My Life Will Forevermore Be Different After Today

Sometimes I like to pull a tarot card in the middle of my day to see what the universe reflects back to me. This tells me where I am in a general sense.

Today was The Tower card. It’s often shown as a scary card with people falling out of the top amidst destruction, but that depiction is much too grim, in my opinion. I like this one by Valentina Plishchina. The integrated face is seeing the way through the rebuilding of the new, while the old crumbles. Clarity within that transition is helpful. Continue reading

The Fashion Priorities of Global Citizens

If you want to really understand how Fast Fashion works in regards to the impact on human beings, society, and the environment, check out The True Cost, currently streaming on Netflix. The True Cost works backwards to show us how the clothes we wear are created. The film treks through the growing of raw materials, sweatshop production and labor, and why we indulge in fast fashion despite knowing its dark side.  The film does a wonderful job of bringing the human element into the narrative through interviews with workers  and leaders of the industry.

One of the main arguments for the continuation of fast fashion is that factory workers “could do a lot worse” with their job choices. Today, that’s just not good enough. We have embraced a consciousness of oneness with all living things. We advocate and act for our rights and for the rights of others. We know that with the higher consciousness, intellectual development and abundance existing in the world today, there are ways to produce goods without exploitation. A brand can be structured to uplevel people and communities; exploiting is no longer  an option.

Upleveling To The Possible

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IGTop in the shop

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I am please to say that most of the first batch of InstaGlamTops were sold the first week. The rest are available, including a few, special one-of-a-kind editions in the shop now. Grab one before it’s gone forever. Vintage Chiffon cannot be replicated!

I am excited to have found a perfect alchemy of comfort, style, and fit-for-most design. I am in the process of working out more designs for my upcoming hemp collection. If you missed the InstaGlamTop Look Book, you can view that here.

May we all find InstaSuccess in our endeavors this week! xxoo Yabette

black IGT EDIT
Design: Yabette, Model: Julie, Photography: Christine Donley Allababedi

Introducing #InstaGlamTop

Arguing for your limitations is never helpful. 

The expansion of my soul, my life, my opportunities is never ending joy!

That being said, the Swankety Swank Re-brand Hemp Collection Project is in progress. Like an oversize St. Honoré cake, it’s a plan of grand scale and epic goodness. While that’s cooking, I have something fun and helpful debuting this Thursday, July 16 12-7pm  at Annie’s Trunk in the Yerba Buena District of San Francisco.

Take your outfit from doldrums to divine with one piece!

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#WhoMadeMyClothes

#fashrev #whomademyclothes
#fashrev #whomademyclothes

As I work towards my re-branding project with art and fashion at Swankety Swank, every day brings another joyous step in the progression of its fruition. As a believer in creating what you want, rather than banging the drum of what’s wrong, I am making a new fashion story with a line I intend to launch this September 2015. This came to me through my epic trip through the states and Europe last fall in 2014, and has led me through 6 months of research, business plan writing, meetings in LA, SF, Ohio, and New York as I lay the groundwork. Two close friends of mine individually sent me articles relating to the focus of my structure: integrity and fun.

My translation of integrity in fashion is with sustainability and transparency. In this article by Colleen Kane for Fortune Magazine “Who Made Your Clothes? A ‘Slow Fashion’ Revolution Rises” she says, “The movement calls for accountability through all steps in the clothes-making process — it’s the fashion world’s answer to the Slow Food movement.” The fun for me is in the creative process of building this accountability from the ground up as it feels so aligned in my soul purpose. The details of that will be revealed later, but it’s a constant joyous excitement to see the pieces of this fall into place. I like that she cites today’s Fashion Revolution Day for participants to take photos of themselves with hashtags like the one above of yours truly in Amsterdam wearing an outfit I sewed from recycled and vintage fabric.

Another major factor in my integrity story is in the use of hemp and organic blend fabrics for mass production that is made in the USA. The benefits of the hemp plant are so great, that it’s outrageously ludicrous that we don’t have a hemp crop in every farm across this American land. As stated in this informative article “Hemp – The Ultimate Cash Crop, Health Food and Environmental Savior Rolled Into One” by Carolanne Wright, “The American founding fathers knew a good thing when they saw it, which is why each of them actively grew hemp on their own land.”

Hemp Silk & Hemp/Organic cotton
Hemp Silk & Hemp/Organic cotton

The joy in hemp is the fact that it feels really good and looks so luscious!! When I hold up my new samples  for my androgynous line of hemp silk and hemp/organic cotton next to the low quality, fast fashion that is still unfortunately in my wardrobe, the comparison is in stark contrast. THIS fuels my “create what you want” ethos and I march onward!

May you find your joy and take a step towards it every day! xxoo Yabette