Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I was recently contacted by the lovely folks at Cambodian Threads. It thrilled me to learn about the company and to have a new friend in the fashion world. Cambodian Threads provides fair trade silk scarves made by the Heng family in Cambodia. This family of artisans practices the ancient craft of hand weaving silk in a sweat-shop free environment. Because of the great skill and time that it takes to craft each of these one of a kind scarves, the family is only able to produce 50 a month. These exclusive scarves range from $15 (on sale) to $26 (full price). They are very affordable, high quality and beautiful.
Through the support of Cambodian Threads, the Heng family has been able to turn their craft into a livelihood. For each scarf that the company sells, they purchase school supplies for ten Cambodian children. Cambodian Threads keeps a simple website that has a brief description of the company and its vision, scarves are also available for purchase on the site. The founders of the company have a fabulous blog that has detailed descriptions of their travels in Cambodia, the Heng family and the members of their village, pictures, and updates about the company. The stories are detailed, interesting and very inspiring and are worth a read.
Cambodian Treads was kind enough to send me a blue-gray scarf and I am completely smitten. It is light weight, drapes well and is perfect for spring, summer and fall weather. My roommate and I are going to put together a little photoshoot with the scarf, so come back soon for pictures! And visit Cambodian Threads to get yourself and every one on your Christmas list a special and affordable gift, that gives back!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Lulu Organics makes a Hair Powder that is USDA Organic, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic and Talc free. The company creates all products using raw materials from fair trade co-op in Iowa. The packaging is vintage inspired, cornstarch-based and biodegradable and absolutely lovely too boot. There is also a travel size available for $9.50. I can't wait to try this product!
I personally use Federic Fekkai's Au Naturel Dry Shampoo. It is made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, and phthalates. I like that it is scent free, when I tested some of the other dry shampoos at Sephora, I found the scents to be too overwhelming.
Another option is Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Extract (Non-Aerosol) from French company Klorane. The company is dedicated to plant research and use with non-endangered plants and with cultivation that is easy on the eco-system. This dry shampoo is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMO and triclosan. It received Allure's Best of Beauty Award for the category of dry shampoo.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
My old roommate and good friend recently sent me a link for charming website featuring eco-conscience denim. I was thrilled, because denim with heart and soul can be very hard to come by. Monkee Genes were developed by Road Team, a company based out of the United Kingdom. These jeans are sweatshop free, made of organic cotton with no pesticides or chemicals used. In July 2008 Monkee Jeans was given the Soil Association organic standard and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). You can read a brief explanation of what this accreditation means here, but I suggest going to the Soil Association website to find out more. My favorites from the line are the Light Bamboo Supa Skinny and the Inky Black organic denim Supa Skinny and Skinny Jeans (both seen below). Hope you enjoy this new adventure in jean shopping!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Danapop (dp): I’m a horrible shopper at flea markets or stores where a lot of sifting and sorting through bins or unorganized racks are involved…what can you recommend for someone like me to look for at flea markets?
Cupcakes and Cashmere (c&c): I would say that you should think about what it is you’re looking for prior to showing up to shop. For a newbie to vintage shopping, start with boots, belts and bags since figuring out your sizing with clothes takes a while. Also, when in doubt, find a stylish girl and keep an eye out for the booths that she visits and the things she scopes out.
dp: What are key things to check out when shopping for vintage items?
c&c: I’d say quality is the most important thing since no matter how cute something may be, if it falls apart a week later, you’re out of luck (I learned this the hard way with a vintage Gucci purse that turned out to be fake). Always check the soles of shoes, the straps and closures on bags and all parts on clothing to make sure there are no rips or stains.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
This man is so adorable. The epitome of a stylish bike rider! I want a red satchel just like his for my bike. It is the perfect accessory and I love that he highlighted it with a matching red scarf.