In the fight against fast fashion, one of our most powerful tools is American-made and U.S.-based fashion. Once centered in New York’s Garment District, U.S.-based retailers are popping up in Los Angeles and gaining massive fanbases.

As they cater to a younger, more stylish crowd than many New York-manufactured retailers (such as Nanette Lepore), this new wave of American fashion is changing the scope of the industry for the better–they’re alternatives to both fast fashion *and* traditional high-end labels that tend to be outdated and impractical.

Below, I’ve gathered five of my favorite U.S.-based retailers whose pieces have earned their place in my day-to-day wardrobe.

Top and trousers both by Reformation

Are You Am I: A favorite among bloggers, Are You Am I was founded by a blogger herself named Rumi Neely, also known as “fashiontoast”. This collection of upscale, not-so-basic basics puts a younger, more modern spin on must-have pieces like plain white t’s, bodysuits and day-to-night dresses.

Backbite: If you’re a vintage lover like me, look no further than Backbite, an LA-based, online-only thrift shop. It’s no secret that the best vintage is found in large cities like LA and New York, but for those of us who live outside these metropolitan areas, reliable vintage shops are few and far between. Thankfully, there’s the Internet.

In addition to stunning, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, Backbite also specializes in unique in-house designs. Personally, I am a huge fan of their vintage-t’s-turned-bodysuits. Plus, it’s run by a team of boss babe BFFs who put SO much attention to detail into their work.

Like most good vintage, their pieces are on the pricier side, so be sure to sign up for their mailing list and follow @backbite_ on IG for updates on the shop’s sales and giveaways!

Minimale Animale: So, this one isn’t technically fashion; it’s solely swimwear. But, I just had to include it because these smokin’ hot ‘kinis and one-pieces are designed and manufacturing right here in the U.S. of A. I am a huge fan of this label for so many reasons, but the fact that it is U.S.-based is at the top of the list.

The simple, yet unique designs set these swimsuits apart from the rest. Inspired by old-school swimwear of the 1980s and 90s and ultra-skimpy, Minimale Animale stands out for all the right reasons. They will make you wish for summer all year long.

Reformation: Impossibly chic but far from trendy, Reformation, another LA-based shop, is the antidote to a world plagued by fast fashion retailers. No matter their personal style, it seems It girls everywhere love this eco-friendly retailer.

Founded in 2009 on the basis of sustainability, Reformation offers both seasonal and timeless pieces that can be styled for a multitude of occasions from the office to happy hour and beyond. And like I said, they’ve got something for your steez, be it preppy, boho, athleisure or anything in between!

Revice: Good denim is a necessity no matter what. But surprisingly, a great pair of jeans is hard to find nowadays. The first time I ever put on a pair of jeans from Revice, however, I was so pleasantly surprised because they are suspiciously comfortable and couldn’t be more flattering.

With a quality pair of vintage or vintage-inspired jeans costing upwards of $100 today, Revice Denim’s prices really can’t be beat. And although killer denim is definitely worth investing in, their prices range from about $58 to $98, so Revice won’t break the bank.

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Earlier this year I discussed my favorite natural beauty remedies on Haute Mess. Since then, I explored the natural beauty community further–it’s so much bigger than most of us realize!–and fell in love with several other earthy remedies. After all, isn’t that my duty as a blogger?

While my previous post focuses on treating facial skincare concerns, this one is geared towards the body and wellness overall–something that’s just as close to my heart (and just as important in general).

Over the past few months I’ve definitely gotten into a handful of different natural remedies. Summer is all about naturally glowing, smooth skin, and these products definitely help me achieve just that. And as the seasons change, I am super excited to have these newfound loves in my collection all year long.

Bone broth: I always say that beauty starts within, so having an overall healthy lifestyle is a huge part of my beauty routine. Recently, I’ve really gotten into bone broth because it is loaded with minerals and collagen.

A brand called Epic, available on Thrive Market, has four yummy bone broth flavors made with simple, super food ingredients like turmeric and apple cider vinegar. My favorites are the chicken and bison flavors, but they also offer beef and turkey. I love to sip on a warm cup of this health food before bed a couple times a week to help me unwind while loading up on nutrients.

Schmidt’s deodorant: Natural deodorant was something I never really thought about in the past to be completely honest. But, I started doing some research after a few of my fellow Glossier Reps mentioned they were into it and decided to give it a try.

I discovered an affordable brand called Schmidt’s (available on Amazon and Free People, one of my favs) and asked the girls about it–thankfully, it received their seal of approval, so I went ahead and ordered it. I chose the charcoal + magnesium one.

Schmidt’s is formulated without harmful ingredients like aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens and phthalates. Plus, it’s certified vegan and cruelty-free, and made in the U.S., which I love!

Coffee: I’ve never, ever been a coffee drinker. But, I love using coffee grinds as a body mask and scrub; exfoliating helps combat ingrown hairs and softens the skin. Last winter I got hooked on Cup O’ Coffee from Lush, a mask made with cocoa extract and, of course, coffee.

Not only does it smell like a warm, comforting drink while it buffs away dry skin, it also contains kaolin, a mild clay that gently draws impurities from the pores. There is a variety of research from a ton of sources that suggests caffeine, like that found naturally in coffee, has skin-firming and anti-aging properties.

Stylecraze.com writes, “Free radicals are responsible for causing premature skin aging. This results in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and loss of elasticity…The antioxidants contained in caffeine can attack these free radicals and eliminate them…[improving] the overall appearance of your skin.”

The caffeine in coffee also helps combat cellulite.

“Caffeine present in skin care products can dehydrate fatty cells. This results in the water disappearing from the surface of your skin…[minimizing] the appearance of cellulite,” Stylecraze.com continues.

I always keep Cup O’ Coffee in my medicine cabinet because I love using it once every 7-10 days. In less than 10 minutes, this body mask gives me a top-to-toe deep clean and the exfoliation I need.

Sea salt: Much like coffee grinds, sea salt is great for exfoliating the skin–and it contains a few other benefits, too! Because salt acts as an antiseptic, per livestrong.com, it removes bacteria living on the skin, unclogs pores and reduces inflammation.

When the skin is freshly exfoliated and dead skin cells are buffed away, it allows for the regeneration of healthy new cells.

“This regeneration process tightens the skin, giving it a firmer and younger-looking appearance,” according to livestrong.com.

“Skin regeneration also reduces skin discoloration, evening out skin tone and improving texture.”

Lately, I’ve been loving Ocean Salt from Lush, a body cleanser and scrub made with coarse *and* fine sea salt. This product makes my skin impossibly soft, and, like everything else from Lush, Ocean Salt does its job while smelling like heaven. It’s even gentle enough for everyday use (personally, I alternate between this one and a more moisturizing body wash).

Shea butter: Shea butter has been a popular ingredient in body lotions for yeeeaars, but I never realized the miracles it works–until this summer. A couple months ago, Bali Body sent me a free Luxe Moisturizing Lotion with my order (thanks, BB!), and I’ve never loved a body lotion so much. Coming from someone who is as picky with her body lotions as I am, this is say a lot!

This lotion has a silky, liquid-y formula that never, ever feels sticky or greasy; it instantly sinks into the skin. And because it is full of natural ingredients like Shea butter, it never caused any irritation–even on my ultra-sensitive neck and chest.

After only a few uses, my parched summer skin was softer than it had been before–so much so that I could actually skip a day without compromising its hydration. I will definitely be purchasing this lotion sometime in the future, but first, I plan on checking out other Shea butter formulas.

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I *refuse* to believe summer is coming to an end; thankfully, it is still super hot where I live in northern New Jersey. While nights may be slightly chilly, they are still plenty warm enough to wear breezy blouses and sandals.

For a night out in New York City last week, I opted for this feminine top and vintage denim combo. Normally I stay away from florals because they tend to appear babyish, but the pattern of this blouse in particular is just right. The warm, coppery color palette, paired with a low-cut neckline and a cropped fit, puts a sexier spin on the traditionally whimsical pattern–especially when I added a lacy bralette underneath.

To dress down this femme, flow-y top, I paired them with my go-to vintage Levi’s I bought in LA at the beginning of the summer. The light wash looks great with absolutely everything, and the tight fit is sleek and flattering, which helps to downplay the thick, quality denim used to make these bad boys.

Although the event wasn’t super dressy–after all, I wore jeans!–I still wanted a little height, so I chose my fuchsia slides. The rubbery texture and chunky block heel make these shoes comfortable and practical, but they’re still eye-catching and lots of fun, day or night.

No night out is complete without a bold lip color! On this night I went for Baby Girl from Kylie Cosmetics. It’s a girly (yet mature) coral-pink shade that’s muted and matte–not overbearing or distracting. And because it’s a liquid lipstick, there’s little need to touch it up throughout the night. I rarely go for a matte lip, but this one tied the entire look together perfectly.

Shop my look:

Blouse, Rat & Boa, $85

Bralette, thrifted

Jeans, thrifted

Shoes, Free People, $45

Clutch, Louis Vuitton (from my Neverfull MM)

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I’m all about effortless, natural makeup during the daytime–and in the summer especially. Thankfully, my ride or die Glossier makes it easy to achieve a sun-kissed beach-y look.

Most of my glow-y makeup looks tend to be on the bronze side, but for something more casual, I aim for a sunnier color palette–without sacrificing any of the glow!

At the center of my look (quite literally!) is Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Beam and Haloscope in Topaz. This duo is perfect for enhancing (or faking!) sun-kissed summer skin. And when layered on top of one another, they create a stunning glow-y effect and a one-of-a-kind warm, peachy flush that subtly lifts the cheekbones as it illuminates.

Lately when I’ve been in need of a natural, casual makeup look, I’ve been going for this clean, fresh one. It is super simple to recreate and appears effortless, so I decided to share it with all my followers because I’ve really been loving it.

Products I used:

Step 1: Prime the face using the Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, focusing the most product in the t-zone, then working it outwards.

Step 2: Apply 1-2 layers of BB Cream using the same technique as the primer.

Step 3: Use Stretch Concealer to hide any blemishes or redness, and to brighten the under-eye area.

Step 4: Set the t-zone and under eyes using a light layer of Wowder; apply more as needed.

Step 5: To “melt” makeup into the skin for a more natural look, use Boscia’s setting spray evenly across the entire face. Tap any excess spray lightly into the skin.

Step 6: After setting spray has dried completely, apply a small amount of Cloud Paint to the apples of the cheeks, working the product upwards across the cheekbones as you go. For more intense color payoff, repeat this step as desired.

Step 7: Apply Haloscope in a “C” shape along the orbital bones around the eyes and onto the cheekbones. Once applied, tap to blend into the skin. (See Glossier’s website for a video demo.)

Step 8: Using an upward motion, apply Boy Brow to the brows beginning in the center of each brow, then working towards the inner and outer corners.

Step 9: After combing and curling the lashes, apply two coats of mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.

Step 10: To moisturize lips and add a subtle sheen, layer a light coat of Birthday Balm Dotcom under 2-3 coats of Generation G.

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I’ve had my eye on Revice Denim’s Venus collection for such a long time. So, when they debuted this limited edition two-tone pair, I just had to get my hands on them! The cheeky star in lieu of back pockets is too cute, and the dark-light denim contrast makes the pattern stand out even more. (Not to mention, the high-waist, booty-hugging fit is super flattering!)

Despite these jeans being a statement piece, they’re relatively easy to style. I opted for the cropped version, called Neverland, which is easier to style on my petite frame compared to Revice Denim’s popular denim flares (which are ah-mazing). And, they are hands-down the most comfortable and flattering jeans I’ve ever worn!

It has been a hot summer where I live in northern New Jersey, so today I chose to pair these babies with a simple black cropped tank and fuchsia slides. These rubbery slides have a block heel, so they give me a much-needed boost without any discomfort.

To dress down these flashy jeans, I wore my hair in a go-to messy bun and kept my face glow-y and natural.

I love the overall vintage vibe of this outfit. Inspired by the denim of years passed, all of Revice’s pieces recreate the look and feel of 1960s and 70s silhouettes for the modern woman. And, I know I’ll have these babies for ever because they’re top-notch quality, manufactured with lots of love in Los Angeles.

Finding awesome pieces made here, in the U.S., is super important to me! Nowadays, a killer label that defies mainstream, industry-wide trends by choosing not to outsource any of its production–like Revice–is hard to come by. So, when I discover a label I love that’s U.S.-based, I definitely become loyal to it.

As the weather gets cooler, I’m looking forward to styling these jeans with various knits and textured ankle booties, maintaining their casual and effortless edge.

Shop my look:

Cropped tank, Brandy Melville, no longer available (similar here)

Venus Neverland denim, Revice, $88

Slides, Free People, $45

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