faux real

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top: Uniqlo (Men’s)
trench: H&M
jeans: vintage D&G
belt: H&M
booties: Nine West
sunglasses: Michael Kors (similar)

Faux vs Real fur. Such a touchy subject, fur real (pun intended). Controversial without a perfect solution that wouldn’t offend either sides of this argument. One will argue even faking the idea of fur is condoning the idea of wearing an animal. I get it, I love animals and I believe that they should be treated fairly. Sadly, I will admit that I do fancy the luxuriousness of fur. I’m going to share with you some factors for consideration so you can draw your own conclusion about fur:

Faux fur – Allows similar look and feel for the fraction of the price and it’s animal friendly. This is don as the ‘greener’ option but personally, it is not considered a fully environmentally-friendly option. Faux fur is made of synthetic fibers so once it’s disposed, it will be but another non-biodegradable object in landfill. Also, many times faux fur is made of acrylic, which is carcinogenic for factory workers who work with this chemical in high heat, but we shall save that discussion for another day. Ultimately, it has been found that fake fur IS at least a few times better for the environment than buying real fur because the treatments and processes done to preserve actual fur are not necessary for fake fur.

Real fur – ‘The real deal’. I do own real fur; However, I will not buy ‘new’ fur. I refer to ‘new’ fur as fresh kill (sorry to be so graphic), available in stores. You are this animal’s first owner. That is a lot of commitment and responsibility; are you going to love that piece for the rest of your life?! View it as buying a pet, don’t stop loving it once it’s not ‘in season’ anymore. Personally, my moral way of purchasing real fur is thrifting. It’s like adopting your fur piece before it is unloved and sent to the landfill graveyard. This piece is now abandoned with a second chance to find a new owner who will care for it, the animal(s) lost it’s life, and you want real fur.

Sending you off with some food for thought and a little Miley face!

miley tongue plaid flannel fur

Photos by Tomas. Check out more of his work here at: LeftLane Photography

xo,tfny.

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comfortable

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outfit: Gap double breasted shawl collar sweater, Cotton on harem pants jumpsuit, Forever 21 sweater, vintage Coach bag, Urban Outfitter boots. food: Trouble Coffee and Outerlands

Overcast on a summer’s day. Sleepy, squinty eyes. Comfortable attire and catching up over brunch with some good friends. With the latter taken place, the day’s not all too bad. So what, the leopard may be a bit much for some but I’m a sucker for harem pants and toned down with cozy neutrals, I can dig it.

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve been on a ever long streak of not shopping so all the previous and future posts will most likely be outfits utilizing what I already own. Don’t get me wrong since I’ve made a few misdemeanors, purchasing some newbies so it’s all about self control. Sadly, I believe that all the money I’ve saved myself from shopping is counteracted by my food consumption… and that’s another topic up for discussion.

I can’t wait for a wardrobe revamp but until then, this whole not buying new, has really pushed me to flip my drawers, trying to style pieces together. It’s a fun challenge I’ve accepted where I have my days when I think “why the hell did I buy this” and days when I’m like “oh yeah… forgot how cute this was”. Point is, it allows me be more aware, economical and sustainable to our environment. Rather than constantly in with the new-new, I’m a big advocate for thrifting (before the thrift shop song popularizing it) and just finding ways to ‘recycle’ your clothing – whether it be re-thinking how you wear it, turning things into a DIY project, donating, etc. Hope it can inspire you to dig through your closet and pay a visit to some of the old and mixing it with your new.

xo,tfny

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what it is to “do good”

I read an interesting article last week and it really got me to step back and re-evaluate. In the past, my thoughts were – if you must – a bit extreme or naive, however you want to describe it. My feelings were: if you’re gonna do good, then actually DO GOOD. Simple as that. Don’t pretend like you care when you really don’t. Not that those feelings have changed, but I realized the complications (biggest issue is always the initial financial concerns) that companies have to face when they try to convert and “do good”.

I just want to say how appreciative I am of H&M, currently one of the leading fast fashion companies, really pushing to be more sustainable with goals to not discharge hazardous chemicals, using more natural and organic fibers, and providing better attention when auditing factories. Yes, many other companies have these goals on their “Go Green – to do list” and they should be! It’s just nice to hear a massive company like H&M really taking the wheel, cause it make me feel like they actually CARE. Though I’m sure we may have our veiwpoints, (hey, if you asked me to name a sustainable brand.. H&M wouldn’t be my answer) I really love that they’re trying to change how we perceive them. Not just for the appearance – okay, maybe – but since their previous mishaps, I’ve seen their continual strides of being more eco-friendly. I honestly really like their “conscious collection”. Plus, they have some badass waste elimination goals they want to achieve by 2020. Sounds really far away, but hey, I’m glad it’s an initiative. Rather than just testing the market on how being “eco-friendly” will appeal to customers but going beyond. I really hope their factory compliance is real.. there’s plenty of sweat and blood that goes into a cheap t-shirt but we’ll get to that another day. All in all, I’m just glad a company so big, is taking many little steps into the right direction.. I think that’s doing “good”.


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Here’s the article, READ IT:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lydiadishman/2013/04/09/inside-hms-quest-for-sustainability-in-fast-fashion/

What are your thoughts?

xo,tiff.