Friday, April 30, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
I'm so excited for the beginning of many more craft fairs and farmers markets to come now that the weather is gettin warmer!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Vegetarian / Animal Free: products that have been made without the use of leather or animal tissue products. Examples are shoes and bags made from “vegetal leather” using Amazonian rubber instead of animal skins or other recycled or man-made materials.
Ethically Produced: Ethical fashion is fashion that has been produced with respect for people and the environment. Although there are existing certifications for Organic and Fair Trade, we want to encourage companies who are taking significant action but don’t qualify for certification. This might include companies producing locally or on small scales in developed countries, who might not qualify for Fair Trade certification or companies working with farmers to transition to sustainable crops but who might not yet qualify as Organic (which takes a few years). The “Ethic Chic” section of each brand profile should have details on the specific steps of the brand’s ethical production.
Craft / Artisan: products that have been crafted using artisan skills such as embroidery, which preserve the perpetuation of ancestral traditions.
Custom or Tailor-made: also called demi-couture or made-to-order. This is a way of encouraging quality and “slow fashion” over mass-produced disposable fashion.
Fair Trade Certified: an organized movement that promotes standards for international labor (such as reasonable work hours, no child labor, the right to unionize, a fair living wage), environmentalism, and social policy in areas related to production of goods. Fair Trade focuses on exports from developing countries to developed countries. Some Fair Trade certification organizations include: FLO www.fairtrade.net, IFAT www.ifat.org, TransFair (Canada and US) www.transfairusa.org and www.transfair.ca.
Organic: natural fibers that have been grown without any pesticides and other toxic materials, preserving the health of humans and the environment. The process of organic growth can be certified by various organizations.
Recycled: anything that has been made from already existing materials, fabrics, metals or fibers. These are often reclaimed from previously made clothing and accessories and reworked into new ones. Fibers can also be re-purposed from pre-existing fabric, re-spun and reused for new garments.
Vintage/Second-Hand:vintage is a generic term for new or second hand garments created in the period from the 1920’s to 1975. However, the term is often used more generally for second-hand clothes or up-cycled clothes (second-hand clothes that have been given a new life through some sort of customization).
Sunday, April 18, 2010
On the T-shirt note I want to thank Retail Me Not for their awesome $25 Threadless gift certificate. One of my favorite t shops for sure!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Chairman and chief executive officer Millard "Mickey" Drexler will also benefit from a cash payout of $2 million, part of the a series of bonuses paid out by the company's compensation committee to reflect J.Crew's strong performance. Other beneficiaries include Tracy Gardner, president of the retail and direct businesses, who will receive $425,000, chief administrative and financial officer James Scully, who will get $250,000 and executive vice president of factory Libby Wadle, who will receive $200,000. In 2009's extremely challenging climate, J.Crew’s total income more than doubled, with a revenue increase of $1.58 billion. I am absolutely schocked that they did so well...
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
1/2 teaspoon sunflower oil
1/4 cup unscented glycerin soap
A cup or mug
In your double boiler, melt chunks of the glycerin soap. Stir in the sunflower oil. Move the mixture into a mug as soon as all of the glycerin chunks are melted. The “cream” will set quickly. When you’re ready to shave, simply work water against the soap until a lather builds and apply.
It has a power-mesh lining controls all over, the shirred overlay slims and defines torso, and the sweetheart neckline emphasizes bust! I'm not a giant fan of the color but, peridot is my birthstone.... If you are going to go for it I recommend sizing appropriately or up because the power-mesh lining is no joke. I bought a dress from them that was on the smaller side of things and I swear I thought I was going to suffocate. Right now this (and most other) suits on the site are less expensive then they would normally be because they are doing a preseason sale so if you are interested I would pick it up. Take the plunge...
The end of my quest came to me as a free sample with an order from Sephora: Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment! My hair had been a bit brittle since the Keratin and no matter what I put in it vaguely resembled straw so when I read that I could use this product as an overnight deep conditioning treatment I gave it a whirl and I was hooked!! My hair went from brittle and dry to shiny, soft, and smooth and we've been together ever since. You can also use Ojon as a leave in conditioner and to tame loose fly aways. I will warn you it has an odd smell like chocolate and something else weird but, you won't notice it once it's in your hair.
I recommend if you're going to try it out get the smaller size because you really don't need much to achieve the kind of amazing results I'm talking about. I picked it up from Sephora about a year ago and am still using the same one. So on top of being effective and amazing it's economical too! If you're feeling really adventurous you can try their full line of products. I have been toying the idea of the dry shampoo. If I pick it up I will let you know how it turns out...
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
Since the weather is getting warmer I'm super excited to bust all my strappy warm weather shoes out from hiding and celebrate the season change! In my opinion this is the perfect time for the new Cynthia Vincent for Target capsule collection. Among her many accolades, Cynthia Vincent is the designer behind one of last summer's "it" shoe, the towering, zip-front Luella wedge sandal. It has staying power for sure because the Luella is destined to be super hot this summer, too, for it's leg-lengthening, wear-with-everything brilliance. For those of us who can't drop $400 or more on the Luella, we'll be able to get our hands on Target's version for just $29.99 come April 18th. For a look at the whole collection click here.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Please check that and see how my experiment/challenge is going!!!!