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Monday, January 12, 2015

Object of My Affection: Rising Tide Fair Trade Weekender Bag

Happy Friday! In the spirit of Summer weekend trips to places near and far, I give you: The perfect Weekender bag. There are so many fab options, I had trouble picking just 3 to feature here. At $220, it's not the least expensive bag you'll ever own (or maybe it is - aren't you fancy!), but it might just be the most useful bag you'll ever own. Go ahead and try to pick your fave bag from the countless featured on the website - pack a snack, you'll be there for hours. Here's what Rising Tide Fair Trade has to say about their bags:
Our bags are created from repurposed vintage quilts and cruelty free leather (from naturally deceased animals) and canvas. Rather than using a system of mass production, our bags are produced in a women's cooperative, which has a lower impact on the environment. Our bags are made one at a time by individuals paid a fair wage and treated with dignity and respect.

Fab Friday Find: Ailin's Pin-Tuck Jacket

Have you ever, ever, ever seen a cute windbreaker? Maybe I've been looking for rain protection in all the wrong places, but stylish rain coats have evaded me. I don't mean fancy rain gear - there are plenty of chic trench coats on the market. But something stylish that you might want to wear to the beach on a windy day? Or for when you want to take a stroll with your dog despite the possibility of showers? I didn't think it existed.
And then I found Ailin, my new best friend, who makes all sorts of lovely, eco-friendly activewear and slightly-less-activewear. Like the hard shell pin-tuck jacket above, made of downcycled polyester and bamboo. At $525, it's sadly out of reach... but a girl can dream.
For more eco-friendly activewear, check out my slideshow at StyleHive.
(BTW, no posts next week, but SSTW will be back in action 2/18. Happy V-Day!)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Site Crush: Organica Deluxe

Hello, December! It's officially time to turn our minds to Chrismukkah and pumping up the economy, eco-style. I have recently discovered and fallen in love with Organica Deluxe, a website brimming with truly lovely organic, natural, and/or Fair Trade goodies that are packaged in post-consumer recycled tissue paper. I especially love how the site offers numerous search options -- gifts by price range, occasion, recipient, etc -- to make gift hunting that much easier.
Since I naturally go right to the sale section, I quickly stumbled upon this eco-luxe gift combo of a hand-woven, fair trade, pink-rimmed silk scarf (made from silk collected in such a way as to not harm the moth!) and Antica Farmacista peony room spray (made with essential oils). The combo, on sale for $70, includes a donation to breast cancer research.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Designer Limelight: Rebecca Peragine of print*pattern*paper

I am really loving all the fab green goodies made by Rebecca Peragine of print*pattern*paper. How cute are her 100% recycled cotton bags and 100% recycled cardstock stationary? Super cute, that's how.
I hear through the grapevine that you're positively aching for some good news. How 'bout this? Rebecca is offering 20% off to SSTW readers! Use code STYLE09 at checkout.

Friday, January 9, 2015

So the Dogs Can Travel Without Leaving Home

Vintage suitcase = cutest dog bed ever.
Buy it on Etsy.
Learn how to make it on Design*Sponge.
Either way, Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Object of My Affection: Laura Yeats Reclaimed Wood Bowl

I've got a major thing for wooden bowls. Rustic and sensuous (Yeah, I said it, and I'll say it again: Sensuous wood), organic and contemporary, wooden bowls are my idea of the perfect home accessory. So Laura Yeats is kinda my hero: Chainsawing and lathing her way through slabs of reclaimed wood, Yeats turns unwanted and diseased urban yard trees into works of beauty. Pricey? 'Fraid so. Gorgeous? Oh, yes. (Selling for about $125 and up, here).

Major Crush Confession: Sprig

So, seriously, have you guys checked out Sprig yet? I'll admit my crush on the super cool green style site has now officially evolved from an at-a-distance crush to a full-on love first article for Sprig appears on the site today!
It's Friday and time for happy thoughts! With so much of the media focusing (rightfully) on how bad things are getting for the environment, it's nice to take a moment to think also of all the good strides we're taking to set things right. Head on over to Sprig and check out my piece on the top good news for the environment!
(Then pat yourself on the back and keep up the good work by walking, not driving, to your Friday happy hour establishment of choice.)

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