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Compassionate Fashion: Help This Ethically Made Line Of Pashminas Support Kashmir Artisans

Shawl Wallah
Pashminas With A Purpose

As many of us have learned the hard way, ethically made clothing can be really, really hard to find. Shawl Wallah is a refreshing alternative to sweatshop-made scarves — the brand creates Pashminas by employing a cooperative of families in Kashmir, Northern India, where Pashmina originated. To make the beautiful scarves Shawl Wallah sells, super fine Pashmina hair is combed from goats’ coats, spun into wool, colored with vegetable dye and then handwoven in a process that can take up to two weeks for one shawl. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $25,000 to help the business grow, increase order quantities to ensure artisans have enough to live on, eventually lower the price of the product, and increase marketing for more of an opportunity to do good in the world. As they say on their Kickstarter page, the project’s aim to create more positive change ”always was, always has been, and always will be all for the kids” of Kashmir. In fact, Shawl Wallah commits to donate 20 percent of the shawls’ sale price to Save the Children to support the young people of Kashmir.

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“Firsts” Is My New Favorite Web Series

Firsts
"Sally, You're An Over-Hoper"

Actress and comedienne Courtney Rackley writes and stars in “Firsts,” a web series that follows the — you guessed it — uncomfortable firsts in a relationship. Part painfully accurate and part wildly absurd, the series follows the awkward adventures of couple Chuck (Troy Ruptash) and Sally (Rackley). There are 10 episodes so far, but here’s the very first one to get you hooked. In “First Night Of The Rest Of Your Life,” Sally has an all-too-familiar chat with her best friend while she gets ready for a date.

Passenger Shaming Instagram Gloriously Calls Out The Rudest Flyers Among Us

Folks On A Flight
These 10 people will always be on your plane. Read More »

At last, a solution to those select selfish douchebags who ruin everyone else’s flying experience — embarrass them on the internet! In elementary school, whenever we leaned back in our chairs, scratched up our desks, or generally defiled anything that was communal property, our teacher would ask, “You wouldn’t behave like that in your own house, would you?” (Sometimes the answer really was “yes,” but that’s neither here nor there.) The Instagram and Facebook account Passenger Shaming asks this exact question without ever having to actually say it. Passenger Shaming is awesomely self-described as “photos of assholes taken by anonymous flight attendants & passengers from all over the world. Don’t end up here.” It’s captured shots of passengers kicking up their bare feet next other flyers’ heads, making gigantic messes under their seats, peeing in the bathroom sink, and just being all-around shitty people to the hundred or so other passengers who are stuck in a metal tube with them. Keep reading »

We Live In A World That Includes Twee Dog Weddings, Because Why Not

Dog Wedding
#HudsonLovesChelsea

When Danni Rivera and her husband Wil got a second dachshund, she suggested over a glass of wine that the two pups get married. Luckily for her, she’s a wedding photographer and videographer, so she just made a few calls to her fellow creative friends and whipped up a canine Pinterest wedding. Hudson and Chelsea tied the knot in front of all their four-legged friends, and well, wikiHow implies that dog weddings are a totally normal thing so who am I to judge? I can’t really argue with two minutes of puppy footage, no matter how much that cake and those place settings may have cost. Love is love, right? [NBC Philadelphia]

Sarah Silverman Is Working On A Musical Version Of Her Memoir

  • Sarah Silverman is working on a Broadway musical based on her memoir The Bedwetter about, you guessed it, her childhood bedwetting problem. [BroadwayWorld]
  • Thirty actors who have appeared in Shonda Rhimes’ TV shows choose three words to describe her that are more accurate than “angry black woman.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • A song from Trent Reznor’s “Gone Girl” score has been released and it’s predictably creepy. [Slate]
  • Jada Pinkett Smith confirmed she has a role in “Magic Mike XXL,” and that the role was originally written for a man. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Care To Try A Beer-Flavored Starbucks Latte?

Pumpkin spice lattes not your thing? No worries: Starbucks is currently testing out its new Dark Barrel Latte, which is inspired by “the rise of craft beers” and meant to taste like “roasted malt” (a.k.a Guinness covered in whipped cream). The drink doesn’t have any alcohol in it, but it does include caramel and “stout flavored” sauce mixed in with its milk and espresso base.

The beer latte is being tested in a few stores in Ohio and Florida, and so far, people aren’t really sure what to think. Among those who have tried the beverage, it’s just about agreed across the board that the drink does taste like Irish stout, but nobody really knows how to process that information. Isn’t Starbucks breaking some kind of fourth wall or something by trying to mimic the one beverage Americans might love more than coffee?

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