Street Style: Polka Dot Gold

By Kestrel Jenkins

Hanna Baror-Padilla of Gold Polka Dots

Hanna :: founder of Gold Polka Dots :: initially started her blog to document outfits and her home’s DIY progress (including the gold polka dot wall she was going to create in her sewing room).

Her original plan of developing a "life and style blog" only lasted three months…when she started feeling materialistic ::

 "My outfits were mainly comprised of Forever 21, H&M and Old Navy and it didn’t feel right promoting a lifestyle of buying cheap clothes every week. By this point, I hadn’t heard of fast fashion, but I knew that I needed to change my relationship with clothing.

I remember reading my first article about fast fashion and its effects on the environment and thinking I can’t buy clothes ever again. This was obviously before I knew there was a sphere of eco fashion that took the environment and people’s livelihood into consideration. For the past year, I’ve become conscious of what I buy, wear and eat because every action has a consequence. My blog is now dedicated to making an eco-conscious lifestyle more accessible to others."

Over the past year, Hanna has purchased a limited number of quality pieces that she knows fit her style and not just the trend. Her favorite go-to brands areSeamly and Everlane for wardrobe essentials and when she's looking for a statement piece, she wanders through thrift stores like Savers and Crossroads Trading Co.

Dress (thrifted from Crossroads Trading Co.)


Kestrel JenkinsAbout The Author

Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.

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