In today’s post, I’d like to show my appreciation for the local Native artists who made the beautiful pieces of jewelry in these photos. I recently attended a cultural event put on by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, where I purchased most of these pieces of beaded jewelry from local Pomo artists. The aquamarine-colored necklace and earrings look like they’re part of a set, but they were actually made by two different artists, and I love wearing them together. I also really like the red, black, and white beaded loop earrings, which look great with all my black clothes (I have lots) and bright turquoise stones.

Ever since I was a kid, I have received inconsistent education on our continent’s indigenous peoples. I was fed the whitewashed Thanksgiving stories and problematic depictions of Native Americans all throughout my youth, and I got very little information on what tribal life is like today. But I also had a lot of local tribal education as a kid, learning extensively about the local Miwok and Pomo people. And of course as a teenager I finally got to learn the real, totally awful Thanksgiving/Columbus stories. So while the seeds for indigenous appreciation were sown early on, I didn’t have enough resources to truly know what it means to be a good ally, or to tell the difference between cultural appreciation and appropriation.

In this recent wave of indigenous appropriation and corporate commercialization of native aesthetics, there has been a ton of information available on what appropriation is and isn’t, and how to truly appreciate Native American cultures without appropriating. Native AppropriationsEveryday Feminism, and Jezebel all are great resources on how to show your respect and honor this continent’s native people.



Buying arts and crafts directly from Native artists is an awesome way to respectfully incorporate Native culture in your everyday life. Brush up on the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 so you can know what to look for when searching for authentic Native-made goods. Or just head over to Beyond Buckskin Boutique and behold the incredible beauty of their gorgeous Native-made jewelry and incredibly cool, modern clothing.

One of the best parts of buying from actual Native artists is making that human connection. Meeting talented artists and supporting their craft is really important, and that’s true for people of any cultural background. When I buy items from outside my culture, I want to buy them from somebody of that culture. It seems only right.



The only links I’m able to give for the jewelry shown are White Buffalo for the turquoise stone necklace and Mitla Moda for the beaded bracelet. Unfortunately I don’t have any information on the artists I met who made the beaded earrings and abalone necklace. But what I can say about them is that they were really talented people and I really enjoyed talking to them and learning about their work. The woman who made the aquamarine-colored beaded earrings was selling alongside her sister, and they had me laughing the whole time with all their quick back-and-forth jokes. And the abalone necklace was sold to me by a sweet elderly woman whose beading is delicate and colorful. She told me she would be selling more around Christmastime at a Native market in Santa Rosa. I want to find out when this is so I can see more of her work!

Being a good ally means constant learning, listening, and growing. No ally is perfect. But making an effort to show true respect for other cultures, and learning to take criticism and learn from our experiences when we screw up, is important in good allyship.

The Jezebel link I posted above has great information on the 3 S’s to consider when buying Native goods (Source, Significance/Sacredness, and Similarity). I’ll post it again right here so you don’t have to scroll back up to find it.

Easy Breezy




Top: Mitla Moda / Skirt: H&M / Necklace: Matr Boomie / Earrings: Greenola Style / Left wrist bracelet: Mitla Moda / Right wrist bracelets: various / Boots: Dr. Martens / Shoes: Alegria

I have to give some love to Mitla Moda this instant. I just got this black and red cotton top from them in the mail and it is the coolest. It’s hand-woven and fairly traded from Mexico. The top is breezy and billowy in all the best ways, and below the waist is all elastic smocking, so it fits perfectly under skirts. I want to try this style out with a pencil skirt too, or maybe some high waisted jeans. It’s made from a heavy cotton of beautiful quality, so it works great for all seasons.

(Though I don’t believe any clothing of any kind has been appropriate for this recent 100-degree heat. El Nino can’t come soon enough!)

Each piece of clothing Mitla Moda sells is hand-woven by masterful indigenous weavers in Oaxaca and procured through fair trade practices. You can truly see the love and skill in each stitch. Right now I’m totally coveting their Chickadee crop tops (they come in both black and white with embroidery in a whole rainbow of colors).

When I was taking these photos, I had a hard time choosing between my red mary janes and my Doc Martens, so I took photos with both (as you can see above). As long as this heat keeps hitting California, I’ll wear this outfit with the red mary janes, but once things start cooling down, it will be Doc Martens all day every day. With cute tights.

And of course, no outfit post is complete without an Odo outtake, right?


Monarchs, Bluebells, and Goldfish


My aunt Mary is rad. She takes naturally to the art of creating beautiful things, from crafts to baked goods and everything in-between. I’ve always loved and respected my aunt for her hard work and artistic skill, which shows in everything she makes. The list of things she’s excellent at is a long one, but I wanted to focus on one thing she’s been working on over the past few years that has really blown me (and the rest of the family) out of the water: clay bead making. She creates her own designs, molds them, stretches them, cures them, and cuts them all by hand. The results are stunning, and so intricate they appear hand-painted. I have quite a few pairs of her handmade clay earrings now, and I always get compliments every time I wear them. I wanted to show you all a few of her designs, because they’re just so beautiful and I believe the world needs to see them. You can see details of each of the pairs in the photo above, which is helpful for the goldfish design (the itty-bitty ones also pictured about seven photos down).




My aunt has been doing the monarch butterfly wing design for a while, and I think it may be my favorite. I get tons of compliments any time I wear any of her monarch designs. They’re just so lovely!




These purple flowers are some of her newer designs. I love how they hang as if they’re wet with rain, and they go so beautifully with my purple Greenola Style acai seed choker. I’m starting to think purple may be my color.


You can see these much better in the first photo of this post, but these are the adorable little goldfish earrings. They’re such a cute addition to any summer outfit. The design is just so simple and cheery!



These are some blue feathers she designed a while ago. They’re very fun to wear, and while I can attest that they look amazing with a short haircut, I bet they’d look really beautiful with long hair too.




This design reminds me of a mandala. I love how these pair with a choker, but they’re so intricate that they stand alone as statement earrings as well.

Clearly my aunt is a super badass at making beautiful jewelry. She doesn’t have a web presence yet, but if any of you are interested in her stuff, leave a comment here with your email address, or direct message me on Twitter @unpetitfauve, or email unpetitfauve [at] gmail [dot] com and I can help!

Red Hot

I thrifted this adorable dress recently. It’s 1960s vintage and handmade. It’s been a long time since I’ve bought a dress this short, but I couldn’t pass this vintage gem up! It has a very cute 60s print of flowers, hearts, and stripes in a chile-red and clementine-orange color scheme that screams “late summer.” This is the kind of dress you wear while drinking red sangria on a warm evening. Perfect for sending off this hot season. I’m more than ready to welcome the El Nino rains we’ve all been waiting for!

Arthur took this photo at our latest run to the local food truck gathering. We have a couple near us, and this particular one happens at a super dog-friendly shopping center that has a little fenced grassy area specifically for dogs. We got some tasty eats from the food trucks, then took Odo over to the tiny park so he could sniff around off-leash.



Sweetheart necklines have been an absolute staple for me this summer. It’s been a wonderful rediscovery. Back when I first willingly started wearing dresses (circa age 17), the sweetheart neckline was something I was immediately drawn to. Put it on a cotton sundress and it fits in well at a picnic in the park. Put it on a black wiggle dress and all of a sudden you’re Rita Hayworth. Sweetheart necklines are perfection.

The yellow dress is from the brand-spankin’-new ModCloth namesake line, which I got to try on during opening day of the ModCloth Fit Shop in San Francisco. I had a fitting appointment right when they opened the doors on the inaugural day, and I got to try on tons of cute pieces from this beautiful, high quality line. Plus, I returned later in the evening to talk to some of the ModCloth crew, have some refreshments, and listen to a jazz trio play some legit music. This yellow dress was definitely my favorite piece of all, though did make it out with a cardigan, a top, a skirt, and a necklace as well. Plus, the dress is named after one of my favorite cities in the whole world. It was meant to be!

The blue arrow print dress is from my beloved Chicago-based fair trade clothing company, Mata Traders. It was part of their summer line, which was essentially a massive, prolific, ethically-made tidal wave of adorable cuts and prints. The second the summer lookbook came out, I knew this dress had to be mine. It’s definitely my favorite from this line, and probably my favorite dress I’ve ever ordered from the company .

Now, I normally love pairing each of my outfits with a cool necklace, but with sweetheart necklines, I like to keep the neck unadorned. I will, however, wear cool earrings or a statement bracelet to liven things up. For the yellow dress, I chose my tried-and-true Saturn earrings and my awesomely huge 1930s bakelite bangle. For the blue dress, I went with a red vintage plastic bangle and my beautiful, long abalone earrings made by a native Yurok jeweler. And I sat on the table in our breakfast nook, making some seriously dramatic faces.



Happy Summer Solstice! (Yesterday.) I have no idea what’s going on with the length of this skirt, but somehow it works. I mostly just wear this with a crop top, big sunglasses, and Doc Martens or my equally 90s-alt-girl red mary janes (pictured above), and it’s a perfect summer outfit. And this Mata Traders beaded fringe necklace is just so perfectly summery too. I want to wear it all season long.

I’m a rainy weather girl, but as much as I’m dreading this summer’s upcoming 90-degree days and endless sun, I do like styling summer outfits. But mostly I just love spending outdoor time with my pooch, giving him strawberry ice cubes (his favorite) and filling up the kiddie pool for him to splash around in. Summer is so much more enjoyable when you have a canine companion to share it with.

7 Things I’ve Learned from Having a Buzzcut



Well, my buzzcut has been around for about two weeks now, and I’m loving it! It’s growing rather gracefully, and soon I’ll be back at my normal pixie again…before I shave it again in October for an inevitable Furiosa Halloween costume. Here are five things I’ve learned these past two weeks about having a buzzcut:

1. Both men and women like it
A buzzcut, like a pixie, has a gamine-type appeal that men and women both like. For those afraid of men not finding a buzzcut attractive, fear not, because as a woman who has a lot of male friends, I can tell you that I’ve gotten many compliments from guys I know and trust. And of course my wonderful husband also finds it very cute. I’ve gotten lots of compliments from women as well. It’s been generally well-received by all kinds of people. This kind of gutsy cut communicates confidence to others, and people respond positively to that.

2. Makeup and earrings are more awesome than ever
I actually bought eyeshadow for the first time since I was 18. All these years I’ve relied on eyeliner and some sort of nice lip color at the most, but with a buzzcut, I’m having a lot of fun playing up my big eyes. I’m also wearing big earrings, which are a buzzcut’s best friend. In fact, all my accessories seem to have gotten bigger, more colorful, or more theatrical (like the big sunglasses pictured, which I just got in my most recent Le Parcel box).

3. Scalp sunburns are a real threat
When I was getting the cut done initially, an older female client at the salon came up to me while I was getting my hair washed, and she said, “Hey, so I just wanted to tell you that cut looks great on you. I had one when I was your age. But I need to let you know: put sunscreen on your scalp or you will get horrible sunburns, and then this will happen,” and she turned around to reveal to me a bald spot on the back of her head. Now, I have incredibly thick hair, but I’m not sure if my cut is short enough to necessitate sunscreen. I haven’t worn any yet, and I haven’t felt any burning going on, but I’m completely paranoid and always touching my scalp to make sure it hasn’t happened. How do you apply sunscreen to a longer, very thick buzzcut like this anyway? Do you just rub it into your hair like leave-in conditioner? Now that the weather is heating up, I’m going to have to start doing the sunscreen thing for sure.

4. Hair grows fast
This is why you don’t have to be worried about your hair getting cut too short. Hair grows so fast it’s crazy. Let it do its thing.

5. My hair is insanely healthy right now, you have no idea
My pixie was pretty healthy to begin with, but now with the buzz, the hair is all new growth, and I’m washing it less, so it’s super soft and nice right now.

6. A lot of people tell you how they could never pull it off
People will tell you how great the cut looks on your head, but then go on about how they could never do it because they don’t have the “right” bone structure, or their head is “lumpy,” whatever that means. Sure, buzzcuts do look really good on certain faces, but my response is always: “If it makes you feel like yourself, do it. It doesn’t matter what kind of head or cheekbones you have. If you feel happy with this style, that’s all that matters. And others will pick up on that confidence too.” In the end, “pulling it off” doesn’t stem from what others think of you; it comes from how happy you are with yourself. And if you feel confident, others will think nice things about you, which is an added bonus. But really, it’s all about how you feel!

7. I personally haven’t encountered as much staring and negativity as I thought I would
Before I went for the clippers, I did a little research about buzzcuts on women online. I heard a lot of stories of women getting stared at or people pointing at them, so I was expecting some of that. If it’s happened, I haven’t noticed (and I’m very aware of my surroundings). I think I may have caught a woman staring at me recently, but it doesn’t seem to happen to me all that much. This may be because I live in a part of the US that’s known for openness and eccentricity, or maybe it’s because I only went down to a 4 at the shortest. I may have had a completely different experience if I had an even shorter cut.

I also expected I may get negative comments from some, but I haven’t really encountered much of that yet either. I’ve gotten maybe one or two weird comments, and when I went out one day without makeup an old woman told me “you remind me of my grandson” (still not sure if she was just trying to tell me I was sweet or if her eyesight was going and she thought I was a boy), but in general, if anyone has had something not nice to say, it seems they’ve kept it to themselves. I know for things such as physical appearance, a lot of negative comments will often come from people who don’t know you, and since I don’t really make chit-chat with people I don’t know, that may be why I haven’t gotten a lot of pushback on this haircut. Or maybe people just like it. Who knows?

If you’re thinking of getting a buzzcut, do know that some individuals may make stupid comments about you, or they may stare at you. Feel free to call them out on their ignorance if you feel so inclined.



Buzzcut Season



Those who follow my Instagram already know I got a buzzcut this weekend. While I’ve had a pixie for about three years now, this is the first time I’ve ever had a true buzzcut, and it was a really cool experience getting it done. I’ve always thought buzzcuts on women were so pretty and stylish, great for showing off eyes, cheekbones, noses, eyebrows, lips…anything you like about your face!

I won’t lie, I was really inspired by Charlize Theron’s portrayal of Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road for this cut. I thought her buzz looked so cool and beautiful, and I thought, hey, I bet I could do it too! I came home from work one day and said to Arthur, “I’m not sure about it yet, but I was thinking about getting a buzzcut during my hair appointment on Saturday” And he said, “Yes! Do it, my little Furiosa!” No hesitation. Not that I was looking for approval from Arthur, but I do value his opinion.

When I got to the salon, I told my awesome hairdresser, “I either want a short Jean Seberg pixie like last time, or—tell me what you think—a buzzcut like Furiosa’s in Mad Max.” She was thrilled by the idea, and we discussed which guard to use on the razor that would look good but still cover up this one mole I have on the back of my head (everybody’s got at least one, I’m sure). The other stylists gathered around to watch and take photos, and everyone was telling me how awesome it looked.

In all these years I’ve had a pixie, I don’t think I’ve really gotten any negative comments about my short hair. But I’m not sure what kind of reaction I’ll get this week from the buzzcut, even though it’s not that much of a change from my shortest pixie. So far things have been great. But considering the general view Americans have on women’s hair, things could get weird. We’ll see what happens. Either way, I’m happy with it, and that’s really all that matters.

In all honesty, it’s when my hair is short that I feel the most beautiful. Whether it’s a pixie or a buzzcut, having short hair makes me feel so pretty. I have a ton of hair, and when it was long, it was gigantic and hard to deal with and got in my face all the time. And I couldn’t do elegant buns or updos, so that was out of the equation. Not only is short hair easier for me to deal with, but I feel like I’ve gained a newfound appreciation for my face, especially with a buzzcut. Turns out, I really like my face! And I actually learned what my head is shaped like, and I like that too. It’s nice to find things you like about yourself, and haircuts like this have done that for me.

This hairstyle also means I get to wear big earrings and cool statement jewelry more often, like these super rad Greenola Style earrings made from repurposed aguayo cloth and this awesome necklace care of Mata Traders (both fair trade of course).

Plus, the growout on this is pretty much going to turn into the pixie I got last time, so I’m totally cool with that! I think I’ll grow it out to a pixie again, then perhaps get another buzz around Halloween so I can do a rad Furiosa costume. It’s a nice change of pace that isn’t a high-maintenance undercut (which I did do for a little while).

If you’re thinking about a buzzcut, I can tell you that my experience so far has been positive. If it makes you feel true to yourself, do it!

All’s Fair



A few weeks ago, I won a World Fair Trade Day giveaway from The Leakey Collection and Manos Zapotecas! These are two wonderful brands that provide sustainable and fair employment to people in Kenya and Mexico, respectively. The Leakey Collection offers beautiful jewelry made from grass and other natural elements made by a team of over 1400 Masaai women, and Manos Zapotecas offers gorgeous bags hand-woven by Zapotec people in the Valley of Oaxaca.

The Leakey Collection was actually the first fair trade company I ever knew about. I discovered them years ago and bought a few Zulugrass strands, which are still with me today (they’re pretty durable)! They sent me this cool stacked bracelet set, which is made up of four Zulugrass strands and two Zuluwood bracelets. I could even use the Zulugrass strands as a multi-layered necklace if I so desire!

Manos Zapotecas sent me a rad woven bag with fringe all up the sides. It’s really beautiful and well made, and I can tell it’s going to last a long time. Plus, the design is just divine!

And not included in the giveaway, but pictured and worth mentioning: my awesome acai seed necklace from the always excellent fair trade company Greenola Style. I always wear it with this black sweater, because the sweater just doesn’t feel complete without it.



Another sartorial choice of note here: this is the first and only maxi skirt I’ve ever owned. Normally long skirts just aren’t my thing, but I really liked this striped one with the slits up the sides. I tried to find inspiration for how to wear maxi skirts recently, but most everything involved sandals as the footwear of choice, and since I’m also not much of a sandal person, I thought black tights and Dr. Martens would make me feel like myself despite the unfamiliar length. I think it works great, especially with this strange-yet-lovely bout of cold weather we’re getting. (I hear it may rain on Thursday, by the way!) Yeah, I’ll wear the skirt with heels sometime too, but I’m liking how it works with Docs.






Mata Traders, aka my favorite fair trade clothing company, has really hit it out of the park with this year’s Spring collection. I have my eye on a few pretty pieces, but the first one I knew I had to grab was the Seneca Dress. I love the simple triangle pattern, the soft robin’s egg blue, and the gathers at the shoulders and waist. It goes great with my Matr Boomie fair trade brass circles necklace for a little contrast between angles and curves. But that necklace goes with everything, really.

I feel like I went through a period where I wasn’t really accumulating as much clothing as I used to, but right now I feel like the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction. The thing about buying fair trade is that I feel much better about my purchases when I know they’re actually doing some good, which is great, but then it makes me more likely to add to the amorphous clothing pile blob in my closet. Maybe this means I should do a little purge of some of my old clothes so I can justify getting this dress. And maybe also this dress.