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    SHOE PORN: The 9 Cutest Ballet Flats for Your Daily Commute

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    Nine Adorable Ballet Flats To Make Your Commute Easy

    I know that we women work hard to earn that money. Not to mention the fact that we are the primary care givers for our children and our households. Long gone is the sneaker commuter trend. But seriously, who wants to wear heels while you are fighting with folks to get on the subway? Definitely, not me. I’m sure, definitely not you. Trust that I know your pain. When I worked a 9-to-5, I always wore (and kept under my desk) a pair of fancy schmancy ballet flats. They look super chic and give your feet the much needed arsenal to deal with the drudgery of commuting, particularly when you are commuting on public transportation. So here’s your lovely alternative. Ballet flats in neutral colors that will go with everything in your closet (and a pop of color for good measure). Now you can ride in style and in comfort (hover over image to see buying info).

    The 5 White Tops That Will Up Your Fashion Game

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    Fab White Tops That Your Closet Needs

    If you’re like me, you can never have too many white tops. White tops are must-have staples that every girl needs in her closet. If you have a good selection of white tops, you can quickly pull together an outfit for work, for brunch, or just to hit the supermarket. But finding white tops that are don’t look like every other generic tops can be a task. Lucky for you, I’ve pulled together five of my favorite sustainable white tops that will easily pair with all of your delicious goodies in your closet.

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    “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” Exhibit Opens This Month

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    Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

    March 18 through July 24, 2017

    For fifty years, the Ebony Fashion Fair shaped a new vision of black America through contemporary fashion. This exhibition of stunning ensembles by leading designers tells the story of the fair’s creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences. The exhibition features dozens of ensembles by leading designers including Stephen Burrows, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Bob Mackie, Missoni and Vivienne Westwood—as well as archival photographs and video to re-create the unique Ebony Fashion Fair experience.
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    “In The Field,” A Fashion Editorial Tribute to Cotton

    “In the Field” is a fashion editorial paying homage to our African ancestors. It’s creative direction is meant to evoke controversy, emotion and pride. These are characteristics that our African ancestors exhibited through all of their trials and tribulations. Like these ancestors, denim is a timeless garment. In the midst of much wear and tear, it still remains intact. #COTTON has taken us through HELL & HIGH WATER. African Americans owe our resilience, strength and ingenuity to the struggle. Read more

    The Graphic Tee That Fashion Girls Are Talking About

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    Your New Favorite Graphic Tee

    Want to find graphic tees that take the bite out of fast fashion? So do we. That’s why we heart this humorous take on pairing the music legend with the Sesame Street legend. With its hand drawn and hand printed design, this fab graphic tee refuses to take itself seriously. Made from organic cotton across the pond. Perfectly pair this graphic tee with a sexy black leather skirt or with your favorite pair of jeans.

    Kurt & Ernie Graphic Tee Shirt by Black Score

    Available at: Ecouture

    Cute Eco-Friendly Panties and Where To Get A Pair

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    The Cutest Pair of Eco-Friendly Panties

    It can be so hard to find panties that are both lovely and eco-friendly. Particularly since it’s such a staple item for us girls. We just can’t do with them. Thankfully, ALAS Coconut has our back. This most adorbs set of tank and panty not only has the high cute factor, it is also made from super soft cotton jersey fabric. The cotton is GOTS certified organic, and has elastane added to allow flexibility and to ensure the garment keeps its shape. Not to mention that all of the prints and all dyes used for their panties are AZO and formaldehyde-free.

    Organic Tank and Panty Set by ALAS Coconut
    Available at: Shift to Nature


    Osei Duro Has Your Perfect Dresses for Work

    Perfect Dresses for Work

    Osei Duro is your new go-to brand for the perfect dresses for work. The Aburi Dress is a hand-block printed dress with elastic at waist and wrists to create a soft silhouette. The dress is hand-dyed which ensures that each one has its own unique design. Available in several styles. Colors and patterns may vary slightly. It is ethically made in Ghana.

    Aburi Dress by Osei Duro

    Available at: New Left

    The Chunky Knit Sweater You’ve Been Looking For

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    The Only Chunky Knit Sweater You Will Need

    Winter is rolling through with gusto and fierceness. There is nothing women want more than to warm up in a cozy, chunky knit sweater. The Zady cable knit sweater is that sweater. The GOTS certified wool and natural Alpaca fibers that make up the yarns along with the classic cable knit detail transform this pullover sweater into the epitome of style, warmth and comfort. It has the versatility to fit with your work attire or for weekends in the woods.

    Cable Knit Sweater by Zady

    Available at: Zady

    Last Chance Sales! Sustainable Brand Maven Women Wants You!

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    Ladies, time is running out! Sustainable brand, Maven Women is in the last stages of its presales.

    Maven Women want to dress the working women of the world in a responsible, ethical way. They are committed to moving forward clothing that’s not only thoughtful about people and the planet, but also affordable to as many women as possible. Maven Women challenges the notion that women can look good and do good at the same time. The brand uses the highest quality fabric in their production processes including for their beautiful organic, artisanal block-printed liner. Prices are comparable to the big retailers. So why not shop responsibly

    The Amira


    The Sarah


    The Sarah and The Amira are now available for purchase for the discounted price of just $160 (from $200)! Façon Magazine readers can take off an additional $10 at checkout using the code CapitolFashionista.
    Share with your girlfriends and co-workers. Please follow Maven Women on Twitter to keep abreast of the launch of the rest of their line.

    About Maven Women
    Maven Women is the first company creating fair trade, eco-conscious day-to-evening attire appropriate for even the most formal workplaces. They create timeless, flattering wardrobe staples easy to dress up our down for your signature look. Maven Women recently launched presales for dresses in their first collection, discounted to $160 down from their regular price of $200. Maven Women dresses make great gifts and they have created a special gift card to go with them! We encourage you to check out this fantastic DC-based brand and grab their dresses while they are at their deepest discount, making you a true co-creator in moving clothing that is beautiful inside and out.

    7 Questions for Designer Samy Abdella of Sammy Ethiopia #sustainablefashion (Nolcha Shows Edition)

    Sammy Ethiopia, Preserving Ethiopia’s Weaving Tradition

    Samy Adbella
    Sammy Ethiopia

    Our hearts tingle when we hear a story about a designer who is not only looking to create sustainable, handmade products. But a designer who is determined to preserve his country’s long history of weaving, while infusing the tradition with new inspirations. That’s what Samy Abdella is doing. The result is Sammy Ethiopia, contemporary pieces hand-woven, dyed, and embroidered by skilled local artisans. We are so happy to learn more about the man and his mission.

    1. Tell us about yourself. What are your fashion creds?

    It was all really by accident how the Sammy Ethiopia brand started. My desire was always to create a method or work in a field that lets me help and better living conditions in Africa, and specifically Ethiopia where I was born. I studied international relations since I wanted to be a diplomat. After graduation I didn’t see this type of work as being effective in a very grass root level. So in my earlier career stage thought it might be better to study business and studied international marketing. This way I can do a business that has meaning, really benefit underprivileged population and of course profitable. I came to Ethiopia and saw that there were skills and resources, and materials that were unique that can appeal to the rest of the world.

    2. Why did you decide to venture into fashion? Tell us about the products, the artisans who make the products, and how pieces are produced.
    We produce hand woven textiles and leather skins all sourced locally with traditional means and talented artisans.

    3. What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry?
    It’s very competitive but you have to be selective also to work with people that understand your ways and end products. Not everyone can work with you. Of course, there are many people that are encouraging you. That makes your work worthwhile. The creative process and the need for change always keeps you going.

    4. Describe your personal style.
    Easy, simple, casual and neat.

    5. Who are your style icons and why?
    My parents always had great taste. They were always dressed in colorful fabrics and just knew how to put outfits together well. Especially my mom’s love for traditional/cultural wears. The aesthetic and various cultures of people of Ethiopia, their ideas and my experiences in Ethiopia have influenced me greatly.

    6. What’s always in your frig?
    Water, beer and cheese.

    7. What three things can’t you live without?
    Family, sleep, our work and friends.

    Addtional Information
    Sammy Ethiopia has been in many major international print and online magazines including Glamour, Instyle, Marie Ilaire, Lucky and to name a few. Designer Samy Abdella has also collaborated with Eileen Fisher and has worked with Toast UK, Barneys, Anthroplogie, Le Bon Marche, Takashimya and many more.

    @NolchaShows Announce @FaconMagazine as an Official Media Partner, Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge

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    The Nolcha Shows announce Façon Magazine as an Official Media Partner of the Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge

    The Nolcha Shows are thrilled to welcome global digital magazine, Façon, as an Official Media Partner of the Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge which will take place on September 14th 2016, at the Bryant Park Hotel

    Now in its eighth consecutive year, The Nolcha Shows, held during New York Fashion Week, is one of the city’s leading platforms for global independent fashion designers with sponsors NeoGrid for Fashion, Citibank, JR Ewing Bourbon and Garden of Flavor joining this season.

    Façon Magazine is a global digital magazine and blog that highlights the best in sustainable, ethical, eco-fashion. The magazine was launched in November 2011 by editor-in-chief, Janice Wallace. Wallace, who has a background in design and marketing, left her fruitful job on Capitol Hill to follow her dream of running a fashion magazine. The magazine covers menswear, women’s wear, streetwear, bridal, music, art, and photography. Façon initially focused on providing an editorial pathway for talented emerging designers who were having difficulty acquiring press. However, after viewing the eye-opening documentary, “The True Cost,” which chronicles the negative impact that the fashion industry is having on garment workers and the environment, Wallace decided to change Façon’s focus. It shifted its coverage to include brands who are not only emerging but are using sustainable methods to produce their products as well as employing manufacturers who are practicing ethical production methods.

    Editor-in-chief, Janice Wallace, comments: “I firmly believe that one can be stylish, in vogue, and conscious at the same time. It’s important to show consumers that there are numerous sustainable options that are not only chic and have swag but have zero impact on our environment.  We are excited to be the Official Media Lounge Partner at Nolcha Shows this fall.  It’s one of my favorite fashion events to attend during New York Fashion Week. It’s so well done and the designer selection is superb year after year.”

    The Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge will be attended by media, bloggers and industry, who will preview the latest cutting edge collections from global accessory designers.  This season welcomes back Nolcha Shows designers Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, EL VOYAGE and Taylord Blu.  They will be joined by debuting brands Riley Versa, DELA EVA, Marshelly’s, James Carletons and Oysby.  APRELLEDUANY, Ami Doshi Shah, Sammy Ethiopia and Mafi Mafi, who will be showcased by the The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub

    Kerry Bannigan, Co-Founder, Nolcha Shows, comments; “We are so excited to welcome Façon Magazine as a media partner to support our roster of designers this season. Nolcha is proud of the designers that we curate within the ethical fashion space and it is exciting to align with a publication that shares the vision to support their work.”

    For more information about Façon Magazine visit:


    ABOUT NOLCHA SHOWS                                                                       

    The Nolcha Shows, co-founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, are a leading award-winning event held during New York Fashion Week. Over the past eight years the Nolcha Shows have become established as a platform for discovery; promoting cutting edge innovative fashion designers. The Nolcha Shows have built an acclaimed reputation as a hot incubator of fashion design talent and are officially listed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their businesses. The successful showcase consistently receives positive media coverage including features in ADWEEK, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, INC, US WEEKLY, Lucky, NBC, MTV and Forbes; and has been supported by brands including Citibank, Coca-Cola, Rusk, Otterbox, Vitamin Water, American Airlines, Don Q Rums and Landrover.

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    7 Questions for Jewelry Designer Michelle Pajak-Reynolds #sustainablefashion (Nolcha Shows Edition)

    Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, Jewelry Designer to the Stars and the Modern Woman

    Michelle Pajak-Reynolds

    Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, the woman whose parents met and fell in love over a jewelry case, was destined to be a jewelry designer. Her jewelry is highly sought after by fashion stylists, celebrities and collectors.  Her pieces are extraordinary and have worn by celebrities including Sophia Bush, Jillian Barberie, Nona Gaye, to name a few. The beloved jewelry designer tells us a little about herself and her quest to make women feel beautiful.

    1. Tell us about yourself. What are your fashion creds?

    I started designing jewelry at 5 years old after being inspired by Wonder Woman’s power bracelets.  My formal jewelry design and precious metals training began in a 10th grade jewelry class at Mentor High School. After high school I continued my art and business studies via a BFA in Jewelry from Kent State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baldwin Wallace University.

    I launched my business in 1999.  Since then, my designs have been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums and worn by celebrities including Sophia Bush, Jillian Barberie, Nona Gaye, Dina Manzo, and Miss Brazil Debora Lyra.  My collections have also been featured on the cover of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, LA Brides, and Created Woman magazines and the runways of New York Fashion Week.

    My work has also been recognized with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award from Sales & Marketing Executives International, an Arts Business Challenge Award from the Council of Smaller Enterprises and in 2010 I won the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) Old Becomes New Design Challenge.

    2. Why did you decide to design jewelry? Tell us about your line, materials you use, and how pieces are produced.

    My art is my life.  I can’t remember a time when being an artist or creating jewelry wasn’t a major part of my day. I love the creative process and sharing my work with others. To do anything else doesn’t feel right.

    I design feminine ethereal piece for extraordinary women with a unique sense of personal style. My collections feature gemstones and recycled sterling silver from trusted USA based suppliers.  I carefully handcraft each piece to ensure the highest quality and to last for many generations.

    3. What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry?

    Trusting my gut instincts when opportunities present themselves and having the confidence to gracefully turn down opportunities that are not a right fit for me. There are a lot of people in our industry who “over promise and under deliver” and end up taking advantage of inexperienced designers. There’s so much truth to the cliché “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

    4. Describe your personal style.

    I have a one-year-old daughter so my mommy duty wardrobe is really casual in order to keep up with her. The rest of the time my wardrobe is filled with an eclectic mix of unique pieces from smaller independent brands that are great for highlighting my jewelry.

    5. Who are your style icons and why?

    Jewelry designer Charlotte Lynggaard, musician Tori Amos and actress Tilda Swinton, each of these women have a unique personal style that reflects their artistic vision.

    6. What’s always in your frig?

    Almond milk, peanut butter and jelly (my husband’s favorite snack) and fresh fruit and veggies.

    7. What three things can’t you live without?

    My husband, my daughter, my pets and my studio.

    7 Questions for Melissa Urfirer of Riley Versa #sustainablefashion (Nolcha Shows Edition)

    Riley Versa

    We’re excited to spotlight several sustainable designers who will be showcasing their designs during the Nolcha Shows NYC, September 12-15, 2016. Riley Versa is the brainchild of Melissa Urfirer. On a weekend trip to Miami, she noticed that her brightly printed clutch that she packed in a moment of pre-beach excitement clashed with the contents of her suitcase, which contained prints, textures, and colors that demanded a solid bag counterpart. In this moment of clarity, Riley Versa was born.

    1.  Tell us about yourself. What are your fashion creds?

    I’ve always loved fashion, and knew that I would work in the industry in some capacity, but I never thought I would be a designer. It really all started with the idea for the bag (which I’ll get into more detail about in the next question). I learned about the industry interning at Conde Nast’s W Magazine and Saks Fifth Avenue.

    2. Why did you decide to design handbags? Tell us about your line.

    I decided to design handbags because I wanted to own a product that didn’t exist at the time. I went on a trip to Miami and packed a brightly printed clutch for the weekend. I didn’t realize until I arrived that the bag clashed with everything I had packed. I had one of those “wouldn’t it be great if…” moments, and decided to actually make it happen.

    I dreamed of having a beautifully crafted bag with removable magnetic covers; one where I could easily switch the style (i.e., swap my brightly printed bag for a neutral one) without having to pack multiple bags and waste precious carry-on space. As the idea evolved, I realized the bag could solve other problems as well. I love some of the funkier high-end bags that I see, but it’s too expensive to buy an entirely new bag every time a new trend comes around. I knew I wasn’t the only women who felt this way, so I decided to go for it and create the bag.

    Riley Versa bags are constructed with the highest quality leather, fabrics and hardware to deliver a product on par with the top international luxury handbag brands, but instead of buying an entirely new bag every time – you simply purchase a new cover.  It saves time, money and, most of all, valuable space in your closet or suitcase!

    3. What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned about the fashion industry?

    It gets a bad rep, but I’ve found that people are actually incredibly nice. As someone just starting out, I’ve reached out to a lot of more established individuals in the industry and, for the most part, everyone has been very gracious with their time and advice.

    4. Describe your personal style.

    Classic with a twist. I love starting with jeans and a white t-shirt and then adding accessories. And of course the finishing touch is always a Riley Versa bag.

    5. Who are your style icons and why?

    Alicia Vikander, Olivia Palermo, Kate Hudson and Erica Pelosini Leeman. They all have very different styles, but they are all effortlessly chic and exude confidence.

    6. What’s always in your frig?

    Fruit (especially now that it’s summer time and everything is so fresh!), hummus, wraps, yogurt and eggs. I’m a big snacker so I try to keep the fridge stocked!

    7. What three things can’t you live without?

    My iCal, ice coffee and Instagram (follow us @RileyVersa!).

    FLEEPS Is Using Fashion to Change Lives #EthicalFashion

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    Brands Using Fashion To Change Lives

    Anyone that knows me will tell you that I loathe rubber thong flip flops. I cannot understand this country’s obsession with water shoes. Well, that’s what they are. Flip flops were created for the pool and the beach. Not to be worn with every single outfit in your closet. Ugh. I digress. But since it’s beach season, I wanted to give you another option for the dredded thong flip flop. I am not opposed to cute alternatives to the plastic rubber thong flip flops. Actually, I implore footwear brands to devise creative and new designs for the “anti flip flop”. Luckily, there is a great option available. There’s nothing better than stylish sandals made by a company that is using fashion to change lives.

    That socially good fashion brand is FLEEPS. FLEEPS are cute and colorful sandals that have such a unique design. These darlings have an adjustable cross-ankle strap, smooth-finish toe thong and a lightweight shock-absorbent sole, perfect for perusing all of the great boardwalk shops or just taking a stroll. FLEEPS are available in a bunch of colors so you can buy several pairs to go with just about anything in your spring/summer vacation wardrobe.

    FLEEPS was founded in 2015 by Kael Robinson, global good curator, is dedicated to creating a sustainable yet stylish product that changes the course of poverty through education. Their main goal is to sell over one million pairs so that they can send over 10,000 girls to school by 2019. Ten percent of every pair of FLEEPS sold goes to the FLEEPS Foundation providing funding to its non-profit partners committed to the education of girls, including Shining Hope for Communities and Starfish Impact. Now this is a fabulous way to look chic and use fashion to change lives. Get your pair here, FLEEPS.

    The Ultimate Statement Necklace from #Dylanlex

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    FOUND: The Most Fabulous Statement Necklace

    Sigh. I am the queen of statement necklaces. When I am out at events, people either notice my shoes or my necklace. I have an addiction to both. There is something so neutralizing about accessories. You can wear the simplest white shirt and add an over-the-top statement necklace and your outfit just went up ten notches. It’s such an easy thing to pull off. So imagine my surprise to learn about Dylanlex.

    Now, I may be a little behind the curve on this one since this amazing heart-stopping brand has been seen on the likes of Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, and countless other celebs. But I’m all caught up now. These jaw-dropping designs are made from oxidized silver with Swarovski crystals and are all handmade in New York. Since I had to pick a favorite, the Tatum is the clear winner for me. It’s so outlandish that I just have to have it.

    The intensively creative mind behind Dylanlex is jewelry designer, Drew Ginsburg. She took to documenting her unique jewelry creations in an Instagram photo journal which immediately garnered an almost cult-like following. Justifiably so. I’m in love. Are you? Find your favorite Dylanlex piece on her website, Dylanlex.

    Pure Cotton Fabric and Rainwater Make Fabulous Products

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    Pure Cotton Fabric and Rainwater Make Beautiful Music

    The Chicory Skirt by Rant Clothing is made from the subtle Amelia fabric which offsets the white perfectly. It’s made from 100% pure cotton fabric that is pre-washed in rainwater in their studio. Fully lined with cotton voile, it features their relaxed elastic waistband and its cotton drawcord for a great fit with two pockets that have been inserted into each side panel. We just love knowing that this garment was pre-washed in the rainwater. See how easily you can look great and do good at the same time. Available at Sustainable Fashion