The other day, I was talking to my friend Lauren about ethical fashion and being more conscious consumers (because we’re exactly the kind of nerds who can talk about this topic for hours), and she said something that totally resonated with me: “Once you commit to being a more ethical consumer, it spills over into every area of your life.” It’s true: I began this journey by simply trying to cut down on my “fast fashion” purchases, but now I find myself checking labels on everything I buy (hoping to find my favorite phrase, “Made in the USA”) and reading up on all kinds of companies to see if they’re the type of business I want to support. This is not to say that I’ll never buy anything from China ever again, but I’m definitely more discerning these days. If I can scout out an alternative that’s made in the USA and/or in a more sustainable way, I’ll always buy that instead.
Which is why, when I read about S.W. Basics reusable, organic cotton rounds in Real Simple, I bought a pack right away. I’d been using (and throwing away) regular cotton rounds and makeup remover wipes every day for years, so I welcomed this sustainable and reusable alternative. Plus, they’re machine-washable and made in the USA. What’s not to love, right? Read on for my full review! Keep reading »
Here’s proof that you’re never, ever too old to play dress-up: a group of senior citizens at a nursing home in Germany recently recreated 12 iconic movie scenes for a photo calendar. The residents, who ranged in age from 75 to 98 got all dolled up as James Bond, Holly Golightly, and, of course, Jack and Rose. The calendar was produced as a gift for the residents and their families, and is not for sale. Too bad, because I would totally buy one! After the jump, check out a few more snaps of senior citizens acting out classic scenes from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” “Rocky,” and “The Seven Year Itch”…
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Selfies been getting some bad press lately, what with the revelation that teens’ selfie habits may be to blame for a massive increase in lice infestations (#YUCK). But there is one form of selfie that will always elicit smiles instead of sighs, and runs an extremely low risk of spreading lice: Muppet selfies! Yes, the Muppets finally have an official Instagram account, and they’ve been posting selfies as frantically as a 14-year-old girl who just got her first iPhone. There’s Kermit, Rizzo, Swedish Chef, and many more. No selfie from Miss Piggy yet, but I’m anxiously awaiting the glamorous, multiple-filtered masterpiece it will surely be. [The Mary Sue]
Want to reinvent a pair of jeans, spruce up a boring old sweatshirt, or turn a tank top into a feminine t-shirt? Want to create your own one-of-a-kind bracelet or eye-catching necklace? Want to find a creative new way to organize your jewelry, or add a flirty detail to a basic scarf? To paraphrase The Beatles, “Lace Is All You Need.” Click through to check out 10 DIY projects that make the most out of a little bit of lace…
In the months leading up to my move from Portland to Nashville, my life wasn’t exactly going smoothly. My family situation was growing more stressful by the day. Some of my closest friendships had turned toxic. I felt extremely out of place in the hipster culture that dominated the city. My boyfriend wasn’t happy in his job and was getting increasingly depressed. I suffered from terrible anxiety that had started around the time my neighbor’s house had been broken into, and kept me awake most nights, convinced that every creak of our old apartment was a robber prying open the downstairs window.
Those long nights gave me lots of time to think about how unhappy I was, and what I could do to fix it. Therapy, new friends, better self-care, meditation, and sleeping pills all came to mind (and in fact, I’d tried many of them already), but all these potential solutions were always eclipsed by one word: leave.
When I started telling friends and family members how miserable I was, I noticed a common thread in their responses. I’d reveal my plans to move away and start fresh, and they’d gently touch my shoulder and say, in hushed and concerned tones, “You can’t run away from your problems, you know.” Keep reading »
I came across the brand Show Me Your MuMu on the racks of the boutique where I work on weekends. Every time I’d check the tag of a fabulous new skirt or slouchy tunic, I kept finding the words, “SHOW ME YOUR MUMU” along with a phrase that made me really happy: “MADE IN THE GORGE USA!” A little research informed me that Show Me Your Mumu was formed by two best friends, Cammy and Cologne, who wanted to design flowy, flattering clothes for free-spirited ladies like themselves. And those tags weren’t lying: every MuMu piece is indeed made right in downtown LA. Does this translate to a slightly higher price tag than other brands who churn out their clothes in Chinese factories? Of course. But remember: you’re paying for a quality product that was made by fairly compensated workers. And if that’s not enough, the endless compliments you’ll get on your SMYM clothes will surely justify the extra bucks. Click through to check out 11 of my favorite MuMu pieces!
The cold, dry air of this winter has been wreaking absolute havoc on my skin. I’ve been going through gallons of lotion trying to soothe my dry legs, chest, and elbows, but I’ve found many deep conditioning lotions to be too greasy, while quick-drying formulas don’t really do anything. These organic lotion bars I found on Etsy might be my Goldilocks moment: they’re made with nourishing organic oils and melt to your body temperature. Plus, they come in amazing scents like lavender chai and jasmine mint. Mmmm … my elbows are drooling already! Don’t spend too much time thinking about how that last sentence made no sense, OK? Just buy yourself a lotion bar. [$20 for set of 3, Unearth Malee]
This week marked the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo. Cake artist Michelle Wibowo commemorated the occasion in a very, ahem, sweet way, by recreating his masterpiece, “The Creation Of Adam,” using frosting, marshmallows, and sprinkles. The resulting edible artwork is breathtaking (not to mention drool-inducing), and the entire process — which took 168 hours and half a billion cake sprinkles — was documented in this time-lapse video. It’s calming and slightly hypnotic to watch her turn a pile of sprinkles into God. And now I really want a piece of cake. [YouTube via Design Taxi]
Reason #5398 I’m seriously considering buying a pair of white jeans for Spring? Hilary Duff. The starlet has been sauntering around Hollywood for the past few weeks rocking white jeans with a toddler in tow, which makes my worries about spilling something on myself seem awfully silly. I love how she paired the bright white with subtle taupe accessories and an olive military jacket. Perfect transition outfit as the weather warms up (sidenote: Dear Weather, PLEASE WARM UP SOON). Want to steal Hilary’s style for yourself? Check out all the shopping details after the jump!
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I came across this hairstyle on a model in the Nasty Gal lookbook, and it struck me as a great cut for spring. When the sun finally comes out and you’re ready to shed the dry, split ends of winter and debut a new look, give this shoulder-length bob a spin. It’s light, fun, and the choppy texture and blunt bangs give it a bit of an edge. Perfect contrast for all the frilly, floral sundresses you’ll be wearing with it. Sigh. Spring really can’t get here fast enough.