This week we’re talking with Becca, who has the most beautiful color motif on her feed and her posts always feel so rich and warm (don’t you just love her jacket here??). She’s a thrifter, a Glossier enthusiast, a Bangs ambassador and the first native Las Vegan that I’ve ever met! She’s lovely and authentic and I hope you enjoy learning about her!
Tell me a little about yourself? Who are you, where are you from, where are you living, etc?
“Hi! My name is Rebecca, but I tend to go by Becca. I’m 22, I live in Southern Utah, but I grew up in Las Vegas, NV. Not the actual downtown strip area, North Las Vegas which is a suburb, but it was still a very city feel. I live in a beautiful condo with my boyfriend and our almost one year old cat, Charlie. I like being creative and planning things out. This includes all kinds of crafts and art, interior design, fashion, makeup, travel, and parties to name a few. I work in tech right now in a leadership role, that is exhausting but most of the time rewarding. I’m still not sure what I want to be when I “grow up,” but I have some ideas and a lot of time to figure it out.”
How did you first get into ethical/sustainable fashion?
“I became interested in ethical/sustainable fashion within the last year. I always knew about sweatshops and I always was sad about it, but it was one of those things I pushed away because I didn’t know how I could fix it. (I tend to want to fix all the bad in the world, but it’s not possible, so I push it away instead.) I have been cruelty free with my beauty purchases for about three years now, so I’m not sure why it took so long to get on board with slow fashion.
The first thing that really woke me up and made me decide I needed to make a change was Sarah Hawkinson on YouTube’s video about fast fashion. She is someone I watch regularly and the way she talked about it really spoke to me. I still bought fast fashion after that because I was still discouraged, but I started paying more attention to what I bought and more sustainable/ethical Instagram accounts. This brought me to the fall 10×10 challenge, which fascinated me and opened my eyes to all these incredible creators! I loved the style and the message behind everything. I finally committed to my ethical/sustainable journey in January of this year, and decided to post about it along the way. I’m not perfect, but I have totally changed how I look at my wardrobe and how I purchase clothing!”
What’s something you really want other people to know about ethical / sustainable fashion?
“Something I want people to know about ethical and sustainable fashion is that it’s easier and more affordable than you think! Something that immediately turned me off was the price of most of these wonderful brands. I was raised to look for a bargain. But all it took to change that was to rewire my brain a little! (Lol.)
When I want a bargain now, I go thrifting instead of to Forever 21. I always thrifted so that is nothing new. And when I want a new item, I think about it, I plan, and I save up. And then I love that piece even more! I find it so much more rewarding to have less clothing now. It has helped me figure out what I really want to be wearing and what my style really is, separate from the trendy clothes at fast fashion stores. (Don’t get me wrong, I love a good trend. But there are ways to do it vintage/thrifted/borrowed from someone else!)”
Who are your inspirations (ethical fashion or otherwise)?
“I love @candicemtay and @petraalexandra for simple, clean lined, ethical clothing inspiration. I also follow so many wonderful people and have made so many wonderful friends online that bring in color and unique thrifted items that I wouldn’t have thought of myself. I have a whole outfit inspiration Instagram saved collection! There’s way too many to list.”
Do you have any ethical brands you’d recommend or tips for how to find great thrifted pieces?
“Everlane is great for your staple items at a semi affordable (when you compare to other ethical/sustainable brands) rate. I love to shop my basics (jeans and t-shirts) there. Reformation is everything I want to wear but I can only afford during their big sales. Notperfectlinen is a brand I’ve been newly loving. Linen is expensive but their linen items are the most affordable I’ve seen while being unique.
For buying secondhand, I recommend Poshmark and Mercari over Depop if you’re looking for specific items. I like to search expensive sustainable brands on there. Sometimes you can find something that is usually $200 for $100, which is still pricey, but better. When thrifting, anything really goes. I like to go in with an idea of items I’m looking for (funky button downs, certain boots, etc) but I am never disappointed if I can’t find those, because that’s how thrift stores work. The fun is in the hunt, and getting to say “I got it at the thrift store, can you believe it?!” Also, if you’re ever too lazy to go out thrifting or it’s a snow day and you can’t leave your house (basically me all winter), Instagram vintage shops/closet sales are a godsend!”
What is one of your current favorite items of clothing you own?
“Hmmmm… current favorite item of clothing… I have a lemon and polka dot print shirt I got from @rosegirlsvintage and I’m obsessed with it. I want to wear it every day. And my reformation western style flare pants that I got during their big winter sale. And I just ordered the 90s cheeky jeans from Everlane so probably future me will choose those!”
What are you reading, listening to and/or watching right now?
“The two books I’m reading right now are ‘Come As You Are’ by Emily Nagoski and ‘How To Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings. Come As You Are’ by Sarah Cooper. They’re about having a healthy relationship with your sexuality as a woman and it is very eye opening! I would recommend it to any woman, regardless of how healthy you think your view on sex is. HTBSWHMF is an infographic book that is exactly how you would imagine. Like I said, I work in tech, a majorly male dominated field, so this book really hits the spot for me! For music, I am always loving Taylor Swift, but also recently Kacey Musgraves and Sucker by the Jonas Brothers. I just finished watching The Bachelor, which is sad. But I also have The Handmaid’s Tale, Brooklyn 99, F Is For Family, and This Is Us on rotation.”
Where can we find you?
“You can find me on Instagram @foreverbecca! I post MWF and sometimes weekends, switching off between ethical/sustainable outfits and my other interests— makeup, interior design, art, etc. I’m currently working to post more on my YouTube and blog, but for now, the best way to follow my journey is on Instagram!”
I hope you all enjoyed Becca’s perspectives and that you’ll check her feed out! I always look forward to her content and her encouraging posts!