GIVEAWAY>>> SLOW YOUR FASHION

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Okay girls, bring it in.  You’ve been waiting for it and it’s finally here…..it’s better than raiding your big sister and her cool friends’ closet cause it’s free and you don’t have to be sneaky bout it…..it’s the Naked Ladies Clothing Swap!  This Week!  WHAT IS UP!

Surely you already know why clothing swaps are awesome, but just in case you need the point driven home here’s the deal: swapping clothes is one of the basic tenants of Slow Fashion. It’s everything all rolled into one: recycling, upycling, sidecycling (ok I made that one up), repurposing, saving money, preventing waste, staying local, finding clothes you can’t find in stores anymore, igniting your creativity! So get to it – swap out items that have slowly made their way to the back of your closet and bottom drawers for jazzy new summer grub!

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And as if that wasn’t enough, Sweet Cycle Apparel will be selling our locally made “Slow Your Fashion” t-shirts.  I mean, you’re already supporting the ideals of slow fashion just by being there so why not trumpet it out and let people know that foxy girls everywhere are participating in the movement in lots of different ways!  We made these t-shirts because we are PROUD to be part of the movement, and we know you are too.

We freakin’ LOVE slow fashion and we can’t hide it anymore! These shirts are so comfy, you won’t want to take them off, plus they are hand-printed on eco-friendly tees. It’s a good way to spread the word, show support, and BONUS: a portion of the proceeds of each t-shirt benefits Kiva.org. WIN-WIN!

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GIVEAWAY >>>> here is how to WIN your Slow Your Fashion T-Shirt!

All you have to do is comment on this blog post.

Then read this Chattanooga Times Free Press article to become more educated on the topic.

Don’t forget to read our most recent post on Slow Fashion and why its so important to us.

A winner will be chosen by Random.org July 17th and the winner can collect her T-shirt at the Naked Ladies Party on the 18th!

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  Annie and Christine

sweetcycleapparel - Thanks Jennifer! We are both proud owners of Feral Finds and admire your work as well. ~ Annie & Christine

sweetcycleapparel - Thanks Jennifer! We both are proud owners of Feral Finds and admire your work as well. ~Annie & Christine

jaimesmialek - Hey Lesley!!! You are the winner of the t-shirt!!! If you want to shoot me your address I will mail it your way! jaime.smialek@gmail.com

Lauren Haynes - Rad shirt and rad message. Yes please!

Lily - These are so cute!

rachel - Great shirt and event!! Smart and sexy are always IN!!

Katie Holden - !!!! I’m so excited for this!

Lesley Betts - Man – I want to have a Naked Ladies’ Party in Burlington! Such a great idea! I love it.

Catharine - This is awesome!! I had no idea this was going on right here in my backyard. Truly inspiring!

Cathy - Make my free shirt an extra large please!!

Smac - I love these ladies and I love the ideas of slow fashion! I must admit to being skeptical that any if the cool kids would wish to swap their duds for mine; maybe I’ll be a spectator on this one to get the feel. That t-shirt does look super comfy, though!

jennifer wright - hi! i love the concept & shirt. beautiful work =) ps, i sell my clothing at elementality in asheville, nc…..& LOVE your new skirts! im impressed!

Lindsey Lowe - I’m a Forever21 addict, but I agree. Let’s repurpose, thrift and sew whenever possible!!

Must Have Boxes - Fabulous giveaway! I adore this shirt.

- KW
http://musthaveboxes.com
kristin@musthaveboxes.com

monika - How fun! Can’t wait to be back in the Chattanooga area and check out all this fun stuff. I’m there in spirit!

G. K. Stegall - Very excited to see how Slow Your Fashion will move forward. Good luck to you ladies!

amanduhhhhh - Ooooo I’m feeling inspired to do a swap in my town!! What a great idea!
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pastelhell - Thank you for the giveaway!

lookoutknoxville - OH I hope I win! I know I’d blog about it, tehehehehe

margaux - OH I Hope I win! I know I’d def. blog about it. tehhehehe

Donna Boo - You are two very amazing women. Your creativity and talent and care really show in your clothing.

TAN YOUR TOES!

In my not-too-humble opinion, flip-flops in general are straight up ugly. I’m sorry, I’m not sorry. Come on, ladies. We can do better than flip-flops. It’s summertime. It’s hot. But you can still tan those toes without looking like, as my granny would put it, “the girl at the car wash.”

There are so many classy options out there for summer footwear with a more sophisticated feel, it seems a shame to me to settle for those blah, uninteresting flip-flops. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are some flops that are totally tolerable-looking, but I want to encourage you all to break free from the cliché king of summer slip-ons, and strive for something better.

Shopping with my 5-year-old last night, he pulled me into the Crocs store in the mall. Needless to say, the fashionista in me cringed a bit as I stepped through the door, but I was more than pleasantly surprised by some of the styles that awaited me inside. Who knew that Crocs could be acceptable for more than serving jobs and gardening?! The buy one get one half off sale was all the enticement I needed to start trying things on, and it mere minutes, I was smitten with a lovely little pair of sling back peep-toe wedges. Real leather upper. Cork sole. Amazingly comfortable. Yeah, you guessed it. I took advantage of said sale, and my son and I sauntered home each with a new pair of summertime kicks.

This experience got me thinking…It really pays to be open-minded in all things, but namely when it comes to dressing ourselves. If I hadn’t been dragged into that store yesterday, I would’ve surely missed out on what may very well turn out to be my favorite pair of shoes this season.

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Leather cut-out flats from Forever 21

Strappy red sandals from Target

Brown strappy platforms from Target

Zipper-heeled two-tone sandals from Target

Croc Wedges

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So over the next couple months, find better ways to show your toes. Go for wedges, strappy sandals, anything but the dreaded foam flip-flops, I beg you! Even go for a close-toed flat with fun cut-outs. Add interest to any summer swag by daring to wear something unconventional. Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your personal style even in something as simple as footwear. And most importantly, wear what makes you happy!

Happy toe tanning!

Xoxo

Lindsey

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What would a holiday weekend be with out a whole lot of festive clothing? The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. For many reasons but first and for most its the one of the few days of the year I feel like I have a team. I’ve never been one for sports, but I can guarantee I would love dressing for the events. This year, even though  the sky has been dropping elephant tears for days we managed to have a grill out (under a tent) and a great lil’ shin dig at our dear friends Heidi’s house. To beat the rainy day blues we decided to do a lil’ crafting and made flower crowns.

What do you think of us now CULTGIA!?!

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Jaime is wearing>>> Frye boots, American Apparel leggins, H&M top and a hand made flower crown! 20130708-120438.jpg

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Katelynd is wearing>>> Shoes from Rugged Warehouse, shorts from F21, t-shirt from Wal-Mart and Gap vest!

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I hope you had a very festive and patriotic weekend!

And don’t forget rule #1 of style,

Always wear what ever you want.

xoxo

JAiME

SLOW YOUR FASHION

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If you’ve been following the news of the recent Bangladesh tragedy, you probably know that some of the most common brand-names in clothing were manufactured in the collapsed building where over a thousand garment workers lost their lives. As often happens, the good that comes from something like this is change: awareness around the growing movement of designers and consumers committed to an alternative to fast fashion.

But what does fast fashion mean, anyways?

Well…ever wonder how big-business fashion stores can turn a profit on a $7 top or a $19 pair of jeans?  With cheap overseas labor and even cheaper materials. These brands produce fast, disposable trends and tons (literally) of unnecessary waste every month (think H&M and Forever 21).

 

As proponents of slow fashion, we want to highlight a different set of ideals within the world of fashion, such as:

- Ethical manufacturing- Either made in the USA, or overseas in accordance with fair labor and wage standards.

- Reducing raw materials- utilizing reclaimed or vintage fabric to eliminate the environmental impact of producing new materials.

- Creative consumerism- Supporting smaller fashion labels, shopping at local boutiques and second-hand/ vintage stores, participating in clothing swaps.

- Individual style- Re-working existing pieces in your closet, stitching your own clothes and purchasing based on how you feel rather than what the trends say: Only buy what you LOVE!

 

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FUN FACT: Hey- there’s a great opportunity to SLOW YOUR FASHION right here in Chattanooga on July 18th, 7pm at Homespun for the Naked Ladies Party. WHAT?! Did someone say foxy new clothes for FREE? It’s the perfect chance to drink some wine and swap some clothes you love but never wear anymore for something new to you!

Bring your girl friends!!

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xoxo

Annie & Christine

Sweet Cycle Apparel

Rachel - OBSESSED!!!!!! my blog is the year of slow fashion i am about to switch over to Slow your style. i would LOVE one of these!

Cari - Love this, Buy quality over quantity and you’ll take care of what you own too.