Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Proliferation of Vegan Stores and Vegan Products Signal a Paradigm Shift in Fashion

The logo of the Vegan Society (UK), which asso...Image via WikipediaBy Tristan Black

Hard core vegans focus on a dieting regimen and life-style that will not cause injury to animals and the planet directly or indirectly via the processing of animal hides like leather, sheepskin, silk or wool. Vegans reject shoes or boots and garments created from animal derived goods.

At one time becoming "vegan" meant centering on what you had to lose in order to experience an ethical healthy way of life. At this time individuals are more conscious of what they're putting on, what supplies and chemicals have been used, and how it impacts the environment.

The rise of vegan fashions and vegan stores that sell cruelty free merchandise have led vegans and non-vegans alike to change their shopping habits. Only 10 years ago, shoppers looking for animal friendly products had to resort to large box retailers, considered ''vegan'' due to stocking synthetic material items in their product mix.

Today you'll find a plethora of nationwide chains, boutiques, on-line retailers, and eco-minded labels are encouraging consumers, even those merely flirting with a vegetarian eating plan, to acknowledge its precepts past the kitchen and into their wardrobes. Part of the cause for the surge in vegan stores is the fact that the vegetarian population have grown significantly in the past couple of years.

It can be estimated that as of 2011 there are 5.2 million vegetarians within the USA and Canada and approximately Forty percentage are vegans. Youngsters at this time are a lot more most likely to adopt to vegan fashion as they are growing up on the "reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose", also known as the 4R's mantra, and debates about global warming.

Ethical fashion items nowadays are durable and come in numerous styles and colors using plant based material, like cotton, hemp, or bamboo, synthetic plastic-like material such as rayon, and all-natural dyes. Vegan products have invaded all item categories and it is not uncommon to locate vegan fur jackets, sustainable bamboo iPhone and iPad cases, vegan boots, vegan purses, vegan belts, and also vegan suits.

These cruelty-free goods compete not simply aesthetically but also on price against conventional goods. The wide assortment of vegetarian product offerings is contributing to a quantifiable growth of vegan style resources.

To "go green" signifies to be cognizant of nature including animals. Regardless of whether you happen to be vegan or not, do your part to promote a green and eco-friendly way of life and take a stand against animal cruelty by getting vegan products. Should you really need to live a green lifestyle, shake things up and go hunt for vegan stores on the internet and around your city today.

If you are learning more about vegan stores, please visit eco3P. eco3P is your trusted source for vegan products, vegan product reviews, basically everything vegan.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: "Chanel and Her World"

Cover of "Chanel and Her World"Cover of Chanel and Her WorldBy Jacqueline Mary

Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel did not just live like a fashion tycoon who invented pants. She had an artist's enthusiasm for fashion.

She lived among the most prominent figures of her time and added credit to their circles. She was a determined social ladder climber who climbed into high society from poverty. She democratized fashion. She liberated women so that they could see themselves as being worthy of wearing pants like men.

"Chanel and Her World" is the preferred Chanel biographical book for fashionistas who want lightweight reading. Of course, this book for fashionistas is filled with pictures of fashion and other scenes that offer a window to the glamour lifestyle.

This is also a book for fashionistas because it features a perspective and writing style that seems to come directly from high fashion magazines.

People outside high society can appreciate this book because it caters to a normal vocabulary and a short attention span. It is substantive, insightful, and articulate enough to elevate the reading level and mind of a typical college student.

The writer manages to combine lightweight reading with a complete narrative by writing about many topics that tie into the larger theme of Chanel's world. "Chanel and Her World" is a good addition to college libraries. It is relevant, intelligent, and straightforward enough to be chosen as assigned reading at a typical college.

"Chanel and Her World" also chronicles a rags to riches life story that can appeal to people outside high society. Coco Chanel can seem like a more relatable person to readers because of her impoverished countryside background. High society originally rejected her and discriminated against her. That rejection humanizes the stiff and private fashion mogul.

"Chanel and Her World" does not deserve the status of a modern classic, or even a top selling book. It is a lightweight book filled with too many pictures to allow more room for text. The writer does not shed enough light on Coco Chanel's character, psyche, or even manage to cover everything basic about her life.

The author is insightful enough to offer a clear perspective. However, that perspective is oversimplified and puts a mere fashion designing businesswoman on a historic pedestal.

The best insights in the book are on fashion, which is a relatively trivial topic. The author's most insightful writing in the book described Chanel customers as being like recovering fashion victims who were liberated by Coco Chanel's designs.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hemp Clothing - Your Second Natural Skin

The National Organic Program administers the O...Image via WikipediaBy Nadia Ruseva

Hemp clothing is strong, long lasting and doesn't wrinkle. It keeps the coolness of linen and has the softness of cotton.

If compared to cotton, hemp fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent, more mildew and microbe-resistant as well as more insulative. In other words, hemp clothing will keep you warmer in winter and cooler in summer than cotton.

Apart from all these qualities, hemp is one of the most ecologically friendly plants. When grown organically, hemp fiber 'breathes' and is biodegradable. Briefly, hemp clothing looks great, feels good, and protects the planet, too.

From field to fabric - Natural fiber clothing

Hemp is one of the most ecologically friendly fibers. Hemp plant doesn't need pesticides as it is naturally pest resistant. When hemp is grown in rotation, it has been known to reduce the pests in future crops. Hemp does not require herbicides, because it is grown so densely that other plants can't co-live with it.

Finally, hemp needs little or no fertilizers and it returns most of the nutrients it takes from the soil. All this makes hemp easy to be grown organically. On top of it, the plant grows between 80-120 days and adjusts to many climate zones.

From fabric to clothing - How hemp turns into organic clothing

In creating eco-friendly, organic hemp clothing, growing is only part of the job. Turning fiber into fabric and fabric into hemp clothing must also be done using processes that are healthy both to the individual and the environment.

Modern methods, however, mostly rely on chemical rather than mechanical processes because they save time and money. For hemp clothing to be considered organic none of the processes in creating hemp fabric should involve synthetic chemicals.

Hemp clothing can be dyed or stay with its "natural" color, which is simply the natural beige color of the hemp fibers after processing. That's why hemp clothes with a "natural" color can vary greatly in shades. By the way, hemp fibers are more absorbent to dyes and better screen out UV rays than cotton. This means that the color of hemp clothing fades more slowly than the color of cotton.

Finally, hemp can be made into many fabrics, including linen. When mixed with cotton, linen, or silk, hemp provides a sturdier, longer lasting textile of high quality and softness.

Is your hemp clothing really organic?

In case you want to know for sure if the hemp clothes you buy are really organic, look for an organic certification label. Because the National Organic Program standards apply to food only, you will not see a USDA Organic seal on clothes. Instead, look for the label of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). While other eco-labels for clothing and fabrics address raw materials, or chemical finishes, or labor standards, the GOTS certification is the ONLY one that addresses all of the processes.

Nadia Ruseva is a mom, who in search of some tips to raise her child healthy, found a whole new world of inspiration and ideas about how to be healthy and beautiful inside and out... about how to make a difference.

Her website I Prefer Organic is about healthy, natural, eco-friendly and organic alternatives to conventional products as well as tips, recipes and reviews related to organic and sustainable living, fair trade and vegan products.

Visit Nadia to have a chat, discuss a cause, share a view or just to look around for something interesting or inspiring.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jacqueline Kennedy, Timeless Style Icon

English: Jacqueline Kennedy in Fort Worth, Tex...Image via WikipediaBy Diane Craig

Last month, a series of conversations recorded in 1964 between Jacqueline Kennedy and Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a former Kennedy aide, was published into the latest book on the legendary first lady - and one of my favourite 20th-century style icons - titled Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.

During these conversations, Jackie speaks her mind - sometimes controversially so - sharing her opinions on political figures, musing on life in the spotlight, reminiscing on past times with JFK. Though her words in these conversations can be raw, from them emerges a new perspective on Jackie's life from the woman herself - and it serves to remind me what a strong and unforgettable woman she was.

Elegant and poised even in moments of extreme crisis: Jackie Kennedy acted as a role model for women of her time and continues to remain so today. What are the elements that composed such an iconic public figure and, of course, such a revered celebrity in the fashion world as well?

Though her wardrobe revealed her impeccable taste, it was not simply her outfits that made her so celebrated as a paragon of style. It was also how she presented herself: her graceful mannerisms and speech, the way she wore her clothes. She used all the components of self-presentation to her advantage.

How can we take after Jackie to look our best in front of others? First of all, Jackie was a woman who knew how to carry herself. She had superb posture - most likely a result of years of horseback riding as a girl. Good posture can make you instantly appear confident - not to mention taller and thinner. Slouching, however, can make you look disinterested or sloppy, and can even give you back or jaw pain. So keep your shoulders straight and your head held high: you will seem and feel more alert.

Jackie also knew what types of clothes fit her best. For formal affairs, she often chose empire-waisted gowns (a high-waisted dress that gathers just below the bust and has a long, flowing skirt) in order to lengthen her legs. She also wore boat-neck shirts in order to accentuate her collarbone, one of her most striking features.

By knowing her body type and understanding what looked best on her figure, she was able to take fine clothes and make them look extraordinary.

And, naturally, there was her wonderful sense of style. Jackie had a penchant for French fashion; her year studying at the Sorbonne at age 20 perhaps sparked this lifelong passion.

She also had a remarkably colourful wardrobe - sometimes daringly so - that is largely imperceptible in the black and white photographs that documented much of her time as First Lady. Her taste and choices of clothing have been imitated since she entered the public sphere, not only by millions of women around the world, but also by established designers such as Givenchy and Tom Ford.

To me, Jackie Kennedy is a timeless figure of grace, strength, and style. Following her example, women everywhere can adopt her elegance as a model for when we need to look our best in the public eye - whether we are giving an important presentation, making a speech in front of an audience, or even simply sharing our thoughts at a minor meeting. No matter the size of the crowd, Jackie carried herself admirably and let her strength shine through.

Diane Craig
Image and Etiquette Expert

Diane Craig, President of Corporate Class Inc., is a leading image and etiquette consultant. For over 20 years she has provided corporate consultations, helping hundreds of men and women realize their professional and personal goals. She is a sought after speaker at national business meetings, regularly gives comprehensive workshops to corporate groups, and offers private consultations on business etiquette, dress and dining.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ugg Boots Make Innovative Use Of Natural Materials

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If there is one brand that has been able to stand the test of time purely because of its innovative use of natural materials like sheepskin and rubber, it has to be Ugg boots. This brand that came into existence in Australia created a flutter in the market when it introduced its range of boots made out of high quality sheepskin.

Consumers who were till then well accustomed to using top notch leather footwear now had something different to look forward to. The Merino sheepskin used to manufacture Ugg boots proved to be not only very durable but extremely soft and with excellent cushion qualities.

What distinguished Ugg boots from others apart from its use of sheepskin was the fact that consumers could wear them during both summer and winter seasons. These boots had wool whose outer part could be enveloped with generous fleece for that ultra soft feeling, while the inners could be covered with skin.

Merino sheepskin with its double faced attribute thus offered a thermostatic kind of setting whereby your feet remained very cosy and warm during cold winter but became cool during summer. Fleece helped in keeping out moisture and thus ensured that your feet always remained dry. The soles were made out of rubber and stitched firmly into the boots on the outside.

The use of such material naturally pushed up the cost of these boots but people were more than willing to pay the price given the exclusive benefits they could enjoy with Ugg boots.

It was not surprising therefore that these boots soon had many imitators who tried to introduce their own brand. Over the years, very few have succeeded in their endeavour as they have not been able to duplicate the effect and comfort Uggs have been consistently delivering to its consumers.

Ugg quickly realised that in order to maintain their competitive advantage, they had to bring out these boots in a whole range of colours and sizes. You thus had access to pretty attractive colours like blue, pink, chestnut, fuchsia and many others. Women found them ideal as they could now complement their attire with the right footwear and rest assured that their feet would remain well protected through the season.

The height of the boots introduced by the brand varied from ankle high boots to those reaching above the knee. Tall boots were always preferred by many women and since they were available in vibrant colours available, they were quickly snapped up.

Unfortunately, like most other successful brands, Ugg too have to face the scourge of duplicates and replicas flooding the market and wooing the consumers. These are made out of cheap pigskin or cowhide and if you are not careful when buying them, you could end up burning a hole in your pocket. Such products are also not good for your skin due to the spurious chemicals used in their manufacture.

It is therefore advisable that you do not look out for cheap Ugg boots, but pay more for the genuine article.

Charlotte Wilson has been sharing her experiences with various fashion brands and retail stores such as online shoes retailer Sarenza UK, through article writing for over 10 years. To view a range of fashionable footwear including the latest Ugg Boots collection, please visit the Sarenza website.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Vintage Dresses Stand the Test of Time

Double Breasted Mod DressImage by jessjamesjake via FlickrBy James D John

Vintage dresses are enduringly popular for a very good reason. The classic cuts and elegant silhouettes of vintage dresses have stood the test of time, flattering our figures decade after decade. Beyond their figure enhancing effect, vintage dresses are desirable for their unique position in fashion and social history.

When considering the history of fashion, vintage dresses have an unparalleled importance; instantly recognisable, they define an era, capture a moment. No other single garment has this power of evoking bygone days as succinctly as vintage dresses. Vintage dresses are the icons of each decade, with one style of dress summing up the fashions of the time.

Technically, a dress over 20 years old is classified as 'vintage;' any older than 100 years and it becomes 'antique.' The 20th century saw an ever-changing succession of fashions, providing us with a plethora of alluring vintage dresses from which to choose.

This century of unprecedented sartorial revolution saw the formation of the contemporary fashion industry as it exists today, and changed the way we make, buy and wear clothes forever. Vintage fashions, from the 1920's to the 1990's, reflect overarching social, political and economic factors; each generation reacting against the style that went before it.

Vintage dresses are the garments which so readily epitomise each decade of fashion, encompassing a range of distinctive features unique to that particular time's fashions, including: cut; silhouette; colour scheme; fabric; patterns; and embellishment.

1920's - Hemlines rose higher to the knee and waistlines dropped lower. A boyish figure was favoured, removing emphasis from the bust, waist and hips for a blocky shape. Loose fitting, but not voluminous, dresses had typically straight lines and low waists, allowing for energetic dancing. The flapper dress epitomises this time, featuring geometric Art Deco beading and/or frivolous fringing.

1930's - In a complete reversal of tastes, long, flowing feminine dresses with a natural waistline were favoured. As the Depression set in, the sumptuous world of Hollywood movies captured the American imagination, popularising slinky screen-siren gowns which clung to every curve. Madame Vionett perfected the smooth, sensuous silhouette with bias-cut gowns, which were often backless. Fluttery, tiered skirts were also popular on dresses, retaining that flirty, feminine style.

1940's - World War II meant a utilitarian approach to dressing and removed all frivolous wastes of material. Sleek lines remained without wasting material via calf-to-knee length hemlines and slim skirts. Rationed fabrics meant feminine dresses often had to be cut from menswear, lending a militaristic, functional air. Slim, belted waists and narrow hips were further emphasized by exaggerated shoulders.

1950's - The restraint of the war years led to a period of exuberant femininity in the Fifties. Full skirted, knee-length dresses were worn with petticoats for extra oomph. Dior's 'New Look' defined the nipped in waist and long full skirts of the decades dresses. Shirt dresses and halter-neck dresses gained popularity. Hemlines remained at the knee or just below for both day and evening dresses. Brocade and floral patterns were typical on Fifties dresses, as the freedom to experiment with fabric and colour returned.

1960's - The Sixties began with simple, geometric shift dresses, before being revolutionized in 1964 by Mary Quant and the mini skirted dress: Psychedelic patterns and colours engulfed sleeveless shift dresses; flared micro-mini baby-doll dresses took the hemlines even higher in sugary sweet colours and fabrics; and velvet dresses with long, lace trimmed bell-sleeves epitomised the dandified look of the time.

1970s - Whilst the Sixties went mini, the dresses of the seventies went maxi. Long, flowing gypsy style dresses had tiered skirts and nonchalant off the shoulder necklines. Lace, fringing and embroidery details cemented the hippy look, having various ethnic influences. Edwardian style long, lacy and high-necked dresses were made popular by Laura Ashley. The disco dresses of the Seventies were characterized by long hemlines too, fitting close to the body in sinuous, glossy fabrics such as lame and satin.

1980's - 'Power dressing' in the Eighties paved the way for a Forties tinged silhouette, with highly emphasized wide shoulders and nipped in waists, with a typically sleek, short pencil skirt. Flashy gilt and golden finishes upped the glamour stakes, as seen at Versace. The decade's defining dress however was brought to you by Azzedine Alaia - the 'King of Cling'- whose body-conscious dresses were scandalously form-fitting.

Now in the 21st century, the demand for vintage fashion, and specifically vintage dresses, is greater than ever. Let's take a trip through the 20th century and look at some features which characterise vintage dresses from each decade.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sunglasses in Pop Culture

Janis JoplinCover of Janis JoplinBy Ellen Tarnapolsky

Sunglasses have been seen in pop culture periodically throughout the 20th century. They definitely help to accessorize whichever look you're going for, whether it be glamorous, cool or dazed out hippie.

If you love sunglasses like I do, it may interest you to learn about the different styles of sunglasses that have been popular in the 20th century. Below are some of the more popular frames and styles.

Aviator 

Most commonly manufactured by Ray Ban, Aviator sunglasses have gone up and down in popularity since they made their appearance. They were first designed in 1936 and were meant for U.S. military aviators. They became a huge trend with young people in the 1960s, which gave birth to other styles of aviators, such as mirrored, colored and wrap around styles. The popularity of aviators dropped in the 1990s, but then regained popularity around 2001 with many Hollywood celebrities.

Oversized

Like aviators, oversized sunglasses have dropped and risen in popularity since their debut. Jackie O first started the oversized sunglasses trend with her gigantic black frames in the 1960s. This quickly became a popular item amongst women.

They dropped in popularity in the 70s, when they started to be used for comedic and theater purposes. Elton John often wore oversized sunglasses as part of his shows. They again became fashionable in the 1980s amongst celebrities and street kids. They dropped popularity in the 90s with the grunge era, but we see oversized sunglasses making their way back to popular culture, with celebrities commonly seen with their coffee and oversized frames.

Tea Shades 

These are often also called "John Lennon glasses," or "Ozzy Osbourne glasses." Sometimes they are even called "granny glasses." These were most popular in the 1960s by the hippie counterculture. They come in all kinds of colors, including black, purple and red, and they are known for their psychedelic features.

When tea shades were extremely popular in the 1960s, celebrities and rock stars were often seen wearing flamboyant and elaborated tea shade sunglasses. They were often excessively large, mirrored, and were made from different colors.

The more unique the lens, the more popular they were. Rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger and Janice Joplin were often seen wearing unique tea shade sunglasses. Tea shades are difficult to find today as a fashion item, but can be found in costume stores or online.

Sunglasses are an item that everyone must have, not only because they protect our eyes from the sun, but because they can add to your look and complete your wardrobe. If you love sunglasses but can't afford to constantly buy expensive pairs, buying wholesale sunglasses may be a good option for you. You can save money while still getting great looking sunglasses.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Great New Talent: Redeem Yourself by Luke James

Hi everyone,

I don't do this very often, but I'd like you all to listen to a young man who I think is a great new talent. His name is Luke James, and he is the son of one of my close trusted colleagues, John James. Luke hails from Adelaide, South Australia, and as you will see, is a very talented musician and songwriter. The lyrics are powerful and match the strong visuals on the video.

It would be great to get some feedback, so ALL comments are very welcome indeed! Let's encourage local young talent!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Why 70s Costumes Are So Cool!

The original Bagpuss used in the childrens tel...Bagpuss - Image via WikipediaBy Matt Foden

If, like me, you were born in the 1970s then you will almost certainly have fond memories of the decade.

Perhaps this is inevitable given that we always see our childhood through rose tinted glasses. I would like to think, however, that there are certain facets and elements of 70s culture and society that make it really stand out.

In this article I'm going to explore our current obsession with all things 1970s through the looking glass of fancy dress costumes and see whether the hundreds of 70s costumes available reveal a deeper fondness for a bygone age.

You only need take a look at the huge range of 70s costumes available nowadays to see how big a revival of 1970s culture is taking place. No doubt this is in part due to the fact that so many people born in the 1970s are now in their thirties, and are therefore a prominent part of the workforce.

These are the people that grew up with Star Wars, The Muppet Show, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock. These films and TV series may seem inconsequential but to my generation they are incredibly important culturally. These programmes may seem simplistic and 'low budget' in comparison with modern productions, but they had something that so many modern programmes lack - imagination!

It's not only in the wide range of TV and Film costumes that we see the influence of the 1970s. We also see it in the huge range of 'regular' 70s fancy dress items. These include the very popular 'pimp style' outfits no doubt popularised by characters like Huggy Bear, as well as the ubiquitous 'disco diva' costumes.

Both these styles embody the idea of excess and theatricality that were at the heart of seventies fashion. And it's good to know that these 70s influenced costumes have inspired modern fashion designers to look back to the 70s for inspiration for their collections.

We also see the influence of the 1970s in specific costumes from the UK. Growing up in the 70s and 80s I was a huge fan of such series as Bagpuss and Rainbow. These probably won't mean a lot to my American friends, but in the UK they were hugely popular. It is only in recent years that costume manufacturers have brought out costumes from these ranges.

The Rainbow series of costumes in particular have proved incredibly popular, not only with my generation, but also with children now. Perhaps there is something to be said for programmes that rely more on imagination than high production values after all?

Of course, it would be wrong of me to suggest that everything that came out of the 1970s was great. Indeed, there are some pretty awful examples of some fashion disasters. I remember my mother dressing me in these really colourful, uncomfortable shirts that were made from polyester (yuck!)These shirts also sported the longest collars you will ever see, and were truly hideous. That said, I think every decade has its share of fashion mistakes, not just the seventies!

I hope that I have given even just a small taster of why I think the 1970s are so important culturally, and especially 70s costumes. I could go on for hours pointing out all the ways this decade has influenced our modern culture. Personally I need only think of Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog to be persuaded of the importance of this fantastic decade!

Matt runs a fun lens on the subject of 70s costumes and fashions which you can find at:
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Grateful Dead Dancing Bears

Grateful DeadCover of Grateful DeadBy William Grayson

The Grateful Dead Dancing Bears are a beloved icon by deadheads and others the world over. Their origins and history are as confusing and unclear as the time in which they were created.

The Bears were first officially seen on the back of the album Bears Choice named for the albums producer Owsley Bear Stanley. The Bear as he was known was heavily involved in the early years of the Grateful Dead. He was responsible for the wall of sound and contributed to the artwork by Bob Thomas including the Steal Your Face or Stealie another favorite and well know Grateful Dead icon.

Officially the creation of the Bears is contributed to Bob. Thomas is said to have drawn his inspiration for the bears from the standardized figure of a printer's font of type. This image shows a single bear that looks like he is walking or marching depending on how you look at it.

Now the confusion sets in Owsley is credited with stating in fact the Dancing Bears are high stepping bears and not dancing bears. Adding to the confusion Owsley was heavily involved in the production of LSD or Acid as it is known and is said to have used a single bear on the LSD sheets he produced further obscuring their actual origins. This use is allegedly before Bob Thomas ever came up with his Dancing Bear design. Unfortunately there may never be a definitive answer to the beloved bears origins as both Bob and The Bear have both passed on.

From a marketing standpoint and the fact the Grateful Dead were a musical act the Dancing Bears are a far more memorable and suited than the High Stepping Bears.

The Dead were way ahead of their time in how they marketed themselves and their music perhaps this played some role in the final name. One thing to keep in mind is if you cut out all 5 Dancing Bears and flip thru the images quickly you can plainly see they are in fact high stepping or marching.

No matter what they are called and who created them they have become a part of the main stream culture. You can find them on Dancing Bear T-Shirts, bags, belts and key chains to name a few. The Grateful Dead had a huge influence on their generation and their music and artwork still has a firm hold on popular culture today.

Will Grayson

Grateful Dead fan and owner of Owner of Tie Dye T-Shirts

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vegan Shoes - The Idea Behind Ethical Shoes

Terra Plana Aqua Shoes, November, 2009Image by Maggie Osterberg via FlickrBy Indy M

The world is made up of many things, big and small. And they all have their part to play in the grand scheme of things. The Buddhist philosophy considers even the smallest living creatures, like a flower or an ant, to be intimately connected to the greater world. However, the harmony and grace which animals provide to the beautiful outdoors is now being harmed.

Various industries are now consuming resources at an alarming rate. A rate at which many believe is unsustainable. This is where ethical shoes come into the picture. Primarily a movement that was started by vegans, ethical shoes (or clothes for that matter) are items which are never sourced from animal products.

Additionally, production of such items revolve around sustainable practices with very limited harm to the earth itself.

The lifestyle of a vegan is one that takes all living creatures into consideration. They forsake not just food from animals, but leather and fur as well. While most clothes on the market are made from plant or plastic derived materials, there is a percentage that is still being sourced from animals. Chief among them is leather.

Fortunately, vegetarian shoes are now easily available everywhere and are produced from artificial materials which brilliantly imitate the appearance of real animal fabric

Today, vegan shoes are sold in a wide selection of styles and materials. The styles you may come across are not restricted to only day-wear functions such as slippers or tennis shoes. They also encompass a myriad of other activities and styles including hiking shoes, high heels, boots, and business shoes. As such, there is a vegan replacement for just about any sort of footwear you have in mind.

The best selling forms of vegan shoes today are ethical tennis shoes. They are hugely popular in America and are designed with function and comfort in mind. Essentially, they can also be used as casual sneakers. For that reason, they are some of the better vegan alternatives to casual day-wear.

If there is one form of footwear that fully makes use of animal derived materials, it is the common boot. From winter boots to fashion boots, leather is the preferred material alongside plastic derived materials. As such, this area is of extreme interest to those that produce ethical footwear. There are now great many alternatives that are just as good (or better) than real leather. Looks, functionality and durability are all maintained.

In the past, such shoes were always difficult to find. You had to order from a handful of specialty stores, usually by mail. With the advent of the internet, you can now choose from a wealth of ethical brands online.

For casual wear, Sole rebels make some of the best day-wear shoes on the market. For fancy women's shoes, Beyond Skin and Terra Plana are considered top notch companies that consistently produce stunning women's footwear.

Ethical shoes are always sourced from plant based materials such as hemp and canvas. Canvas in particular is used quite often as it is relatively cheap yet very durable.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Trends In 1960s Clothes Styles

Youth Culture - Mods & Rockers 1960s - 1970sImage by brizzle born and bred via FlickrBy J Enright

The 1960s marked a decade of radical change that touched every aspect of society from culture to music to fashion. Trends came and went at a rapid pace. Fashion rules were broken and 1960s clothes styles were a reflection of the social movement that defined the decade.

Women of the early 1960s could not get enough of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her refined, ladylike style. Pastel suits with short jackets and large buttons were especially popular with the ladies for business and for playtime they wore Capri pants. The typical ball gown featured a full skirt that flared out from a cinched waist and a low d' colletage.

Men's suits were made with bright coloured fabrics. Ties were wide and decorated with stripes and wild prints. Jackets had no collars and suspenders were worn to hold up the trousers.

London Modernists, more commonly known as Mods, were busy during the early 1960s setting trends for young men in the UK. This group was named for the modern jazz music they preferred.

The Mods wore classy styles adopted from Italian and French designers of high fashion. They wore tailored suits with fitted pants. Shirts were cut slim and nothing but a button down collar would do. When they wore jeans, they had to be Levi's. Their flared pants paved the way for the bell bottoms that arrived with the hippie wave a few years later. Mohair suits were popular with the Mods. This material is naturally shiny, lightweight and comfortable to wear while dancing.

Welsh designer Mary Quant played an important role in mod fashion when she introduced the miniskirt to fashion conscious women in 1964. By then, ladies were officially accepted into the movement. Short hairstyles were in and clothing designs mimicked those worn by the men.

Fashion in the late 60s was influenced by the hippie and skinhead movements. The Skinheads borrowed heavily from the Mods while the hippies were way more casual.

Skinheads cut their hair short and traded Mohair clothing for Tonic suits. Different coloured threads are woven together to create the fabric for a Tonic suit. When the fabric moves under a light source, it changes colours.

They wore Ben Sherman button down shirts and boots or brogues polished to a high sheen. The shirt fabric was plain Oxford cotton and sometimes had a check pattern. They preferred their trousers cut narrow, just like their jacket lapels.

The hippie movement was all about rebelling against authority and the clothing mirrored that philosophy with casual clothing that exploded with colour. Colourful shirts in bright floral prints and tie-died patterns were especially popular.

Denim jeans hugged the hips and were paired with wide, leather belts. Bell bottoms flared out below the knee and jeans were adorned with beads and other embellishments. Skirts reached past the knee and were made out of lightweight fabric that flowed and was sometimes tiered.

The diverse styles seen in 1960s clothes were signs of the times. From Jackie O to the Skinheads, it marked a period of unprecedented change in the fashion industry.

Jim Enright is owner of Enrights Vintage Fashions which sells 1960s Clothes online. Jim enjoys the scootering scene and all things to do with the 1960s era.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Adelaide Custom Tours: The Adelaide Experience

Old Government House in the Belair National Park.Old Government House, Belair National Park - Image via Wikipedia
Hi everyone,

If you are planning a visit to Australia, stop in to Adelaide which is a wonderful city. I operate custom walking and driving tours around the city and surrounds.

Experience #1: Adelaide's Universities - This is a half-day tour where you are driven to each university campus around Adelaide. As I have worked in all 3 universities here, I have a unique insight into the history, architecture and philosophy of each institution, and I know each campus intimately. Maximum - 4 people (A$50 per head).

Experience #2: Bushwalking in Belair National Park and Mount Lofty - This is a full-day tour where you will be picked up from the city to go bushwalking in the Park. I live about 5 minutes from Belair Park and so I know it intimately, the old buildings (Governor's residences, old railway stations and pavilions, the only cafe in the vicinity (included the best coffee in Australia, seriously!). I know the terrain and the story of much of the flora and fauna of the region. As for Mount Lofty, I know a number of trails, most of the cafes, the private Botanic Gardens, and the strange stories of the region (and there's a few). Maximum - 4 people (A$60 per head).

Experience #3: Cricket Adelaide style - This is a half-day walking tour for cricket fanatics! Being one of the spiritual homes of cricket, Adelaide has a great history and a great group of organisations who have recorded it's history. There's the Bradman Collection Museum, the South Australia Cricket Association Museum, Adelaide oval (of course), the State Library Bradman Collection, and the Bradman Digital Library. Also, having played cricket for many years and knowing lots of great cricket stories, this would be a very entertaining experience for people. Maximum - 25 people (A$40 per head).

Experience #4: The Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour at the Adelaide Botanical Gardens - This is a short walking tour lasting for 2 hours, through the Aboriginal Bush Tucker (tucker is food) tour in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. Very few people (even locals) know that this exists. I have taken a number of visiting school groups through this tour and they love it. This is an interesting cultural experience. Maximum - 25 people (A$20 per head).

Experience #5: Mitcham and Springfield, the heart of historic Adelaide - This is a full-day walking tour after being picked up in the city. These are some of the oldest suburbs in Adelaide, nestled into the foothills, where some of the first settlers lived, with many old homesteads still standing. Great old churches, cafes, tea houses, hotels, picturesque streets, Carrick Hill (Adelaide's most famous stately mansion), and even the beautiful Brownhill Creek Recreation Park. Lots to see, all of which can be done on foot. Maximum - 4 people (A$60 per head).

If you are interested in seeing Adelaide with your own personal guide, just call me on 0433 354 383 or email me on: dr.robert.muller@gmail.com

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bamboo Clothing Vs Organic Cotton Clothing

Bamboo Cathedral on the road to the Tracking S...Image via WikipediaBy Dagny McKinley

Those looking to get away from traditional cotton, and the pesticides, insecticides and general damage the growing of cotton does to the environment, have more options that just organic cotton. Alternatives to traditional clothing fall into two categories - organic and sustainable.

Organic clothing can be sustainable, meaning that the crop is grown without harmful chemicals (organic) and doesn't deplete the earth's health (sustainable). Likewise, crops that are considered sustainable, like bamboo, can also be organic. Note I say 'can,' this does not mean they necessarily are.

In order to keep soil healthy, organic farmers often plant a variety of crops that are complementary to one another, or they rotate where crops are grown so they don't deplete the soil of essential nutrients. Another method employed by organic and sustainable farmers is to encourage beneficial insects. This means they provide a habitat for birds that eat insects, or butterflies and bees that pollinate flowers.

As organic farmers know, having a balance of insects and the species that feeds on them prevents crops from succumbing to many bug infestations that can wipe out crops.

What does this all have to do with the bamboo that results in bamboo clothing? Bamboo is considered a sustainable resource. This means it grows rapidly, several inches per day, and when bamboo is harvested, it doesn't result in long-term damage to the area.

For example if an old growth forest is cut down, replacement of those trees could take several hundred years. With bamboo, harvesting can take place on a regular basis without wiping out the crop. Bamboo is similar to a weed. It grows quickly and can survive at almost any altitude and under many different weather patterns.

Bamboo is also considered a rain-fed crop, meaning we don't have to waste valuable water resources in order for it to grow. It simply survives off the rain it gets naturally. The roots of bamboo can help prevent erosion in soil sensitive areas and is a durable species, meaning it doesn't need pesticides or insecticides to grow.

People familiar with bamboo may think of bamboo flooring or bamboo housing, but not necessarily bamboo clothing. Is it comfortable? It really is. Bamboo as a textile is wicks away moisture, keeping the skin soft and dry, is breathable and silky soft. Bamboo can be found in clothing that ranges from bamboo t-shirts to skirts, yoga pants, jackets and more.

Be sure to check out bamboo clothing as an alternative to organic cotton clothing. You'll be amazed at the quality and comfort you find.

ONNO is a manufacturer of organic clothing, bamboo clothing and hemp clothing. ONNO believes in using sustainable and or organic fibers and is a socially responsible manufacturer. We use carbon offsets to balance out the transportation costs of our products. Find out more about ONNO.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

VIDEO: Hippie Fashion

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The video is a quick history about 1960s hippie fashion, featuring interviews with Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane and Frank Zappa.

Enjoy!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Why It's Better to Choose Organic Clothing

Organic cotton yarn.Organic Cotton Yarn - Image via WikipediaBy Lucy Tomkins

Organic clothes are made with fabrics grown and raised by organic standards. "Organic" generally means that no synthetics, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, organisms that are genetically modified and other unnatural materials are fed to the product during the growing process.

Now, it is true that there may be some chemicals used after the material is manufactured, like dyes and preserving agents, but even when a few unnatural elements are used, these are minimal. For the most part, people can avoid exposure to chemicals and other unnatural substances when they wear organic clothing, and, while promoting their own health, they can support sustainable resources.

Clothing for Babies

The manufacture of organic clothing for babies has become a successful industry because babies' skin is delicate and sensitive. Organic fabrics seem to be more healthful for them. Indeed, some babies with extremely sensitive skin have had rashes improve while using organics instead of synthetic clothing and blankets.

Through the years, people have found that natural fibres, and especially cotton, are perfect for tender, baby skin. Now, with the escalating production of organic cotton, bamboo, wool, jute materials and more, people can purchase baby clothes that are even better for baby skin.

Chemicals and other unnatural substances can be especially harmful to babies as they develop. Many of these harmful ingredients can be easily absorbed through the skin, especially the skin of infants. The very reality of their smaller size makes the threat of these toxins greater for their body weight. Then, the toxins build up because the young system is not strong enough for rapid elimination of these substances.

Clothing for Sensitive Skin

Some people grow to adulthood and never outgrow their skin sensitivity. In fact, many adults have chronic skin conditions such as rashes, dry skin, and eczema. They may have had some medical treatment, but it has been unsuccessful.

They resign themselves to live with poor skin, but they find their skin is uncomfortable most of the time and only natural, breathable materials are tolerable. Organic clothes are significantly beneficial to such silent sufferers.

Eco-Friendly Clothing

Even when organic materials are treated in the finishing process with chemicals, these organic material manufacturers are careful to use proper storage and disposal of these substances. They are conscious of eco-friendly alternatives for dyes and fabric preservatives and use them whenever possible. Certainly, clothing labeled organic use fibers that are grown organically and little or no chemicals are added in the fabric finishing processes.

All humans, animals and the earth's environment receive much less exposure to synthetic chemicals because of the manufacture of organic clothes. Therefore, people, pets and the world can live more comfortably just because of this successful and growing organic fabric industry.

Find a wide selection of organic clothes for you and your baby online.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vintage 101 - A Beginners Guide to Buying Vintage

Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor - Image by FilipĆ£o 28 via FlickrBy Helen MacGillivray

VINTAGE - CLOTHING FROM A PREVIOUS ERA

Let's uncover an appreciation for this avant-garde fashion trend. It may be the elegance attached to these garments or possibly the uniqueness of each piece but if you haven't discovered vintage attire, you're missing out. Before you head out to begin exploring, there are a few things that you should know.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

1. Sizing - take note.

Vintage attire fits differently and their sizes take a little getting used to. Marilyn Monroe was said to have worn a size 12 (US) (16 UK) dress but, by today's sizes, that would put her at around a size 6/8. At the same time, women wore real foundation garments back then - garments that were both body mounding and size reducing.
- Don`t fret when you read the sizes. Go by the measurements instead. Most good vintage stores will indicate the measurements of their garments.
- If buying vintage online, it is absolutely imperative that you go by measurements!

2. TO TAILOR OR NOT TO TAILOR - THAT IS THE QUESTION.

Experts go back and forth on whether or not you will be damaging the piece or reducing its resale value by tailoring it; however, if it doesn`t fit properly, you will never wear it. I hereby give you permission to tailor away so that you have the perfect fit. I spoke with a vintage store owner in Calgary and a vintage guru from the east and both strongly recommend that you tailor everything.
- My personal motto about clothing: everything should be tailored! There are few one-size-fits-all.

3. TRY, TRY, TRY!

Vintage shopping isn`t like traditional retail! If something doesn`t fit, you can`t ask for a different size because each piece is unique. I encourage you to take some time to warm up to the idea of trying things on -and I mean lots of things! By the way, don`t shop on a full tummy. Shopping just after you eat is a no-no. Remember to wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable and easy to remove.

4. BUY IT!

These are one-of-a-kind pieces. You will likely never find that same piece again so if you really like it, don`t wait. Buy it!

Eras

1920`s

Flapper girls were all the rage in the Roaring Twenties but, even though we entered into a more modern era, evening fashion wasn't always practical for women. Evening wear was all for show and often times it was over the top! Low waisted dresses were introduced, hats became a must and bras became much more common with the ladies. At the same time, girls chopped their hair into adorable bobs. Style Icons: Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli waist.

1930`s

The Great Depression forced most women into making their own clothing which, inevitably, resulted in fashion becoming much simpler - still, hats remained a must for ladies' fashion. Style Icons: Betty Davis, Greta Garbo, Mae West.

1940`s

Dresses often emphasized an hourglass figure. A-line skirts came in style. A military influence crept into female fashion (structure). Women`s fashion saw lots of shoulder pads and the popularity of ladies' pants sky rocketed as women entered into the work force. Style Icons: Judy Garland, Lucille Ball.

1950's

Glamour had once again returned and we saw the introduction of the sexy pencil skirt and more full skirts. Ladies' fashion wasn't the only demographic that was in need of style. This is when teenage fashion emerged. Up until this point, young ladies dressed in the same clothes as their mothers. Don't forget the poodle skirts from Grease! Style Icons: Debbie Reynolds, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.

1960's

Skirts were officially shortened with the introduction of the mini. At the same time, very skimpy bikinis hit the market. Less is more! Ladies loved their Goo-Goo Boots, PVC dresses and loud prints. Look to our girls from Mad Men to get a glimpse at their fashion. Teenagers became a leading buyer in the market which helped push boundaries in the fashion world. Style Icons: Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy and Jacqueline Kennedy.

1970's

From minis to maxis, the 70's took a psychedelic approach to style. Out with bras and structure! The 70's were a whimsical period where we saw one-piece halter suits, platform heels and bell bottomed flares. Style Icons: Bianca Jagger and Farrah Fawcett.

Helen MacGillivray, president and founder of Miss Helen's Image Consulting received professional accreditation from the Sterling Style Academy, an internationally recognized institute in New York City. Miss Helen's provides quality service to clients who are searching to define their own unique style.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Hippie Era - The Music and Clothing Were Like None Other

Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding during a Jimi He...Image via WikipediaBy Jayli Soladay

The Hippie era in the 60's and 70's was characterized by many things. Communes where groups of people banded together to live in one large household or farm, working together were all over the United States (a few small hold-outs are still active today).

Other nations had the same movement going on as well. The anti-Vietnam-war movement was another, with the young people promoting peace, love, open-mindedness and sharing.

The music and clothing were like none other before, sometimes the wilder, the better, but most of it was characterized by individualism, natural fibers and many accessories that were either hand-made or hand embellished to suit the owner.

Tie-dye was popular and showed up in everything from t-shirts to jeans, skirts to shirts, scarves, bandannas and bags. Any clothing that was reworked to fit someone was worked on by the owner, and maybe some friends, rather than a formal tailor shop.

The style was usually loose fitting, flowing and comfortable. Bright colors and flower designs were everywhere, from applique patches and fabric paint on clothing to painted on their vehicles. Peace symbols were just as predominant.

They were rebelling against the staid, 'normal' aspects of society, challenging it to grow and open up to new ideas. Many of the young people became vegetarians as a way of life and to protest the killing of other creatures for food. Hair was worn long in order to be different in yet another way from the generation before.

It was a time of almost an entire nation of young people on the move, looking to 'find themselves', a time of discovery to learn not only who they were, but also who they could be, a time not only of seeing the world around them, but appreciating it and trying to learn ways to preserve it.

Hippie Clothing is Back!

Colorful tie-die shirts were worn over bell bottoms and comfortable sandals took the place of the high heels and stockings that were worn in the '50s. Women and girls began wearing flowers and headdresses in their hair.

Long, loose and flowing, styles expressed the relaxed time of listening to the Beatles, Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez and more. Moreover, the art of the music concert poster had an effect on the new styles that would come about, with colors and shapes that were unique and outrageous at the time.

Hippie clothes are pretty popular today and still provide generations the ability to express their individualism.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Men's Fashion Trends

Mad Men DinnerMad Men Dinner - Image by zandwacht via FlickrBy Michael D Taylor

One of the great things about men's fashion is that while trends come and go, such as the polyester suit of the 70s and the punk look of the 80s, it always seems to gravitate back towards a clean and masculine look.

2011 has definitely brought a major resurgence of this classic appearance. In both high fashion and catalog spreads, you'll see men dressed in flattering styles and natural fabrics. The grunge look of the 90s is out, and the well-groomed clean cut appearance of an earlier era has made a comeback. Along these lines, here are 3 of my favorite trends in men's fashion coming up for fall of 2011.

Colored denim

We have a tendency to always think of denim as meaning "blue jeans." But colored denim is a great trend for fall, and a nice way to dress up your normal denim look. Now it's accepted that you can wear white jeans, even after Labor Day. Just anchor them with darker pieces, such as gray or brown shoes and belt, and a navy sport jacket.

Gray jeans are a terrific look for fall. You can pair them with other cool tones, such as a blue and white striped shirt, camel suede shoes, and a blue denim jacket for a nice, calming look. Or for something a little bolder, try yellow-gold denim pants. Just remember that this is a bright color, and the rest of your outfit should remain in neutral shades, such as tans or navy blues.

"Mad Men" inspired fashion

Since the television show "Mad Men" became raucously popular, several different clothing companies have introduced tailored and form-fitting lines inspired by the pre-hippie era of the early 1960s.

I am personally looking forward to Banana Republic's "Mad Men" inspired men's line that will be introduced this fall. The reason this particular line works so well is that it offers a bit of an updated twist on classic, retro looks. This is the very key to looking appropriate, not like you are wearing a costume, when emulating vintage fashion.

Key pieces to pulling off the "Mad Men" inspired look are slim cut suits, shawl-collared sweaters, slim cut pin stripe trousers, vests, and waist coats. If you are attending a formal event, a classic black silk bow tie is key, and for everyday wear, a nice silk tie with necktie accessoriesis appropriate.

Casual dressy looks

What do I mean by "causal dressy"? Well, it differs from what you think of as straight-up dressy. For a casual dressy look, start with a casual foundation. This could be a pair of relaxed fit chinos and a polo shirt or silk screened cotton tee shirt. Then, add an element that you would normally only think of as dressy, such as a well fitted sport jacket.

For another casual dressy look, try a pair of dark wash jeans and a button down shirt with the vest from your three piece suit. Or, black denim pants with a plain white tee shirt and a tuxedo jacket. You can also make any casual outfit more dressy with an interesting accessory such as an antique pocket watch or a nice pair of leather oxford shoes. Celebrities who regularly and successfully pull off the casual dressy look are Kanye West, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, and Pharell Williams. Just don't ever mix a blazer or sport jacket with shorts when going for the casual dressy look.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

A History of Eco-Fashion

Cover of "Green is the New Black"Cover of Green is the New BlackBy Adrienne E Estes

In the sixties, hippies donned tie-died shirts, long skirts and peace-sign accessories. The seventies were defined by polyester garments and sequined roller-disco outfits. The eighties and nineties...must we even reminisce?

Since then, an overshadowing trend of "fast fashion," cheaply made garments, most likely from third-world sweatshops, provided easy, cheap access to the trend of the season. Prices would be significantly low, making the purchase extremely tempting and most likely not regrettable, even if the dress falls apart after only three nights out.

A new era of eco fashion has been rising, shaping the way this current decade will be remembered in terms of style.

The idea of eco fashion began rising in the 1980's when concerns regarding chemicals in fabrics, such as flame-retardants and pesticides in the crops, came about. At the time, it meant chemical-free, and was mostly protecting us against fears for our own health and not so much our planet's deterioration. After the Chicago Tribune uncovered Levi Strauss's unethical use of sweatshop labor overseas in '92, eco fashion began to really take off.

Although it seemed big brand after big brand were being busted for the use of unfair, exploitable labor and ethical fashion was on the rise, the concept still triggered the image of an expensive, itchy burlap sack for a dress. It simply wasn't stylish.

As the years progressed, many designers began to take a stand for eco fashion, and produce lines of clothing that were stylish, organic and fair trade. It was a new generation of fashion entrepreneurs, creating something that was not only a new up and coming trend, but also a style that would morph its way into a timeless fashion that anybody, of any personal style and walk of life, could wear.

As small time designers began launching new eco fashion labels, big time designers also jumped on board. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Vera Wang have supported the eco fashion movement through use of sustainable fabrics and fair trade practices.

The way we have remembered decades in terms of trends in fashion, a new era of timeless style, eco fashion, is dawning on the horizon. More and more designers have switched to promoting sustainability and ethics, and keeping a whole-hearted commitment to the environment and the world around us. The way green is the new black, socially conscious clothing brands are the new leaders of the fashion industry.

Adrienne is a contributor at {r}evolution apparel, a sustainable clothing company for travelers and minimalists. She writes about sustainable fabrics, eco fashion designers and the process of creating a socially conscious clothing line.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Why It's Better to Choose Organic Clothing

The National Organic Program administers the O...Image via WikipediaBy Lucy Tomkins

Organic clothes are made with fabrics grown and raised by organic standards. "Organic" generally means that no synthetics, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, organisms that are genetically modified and other unnatural materials are fed to the product during the growing process.

Now, it is true that there may be some chemicals used after the material is manufactured, like dyes and preserving agents, but even when a few unnatural elements are used, these are minimal. For the most part, people can avoid exposure to chemicals and other unnatural substances when they wear organic clothing, and, while promoting their own health, they can support sustainable resources.

Clothing for Babies

The manufacture of organic clothing for babies has become a successful industry because babies' skin is delicate and sensitive. Organic fabrics seem to be more healthful for them. Indeed, some babies with extremely sensitive skin have had rashes improve while using organics instead of synthetic clothing and blankets.

Through the years, people have found that natural fibres, and especially cotton, are perfect for tender, baby skin. Now, with the escalating production of organic cotton, bamboo, wool, jute materials and more, people can purchase baby clothes that are even better for baby skin.

Chemicals and other unnatural substances can be especially harmful to babies as they develop. Many of these harmful ingredients can be easily absorbed through the skin, especially the skin of infants. The very reality of their smaller size makes the threat of these toxins greater for their body weight. Then, the toxins build up because the young system is not strong enough for rapid elimination of these substances.

Clothing for Sensitive Skin

Some people grow to adulthood and never outgrow their skin sensitivity. In fact, many adults have chronic skin conditions such as rashes, dry skin, and eczema. They may have had some medical treatment, but it has been unsuccessful. They resign themselves to live with poor skin, but they find their skin is uncomfortable most of the time and only natural, breathable materials are tolerable. Organic clothes are significantly beneficial to such silent sufferers.

Eco-Friendly Clothing

Even when organic materials are treated in the finishing process with chemicals, these organic material manufacturers are careful to use proper storage and disposal of these substances. They are conscious of eco-friendly alternatives for dyes and fabric preservatives and use them whenever possible. Certainly, clothing labeled organic use fibers that are grown organically and little or no chemicals are added in the fabric finishing processes.

All humans, animals and the earth's environment receive much less exposure to synthetic chemicals because of the manufacture of organic clothes. Therefore, people, pets and the world can live more comfortably just because of this successful and growing organic fabric industry.

Find a wide selection of organic clothes for you and your baby online.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ideas for Hosting a Rockin' 1960s Themed Party

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - GatefoldImage by thejcgerm via FlickrBy Martin A Horton

If you are hosting a party that mirrors the 1960s, there are many factors that you should consider. First of all, the 1960s does not have much in common with the culture and style of the current day. When focusing primarily on costumes, choose attire that represents the different styles and designs of the 1960s.

Some ideas for hosting a rocking 1960s party include a direct representation of the music, fashion costumes, cultural activities and authentic cuisine. Consider having a friend dress up as a celebrity from that era, and act the part to give the party even more authenticity.

When hosting a party, the most important component that your guests remember is the music. If the music does not represent the top hits of the specific decade, you can lose your guests at the beginning. There are many styles and beats to choose from including classic rock, alternative rock, blues and soul.

If you can create smooth transitions between these genres, you can establish a wonderful atmosphere, while simultaneously representing the popular music of this generation. Include some of the top artists from the 1960s into your selection including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, The Who and Ray Charles. The songs from these composers are still popular today and provide a positive flow of energy in the room.

Fashion is an important factor to consider if you want to mirror the style of the 1960s. Ask your guests to incorporate styles that are reminiscent of the 1960s, including bouffant hairstyles, short skirts and afros. The attire of the 1960s is very vibrant and eclectic, showcasing individuality and personality.

This gives your guests the chance to think outside the box with their outfits, and creates a very fun and creative environment for your party. As the host, you can wear an Elvis Presley or Paul McCartney costume, two of the most influential figures during this vibrant era. The more authentic your costume, the cooler you feel.

Finally, introduce your guests to the culture of the 1960s as soon as they enter your home. Include posters and stylish banners that symbolize important events of the era. The decorations of the 1960s are typically gaudy, so try to mirror this accordingly.

Also, the creation of the Barbie is a major hit for this era, so incorporate a Barbie theme into your presentation. If you want to spice up your party, create a slideshow that depicts some of the most momentous events of this decade. Include clips of John F. Kennedy, The Beatles and John Glenn.

Keep the theme positive, as you want a festive and party atmosphere, but incorporate some fun facts to give your guests educational benefits. Study the impact of food on the 1960s generation, and choose an assortment of dishes and desserts that mirror the popular dishes of the time. Following each of these steps puts you in the best position for a rocking 1960s themed party.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

What Is All This Organic Clothing?

Green!"Green" Clothing - Image by marjoleincc via FlickrBy Jordan Flask

The word "green" is becoming more popular today than at any other point in history. Thus the use of means that are not environmentally friendly are a thing of the past. Even clothes are becoming more green.

As more people become conscious of the effect of chemicals on their bodies, the demand for these clothes will increase. Non-organic clothing is often made from fabric treated with chemicals, fabric created with chemicals or fabric from plants grown with pesticides.

Chemicals from clothing can cause or aggravate health problems, especially for those with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions. Health-conscious individuals seek to minimize exposure to harmful chemicals by opting for an organic type of clothing. While going green can be expensive, the long-term savings gained through improved health and peace of mind are immeasurable.

If you are just beginning to explore organic clothing, start with a few basic pieces. Because under garments are closest to the skin, it is logical to purchase under garments made from healthy fabric, and expand your organic wardrobe as your budget allows. Organic fabrics are comfortable and allow the skin to breathe, unlike synthetic fabrics, so you may find that you are drawn to these bits of clothing for comfort rather than health.

More retailers are carrying organic clothes, so you should have no trouble finding a varied selection to suit your personal style. Choosing to wear organic clothes also supports the environment by reducing the use of chemicals that invariably end up in our soil, streams, rivers and oceans. So, join the trend. The benefits of good health, physical comfort and environmental responsibility outweigh any expense involved in transitioning to organic.

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