Monday, January 12, 2015

GILT Clearance Sale {My Fair Picks}

GILT SALE jbrand jeans made in usa clearance
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These made in the USA jeans from 7 For All Mankind and Current Elliot are all majorly discounted (as in $89 down from $199) and work for fall through spring, so they're all safe as wardrobe staples, in my humble opinion. I especially like the pebbled "leather" texture on the tan skinnies, but I could see myself living in the textured black jeans by Cuurent Elliot and my moto boots.

holmes and yang rodarte cleance
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And for some "stretch" items, I had to include this handmade sweater by Rodarte ($669 from $2990) and the silk jumpsuit (now $319 from $1,650) by Holmes and Yang, which are both majority US-made lines. Holmes and Yang is no longer in bidess, so it's your last chance to grab a piece by Katie Holmes and her stylist, if you're into that.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Meet Gift Guide Guest Curator Amy from the American-Made Guide to Life

Amy from Made in America Guide to Life

The 2014 Holiday Edition of My Fair Gift Guide was a labor of love, and it would not have been possible without the contributions of my fellow eco-bloggers. In the coming weeks, I will be introducing you to some of the guest curators who contributed to the guide. First up: Amy!

Amy lives in New York City and writes about quality items made in the USA on her blog, The American-Made Guide to Life. She loves lip balm, her favorite pair of jeans, hot chocolate, Pilates, and math.

What are your three favorite items from your curated collection and why?

The Tradlands buffalo check plaid shirt is insanely cozy and the fit is perfect. My Bella cashmere socks get a lot of wear in the winter. They're luxurious, soft, and great for wearing with knee-high boots.
But most of all, I love my shearling-lined Bean boots. They keep my feet dry and warm in snowy weather, are reasonably priced, and come with a lifetime warranty.

What is your (latest) favorite ethical brand/product and why? 

 Right now, I'm obsessed with everything from the Faribault Woolen Mill Co. They have gorgeous, well-made blankets, throws, scarves, and accessories. Their recent collection for Target is all priced under $100 without compromising that traditional Faribault feel. They also just launched a small collection of capes and vests that are just divine.

Do you have a go-to or signature holiday gift you like to give? 
I always give my family members a pair of socks and they now request it. The key is getting a pair that is a bit more luxurious or whimsical than the person would get for themselves. There are so many great options in terms of textiles, colors, and patterns.

You can check out all of Amy's American-made gift recommendations to keep warm this winter on pages 24-25 of the Gift Guide: Polar Vortex Prep! 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Fair Gift Guide: Holiday 2014 Edition

gift guide 14 cover page

I gave birth to two babies very recently, and both were late.

Translation: I am pleased to share that the Holiday 2014 edition of My Fair Gift Guide LIVES!

I invite you to peruse hundreds of green gift ideas for everyone on your list, curated by 12 of the kindest, most thoughtful eco-tastemakers I know. This year's guide would not have been possible without the women behind:

Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks to get up close and personal with a few of these fabulous guest curators, and to see even more last minute, ethical gift ideas for them and for you. 

In the meantime, sit down with a cup of hot cocoa, coffee or tea, get comfortable, and click through to peruse 36 pages of ethical items you'll love. Discover new brands, new blogs, and new online retailers who are churning out thoughtful content and products just for you. Shop for him, for her,  or for you, and above all, shop sustainably.  



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Shop Sustainably at Your Local Mall

how to shop ethically at your local mall

For those of you gearing up to get your holiday shop on this month, I give you the Ultimate Guide to Ethical Holiday the Mall. You can make a positive impact with your purchase power this year without ordering online from niche companies sight unseen. Plenty of stores in your local mall carry well-made products you can feel good about giving or getting.

But, first things first: the most powerful thing you can do in any store is ask, ask ask: 

The more retailers hear from their customers that these issues matter, the more they will relay that info to management and seek out ways to provide you, the consumer, with what you want. You hold all the power because you hold the power of purchase.

And now for the shopping fun! Here are several local mall stores that will make it easy to shop ethically this year, and a few of my favorite items from those stores.

Urban Outfitters
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Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal line is made in the USA from upcycled deadstock and vintage fabrics a la groovy new line Reformation. They also carry made in the USA candles and a few clothing brands that make pieces in the USA, like Teeki (just posted about them!), as well as fairly made lines like Ace and Jig.

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Anthropologie carries an array of sustainable, ethical brands. They have an exclusive collection of home goods from weave-masters Ace & Jig, who make all of their signature patterns in a small factory in India where the workers receive free healthcare and work under fair labor conditions-- look for scarves and table runners. They carry several pieces from Antik Batik, a line dedicated to preserving artisan skills and techniques-- each piece is hand-worked or hand-beaded. Last but not least, they carry several eco-friendly and made in the USA candle lines (including my fave, Voluspa).

Top product: their signature, constantly-burning Capri Blue scent-- you know it as "the Anthro smell," I promise-- is made in Mississippi and hand-poured with soy wax, which is cleaner-burning than paraffin and absorbs scent better. These babies burn for a whopping 85 hours for $28, which is one of the best values I have seen for fancy-pants candles.

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A gift from Origins in a wonderful way to pamper any special lady or gent in your life. Their ingredients are plant-based and gentle, and you won't find harsh chemicals or parabens here. In fact, you can read about all of their ingredients right now their site, and their sales reps will be able to answer very specific questions.

Nordstrom has become my favorite department store for many reasons. They carry so many made in the USA, fair trade and ethically-made goods that it's hard to know where to start. But the top items I will be looking for are Voluspa candles, jeans by AG and Paige Denim, and clothes from American-made brands like Wayf (so affordable!) and Bailey44

Bonus: At my location (Pentagon City), I've found that their sales associates are incredibly knowledgeable about their stock and where it's made, so again, don't hesitate to ask. If you're looking online to take advantage of that free shipping (both ways!), you can search any of their departments by "Made in the USA."

Black Friday Bath and Body Works made in the USA

Bath and Body Works
Their bath products may be filled with petro-chemicals and parabens, but their candles are made in the USA, and they make lovely, affordable gifts, especially to bring for the host and hostess of a holiday party.

The list above isn't exhaustive by any means. J Crew, for example, often does collaborations with companies that manufacture here in the USA or that produce handmade goods, for example, mostly in the Men's section.

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