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Hey, y’all, hey! How’s it going? Things are going well here. I’m ready to go back to work. I spent last week in quarantine, but I’m not complaining, I got to finish my first read of 2023. It was a four-star read for me. I’m on to my next read now: Dirty Diversity: A Practical Guide to Foster and Equitable and Inclusive Workplace for All by Dr. Janice Gassam Assare. I’ve just finished reading the introduction, so I don’t have an opinion yet, but I’ll review it as soon as I’m finished. I read both books as part of my work as the chair of the DEI committee at work. I’m trying to develop programming, so if you have any idea please share in the comments.


This kaftan was gifted to me from Rangeelaa but all views shared are my own. If you’d like to see other pieces from Rangeelaa, click here.

I wore this kaftan while hanging out at the house. I’m still Covid positive and I’m not trying to contaminate anyone else, so I’ve been staying home. The temps in the house have floated between 70 and 75 degrees, depending upon how I’m feeling. Outside, it was relatively mild. I was comfortable walking outside without the addition of a third piece.

And this is the perfect piece for just hanging out. The fabric is loose and flowy {kind of has a chiffon vibe but without the scratchiness} perfect for layering with a bodysuit as I did, but this kaftan can be worn with a tank in warmer weather. I’m one of those people who’s absolutely comfortable lounging in jeans, so I paired my kaftan with a pair of super funky flare leg jeans. However, I could easily have opted to wear my kaftan as a dress {the length is perfect}.

I opted not to wear any jewelry but the V neck is the perfect landing place for a funky choker or a dainty necklace. I wouldn’t wear anything that goes beyond the V because it’ll conflict with the tie waist {which is adjustable and allows for customization}.

While you can’t really see them, I want to give a shout out to the most fabulous pair of jeans. They’re perfectly faded with an inseam that’s long enough for heels or flats {I like my jeans to graze the floor}.


Around the beginning of last year, I started to really pay attention to my purchasing habits in regards to clothes. I was seriously just buying stuff because I could afford it and I wanted it, not because it filled a need in my closet. This led to me buying a lot of things that just sat in my closet, unworn. So I decided to take a step back and think about the image I wanted to cultivate and how I wanted to go about creating a closet that represents me. After looking around my closet and purging things that didn’t fit or just didn’t feel like me, I decided to focus on creating and maintaining a sustainable closet. A sustainable closet is comprised of items that are pre-loved, vintage, or handmade. Additionally, I decided to make the following changes: 1) wear the clothes that are in my closet, 2) purchase unique items that speak to me; and 3) focus on investment pieces.

A few months after making this decision, I was contacted by Satya from Rangeelaa, a bohemian clothing store based in Sakatoon, Canada. Satya asked if I’d be willing to try a few of her pieces in exchange for some pictures and, after checking out her site, I agreed. I was immediately captivated by the prints and patterns and the fact that each piece is handmade in India.

Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical | Bodysuit: Old Navy | Kaftan: Rangeelaa | Jeans: Kancan

About Rangeelaa: Rangeelaa is an exclusive online boutique run by a female entrepreneur. All clothing is ethically handmade with love from upcycled saris. Because the clothes are made from recycled fabrics, each unique piece helps women support their families.

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