I’m so thrilled to share Jen with you this week! She’s a fellow cat mom (and I am obsessed with her two floofy sons) and is incredibly stylish and put together. My favorite thing about her is that she never takes herself too seriously–her IG page is full of her serving model looks and still having so much fun! Like, she’s completely gorgeous and will still post goofy faces and fun poses and I’m striving to reach her level of effortless confidence!
Tell me a little about yourself? Who are you, where are you from / living, etc?
I’m Jen and I’ve been living in New York City for about 7 years now, currently residing in the lovely neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens. My permanent roommates are my husband, who I’ve known for over a decade now, and my two super derpy rescue cats, Bubba and Jeff Goldblum, who I can’t stop taking pictures with.
My day job involves producing photo and video shoots and my side hustles are sharing my day-to-day adventures on Instagram, freelance engagement/wedding photography, and travel blogging.
How did you first get into ethical / sustainable fashion?
I actually used to be terrible with how much fast fashion I was consuming when I first started blogging in 2009. But over the past two years I’ve realized how much of a problem this was when there was a larger overall push in the industry to focus on ethical and sustainable practices. Also, working at Etsy for the past four years, I’ve really grown to value knowing how the items in your life are being made. I’m definitely still not perfect, but I’m trying to be better each and every day.
What’s something you really want other people to know about ethical / sustainable fashion?
I feel like so many people forget that one of the most ethical and sustainable method is to make it a habit to shop less. Not just secondhand or vintage. For me, this is the easiest way for me to be ethical and sustainable in my fashion choices. Most of the clothing you see me wearing lately is either 2+ years old or rented.
More of my energy in this area is then focused on my everyday lifestyle instead (i.e. traveling less, recycling flexible plastic, less food waste, composting, building a sustainable home, etc).
Who are your inspirations (ethical fashion or otherwise)?
Honestly, my biggest inspirations are all of the ethical and sustainable bloggers that I follow on Instagram. It’s encouraging to see real journeys from real people who are all just trying their best each and every day.
Do you have any ethical brands you’d recommend or tips for how to find great thrifted pieces?
Shop Etsy! I know it sounds like I’m also plugging my employer, but I decided to work for Etsy because I truly believe in their values. They’re a great place to be able to search for beautiful vintage clothes (and home goods) and the offset all the carbon emissions from all purchase so you don’t have to feel as guilty for shipping or shopping online. I also end up discovering so many beautiful brands like The Zero Waste Maker, Marram Designs, and Brook Drabot Glass.
What is one of your current favorite items of clothing you own?
This square knit crop top.
What are you reading, listening to and/or watching right now?
Reading: The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
Watching: The Good Place
Listening: Billie Eilish latest album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Where can we find you? Share your blog, social media, interviews, etc!
I hope you’ll check her out and find some inspiration, because I know I want every single outfit she ever wears!