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Eco-Chic Butique Interview: Greenloop
2008-06-06 21:31:00
This is the fourth in our series of Eco-Chic Designer/Boutique Interview s for Eco-Month on Grechen's Closet Eco-Chic Boutique: Greenloop We're talking to Aysia Wright, Founder & Owner of Greenloop: First, I'd love it if you can share with our readers what you're wearing today? I am wearing an older pair of Loomstate jeans - Morpho - they don't make them anymore, but they are a lower rise, wider leg, trouser-esque cut with back flap pockets. On top I am wearing a white Stewart+Brown pucker hoody thermal long sleeve top (it is still COLD here in Portland), with a Pursuit of Harmony "Love" Tunic in the earth color on top. Shoes are Simple Toepaz in Natural, and because it is cold, and also wet, I have on an older "biker" style jacket from Ciel. I can send a pic via phone if that works for you???No camera today. What's your favorite piece in your closet? Well, I JUST went "shopping" for myself...at Greenloop of c...
Today's Outfit: Eco-Chic Day 5
2008-06-06 16:38:00
Gaia Conceptions Organic Cotton Dress/Skirt from the OKO Box - this may become my new favorite dress. The cotton is so soft and light and I LOVE that it multi-tasks and can also be worn as a long skirt (I will show you that next week!). It's super-versatile, and the color is perfect. Gaia Conceptions makes everything to order, and has an amazing selection of colors to choose from. Get free shipping at the OKO Box with code "grechen." DarylK Cardigan (very old!) Matt Bernson Love Sandal - Black Jerome Dreyfuss Robert Bag - check here for places to buy online, and the Jerome Dreyfuss website for more information about his bags, and the "Agricouture" initiative. Here's a little tidbit I translated through babelfish about the tanning process: "DID YOU KNOW? LEATHERS MILKED IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPECT OFFER A BETTER QUALITY To reduce to the maximum the use of chromium in the process of tanning is one of the missions of the craftsmen selected...
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Today's Outfit: Eco-chic Day 4
2008-06-05 15:50:00
Peligrosa Knits 100% organic cotton Cami - this is SO SOFT and comfortable, I hardly know I have it on... Sublet Anais Bamboo jersey and organic cotton Cardigan - I've been wanting this cardigan forever, I love the detailing at the bust and sleeve, the darker buttons, and the mid-hip length. both of the pieces above are from Fashion Ethic where you can save 20% AND get a free black BAGGU bag (I LOVE MINE!!!) with code GRECHENJUNE Gap Essential Wide Leg Jeans Matt Bernson Love Sandal - Black Jerome Dreyfuss Robert Bag - check here for places to buy online, and the Jerome Dreyfuss website for more information about his bags, and the "Agricouture" initiative. Here's a little tidbit I translated through babelfish about the tanning process: "DID YOU KNOW? LEATHERS MILKED IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPECT OFFER A BETTER QUALITY To reduce to the maximum the use of chromium in the process of tanning is one of the missions of the craftsmen selected by Jerome D...
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Eco-Chic Botique Interview: Fashion Ethic
2008-06-05 15:28:00
This is the third in our series of Eco-Chic Designer/Boutique Interview s for Eco-Month on Grechen's Closet Eco-Chic Boutique: Fashion Ethic We talked with Candice Caldwell, Owner/Operator of Fashion Ethic, one of our favorite eco-boutqiues. First, I'd love it if you can share with our readers what you're wearing today? What's your favorite piece in your closet? How much of your closet is made up of eco-friendly pieces? Itís hard to go back to conventional fabrics once you start living your life in organics, bamboo blends, and low or non-chemical dyes! I donít advocate tossing everything you have and going 100% eco, but as items phase out, I definitely look to replace with sustainable options. Reusing what we have is just as important as buying responsibly. Today Iím wearing a grey raglan top from SPUN Ė I love it because itís has a soft drape, but is comfy 100% certified organic cotton. And since it is still cold up here in the Pacific Northwest, Iím ...
Eco-Chic Interview: Hovey Lee
2008-06-04 18:43:00
This is the second in our series of Eco-Chic Designer/Boutique Interview s for Eco-Month on Grechen's Closet Eco-Chic Jewelry Designer: Hovey Lee First, I'd love it if you can share with our readers what you're wearing today? What's your favorite piece in your closet? How much of your closet is made up of eco-friendly pieces? Today I'm wearing hoodie by Fuze Organics, jeans and my own shell pendant necklace. I call it my 'uniform'. My favorite piece is a Edun dress with thick straps that cross in back. I pretty much like everything in the Edun line, they are organic, and the neutral colors and artsy prints make it so amazing and easy to mix with everything I have. I'd say 90% my t-shirts are eco organic, and they are the most widely available type of eco wears you can find in the market. Much, much harder to find good and affordable eco jeans or more formal wear. What inspired you to start an eco-friendly line? What kinds of material...
Organic Maxi Love!
2008-06-04 18:24:00
The only way any maxi dress could get better is if it was made from organic cotton - and here it is! Gypsy05 has been a celebrity favorite for a while now, and honestly, I've been wanting to try one out for a while. The look is simple, and the price is reasonable - if you see yourself wearing maxi dresses all summer (I do!!). Check out the full line at Gypsy05's website, but get it in blue or white for 15% off at Wink NYC with code GRECHEN:
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Maxi Love!
2008-06-04 18:22:00
During the warmer months, a maxi dress and cardigan is my uniform. They're so easy to wear, look best with flats (yay!), and are the ultimate in effortless-chic. Every year, I buy one or two long dresses and wear them all the time (washing in between of course). So far this year, I've played it safe with solid color James Perse Maxi Dresses, but I'm thinking about branching out a bit and trying a pattern (gasp!). Here's one that caught my eye: It's by MeMe and available at Eleven Boutique - at $180, it's a little more expensive than solid cotton styles, but it's a lovely dress, and versatile for any occasion (weddings, weekends, work?). Oh, and save 11% with code GRECHEN.
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Today's Outfit: Eco-Chic Day 3
2008-06-04 15:40:00
James Perse Cami Dress ORGANIC by John Patrick Cardigan - made from organic cotton and cashmere blend, available at Beklina: take 25% off with code "closet2506" Matt Bernson Love Sandal - Black Jerome Dreyfuss Robert Bag - check here for places to buy online, and the Jerome Dreyfuss website for more information about his bags, and the "Agricouture" initiative. Here's a little tidbit I translated through babelfish about the tanning process: "DID YOU KNOW? LEATHERS MILKED IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPECT OFFER A BETTER QUALITY To reduce to the maximum the use of chromium in the process of tanning is one of the missions of the craftsmen selected by Jerome Dreyfuss. They privilege a vegetable tanning and nonchemical products. Thus, they manage to apply only 8% of chromium to our leathers, that is to say the minimum rate to date. In normal weather, these rates can reach up to 90% of the components of the colour! (The vegetable pigments used for the tannin...
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Today's Outfit: Eco-Chic Day 2
2008-06-04 15:40:00
100% organic cotton Top from Spun - reviewed here, buy it at Fashion Ethic (save 20% with code GRECHEN20) Jeans - Goldsign Leia Sandals - Matt Bernson Love Sandal - silver crackle suede Jerome Dreyfuss Robert Bag - check here for places to buy online, and the Jerome Dreyfuss website for more information about his bags, and the "Agricouture" initiative. Here's a little tidbit I translated through babelfish about the tanning process: "DID YOU KNOW? LEATHERS MILKED IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPECT OFFER A BETTER QUALITY To reduce to the maximum the use of chromium in the process of tanning is one of the missions of the craftsmen selected by Jerome Dreyfuss. They privilege a vegetable tanning and nonchemical products. Thus, they manage to apply only 8% of chromium to our leathers, that is to say the minimum rate to date. In normal weather, these rates can reach up to 90% of the components of the colour! (The vegetable pigments used for the tanning are stored most ...
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Sale at Tobi.com
2008-06-03 21:37:00
Lots of great styles are30% to 70% off now at Tobi . Honestly, it's hard to find something that's NOT on sale at Tobi - This Graham & Spencer dress is marked down to $138: And how lovely are these F-Troupe ballet flats? ($128) This Vince top is perfect for summer ($130): and I love the color of this Mon Petit Oiseau Top, marked down to $43: For non-sale items, use code 10GRECHEN to save 10%!!
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Alexander Wang Pre-Sale at Satine
2008-06-03 21:25:00
I think I mention every season how big a fan I am of Alexander Wang . I must admit, however, these super-baggy shorts elude me, but I love this grey raglan sweater - His collections are the ultimate in menswear-inspired, but sexy rocker-chick looks, and somehow, they always work. Satine has a lot of the collection available for pre-order now, but they're going fast...
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Review: SPUN Clothing
2008-06-03 19:09:00
This is my new favorite top. Seriously. I received a fabulous package of goodies from new eco-friendly designer, SPUN, last night, and I can already tell this top is going to be a staple in my closet. The fit is perfect - it flares out a bit at the hip, but isn't boxy at all. There is subtle gathering at the neckline, and slightly puffy sleeves, but the details all "work" together to create a stylish, flattering, but classic look. The color is amazing - it's a midnight blue, with a hint of dark purple - I love it. I'm wearing a size 4 (L) and I consider the fit to be true to size. I wouldn't want it to fit any differently, but if you'd like it to be more snug or fitted, you could size down. My challenge is always fitting my (W I D E) hips, and the large in this top fits them PERFECTLY. I also received two cardigans, one in "tibetan blue" and another in black. I cannot profess my love for cardigans enough, and these are welcom...
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Eco-Chic Interview: SPUN
2008-06-03 19:05:00
This is the first in our series of Designer/Boutique Interview s this "Eco-Chic Month" on Grechen's Closet. Stay tuned for lots more!! In an effort to get to know the designers behind the products we feature and review here on Grechen's Closet, I talked recently with Sara Seumae, founder and designer of SPUN Clothing, a new eco-friendly clothing line. Sara started SPUN after becoming a mother and following her desire to make her family's environment as "green" as possible. She drew on her years of retail experience and set out to produce a line of clothing which would be fashionable AND eco-friendly, and ended up with SPUN in 2007. SPUN uses certified organic cotton, is produced in the US, pays fair wages, and uses low-impact dyes. Read Grechen's Review of several SPUN pieces, and more about SPUN from Sara herself: First, I'd love it if you can share with our readers what you're wearing today? What's your favorite piec...
How to be Eco-Chic
2008-06-03 00:27:00
We're kicking off a month of Eco-Chic here on Grechen's Closet and I couldn't be more excited! I've been trying to cover more earth-friendly designers and boutiques this year, and wanted to take it up a bit and challenge myself to wear at least one "eco-chic" item every day for my "Outfit of the Day" this month. We'll also be featuring interviews with independent designers and online eco-boutiques nearly every day, new Reviews of items from some of the hottest earth-friendly designers like Doie, Lizzie Parker, and new designer, Spun. And to make all this shopping easier on your wallet, we've wrangled some exclusive discount codes for the BEST online eco-boutiques. But you're probably asking, how can I be Eco-Chic? and more importantly, why should I be Eco-Chic? Both excellent questions, and here are my answers :-) To me, being Eco-Chic is quite simply, looking good, while doing good. And no, I haven't read any of ...
Today's Outfit: Eco-Chic Day 1
2008-06-02 16:34:00
As part of "Eco-Chic Month" on Grechen's Closet, I'll be modeling/wearing at least one eco-friendly item in each outfit of the day this month. I've been trying to "green" my closet one item at a time, and can't wait to show you all my finds! As I've tried to show this year on Grechen's Closet, earth-friendly can be fashionable, and thanks to our exclusive discount codes, it's getting more affordable!! Stay tuned all month for special features, coupon codes, and enter to win a $50 Gift Card each week from Greenloop. 100% organic supima cotton dress by Eco'ganik from The OKO Box (use code "grechen" for free shipping) - this dress is fabulous! The cotton is super-soft, and not too thick (so it's perfect for wearing inside during the summer). Eco'ganik also uses low-impact dyes. Bamboo/Cotton Tank by Lizzie Parker Shoes: Robert Clergerie Bag: Gerard Darel 36-heures MORE ECO-CHIC: Eco-Chic HQ E...
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Rekiem Jacket
2008-05-28 23:44:00
I just discovered Pixie Market a week or so ago, and can't stop visiting. They stock designers I've never heard of, like Stylein, Maud shoes (LOVE!!), Hope handbags, and Rekiem, the designer of this jacket: The cutest part of the jacket, actually, is the back: I LOVE the detail...this is such a great alternative to a basic t-shirt in warmer weather, and may even look cute as a short jacket over a dress. More Posts...Look What I Found! Index
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Etsy Find: Valhalla Brooklyn
2008-05-28 23:33:00
I love the concept of Etsy , more than I love Etsy itself, sadly. It's so overwhelming to browse through designers and products, I usually just quit. I recently posted about Supermarket HQ, which has many of the same designers as Etsy, but way fewer, so it's easier to navigate. But anyway, every once in a while I manage to find a gem at Etsy, like this makeup bag by Valhalla Brooklyn : Her other bags are way-cool also...and most less than $200: Everything is handcrafted, and many times she uses vintage and recycled materials. More Posts...Look What I Found! Index
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Today's Outfit: Uniform
2008-05-28 16:22:00
So, apparently, I have a warm weather uniform: dress, cardigan, sandals. Boring? maybe...but it fits my everyday lifestyle perfectly... James Perse Maxi Dress - in navy Organic by John Patrick Cardigan Matt Bernson Love Sandal - silver crackle suede Beth Springer Ecovertible bag
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Cydwoq Shoes
2008-05-27 17:51:00
First, to help you out a bit, Cydwoq is pronounced SIDEWALK. Cute, huh? I love the name, but I love the shoes more. I don't own a pair, yet, but when I'm finally ready to order, I'm going to Ped. From what I've found, Ped has the best online selection of Cydwoq shoes - from boots to flats to sandals. The styles are unique, although they may be a little off-putting at first (the pointed toe on some of the styles is interesting). But what I love about Ped, is that each shoe is modeled, in addition to being featured from ALL the angles so you can get a great idea of how they'll look on your foot. My favorite Cydwoq styles... Click on the image for larger pics and more information. Most of these styles are less than $200, a reasonable price for hand-designed, vegetable tanned leather, foot-molding, uber-comfortable shoes. More places to find Cydwoq online. More Posts...Look What I Found! Index
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Today's Outfit: Metallic
2008-05-23 16:35:00
James Perse maxi Dress Barney's Co-Op Cashmere Sweater MICHAEL Michael Kors sandals Jerome Dreyfuss Large Silver Billy Bag
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Under $150 at Jake!
2008-05-22 23:03:00
Shop Jake started their Twice Annual Sale today, and lots of Spring items are marked down up to 40%. To keep me from posting the entire women's sale section, I have challenged myself to find pieces on sale at Jake for less than $150. And I found quite a few!! Just click on the image to go straight to the item. Enjoy!!
Shop Online at James Perse
2008-05-22 22:41:00
I cannot possibly be any more addicted to a designer than I am to James Perse. Seriously. Here are the search results for James Perse on Grechen's Closet - 16 pages - compiled from random posts and Outfits of the Day. I own 17 James Perse pieces at the moment, and narrowly avoided buying another one I didn't need today... I feel like I KNOW my James Perse, so how did I NOT know that you could purchase online through their own site? Granted, the selection is much the same as what you would find on other sites, but they do have some things I haven't seen anywhere else. Like this skirt, which I NEED: And, I could be mistaken, but I don't think I've seen this dress anywhere either (I also need this): Why do I love James Perse so? Let me count the reasons...no, really, mostly, I love James Perse because I know I can count on everything I buy to HOLD ITS SHAPE over time and WEAR WELL. Yes, these are that important to me. And I am totally willing to...
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Today's Outfit: MAXI!!
2008-05-22 16:30:00
Rachel Pally Maxi Dress LnA Top underneath Chloe Paddington Camera Bag Matt Bernson Love Sandals
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Eco-Chic: Cardigans
2008-05-22 00:05:00
I'm just as much a sucker for cardigans as I am for dresses when the weather warms up. I CANNOT go without a cardigan or something long-sleeved during warmer weather because I FREEZE anytime I'm in air conditioning. Pardon my "yelling," but it is so frustrating. So, my solution is to look for sleeveless dresses and lightweight cardigans I can throw over them as soon as I step foot inside. Some of my favorite eco-friendly options: Organic Cotton By Perfectly Imperfect at BTC Elements: Hand-Dyed Cashmere, ethically-produced Cardigan by Peligrosa Knits at Fashion Ethic (save 20% with code FASHION20): Organic Cotton Cardigan by Sublet:
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Today's Outfit: 100% James Perse :-)
2008-05-21 19:52:00
James Perse Cami Dress James Perse Long sleeve crew neck Jerome Dreyfuss Robert Bag Matt Bernson Love Sandal - silver crackle suede
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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale
2008-05-21 18:46:00
I haven't been very impressed or excited by Nordstrom 's sales recently, but there are some gems in the Half -Yearly Sale this year... Save 40% or more on apparel, shoes and accessories for women and kids. Shop the NORDSTROM Half-Yearly Sale. Like this Burberry Trench Coat, marked down to $404.90, 40% off regular price: This smocked waist skirt is very cute, perfect for Summer, and marked down to $19: And this organic cotton jacket by Stem is a great color for any season, and less than $40:
Mayle on Sale...
2008-05-20 15:59:00
The uber-popular Billie Bag by Mayle is on sale at Shopbop in two styles for $192: If these weren't a little too small for me, I'd take the one on the left in a heartbeat... Check out other sale handbags at Shopbop - Martine Sitbon, a lovely Jerome Dreyfuss clutch, more Mayle, Bulga, L.A.M.B. & lots more...
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Twenty Two Shoes - BAGS!!!
2008-05-20 01:17:00
One of my favorite shoe designers, Twenty Two Shoes , has re-launched their website with the FABULOUS Spring 2008 collection that includes BAGS!!! (and I would argue they are even more fabulous than their shoes...which is saying something, because their shoes are to DIE for - and you also know how I feel about bags...) The "Ella" is my favorite - I love the color and the size. More loveliness: Now, I haven't had the pleasure of seeing or carrying one of Twenty Two's bags in real life, but I do have two pairs of shoes and I can tell you that they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. They fit IMMEDIATELY, no breaking in required, and they are obviously incredibly well-made. No skimping on details there... So, on that note, onto some new shoes!! Of course, I have to have a favorite, and these are it: I am so taken by the contrasting leather and satin, in the perfect complimentary colors...LOVE. More: OH, and for you LUCKY ladies who live...
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Review: Rogan for Target
2008-05-20 00:36:00
In case you've been stuck under a rock (or thinking about something other than fashion or shopping...), Target launched their new Go International Designer collection by Rogan Gregory yesterday. I normally DO NOT get excited at all about these collections; they are usually too "juvenile" for my taste, and never fit me correctly. But I wanted to check this one out, because I do love Rogan Gregory's main line: Loomstate, and this is the first Target collaboration where a designer features pieces made with certified organic cotton. I admit, I was interested to see what he would produce, given the pricing constraints of creating a line for Target, and the relatively high prices of his main line. Overall, I was impressed by the collection. I wish the colors had been a little more bold, and that there were fewer animal prints, but as a whole, the collection was cohesive, and the pieces were very interesting. There were silk "dresses" with organic cott...
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Piperlime 20% Off
2008-05-20 00:25:00
Get 20% off during Piperlimeís Sweet Deal Event; shop select shoes for Women, Men, Boys and Girls, and handbags, too! Ends May 28th If you're still looking for a cute gladiator sandal, these by Nine West are nice, and on sale for $63.50: And, I love everything about these Chie Mihara sandas: the colorblocking, the wood heel...and they're on sale for $269.50 And these gorgeous blue sandals by clarks should be comfy, but the slight wedge and the t-strap are also almost universally flattering on most feet.
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