As a stylist, I'm always searching for new places to shop. Thanks to the internet and rise of e-commerce it seems like every single day there's thousands of new sites to browse. Talk about overwhelming! Get me on a cute boutique's website and I could scroll forever. I can't be the only one who catches themselves making "dream" shopping carts on these sites, right? 

I've rounded up some of my favorite indie brands to shop. Some are quite established, others newer, but they're all top notch. 


Reformation is known for eco-friendly, surefire basics and feminine dresses. The LA brand embraces current trends, but infuses them into their collections quite tastefully so that the pieces are still classic. Their tagline is "We make killer clothes that don't kill the environment." Need I say more? 


Maybe it's the clean pastel aesthetics or their Instagram full of fresh faced babes, but Glossier is a new brand that simply can't be ignored. This beauty line started in late 2014 with a focus on skincare and is now branching into natural looking makeup as well. Prices range from $12 to $26 so there's no reason not to treat your skin to a treat. 


Aelfie sells rugs, pillows, bedding, and other home accents - all of which are definitely Pinterest worthy. Their designs are bright and contemporary, often featuring bold graphics. Despite being so modern, the company prides themselves on the fact that all of their rugs are handmade using age-old, Indian techniques. How cool is that?!

Melissa Joy Manning 

MJM is the place to go for quality, wearable everyday jewelry. Collections range from affordable minimalist metal earrings to fine diamond rings. Lots of the stone pieces are quite the splurge, but they're so unique. The jewelry is all handmade in the USA, with materials upcycled and ethically sourced. 

Rylee & Cru

Of course I couldn't finish this roundup without including something for the kiddos. I've always been a fan of blogger and illustrator Kelli Murray, so it's no surprise that her clothing line for little ones is just as stellar. They sell wears for both boys and girls and all of their clothes are hand dyed and SO soft. I can't get over how cute this appleseed top is. 

Photos from Instagram

Emotional Clothes


Clothes are emotional. I was reminded of that on the last episode of Project Runway, and again today. When I'm happy I reach for bright colors, prints and dresses.

When I'm sad or stressed I STAY in my PJ's.


When I'm tired I reach for jeans and a t-shirt.


When I'm feeling extra pretty I wear dresses and skirts.

I dress with my emotions not because I want to send a message to the world, but because being such a visual person, clothes have the ability to impact my mood.

Today was a stressful, emotional day, and it started out with me staying in my PJ's until Noon. However, I decided to take a break and forced myself to hop in the shower, take extra time for my makeup and hair, and pick out an outfit I feel confident in. Granted, I'm still a bit bummed about my morning speed bumps, but I'm feeling much more positive and confident sitting in the exact same chair as before simply because I "dressed for success." Cheesy -I know, but it seriously can help turn frowns upside down. ;)

Photos: J.Crew, Elle, Heart Charlie, unknown.

Olive Juice Kids

65Olive Juice Kids is a clothing company that I stumbled across this morning, and I'm so glad I did. Take Crew Cuts and add more of a Parisian influence and you have Olive Juice. I want to wear these clothes as an adult! Man, when I have children Crew Cuts and Olive Juice...(crossing my fingers that it doesn't backfire into Goth when adolescence hits)boys_outerwearolivejuice52olivejuice5fk75860_B_137_Lolivejuice3girls_outerwear69

Bye, Bye Summer

This may be a bit premature, but I'm saying good-bye to summer. It's still over 100 degrees here in Arizona, but all of the retail stores are starting to bring in their fall clothes and that means summer is gone in my book. Besides, I hate summer in Arizona and anything that makes fall come faster is A-Okay to me. Here's my tribute to all things summer and a happy farewell until 2010!

Bye, Bye to Summer