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Why I’m Loving the Sustainable Clothing Movement

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This is Why I’m Loving the Sustainable Clothing Movement | Live Colorful

As a creative soul, I have a natural instinct to want to discover how things are made. Not long ago curiosity pushed me to learn how to sew my own clothes, and what I discovered changed the way I shop for garments entirely. Sewing clothes is extremely hard and time-consuming. The whole process made me realized how little I appreciated the pieces of clothing that I was buying from the stores. At that moment I knew that for the future I wanted to become a more conscious buyer. I was craving to get to know more about brands that were making an effort to act responsibly and that care about the process and the people involved in it.

That’s how I found prAna. I already had a few prAna pieces in my closet, but I didn’t know much about the company. Reading through their page and social media posts I discovered how prAna is always in search of sustainable raw materials for their products, such as organic cotton, recycled wool, hemp, recycled polyester, and manufacturing practices, they are really passionate about partnering with companies and factories that have strict guidelines for safety and efficacy. But in the end, I love that they still care about the aesthetics, creating beautiful, functional, and versatile products.

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I love going to the gym and I’m a passionate traveler and hiker, but my love for prAna is mostly because I’m a mom.

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Sometimes being a mom feels like a hardcore workout. I need to crouch down, balance, run, dodge stuff, all while I’m lifting a toddler with one hand. prAna pieces are by far, the most comfortable ones that I have tried since my toddler was born, and I love wearing them every day because I feel pretty and comfortable. They go with me grocery shopping, yoga class, my toddler’s tumbling class, and a walk near the San Francisco Bay to enjoy a beautiful sunset with my boys, and I always feel appropriate and confident.

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This is Why I’m Loving the Sustainable Clothing Movement | Live Colorful

This is Why I’m Loving the Sustainable Clothing Movement | Live Colorful

After my experience making my own clothes, I started to value every piece of clothing I own. Now I think about them as a reflection of who I am, my values and interests. I wanted them to be durable and versatile, to avoid the need of getting too many useless pieces, but instead investing in great quality and companies that care about their impact on the world.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.

How to Make Flower Crown with Ribbons and Pom poms

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How to Make Flower Crown with Ribbons and Pom poms | Live Colorful

Flower crowns are still awesome. They add a fun touch to any summer outfit. You can wear them for a special occasion, a pool party, or just because you want to feel special and different in a Monday afternoon.

A recent event inspired me to make one. I wanted to use durable materials so I could storage it and use it in the future. I bought some artificial silk flowers and added my own colorful touch using pompoms and ribbons.

Check out the video (minute 5:02) to see how I made mine.

MATERIALS:

 

STEPS:

  1. Measure your head to calculate the size of your crown. Cut the floral wire and add 2 inches on each side to wrap it and close it. Close the wire in a semi-circle shape and wrap the edges as much as you can.
  2. Start tangling the artificial flowers on the floral wire. Arrange them on the front of the crown.
  3. When you are happy with the way the flowers look, tangle floral green tape around the whole crown to cover the floral wire and the wire from the artificial flowers.
  4. Now add the ribbons! When you finish, trim them to a desired length. You can leave a few longer than others for a playful look.
  5. Colorful pom poms, of course! You can sew them or glue them on top of the ribbons for a fun touch.

How to Make Flower Crown with Ribbons and Pom poms | Live Colorful

Your summer outfits will never be boring if you wear this colorful accessory!

We recently shared another great DIY idea, a Braided Fabric Head Wrap that is also a perfect accessory for your summery outfits. Check out the tutorial here.

DIY: Braided Fabric Head Wrap

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Make a pretty braided head wrap this summer! Wear it as headband, or use it to decorate a hat and even make it a bow on one of your favorite summer bags.

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I love versatile fashion accessories, especially the ones you can adjust and wear in many ways and many occasions.

Summer inspired me to create a braided fabric head wrap using some pretty fabric scraps. The patterns in the fabric are summery and fun and the way to make it is easy peasy.

I know you will love the idea of being able to use this braided head wrap as headband, but also to decorate a hat and even make it a bow on one of my favorite summer bags for the beach.

 DIY: Braided fabric head wrap | Live Colorful

MATERIALS:

  • Fabric scraps
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Hot glue
  • Hot Glue gun

STEPS:

  1. Start by cutting six long wide strips of fabric. Approximately 36 inches long. One way to know the length of your fabric strips is by measuring your head or hat and adding 3″ on each side to be able tie a knot on both ends.
  2. Organize the fabric into three pairs. Put the fabric together, leaving the printed side of the fabric exposed.
  3. Start braiding your three pieces.
  4. Cut the excess of fabric from both sides and give a few stitches to hold the two ends together. Then tie a knot at the end.

That easy! Now you have a beautiful head piece that is ready to be paired with a flirty, fun summer outfit!

You can also update an old hat you have at home to make it look fresh and beach ready with this simple DIY project.