Sunday, December 28, 2008
I also wanted to alert you to two other fun pieces of info (both gathered from EcoSalon...I am LOVING the site!). First, Serena & Lily, one of my favorite retailers for cute bedding and furnishings for children and adults, has added some organic pieces to their collection. View the EcoSalon article here.
Also, marketing researchers have developed a spectrum for determining a person's "green category" and, though I disagree that there are only four types of greenness (perhaps six or seven would be more appropriate), it is a pretty interesting read. You can view the article here.
And with that, I am off to eat leftover cherry pie. Shh, don't tell my trainer.
The largest box under the tree held a pair of antlers carved from wood. They're from my favorite eco-retailer, Viva Terra. I can't wait to find a fun place to hang these (in homage to Hollister Hovey's divine decorating sensibilities, most definitely)!
I hope you all had a fantastic holiday (whichever you celebrate) and that you are all planning exciting New Year festivities. As for us, we'll be going to a fancy dinner downtown and then rushing home to watch the Tigers play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Could they not come up with a more interesting title?). Until later, may life bestow upon you peace and laughter.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
View the article here.
Monday, December 15, 2008
The Tulare dress:
The Elsamere dress:
Fancy it up with some pearls and snazzy shoes (and a pashmina if you live in a cooler climate) and you're ready to dance into the night at any party!
Begley's Best is made from plant-based materials and is great for your all-purpose cleaning needs.
And for polishing the furniture, try Daddy Van's furniture polish, made of beeswax.
Classic. American. Iconic.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The Jasmeen bag comes in the two colors shown.
Penned by Josh Dorfman, The Lazy Environmentalist is a great way to get started going green.
See Josh's website here.
Get the book here.
Scott Speedman looks rugged yet well maintained in wear. It doesn't hurt that he's wearing timeless pieces.
See the whole slideshow here.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I'm planning to learn how to make these bath bombs:
There are plenty of ridiculous things on the site, but there are also a lot of really great ideas! Give Instructables a look!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Here's the low down on Rubie Green's uber green process:
At Rubie Green our team underwent months of research, trade shows and meetings to find what we believe is the most eco-friendly printing method available. Our upholstery fabrics are made of 100% certified organic cotton, which is whitened without bleach and printed here in the US. We print with water-based, non-toxic inks that contain no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), and utilize a printing process that minimizes water consumption. In fact, the factory uses only one gallon of water per day! This was an exciting discovery for our team as water plays such an integral role in most other methods of printing. We also wanted to avoid fabric waste so we decided to print only on demand, using heat and pressure to finish our fabrics instead of chemicals.When we move this coming summer, don't be surprised if some of these fabrics show up in our new digs!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The menu can be found here. Read a great little write-up here.
So the next time you're in NYC, go see Blythe at 516 East 6th St (between Avenues A and B) and tell her I sent you.
I love the old trustworthy airport bag, but this Matt and Nat bag could make me jump ship. It's like an upgrade of the old bag!
The Kahn Bag:
Natural treated cardboard handbag with cognac faux suede lining, cognac stitching, cognac vintage vegan leather trims, antique silver hardware, and MATT & NAT logo bar. The Kahn features 1 main interior compartment with 2 zippers for access, 1 external zipper pocket on front and 1 external open pocket on back. Interior includes zip pocket, cell phone, PDA and a detachable key chain. Comes with detachable, adjustable shoulder strap.Get it here.
Gilded Age uses age-old methods to assemble their products which gives each piece a uniqueness that you can't find in mass produced items. The company also implements organic fabrics and vintage leather into their collection.
And the best news of all? THEY'RE DEVELOPING A WOMENSWEAR COLLECTION! Yep, you read it right. There aren't many things that could make me happier!
View the men's Fall Collection slideshow here and the Spring Collection slideshow here.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
From their website:
Do good here.
Our design philosophy is built on the balance of three criteria: beauty, performance, and sustainability. Far from mutually exclusive, the integration of these concepts defines a new standard for apparel. Many people make exceptional clothing that embraces one of those criteria. A select few manage to combine two of the three, at the most exacting levels. As far as we know, no one has made a dedicated effort to integrate all three with unflagging commitment to each. Until now.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Ace Hotel has locations in Portland, Seattle, New York, and (soon) Palm Springs.
From their website:
Sustainable Life - Sustainable Style
Alabama Chanin is a lifestyle company that focuses on creating an array of products through focusing on slow design and sustainability. We craft limited-edition products for the individual and the home. Our products are made-by-hand using a combination of new, organic and recycled materials. Each piece is constructed with care by talented artisans who live and work in communities in and around Florence, Alabama. Our products come numbered in one-of-a-kind or limited edition series and signed by the artisan that made it. We dedicate ourselves to producing quality products that become a part of daily life in this generation and beyond. From farmer to fiber to artisan to home, our products are “grown-to-sewn” in USA.
Natural - as in the quality of sound and the use of real wood, crafted and finished by hand. Natural - as in the selection of sustainable materials and efficient components. Natural, however, doesn't come easy. The hand craftsmanship required to create a Vers system takes time - more than a week to build one cabinet. There are plenty of ways to build a sound system faster, but few better.
Wood vs. Plastic
The wood used in Vers displaces 80% of what otherwise been plastic. When chosen from carefully managed plantation sources, wood can be a very sustainable, renewable material. There's a reason why many musical instruments are still made of wood; nothing sounds as warm, as rich - or as natural.
Screws vs. Snaps & Glue
All Vers systems are assembled with screws, not adhesive or impossible-to-disassemble snap features. This allows the unit to be easily broken down into component materials to ease recycling.
Recycled from the Start
Simply having recyclable packaging isn't enough - you need to start with recycled materials and use them where ever possible. All paper packaging material is both 100% recycled and 100% recyclable.
Energy Saving Amplifier
The class D amplifier in Vers is 80% more efficient than other amplifiers, meaning it uses about half the power to produce the same sound and volume. Class D amplifiers generate less heat as a result.
Find it here.
This Fall, RUGBY Ralph Lauren will launch a new initiative, MATCH RUGBY, to support young social entrepreneurs. By matching good resources with good ideas, MATCH RUGBY will be a full marketing platform that strives to bring awareness and support to organizations and individuals in their efforts to create a better world. RUGBY will make grants to aspiring social entrepreneurs, helping them start and develop their businesses, through the creation of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation’s MATCH RUGBY FUND.
Learn more here and here.
They've also got a line of smaller easel calendars for your desk or countertop. See them here.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Today, the Haspel line boasts well-made suits of linen, madras, poplin, pinfeather, silk and, of course, original seersucker. They're still based in Louisiana, just a short drive away from where the original Mr. Haspel began the seersucker revolution.
This striped chair would look great in any living room:
And I'm really hoping this Chesterfield-style sofa comes in cognac:
Take a peek at the entire collection here.
But more importantly, Pat O'Brien's is celebrating 75 fantastic years! Next time you're in New Orleans, stop in and tell them hello!
"This Acorn® original has been on U.S. space shuttle missions since 1982. It's easy to see why: the classic Ragg sock upper, full-grain leather sidewall and suede outsole make for extraordinary comfort and durability on earth as well as in space. Memory Foam midsoles cushion every step."
As an aside, these slippers also got a five-leaf ranking from evo.com. Get them here.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I'm always on the lookout for oddities and unusual knickknacks. I love the notions on Paris Hotel Boutique's website. I'm currently lusting over this vintage British trolley bus sign:
Lynn of PHB also has a cute little blog where you can keep up with her musings.
Get one here.