All posts filed under: Smart Shopping

Moving to Where With Elle

Over the past five years of documenting what’s in my wardrobe I’ve simplified a solid system for closet clean outs, spent a year away from retail therapy (and audited another year’s worth of purchases), identified smarter shopping habits, developed a deeper sense of personal style, re-framed perspective, greened my beauty routine, married my best friend, and packed my bags for a few lucky adventures around the world. Over those years I set aside time to develop a system of personal values that’s helped me become more intentional about what I choose to consume each day. I’ve since shifted my daily habits and decisions to engage in more ethical shopping, make less wasteful purchases, and center my projects and posts around a more sustainable lifestyle. As the final chapter of Rose & Fig comes to a close, I’m beginning to write a new story that’s all about celebrating healthy, vibrant, verdant living — where to go, shop, and stay — as well as smart, simple solutions for sustainable living and evergreen guides geared at fostering a more …

Gifts for Her & Him, Home & Them

Growing up, my favorite moments were spent over winter break when the luxurious gift of time was bestowed upon little me — better known then as “Messy Jessie” for the many craft projects that blanketed our home’s hardwoods in glitter, twigs, and bits of tartan ribbon. I’d spend whole weeks making and dreaming and hunting for the perfect presents for loved ones. I found a sense of pride in punching above my weight, poring over endless aisles and catalogs to unearth the biggest and best gifts that my budget would allow. Then and now, my holiday compass points to what is joyful, useful, beautiful, and worthwhile. This year’s holiday gift guide is stocked accordingly with consciously considered ideas and objects that are ethical, sustainable, well-made, and filled with delight. I hope you enjoy them as you celebrate many merry moments this season. PS: 34 slow fashion, healthy home, and natural beauty spots and Cyber Week deals to shop. One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum $39 Smells like heaven in a bottle. Made …

A Better Black Friday

Here’s hoping you’re reading this note in your pjs, cozied up with a big cup of coffee and some seriously scrumptious leftovers, because let’s be honest — Cyber Monday is the jam. No lines, no stress, and plenty of time to research and compare carts before laying down ye olde credit card. Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite online shops, prefaced by R&F’s most popular posts on smarter shopping. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend. Fashion | 5 steps to a better wardrobe, how to track what you wear, the empty hanger trick, one year without retail, a list of everything in my closet. Home | The life-changing psychology of tidying up + home tour, how to buy better wine, creating the perfect bedroom. Beauty + Wellness | 5 steps to get glowing skin (and favorite skincare ever), 7 tips for better makeup, autumn wellness ideas, how to edit your beauty bag, my 5 minute, clean and green, daily makeup routine. All sites and deals updated Monday 28 November, 10 …

What’s Inside My Wardrobe: A Complete Closet Inventory

This post covers what my wardrobe looked like in fall 2016. Since then I’ve shared this updated closet inventory on my new blog, Where With Elle.   Three years ago I woke up early one morning, gazed deeply upon the sparkly baubles of my colorful closet and foggily pondered three questions: Who am I, what am I going to wear, and why is the theme song to “Reading Rainbow” stuck in my head? In retrospect the answer to that last quandary was obvious (and if RR is now stuck in your head, might I offer a soothing classic that will effectively obliterate anything else on your mind).

Black and Blue: Cuyana Silk Dress and Loeffler Luz Sandals

When hunting for closet staples I tend to agonize over nice dresses and nice shoes. Both are investment pieces and rightfully so – the best pieces in your closet should especially be meant to last – worn in and worn well, season over season. I’ve landed on two keepers between Cuyana, the San Francisco-based lean closet brand started by two friends, and Loeffler Randall, the shoe company founded by a husband and wife who started designing the elegant, effortless shoes they couldn’t find elsewhere.

Spring Uniform and Oille Natural Giveaway

      Happy first day of spring, beauties. Oille Natural organic skincare and I are celebrating the season of growth with a little giveaway. Who brings you clarity and helps you grow? Tag a friend here for a chance to win two bottles of their brilliantly stimulating Organic Hair Serum – one for you and one your favorite friend. While we’re talking favorites, here’s a look at what I’m wearing out everywhere as we (finally!) transition into gorgeously sunny spring weather. All my ingredients for a simple, chic, comfortable spring: [show_shopthepost_widget id=”1482240″] The super luxe, super sustainable, super softest sweater. Zady .06 Charcoal Lightweight Alpaca Sweater ℅ (wearing a small, also in heather grey and caramel) Founded in Nashville, Made in LA bags by the lovely Ceri Hoover. Ceri’s clean, simple clutches are perfect for spring travels all the way into long summer nights. I’m also digging these strappy mules, launched as a part of the SS16 collection. Ceri Hoover Currey foldover clutch in black raven leather ℅ (also on sale in oxblood clutch and navy …

Fireside Chat: A State of the Closet Update & How to Inventory Your Clothes

Have you ever tracked your closet? This weekend I audited all of last year’s clothing purchases, and in the process I realized some really interesting things about my shopping habits in the year that followed the Nothing New Challenge. The results make up this cozy lil’ fireside chat and subsequent outfit – what I’m wearing makes up a few of my most worn items of the year. Other favorites included a trusty Patagonia better sweater, Rocksbox jewels, and everything Everlane. To start, I pulled every new piece of clothing into a spreadsheet with rows for each month, as well as columns for product name, cost, retailer; whether the item broke, was returned, sold, or donated; and whether I wore the item every two weeks, once a week, or less than five total times. My least-worn items were from many different retailers but had a few things in common: most were on clearance or were purchased without knowing detailed fit information, while others were for very specific occasions: swimming, fancy parties, running, getting married. Generally speaking, …