As a former boutique owner (most of you know that...some of you may not), it is just part of my being to constantly search for the best products out there. Whether it be clothing, shoes, handbags, skin and body products, makeup....whatever, I'm always testing out products, trying different brands on...doing my best to find the best of the best! Even though I no longer go to a brick and mortar location in which my customers come to shop with me, customer service and my clients' trust in me is still a major factor of my business today. So I always want to make sure that the products I'm bringing to my clients are the best products around. There has been a section on our website called Skin Deep since we created the site, and it has said "Coming Soon"....until now! I am extremely excited to provide all of my clients with the amazing and safe skin and beauty products that Beauty Counter has to offer. I have tested the products out for a long time now, and truly love them all. As I get older, I have become much more conscious of what goes into my body as well as what I put ON my body (and the same goes with my children). It literally makes me happy to know that the products I'm using, and my children and husband are using, everyday, are completely safe and HEALTHY for your body...inside and out!
Here's a little info about this company that I have come to love so much! Their mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone is something I can absolutely stand behind 100%! The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date. Beauty Counter is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: They've banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through their "Never List”—all while ensuring their products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.
These products are loved by so many, and let me tell you...they sell out FAST! These Shampoo and Conditioner Collections just launched on Monday (July 17th) and they were SOLD OUT by Friday (July 21st). If you want on my list to order once they are back in stock, you better let me know ASAP...not even kidding, haha! You can visit our Skin Deep section on our website to see more of my favorite products as well as click on any of the photos to shop my site. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me, and I will get you taken care of!
And just a little peek into the future...I will be sharing another product with you soon that myself, my children, and my husband have been using for a while now, and we all LOVE! Just know, I will not be adding on any competing products so go ahead and shop to your little heart's desire all the Beauty Counter products as well as the Carlisle Fall 2017 collection you want. Stay tuned to find out more......
Whew...sorry, guys. I took a bit of a hiatus from writing on the blog...you know, life and all sort of got in the way. But, I wrote this down months ago as something I wanted to write about, and I still think it is very important so I wanted to get it out there to you. And there's really no better time than Fall for this topic since Fall clothes tend to be pricier than Spring and Summer clothes. And yes, I know it's July...not exactly Fall weather, but if you are smart you are already planning your Fall wardrobe budget and getting ideas together. Fall items are all over the shelves so it's great to get going on what you really want to spend your dollars on.
This blog post is about investing in your clothing for the right reasons. We should all have budgets that we follow, and seasonal clothing purchases should definitely be a part of our budgets. In fact, clothing (and shoes, accessories, etc) can be a pricier section in our budgets but if you purchase for the right reasons, you'll definitely benefit in more ways than one. Here are three simple reasons why your clothing should be an investment.
When you invest in your clothing, you will definitely spend more upfront; however, you will spend significantly less overall. Spending more money on each piece of clothing means you will most likely buy less pieces each season. So you are probably saying, "Well that doesn't sound like fun to me!". Actually, it is fun! This way you will become more selective of your pieces and only buy what you need rather than just a bunch of stuff to fill your closet. You build upon your wardrobe over time, and this is a really fun way to incorporate past pieces with new pieces and continuously interchange your items with each other! Investment clothes shopping is all about QUALITY over QUANTITY. This type of shopping allows you to not over indulge in the seasonal trends that are typically associated with less expensive clothes. Your pieces will mean more to you, and they will be pieces you love forever rather than just a couple of months.
Which brings us to the next topic: Investment pieces never go out of style. They might be put on the back burner for a bit of time but they will always come back in style. Fashion is a like a revolving door. It's virtually impossible to design something completely brand new. Inspiration comes from past clothing trends and past "style decades" (60s, 70s, 80s etc) among other things. And yes, if you invested and purchased a good, quality piece then it will still be in good shape to wear ten, twenty, thirty years down the road! Now, I'm not saying keep every piece of clothing you ever buy. If so, we'd all need a closet the size of a house just to store it all! You will always have to go through your closet (or hire me to do it for you...hey, nothing wrong with a personal plug!) to get rid of things that are dingy, no longer fit, or simply do not fit your lifestyle anymore; however, you will purchase investment pieces that you will never get rid of...except to maybe hand down to your daughters or granddaughters! All of your clothing can be stored to be kept fresh and clean which should be done seasonally. If you are putting something up for a while, such as a leather coat, there are ways to store the garment to keep it wearable for years on end. Investment clothing is not only the best option for you but it is also the best option for the entire fashion industry. The next topic explains why!
Have you ever heard the term fast fashion? Well you should know all about it because it truly hurts people. This topic is the one I'm really most passionate about because by supporting fast fashion, we are actually contributing to the inhumane working conditions of the factory workers making the clothing as well as the devastating effects on the environment from disposing of so many items caused by overbuying fast fashion. The definition of fast fashion is "an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers" (Merriam-Webster). This means that when the trends hit the catwalks during Fashion Week, the looks are then mass produced at astonishingly low costs in order to feed the demand for cheap, low-quality, "throw-away" pieces. Top chains like H&M, Forever 21, and Zara are perfect examples of fast fashion retailers. While fast fashion is extremely profitable for these chains (Amancio Ortega, founder of Zara, is said to be the third richest person on the planet, worth around $58 billion), it is the direct cause of the situations mentioned above. In 2013, the deadliest garment-factory accident in history occurred when the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,134 factory workers and injuring 2,500 more. The factories are paid such cheap prices for making the clothes for these chains (and many more), they are forced to work in dangerous and unhealthy factories. The factory workers have zero negotiation rights because the fast fashion chains will simply take their business somewhere else. On average a typical factory worker works 14-16 hours a day and takes home $38 a MONTH! That is insane and extremely heartbreaking. These workers cannot even support themselves on that monthly take home, let alone their children too. I am very conscious of the factories in which my clothing is made, and the standards the brand sets. Unfortunately, inexpensive clothes are inexpensive for a reason. I'm not saying that spending $250 on a top is what you have to spend but $15 for a sweater means the sweater was made for pennies, the factory worker made about $2 (and personally makes about 10-15 of these sweaters a day) for the entire day, and the CEO of the fast fashion chain is a billionaire. Personally, that is not a business I want to support. I understand that we cannot always spend top dollar for every garment (especially on our children) but I am asking that we all become a bit more mindful of the situation. Instead of buying 10 fast fashion items just because they are cheap, only buy what you will really wear. Hopefully these small changes will amount to something; however, it's always best to invest more in your clothing. Help save the factory workers, the environment and yourself time and money (overall).
Here are some of my favorite looks for Fall 2017 that are perfect investment pieces! You can keep them for years, mix and match them with different items to make several outfit options, and several can be worn season to season through layering. Click on the photo if you want to shop these items!