Behind the Scenes: Vann Edge Salon

Hello fashion babes,

Behind the scenes moments give the best glimpses of raw talent and passion behind the work of Fashion for Conservation (FFC)’s members and contributors. A recent BTS editorial shoot was at Vann Edge in downtown Seattle, to showcase pieces of the upcoming Elephantasia collection in London Fashion week. I wanted to share this experience on my personal blog here at kstateofmind in addition to FFC’s blog. I hope you enjoy.

Model: Hanna 

Model: Hanna

The featured jewelry is from Ashanti Reneé Boutique, made out of complete sustainable and eco-friendly materials. The pieces are full of vibrant color and great potential for movement in photos. Accents of nature are clearly shown in the various necklaces and bright bangles. Ashanti Renee Boutique was founded 10 years ago, originally displaying products for local events and pop-up shops, but is now live online for global purchases. Merchandise and jewelry from the boutique feature African inspirations, making the line special in its cultural aesthetic.

While I was taking behind the scenes photos of the wonderful chaos, talented photographer James Cheng was the on set photographer, Lisa Vann from Vann Edge for hair styling, and Bek Harvey for makeup.

Lots of time and energy goes into getting the ideal shots to showcase collections, and lighting is crucial. The indoor space next to Vann Edge salon made for great lighting and natural shadows, which I played with for some headshots of Fashion For Conservation’s founder Ava Holmes, wearing a beautiful piece from Ashanti Reneé Boutique.

The outfits I was present for are below, each demonstrating lovely textures and accents of the elephant species, all designed by Free.Mind.

It was inspiring to see the team in action, pictured below are Ava Holmes, hair stylist Lisa Vann, and photographer James Cheng.

Pictured: FFC founder Ava Holmes, hair stylist Lisa Vann, and photographer James Cheng. 

Pictured: FFC founder Ava Holmes, hair stylist Lisa Vann, and photographer James Cheng.

Stay tuned for another BTS experience with FFC and the talented individuals that make this all happen.

Featured individuals’ sites and profiles:

Photographer: James Cheng @jameschengphoto

Producer: Ava Holmes @ava.j.holmes

Creative Director: Nazy Alvarez (not present)

Model: Hanna @_myfriendhanna

Hair: Lisa Vann @lisavanntexture

Makeup: Bek Harvey @bek.harvey

Jewelry: Ashanti Renee Boutique @ashanti_renee_boutique

Design: Elephantasia by Free.Mind

I hope you all enjoyed my Fashion for Conservation update. Creating and collaborating make my days so much fuller in the best way. Stay bold. xx

-Kelly 

Through the Lens: With Chantelle Melzer

This week, the Fashion for Conservation (FFC) team recognizes wildlife photographer Chantelle Melzer. Raised in Zululand, South Africa, Chantelle was always drawn to capturing wildlife in the African bush. Although studying Natural Sciences proved to cater to Chantelle’s desire to be involved in animal research, her other passion is art. Photography gives Chantelle an artistic outlet, while additionally promoting conservation through her images of incredible species.

 

Chantelle Melzer Photography 

Chantelle Melzer Photography

 

Chantelle is constantly inspired by her photography. “It’s the concept of visual storytelling. I love capturing moments in time, fine details, moods and emotions that tell a story. I have always had a fascination and love for art in its many forms, but it is photography which has become the primary medium that allows me to explore and express that passion.”

Photography has indeed become Chantelle’s full-time profession, and it gives her consistent opportunities to fully appreciate what nature and wildlife have to offer. Taking the time to capture precious moments of wildlife provides the unseen beauty of the natural environment that many people do not get to see, or stop to observe. Chantelle aims to educate people on the importance of conservation by inspiring them with her photographs.

 

Chantelle Melzer Photography 

Chantelle Melzer Photography

 

Chantelle’s combined passions of art and wildlife for the greater good is very similar to FFC’s drive to combine fashion and conservation. Elephantasia, the current campaign of FFC, motivated Chantelle to get involved due to elephants being one of her favorite subject matters. She initially made contact with FFC creator Ava Holmes, brainstorming ideas and thinking about potential collaborations. “This introduced me to the concept of Fashion for Conservation,” exclaims Chantelle, “ which really struck a chord with me as I have often thought of how wonderful it would be to bring more conservation-based ethics into the fashion industry, and how conservation projects and initiatives could benefit from the support of the fashion industry.”

Chantelle feels grateful to live in Southern Africa to be in the presence of elephants and witness their amazing traits. Chantelle refers to them as “intelligent, emotive, powerful yet gentle sentient beings,” although the illegal ivory trade casts a dark shadow on the survival of so many elephants even today. Elephantasia, being so centered on helping elephants and their way of live in the wild, immediately struck a chord with Chantelle to participate with her powerful photography.

 

Chantelle Melzer Photography 

Chantelle Melzer Photography

 

In terms of what FFC has to offer, Chantelle views the organization as a dual effort, both promoting the beauty and necessity of wildlife and the natural world, as well as recognizing how to create sustainable fashion within it. “I love the feeling of unity of purpose,” she says, “the passion behind this drive, and the possibilities of what could be achieved.”

Combining the worlds of nature and fashion makes sense due to how much inspiration nature has already given fashion in the past. The current initiative of FFC is to ensure that it is a sustainable combination that in fact re-invests money in conservation in addition to the awareness and appreciation other brands have accomplished. Chantelle fully supports this movement and looks forward to the progress to be made in future events and projects.

As Chantelle also recognizes, the fashion world often comes at the expense of the natural environment. “We do live in a very broken world where priorities of so many have shifted towards keeping up with popular trends,” she admits, “with little or no regard for the negative impacts they might have, rather than actually focusing on preserving the natural habitats around us.” It saddens Chantelle that the fashion industry often has such devastating effects on the environment and the beautiful wildlife she aims to protect.

 

Chantelle Melzer Photography 

Chantelle Melzer Photography

 

Chantelle believes in the FFC initiative to bridge the gap between fashion and conservation and focus individuals’ attention back towards conservation efforts, while still highlighting beautiful creations from featured designers. Currently, Chantelle views FFC as a revolutionary movement.

In terms of FFC going more international, Chantelle also incorporates her support given her residing in South Africa.”It is critical that ideology of FFC is spread rapidly and showcased all over the world,” she exclaims, “ in order to bring about a global shift in mindset and to inspire a trend aimed at supporting conservation through fashion.”

 

Chantelle Melzer Photography 

Chantelle Melzer Photography

 

The FFC team is thrilled to have such a talented and passionate wildlife photographer on board for future projects and for increasing conservation awareness.The images alone that Chantelle has captured speak volumes without having to say anything at all, and that is the beauty of photography as an art form.

For more of Chantelle’s exquisite work, visit her website: chantellemelzer.com

Keep up with the Fashion for Conservation blog for more updates and staff features, as well as our social media accounts! Fashionforconservation.com

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Thanks for reading!

-K

Dressing Quirky With Linen Cropped Overalls

Hi fashion loves,

So i’ve never purchased overalls, thinking they would be a clash with my tall frame or a disaster with my long torso. It took me needing to find a white outfit for a series shoot to pick up one of my new favorite pieces to wear: the Emmie Cropped Linen Overalls .

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They’re so simple in all white, but the fact that they’re cropped makes them perfect for those that are usually concerned with short inseams. Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting them dirty. They’re white and linen material after all.

I love the silver buttons down the front and the slightly synched cut of the waist to give you shape.

I wear this look two ways: with a tight darker colored tee, or a white lacy bralette. I actually got the whole look from Urban Outfitters. A tee underneath gives a quirkier, casual look, and the bralette is more dainty and classic, with emphasis on the white.

Comfort: These linen overalls are super comfortable. I found them perfect for a recent 70 degree Seattle day near Pike Place, where I had a BTS (behind the scenes) shoot on first avenue. I chose the tee for this outing, to be more covered up around a group that particular group of creatives.

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From these featured pictures, it’s clear that these overalls pair really well with a sunflower bouquet. How perfect!

Overalls have now gone beyond the jean look, which I’m very relieved about. I like to play with different textures, colors, and fabrics with the overalls look, and I think these ones nailed it for me.

Additional accessories: wide brim hats. My go-to wide brim is my black one from Nasty Gal, from about 3 years ago. It’s no longer retailing, but I would recommend investing into a wide brim to add something extra to these quirkier looks. And this is not because of the PNW creative Instagram pictures of girls running around the forest in black hats, I would wear one regardless of my geographic location (ignore this joke if you have zero idea of what I’m referring to). ❤

Wearing white has never been easy for me, let alone linen clothing that can be prone to wrinkling or getting ruined from exterior influences. But white is a classic. I have to admit I can count on one hand how many white pieces of clothing I own, so these overalls have been helping me out trying to balance out the black excess!

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So much about clothing is how you feel in them. To be honest, it’s the main thing for me. If I don’t feel great in something I won’t buy it. If it’s not a 10, I put it back on the rack. These overalls weren’t on sale, which was against my usual habits. But I loved them enough to splurge a little! They retail for $89.

Lastly, the above photographs were all taken by the lovely Harley Rae. Her photography website and Instagram are linked. She succeeded at making me feel like a forest nymph.

My first time wearing these was frolicking around on a beach during sunset and crouching in tall grass, so if that’s not showing versatility I don’t know what does. I hope you enjoyed this review and showcase of this look. Stay edgy and quirky, peeps! xx

-Kelly

 

 

 

 

Two Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans

Hi fashion babes,

Today I wanted to share two different looks I put together that sport boyfriend jeans. Sometimes I don’t feel like putting on tight yoga pants or tighter jeans, so I reach for my Gap boyfriend jeans (I admit I purchased them in clearance too).

The first look is a bit preppy meets relaxed, with my Banana Republic pinstripe button up. To dress the look down, I use the boyfriend jeans. Coupled with my oversized hippie ZeroUV sunglasses and a messy bun, I have a mix of preppy and casual.

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I find that, unless I’m going to a interview or a highly dressed event, I don’t need to go full preppy with an outfit. I definitely don’t when I work! Boyfriend jeans are not meant to look perfectly sophisticated, but more like you’re trying less and you’re actually more comfortable. Effortless looks sometimes are the best!

The Banana Republic button up is actually a bit long if it’s not tucked into a skirt or tied, so I tied it in a knot in front to make it a little more fun.

For the shoes, I went with  my favorite black booties from Cole Haan. They gave me a little lift in my posture, instantly making the boyfriend jeans less slouchy.

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Now onto the second look (my personal favorite): boho meets boyfriend jeans.

The bralette in the photos is from a Free People pant set I’ve actually already posted. Sometimes I wear the bralette by itself because it’s a great color and it looks awesome with cardigans and flannels.

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For the shoes on this look, I chose brown loafers. I got mine from Chinese Laundry a couple years back at Nordstrom Rack. If you don’t already shop for shoes at Nordstrom Rack, consider this incentive. The loafers give the look a bit more of a studious feel with a hipster edge. Very Seattle, I know.

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The cardigan is from Athleta. It’s super soft and I like to drape it off my shoulders to make the look a little girly. And the cream goes great with the light wash jeans and the browns from the shoes and the bralette. I re-wore this exact outfit a couple days after this shoot, I was in love! And I was comfortable, best of both worlds.

Of course, I was in my natural habitat hanging around a coffee shop in my second look. Spoiler; I can’t wait to share my favorite Seattle Coffee shops!

I hope you all enjoyed these two ways to wear boyfriend jeans.

OUTFIT OVERVIEW:

Banana Republic Pinstripe (similar)

Gap Boyfriend Jeans (they were clearance)

Chinese Laundry loafers (similar here)

ZEROUV Oversized Sunglasses

Athleta Cardigan

Free People Pant Set (sold out)- Check site for inspo!

If you don’t already, catch my outfit posts and other inspirations on my Instagram (with its new handle) k_stateofmind.

HUGE THANK YOU to the photographer behind these photos, Karya Schanilec!

Her website: karyaschanilec.com and her IG is karyaschanilec.photography

Thanks for reading xx

-Kelly

 

 

Introducing Fashion for Conservation

Fashion for Conservation (FFC) is just the combination Seattle culture needed. Combining a love for animal rights and conservation with the innovative eye of fashion is so unique, as is the FFC team. Everyone dedicates time and effort into making the company what it is today, and everyone has a role. The talent and motivations of all teams within FFC strive to play to their strengths and constantly support each other to reach new milestones.

Pictured: Director of Bilingual Affairs Cayetana San Segundo, Marketing Director Vilté Rooney, Co-Founder Ava J Holmes

Pictured: Director of Bilingual Affairs Cayetana San Segundo, Marketing Director Vilté Rooney, Co-Founder Ava J Holmes
Pictured: Director of Bilingual Affairs Cayetana San Segundo, Marketing Director Vilté Rooney, Ava Holmes
Pictured: A handful of the dedicated members of the FFC team 
Pictured: A handful of dedicated members of FFC

Ava J. Holmes, the founder of FFC, believes in bridging the gap between the industries of conservation and fashion. “Fashion for Conservation to me is where creativity meets conservation,” she explains,  “It is a family of people from many diverse, even eclectic backgrounds contributing their unique experience in raising awareness and funds for meaningful causes.”

Pictured: Co-founder Ava J Holmes and Creative Director Nazy Alvarez. PC: Fashion Lab
Pictured: Co-Founder Ava J Holmes and Creative Director Nazy Alvarez. PC: Fashion Lab

The Fashion for Conservation team has hopes of obtaining a physical presence in 6 countries by the end of 2017. The current events have been hosted in the United States, United Kingdom, and British Columbia. Another goal is to boost the social media presence of FFC in order to secure a higher position in the world of invigorating fashion. Ideally, conservation inspired fashion will be a staple in the future, and will become a well-known concept to much more expanded audience.

Pictured: Runway to Peru fashion show. Represents the future global expansion of FFC influence. 
Pictured: Runway to Peru Fashion Show. Represents the future global expansion of FFC influence. 
Pictured: Members of the FFC team strategizing behind the scenes of Runway to Peru.
Pictured: Members of the FFC team strategizing behind the scenes of Runway to Peru. 

Current ways to stay updated with FFC efforts and events is through our blog and social media, encouraging individuals to attend global events, shop the wildlife inspired online store, or make direct donations.

Pictured: Co-Founder Samantha Zwicker in a No Voice hoodie, available online at fashionforconservation.com
Pictured: Co-founder Samantha Zwicker in a No Voice Hoodie available online at fashionforconservation.com

Raising conservation awareness in itself is not an easy task, for this combination of industries is also educational for those less aware of animal welfare issues worldwide. FFC’s unique approach and lack of normality connects individuals in the world of fashion, film, and the arts to current real-world issues. In addition to producing creative pieces with the courtesy of sponsored designers, FFC educates consumers on animals and ecosystems and how to prioritize the purchasing of more sustainable clothing options.

 

Samantha Zwicker, co-founder of FFC and founder of non-profit Hoja Nueva, is thankful for the fashion and conservation idea, given it is what she refers to as a “grassroots movement,” started by a group of passionate people wanting to make a positive impact on the world. “Our team means the world to me,” she exclaims, “we are a like a living, breathing organism that feeds off of each other’s energy, using our individual skills and creativity to produce unique, impactful events for amazing causes.”

 

The actual fashion behind the eco-fashion shows are not as literal as one may think. Instead, pieces represent the idea of animals through colors and textures. Elephantasia, for instance, is a current campaign of FFC’s in 2017. A portion of sales go to the conservation of elephants and the quality of elephant sanctuaries. Elephantasia will be promoted on FFC’s upcoming European tour, complete with fashion shows to showcase the elephant inspired apparel. Elephantasia will be hitting the runways of Europe as soon as July 18th at  Ibiza Fashion Week and ending with a bang at London Fashion Week SS18.

 

The striking beauty and innocence of animals shows through the creativity of designers’ pieces, furthering the stance to preserve wildlife worldwide. Vilté Rooney, founder of Baltic Creative and creative team member of FFC, is also very passionate about animal rights, and working with other individuals that strive to change the world. “I have been in the fashion industry for over a decade,” she says “and for the first time I feel like I am part of something that is actually making a difference through the fashion community.”

FFC brings awareness to the importance of wildlife conservation.
FFC brings awareness to the importance of wildlife conservation.

Overall, Fashion for Conservation will grow and evolve in the Seattle community as well as globally through increased engagement and people believing in the cause. With a determined team working together to bring out inspiring content and increased awareness of animal conservation, FFC will become an essential piece to the fashion industry.

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I hope you all enjoyed this intro to FFC and some information about the faces behind the work! I’m so excited to be a part of conservation efforts through sustainable fashion. Being their lead blogger is a great opportunity for me and I hope you all find the content creative as well as informative! Stay tuned for more FFC updates on the FFC tab on the blog. xx

-Kelly

 

Favorite Finds: Pinstripe Pants featuring Free People

Hi everyone,

I needed to share these pinstripe pants. They are stretchy, funky, and the best part: they were $14.99 at Marshall’s.

In terms of the brand of the pants, the brand does not currently have social media accounts, however, I guarantee you could find something similar in the pants sections of Marshall’s or TJ Maxx, and a higher price point at Free People.

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The outfit doesn’t come with the coffee, but it was a necessity when Reed Alyson and I came across the cutest coffee shop in the Alphabet District in Portland. Her IG accounts are @reedalyson and @reedalysonphotography. If you want to check out her website, it is reedalyson.com.

I’ve always been a been skeptic of printed pants, because solid black pants have been a staple of mine for easy outfit pairing. But these ones go so well with a black top and even my wide brim hat (the outfit was a hit in Portland). I’m telling you, you will get people saying something if you throw on a pair of pinstripe pants. It’s bold.

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Given how bold the pants are, I recommend pairing them with neutrals, especially black.

I gave the outfit more movement and went with a top with flowy sleeves, and I chose to wear my Sperry’s to keep the outfit more quirky than editorial. I wore my hair natural (it doesn’t take to tools anyway) and no jewelry was needed!

This outfit was great in the “Keep Portland Weird” movement, but you better believe I’ll be sporting it for meetings and future fashion events in Seattle.

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Outfit Details:

Pinstripe Pants (unknown brand)

Wide Brim Hat- Nasty Gal (no longer available)

Shoes: Sperry

Affordable and a statement, what else do you need? I hope you loved this point of view of pinstripe pants. Have an awesome rest of your week, loves.

Be bright. Be bold. xx

-Kelly

 

Favorite Finds: Free People Pant set

Hi everyone,

I’m currently in Sarasota, Florida and I wanted to post a favorite finds! To be frank, I feel like I’m either in athleisure wear or Free People clothes. Both are staples in my wardrobe. I found a pant set from Free People, the Beach Lakeview Pant Set. The fit is unique, not to mention the color being mustard yellow.

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I really want to get more sets for events, because they’re easy just like dresses and they often look good with either trainers or heels. Versatility is one of the best things about a fashion piece.

These aren’t a “sexy” set. It shows some skin with the cropped top, however, the top is straight across and is essentially a semi-fitted bralette. The pants are a more relaxed fit in the pant leg and fitted in the waist and hem. I think it’s so quirky, and I think any neutral shoes would go great with the set. I paired them with my Cole Haan booties.

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With outfits like these I think it’s better not to overdo it with jewelry or extra accessories. A simple addition like wooden mala beads was all I went for. The set itself is a statement. The color is also a bit out of the norm, so matching jewelry and accessories would be tricky.

The funny thing about this outfit is it makes you look slim while remaining quirky. I would definitely wear this to an event because it’s so different. When the set was on the hanger I immediately noticed it because of the color and buttons on the top piece.

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Another awesome perk: You don’t need double support in the bust. It does fit like a bralette so you can wear it bare. People may notice at times, but do what you feel comfortable with.

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If the pant set was a different color, I would probably be tempted to pair it with a wide-brimmed hat. But I like to have a mix in an outfit, so I took the quirkiness of the piece and matched it with more sophisticated shoes to tie it together.

I had fun shooting in this outfit and I’m definitely going to wear it out once it warms up outside!

As for where to buy the set, is has been sold out on the Free People website. It hasn’t been in the catalog for a while because it was on discount. I found it at Marshall’s! However, if you’re looking for a pant set or some inspiration, put it in the search bar on the FP website and there a ton of styles.

My boots:

Cole Haan Tali Luxe Bootie

I hope you all enjoyed this latest favorite find. I hope it gives you quirky inspiration xx

-Kelly

The Perfect LBD & Jean Jacket Combo

Hi everyone,

Some LBD’s (little black dresses) are for evenings out, or meant to be stand-alone pieces. While these are great, I love the casual LBD. I pair my favorite one, by designer Alexander Wang, with my Ralph Lauren jean jacket. The jacket has a vintage feel with an American flag on the back.

This look is easy to pair with trainers (I go with Sperry’s) or more dressed up with booties or heels. There’s so much versatility here. Just like I love to pair summer dresses with sneakers for an easy and comfortable look, these two pieces in combination make an effortless but put together look.

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I also wanted to share my new favorite lipstick line Bite Beauty. It is sold through Sephora, and the ingredients are all natural and organic. Not to mention the colors are absolutely amazing. I am wearing the color “Praline,” which is a spicy peach shade. It’s my go-to lipstick for the day time.

I confess, I own two other shades as well, but I am telling you, the price is worth it for the boost of antioxidants given to your lips and the undeniable color quality. You’ll thank me later.

A little bit about my makeup routine: I go very low coverage. To be frank, I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything, which is what I’m comfortable with. As long as my eyebrows are filled and my lips have color, the rest is really subtle. We all have our ideal makeup canvas!

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I’m also going to say that I love a little bit of sex appeal in outfits like these, without overdoing it. The jean jacket adds a casual touch to this very form-fitting tank dress. The dress by itself looks a bit formal, so I’ve made a habit of wearing it with this jacket, flannels, or my Free People leather jacket to make it either edgy or more toned down.

I also want to mention my need to balance tighter fitting clothes with looser ones. If I go tight on the bottom, I’ll usually have a top that’s more relaxed so my look is a bit more easy-going. The tightness of the tank dress with the relaxed fit of the jacket is a great balance.

Neutrals are also something to consider when putting together these flirty looks. Black pieces make for very workable neutrals!

♥ Outfit Details  ♥

I want to make it known that I found this tank dress on discount in TJ Maxx over a year ago, and it is unfortunately sold out. I still left the link for inspiration! The RL jean jacket is no longer sold in stores, however, places like Ebay still have them available!

Alexander Wang Modal Spandex Cami Tank Dress (sold out)

Ralph Lauren Flag 80’s Denim Jacket Vintage (Very few still online!)

Sperry’s (not pictured) SeaCoast Canvas Sneakers

Lipstick Bite Beauty Multistick in Praline

I hope you found my LBD tips helpful and fun, and I would love to know your favorite ways of styling yours! xx

-Kelly

Fashion for Conservation: My New Blogger Position ♥

Hi everyone,

So I’ve done a little re-vamping of the blog to better narrow my future writing pieces. I have accepted a position as the lead blogger for Fashion for Conservation here in Seattle, Washington. I plan to run the blog and set a time schedule, plan interviews of featured staff and fashion icons in the industry, as well as photograph them.

The feature photo was taken at the Conservation Catwalk in Seattle held at the University of Washington Gould Hall, when I was just an event volunteer. But not many people can say they walked down a runway hand in hand with their mother! Participating back then wasn’t for building my resume or future career networks given I wasn’t a blogger then. Now I am so excited to become a part of this project.

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I will be distributing the photos and written pieces through the company as well as on my personal Instagram and blog here on kstateofmind. I sincerely hope you all enjoy the upcoming content, and see my progress with my creative side in the world of sustainable fashion!

Essentially, Fashion for Conservation (FFC) is designed to merge fashion and animals. Those who love both, this is an unbeatable idea. Designs and patterns are  inspired by animals that we admire in the wild. Designers show their creativity through a different eye, one that supports the coexistence of humans and animals.

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Fashionforconservation.com

One of the projects that will be finishing at the end of 2017 is Elephantasia, fashion shows and events put on to support the conservation and treatment of elephants around the world, particularly in African regions. Twelve designers have contributed to making high end fashion for the sake of elephant conservation.

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Such beautiful creatures exist in this world with dangers of extinction. I am very inspired by taking on this role and including my work on my personal blog, so stay tuned for upcoming content!

For my photography: My Instagram handle is kmzwicker.

All the best,

-Kelly

Favorite Finds: Vegan Leather “Squad Goals” Free People Jacket

Fashion babes,

I have discovered how crucial it is for black wardrobe lovers to have the perfect leather jacket. I love wearing black, but I was missing the jacket to complete so many looks that needed a little boost. Leather jackets are the best edge to even the simplest outfit.

I went with vegan leather because I love how it’s environmentally friendly, and just like relationships, I don’t need something strictly for the label. If vegan leather does the same job as real leather for a third of the price and doesn’t hurt the environment, I’m all in. I also sincerely hope that relationship joke made you laugh a little.

Let’s discuss how this jacket earned the name “squad goals.” The cut of it is my favorite part. Instead of fitting wider at the bottom, it tapers in to better mold to your shape. I find this detail so much more flattering.

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The jacket comes with a detachable belt, however, I feel that the belt gives a little more dimension to the piece. There are two lines of zippers depending on the tightness of the fit you want, and the collar has built in buttons if you want it to lay flat.

The look of the jacket is very tailored. This gives you more variety to wear it with dresses or skirts without the added bulk. I actually purchased a rose colored maxi length dress the day I got this jacket, and the two looked great together. I love outfits that are both girly and edgy, to give a nice balance.

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As for the color, it was a given that I was going to go with black. I wanted it to be a staple piece in my wardrobe, so black is the best option for that. For a second jacket I’m definitely considering getting a color… but black is my love! ♥  ♥  ♥

If you’re looking for a leather jacket, I think the Squad Goals one is a great choice. It retails for $128. The link: https://www.freepeople.com/shop/squad-goals-vegan-leather-jacket/

As for pairing outfits, I’ll go with the casual sneakers look, booties, or over the knee boots. I love my Adidas Originals Superstars for the casual look, because the black details tie in with the jacket. Booties look great with black leggings or black pants for city look. Since leather jackets are edgy, pairing them with dresses and sneakers are super cute for spring and summer! That will be my go-to once it gets warmer. ♥

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I will always go with vegan leather to support the environment, and I don’t support the use of dead animal skin. This small change is so easy to make! Stella McCartney, for instance, only uses vegan leather in her designs, further supporting this movement. Even Natalie Portman, who has become a beloved fashion icon, has her own vegan leather shoe line.

I hope this review of the Squad Goals jacket found you all well! Thanks for reading. xx

-Kelly