Can I do it? 365 Days No Fast-Fashion #nofastfashion18

It’s that time of year again new year’s resolutions, vision boards, and yearly challenges.  Personally, I really suck at committing to challenges. I’m still working on my discipline and planning skills. { Sidenote: I am also creating a vision board this year and planning will be a big focus for me next year.}   For 2018 I am going to try something different, I feel like in 2017 I have been on one long shopping bender.  

gift-brown-shopping-marketSooooooo I am going to go against that which is natural to me and challenge myself to not buy from fast fashion brands or clothes.  Now…let me tell you, I am the queen of fast fashion brands like Forever 21, Target, GS Love and SHEIN.  I love fashion-forward, on-trend affordable fashions. To be completely honest, fast-fashion is addicting and I’ve fallen under the lull of its sweet, sweet low prices. Honestly, I am little nervous about this challenge as I have to be more intentional about where I shop, how I shop, truly plan ahead. Also, I might just have to be okay with not buying something new constantly.  Take a step back and just be blessed and grateful for what I already have.  

 

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Photo: Me covered in fast fashion brands: H&M, Target, and Akira.

 

Okay, is here what you can expect from me this year. Please, keep me accountable. 

  1. A monthly post featuring a slow-fashion brand, thrift finds, local designer creation and maybe some luxury brands thrown in there. 
  1. A short video of me unboxing and quick review of the product. 
  1. Also sharing some tips, news, and information about how we can all incorporate some slow-fashion movement ideas into our daily shopping life. 

Also if you have not done so please follow my Instagram @fashionable__demand and the website www.fashionabledemand.com.  I’ll be posting my challenge on those channels as well as my personal site IG. If you want to join the challenge tag your IG post with #nofastfashion18.  

**** Disclaimer: Can I please be excused from any fast-fashion purchases I have to make in the name and sake of my wedding budget. Thanks in advance! **** 

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Store in Review: Who is Riley Rose?

rr6I am knocking down things on my bucket list, for the first time ever I stood in line for a grand opening of a new store, Riley Rose at my local mall. Quite frankly, I need a do-over as there was no one in line an hour before the opening.  So I kinda feel cheated out of the true experience, on the bright side I knew for sure that I would get all the freebie samples they had available. 🙂

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So what in the heck is a Riley Rose in the first place? A new beauty concept store spawned by the mass-fast fashion producer fondly known as Forever 21.  On Saturday, Dec 9th at Mayfair Mall and several other malls across the country debuted Riley Rose stores.

Am sure you’re asking yourself, what’s so special about this Riley Rose place? Well…I will say that it is the most Instagram friendly store I’ve ever been to. The merchandise is perfectly set and the lighting is beautiful. Its full of clean white fixtures and millennial pink walls.  An added bonus is that you can try any of the makeup or beauty products that you want and can real-time Instagram your shopping session. As there are several ipads around the store ready to capture your best selfie.

 

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I believe the biggest draw for me is that there are tons of new-to-me beauty brands and Korean beauty products.  As well as some brands that I was surprised to find in-store like Sigma brushes, bh Cosmetics, and Gerard Cosmetics. Basically, all of the brands that you normally could only order online are now available in a store near you.  An added bonus for me is that they are open to suggestions of new beauty brands you would like to see Riley Rose carry in-store.  I suggested Glossier, Colourpop, and Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty company.

 

What beauty brands would you like to see carried?

Overall, I would give the store a B+ rating. Visually the store is extremely pleasing to the eye.  There is a great assortment of products from make-up, skincare, hair products, home decor, and gifts. Definitely, believe this a store you will want to shop during the holiday season or anytime you want to pick-up a cute gift for someone. Where I can feel they can improve and stand out amongst the Sephoras and Ultas of the world by carrying more makeup that is inclusive of all skin colors and secondly, creates space for Women-owned and Minority-owned beauty brands a chance to live in brick-and-mortar stores.

If you live the Milwaukee County area and love make-up or beauty products, I highly suggest that you visit the Riley Rose location in the Mayfair Mall near the Boston Store end of the mall.

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IN Demand or Not: House of CB Opens Flagship Store in LA

If you not familiar with the British label, House Of CB. You should be! It has been seen on celebrities like The Kardashians, reality-star Porsha Williams, mega-star Jennifer Lopez. All within a year House of CB has become the go-to sexy, sultry yet attention-grabbing hot-spot for garments that stun on red carpets. Conna Walker is the beauty with the brains who gave conception to the affordable luxury e-boutique in 2010. House of CB has flourished from its roots in London to expand internationally and its level  of product offerings.

Tuesday, June 14th celebrities stepped out to celebrate the opening of House of CB’s first brick and mortar in the US. As expected no opening is complete without a Kardashian.

Khloé Kardashian wore a bright-orange House of CB bodycon dress. Was she IN Demand or Not?

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Also in attendance was ‘The Real’ talk show host Adrienne Bailon in a caped blush pink romper by the brand. Was she IN Demand or Not?

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Written by:

Chelle

Instagram: @magill2

Dressing like your ‘other half’ is IN

The Kooples, an obvious slang terminology for “couple” is a relatively new French fashion brand that is looking to spread its love of coupledom around the world. While in Paris you couldn’t go a couple blocks without seeing another The Kooples store location, it is safe to say they have saturated the Paris market. So naturally they have taken the next step towards expansion beLogo_The_Kooplesyond Europe and into the United States. Currently, they have 2 stores in New York City and 2 stores in Los Angeles as well as you can find select items at luxury-departments stores such as Bloomingdales and Nordstrom. You are out of luck though if you do not live near NYC, LA or a high-end department store as their online shop in the US is still a month away from its launch.

So what can you expect to find in store? The store is separated into two sides, one containing women’s wear and the other side menswear. Yet there is an underlining feeling of androgyny in many of the garments, which allows for couples to share wardrobes. The clothing is casual in nature from t-shirts, minimalistic dresses and rugged jeans. You can expect to spend $65 for a tissue-weight jersey t-shirt, $150 for a pair of skinny jeans and about $700 for a lambskin leather jacket.

The Kooples is the epitome of cool dressing as the brand uses lux materials and rock-inspired styling to draw in its consumer. As a lifestyle brand there is a certain magnetism, once in store there is a vibe of effortless cool and immediately I want to be a part of The Kooples tribe. While The Kooples makes it cool to be a couple, as a singleton I am still intrigued enough with the brand to cop a couple of items.

~ Chelle