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Friday, September 19, 2014


Eco-Fashion Friday Finds: a Day at the Beach

recycled sail cloth beach tote

This week we thought we’d feature some beach-related fashion finds in honor of tomorrow’s Coastal Cleanup Day.

Hoist Away Bags makes rugged recycled sail bags, beach bags and totes from retired sail cloth. This drawstring tote bag (above) is equally at home in a car, bus, boat and the overhead of your favorite airline. The drawstring insert will keep sand, rain and hermit crabs away from your valuables. Hoist Away uses sail material that has enjoyed coastal Maine breezes, were raised during Olympic trials and hailed from as far away as France. All the sail bags have a bit of “sail history” stitched inside. The drawstring top is from a recycled spinnaker sail. $155

Nau Tripoly waterproof jacket

Considering a fall walk on the beach? You’ll definitely need an all-weather jacket to protect you from the elements and Nau’s Tripoly jacket (above) will get the job done in style. This hard shell jacket’s three-layer construction is crafted from a fully seam-sealed 60/40 recycled poly and organic cotton fabric that protects again wind, rain, snow and sleet. Fully seam-sealed for complete protection from those cold ocean breezes and squalls. Features a snap off hood with one-way drawcord. $268 @

lake michigan stone necklace

Designer Michael Wilson creates miniature cairn art and jewelry from beach stones he recovers from the shores of Lake Michigan. This stone cairn necklace (above) is $48 @ Stone Cairns  (Note: if you’re handy with a dremel, this is a great DIY idea.)

seaglass necklace

The ocean can do some amazing things with glass. This handmade (above) sea glass bracelet is quite pretty and made entirely of blue sea glass. $22 @ SeaGlassCapeCod

related: more eco fashion finds from The Alternative Consumer

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Eco-Fashion Friday Finds – falling leaves

recycled coin bracelet

A penny for your thoughts? Woodstock, NY-based jewelry designer, Jessie Driscoll creates handmade bracelets from recycled old American coins. This unique bracelet (above) features 19 vintage American coins. $980 @ JessieDriscoll

eco tote in juniper

As we head toward fall and winter, you’ll need to start carrying more stuff around town – gloves, scarves and do-dads. (more…)

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Eco-Fashion Friday Finds – the Fab 5

fine hemp pants

Today’s roundup of curated finds features a fab five … (above) These smart yet sassy high-waisted, tie pants are made from fine hempcel – a blend of 55% hemp and 45% lyocel (a biodegradable fabric made from wood pulp). The lightweight fabric is suitable for both warmer and cooler climates. Handmade, soft and supple. Available in many pretty colors.  $185 from Stephanie Teague

southwestern boho recycled fabric boots

(above) Add a little sizzle to your step and caliente to your closet! These eclectic Southwestern boho cowgirl boots are guaranteed to cause a stir at any event from Brooklyn to Austin. (more…)

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Friday, August 29, 2014

eco fashion friday finds – end of summer sales

recycled poly blazer

Hard to believe Labor Day’s this weekend. Time to cash in on some good ol’ savings. Nau’s current sale includes some great outdoorsy stuff and transitional pieces like this Carry-On Blazer designed for the all-weather commuter. This figure flattering blazer is made from densely woven recycled poly – the soft shell is designed to cut through the wind and rain to create the quintessential tailored travel piece. The pared-down, durable construction makes the Carry-On as light as possible for storing in your travel bag. Marked down from $225 to $158 @ (more…)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

eco fashion friday finds – it’s still summer

upcycled boho dress

This flirty boho summer “Lucia” dress is the perfect casual bop-around for those breezy, late summer days. Handmade – the upper portion of the dress is made from an upcycled camouflaged tank and the lower part is upcycled tiered cotton – with a bold print and flowing hem. Features a knit/lace/velvet flower, and lace and button horizontal panel along back. Made in Portland by Laura Separa who specializes in creating eco-friendly upcycled clothes. $70 @ Andy Summer
organic cotton fox tshirt

Are you feeling foxy? This eco-friendly woman’s fitted tee (above) is embellished with a fox applique that’s made from up-cycled fabric and button eyes, outlined by hand with satin stitch embroidery. The t-shirt is ethically manufactured in Canada from 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester by the social enterprise “Me to We Style” – features a fabulous heathered teal / green color. Definitely a hipster showstopper. $45.95 from Stitch and Spoke

bamboo sunglasses

Arrow Project has created a new line of 100% bamboo sunglasses (above) and is raising cash via crowdfunding with their recently launched Kickstarter project. The company’s “Bamboo Sunnies” – that’s Australian for sunglasses – feature frames made from renewable bamboo and fancy polarizing lenses.

Pledge $69 or more to get one of the first pair. If all goes according to plan these non-prescription shades will retail for $120 in January.

vegan cork bracelet

The band of this cute vegan bracelet (above) has been made from recycled cork. The piece is handmade and designed by a two gal outfit called Wyoming Hammered. $28

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How A Hip Mom Can Dress Her Child In Cool Fashion For Cheap

mom and kids

Mothers are forever lamenting the high prices of kiddie clothes and unavailability of the low-priced high-end clothes. It is just impossible to think of such instances in normal circumstances. Nevertheless, children need to be dressed, and drab clothes make them stand out as most children do not accept anything less than fashionable clothes in order to go among company. To make sure that children do not climb down the social ladder, mothers have to effectively plan their wardrobe and make all the activities happen without letting the shadow of being unfashionable child. In modern society, it is as important to look good as it is to be good.

Choices make smart results
Smart mothers know where to look for amazing children’s clothes without expending much money. Money is not the answer to great clothes. It is the taste and acumen of the mothers to choose great clothes and fabrics that make them supply clothes to their children. The major difference between the branded clothes and the alternatives is the quality. The fabric and tailoring make the most of the difference for the choice of the clothes. However, there are many instances where these clothes are available for lower prices because of minor undetectable problems, and the company decides to sell them.

Making brands affordable
Brands are not affordable by all. However, it should be kept in mind that there are many stores that offer the branded products in their original condition. The clothes become affordable by means of discount coupons. The help of coupons in making the products affordable by those who could otherwise never think of buying them is the essence of the whole process. Coupons are available from many sources. Some of them are available in magazines and newspapers. Many others are available from the stores themselves. Both online and offline options are available to get the coupons.

Finding right coupons
The online stores for the kids’ apparel have many offers in place for those who buy clothes from them such as the coupon codes. These coupons are available in the form of flashing boxes or as offers on set purchase limits. Once the purchase goes through, it requires entering a code to get a discount on the product. In addition to that, there are websites that allow users to download the coupons from their website after purchase or for free. Not all coupons are for free, and they all need some or the other form of purchase accompanying it.

Free and yet not
People have an innate liking for freebies. Although not strictly free, the facility to lower the price is considered to be one of the best aspects of the coupons. Mothers do not feel like they let the interests of the children fade while they save money on the side. It allows living without restrictions and compromise. Most prominent stores have coupons that they offer their clients in the belief that they will return to avail the discount at a later date. Unlike online stores, where coupons popup for use, the paper coupons have to be gathered beforehand to show in the store.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Eco Fashion Friday Finds – summer flings

organic cotton denim pedal pushers

High waisted and sassy. These organic cotton navy blue denim pedal pushers will definitely make a summer style statement. These form-fitting slacks feature a flap style front with invisible zipper in rear. The front flap features button detailing and the rear ankle is laced with grosgrain ribbon for additional flirty fun. Perfect for all casual summer activities. Note: this item is a made to order garment, so you’ll need to allow 2-3 weeks for production. All GreenLinebyK garments are handmade from natural, organic and sustainable fibers. $148 @ greenlinebyk

hand dyed modal boho yoga pants

Spice up your yoga class or use these bell bottoms yoga pants as a classy beach coverup (above). Each pair of these indigo shibori tie dyed pants are handmade and one-of-a-kind. Features a fold over waist to accommodate different looks and activities. Made from 92% eco-friendly Modal and 8% stretchy Spandex. $88 from luvluxx who specializes in hand-dyed, shibori clothing and sustainable lounge wear.

seaglass necklace

This necklace (above) was produced with vintage sea-glass, hand-collected from the beaches of Seaham, England. Seaham was noted for its glass-producing factories in the mid 1800′s (the last one closed in 1921).  The factories dumped their waste glass into the sea which smoothed and refined the glass with a frosted finish. This piece’s Amber & Brown pendant and (more…)

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Friday, August 8, 2014

eco fashion friday finds – hidden treasures

weave shopper cork and vegan leather bag

Pelcor specializes in creating bags and accessories from renewable cork, and the company is introducing a bunch of cool new bags in their new fall/winter collection. The Weave Shopper tote (above) is made from woven cork strips and with a vegan leather handle and trim. @

hemp-organic cotton dress

This hemp and organic cotton Ritual Wanderer tunic dress (above) is the perfect dress for summer or fall. Layer it for those cool nights or wear it over a bathing suit. The hand-dyed dress features a classic v-neck and supple, flowing lines. $155 from gaia conceptions (more…)

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