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We chose the name The Fashion Cookbook because we believe style is made up of many intricate ingredients - such as lifestyle, values, and career - and accented by unique flavors like a pinch of sass, a teaspoon of whimsy, and a dash of glamour.

Nick’s Bedroom Tour

April 20, 2015


Greetings, from the land of work and tiredness. This has been one of the most hectic months of my life. I’ve been working, doing an internship, graduating college and preparing for what comes next. Most of this gets done in my room. I’m going to let you into my world a little by showing off my space. I’ve only been here for about a year, so some of the walls are a little sparse, but I recently got a bunch of painting supplies and I’m hoping to make some pieces to add some color.


As a matter of fact, this is a piece I made a couple of years ago. It’s a mouth, from the inside. I hate my teeth, so in a weird way, my art highlights teeth. The yellow used to be brighter but like an amature, I kept it in the sun. I’m starting to get attached to the new faded look. Fades are big in menswear, and now I see them everywhere.


 The art above my bed was a print that my dad passed on to me. I keep it central because home is where the heart is, and I’ve got one of those. It also helps bring the room’s focus to the bed. It’s a bedroom after all, and I try to keep the desk from being the main focus of the room. I built that desk last summer with some pieces from ikea and cheap particle board. I cut it out to fit the door and and the heater, so it’s a tailored fit. It’s where I get down to the brass tax.


Check out the mass here. It’s a mess, but I can get away with it because it’s in a leather valet. The lighter case was my moms from when she was my age. I don’t smoke, but I like to have it around. The sunglasses are Ralph Lauren Purple Label that I grabbed at TJ-Maxx for $45. They’re foldable, but are smaller than traditional Persols. The rest of this just is stuff I use too much to ever find a place to store. They’re my essentials, all in one place.

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 Those  jeans give me life. I wore them for 3 years without a wash after picking them up at Gap for $17. I caved, like a nomadic settler, and washed them this past winter. The fades were all I’d dared to hope for and more. Note the unique wear pattern. It’s is hard to get such bleeding perfection without the denim being high quality. They’re made with a midweight selvedge that was originally much darker. Wearing them in was a stylistic investment at the time. Now I have around 5 pairs of raw selvedge denim all at different points at their wear cycles that I rotate through. You’ll also notice that I had to crudely repair the blown out crotch many a time. I still wear them a lot. They’re one of my favorite things.


This is Rose. She’s my roommate’s dog. She loves the camera.


The built-in is where I keep all my shoes. I recognize that it should be a bookcase, but come on…priorities. I do use the bottom drawers as a dresser though, so at least it’s purpose is universal.


I built that closet extension when I realized I had nowhere for my outerwear. I’ve always hung my pants, so I’ve always struggled to house my wardrobe. Pants rule, limited space drools.

That’s all there is to show. Now you know what my life looks like.

Be well!


If you missed our earlier post, Nick is our in-house menswear guru. He has worked on The Fashion Cookbook this past school year, helping to streamline our operations as well as aid us with big picture planning as we continue to grow into a larger business. He also has a (fantastic) taste for design and style. From time to time he will bring his insightful perspective on menswear to the blog. Check out more about him here.


(photo via Worcester Magazine)

31 Bits: Fashion for Good

April 16, 2015


Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my role in fashion, not solely as an “influencer” in this media landscape, but also my role as a consumer. What am I really supporting by shopping at the stores that I do? Many fashion retailers, if not mostly all, rely on cheap labor overseas and often the condition of the factories they work in are very unsafe. Since 2005, there have been 1,865 people killed in preventable factory fires and building collapses in the Bangladesh garment industry. That is so high a number and it is only one country within the entire textile and garment industry.

I used to think that I was removed from the problem, and that I could justify shopping at stores like Forever 21 and other fast-fashion retailers because I was a student and made too little money to justify spending a decent amount of it on good quality clothing. The truth is I could have supported better corporate social responsibility companies from the beginning. The root of the issue I found was that all along I needed to change my shopping habits to accommodate my decision to support fair wages/better labor practices. Instead of buying a new set of clothes for each new season at those lower-end stores, I would need to buy one item of better quality once in a while. I’m not saying you should never shop at certain stores, but instead be mindful if that piece is really worth it, and if not, try to thrift it instead if you cannot afford the expensive version. Something I had to train myself to do was to avoid instant gratification with my wardrobe and work on slowly putting it together, piece by piece. That way I could save for that staple piece that was made in better working conditions.

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Sometime last year Patricia told me about a very special company she did research on for a project in her social entrepreneurship course. That company was called, “31 Bits” and it is a jewelry company that empowers both the creator of the jewelry and the consumer. All of the beads are made out of pieces of paper, such as from unused posters, advertisements, and text books. The paper is rolled tightly into stripes and coated with a water-based varnish that hardens the beads to provide a protective coating. Not only are the products handmade from recycled material, but the goal of the company is to use fashion and design to help women rise above poverty. The makers of the jewelry are women from Uganda, who are able to make a solid income enabling them to provide for their family. Not only are they able to earn an income, but the company cares for them holistically through counseling programs, health education, finance training, and business mentorships.

I loved the company so much, that I started following their Instagram and kept up with their newest collections. Sometime during the holidays I saw that they were hiring Campus Representatives and so I applied and was hired in early February. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed spreading their message and building brand awareness on campus. I had never found a fashion retailer I could support 110% until I stumbled across 31 Bits. I think something unique to them is that their mission comes from such a pure place. Within such a consumeristic industry it is not easy to be informed to make all the best buying decisions. One thing though to keep in mind is that it is essential to have intention behind what you do and what you buy. This idea of intentionality behind your actions should not solely be confined to fashion choices, but to what you care about in your daily life.

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The “31” comes from Proverbs 31, where it describes a diligent woman providing and caring for her family.  The “bits” comes from what the beads are made out of…bits of paper!



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Are you are a reader in the Worcester area or a Clark University student and are interested in purchasing pieces from 31 Bits? Please reach out to me over email (!! I would love to help you accessorize a new bracelet or necklace, and would even give free styling advice! They would make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day coming up.



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Update Your Look! Event

April 14, 2015

The Infamous White Room at Crompton Collective – right before the party started. How awesome are those dream catchers?

So grateful for the opportunity to share The Fashion Cookbook with you all! Your feedback and kind words warmed our hearts.

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Thank you to all of the lovely ladies who came out to the event! It was truly a pleasure meeting you!


So many lovely finds in the Haberdash booth! Three words – Vintage, Vintage, Awesome.


Found the cutest little accessories from fellow blogger, Holly Dolly. We’re talking sewing spoodle necklaces, say what?! Too cute.


Project Bead also made an appearance, selling these gorgeous bracelets for a great cause – funding education in Ghana.


Met our new Photographer Bestie Nina from Blue Fly Lens and her adorable little one. Those cheeks are everything, and her photography is pretty amazing too. 


We had a blast styling! It was so much fun creating outfits from all of our vendor booths. Can you say, shop ’till you drop?

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A couple weeks ago we held a very special event with a local company named Crompton Collective. Crompton Collective is a curated boutique marketplace located in a beautiful historic mill in downtown Worcester. On the last Sunday of March, we partnered with them for an “Update Your Look” fashion event. The event itself consisted of local shops and vendors coming together, who focused on clothing, jewelry, accessories, and hair & makeup. These vendors both showcased and sold their products in what Crompton calls, “the white room,” which is used primarily for larger events and every Saturday afternoon hosts a farmer’s market. The Fashion Cookbook was there to offer styling advice and taught attendees how to work their new pieces into their Spring wardrobe. This was our first shopping event and it was such an incredible experience! It was so special to meet people from the community and to introduce The Fashion Cookbook to  help serve their fashion needs.

Thank you to everyone that came to the event, chatted with us, got a mini style consultation, and allowed us to share our passions with you. We hope that you’ve been inspired to shop local. When we shop local we support not only businesses but people. We connect on a more personal level with those who are passionate about creating. Not only do we support our local economies but we forge friendships and we give greater meaning to the things we buy. Our material possessions take on stories, the visions of artists and curators.

Thank you to all of the vendors who came out – Nkd Waxing, Lashes, and MakeupThe Trunk & DisorderlyAlexis GraceFig Knitting, North Water St. Handbags, Haberdash VintageThe Hidden JewelThe Wolf and IProject Bead ,HollyDolly.

We can’t thank the Crompton team enough for all of their support throughout the planning of this event! We couldn’t have asked for better partners. Amy, your creative vision, determination, and positivity has inspired us. To Emily, Kat, and Olivia we couldn’t have done this without you!

Special thanks to Dalena Nguyen for her amazing photography. You can check her out on Tumblr and Instagram @Via.Grid.

We made this little video to share this experience with all of you who could not attend! Enjoy!


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Bold Colors for Spring & Living a Colorful Life

April 10, 2015

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Bracelets- c/o Kluster and Baublebar

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 Happy Friday loves! Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to breathe in the warmer air and be made anew. As the sun shines brighter and the days get longer, its time to shed the layers and surround yourself with bold colors. Its an exciting time to feel revitalized and appreciate life. Move over stereotypical pastels because this spring is coming in full force and should be felt with a bold passion. The excitement is in the air as new scents and colors come back to life. Why not take a cue from the outdoors?

Celebrate the entrance of spring with so much more than your wardrobe. Really take it in. Surround yourself with colors. Walk down to the farmers market and take in the brightest seasonal fruit you can find. Try even infusing your water with the fruit you find. Take a blanket and sit on the grass and paint the fresh blooms you see with watercolors. Go for a hike nearby and collect flowers to press in the book you are reading. Do whatever it is that will help you to feel happy to be alive…



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