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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3 – 7 – 14 Shopping Rule

About twice a year (sometimes more) I go through my closet and start to discard items I am never going to wear again. With the prevalence of fast-fashion, it seems that I collect clothes that I am only excited about for a short period of time. While…yes I didn’t invest much money into those pieces, but that is purely wasteful. And in the end we all have to do our part to be a friend to the environment. So, how do you determine whether the clothes you just bought on your recent shopping trip is an item you’ll wear for years to come?

Here are some guidelines.

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If you are excited enough to wear an item that you just bought within three days, then that item is a keeper.

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If by day seven you haven’t even considered wearing a new purchase, then you will never wear it.

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Make sure that you return your clothes within 14-days otherwise you won’t return your purchase within the return policy limits.

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