Rachel Fernbach, a former body-oriented therapist who now runs a yoga and meditation practice, has created a capsule collection of comfortable and fashionable clothing that really fits the way we live these days. PonyBabe, which launches today on Kickstarter, features four beautiful and sustainable pieces called the 24 Hour Outfit (a tank top, wrap, cardigan, and pants) that take the guesswork out of getting dressed each morning. Each item in the collection works with the rest and also fits easily into any basic wardrobe, making them a perfect investment for a variety of lifestyles.
PonyBabe is designed and manufactured in New York City at a fair wage factory in Brooklyn. Using organic cotton and bamboo, the pieces are finished with luxury details to create soft fabrics that transition easily throughout your day. Rachel is focused on sustainability and transparency, and her yoga practice is obviously a guiding force in this project. Her goal is to share an easy, comfortable, ethical way of dressing with women in all stages of life: yogis and meditators, new moms, creative professionals, frequent travelers, and anyone interested in ethical fashion. I live in cardigans in the fall and winter and am excited to add this one to my small collection. I’m also seriously considering the pants as a daily alternative to jeans.
PonyBabe’s Kickstarter campaign runs through November 18th and backers will receive the clothing pieces at a price below retail value. If you’ve never bought an ethical fashion piece before or are interested in the process, PonyBabe is an excellent investment opportunity. I love the concept of investing in a brand I truly believe in and watching it grow successfully. I’m excited for Rachel and I encourage you to visit her Kickstarter today.
(All photos courtesy of PonyBabe.)
My mother’s beloved friend died recently, and I’ve thought about her a lot over the last few weeks. Dorothy was much older than my mother, and in some ways, she was like a great aunt to my sisters and me. She was quite eccentric in her taste and personality, preferring bright colors, with piles of beaded jewelry draped around her neck and wrists. Dorothy and my mom shared a love of perfume and antiques, and I’d often tag along as they visited stores and estate sales. Occasionally, I’d find something I liked, too, and I think my love for fashion and beauty stems partly from those times spent in the company of my mother and her friend, as they discussed their love of items from the past.
I have this beautiful little pin from Dorothy’s collection, and it’s a special treasure. One rainy day when I was in college, my mom and I met her for lunch at a local Mexican restaurant that was shaped like a pink sombrero. Dorothy thought I’d like the pin, so she sold it to me as we ate. That was her way, and she dealt in trade of beautiful things, so if she recommended something to you, it was smart to buy it. I’ve kept it in my jewelry box all of these years, wearing it sparingly because the clasp is small and fragile. When Dorothy passed away, I took it out and put it on my dresser, so I can see it every day. It’s a sweet reminder of a happy time and the lovely lady who wore it first.
Along those lines, here are a few things on my radar recently.
Gorgeous accessories by Lizzie Fortunato. (Dorothy would have loved these pieces and she would have tried to bargain for them.)
A conversation on race and raising your children, from Cup of Jo. (As always, the comments are just as interesting and helpful.)
Fall in central Texas is short and sweet, but we savor it while it lasts. The slightly cooler days and lack of humidity definitely affect my skin, and I like to add more moisture to my skincare routine as the days move closer to winter. I’ve heard and read about the benefits of hyaluronic acid for the past few years, and I recently added Now Foods’ Hyaluronic Acid Firming Serum to my nightly regimen. It’s an affordable way to add an extra layer of moisture before bed, and I apply just one pump before using my nightly moisturizer. The benefits touted include minimizing fine lines, which I haven’t really noticed, but I definitely enjoy the hydration and my skin looks happy and rested in the morning.
I’ve read about Glossier’s products for a while now and have been curious to try them, so after a little research, I purchased a bottle of Perfecting Skin Tint and Boy Brow, two of the brand’s standout products. While I’m still loving Gressa Skin’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation and am almost finished with my first bottle, it is known to cling to dry patches, which I definitely notice more in the cooler months. Many reviews for Glossier’s Skin Tint recommend mixing it with another foundation to add moisture, and that’s exactly how I use it, too. The Skin Tint is light and buildable on its own, leaving a hint of color and smoothness without the mask-like effect of thicker foundations. I enjoy using it alone, but it becomes a Holy Grail product for me when mixed with my daily foundation. I hesitated for months before purchasing Glossier’s Skin Tint, but I’m thrilled that I finally decided to try it.
Boy Brow by Glossier is an excellent brow gel that quickly dries to a very natural finish. The online reviews for this product are amazing, and I definitely recommend it, too. The most common complaint I’ve read and experienced is the excessive amount of gel that comes out with the brush. I’ve found it easiest to wipe the excess product on the tube, but that’s sometimes difficult and I often end up wiping it onto a tissue or towel. Still, it’s the best brow product I’ve ever used, hands down, and leaves a very natural touch of color.
I’m keeping my beauty routine very simple these days and I really love the look of healthy, dewy skin. These products make it easy to get ready quickly in the mornings and I’m glad I finally decided to try them. Are you switching up your beauty routine for fall?
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