I don’t know about you, but I can use all the help I can get in pumping up my motivation to get active! Enter Outdoor Voices, a made in the USA brand that not only has its production ethics right, but also scores major style points. Revive your workout routine with these awesome sportswear basics. Prices range from $45- $120.Tweet
Last week I took a break from sunny Southern California and headed north where we lucked out with just a light misting (good for the skin), some mystic fog and lots of wine. An hour and thirty minutes outside of San Francisco many small towns dedicated to the production of wine and relaxation are patiently waiting to welcome visitors. We decided on Yountville, the quiet little town that boasts some big names including French Laundry, Bouchon and Bardessono.
If you are looking for an eco hotel that’s hip, tasteful and central to Napa Valley- Bardessono is the best you’ll find. LEED Platinum certified (there are only three hotels with this rating in all of the US!), Bardessono checks all the eco boxes. Gorgeous woods used throughout the hotel are milled from salvaged trees. Non-toxic, non-allergenic materials were used in construction. Organic linens and cleaning supplies and recycling and composting programs are standard. Products in the restaurant and spa are sourced primarily from local organic or sustainable producers.
What I enjoyed most at Bardessono was the luxury experience which seamlessly interfaced with their environmental initiatives. The food at the restaurant, Lucy, was beautifully presented and is locally sourced. The bath products (including some of the beauty lines used and sold in the spa) are recognizable non-toxic brands like Ren, EmerginC, and La Bella Donna. The room comes with complementary triple filtered water that is bottled in reusable glass bottles. Sensors in the guest rooms respond to empty rooms and adjust the temperature to conserve heating or cooling and overall energy use. When you do take a break from your guest house haven (each room is designed to accommodate in room spa services), They have cruiser bikes on the property available for guests to take out and tour the town.
The nook-like settings in both the indoor lounge and bar area, as well as the outdoor seating set up make you feel right at home. We enjoyed drinks on the deck with friends over a cozy fire while watching the sun set behind the distant mountains.
Overall, Bardessono gets a five out of five in my book- both for their luxe atmosphere and commitment to leading the eco focused charge for boutique hotels. It was a joy to be a guest, and I look forward to a return visit some time soon!Tweet
I saw these featured in the February issue of Glamour, and in the credits they said ‘Manolo Blahnik for Edun.’ I’m not sure what the partnership is, or if it pertains to all the color ways of this style (the magazine showed a classic Birkin burnt orange that made my heart stop), but I wanted to highlight them anyway. It is great to see designer collaborations across the board, and if eco-fashion moves in this direction it could be a real tipping point in awareness and availability! (price, $1015)Tweet
Convertible fashion isn’t something we hear a lot about, but there are some designers who are pushing the envelope (or in this case, dress) in design by creating a single piece that can be worn multiple ways. Thieves is one such brand who sent me their Metamorph garment to try out and style as my own. While the Metamorph piece can be styled twenty (yes 20!) different ways, I found I liked it best as a long maxi dress with pockets. Using a black fabric belt from another garment in my closet, I belted the waist low, added a cropped leather jacket and ankle boots. Planning a trip? Or looking to streamline your wardrobe? Consider a convertible fashion piece and let your own styling influence your multiple outfit options.Tweet
Vans joins hands with Della, a socially-responsible LA-based company employing more than 50 women in the developing villages of Ghana, West Africa. Specializing in handcrafted, one-of-a-kind textiles made with sustainable materials from the region, every purchase of a Della product helps provide jobs, skills training, weekly literacy classes, money management workshops, social security, and healthcare benefits. The Vans X Della collection offers six models featuring colorful Della fabrics perfect for the spring season. Each pair will be one-of-a-kind. Price: $60- $70.Tweet