The holiday season is practically upon us and if you haven’t yet given much thought about what you would like this year, or what to get the lovely ladies in your life I hope you will find my personal wish list (shared here) helpful, stylish, and of course aligned with your go-green values. Happy Holidays and happy shopping…!
1. SMALL BRAIDED PEYTON TOTE, Maiyet, $2195. Maiyet leather goods are meticulously handcrafted of premium leathers by master craftsmen in Italy. It is a hefty price tag, but kind of like a diamond this bag will last forever.
2. FRONT ROW & INVITE ONLY NAIL POLISH, Mischo, $18. These beautiful and witty polishes are 5 FREE: free of formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor. The perfect non-toxic stocking stuffer.
3. FISHERGIRL SWEATER, Chinti & Parker, $580. A quintessential Chinti and Parker oversize knit style in 100% cashmere, with contrast mid-grey details on the back neck and pockets. Balance with slim-fit separates. Aside from offering awesome cashmere, Chinti & Parker is also a carbon-neutral company.
4. AIRSIDE CONCRETE MINI KILT, Thu Thu, $543. THU THU’s reinterpretation of the kilt features a heavy cashmere blend bottom with a row of accordion pleats on the side. Plum colored leather paneling wraps the waist and features duo gold finish buckle and a front zip pocket. The perfect piece to pair with a printed sweatshirt and ankle boots. Ethically made in the UK.
5. DECOEUR LUCITE CLUTCH, Mettle Fair Trade, $99. Mettle’s Decoeur clutch is the season’s must-have cocktail accessory. Made from clear recycled lucite and trimmed with gold-plated hardware, it’s both a purse and display case.
6. OPHELIE SCARF, Amour Vert, $79. This hand-loomed color block scarf is the finishing touch to your every outfit this season. Made in the USA, 100% wool.
7. REFRESHING PACK, Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr, $99.95. A nurturing beauty pack filled with winter-time necessities to boost hydration and refresh skin. Pure and organic ingredients.
8. GIO TASSEL EARRINGS, Nicole Romano, $275. Nearly six inches long, Nicole Romano’s tassel earrings dangle glamorously in elegant box-chain strands. A game-changing accessory for evening, this substantial gold-plated pair catches and glimmers in the light.
9. MAKE-UP CASE, Rachel Roy, $30. Made of 100% cotton and linked to Piece & Co. Pop it in your purse to keep your makeup from floating around and feel good about your purchase.
10. EBONY WOOD TROUBADOURS, LSTN, $150. Each pair of LSTN Troubadours is individually handcrafted from real, reclaimed wood. For every pair sold, LSTN helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. That’s a beat we can get behind!
11. LODGE STRIPE THROW, Fairbault Wool Mill Co, $135. An oversized throw made from 100% wool, proudly made in the USA.
12. HAND KNIT POM POM HAT, Bay Leaf Studio, $50. Lovingly crafted by the Bay Leaf Studio ladies and made from 100% merino wool. A must-have for street style cred during a snowstorm.
13. BONDI STUD CROP BIKER, The Sway, $1,100. Luxe and edgy at the same time- the perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Wear with a classic LBD or party dress to add your own flair. Made from reclaimed leather scraps.
14.RAYES WOOL SLIPPERS, Amour Lux, $85. Armor Lux still proudly makes its products in Brittany, France, as it has done for the past 75 years. These wool slippers will let you step into the past while keeping toasty warm in the here-and-now.
15. ARGAN INFINITY CREAM, Josie Maran, $28. Sunburn? Flaky lips? Under-eye bags? Breakout? A dab of Argan Infinity Cream balances, moisturizes, de-swells, highlights, primes, and preps—and that’s just for starters. A luxurious toolbox in a tube, it makes the most of the versatility and endless possibilities of my star ingredient, 100% Pure Argan Oil.Tweet
Lead with style, add ethics and Shop Ethica. That’s exactly how the NYC- based online eco-boutique was founded. Sisters Melissa and Carolina Cantor launched the boutique a year and a half ago when they recognized the opportunity to offer all the perks of mainstream fashion stores (style advice, designer interviews, runway reports and fashion inspiration) with an eco edge.
I recently visited their NYC studio and showroom to hear more about the brand, the boutique and the vision. I knew it was going to be a good visit when I was greeted at the door by Jack, the shop dog. Cleverly clad in a doggy sweater vest, he melted my heart and my ‘dog voice’ melted his.
With Jack comfortably snuggled against his mama, Melissa enthusiastically shared her parlay into the eco fashion scene- noting that when she was working within editorial for various publications she always tried to ‘slip’ a green guide or product into the mix. Her predisposition for green living didn’t come in an aha moment. Rather both Caroline and Melissa attribute their affinity for green to the way they were raised in Honduras by a father who lovingly followed them around the house turning off lights and teaching them not to waste precious resources that their family was lucky enough to enjoy.
With the ‘waste not’ mentality firmly (if not subconsciously) in place, Melissa went on to pursue a career as a writer while Carolina studied business. The two built their global perspective with time spent in Paris, Miami and eventually settled in New York to collaborate and start a family business together. Melissa’s editorial background and Carolina’s entrepreneurial spirit created the perfect combination to create Shop Ethica- a content + commerce model.
And how is that model working? Really well actually. According to Melissa, sometimes Shop Ethica customers find them when they are searching for the coveted brands they carry. Other times, the content they put out on various relatable topics draws them into the shopping component of the site. Yet, one thing is clear: Shop Ethica leads with style, and takes the approach of keeping (eco) fashion fun rather than preachy.
Of course, if you want the backstory on the brands they carry you can get it. And you can rest assured that they’ve done their due diligence on the ethics behind the label. “We are still a small company, and that works in our favor because we can control the brands we feature, and if we hesitate on their ethics at all, we reserve the right not to carry them,” stated Melissa. So what kinds of brands do they carry? And what ethics are most important to them? As we all now know, sustainability is a pretty big umbrella, and there are many eco initiatives that fall underneath it. “When we first tell people about our boutique, they like to assume that running an eco boutique means that everything is organic,” shares Carolina. “That is only one part of it. We engage with designers who have a wider range of environmental and social goals that they are committed to.” On a personal level, the sisters rank the following as their top priorities when bringing a new brand into their boutique or closets:
1. fair and ethical production
2. the use of reclaimed or upcycled materials
With ethics inherently built in, who is the Shop Ethica girl? A simple glance at the online store gives you a pretty good sense. She is a modern, stylish, global, and conscious woman who isn’t afraid of color or print. It seems Shop Ethica is carving out a niche as the go-to resource for interesting pieces that boast a style story and have the ethics to back it. When you shop their site, you won’t find boring basics, and instead a cornucopia of statement pieces that help define one’s sense of style. The idea of building a quality, style-driven wardrobe that will last a lifetime falls under that same sustainability umbrella, and with a vibrant eclectic one from Shop Ethica, we want to join the club.Tweet
It’s amazing how an extra layer for your hands or head provide that much more comfort and warmth during the winter season. If you are in the market for some winter accessories, take a look at our eco-fab picks!
FAUX FUR EARMUFFS WITH HEADPHONES, echo, $28. The fur is fake, but the beats are real. Bop to your own tunes and spread the love when you buy these muffs. For every pair bought, a pair is donated.
SEEDLING SLOUGHY HAT, Ricefield Collective, $49. Made of a premium American alpaca/wool blend, Stephen West’s Seedling Slouchy is reminiscent of rows of seeds about to sprout.
NEARLY FINGERLESS GLOVES, Stewart + Brown, $122. Keep your hands warm without hiding your manicure. Made from 100% sustainable Mongolian cashmere, the Neary Fingerless Gloves combine a statement chevron knit design with ultra-soft cashmere.Tweet
Whether you are on a flight or just need a pick-me-up at the office, a refreshing spritz from one of these face mists is the perfect thing to keep your skin hydrated and happy. I personally am a fan of face mists. They give that extra bit of moisture that my skin sometimes craves- especially during the months when the air is dry.
HYDRATING MIST, Juice Beauty, $22. Tone and hydrate with this refreshing blend of rosehip, ylang ylang, resveratrol grapeseed oil and antioxidant-rich organic juices for a fresh, radiant complexion.
BEAUTY ELIXIR, Caudalie, $18. The original formula was created for Queen Isabelle of Hungary as an elixir of youth. This half-toner, half-serum mist is filled with essential oils and rare plants, giving an instant boost to the complexion. Lines are smoothed, pores minimized and the skin is left looking radiant.
RECHARGING FINISHING MIST, Restorsea, $100. This refreshing mist provides intense hydration and helps improve skins appearance.
Isn’t it amazing how the awareness around breast cancer and the linked funds that pour into research for a cure and treatment have evolved into a kaleidoscope of pink across every category?! Show your support in style with these top three pink-ilicious picks:
STAR SWEATER, Chinti & Parker, $545. Ethically made from 100% cashmere, and super cute paired with leggings and a moto jacket.
KEEP A BREAST ONE INCH I LOVE BOOBIES BRACELET, ShopKab, $3.99. Join the campaign to keep boobies plentiful with these bracelets.Tweet