To all my blog readers, I wanted to say first that yes, I am still alive and well, and also I wanted to apologize for being gone for 2 months! :( I have had quite a bit on my plate during September and October—starting at the California College of Arts as a junior transfer (just pulled an all-nighter this Sunday *cringe*), starting a marketing internship with SF-based sustainable fashion brand Amour Vert (keep watch for future Instagram and FB posts because I wrote a lot of them ;), and playing catch up with school work after having the privilege to attend an amazing 1 week press trip to Hawaii where I got to partake in all sorts of ecotourism-related activities! (Yes lots of photos and posts are coming from this too!)
This is a look I've been meaning to share to the blog that Nate and I shot previously, and even though it's now Fall here in CA, it's technically Summer in other places in the world so there's always people in swimsuit weather year round if you look at it that way! ;) Now onto the outfit details for this look...
Handmade Seashell Hairpiece c/o Alice Halliday
Handmade Siren Harness c/o Imbue by JRusso
Tan Bikini Top from American Apparel
Teal Bikini Bottoms from American Apparel
Photos by Nate Bernardo
I always love all of Alice Halliday's creations and her signature fairytale touch! This hairpiece was made from seashells and sea pottery that she collected herself from beaches in West Cork Ireland. All of her pieces are lovingly handmade in Ireland and she's always happy to do custom orders!
The Body Chain:
This enchanting body chain was also handmade! It was made by designer Jena Russo who runs the line Imbue by JRusso. She is committed to creating custom vegan jewelry and all her pieces are handmade in the USA.
This particular piece I am wearing is called the "Sirenia Harness." A perfect coincidence, right? The harness is made with Swarovski stones and you can choose to customize the harness in your ideal metal tone and crystal color! This piece is part of Jena's "Siren Collection" which was beautifully inspired by the allure of the siren, but also created as a call to stop the destruction of our oceans. She donates 5% of all proceeds from this particular collection to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society too!
Both my bikini top and bottom were made in the USA from American Apparel. You know, I don't really go crazy on Black Friday anymore except for American Apparel's online sales! I know it can be a bit expensive when it's regular-price for those of us on a budget, but during their big sales, their prices are just as comparable to popular fast fashion brands, so it's a great time to stock up on some more ethically made pieces for your wardrobe :)
A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of you who stick around and check out my blog even when I fall into a hiatus due to schoolwork—I hope you guys will enjoy the Hawaii content which is next in queue for my blog!
*All items marked "c/o" were received courtesy of the brand for review & promotional purposes