Entries Tagged as 'Guide'

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Boxy blouses

            This silhouette feels so fresh. A bit over-sized, high and wide necklines, sleeves a bit longer than cap-sleeves, no-stretch fabrics. A basic tee (or dress) that’s not that at all. And these textiles! Top to bottom: Tilden Top by Upstate, made in NY, $188. Gemini top ($85) and dress ($170) [...]

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Refinery29 checks in on the ethics behind 8 big brands

Several days ago Refinery29 published a piece comparing the ethics of eight popular brands. It opened with a few great quotes from the director of a social good nonprofit in Kenya. “The clothing we wear reflects the choices we make: thousands of economic votes that have the power to shift the clothing industry,” explains Zane [...]

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

On supply and demand (and the dollar vote)

In doing my best to make ethical purchasing choices on day-to-day things, the most important thing I consider is supply and demand. Without demand, there would be no supply. So I create demand for things like… Independently owned businesses. Local, organic produce. Quality craftsmanship. Non-GMO grocery items. Natural diapers. Beautiful design. Art. Ethical production. Vintage. Etc. Two things [...]

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Beautiful Baby Essentials: Clothes, Toys & Gear That Don’t Sacrifice Style

Next month, I’ll be teaching my first Skillshare class on this topic! On Thursday, April 4, at my house in San Francisco. How this came about: When I was pregnant with Viv, I had a hard time navigating the whole new world of baby products. All the brands were new to me, and the stuff [...]

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Rain booties review: Jeffrey Campbell vs. Loeffler Randall

Last November, after plenty of mulling over it, I bought the grey Loeffler Randalls on the right. Then I wore them a time or two and realized they were TOO SMALL. (Rubber doesn’t stretch-to-fit like leather does! They were just too tight around the ball of my foot.) Next, I bought the green Jeffrey Campbells [...]

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Time for le big bag

I’m a small purse girl through and through — but now that I’ve got a baby on the way, toting around a diaper bag is all the excuse I need to get a fabulous big bag! Here’s a roundup of my favorite totes right now. Rib & Hull Technical Tote, $183 What a beautiful bag. [...]

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

With Benefits: Summer Sunglasses

This post is the fifth in a series I’ve written on for-benefit companies — for-profit models that inherently benefit social causes — for the men’s ethical fashion site Well Spent (formerly Commerce with a Conscience), where Brad creates daily features as well as the most well-curated product guide for conscientious men’s style out there. One out of five people [...]

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Six favorite blogs

Over the past few months I’ve been working longer hours than ever, so I’ve been experimenting with how to be most productive — and one thing I’ve changed is to stop reading my many RSS feeds. But I miss them! So I’m starting over this weekend with a well-edited list of the ones I miss [...]

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2011

Happy 2011! (Only six days late!) Right before 2010 ended I got an email from Jasmin at Ecouterre asking me to contribute my predictions for 2011 in the eco fashion industry. You can read my response here. It was great to add my two cents in the company of John Patrick Organic, Sheena at The [...]

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Elsewhere: TheFeast.com, PR Couture, Mimi + Meg and Storenvy

My picks have been all over the internets lately. What fun! TheFeast.com: Last week I was excited to curate a guide of local, ethical gift ideas for TheFeast.com. My list of 14 picks covers most of my SF favorites, from air plants at Paxton Gate to Early Jewelry at Candystore Collective and Renegade Holiday, which [...]

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Top Fashion & Beauty brands from Newsweek’s Green Rankings 2010

We love our indie brands, but oftentimes shopping at chains can be unavoidable. Last month Newsweek released its Green Rankings 2010, ranking hundreds of the world’s most environmentally sound companies, and I went through and grabbed just the Fashion & Beauty companies from their Top 500 US Companies list — so that when we do find ourselves at [...]

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Closet care tips to help your wardrobe last a lifetime, courtesy of Hudson & Jane

As we well know, the best way be a conscientious consumer is to shop less overall and take care of the clothes we already have. I recently got to write a few articles about how to take better care of your wardrobe on behalf of one of my favorite clients, Hudson & Jane, the lovely high-end men’s [...]

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

How to Host a Clothing Exchange

For the past few years, I’ve gotten together with friends every six months or so for a clothing exchange. Without fail, I always find a few things I love. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the clothing swap concept, and many of you have probably done it before, but I wanted to pass along how [...]

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Shweek, Day 7: Loeffler Randall

Loeffler Randall Simone; Eloise, $501 (sale); and Mabel, $419 (sale). While Loeffler Randall isn’t a brand that necessarily touts its social responsibility, I add it to the list for the same reason that it’s made the ranks of a handful of eco boutiques: These shoes are brilliantly designed and crafted. The overall classic aesthetic, made [...]

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Shweek, Day 6: Terra Plana

Yep, it’s the weekend, so “Shoe Week” just became a portmanteau. (Why didn’t I think of this earlier?!) Terra Plana Dida, $195, and Herb, $140. Terra Plana has a wonderful history of crafting some of the most holistically conscientious shoes around. (Some, in fact, so based in theory that style is left entirely by the [...]

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Shoe Week, Day 5: Coclico

Coclico Nuance, $320. Yes, Coclico again! I must admit, I usually shy away from suede for its less hardy nature, but the suede on this shoe makes it feel aMAzing on the foot. (And it’s a blue suede shoe!) Since the first time I wrote about this brand, it has added a Sustainability page to [...]

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Shoe Week, Day 4: Melissa

Melissa Joy + Alexandre Herchcovitch, $85. As if in reference to the jellies we wore when we were 10, all Melissa shoes are made of plastic. With a few key differences… theirs is recycled! And recyclable. And vegan and non-toxic, all manufactured in an eco-friendly facility in Brazil. This brand can be controversial for eco [...]

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Shoe Week, Day 3: Manimal

Manimal Ribcage Flat and Double Fringe Bootie, $180-$200. I was introduced to this brand through the most excellent earrings I’ve ever owned, and its hallmark moccasin designs are no disappointment whatsoever. I love the double-fringe high top and am excited about the new two-tone option (bottom right in the image). Each piece is handmade by [...]

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Shoe Week, Day 2: Olsen Haus

Olsen Haus Charm, $225. All Olsen Haus shoes are vegan. “The livestock/leather industry is the largest contributor to global warming, land devastation, environmental pollution, usage of valuable natural resources and water supply contamination. … From start to finish, the amount of energy required to create a leather hide is 20 times greater than the production [...]

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Shoe Week, Day 1: Corso Como

Several weeks ago, I started a conversation about shoes that are both socially responsible and stylish. Amber commented, “there aren’t a lot of eco-friendly cute shoes,” and Grechen was inspired to make an awesome list of Eco-Friendly Shoes Around $50 (That Aren’t Ugly). (Marais, Melissa and TOMS are all on the list, so be sure [...]