Indian Summer

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I don’t know about you, but I’m STILL hanging onto the last bit of summer. For me, iced coffees and breezy outfits aren’t going away just yet.

When I styled this story shot by the talented Chris O’Shea, outside of her house in Bridgehampton earlier this month, we lucked out that the weather held up and was ideal for the cozy knits, easy separates and worn in boots—not to mention, a teepee! It also didn’t hurt that these two models were just as gorgeous as the scenery, making the temperatures dropping something to look forward to.

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Photographer: Chris O’Shea

Stylist: Liz Teich

Hair/Grooming: Alyson Doughty

Models: Noel Berry & Malcolm Jackson

Scarves and some knits c/o Plume Collection

Shot on location in Bridgehampton, NY

Conscious Shopping

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It’s easy to get caught up with the latest trends. I’m guilty of this too. With all of the street style photos out there, everyone purchasing the same things. Lately I’ve noticed that we, as a society, are unconsciously shopping. We’re coveting whatever the latest this or that is, but we no longer think about where it came from and its sustainability.

Call me a farmer’s-market-shopping-borderline-vegan-Brooklyn-hippie, but I’m all about conscious clothing and accessories. Just as much as I’ve been scouring packages for GMO’s, locally sourced products and at the very least organic, I’ve been trying to incorporate pieces in my wardrobe that are not just another fast fashion find as much as I can.

Now it’s easier than ever when there’s some cute pieces on the market that also will make you feel good about your purchase when you shop from brands like these:

Plume

Brooklyn-based designer, Kate Collins, designs all of her collection locally, but sources her manufacturing internationally by working with artisans from all over the world to create her designs. Beautifully woven chunky knits include a photograph and name of the woman who made your scarf, blanket or sweater. There’s even a gold beaded necklace that’s actually made from recycled paper rolled up. These artisans can show off their craftsmanship outside of their communities for the first time and supporting these women’s economic independence.

Sorial

This handbag line is locally run here in NYC by a family, but they’re selling at major retailers and often spotted on celebs. They design bags that are vegan-friendly but look like leather and without sacrificing quality. They also support many charitable foundations, so they’re also giving back when you make this feel-good purchase.

Toms

While Toms has been around for quite some time and you probably already know that they’re all about giving back a pair of shoes to a child in need for every purchase. Now they’re also giving the gift of sight. For every pair of glasses sold, they’re helping children see with medical treatment or even glasses.

If that didn’t convince you enough to take a break from your usual designer or discount shopping—whatever your bag may be—check out my favorite products from these brands below.

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Free People top // James jeans (similar) // Plume scarf and necklace (c/o) // Toms sunglasses // Sorial tote (c/o) // 3.1 Phillip Lim mules (sample sale) // Nissa rings (c/o)

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