A Collected Style Feature: Kelli
I am Kelli, and I currently create (and recreate) my home in the lovely city of Portland, Oregon. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I have been raised with a strong ethic of resource stewardship and creativity. My background and education is in leadership for sustainability, which is something I try to include in every aspect of my life. My home (nest) is almost entirely thrifted or second hand gifts from family and friends, as is my wardrobe. I thrift because it is affordable and practical for a woman fresh out of grad school. I thrift because it keeps my money in our local economy, supporting local community organizations who actively work for social justice and environmental issues. And I thrift because it reduces the use of virgin materials (cotton, water, land, packaging, shipping, etc.) and helps keeps amazing pieces of clothing out of the landfill.
As for my style, classic colors and relaxed, comfortable fabrics influence what I choose to thrift/wear. I am a tomboy through and through, and lean towards menswear influences. Mostly, I try to keep my closet practical and dress in anticipation of any great adventure that might come my way, and I can do almost anything in a button up, a pair of loafers, and trusty denim.