In a surprising twist of events...it appears Kourtney Kardashian woke up and chose irony. Kourt has been named Boohoo's new Sustainability Ambassador....where do I begin?
Can we start with the fact that Boohoo, a fast fashion brand, is claiming they are at all sustainable? And to top it all off...their face of "sustainability" is Kourtney Kardashian, whose water intake literally had to be flagged by the city of Los Angeles? This has to be some episode of What Would You Do?
I bet Kourtney did this on Kris Jenner's day off, because there is no way my PR Queen would let this happen...I need a drink.
The summer’s hottest gossip is in and it’s scathing: celebrities don’t give a damn about the global climate crisis and it shows. I can just hear the gasps now as the room falls silent.
Let’s start with Elon Musk’s nine-minute flight that’s only five stops on the train. So much for Tesla being the pioneer of environmentalism, or whatever it was they claimed when they started. When it comes to celebs taking frivolous flights that pour CO2 into our atmosphere, Musk’s private jet flight is only the tip of the iceberg.
Taylor Swift tops charts in more ways than one…leading with the most private jet flights taken. The most CO2 emitted. Even if she claims people borrow her private jet, why?
While California faces a drought worse than any since the 1800s…I wonder if anyone’s listening. I wonder if we truly care that our environment is imploding. Is it worth defending celebrities if they refuse to acknowledge they’re part of the problem? And why aren’t they interested in being part of the solution?
Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, and Dwayne Wade all received notices to cut back their water usage. They surpassed consumption by 150% since last year.
Before you start telling me about DWade’s stats or how Kevin Hart cracks you up…I know. I love these selfish celebs who blatantly ignore the fact that people are dying so they can live a life of luxury.
No seriously. I get they have so much money they don’t know what to do with it. But here’s an idea, instead of all the wasteful jets and water use, donate to environmental charities!
We all make sacrifices to keep our planet going, so I’m sure Kim K can go without the fountain running for weeks on end. And, much to Elon’s horror, public transportation won’t kill you. Do better.
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Caleb McLaughlin, AKA Lucas Sinclair on Stranger Things, recently opened up about dealing with racism he’s faced since the show's debut.
The 20-year-old actor gained recognition for playing the role of Lucas since season one.
“My very first Comic-Con, some people didn’t stand in my line because I was Black. Some people told me, ‘Oh I didn’t want to be in your line because you were mean to Eleven [Millie Bobby Brown].” - McLaughlin told the crowd in Belgium
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Sadly, this is nothing new. In fact, just a few weeks ago singer/actress, Halle Bailey, faced backlash from some who said her depiction of Ariel in next year’s Little Mermaid film, doesn’t resemble the original protagonist who is - 100% - a mythical creature.
Let’s not overlook the racism thrown toward actors of color in shows like HBO’s House of Dragons, or Amazon’s Rings of Power. Earlier this year, “Star Wars” released a statement after Moses Ingram acknowledged on social media that fans flooded her DMs calling her the N-word and a “diversity hire.”
"They are happy with a dragon flying. They’re happy with white hair and violet-colored eyes, but a rich Black guy? That’s beyond the pale." - Steve Toussaint of ‘House of the Dragon’ commenting on his casting.
In a world where representation matters more than ever, it saddens me to see such bright, talented actors, accosted for the color of their skin.
But there’s still hope, especially when actors like McLaughlin decide to open up, speak their truth, and use their platforms to bring light to relevant issues so many of us face in our day-to-day lives.
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Let me start by saying I love a good “basic” fit. From jeans and a white tee out to leggings and a sweater to the bodega, I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel every time I step out. I like to think I do it in a chic Emma Chamberlain way, but still.
I’ve also been known to follow a trend. Whether it’s the Euphoria make-up trend, the New Balance trend (but not Crocs or ASICS), or everything from Lisa Says Gah, I’m not afraid to dabble in popular fashion. I think it’s fun to participate in a trend or two. It keeps dressing up fun.
However, with the dominance of social media microtrends and fast fashion, there are too many trends to keep up with. And too many niche aesthetics to wrap your head around. Like, is everyone supposed to do all of them? What would that closet even look like? Coastal grandmother-inspired cardigans, dark academia loafers, and Y2K sparkly tops galore?
All of this to say, it’s important to be discerning. TikTok’s favorite stylist, Allison Bornstein, champions mindful shopping by pulling from what you already have first. “Shopping your own closet was a response to the overconsumption and the influence of social media and micro trends,” Bornstein says. “We see so much newness and so many different trends and aesthetics on the internet, and then we look at our own closet, and we’re like, Well, I don’t have that. Do I need it?”
@allisonbornstein6 #greenscreen no need to knock it all down and rebuild each season! we should be building on what we have / love / wear to create an amazing versatile wardrobe. tip 2 is one of my faves that i always do every season! what other tips do you have for building your fall wardrobe?! #fashiontiktok #fyp #fashioniswellness #stylist #fallfashion #fall #moodboard ♬ original sound - Allison Bornstein
Instead of rushing to add every flashy new item to your cart, resist trend envy by considering what makes each new aesthetic appealing to you. Do you like disco-chic or just want to wear your going-out-tops more? Do you need to try Barbie-core, or do you just want to pull your more feminine pieces back out of your closet?
“If you’re inspired by a look, it won’t feel like you’re copying and pasting somebody else’s aesthetic,” Bornstein says. “By shopping your closet, you’re using your own things that you already love.”
This is also the key to mixing fall fashion favorites with more novel pieces. You can resist “basic” outfit formulas just by making unexpected pairs and easy switches. Here is your ultimate guide to not dressing “basic” this fall.
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1. Denim Jackets
We get it. Fall comes, and you want to pull out your leggings, your flannel, and your denim jackets (by you, I mean me … I’m guilty). But “in with the new” doesn’t have to mean “out with the old.” A classic is a classic for a reason. Make your denim jacket more interesting by layering it with — you guessed it — more denim. Double denim is super in this fall. From New York Fashion Week street style to your closet, shop the perfect pair of Levi’s to complete your fall fits.
2. Cozy Sweaters
Fall is for two things: listening to Taylor Swift’s Cardigan on repeat and wearing actual cardigans. Sweaters are always in for fall, but elevate the classic with cashmere. Cashmere is always a timeless choice. And good news, it doesn’t have to be expensive — no matter what Brad Pitt and Gigi Hadid are trying to sell you.
For neutral staple pieces that will last you forever, shop Gentle Herd cashmere. They’re stocked with soft and snug pieces for every style and budget. For another sustainable option, shop Reformation’s new cashmere collection. Their effortlessly cool cashmere will make you wish sweater weather lasted year-round.
Jeans and leggings aren’t your only options for pants. Yes, I could live in my Girlfriend leggings, but I’ve recently added trousers to my outfit rotation, and they’ve made all the difference. Even if you pair them with a plain T-shirt or the aforementioned cozy sweater, you’ll automatically have a put-together look for fall. For those still struggling to find the right pair, look no further than Everlane. Their basics just fit better than any I’ve tried, and the buttery soft trousers make business casual way more casual.
4. Silk Pants
Silk pants aren’t only for vacation. They’ve been spotted all over the chicest celeb instas and they’re a genius way to add a slinky, sexy element to any fall outfit. The total unexpected staple. Add them to your fall wardrobe for a romantic take on the summer’s silk dress. A pair of dressy pants from Nap Loungewear are just as suitable for a night out as they are for a night in. And these silk cargos from The Outnet are an unmatched combination of both the silk pants and the cargo pants trends. Or just wear your PJs out in the spirit of shopping in your own closet. Anything goes in the pursuit of un-basicness.
5. Ballet Flats
Ballet silhouettes are huge for fall. From drop waist skirts to slicked-back buns and now ballet flats, we’re all taking inspo from our childhood ballet lessons. Inner child healing through sartorial exploration, maybe. Probably nothing as noble. Personally, I’m motivated by those Miu Miu ballet flats I can’t afford. But any ballet-inspired look will feel fresh this fall. Dainty shoes or not.
6. Birkenstock Bostons
You’ve no doubt seen Birkenstock Bostons everywhere as autumn arrived – even clever Amazon dupes have cropped up on my feed. And while these are a perfect bodega shoe, wearing them as an outfit piece is difficult to do without looking like a clone. Is it too late to hop on the trend? Never. Instead, wear them as what Bornstein calls “the wrong shoe.” Instead of going with the expected shoe for an outfit — sneakers in a casual fit, heels for a night out — wear something unexpected. Pull out your new Birks for a night out, or to tie together a more femme fit. The surprising pairing will bring your look to life.
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