Virginia Dooley and Nicole Jones started their line of fair trade bags, Rising Tide, after traveling around the world and meeting artisans working with exotic and unique textiles. Their bags are Fair Trade Federation-certified and Green America-approved, and a percentage of the profits are donated to philanthropic programs that educate and equip underserved young women with the skills needed to secure employment or start a business.
Explain the pair on their site, “The fair trade artisans we work with earn roughly 60 percent more than they would for comparable factory jobs. Since most of the artisans have the choice to work from home, they can tend to their children while contributing to the family income.”
And the bags are pretty and durable, too. Check out our eight favorites!
The long, lean silhouette that dominated past seasons (think tunics and boyfriend cardigans) has recently given way to a much different look: short tops and sweaters that stop right at the waist or just above it. This style is super cute but it’s a bit tricky to style a cropped top if you don’t want to show your midriff. To help you out, we took one cropped sweater and styled it 3 very different–and very wearable–ways. Click through to check out the options… [Sweater, $70, Keep reading »
Earlier this week, I went to a show with my friend Nicole. I had my regular old purse, and Nicole was carrying her tote bag. As usually happens when you go to concerts, Nicole’s bag got jostled and knocked over and her wallet spilled out. When it came time to leave, there was a mad search to find her lost wallet on the floor of the club. Luckily we found it, but I promised Nicole I’d do a shopping guide specially dedicated to her almost-missing-wallet and her stupid tote bag, providing better bag suggestions for the future. Let Nicole’s mistake be a lesson — you need a friggin’ bag with a friggin’ zipper closure.
Cardigans are an indispensable transition piece for spring. They’re perfect for throwing on over dresses on breezy afternoons or stashing in your desk for those inexplicably chilly days at the office. Here are 10 light cardigans in a rainbow of colors–add them to any outfit for a little warmth and a lot of style …
Hey girl, you might be saying, it’s a little too early to break out the shorts just yet. But we recommend you wear these brightly colored, patterned and printed shorts with tights underneath and a plain tee. They’re the perfect thing to get you through spring. After the jump, our favorite printed pairs for your perusal.
I stumbled across a gorgeous dress from Ruche while browsing Pinterest the other day, and when I clicked through to the site I was pleasantly surprised by the selection of flowy, spring-y pieces in muted colors and soft florals. The best part? The prices are totally reasonable. Here are 10 of my favorite pieces for 50 bucks or less …
We were really feeling the crazy patterned blazer that Victoria Justice wore to the premiere of “Bully” the other day. We liked it so much we were inspired to find nine other patterned and printed blazers — jackets that can totally take a simple jeans and tee-shirt combo up a notch. Check ‘em out after the jump and tell us which one you like best! Keep reading »
Can a gal ever have too much chambray and denim? I think not, especially since the fabrics are used for much more than jackets, jeans, and shorts! Behold these 11 spring-appropriate denim and chambray dresses, skirts, and blouses!
I’ve typically shied away from wearing nude tones, but I’m super into this new trend of mixing nudes with neons and brights. Designers like Christian Siriano did it on the runway for spring, and it seems like a great way to tone down what could be too much color. Pairing a nude shirt with a bold skirt is a great way to get more use out of both pieces. And if you’re dying to wear the trend right now, we’ve got eight dresses that perfectly combine nude tons with pops of bright color.
There’s so much stuff on Etsy that it’s hard to wade through it all — I don’t blame you if you get overwhelmed and give it up all together. That’s why we’ve decided to give you a helpful shortcut, by identifying some of our favorite online shops. First up: Dusty Rose Vintage, which collects and sells all manner of amazing vintage clothing and housewares. Check ‘em out and let Dusty Rose do the shopping for you!