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Combining my two great loves: American-made fashion and stripes!

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know I have a special place in my heart for stripes.

That said, I haven’t bought that many new striped creations since I started shopping less, more sustainably and made in USA. There’s the Soft Joie dress, the Tart Collection dress and the second hand dress I scored in South Carolina to mention. Oh, and the striped hoodie from Marshalls and the Lularoe pencil skirt. However, not a single new striped t-shirt in three years?!

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I’ve got stripes.

Sad as that may be (erm, not really!) I do know where to go when I “need” a new striped shirt fix. I’ll look no further than super sustainable Amour Vert.

Amour Vert is basically the definition of a sustainable fashion company. Not only focusing on eco-friendly materials, keeping it American-made and zero waste; they actually plant a tree in North America for every t-shirt (or top) sold. So far they have planted more than 100,000 trees thanks to the sales of their made right here tees!

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My friend Mary Beth in her American-made Amour Vert shirt

Amour Vert’s specially engineered textiles and blended fabrics are crafted to be soft, flattering and long-lasting. They only use low-impact and non-toxic dyes. Mary Beth’s tee ($78) is made of 95% eco-friendly modal, with 5% spandex for stretch.

You will find a few, carefully selected other brands on their website as well. I am little bit obsessed with the skinny jeans from STRÖM, I must admit. I have never bought a pair of jeans online, so I am hesitant to jump in considering the slim chances that a pair of slim jeans will fit like they do on the model… STRÖM is actually a Swedish/American brand (like me!) with a denim based, sustainable collection, produced exclusively in the United States.

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Incase you were wondering, Mary Beth paired her Amour Vert tee with hand-me-down, Frye leather boots (a great way to reduce eco-impact from leather is getting it second hand) and a pair of Paige Verdugo Skinny jeans from Nordstrom. The “Arrow Bar Necklace” is from an Etsy shop called Layered and Long and the “Hammered gold necklace” is from Etsy artist Freshy Fig. The wrist band is bought and made in Savannah, Georgia by leather crafters Satchel.

Yes! She’s rocking an outfit entirely made in USA – just how we like it.

This was the forth and last post in my series focusing on American-made style! Of course, this topic keeps coming back to made right (here) – that’s kind of the whole point of the blog ;)

I am happy Mary Beth wanted to share some American-made brands with us and I love that they were all photographed in a few super neat Houston locations by our lovely friend Ashley.

I hope you want to check out post number one (about another t-shirt), two (discussing leather goods) and three (a guide to US-made shopping in suburbia) too, if you haven’t already. And finally, I hope you’ve been inspired to shop more made in USA style in 2017! :)

It ain’t no Tupper-wear party, it’s a pop-up boutique

Please see disclaimer at bottom of post.

Okay, I must admit that when my friend invited me to come to a LuLaRoe Clothing pop-up boutique at her friend’s house, I didn’t know what to expect. A boutique at someone’s house, at a specific time, made me think of the Tupper-wear parties my mom was invited to back in the 80’s. You know, a bunch of ladies sitting around, getting information about a product and feeling obligated to buy something since the hostess was serving tartlets, and the worst part; free samples no one needed.

Knowing my friend, who supports my blog and sustainable lifestyle, I figured it would be ok. She had already told me about LuLaRoe and the fact that most of their clothes are made in USA, so I wanted to support her party and her friend’s newly started business.

As soon as I got there it was kind of obvious, that this was not a “tupper style” gathering. Colorful, soft clothes, in every single pattern you can think of, were hanging on racks in a (great smelling!) living room. The shop owner and homeowner, Martine, greeted me, was super friendly, introduced the brand and basically said “look around, if you like something let me know, no obligation”. NO samples. NO snack foods. NO demonstration. Yes!

On left: Excited about my skirt! On right: Rack of LuLaRoe goodies.
On left: Excited about my skirt! On right: Rack of LuLaRoe goodies.

Of course, there was some chatting and socializing, as we all tried on different dresses, skirts and tops. Miraculously, no matter the body shape, the clothes seemed to flatter everyone, including yours truly. I looked pretty good in a tight dress I tried on, but being an inside-of-the-box-pattern person, who’s scared of figure hugging dresses, I backed out from looking like the Little Mermaid (that’s what the pattern reminded me of! Forth from the left in the second picture), and went with a black and white pinstriped pencil skirt (see, not very pattern-adventurous am I?) instead. Only $32!

Mommy & Me, the stylish way
Mommy & Me, the stylish way

I did ask, and found out that the tights by LuLaRoe are made in China, while the rest is made in California of domestic or imported fabrics. That’s fortunate for me, since I don’t wear tights!! They have women’s and girls’ fashion, and yes, there are mommy-and-me outfit opportunities here, if that’s your thing.

I’ll make sure l show you how I styled the pencil skirt in another post (Coming soon!). For now, I hope I’ve clarified the concept of a pop-up boutique… it’s a small, calm, temporary shopping haven, inside of someone’s home.

If I’m invited; I will definitely go again. Maybe next time I’ll find another color combination of stripes. There is hoping.

Made right here in sunny California!
Made right here in sunny California!

[Official LuLaRoe pictures are from Instagram @lularoe_martine]

NOTE: After this post was published, LuLaRoe have started to produce more garments at international production sites (Mexico, China, Vietnam). If invited to a pop-up, check the labels.  I wouldn’t purchase any LulaRoe goods online without first checking where made. This is one of my most read posts, unfortunately the once Made in USA company seem to have deserted their original patriotism.

When your friends go; “I saw this item and thought of you”

My friends crack me up. As they follow my journey to shop local they find themselves being super excited over the most random things they find and buy for their kids, that are made right here (or there if they are there) and they have to tell me! Immediately. This leads to me receiving the weirdest pictures EVER in texts. And yes, sometimes I have to text them back on not only say “awesome, go you” but also “what is that?”

So I am blogging kids stuff, two posts in a row…. But hey, all for a good cause! Here’s a collection of some locally made stuff they’ve bought. Read on for explanations of these cryptic photos!

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1. The Water Float. I suspect this picture was taken at Academy Sports when this mom of two was shopping for floats needed for the weekends at the grandparents’ lake house. I researched this company and all Lazy Bunz floats are made in USA – a great resource to keep in mind!

2. The SuperGate for Kids. This picture is actually clear! It’s a safety gate for kiddos, just in this case it’s actually for Buster, the dog. Easy enough, here is a link to this made right here product.

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3.The Mysterious Spiderman. I got this picture and thought it was a toy of some kind. I asked this busy momma and she said it’s actually a kid’s toilet seat for potty-training! How cool; that it is made in USA! Here’s more info.

4. A Tag. Luckily, this picture was accompanied by an actual text. This is a twin mattress by Hampton and Rhodes. I tried to find out if ALL their mattresses are made in USA but I am not sure. Anyway, they are available at Mattress Firm so go there and check tags for yourself (if you need a mattress, that is!)

5. A cute paper bag on the side of a baby stroller. My sister sent me this from a shopping spree with her son in Europe (that’s where they live). That bag contains the cutest baby mittens from a German company called Macarons. All made in Germany and only available in Europe (shop local!). I am so impressed with their story and style; their webpage is full of inspiring kids and kids’ fashion you have to see!

You guys are awesome – go you! Thank you for letting me inspire your choices! Goes to show that made right (here) items can be found everywhere, all you have to do is look for them.

Keep the texts coming!