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Friday, April 18, 2014

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eco-fashion friday finds: Earth Day spin


antler scarf

(above) Are you a fan of Hannibal or True Detective? Then you may also be a fan of this Antler print scarf – with a more positive spin than the tv shows. Handmade of soft, sheer, organic cotton material and printed with awater-based paint, it comes in a variety of lovely colors … the perfect wrap for spring-summer wear. ($19) from Istanbul, Turkey-based, ShebboDesign on etsy.

river pebble and cork bracelet

(above) Don’t be green with envy … FizzCandy Jewelry is gifting this bracelet to A-List celebrities as part of its Earth Day promotion. (I know, not fair)

The bracelet features a fossilized river pebble from Lake Michigan, paired with Bali silver beads and Portuguese cork for a crunchy unisex look. Now if they’d just gift this to ordinary folks … $55

sustainable cork tote

(above) Looking for a special tote? With classic lines, versatile enough for travel, everyday or office … loving this luxurious Essential B Tote from eco-fabulous, Pelcor. Eco-fashioned from naturally sustainable, easily renewable cork; ($215).

nudie jeans

The true essential … jeans! Snag yourself a pair of super blue indigo over dyed with black denim jeans made from the best organic cotton – Nudie’s Tube Kelly hits low on the waist and is fitted around the hip and right down to the knee; narrow leg opening. Nice details ($179) @ nau.com.

ecoskin spring dress

(above) New from Ecoskin, the eco chic Hilo Dress transitions from day to night with ease. Super flattering style. Made in Los Angeles; fabric is 93% Tencel, 7% Spandex for stretchability. Available in your choice of three solids or one lively pattern ($140) @ nimli.com.

As we round the corner on Earth Day, (Tuesday, April 22) continue to love what you’re blessed to have and remember to pass-along those gently worn pre-loved items. Join us every Friday for more personal faves of eco-fashion friday finds.

related: more eco fashion on the Alternative Consumer.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

5 spring finds that will keep you looking good


It is spring (hooray!) and I am officially getting inspired by everything that is easy, breezy, and cool! The ushering of spring is so refreshing, with the sun on my face and the chance to finally knick the tights and roll out the shorts and skirts! For this post, I gathered some beautiful things from art to beauty that are getting me in the mood for warmer days and spontaneous beach excursions. Enjoy!

mango butterVineyard Peach Body Butter ($20) – Mango is usually the fruit of choice for the body butters but I am all about the peach. The scent is flippin’ amazing. It can’t be any more perfect for spring! Cruelty-free.

lvs cruelty-free nail polishLVS Nail Polish ($16) – This is such a beautiful, cool sky blue and it’s cruelty free!

davines sea salt spray

Davines Sea Salt Spray ($27) – This is for that effortless, wavy beach babe hair without expending the effort to actually go to the beach. Heck, I’ll probably use this year-round! Carbon neutral/zero impact product.

josie maran argon lip glossArgan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18) – These colors are gorgeous and are an all in one product. Dab a little on your eyelids, cheeks, and lips for a fresh, dewy look that is so on point for spring! 97% natural and petroleum free, no parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. From Josie Maran.

handmade bangleHandmade Beaded Bangles (Set of 3 for $58) – These simple bangles will definitely up your stacking game for spring and offer the perfect pops of color! These are also sold individually for $24. Made from guitar strings and handmade beads.

The trend here is definitely color! Whenever spring rolls around I’m attracted to pastels for my tips and bright and bold colors for my lips! I hope you’re all having a great start to your spring!

related: more eco-friendly health and beauty products featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Friday, April 11, 2014

eco-fashion friday finds – springtime fresh


mohop flat sandalMohop is an innovative company that makes eco-friendly custom footwear. Their Bespoke low sandals (above) are completely custom made for you from a tracing of your foot, and you choose all your personalized details. You can choose the type of wood and ribbon and loop color. Wood for the Bespoke line is reclaimed from Chicago’s urban forest and includes – classic walnut, maple and cherry. Most of Mohop’s components are interchangeable, creating footwear that can last a long … long time. $499 @ mohop.com

 

nudie jeans crinkle denim jacket

A classic, distressed denim jacket is a must for any guy’s spring fashion arsenal. One of our favorite denim creators – Nudie Jeans – makes some the finest denim fashion – their organic cotton and sustainable manufacturing process creates some great pieces. Their Perry Organic Crinkle denim jacket (pictured above) is a great example. $299 @ nudiejeans.com

french terry bamboo nursing dress

Made from luxurious, anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic bamboo — this French terry bamboo cowl dress (above) was ecofashioned to function as a comfy everyday top, or as an elegant nursing tunic.  $84.51 from Rebecca Duyzer and Replicca.

jute beach toteThis 100 percent jute tote (above) is the perfect bag for trekking to the beach or your local farmer’s market stand. What makes it even more perfect — it’s been marked-down from $75 to $19.99 @ nimli.com

birch bark bangle

Wrap your wrist in nature — this woodsy bangle contains pieces of real birch bark encased in eco-friendly resin. Each unique bangle is created from hand-pigmented eco resin that is poured into a mold and cured for seven days. When removed from the mould the bangle is hand-sanded to a fine finish. $79 – from designer Sloane Swayze and Sloan Jewelry Design.

And that’s a wrap for today – join us every Friday for our eco-fashion finds roundup. Remember, love what you already have and pass-along those gently used items for others to enjoy. Have a beautiful weekend.

related: more eco-fashion finds from The Alternative Consumer.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nature’s Art Melbourne: Natural Healing Stones for your Heart


nature's art melbourne necklace

I am always on the lookout for unique and beautiful pieces of jewelry, and the best way to do this is to spend some time searching on Etsy. I recently came across the shop called Nature’s Art Melbourne. The pieces featured on the site are not only breathtaking but also naturally found and handmade with love.

fossil pendant

There site features several pages of jewelry, and each piece is different from the last — made from rocks, wood, feathers, fossils (pendant just above, Ammonite, $53) and other found materials. The stones, wood, and feathers are found and collected when the shop owner, Martina, and her husband go on their “winter walkabouts” in Australia. (more…)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

eco wedding: handmade wildflower bridal bouquets


wildflower wedding bouquet

Spring is a time for new beginnings, fresh starts and the blossoming of relationships. We’re sure that many an outdoor, rustic wedding is planned for the coming months. The bridal bouquet up top is made of dried French lavender, English lavender, Montana wheat, Montana lavender, larkspur, dried white flowers, broom corn, ivory dried flowers and French wired ribbon ($39).

To accessorize and create a keepsake of that momentous occasion, here are some lovely handmade wildflower bridal bouquets and boutonnieres.

boutonniere

Of course, they can be customized to your heart’s delight, and created for the entire wedding party. (more…)

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Friday, April 4, 2014

eco-fashion friday finds – hope springs eternal


vegan shoes

From perky pastels to classic black patent and solid bone, Beyond Skin has gorgeous vegan shoes in every heel height – from flats and sandals to stilettos and platforms. Yes! Handmade in Spain, this ethical company makes top quality, fashionable vegan friendly footwear. (above)

Delray Fedora

For every day, nothing may say fresh better than a spring/summer hat. These happen to be on the high-end, price-wise but they’ll last a lifetime … handmade Helen Kaminski hats from Sydney, Australia are of the finest materials and craftsmanship. Channel a beachy vibe in the Delray fedora. It’s lightweight and provides UPF 50+ protection from strong daytime rays. ($195)

ekosin kapoli dress

(above) An alternative to the little black dress … understated elegance with a little edge, this Kapoli Dress by Ecoskin is (more…)

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