The Anti-Gift Guide

So this is the time of year when all my favorite fashion bloggers start posting holiday shopping lists and gift guides and I couldn’t help but notice how downright weird some of those gifts are. Some of the most bizarre: $50 stationery, a $150 jug, a $250 crochet set. Normally I’m all about frivolous girly things but when I saw those lists I couldn’t help but think of how disappointed I would be to open up a crochet set or a water jug or some pretty paper. (although I’m pretty sure my friends and family know me well enough to not get me stuff like that!)

Gift giving sometimes isn’t done too thoughtfully any more, and some seem to do it just to check a name off their list (guilty…). But rather than get someone a vintage crochet set or some other weird antique-y thing, maybe make a donation in their name! I mean, if you told me you would either get me that crochet set or donate $250 to ASPCA, I would totally choose ASPCA. Because animals are the greatest!

This makes it super easy: I found this website a couple of years ago that I use for finding charities. It’s called Great Nonprofits, and they vet all the charities they have on their website, so you can read reviews from volunteers and everything. You can search by location, by cause, or both! I like to find local charities, because I know what I give will make a difference. I also donate to causes that mean something to me! So if you’re not so into animals but maybe super into environmental sustainability? You can find the perfect charity on their website. Feels so good to give! Don’t believe me? Try it!

 

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Gifts that Give Back

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When it comes to being a friendly fashionista, the eco-friendly aspect of it is just one small part. When I’m researching sustainable products, it’s always cool when those companies help the local artisans who made them, or when they donate … Continue reading

This Week’s Links: Fashion and Food

Maybe it’s the close proximity to Thanksgiving (or the fact that I’m very hungry right now) but there were a ton of great articles this week on healthy, organic eating. There’s plenty going on in the world of sustainable fashion too, but food definitely has my attention this week! Enjoy!

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  • File under: good to know! The Environmental Working Group recently came out with its dirty dozen- a list of top food additives to avoid and why. (via Organic Authority)
  • BroccoLeaf: the nutritious super veggie you’ve been throwing away. (via Organic Authority)
  • Did you know you could get $20 your next denim purchase at J. Crew by donating your old pair of jeans? Yes, it’s true! (via Blue Jeans Go Green)
  • Beauty brand Lush recently duped fur-wearers with a fake website that showed them the cruel reality faced by our furry friendsĀ  who end up as coats (like the adorable raccoon dog pictured above). And they thought they were just getting a good deal. (via Ecouterre)
  • This line of organic dress shirts is killing it on Kickstarter. The founders were inspired by an interesting concept- it’s now super easy to find organic food and cleaning products, but much more challenging to find sustainable clothing alternatives. (via BostInno)
  • Vegan handbags that don’t look vegan. Not an easy thing but this brand nailed it! (via Now)
  • Secondhand stores are being overloaded by fast fashion. Basically people are buying so many new clothing items every day that charities like Goodwill and the Salvation Army can barely keep up with their donations. (via Feelgood Style)

Inspiration: Zooey Deschanel

I could write volumes on my love for Zooey Deschanel. (But don’t worry I won’t.) She has great classic style, but still finds a way to mix in pieces that reflect her sweet, quirky personality. And she loves glitter and polka dots- I mean, come on.

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Technology is Good: Fashion Resale Apps

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I’m a huge fan of clothing swaps. They’re an awesome, cheap, and easy way to refresh your wardrobe! My favorite way involves getting together a group of stylish pals (and some good wine and food) to host a clothing exchange party, or you could just take your stuff to a decent secondhand/consignment place to get some extra cash.

Thankfully clothing swaps are even easier now with apps that you can use to exchange your stuff right from your iPhone (or whatever phone). Here are five super convenient apps to get you started recycling your stuff for “new” clothes or cash:

1. Threadflip. How it works: They send you pre-paid packaging to ship them your stuff. They keep what they like, shoot it professionally, and sell it on their site, while you get 80% cash back. They’ll also let you list some items (usually just jewelry/small accessories) yourself. Check out the goods here.

2. Vinted. This one is for you if you’ve got some nice-but-not-luxury-brand stuff that you want to get out of your way. It also makes it easy by letting you list the items yourself. To buy, you can comment on items to negotiate pricing or swaps with other members. Check them out here.

3. ThredUP. This one has a fair mix of brands that range from mall to luxury, which keeps things interesting. Like Threadflip, they’ll send you a pre-paid package to ship them your stuff. They keep what they like and give you 80% cash back, giving you the option of store credit or payment into your PayPal account. See what they’ve got here.

4. Poshmark. This one is by far the easiest, and also might be my favorite!! Here’s why: Poshmark feels like a little fashion community, with a Pinterest-like interface that’ll make Pinterest addicts (like me) feel right at home! You can “like” and comment on items, negotiate prices with other members, or arrange a swap. Be a part of it here.

5. Twice. Kind of like Vinted, Twice accepts normal, non-luxury brands. Like the others, they’ll send you pre-paid packaging and pay you immediately once they receive and value your stuff. But Twice also has a clearance section! Check them out here.

 

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Eco Fashion is the New Black

Over the past few months, it really seemed like ethical fashion was becoming almost… mainstream. (GASP!) See below: The Huffington Post, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Who What Wear, even InStyle is getting in on it! I’m hoping this trend continues!

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1. Why is ethical fashion suddenly so big in Italy? Well, the Italian fashion company Moncler (known for making big warm coats) allegedly bought down from companies that used cruel methods to harvest the feathers. Not worth it! (via Gazzetta del Sud)

2. On that note… why faux fur is actually so much better than the real thing. And how to shop for it. (via Who What Wear)

3. Hey, so green fashion is apparently chic! InStyle said it this time, not me! (via InStyle)

4. Someone I love: the hardworking eco-conscious gal behind The Reformation. She saw the fashion industry’s wasteful practices firsthand, then made a move to do something about it. (via Huffington Post)

5. More than 25 brands pledge to stop using endangered forest fibers. A small step, but in the right direction. Let’s hope they stick to it! (via Environmental Leader)

6. Designers who are making sustainable stuff on the sly. You could be eco-friendly and not even know it! (via The Guardian)

7. Sooo… you know how sometimes vegan leather has that obviously-made-of-plastic fake sheen and it’s terrible? Here’s how to wear faux leather and still manage to look chic. (via The Cut)

K/LLER Collection: More than Just a Cool Name

Last week, I stumbled across an article about K/LLER COLLECTION, the sustainable jewelry brand that just won CFDA’s eco-fashion challenge. I don’t think I’ve ever seen sustainable jewelry that’s cooler or more unique than this!

First of all, I have a thing for earthy-looking faded metals and that’s exactly what K/LLER offers. Think: sharp lines, lots of arrows, very edgy pieces. Oh, and fringe.

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1 Fringe necklace | 2 Cuff | 3 Ring | 4 Nail shields

I loved pretty much everything, but I freaked over those nail shields! I didn’t know I needed nail shields until I saw them on the K/LLER website. Sign. me. up.

For the sustainability piece, the designers hand make every piece in their Brooklyn apartment, and most of the materials they use are recycled. They do use porcupine quills and horns BUT all the animal products they use are by-products of farming. Swooning. If only everyone could be that animal-conscious!