Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Dyed denim is a hot commodity this winter as stores fill their denim rooms with everything from electric blues to pink hues.
While dyed denim is all the rage, dye processes can be harmful to the earth. As Christmas inches closer, I've put together a list of some great eco-friendly jean companies that are working hard to eliminate our carbon footprint left behind while keeping you looking eco-chic!
|photos from M2F website|
M2F denim comes in a wide range of styles and colors. This fall they have even introduced vests and jackets into the mix. Using Made2Fade yarn technology, that is certified free of harmful substances, these jeans are individually colored in a dye bath. The vintage-inspired jeans run about $130 and can be purchased from retailers everywhere.
James Jeans uses organic cotton and a unique dry aging process to create the perfect “worn” look. The mainstream denim runs anywhere from about $120-220 and can be found at places like Barney’s, Shopbop, and the James Jeans website.
|photos from the James Jean website|
Reuse jeans uses 80% recycled denim to create new looks and washes.
|photo from Reuse Jeans website|
The company has an in depth description of their jean process here.
|photos from Agave Jeans website|
The Monkee Genes’ motto: no slave or child labor, blood, sweat, or tears.
|photo from the Monkee Genes' website|
So as you do your last minute Christmas shopping or just want a HOT new pair of denim keep these eco-friendly labels in mind so you can still be stylish while making the earth, and your closet a little greener.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Target first, OrphanAid next!
Designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni has partnered up with Orphan Aid Africa creating a 12-piece knitwear collection with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the organization's aid in finding homes for orphans and abandoned children in Ghana.
The organization, based in California, is a non-profit organization founded by former Vogue editor and author Lisa Lovatt-Smith in Ghana in 2002 with outlets in Europe. The mission is:
"To support orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana through programs in care reform, education, and development. Our goal is to ensure that children grow up in safe and permanent family settings with appropriate care and protection."
With one of the outlets being Italy, Missioni has already collaborated with the organization to help fund efforts so it was a no brainer to create a line dedicated to raising money and awareness about the organization.
The collection will include pieces sprinkled with the label's famous zigzag pattern in pink and red tones.
"Pink is symbolic, it refers to childhood, and red to Africa, and together they were aesthetically pleasing,” Missioni tells WWD. “The pattern in itself is something that is ours, that belongs to us.”
The budget friendly M Missoni OrphanAid Africa Collection will launch in M Missioni stores November 16.
This one's for the guys!
Movember, formally known as November, is all about bringing awareness to men's health, particularly prostate cancer. The month long moustache growing charity event is a global movement, stemming from Melbourne, Australia. Men aka Mo Bros are encouraged to grow out facial hair and sport their "Mos"(moustaches) to spark conversations and create awareness.
TOMS is one of the many supporters of Movember, launching a limited-edition "Movember" line to shine the spotlight on cancers affecting men. Embroidered on the side, the Mo is the signature for the shoes. Styles were created for both men and women to show support.
Proceeds from the shoes will go to the Movember foundation.
The Movember movement becomes bigger each year as the campaign increasingly becomes more popular. In 2010 the U.S. campaign had over 64,000 "Mo Bros and Sistas" jump on the bandwagon, raising $7.5 million while globally the campaign brought in over $80.5 million.
Programs that are funded by the Movemeber movement include, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LIVESTRONG, and creating awareness and education. The more information shared with men helps to break stigmas and alter mind-sets to create an understanding of how important it is to get yourself checked out. While the light is being shined on these important issues, men across the world continue to ignore signs, increasing their chances of poor health.
So guys go out and sport your "Mo" to show your support and help bring awareness to men's health and the Movemeber movement!
As they say, Moustache season is now open!
As they say, Moustache season is now open!
** for more information or how to get involved check out the official Movember website.
Monday, October 31, 2011
First off, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween weekend, filled with ghouls, thrills and fun! This year I had to take it easy because I injured myself and have a boot on my foot and crutches as my accessory BUT I made it work!
While I couldn't be more elaborate with my costume, my boyfriend knew exactly what he wanted to be and I took the reigns on styling his look!
Check out this years funky costumes, can you guess what we were?
|My babe was the guys from LMFAO while a I was a little elephant, my favorite animal!|
We took it easy going to a house party with lots of friends. One of my best friends showed up as the awesome Honey Badger and of course some of our friends rocked the zombie look!
This year I wasn't able to go all out but the last two years were definitely my favorite costumes! Here's a look back on Miss J. Cookie and I'm on a boat!
Hope everyone has a great Halloween!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The first ever Sarasota Fashion Week kicked off yesterday as volunteers, designers, press and guests mingled the night away. While tonight was the sponsorship appreciation party, tomorrow is the beginning of four days filled with runways, models, and the latest fashions.
As a volunteer I am thrilled to be apart of this exciting time for Sarasota's up and coming fashion scene.
The Style Swap, which is tomorrow from 9a-1p, is the main event I will be volunteering for, as I am so excited to be apart of it! It's a great way to be eco friendly and still get some really cute pieces to spice up your wardrobe. There will be DIY workshops on how to turn a t-shirt into a necklace, purse or scarf, the actual swap, where all swapaholics discover new, fabulous finds, and last but certainly not least, a style showcase where local fashion influencers will show off outfits created right there at the swap! So bring out your gently used clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc and swap your hearts out.
**Ticket price $10 at the door. Proceeds Benefit the Backroom School of Film & Art 501c3
*** photos from Mo2vated Media Gallery
Thursday, October 13, 2011
As I have confessed, I have a slight obsession with all things leopard. I've kept it hush hush for the most part, but this fall the trend has exploded and so has my collection of pieces! About two weeks ago I even participated in the newest bloggers do it better assignment, Animal Instincts, (my favorite one yet), showing my wild side in all things leopard print.
I have been debating on buying the stick on nail strips but I couldn't resist any longer. I recently purchased the fun nail polish strips and in 10 minutes the look was complete.
The pack comes with 16 strips in two sealed cases, so I figured ok, one for each finger including the thumb would leave me with 6 left over BUT, I tried to carefully file off the excess so I could use the other side for my other hand (if you have longer finger nails it might not work, but I keep them pretty short so it was perfect!). I alternated, right finger, left finger, and so on.
I have only had them on for a day but they have held up well and look awesome! I'm loving this manicured look.
The patterns and colors they have are SO fun and they even have a halloween collection now. The best part, they're immediately dry!
So if you're looking for a great alternative to dress up your nails, these polish strips are great. For 10$ a pack, I've got two manicures in 1! And while some people might not be able to use the strip for two nails, you still have a super cute look!
For more information on how to apply watch the tutorial below.
**Update to come on how they hold up :)