Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Etsy Love - Vintage Handbags

I was just browsing Etsy this morning and came across a slew of lovely vintage handbags. (I swear, the vintage stuff on the site keeps getting better and better . . .)

If you search for "clutch" under "Vintage", you'll find all of these lovely totables and more! All of them were less than $75, most under $50, some under $30.

This is huge! I love it!

Lavendar and snakeskin? Perfectly in line with Spring trends.
Fun, sequiny bag for evening excursions - plus a handy lipstick mirror!

Faux eel to go with all the light grays that are in the stores now.

Yeay! Orange!

Vintage Feather bag - you can't see clearly, but there is a little peacock feather right above the clasp. The site has more pictures here. This is absolutely a gorgeous bag. (And only $56!)

Classic and streamlined for all your fancy events.

Lovely round vintage snakeskin bag. More pics here. ($60)

LOVE this one! Add a chain and take it everywhere. Perfect with a white tshirt and jeans. ($54!)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Stickin' it to Winter

Is it just me or does Winter seem to be out staying it's welcome?
What bums me out most about this weather is the fact that I won't be able to wear my flirty summer tank tops any time soon. Or so I thought.

I stopped into Redeem on 14th Street the other day to check out their sales. What I found were super cute light weight jackets from an organic clothing line called Covet.

I fell in love with a billowy jacket that would make for PERFECT layering. I played around with the buttons, buttoning them up all the way for a sleek look, or keeping a few undone at the top to show off a bit of what was underneath. The fabric was really comfortable and felt great on my skin-so comfy!

Check out some of the goods at Covet's website .

And if you decide to shop at Redeem, don't forget about the brand-spanking new 14th Street Circulator Bus that will take you right to their doorstop. The route starts at Woodley Park Metro, cuts through to Columbia Heights, and swings allllll the way down 14th Street till it ends at McPhearson Square. View the entire route here or take a look on the Circulator website.

Shopping locally made easy!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Yellow on My Mind

When I biked home today from work, it was still sunny out . . . I am still in awe that we are finally heading full speed toward Spring and Summer - even if it is still a bit, um, nippy.

I remembered seeing these photos a few weeks ago from French illustrator/photographer Garance Doré of bright chartreuse-y yellow being incorporated with warmer weather pieces. What a great way to say, "Hello Spring, I can see you just around the corner, but brrrrr . . ."

(btw, this is Susie Bubble - a fashion force to be reckoned with. I could never be so cool. Even though I try.)

I really like the neon shade of the yellow in these outfits. It is so hard to find. I have a bright yellow vintage suit (although the skirt doesn't fit at all) that comes close (but still not neon enough):

So I went searching online for some vintage/secondhand chartreuse yellow inspiration:

Manolo Blahnik Shoes (secondhand) from Rice and Beans Vintage

The next two items are from my friend Em's blog, DC Goodwill Fashion Blog, and are being sold to benefit Goodwill of Greater Washington in their Ebay store . You should totally bid on one of them.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Paper, Plastic, or Flax-Viscous Non Woven Fabric?

You do your part to offset the number of plastic bags you consume (Trader Joe’s tote, anyone?)

Shouldn’t your retailers do the same? Now they can thanks to 60BAG. The company, based in Poland, is offering businesses shopping bags that decompose approximately 60 days after being discarded.

The bags are made out of flax fiber, which is extracted from the stem of flax plants and makes for a durable, biodegradable material. And 60BAG sources its flax fibers from post-industrial waste meaning no new flax plants are harmed in the making of the bags.

60BAGs come in a number of shapes and sizes, including a convenient sling you can wear over your shoulder, a cube shaped sack similar to a canvas tote, and a sleek oval carrier that you can hold comfortably in your hand.

Companies who chose to carry the bags can even customize the bags with their unique logos or the poppy pink 60BAG label.

If you’re a retailer and you’d like to learn more about 60BAGs, including how much it costs to integrate them into your business, contact someone through their website at http://www.60bag.com/. And if you’re a concerned shopper, make sure your favorite retailers are aware of their options!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Blogger!

Hi everyone!

My name is Holley Simmons, and I’ll be pitching in with some posts at Righteous (re)Style.

I’ve lived in DC for almost 2 years now, and in that time I’ve written a bit about the DC fashion, food, and fun scene. I’m happy to be working with Maria on making a green existence more accessible and making sure YOU are aware of the opportunities that surround you.

Feel free to pitch ideas, send tips, or share personal strategies you’ve developed to lead a more eco-friendly life…We’re open to your thoughts!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Maya Lin: Artist/Environmentalist

When I first moved to DC to attend University, I used to go running down on the mall on a regular basis. For months, I ran by the reflecting pool, up the hill to the Washington Monument, around the Smithsonian carousel . . . but I somehow always missed the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial . . .
I think that it was an unconscious decision - at first. But, after a while, as I exhausted my supply of monuments to explore, I realized that I was avoiding it.

On purpose.

On a subsequent run, as I let my thoughts Zen-out, I came to the realization that I felt anxious . . . fearing the emotions I expected to feel from being so close to the black memorial I side-glanced at so many times. So many names . . . the memorial seemed unbearably intimate even from far away.
Finally, one day, I decided to overcome my fears . . . I jogged over. It was an overcast day, with a slight drizzle. I don't remember what time of the year it was, but it wasn't too crowded . . . just a small stream of beleaguered vets with family, a few damp teddy bears, some Japanese tourists taking photos.

As I walked along the memorial, the wall rising above my head, the names multiplying, my face staring back at me, I was overwhelmed with emotion. So many died! Many of them no older than me. It was a war that some say changed our nation - the way we viewed conflict, the way we reported on it. And Maya Lin's memorial was a reflection of that. No white columns of grand marble proclaiming our victory - but a monument that forced you into quiet self-reflection. I cried. A lot.

As you can imagine, I felt immensely fortunate to have been invited to an early press briefing for Maya Lin's new exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art: "Systematic Landscapes". And no, I was not invited because of my run past the memorial many years ago. I was invited to cover the fact that Maya Lin is a self-proclaimed “committed environmentalist” and her new exhibit exemplifies this commitment in theme and material.

First, her theme: According to the Corcoran website, the exhibition is focused on: “how people perceive and experience the landscape in a time of heightened technological influence and environmental awareness.” Chatting with reporters, Maya Lin mentioned her interested in making viewers “more aware of the spaces we don't see.”
This was especially obvious in the Bodies of Water Series. Of this installation, Maya Lin said that she aimed to “challenge our ability to imagine a largely invisible underwater geography”. I was honestly mesmerized by the installation – and spent most of my time in that exhibit space. I am not sure what Maya Lin envisioned when she designed and crafted the Bodies of Water Series, but my thoughts strayed to the material used: wood. A living matter, yet dying as soon as it is cut off from its nutrients, removed from the bio-cycle. The seas represented in this series are also dying, cut off from the bio-cycle by human actions: pollution, overfishing, overuse . . .

A little about the three seas she included:

- The Caspian is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area – and is endangered due to industrial emissions, toxic and radioactive wastes, agricultural run-off, sewage and leaks from oil extraction and refining.
- The Dead Sea has been rapidly shrinking because of unsustainable diversion of incoming water.
- The Red Sea is among the most endangered in the world. The coral reefs and unique marine life is being threatened by construction, too many water craft, over fishing and pollution.
Some photos from the Bodies of Water Series:

And, her materials: The wood used in her “hill inside” piece called 2x4 Landscape is all SCS-certified. The particle board used in her other large installation, Blue Lake Pass, is formaldehyde free. A silver model of the Chesapeake Bay (which I did not get to see since it was late being delivered) is made from reclaimed silver from film negatives and x-rays. She was also surprisingly articulate on world deforestation and reforestation issues – even as discussed in the UNFCC climate change negotiations (I thought only us climate geeks knew anything about REDD).

Overall, I found the artist to be incredibly accessible and relatable.

Her creations reminded me of Christo and Andy Goldsworthy (two favorite artists) – if they had mixed their artistic DNA with a background in architecture. Yet, her pieces communicated a completely unique perspective.

In summary, Maya Lin continues to show us art that represents our new realities, as the world changes irrevocably . . . with every war and every lost body of water.

Maya speaking with Washington Post reporter under the Water Line.

Blue Lake Pass

More Photos from the press briefing here.

Many Thanks to Mark Silva Photography for coming with us and taking amazing photos.

Me, under the Water Line.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Win Tickets to Meet Summer Rayne Oakes

Pictures from Treehugger.com

Summer Rayne Oakes (God, why couldn't my parents have named me that . . .) is young, hip, sexy . . . and a diehard environmentalist. What a great combination to get the green message out to people who don't think it is possible to be stylish AND green. (But, dear readers WE all know that it is possible, don't we??!!? Oh, yes, yes we do.)

And! Summer is coming to DC (to the Corcoran Gallery of Art) as part of her book tour, promoting Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty. And!! the kind folks at the Corcoran have offered two free tickets to the event (Wednesday, March 25, 2009 7:00 PM) for me to give away to one of my readers.

So, we must have some sort of leeeettle contest, mustn't we? In keeping with the theme of the event, let's hear the most innovative/weird thing you have done to be green and stylish at the same time. Photos will earn bonus points!!

Email your submissions to my email in the right column by March 23 at 5PM. I'll announce the winner on the 24th and your tickets will be waiting for you at the event.

Here is the description of the event from the Corcoran:

"Environmental scholar and activist, advisor for Discovery Network’s new eco-lifestyle channel, Planet Green, and one of Outside magazine’s Top Environmental Activists, Summer Rayne Oakes specializes in eco-conscious fashion. Named a Global Citizen by Vanity Fair, Oakes’ newest venture, Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty (Chronicle Books, 12/2008), is a resource book for the environmentally conscious consumer. On this evening of “ecofashion,” Oakes highlights designers and brands that have made earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices a priority. A book signing follows the talk."


And, in the meantime, check out all the other amazing things the Corcoran has in store over the next month as part of their lecture series: Considering the Environment in Art and Design, which is to complement the exhibition Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes. (BTW, look for my post on the Maya Lin exhibit tomorrow.)

Monday, March 30 7 p.m.
Bringing the American Garden Home

Wolfgang Oehme is a revolutionary landscape architect and co-creator of the innovative garden style, the New American Garden. His gardens’ free-form designs reflect the simple beauty of the American prairie with explosions of vibrant color, lush texture, and the sweet scent of fragrant flowers. Through his creative use of perennials and ornamental grasses, Oehme’s designs harmonize beautifully with the natural environment. From the Corcoran’s stage, this ground-breaking landscape architect reminds us all of our connection with nature as he discusses his unique design style. Wolfgang Oehme’s colleague, Carol Oppenheimer joins him on stage.

Wednesday, April 15 7 p.m.
Through the Lens: Hazardous Beauty

Award-winning photographer David Maisel’s work focuses primarily on the impact industry has on our environment. His large-scale aerial photographs seduce viewers with their gorgeous, super-saturated color and sublime beauty, but their subject matter—the severe destruction of our landscape—has the opposite effect. Join Maisel as he explores his thought-provoking images.

Thursday, April 23 7 p.m.
Nature Returns to Interior Design

Join Stephen Drucker, editor-in-chief of Hearst Magazines’ House Beautiful, as he reviews the influence of nature on interior design. A renowned expert with over 30 years of experience writing about design for many major publications (The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Travel & Leisure, Architectural Digest, and Vogue, to name a few), Drucker has witnessed firsthand how eco-conscious designers, more sustainable products, and heightened environmental awareness are influencing today’s most interesting and remarkable trends.

Tuesday, April 28 7 p.m.
Redefining Urbanism: Our Cultural Landscape

William Morrish, Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia, considers the influence of urban design on our cultural landscape. Called “the most valuable thinker in urbanism today” by The New York Times, Morrish has been recognized for his collaboration with local and national design firms and non-profit agencies to rebuild the devastated city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Greening the Grechen!

We've LOOOVED Grechen's Closet for a long time - such a great resource for finding new designers and great deals. So, we were super excited to see GreenGrechen as a contact on Twitter. Could it be the same Grechen we have checked in with for so long?

Indeed it was! For the last 11 months, Grechen has been doing her thang with the best of the best green fashion that the internets has to offer.

We love her little manifesto, published last year on Earth Day where she talks about all the things close to our little hearts: price per wear, waste, thinking about our consumption, not buying frivolously, and her "personal fashion mission" to buy only what she needs, and focus on quality & longevity rather than price . . . oh hell, just read the whole thing here.

Go Grechen Go!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Looking for Blog Writers!

I am looking for writers to help me with this blog and my other blog: The Good, the Bad and the Tacky. If you might be interested, please email me at the email on the right. Even if you are able to do only one post per week, that would still be good.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Save an Animal! Buy Hemp Fur! Shop Local!

Yes, you heard me correctly: HEMP FUR. I had no idea that such a product even existed until I stopped by the not-really-new-but-new-to-me Adams Morgan store Capitol Hemp.

Hemp has come a long way from its scratchy, burlappy past. Blended with silk, cotton and other fibers, hemp is as silky, soft and flowey as you want it to be. Now, its even furry! Plus, if you like the fuzziness factor, but don't want to buy the regular faux fur (which is usually petroleum-based) hemp fur is the answer for you. No animals, no petroleum. It's like an eco-fashionista's wet dream. (Okay, okay, maybe just mine. . . )

Here are some of the hemp fur products you can get - from the Amsterdam-based co. Hemp Hoodlamb (get it? get it? Hoodlamb, like Hoodlum . . . okay, whatever. I thought it was clever.) :

(Pics from Inhabitat.)

Capitol Hemp carries a huge assortment of basic and stylish hemp and hemp-blend items. Socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc. When I stopped in, they had the sweetest little hemp/cotton mini-skirts on sale for $40. Note to self: must get one for Spring.
Some of the brands they carry are: Livity, Two Jupiters, Jungmaven, Swirl Space, Ecolution, Mountains of The Moon (great fashion basics here), Envirotextiles, Sweet Grass, Hempys, The Hempest, Hemp Hoodlamb, Canaan Fair Trade, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Black Spot Sneakers (want that Converse hipster look? Go fair trade and hemp with these!), Hemp Sisters, Living Harvest.

So, if you have not checked out DC's first adorable little hemp store (pic of of the store below) please do! I think you'd like it. Really.

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