So far, our Compassionate Fashion feature has spotlighted a company that still makes most of its clothes in the U.S. and a big brand that has found an ethical approach to overseas factory production. This week we want to shine a light on a fair trade company, Mata Traders. Everything Mata sells is handmade by women in India who are treated with respect and compensated fairly for their work. Mata strives to empower the women they work with in every way they can: “Whether a beginner sewer or the marketing director, all the women that make our clothing and accessories have a voice.” Pretty rad, right? They stock an awesome selection of handmade clothing and jewelry in an array of eye-catching prints — and pretty much everything is less than $100. Click on the gallery to check out 10 of our favorite items in their current collection!
Dear Luis Briones,
You just got arrested in New Mexico after crashing your car. Police could tell pretty quickly you were driving drunk, which is already a dealbreaker, but it quickly became apparent that something else had contributed to your little “accident.” Maybe it was because you were found hiding in a cactus(?!) wearing only one shoe and had your shorts on inside out, or maybe it’s because your female passenger was totally naked, but you eventually got busted for not only driving under the influence, but having sex while driving under the influence. While a small part of me is impressed by your ability to multitask, a much larger part of me is disgusted by your complete disregard for other people’s safety.
I think it’s safe to say: we’re breaking up.
No longer yours,
As the summer temperatures slowly climb to their sweltering highs, you can’t beat a cool glass of lemonade or iced tea. Want to add some new flavors to your summer beverage roster? Grab some ice cubes and a Pinterest-approved mason jar and click through for 10 refreshing recipes!
So you guys may remember The Ugly Desk, which I bought on a whim and de-uglified with a couple coats of teal paint. Ready for part two of the saga? The Ugly Desk came with an Ugly Chair, pictured above. This chair might actually be uglier than the desk — the style and fabric are very mid-90s accounting firm conference room, which is not exactly the vibe I go for in my home decorating scheme. I’ve kept it this long because it’s surprisingly comfy and a good height for the desk. So here’s my question: is this chair worth an attempted makeover? I was thinking of trying to recover the seat and back with a cute fabric (maybe polka dots?), and I could even spray paint the legs and armrests if I was feeling really crafty. Keep reading »
God, could Reese Witherspoon be any cuter?! The formerly drunk and disorderly star wore this bright and sunny outfit to an LA-area Whole Foods to pick up an extremely photogenic bouquet of yellow tulips. Want to steal Reese’s perky outfit for yourself? I found all the pieces, including her exact orange dress, which rings in at the decidedly non-celebrity price of $40 (yes, really). Read on for shopping details! Keep reading »
Barbara Eden got famous for playing a sexy genie in “I Dream Of Jeannie,” which aired from 1965 to 1970. Over 40 years later, she donned her trademark midriff-baring costume on stage for this weekend’s Life Ball fundraiser, where she introduced Bill Clinton with her signature nod and wink. All I can say is, “Daaaaaamn, girl!” [Us Weekly]