Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sustainable Fashion Doesn't Have to Be "Crunchy", "Hippie", or "Boho"

100% Thrifted Outfit (minus previously owned accessories) 

I was recently asked the question, "What's one thing that people assume about you before they know you?". On paper, people assume that since I care about the environment, live a vegan lifestyle, and strive to create as little waste as possible that I am "crunchy", "hippie", and "boho". This couldn't be farther from the truth!

Today, I am here to tell you that while I care about the environment, my style will never be described as any of the adjectives above. Rather, my style is quite the opposite: it's vintage with a modern and feminine flair. My outfit in the photos above speaks exactly to these words: vintage, modern, and feminine. Each of the pieces of clothing in the pictures above are thrifted, but are far from "crunchy", "hippie", or "boho". My point? Just because you care about the environment, doesn't mean you can't be fashionable while doing it! In fact, I'm a firm believer that you can be sustainable, and be glamorous at the same time. Don't believe me? Then I invite you to follow along my journey on Instagram @anewerkatintown and watch this glamorous gal save the environment one sustainable and fashionable outfit at a time!

P.S. Don't forget to bring a reusable tumbler or mug with you when you get coffee in order to reduce your waste! Some cafes will even give you a discount! The one in the pictures above is here


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Thursday, October 26, 2017

How I Save Money by Living a Sustainable, Zero Waste Lifestyle


Thank you to those of you who have been tuning into my new weekly series: Instagram Live every Thursday at 9 PM EST! To watch the videos live, follow my Instagram @anewerkatintown!

This week, I am sharing how I will save a minimum of $4000 per year by living a sustainable, zero waste lifestyle!

Here's the breakdown by category, including the amount I am and will save (based on research and average consumer spending reports):

Clothing: $850

  • Used clothing (usually from Goodwill)

Food/Drinks: $2500

  • Farmers Markets
  • Bulk Food
  • Make food and coffee at home
  • S'well Bottle  

Toiletries: $275


Cleaning Supplies: $100

  • All-purpose DIY Cleaner (white vinegar and lemon rinds...BLOG POST SOON)
  • DIY detergent (washing soda, baking soda, and lavender oil...BLOG POST SOON)
  • Hang clothes to dry 

Things I Don't Buy: $275

  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Foil
  • Garbage bags (I do buy compost bags)
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues 

I hope this post shows you that implementing small, sustainable changes can make a big different on not only the environment, but also your wallet! Thanks for watching and reading! 

*Disclaimer: Many of the linked products do come in packaging that produces some waste. However, these are one-time purchases so, in my opinion, the future benefits outweigh the small amount of waste produced. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

10 Online Sustainable Clothing Brands for Every Occasion

Previously Owned Jacket and Crop // 

One of the most common questions I get is, "Where and how do you shop sustainably?". While most of my clothing is thrifted from Goodwill, I do look for specific pieces online. That being said, I am happy to share 10 online sustainable fashion brands with your that are perfect for any occasion you may have! P.S. If you don't follow me on Instagram already, check it out @anewerkatintown!

For Investment Pieces: 
1. Matter Prints - This is a great company who promotes the message of where and why something is made, and by whom MATTER. I am wearing their Wide Leg Pants in the photos above. 

For Trendier Pieces: 

For Casual/Basic Pieces:

For Bras/Undies:

For Vintage: 
10. Goodwill (my personal favorite!)

I hope this post challenges you to think about who and where your clothing is made, and inspires you to join me in changing the fashion industry!

*Thank you to Matter Prints for sponsoring this post. 

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tips for Traveling on a Budget - Flights, Accommodations, & More!




If you've been following me on Instagram lately, you know that I recently started a new weekly series: Live Instagram Videos on Thursday at 9 PM EST. Each week, I talk about various topics including sustainable living, travel tips, and natural beauty routines. I wanted to share these videos with you on my blog for all of those who can't tune in live. Thanks in advance for watching! 

This week, I am sharing my top travel tips that I've learned from traveling to over 20 countries in the last 3 years. These tips include finding flights, accommodations, food, and attractions on a budget.

Flights: 

Accommodations: 

Food: 
  • Buy snacks in advance
  • Buy 1/2 of your meals at local grocery stores 
  • Use TripAdvisor to find restaurants when you do decide to go out to eat 

Attractions: 
  • Free walking tours 

General Tips: 
  • Keep a running tab of everything you spend money on in order to see where you can cut and save money 
  • Do a walking tour on the first day that you arrive so that you are familiarized with the layout of the city
  • Always keep a snack in your purse/bag

Thanks for watching and reading! Let me know if you use any of these tips!