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I’ll Be Presenting On Denim At The 2019 SF Bay Zero Waste Youth Convergence

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Good news everyone! I’m a workshop on denim at the 2019 Zero Waste Youth Convergence in Oakland this month. I’m very much looking forward to interacting with youth who attend this conference, and implanting the notion that even fast fashion can be refashioned and how we can all reinvest in our denim to prevent it from entering the landfill. Zero Waste Youth is a group of students and young professionals aiming to develop and promote concepts for a zero waste…

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Wearing diy watercolor blouse, brown belt, blue jeans, against white wall.

DIY Watercolor Blouse (How To Dye Synthetics with Acrylic Paint)

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Let’s jump right into discussing synthetics today, and how to color them to make this beautiful DIY watercolor blouse. What are synthetics you ask? Synthetic fibers, are tiny plastic strands woven into textiles like polyester. So, unnatural fabrics and the most common fabrics of fast fashion. In the eco-fashion world, we pretty much avoid talking about synthetics unless it’s to talk about how bad they are for the environment, but let’s be real: We all have fast fashion synthetic tops…

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Wearing a reclaimed denim skirt by Solstice, white blouse, holding flowers.

SOLSTICE has Launched!

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After tons of hard work, wading knee-deep in denim prototypes for months, and an endless amount of photography, I’m so excited to announce that SOLSTICE, has launched! If you need reminding, SOLSTICE is my line of reclaimed denim, upcycled garments of all-natural materials and vintage leather apparel. It’s a labor of love for the earth, natural resources that I believe should never end up in landfills, and I’m so excited to offer my aesthetic and vision to you. I created…

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fabric scraps in a hat, a jar, and vase.

Zero Waste Sewing and Design: A Conundrum

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Today I want to talk about zero waste sewing, because I think we sewing, designing, garment people typically have good intentions. I don’t know a sewist/sewer/seamstress out there who doesn’t want to minimize their impact on the earth by sewing. And yet, sewing as a craft can and does produce a lot of waste. When I embarked on creating SOLSTICE, which I’ve already informed you is a line of reclaimed denim jeans and denim products I’m launching later this month,…

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DIY Silk Scarf Tutorial

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What is there not to like about a silk scarf? Do silk scarves ever go out of style? Perhaps the DIY silk scarf is even better, because you have the joy of knowing you made it yourself. After receiving a piece of silk leftover from making saris, I knew I wanted to do something special with it, but I just didn’t have the urge to cut into it. I’ve written about my personal feelings about buying new silk here, when…

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DIY terra cotta jewelry tray.

DIY Terra Cotta Jewelry Holder

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Have you also been seeing terra cotta decor everywhere? From walls to tank tops, I’m in love. Today I’m sharing with you a quick and ridiculously easy upcycle to incorporate some terra cotta into your home with these terra cotta jewelry holders. Since moving I’ve been experiencing a lack of places to leave jewelry that I wear frequently enough to not put it back in my jewelry box. I was thinking one of those tiered jewelry holders, but of course,…

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Wearing self-drafted jeans recut from men's jeans. Upcycled denim. Upcycled jeans. Upcycled fashion.

Tucson Chapter 1 : The Dawn of SOLSTICE, reclaimed denim

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It’s a brand new year, and though we’re still flush with winter, when I look outside my window all I can see are the bluest skies and sun for days. After nine years in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve picked up my whole life (cat included) and moved to Tucson, Arizona. It’s with this move that I’m excited to announce that in February I’ll be launching a line of reclaimed denim, called Solstice. So many people have asked me…

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How to be eco-friendly without compost

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About a year ago, I wrote a beginner’s guide to how to start your own compost pile. And believe me, I was really into it and so were a bunch of other people. I still believe that composting is the best way to effectively deal with food waste and scraps, but it was easy to spout such philosophies while living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I had to access not only to my own compost pile but also…

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Upcycled minimalist holiday decor. Orange garland, eucalyptus branches, pinecones, and lights on the mantle place.

Minimalist Upcycled Holiday Decor- Tinsle is Overrated

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Of course, I couldn’t resist a quick post on upcycled holiday decor. I’ve never been a huge Christmas person. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been known to buy a sustainably grown tree and upcycle it all January, and I do enjoy the lights. It’s just…Christmas is so red and green. Gold and silver. Glitter and tinsel. Tinseled trees are the jazz hands of Christmas, I swear. And the environmental impact of all it, from disposable ornaments to plastic trees, to…

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DIY wine cork earrings.

Minimalist DIY Wine Cork Earrings

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Out of all the projects I’ve ever created, I really think these DIY wine cork earrings are my favorite. I know that puts a lot of pressure on this project. How could wine cork earrings be so special? Let’s look at it this way: A lot of wine cork crafts are a tad…heavy on the wine innuendo. You totally know what I’m talking about, right? It’s not that there’s anything wrong with wine cork coasters or wine cork boards, it’s…

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