I have a new perspective on fashion…
The last six months put a lot in perspective for me. Life was disrupted, routines changed and my focus shifted to my community. As a result, discussing what I was wearing seemed insignificant when lives were being lost, homes destroyed and both towns I hold near and dear to my heart were having to rebuild.
At school, we opened our classrooms to Montecito Union elementary students, welcoming them with open arms and involving them in our community events to provide “normalcy”; their teachers and students having to evacuate every time a storm was in the forecast.
My focus was on my students, reassuring them that everything would be okay and that as a community we are strong.
A New Perspective on Fashion
This shift of focus led me to realizing the importance of supporting small local businesses like Ambiance Boutique. Santa Barbara and Montecito shops were greatly impacted by the December fires and January mud slides. In Montecito, shops had to close for weeks. Our community rallied around them, organizing events to show love and support for these small retailers. In this moment, I became fully aware of the impact of my spending, and I wanted to support these small shops.
Shopping small and local, I discovered a greater appreciation for handmade goods, goods made on a small scale. Clothing made in the USA, sustainable and ethical. That is why from here on out, my blog will mainly focus on:
- Shopping small
- Resource based and renewable fashion.
- Clothing made in the USA
- Clothing and accessories made with intention that will last.
You will still find me sharing clothing and accessories that doesn’t fit this mold, as I slowly switch over my closet. However, I’m hoping we can make this journey together, teaching and learning from one another on how to transition over to a sustainable wardrobe.
Thank you as always for following along. I’m happy to be back here with all of you!
P.S. Santa Barbara shops