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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There is offensive clothing that you wonder what the design team’s questionable inspiration was when they were creating a collection, and then there are garments that are so blatantly offensive that you wonder what the heck is going on at HQ and who are the horrible customers they are trying to appeal to. Buzzfeed reported that there was a t-shirt for sale with the slogan “It’s Not Rape, It’s A Snuggle With A Struggle” written across the chest, accompanied by two hands formed into the shape of a heart. Really. Read more on The Gloss…
It’s apple-picking season! The good news: coming home with sooooo many appppplesssss. The bad news: WTF do you do with sooooo many appppplesssss anyway? Here are 13 ideas!
I will literally wait until the only food left in my house is one-half of a stale Ritz cracker before I force myself to go to the grocery store. If it’s not enough that you need a down jacket to walk through the frozen food aisle without getting hypothermia, there are about 80 other things that make me dread trips to the supermarket. If you’re like me, these 13 reasons to despise the grocery store will remind you why you should just order take-out the rest of the month. Keep reading »
There’s Julep for nail polish and BirchBox for beauty goodies. So it figures there’s a subscription of-the-month club for frilly underthings, too. It’s called [Enclosed] and you (or a manfriend who is otherwise terrible about picking out knickers) choose the size and style preference and they customize a different pair of panties to send every month. While the options change every month, there are always your favorite cuts to choose from — bikini cut, boyshorts, thongs — and they run the gamut from RRRROWWWW! to sweet. There are even bridal options if you’re looking for a bachelorette party gift. A one-time order from [Enclosed] is $50 or you join for three, six or 12 months for a few bucks less. But with schmancy brands like Eberjey and L’Agent by L’Agent Provocateur on the roster, [Enclosed] is an easy way to freshen up your lingerie drawer — and get a sexy visit from the mailman once a month. (Just kidding, the box is very discreet.) Do you really need another reason to toss those period panties to the curb? [[Enclosed]] [Image of panties in a lingerie drawer via Shutterstock]
I live in New York City’s East Village and one of my favorite local shops to stumble into while out walking my dog on a weekend afternoon is Verameat. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, I still have a hunch you’ll recognize designer Vera Balyura’s work, especially her more iconic pieces, like the kitchen knife charm necklace above. Her necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings are generally either sweet and innocent or tough and almost creepy, but all have a delicate femininity to them. I’m personally obsessed with her nods to delicious junk food (I neeeeed that Cruller necklace…) and biology (…that spine cuff bracelet though!), but there’s something for pet obsessives, girly girls, vampire fetishists, amateur photographers, dinosaur enthusiasts and everyone in between. Depending on the materials used, Verameat jewelry can also be quite affordable, the perfect gift for your best friend or, if you want to send a message, your biggest enemy. Check out all of Verameat’s gorgeous wares here!
Annnnnnd, if you’re in New York City, you simply MUST RSVP to Alternative Apparel and Verameat’s in-store soiree Thursday from 7-9 p.m. I’ll be there blowing my paycheck, PLUS, Vera herself will be on hand to show off her latest pieces. RSVP here!