Sotela Everyday Woman

#Sotelaeverydaywoman: Andrea Hartman of Seasons and Salt

I’m so thankful for the friendships I’ve made through blogging (while it was Gold Polka Dots) and through Sotela.  Andrea of Seasons and Salt is one of those people and I’m happy we’ve had the chance to work together. She is one of my favorite bloggers because she is such a sweetheart who has a timeless style that is very relatable.

Last week, Andrea of Seasons and Salt, asked me some great questions ranging from my background to where I see myself in 5 years. Today, it’s my turn to ask about her switch to conscious fashion, how she defines her style and her daily uniform.

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Your personal style in three words:

Oh man, I always struggle with this, but I love hearing others’ perspectives so I’ll give it a shot. Though my style is ever-evolving and being refined, the three underlying adjectives I always strive for are: Chic, Effortless and Timeless.

How have you defined your style? Does being a mom influence it?

I spent about a year and a half using capsule wardrobes to help me find my style. After the birth of my third baby I was feeling a little frumpy, and I wanted to feel good and like myself in my clothes. Capsules helped strip away the excess in my closet and find out what I truly liked. The exercise has been liberating and re-defining when it comes to my closet, I can’t recommend it enough. Now I continue to live out of a slimmed-down, seasonal closet with a focus on fewer and better items.

Being a mom influences the logistics of my style. I still wear what I love – getting dressed each day in a pulled-together look brings me great satisfaction – but what I love is tempered by the fact that all my pieces have to be super functional. I need to be able to wash most of my stuff at home, my leather boots need to be durable enough to hit up the park, etc. That being said, I still wear a ton of white and some people say I’m crazy for doing that as a mom of three young kids. But hey, you only live once, right?

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If you only had 5 minutes to get ready, what would you wear?

Love this question! My thrifted, old Levi 501’s, my cropped cashmere sweater from Everlane and my tan oxfords from Nisolo.

I remember seeing your blog for the first time last year and being so excited that another blogger has made the switch to conscious fashion. What was the catalyst for changing your shopping habits?

I was definitely disturbed by the news of Rana Plaza collapse back in 2013, and that lurked in the back of my mind. But I didn’t do anything about it at first because it’s easy to keep making choices like supporting fast-fashion when nobody is looking. When I started my blog and suddenly all my clothing choices were public I began to think a lot more about the brands I was supporting and telling other people to support.

The transition was surprisingly organic. I don’t think there was one particular catalyst, I just kept slowly running into more information and it just didn’t make sense for me to keep buying into the fast-fashion cycle. After I watched John Oliver’s piece on fast-fashion I almost felt like I’d been ‘had’ by the industry. I also loved The True Cost.

Additionally I think the rise and availability of companies like Everlane and Nisolo have further cemented this change.

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Have you noticed any other changes in your life since making the switch?

I honestly feel like shopping is a lot easier now. I get overwhelmed by the infinite amount of clothing out there and I prefer to scout and shop smaller brands and companies. It’s just simpler, more meaningful for me and makes me not feel like a carbon copy of others. I also find myself thinking a lot harder about what I buy for my home, I analyze all my purchases way more than I used to.

What does being a #sotelaeverydaywoman mean to you?

I’m not perfect, but I finally feel like I am winning the battle of what to wear and that makes me feel confident, which makes me feel like anything is possible.

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