Inspiration Quotes for #MondayMotivation, Haute in Texas and Fashion Revolution

#MondayMotivation

I’m sure some of you feel as I do, the weekend was great, but just not long enough. Work is the last thing on your mind and being productive is definitely not your concern at the moment. For me, there is nothing better than reading inspirational quotes while I drink caffeine (in some form other than coffee) to spark my Monday morning. It is truly about getting your head focused on your goals and forming a game plan to achieve them. Here are 3 #MondayMotivation quotes to inspire you this beautiful Monday.

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Make it POP like pink champagne…there is no point in doing anything unless you are having fun.

 

 

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Self-Confidence is the Best Outfit, Rock It and Own It…everyone fears  a confident woman because they know she will get it done.

 

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Be In Love with Your Life Every Minute of It…because you may not get to tomorrow.

 

 

Designer Dish Feature – Haute In Texas

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Snippet of the Haute in Texas Newsletter

I was recently interviewed for Haute In Texas, where savvy public relations meets passionate blogging influence. Aquila and I had a great conversation where we discussed SixChel, our upcoming launch and the choice between pancakes or waffles. Here is a quick snippet:

I, too am at the beginning of becoming a conscious consumer and know it is definitely a work in progress, but the little we do, is a step in the right direction. The fun part about being a consumer, is that retailers actually pay attention to our buying habits and concerns.

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Elizabeth wearying The Dress made of Tencel Twill-Enzyme Washed Fabric with Vegan Leather Ties.

 

 

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Me, Dina Chavez, designer of SixChel enjoying Fashion Revolution Day in Austin, TX. 

Fashion Revolution Day was April 24th and I attended my first Fashion Revolution event in Austin, TX. Held at Soma Vida, a group of designers, entrepreneurs and consumers interested in better working conditions in the fashion industry came together to discuss how we can help make a better tomorrow. Yes, you, too can help make a difference. Be curious. Find Out. Do something. Read more about Fashion Revolution and what you can do be a part of this movement.

SixChel is launching The Capsule Collection soon. Make sure you are signed up at our website: www.sixchelbydinachavez.com to receive information about our upcoming launch.

 

My Favorite Natural and Ethical Beauty Products that Work

5 Beauty Products to Try

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BURT’S BEES Skin Nourishment Night Cream

It could be just me, but as I get older, my love and need for beauty products has increased. Not for purely vanity purposes, but because they make me feel good about myself. However, I do not want to put foreign chemicals that can cause more harm than good on my face. My skin is too sensitive and I do not feel the need to harm animals nor increase my chances of getting some sort of disease or illness for beauty. I am always on the hunt for natural beauty products and these are my go-to top 5 right now.

Burt’s Bees

Who They Are

You probably have heard about Burt’s Bees or have even purchased a product or two. This company has been around for a couple of decades on the mass market. Their products are made from natural ingredients with ethical practices…even the packaging is sustainable.

Why I Love It

I have been purchasing their lip balm for a number of years now and it is one of the best lip care balms on the market. The tinted lip balm is even better with a variety of natural colors for a simple day look. All of the skin care products I have used from Burt’s Bees are light with a natural feel and always leave my skin looking and feeling soft and radiant.

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Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Hibiscus 

“Our ingredients—right down to the packaging—are simple, natural, and responsible. We practice what we preach—and we hope to set the example for others to follow.

It’s called The Greater Good. And it’s how we’re going to help change the world”.

Native Deodorant

Who They Are

An aluminum-free and paraben-free deodorant for women and men. Made of all natural ingredients with a few scented options such as lavender and rose (the scent I use), coconut and vanilla or unscented. All deodorants are Made in the USA.

Why I Love It

It’s natural, made in the USA and it feels as if I am not wearing anything. What surprised me the most was that it was so easy to wash off. Most importantly, it works!

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Native Deodorant in Coconut & Vanilla

 

 

“Leading antiperspirants contain aluminum, which is linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Native Deodorant is aluminum-free and paraben-free”.

 

 Shea Moisture

Who They Are

“We are natural, organic, sustainably-produced goodness. Made with love for you and your body. Pioneering fair trade through Community Commerce at home and abroad. We strive to be sulfate free, paraben free and more, whenever possible. Tested on our family for four generations. Never on animals”.

Why I Love It

The main product I use from Shea Moisture is their African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask. When I notice my face breaking out a bit more or if it’s a bit dull, I apply a layer of the mud mask on my face and apply extra over the blemished spots. It leaves an invigorating feeling, brightens my face and reduces redness along with decreasing the appearance of blemishes.

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Shea Moisture African Soap Clarifying Mud Mask

Andalou Naturals

Who They Are

An all natural beauty line believing beauty is you. They are the first beauty brand to achieve 100% Non-GMO Project Verification on all of their products. Today, they are the #1 natural skin care brand on the market.

Why I Love It

I have been using the Polished to Perfection – Konjac Facial Sponge Duo and the natural exfoliation from the sponges leaves my skin silky-smooth. The anti-aging sponge has helped decrease the appearance of those laugh lines around my eyes. The green tea sponge definitely illuminates my face making me feel energized and younger.

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ANDALOU naturals Polished to Perfection Konjac Facial Sponge Duo

 

 

 

“Superior Source Ingredient Standards include Non-GMO Project Verified and Gluten Free Verified, Certified Organic, Organic, Nature Derived, Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainably Sourced and Fair Trade Ingredients, and always Cruelty Free”.

doTERRA

Who They Are

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils available through Wellness Advocates creating a personal buying experience. Their oils come from farmers in over 40 countries. Through the Global Botanical Network, doTERRA supports generational farmers creating ethical jobs around the world.

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doTERRA Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo

Why I Love IT

I had been on a shampoo and conditioner hunt for a few months since my hair had become dry, hard and flat. Initially, I thought, “shampoo with essential oils, it’s just going to leave my hair oily and stringy”. The opposite has happened. My hair is soft, the color is as bright as the first day of my treatment and my hair is actually easier to style.

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doTERRA Salon Essentials Smoothing Conditioner

 

 

 

 

I am a huge advocate of telling women and especially young girls that beauty is not the most important component of who they are. However, I still love to feel beautiful and look as if I am not aging.

There will always be a need to find the best natural beauty products that are right for me and I encourage you to find your own and experiment with them. You will be surprised by the results and notice that they are as good as your department store non-natural products. If you have a list of your favorite natural beauty products, let us know and tell us why you love them by clicking on “Leave a comment” under the main headline at the top of the page. Thanks!

 

5 Blogs to Follow for Style, Inspiration and Wellness

My go-to Blogs Right Now

Above Photo:  Instagram Post via @whowhatwear

I have recently become a blog junkie. There is nothing better than reading a blog of style or inspiration, local or national that gets my brain working in the right direction. I have a long list of blogs I subscribe to right now, but there are a few that I am always following that have been catching my eye as of late.

Nationally Known Blog

Who What Wear

About

Fashion + Style Decoded

Who What Wear is the leading online destination for aspirational yet accessible fashion content that is elevated, serviceable, and 100% shoppable. Through trend reports, celebrity style guides, wardrobe how-tos, and the latest in fashion news, Who What Wear is your one-stop style resource.

Why I Love It

There is usually a list of style advice that is easy to transform into your personal style. I especially love the occasional “French-girl” style advice you can find on Who What Wear.

ATX Blogs

Dressed to Kill Austin (DTK)    

About

Dressed to Kill owner, Ashley Hargrove, is a commercial advertising wardrobe stylist, model

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Instagram Post via @dtkaustin 

and fashion blogger sharing her personal style and tips as well as behind the scenes of her many advertising projects. Ashley has styled and modeled for many well-known companies and brands including Neiman Marcus, BMW, Bud Light and many more.

Why I Love It

Ashley’s style is beyond Austin. It is refreshing to see fashion elevated beyond flip flops in the ATX.

Camille Styles

About

A Healthy Life. Well Styled.

Every moment is an opportunity to inspire, create, and explore. Here at Camille Styles, we focus on the daily decisions that allow us to embrace those opportunities. Discover a fresh approach to style through fun ideas for the wardrobe and home.

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Collage of Instagram Posts via @camillestyles

Try delicious market-fresh recipes that are perfect for dinner tonight. Take advice from inspiring influencers on health, fitness, fashion, beauty, and professional goals at a site that views every aspect of clean living through a glamorous lens. We hope to inspire healthy choices and happy, beautiful lives.

What I Love About It

I just found Camille Styles’ blog a couple of weeks ago and was immediately drawn to the healthy aspect of the blog. She is also very interactive on IG and it makes it feel personal, like she is your friend and is encouraging you to live a healthy lifestyle.

Inspiration Blog

Woman on the Fence

About

This blog was created for all women who have ever been on the fence… In Life. In Business. In Love. In anything. Period.

We are bright. We are dynamic. We are educated. We are perfectionists. We are tired. We love our husbands. We hate our husbands. We love our kids. Our kids annoy us. We want to work. We can’t juggle it all. We expect two dozen roses on our anniversary. We give. We get. We’re happy. We’re discouraged. We’re intuitive. We’re funny.

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Instagram Post via @ericadiamond – Blogger of Woman on the Fence 

 

We’re women. Black. White. Asian. Hispanic. Native. Through it all, we stick together.
Therefore my ladies, the goal of this Blog is to teach, inspire and unite all women. To let you all vent your frustrations about living life on the fence. It’s time to make a move. It’s time to GET OFF THE FENCE! It’s time to make up or break up. It’s time to quit your job. It’s time to enroll in medical school. It’s time to come out of the closet. It’s time to speak your truth. It’s time to start LIVING YOUR LIFE!

Why I Love It

Do I need to tell you after just reading their about story? It inspires me to achieve my goals no matter what and Woman on the Fence always gets me thinking in the right direction.

Wellness

Peaceful Dumpling

About

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Article posted by Peaceful Dumpling “Sorry, French Ladies. This Spanish Beauty Secret for Firm Skin is Game-Changing”.

PD is where you can find your latest healthy eating and health news, holistic tips, fitness and yoga tutorials; cruelty-free, feel-good beauty ideas; delicious vegan recipes; eco-friendly style and conscious living tips; and your motivation, inspiration, confidence, and kindness. We could tell you that we’ve accomplished it, but our readers said it best!

Why I Love It

This blog has so many different eliminates to it’s heathy lifestyle message.  From sustainable clothes to vegan recipes and an overall positive attitude.

But I’ve been doing my best to effect change through writing, which comes very naturally to me. You have something only you can do so well, and the key is to be the best version of that. Don’t feel tempted to imitate–you can be the most effective if you’re staying true to yourself.     -Peaceful Dumpling

Celebrating Innovation in Fashion During Women’s History Month

Fashion has always been a revolutionary and evolving practice amongst all cultures, creeds and the sexes. It is in women’s fashion where some of the most intriguing innovations have occurred and Women’s History Month is the perfect time to highlight the fun, creative and progressive innovators that have and are changing women’s fashion.

Three Women Who Innovated Fashion

Fashion has always been a revolutionary and evolving practice amongst all cultures, creeds and the sexes. It is in women’s fashion where some of the most intriguing innovations have occurred and Women’s History Month is the perfect time to highlight the fun, creative and progressive innovators that have and are changing women’s fashion.

The Rebel

Married at 14 and Queen at 19, Marie Antoinette was considered

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Marie Antoinette

the most beautiful and fashionable, hated woman in France in the mid to late 1700’s. She quickly became “scandalous” as upon her arrival to France to marry the future King Louis XVI, she refused to wear her corset. During her younger years, Marie Antoinette was known as the first ever shopaholic devoting her life to fashion as she was not allowed to dabble into politics.

As she became a mother, her fashion matured and she wanted more simple and flowing dresses which became known as “The Queen’s Shirt”. This was a societal problem because Queens were not allowed to wear a “maid’s dress”.

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Marie Antoinette’s legacy in fashion has continued to thrive after her death. To this day, she is still a fashion icon and her style inspires the greatest courtiers of the world like John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld.

 

The Kept Woman

Coco Chanel, whose real name is Gabrielle was the innovator of comfort in women’s fashion. Chanel is the basis of sportswear (sportswear in the fashion world is what is worn during the day, not clothes you wear to play sports).

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Coco Chanel                                        Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

This innovation began with a dress she made out of jersey fabric.  It was from this jersey dress that Chanel’s business expanded.  In the 1920’s, The Suit was created by Coco which she modeled after a man’s suit looking for comfort which was the complete opposite of the trends of that time. Another innovation and my ultimate favorite is The Little Black Dress, a staple in today’s closet. With the creative mind of Karl Lagerfeld Chanel is still on top as a multi-million dollar luxury business and one of today’s most recognizable luxury brands with their signature strands of pearls, quilted purses and yes, The Suit.

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury”. – Coco Chanel

The Entrepreneur

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Shannon Whitehead Lohr             Sustainable Fashion Advocate – Founder of Factory 45

It is amazing what you can do today with technology and because of it fashion is evolving and opportunities are growing all because of innovators like Shannon Whitehead Lohr. For the past year, I am proud to say that I have been working with Shannon, the founder and CEO of Factory 45, an avenue to take idea to launch for sustainable fashion companies being produced in the Unites States. We are currently living in an environmental crisis and many fashionistas, entrepreneurs and consumers are taking action through the fashion industry to find solutions to the problem. After starting her own sustainable clothing company, Shannon realized that there was a need to assist other fashion brands that wanted to accomplish the same ethical and sustainable practices she strives to achieve.

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Takes sustainable apparel companies from idea to production.

Factory45 is the result of that idea and Shannon has now worked with over 150 companies to help accomplish their goals. “She’s been named thought leader for the future of fashion by Ecouterre and Triple Pundit”. As a fashion innovator, I asked Shannon if she could share a few thoughts with us. I asked her 5 questions and her responses are below.

The Questions

 • Do you see yourself as a woman who has made a positive impact today? 

I like to think so. I’m not perfect, by any means, but in every decision I make I’m conscious of doing what I believe is right.

• Who was the woman you wanted to emulate as you set out to accomplish your goals? 

I don’t think there was one woman in particular who I idolized or tried to emulate — I think I mostly just set out to be a woman that I could personally respect. I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror everyday and be proud of the person I’ve become and for me, that means having integrity and doing what I say I’m going to do.

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It’s really important to me to be a woman that can be relied on, is level headed, down to earth and relatable. I don’t want to ever be an “internet celebrity” or “guru” — I just want to be someone who helps other people create beautiful and conscious products.

• Where would you like to see women’s roles in the future and is it up to us to truly seek equality? 

Equal pay and paid maternity leave would be a start. I’m lucky to have worked for myself my entire career so although it doesn’t directly affect me, it’s something that I still feel very strongly about.

And I don’t believe it’s solely up to us, as women, to seek equality. The majority of positions of power are made up of men, so where does that leave us? You can only get so far when you’re slogging through mud on a 90 degree slope. Both men and women need to be apart of the solution — and there are no excuses not to be.

I believe being a feminist should be a non-partisan position.

• There are a number of sex strikes throughout history that were successful. With today’s clout over sexism and women’s rights, should we as a mass conduct in sex strikes to “wake people up” about the reality of sexism in America today? 

Sure. I’m all for thinking outside the box and doing whatever we can to bring attention to the movement. The Women’s March and #DayWithoutAWoman were great starts and have definitely helped to enliven the conversation.

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• Do you have words of advice for younger women who seek a need for equality? 

Don’t be apathetic. My fellow white women can use their privilege to help our minority sisters, and we shouldn’t be afraid to. Speak out when you see instances of injustice and don’t shut down. There are a lot of reasons to be silent, but there are even more reasons to be on the right side of history.

 

Credits

“Marie-Antoinette, Queen of Fashion | Girls Guide to Paris. “N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 20017.

“Marie Antoinette.” Biography.com. A&E Networks Television, 28 Oct. 2016. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

“Coco Chanel.” Biography.com. A&E Networks Television, 10 Jan 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

“Home.” Shannon Lohr. N.p., n.d.Web. 16 Mar. 2017

 

 

How Fast Fashion is Slowly Killing You and Me

“Fashion is the 2nd most polluting industry in the world. What’s #1? Oil. Think about it”.

http://www.peacefuldumpling.com

Moving Forward to Slow Fashion

We live in a world today where fast fashion is ruling the fashion world and is being stuffed into our closets. It’s cheap, trendy and easy to discard because you have already worn it to shreds. This fashion model fits todays lifestyle, but with out much acknowledgment, fast fashion is taking a huge toll on our environment and our ethical practices.

Here are a few facts:
“2 billion pairs of jeans are produced every year, and a typical pair takes 7,000 litres of water to produce.  For a t-shirt, it takes 2,700 litres of water to make just one – that’s the amount of water an average person drinks over the course of 900 days” http://www.greenpeace.org

“Each year over 80 billion pieces of clothing are produced worldwide, and after its short lifespan, three out of four garments will end up in landfills or be incinerated. Only a quarter will be recycled”. http://www.greenpeace.org

“Americans for instance, consume three times as much as their ancestors did fifty years ago, and they buy twice as many items of clothing as they did twenty years ago”.
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“Clothing literally falls apart, meaning that it must be discarded rather than donated or sold to consignment shops”.

“Fashion is the 2nd most polluting industry in the world. What’s #1? Oil. Think about it”.

http://www.peacefuldumpling.com 

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What To Do:

How do we change this, how do we progress, how do we move forward? As consumers, we must ask the question, “Who made my clothes”.

Slow Fashion is a trend that has been growing internationally for some time and has finally found it’s way to America (Trends always start overseas and find their way to America about 2-3 years after they boomed on the streets of cities such as Tokyo, Paris and London). There are a number of brands, such as SixChel, that are becoming part of the Slow Fashion Revolution. We are creating clothes with thought, individual style and with quality construction. SixChel is ethically Made in America, in Brooklyn to be exact. Our clothes are designed with what modern women want today. We want comfort and ease in our clothes, but we also want to be stylish to look and feel good.


On 24 April 2013, 1,134 people were killed
and over 2,500 were injured when the
Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka,
Bangladesh. We believe that’s too many
people to lose on one day.
That’s when Fashion Revolution was born.
http://fashionrevolution.org


I encourage you to check out fashionrevolution.org to find out how you can help improve
the fashion industry.

SixChel is working hard to bring you an alternative to fast fashion. We are an ever evolving fashion brand with the desire to make clothes that you need. So we at SixChel are asking you, “What is missing in your clothes today”. Please, send us a comment or concern you may have about the clothes that are missing from your closet and we will pursue each idea to create the right collection for you, today’s modern woman.

 

Beauty, BEAUTY, Beauty: Why you NEED it???

“Remember that your actions influence others. Make it your new mantra to stop judging yourself & others so harshly. Women – every time a girl hears you talk about your big thighs or how much you hate your stomach, she keeps a mental scorecard about her own body, and ultimately, her worthiness. Men – take note about how you talk about women and the message this sends to your sons and daughters”. http://www.missrepresentation.org

 

We are surrounded with 24 hour media and advertising today with a message shouting to women, “YOU MUST BE BEAUTIFUL”, because if you are not a beauty, then more than likely there is something wrong with you. I guarantee there is nothing wrong with you nor is there anything wrong with wanting to be and feel beautiful, it’s the standard of beauty that we need to be aware of along with the fallacies it causes. We have become consumed with the “How” of becoming beautiful that most women are willing to go to extremes to gain or obtain the “ideal” beauty and these extremities have become an acceptable NEED in our daily life. Again, there is nothing wrong with the desire to obtain beauty, the problem is WHOSE beauty are you trying to obtain and WHY??? We need to learn to accept our own beauty which does not fit the unattainable standard. We need to be more positive and accepting of ourselves and others and recognize that beauty is in all of us with our own unique “BEAUTIFUL”.

“Teenagers spend on average 10 hours and 45 minutes per day consuming media (this includes watching TV, watching movies, reading magazines, listening to music, and going online)”. www.pychologytoday.com

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Behind the Scenes at the “In My Time” photo shoot.  Location: Nau’s Enfield Drug, Theme: Lazy Retro Fashion, Creative Director/Photographer: Marco Figueroa, Photographer: Adrian Lopez, Model: Katie Olsen, Designers: SixChel by Dina Chavez & Melissa Taylor, MUA’s/Hairstylists: Jesse Cervantes & Dre Radzik

There is no way of escaping media and advertising unless you have chosen to live on “The Farm” (then, you probably wouldn’t be reading this). It is everywhere and it is mostly subliminal which means that you may not even know which companies are convincing you, YOU NEED THEIR PRODUCT. Of course, this is arguable and it is convincing to say, “Well, I really did need that product”. What should be alarming is that most brands in the beauty and fashion industries have operated using advertising that makes the female consumer feel less of a woman, well, the standard woman (In America, in the fashion industry, the trend is to cast women that DO NOT have dark skin nor look Asian). So, what is the standard woman? It is the physical appearance of “The American Woman” which is pale skinned, light hair, light colored eyes, about 5’ 8” and a size 4/6 (in some cases a size 6 is considered plus size…I’m totally joking, but not at the same time). It is a small standard that the vast majority of American women can not obtain and we are told that if we do not look this way or at least go into debt trying our hardest to have “The American Woman” look, then we as a woman have no value and have FAILED. This message diminishes all non-beauty related attributes of women. In other words, advertising wants us to believe the only value we have is in our appearance, NOT in our education, our character nor our accomplishments.

“You should be reflective of the world you live in,” said [Joan] Smalls. “I look at this crowd, beautiful faces from different backgrounds and that’s the world I see. So when I see a runway with all the same models that are just cloned, I’m like: ‘Is that your beauty? Is that your world?’ It’s very one-sided and bland. Brands have to be more open-minded when they choose their cast; they hold a responsibility to represent consumers.” www.businessoffashion.com

What is the big deal, anyway? Advertising and manipulation in advertising is part of commerce and a democratic society…The BIG DEAL is this: “women put themselves down at LEAST 8 times a day”. www.careercontessa.com

AT LEAST 8 TIMES A DAY WOMEN ARE THINKING NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT THEMSELVES.

We have become part of a living cycle and we are not even aware we are taking part. It’s embedded in our heads that we need product X to be skinnier because being skinny is what makes you happy. So all day long we are fascinated with the idea that “I am just not skinny enough…if I was skinnier I would buy that dress…if I was skinnier my significant other would love me more…if I was skinnier, like Marie I would be pretty…and I will not be pretty until I buy product X”. It has become a never ending cycle that adds to the idea that the value of a woman lies only in her physical beauty. We need to get used to seeing ourselves as we are and embrace our worth outside of our beauty.

“Women are supposed to be both virginal and incredibly sexy, a balance that is impossible to pull off”. www.inquiriesjournal.com

The “True Woman” (Carolyn Kitch, Temple University) vs. “The Vamp” (Carolyn Kitch, Temple University) has been part of mass media for decades. The “True Woman” is virginal and righteous while “The Vamp” is the complete opposite. “She is sexual, powerful, and emasculating”. www.inquiriesjournal.com You are either one or the other and if you are “The Vamp” then everyone has been taught to hate you, especially other women. If you are the “True Woman”, great, perfect, but your husband is probably

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In My Time Studio Shoot, Location: Clarksville, ATX, Theme: Lazy Retro Fashion, Creative Director/Photographer: Marcos Figueroa, Photographer: Adrian Lopez, Model: Katie Olsen, Designers: SixChel by Dina Chavez & Melissa Taylor, MUA’s & Hairstylists: Jesse Cervantes & Dre Radzik

cheating on you so buy product X to be more of “The Vamp”. In other words, we can never completely be satisfying without help to make us more of a woman.  Often times, women, especially the young ones who are barely finding themselves, feel they must play one role over the other while being told that there are definite repercussions for either role. For A LOT of young ladies today, “The Vamp” is glamorous and what men need in their lives (thanks to certain sex tapes) so, if you’re looking for love or just to fit in, “The Vamp” is the way to go. I am all for any young person going out into the world trying to find themselves, the problem for women and why we need to be cautious is that sex in the media has taught men that it is their right and they CAN take it when they need it. (It is shameful that this has become the responsibility of the woman instead of society). This of course, correlates to the act of sexual violence.
“Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely”. www.rainn.org

“Black-oriented television shows may serve a protective function; Hispanic and Black girls and women who watch more Black-oriented television have higher body satisfaction”. www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

There is absolutely nothing wrong with focusing on your appearance. I love nothing more than a day of pampering myself or roaming the beauty isles of any store. But, there are times when I do doubt myself and wonder when product X is going to get me to look like a Victoria’s Secret model. The fact of the matter is that I will never look like a Victoria’s Secret model and I DON’T NEED to look like one either. I don’t have children, but I have many friends with beautiful, intelligent and talented young ladies and it bothers me knowing that their lives are surrounded by media at least 3 times as its was when I was growing up. I hope their environment within the media is healthier for them then it has been for me and they are taught that their physical appearance does not define them. It makes them unique, but what is most import is how they live in the world making it a better place for the future and not how they LOOK standing in it.
The goal is acceptance. Acceptance of ALL women. I want you to feel CONFIDENT in your beauty and how you have CHOSEN to make your mark in our world.

“Remember that your actions influence others. Make it your new mantra to stop judging yourself & others so harshly. Women – every time a girl hears you talk about your big thighs or how much you hate your stomach, she keeps a mental scorecard about her own body, and ultimately, her worthiness. Men – take note about how you talk about women and the message this sends to your sons and daughters”. www.missrepresentation.org

CREDITS

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pressure-proof/201201/the-bitch-and-the-ditz-mainstream-medias-negative-impact-women-and-girls Jan. 30, 2012
https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/voices/fashion-and-race-inequality-privilege-diversity-inclusion?utm_source=Subscribers&utm_campaign=f63081fb06-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d2191372b3-f63081fb06-416933037 Jan. 21, 2017

http://www.careercontessa.com/conversations/comparing-yourself-to-other-women/?utm_source=Master+Email+List&utm_campaign=ca2e31205e-Sunday_Convos_2016_12_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_596417d4c4-ca2e31205e-95137069 Oct. 17, 2016

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Why Ethical???

Why I chose ethical fashion for SixChel and a glimpse into making the samples for The Capsule Collection.

If I have worked with you recently at one of the fabulously produced Fashion X Fashion Shows in Austin, Dallas or Houston OR if I personally know you, you may know that SixChel will re-launch this coming Spring to be an ethical and sustainable fashion brand. As I’ve studied fashion and worked in the industry for a number of years, I have learned of the harshness it brings to our environment, society and ourselves.

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Sustainable Fabric Samples

 

There is no easy way of saying this, but the clothes you wear, though gorgeous or functional, are hazardous and are a growing problem to ALL of us. They more than likely were made in an underdeveloped country with poor labor standards as well as responsible for most of the pollution in the world (the fashion industry is the second largest contributor to pollution  according to ecowatch.com).  As consumer interest of ethical and sustainable products grows, it is up to us in the fashion industry to provide more product choices to the consumer as well as do what we can to see these products become a staple in our industry. However, we are not yet at the point where products will be 100% sustainable or ethical, but doing as much as we can is progress and progress is ALWAYS good.

 

So, what does ETHICAL mean?

Ethical Fashion is an umbrella term to describe ethical fashion design, production, retail, and purchasing. It covers a range of issues such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, sustainable production, the environment, and animal welfare.

-vam.ac.uk, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2016

I decided long ago that the one thing I would not give up as I began my fashion label was where and how I would make my products. Being Made in America with good labor conditions and good

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Wrap Halter Top: Available in a teal, bamboo cotton jersey with rose gold vegan leather straps/tie.

pay has always been important to me. I believe that the work that goes into constructing a product should be rewarded fairly, because when the person making your product loves their work, the product is just going to be that much better. Fast fashion has created an acceptance of poor treatment and harsh working conditions (child workers, an unhygienic environment, very little pay, etc.) and WE (yes, I’m guilty of this, too) have given an, “okay” to the industry when WE as a mass consumer group continue to purchase items in the fast fashion market. This is also true for the fabric that is used to make our clothes. Because of the fast fashion NEED, textiles are being made the quickest and cheapest way to keep the products flowing into retailers. Most of these fabrics contain polyester and nylon, which are man made fabrics. As these fabrics are being made, large amounts of green house gases are being released into our atmosphere. If little by little, WE make ourselves aware…WE start paying attention to where our clothes are being made…WE ask if a certain retailer has begun to make products with a “conscious” model, and WE make our purchases with this in mind, then the retailers will follow our pursuit. This trend is already happening. According to drapers.com (an online fashion industry publication), one of the retail and fashion trends of 2017 is sustainably made products answering the call of consumers interested in better made and long-lasting items.

 

With all of this knowledge, I knew that I could do my part to assist with the progression of ethical and sustainable products in the fashion industry. Over the past few months I have been researching fabrics, sample/pattern makers, cut & sew shops, etc. to have the means to make a high quality product for you. The Capsule Collection was created to provide you with the option of chic yet fun, ethical and sustainable fashion. I have had the opportunity to work with a great product development company in Austin, TX, Trunkist (www.trunkist.com).

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High Waist Crop Pants with Flair and Pockets:  Available in black, hemp/organic cotton denim or rose gold vegan leather.

 

Together we prepared the preliminary work to get SixChel’s samples made for you to see before our official launch in the Spring of 2017. The fabric and color story for The Capsule Collection has been chosen and will include a black, Hemp/Organic,  Cotton Denim, a Twill, enzyme washed in a plum color, a Bamboo, Cotton Jersey in Teal and Vegan Leather (I HAD to include a touch of EDGE) in a Rose Gold shade. SixChel and Trunkist along with the help of our beautiful model, Elizabeth, have finished the first round of fittings and we could not be more excited to see that the manufacturer from Brooklyn, NY was able to construct the samples to near perfection. The next step is to get the samples made in the sustainable fabric that has been chosen with photoshoots to follow. I am truly excited to get The Capsule Collection out to you.

 

Ethical and sustainable fashion is the way of the future. Our goal is to create clothes that will make you feel beautiful, chic and sassy all while being a part of this fashion revolution.  As mentioned earlier, we are far from seeing 100% ethical and sustainable products, but with more and more interest from consumers and as developments in the fashion industry grows, more products will be created and available.

 

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated” – Oscar Wilde

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