The Versalette Challenge Accepted!

Hello lovelies! Last week we gave a shout out to one of our favorite sustainable fashion brands, Seamly.co! We also shared our favorite piece from their line, the revamped Versalette.

Midi Dress by Seamly.co – $40

In case you don’t remember, or didn’t see last week’s post, the Versalette is basically a wardrobe Swiss army knife—a piece that can be worn in 30 different ways. Seamly.co launched the Versalette Challenge this past Wednesday, where fans rock their Versalette in new ways for a week and share photos via Instagram. Fun right? It gets better though… one lucky winner will be chosen based on creativity/personal style and will snag a bag of Seamly.co pieces (including this adorable Midi dress) and some one of a kind jewelry by Native Clutter. And well one of us (Jackie) at Y&L decided to take the challenge, and we thought it would be fun to share her looks so far!

Versalette Challenge Day 1

For day 1 Jackie rocked the original Versalette in charcoal as a skirt with an owl-print tee from Urban Outfitters, chambray button down from Urban Outfitters, and leopard print wedges from Toms. The head band is fair trade.

Versalette Challenge Day 2

By day 2 of the challenge her new Versalette arrived so Jackie decided to try it out, this time as a tunic top belted with a tribal print belt from Anthropologie. Denim from Levis, sandals from Urban Outfitters, and hat from Nordstroms.

What other way’s should Jackie rock the Versalette for the challenge? Strapless dress? Off shoulder top? Bubble skirt? Once the challenge is complete we will share a complete lookbook!

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Sustainable Fashion We Love: Seamly.co

Hello there lovelies! We hope you had a beautiful week and a fun weekend ahead. A while back we featured one of our favorite pieces of versatile and sustainable fashion… the Versalette! It was the brain child of Kristin and Shannon who launched the Versalette and Revolution Apparel through an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. Like everything in life, good things come to an end and Kristin and Shannon decided to pursue different paths in the sustainable fashion world. We were sad to see the Versalette go, but luckily we didn’t have to wait long for it to reappear! Kristin has helped launch a new sustainable fashion company that uses deadstock fabric to design and make create cool, sexy, and comfy pieces here in the U.S.A..

The revamped Versalette in black – $110 at Seamly.co

Sounds awesome right, that’s because it is. We love the revamped Versalette, which is currently available in black (more colors to come) and can be worn in 30 different ways. Yup, you heard us, 30 ways! If you are looking for a great piece that you could literally wear everyday (and not look the same) we suggest giving the Versalette a try… And if you are feeling really bold why not take part in their Versalette Challenge from July 24 – August 4.

Image from Seamly.co

Wear the Versalette each day and submit a picture of how you rocked it on Instagram (#versalette). A panel of judges will pick a winner, who will receive a package full of Seamly.co fashion and handmade jewelry by Native Clutter.

How do you feel about wearing the same item in new ways?

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Refresh Your Wardrobe Part 2!

Image from letsgetdealstoday.com

A few weeks ago we shared some amazing places online that you can refresh your wardrobe without breaking your budget (Twice and Nifty Thrifty)! Today we wanted to share our latest online affordable fashion obsession: Poshmark! Like Nifty Thrifty you have to sign up to shop or sell clothes/accessories but the process is pretty painless. It sort of resembles Pinterest… but full of trendy and adorable clothes that are screaming to be in your closet!

You can shop from the main feed, go to a “party,” or shop by category. The prices are reasonable, and many people sell items that are still new with tags (NWT)! Right now we are coveting this gold & hot pink tribal necklace,

$15 NWT Gold & Hot Pink Tribal Statement Necklace – image from Poshmark

and vintage triangle rivet bracelet!

$12 Vintage Triangle Rivet Spiked Bracelet – image from Poshmark

So what’s not to love about affordable, trendy, and more sustainable fashion? We don’t know you tell us!

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The Little Black Dress Can Be Trendy Too!

We all know that the little black dress is a wardrobe essential, and that it is usually smart to play it safe with a timeless piece. But sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little fun. So today, even though we are heading back to the basics, we wanted to share our favorite LBD’s that rock some of our favorite spring trends: cutouts, leather, and lace!

A Hint of Leather LBD – We love the way this dress juxtaposes a feminine and flirty skirt with a edgy leather top. A great scoop neckline and banded waist means this dress will flatter many shapes! And it’s a steal for $57!

Leather Playing Field Backless Black Dress – $57 from Lulu’s

Sultry Lace – This sheath dress is perfect for showing off your curves and your love of lace. It would great for a date, a wedding, or wearing to work.

Gallery Gathering Dress – $52.99 from ModCloth

Lovely & Lacey – So this dress combines has a precious peplum skirt and lacy top for a very trendy take on the LBD. It’s currently sold out on LuLus, but hopefully it will be back in stock soon.

Save the Date Black Lace Dress – $44 from LuLus

Perfectly Cute Cutouts – This LBD from ModCloth is the perfect example of putting a trendy twist on a classic! How cute is the little bow around the waist?

Classic Twist Dress – $54.99 from ModCloth

Most Comfortable Cutout? This gorgeous and affordable dress is made from a stretchy knit fabric that doesn’t make a girl compromise comfort for style.

Noir-vel to Behold Cutout Black Dress – $37.50 from Lulu’s

Which is your favorite remix of a wardrobe classic? Have a beautiful weekend!

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3 Spring Fashion Trends We Love!

Cutout on the Town Dress from ModCloth – $84.99.

It’s almost the weekend… and today we feel like obsessing over spring and summer fashion trends! We’ve got our 3 favorite spring trends and a corresponding piece that would be perfect in any wardrobe!

Cutouts – We think cutouts and cute peekaboo looks that show a tasteful amount of skin are perfect for spring and summer. One of our favorite cutout pieces for spring is the Cutout on the Town Dress from ModCloth! It has a perfectly trendy cutout midriff and hi-lo skirt! You can snag this adorable mint and pink frock for just $84.99!

Black & White – High contrast and loads of chic style in this trend! There are so many ways to incorporate black & white into your spring and summer wardrobe. A classic black and white striped blouse or skirt… or how about this knockout dress by BB Dakota? Add the chic Jamila Black & White Dress to your closet for just $78 from Lulus!

Jamila Black & White Dress by BB Dakota at Lulu’s – $78.

Embellished Palms Tunic by Free People – $148.

Beading – Intricate and feminine details are perfect in any season. But we love some of the beaded pieces that are coming out this spring. Whether on a blouse, skirt, or scarf adding some beading to your wardrobe will give you a mysterious, bohemian, world traveler look! We are particularly fond of this Embellished Palms Tunic sold exclusively by Free People for $148. It comes in 5 great colors, but we are partial to peach :).

What is your favorite spring trend?

Spring Style Inspiration: Bohemian Looks We Love!

At Y&L we are dreaming of spring (and summer for that matter) fashion. We can’t wait to get out and soak up the warmer weather in our stylish new wardrobes. But while we must wait for spring, we can at least gawk over some fantastic looks. Today we are in a bohemian mood. Loving the layers, romantic prints, and comfortable carefree looks! Enjoy the picture inspiration.

Love her hair & makeup! Image from Charlene Choi’s Tumblr page.

Romantic and fantastic hair accessory. Would be the perfect look for a bohemian bride in the spring or summer! Image from Wedding Whims Tumblr.

Love pairing printed shorts with tights! Such an adorable spring look. Image from Pinterest.

 

Loving the mint maxi paired with a crochet top. Perfect spring or summer look. Image from Stylecaster.com.

 

Stunning hair and makeup. Bangles and bracelets are the perfect boho accessory. Image from Pinterest.

 

Serious accessory love! Image from Take Me To The Sea Tumblr.

What style inspiration do you want to see next?

Sustainable Fashion Part 2

A few weeks ago we did a post about 3 places that we love to shop sustainable fashion online. This week we’ve got 3 more!

Indigenous 

Flirt Skirt from Indigenous – $79.

This shop carries fair trade & organic men’s and women’s clothing lines. Indigenous works with local artisans to provide them educational materials, financing, and equipment that couldn’t be afforded otherwise. We are big fans of the “flirt skirt” in a fantastic teal color for $79.  It’s also available in merlot!

Prana

You can shop Prana in person and online. You can find anything from adorable yoga clothing to casual wear to wear-to-work pieces. The company uses organic

Nadia dress from Prana – $45

cotton and recycled polyester in their garments whenever possible. They also work with fair trade artisans to create a few great pieces for their men’s and women’s clothing lines. Prana has also made efforts to streamline their manufacturing practices and packaging to reduce waste. Besides their yoga pants, we are coveting the Nadia dress in black, on sale for $45!

American Apparel

Image from American Apparel

While not everything from American Apparel is made from organic fabrics, they do have one big advantage over many other clothing companies: they are sweatshop free and made in the good old U.S.A.! Reducing the environmental impact of transporting clothing can significantly reduce the negative impacts of the fashion industry on the environment and impoverished workers around the world. And hey, SOME of their t-shirts and underwear are available in organic cotton.

Do you try to shop sustainable clothing?

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3 Places To Shop Sustainable Fashion

Glam Noir Dress – $88 from Mata Traders

This year we are trying to make better purchases. Better for us, the environment, and our wallets. So we’ve been hunting for some affordable and sustainable clothing lines. It is so hard to find “sustainable clothing” that isn’t just yoga pants and t-shirts! A girl’s (and a guy’s) gotta wear more than just lounge wear!

Here are three places you can shop for more sustainable clothing and accessories. We promise you will find more than organic t-shirts, although they usually have these too!

  1. Mata Traders – This online shop is stocked   fair trade finds. The dresses are adorable, and so are their tops. You can feel good about making a purchase that supports fair trade practices and empowers your fellow woman! We are loving this polka-dotted little black dress with a sweetheart neckline! Perfect for date night 🙂

    Melanie Dress – $50 from Threads for Thought

  2. Threads for Thought – A great shop   organic cotton basics and some adorable dresses and tops. You can even find some of their goods at Whole Foods. Our favorite part about this brand is that they are affordable! The Melanie dress is only $50!
  3. Green Heart Shop – Another great fair trade online shop featuring clothing and accessories, as well as goodies for your home and kitchen! Fair trade not only ensures that workers receive a fair wage for their work, but also ensures environmental sustainability, supports participatory workplaces, and protects cultural identity. The prices are pretty reasonable and they have some great pieces that you could even rock to work. We are totally smitten with their Maureen Dress for $92.

    Maureen Dress – $92 from Green Heart Shop

    This stunner paired with a blazer would work for any office or board room!

Have you stumbled upon any great sustainable fashion lines? If so share with us and our readers so we can all make more knowledgeable and kind purchases!

5 Fitness Must-Haves For Working Out In Style

WorkoutGearPicksNew Year’s resolutions aren’t far off in the distance, and at the top of most people’s list are fitness goals. Lose weight, get in shape, run a marathon, join a team… the list goes on. No matter what your fitness goals are we’ve picked five things that will motivate and propel you to accomplish them (or at least get you in the gym so you can show off your cute apparel!). These neon picks would be great to add to your Christmas list, or we are sure any fitness fanatic would love to receive these must-haves as gifts.

  1. C9 By Champion Seamless Cami Bra – These bras are super comfortable and come in so many amazing colors and prints for just $16.99 @ Target. You are sure to find a pattern that gets you excited about dressing for the gym!
  2. Garmin Forerunner10 – this GPS watch keeps track of the time, distance, speed, and calories burned. A fashionable motivator indeed available for around $129.
  3. Lucy Hatha Legging – A great pair of yoga pants is a must have for any girl trying to get in shape (and be comfortable). These pants are durable and stylish, promising to keep your lady goods private and keep you looking amazing while you sweat. Pick up a pair for $89.99 at Lucy or REI.
  4. ASICS GEL-Extreme33 Running Shoes – How adorable and affordable? For $90 at Zappos your can treat your feet to kicks with some flair.
  5. Athleta Hurdle Top – This running shirt is equipped with handy features like moisture-wicking fabric and thumb holes in the sleeves so your hands stay warm while your pounding the pavement. It also has a great ruche-detail on the back. Available for $69 from Athleta.

Do you have any fitness goals for the new year? Do you think having great workout clothes helps keep you motivated to go to the gym?

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Beauty Books On Our Holiday Wish List!

We have shared a few recipes for DIY beauty treatments here on Y&L, and don’t worry we still have more to share! But we thought today we’d share some beauty books that are at the top of our Christmas wish list! These books are full of great recipes, style advice, and inspiration. Enjoy 🙂

EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends

This nifty little book was written by Janice Cox and contains over 100 recipes for you to make at home. The recipes make great gifts, and so does this book—available at Amazon for only $13.59!

How To Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life

In 10 chapters, author Melissa Hellstern shares the wisdom and spirit of one of the world’s most adorably beautiful women: Audrey Hepburn. This book covers both external and internal growth and beauty. A must read for any Audrey fan, and any woman really! Available for just $12.89 on Amazon.

Savvy Chic: The Art of More for Less

Our last recommendation is Savvy Chic by Anna Johnson. This book is an inspirational book on how to look stylish and sophisticated even on a tight budget! Pick it up for just $12.91 on Amazon!

What are some of your favorite beauty reads? Have you read any of our recommendations? What are your thoughts?