’re better than everyone else, the ego takes over.

Humility has also helped my struggle with my focus on the judgement of others.  Not only does it enable me to strengthen my genuine interest in others’ lives, it also relieves the pressure I feel when I assume they judge me.  I’m not the center of most peoples’ attention, so that means I can take the stick out of my ass that makes me worried about looking like an idiot.  If I unreasonably think people care about my life to an unhealthy degree, it makes it so much harder to let loose and enjoy my time with the people I love.  Holding myself back in that way could also keep me from fostering new relationships and opportunities in life.

Going forward, I want to use these verses to take my selflessness to the next level.  I’ll see what I can give to others without the hope of receiving anything in return.  This bite of wisdom just refocused my energy in the most positive way!  

xoxo,

Mollz

Let’s Get Tropical

In the words of my spirit guru, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada), “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.”

I know it’s summer rather than spring, but a floral print is consistently the go-to pattern when the sun decides to finally make an appearance.  As a girl who enjoys her fair share of shopping and trying new styles, I wanted to mix it up.

Generally, I get major OCD when it comes to colorful prints.  Zig zags and silhouettes of random animals in shades of cotton candy make me want to gag.  That even rhymed, can someone say “#writingmajor” ?

Anyways, I decided to put my boho boujee spin on tropical prints.  Don’t believe me? That probably just means you underestimate the power of a trendy couple of necklaces and the audacity to somewhat resemble an elderly woman vacationing in Hawaii.

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dress: American Apparel

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star choker: Brandy Melville crystal necklace: Clever Clover
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sneakers: Adidas

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xoxo,

Mollz

A Weekend of Thrifting and Dancing

This weekend gave me lots of “post-worthy” moments, so why not give a little peek at my über glamorous life? (Please read that sentence with a generous amount of sarcasm.)  But all jokes aside, I feel so lucky to live in Southern California.

It’s given me the friends with souls warmer than the weather, concerts to dance at with the people I love, and the best thrift stores known to mankind. So who’s ready to hear about the past few days that encompassed all of those perks?!

Before leaving for Michigan this week to show my little sis around my, and coming this fall also her, college campus, I made myself pretty busy.  Let’s just say I took the phrase, “You have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé” seriously.

Saturday was filled with thrifting and a couple of my favorite hole-in-the-wall markets. Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 preset

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pj’s or two-piece set? The world may never know.

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air plants, air plants, and MORE AIR PLANTS

I’m a sucker for some holographic sneakers and satin outfits that don’t require a brassiere.  If I may, I also need to go off on a tangent.  Why do so many people turn their noses up to thrift shopping?  I’ve been browsing through $3 jackets that smell like elderly people since my mom started taking me on her errands when I was little, and dammit, I still love it! You can’t say you like vintage gowns while pretending to gag at the thought of someone wearing a t-shirt before you did.  Someone had to say it.

Alright, rant over, you can open your eyes now.  Let’s talk about my Sunday Funday.  My sister from another mister Taylor brought me and my sister (from the same mister in case there was any confusion) to the 91x Fest with her and her fam bam.  My life has since never been the same.  The lineup included: Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Sir Sly, Bob Moses, The Lemon Twigs, Skip Marley, Missió, Lo Moon, Lightning Cola, and Creature Canyon.  Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 preset

Even the bands I didn’t know well, I would watch again in their own concert.  I can’t even begin to spaz out about Bob Moses.  I also don’t know who to yell at for not seeing Empire of the Sun with me earlier than now; it’s a tragedy.

Overall, this weekend reminded me that there’s a lot more in this life to be thankful for than we often consider.  God has blessed me with people I can unapologetically be myself with, and gifted me with a colorful world to explore with these angels in disguise.  It makes me realize how foolish I am on a daily basis to worry about petty concerns.  At the end of the day, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” Phillippians 4:13.  Sometimes it just takes 48 hours of bliss to remind me of that.

xoxo,

Mollz

Some Poems I Wrote

I honestly can’t believe I’m posting these poems on the Internet, but sometimes you have to feel a little uncomfortable before feeling fulfilled.  I started obsessing over the Button Poetry channel on Youtube my senior year of high school. Since then, I decided to try to write some poems myself that don’t sound too much like I’m wearing a metaphorical beret and purple-toned glasses.

Soo… let’s cut to the chase! Here’s a few of the poems I wrote either in my dorm room, by the Red Cedar river, or at an overpriced coffee shop.

Sanity

I listened to my heart beat.

It tasted like salt and felt

Like I held the world

On my shoulders.

It made me question my own sanity.

The word “sanity”

Itself is an illusion

For the craziest of us all

Are simply the most honest souls.

The ones who breathe without flinching.

When was the last time you told your mother you cried?

Purple

what color

would you paint

your love?

Gospel

The words dripped sweetly through your teeth

Like melting sugar cubes, like you meant it.

I know you thought you did,

But we were drowning in adolescence.

Your eyes searched my mask for an answer

And I agreed in a flurry of adolescence,

Yet I could tell my words rang as empty as a church on Monday.

To you they were gospel.

How can three syllables

Hold as much weight as a sinking ship?

To some they are sparklers on the Fourth of July

To others, fireworks that are just a little too loud.

Then you kissed me with a song

While my tongue tied in quiet apology.

Oil and water.

Milk and blood.

Curls

To the girl who shares my blood and bones:

Love yourself as much as I wish you did.

This world is too cruel to not play for

Your own team.

You are chestnut curls and

Skinny jeans with thrashed knees.

You are a magnificent storm my love.

Realize the tinsel that streams through your soul.

Make your life how you see it in

The technicolored dreams you see

Behind your eyelids each night.

I bet the scene is beautiful.

My Mind is Mistaken

Pretend the worries are ants,

Squish them with your toes.

Pressing your fingernails into your palms

Won’t make the firecracker thoughts go away.

Your mailbox is full again.

Try talking instead of listening.

Don’t let this fire consume you.

Don’t find comfort in the burn.

 

xoxo,

Mollz