The {1.9.18} Edit

1.  Gamine Workwear, Sweetwater Trouser, $150

2.  Proclaim, The T-Back Bralette, $68

3. Apolis, Transit Issue Travel Candle, $22

4. The Bee & The Fox,  "Strong is the New Pretty" Muscle Tee, $28

5. Nudestix, Magnetic Luminous Eye Color, $24



Sweetwater Trouser

Photo by Gamine Workwear

Photo by Gamine Workwear

We are officially obsessed with Gamine Workwear.  They make clothes for working women--not pencil skirts and pumps, but workwear for ladies who work with their hands, in fields and greenhouses and laboratories.  They call themselves "an exploration of femininity and worn character."  We call them an inspiration. 

All of their products are made by people paid a living wage, given health insurance, and who have logged 10,000 hours (and then some) perfecting their crafts.  And that last part?  It shows in the exceptionally high quality of their clothing.  These are garments made entirely in the U.S.A and field-tested (quite literally) in gardens by gardeners, before they're ever offered for sale.  While Gamine is known best for their dungarees (made from selvage White Oak denim in a tiny town in Tennessee), we're digging these chic Sweetwater Trousers, which are a collab with Dickies 1922.  We're not sure what we love more, the waist height or the fact that it's adjustable, so you can choose the fit you want.  And the story behind the Sweetwater name is great, too: they're named after the Women Airforce Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.), the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft, who were trained in Sweetwater, Texas.  These are pants that'll help you kick butt this year, whether you work with your hands or just want to look like you do.  


The T-Back Bralette

Photo by Proclaim (@wearproclaim // Instagram)

Photo by Proclaim (@wearproclaim // Instagram)

Finally.  A nude bra for women who aren't beige.  If you've struggled to find a skin-toned bra that matches your actual skin tone,  (a) you're not alone, and (b) you've got to try the ultra comfortable and gloriously underwire-free T-back Bralette from San Francisco-based Proclaim. Unlike so many other bras, this longline bralette comes in not one, but three shades of "nude:"  the Nina (far left), the Frida (center) and the Zaha (far right).  While it might not be the ideal bra for a very large chested gal (alas, none of those here), we were pleasantly surprised at how supportive it is for our medium-sized melons (the longline style definitely helps keep things secure and lifted) and how great it looks under thin white tees (it doesn't show through the fabric, and the v-neck style means it doesn't peek out no matter how deep your v). 

From using fabric made of recycled BPA-free plastic bottles to manufacturing locally in San Francisco (every bra is designed, cut and sewn there), Proclaim is making bras that are not only inclusive, but ethical.  And, they offer free returns and exchanges, so you can see how you like the T-Back before you commit. Welcome to the nude revolution, people.



Transit Issue Travel Candle

Photo by Apolis (@apolis // Instagram)

Photo by Apolis (@apolis // Instagram)

This American-made coconut wax candle from Apolis will make your space smell phenomenal (it's a masculine cypress wood scent with hints of fig) without polluting your air with nasty chemicals.  The travel-sized jar is designed to be taken with you, so that you can recreate the smell of home wherever you are.  The only problem is, now that we're burning it, we don't want to leave home.  We just want to sit around staring at the cool amber jar and sniffing the woodsy awesomeness all around us.  

Apolis is built around the concept of “advocacy through industry"--the idea that business can empower people.  This globally minded certified B corporation partners with entrepreneurs all over the world to bring their products to the global marketplace.


"Strong is the New Pretty" Muscle Tee

Photo by @ lifewithabbyd  // Instagram

Photo by @lifewithabbyd // Instagram

As mothers of daughters, we bought this tee for the statement alone, figuring it'd work as gym wear if the fit wasn't great.  But, you guys, the fit is great (loose but not boxy and the rolled muscle sleeves make us look cooler--and stronger--than we actually are), and the fabric is buttery soft.  Buy one for yourself and get one for the littles in your life, too-- The Bee & The Fox also offers a kids' version in both pink and white.

We discovered The Bee & The Fox on Etsy and were pumped to learn that all of their rad statement tees are made in sweatshop-free factories--some in downtown LA and others overseas in ethical factories that are WARP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified.  Be careful, though--once you start shopping, you may end up with five things in your cart like we did.  We're pretty sure we need the Tough as a Mother sweatshirt. Maybe a Valentine's Day present for your favorite mama? (Especially if that mama is you.)


Magnetic Eye Color

Photo by Nudestix (@nudestix // Instagram)

Photo by Nudestix (@nudestix // Instagram)

Whether you like your lids luminous or matte, Nudestix has an eye color for you.  And, their line of makeup crayons (their foundation and lip colors and cheek tints all come in stick form, too) make application a breeze.  Just don't expect bright green shadow; Nudestix's whole shtick is the no makeup look (not to be confused with actually wearing no makeup -- Alicia Keyes taught us the distinction on that), so their shades are all neutral-ish.  We like the Terra shade for daytime (it's a matte copper brown) and Smoke (it's a shimmery plum) for a night out. 

We love that Nudestix is vegan friendly, cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.  And we're girl crushing on the founders, Jenny, Taylor, and Ally (a mom and her two daughters), who started the brand together.  Jenny is a chemical engineer with 20 years of cosmetic experience and her daughters are millennials who wanted minimalist makeup that fit their on-the-go lifestyle.  Nudestix it out to convince you to get rid of your ridick collection of products (most of which are probably toxic) and par down to a set of easy to use and vitamin enhanced makeup stix for face, eyes and lips.  Consider us convinced.