Fashion

April 29, 2013

Mother's Day with Broken Shed Vodka: Made in New Zealand from spring water

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Broken Shed Vodka is a premium vodka with a great story:

Broken Shed Vodka (www.brokenshed.com) is a premium whey vodka based in Wanaka, a small lake town in the mountains of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Broken Shed vodka has been four-times distilled to meet the highest quality standards and is gluten-free, naturally smooth and additive-free. "Creamy" is the first word that comes to mind when trying this highly-regarded spirit. The award-winning vodka was founded in 2009, launched in 2010 in New Zealand, and then launched in the U.S. in June 2012. Broken Shed has just proudly announced results from the prestigious Ultimate Spirits Challenge, where the vodka received a score of 90, and was named "Excellent, Highly Recommended." Started in a 'broken' down old shed on Lake Wanaka, the (slightly) renovated Shed is now used for tasting events and offices.

And here's a lovely recipe:

Broken Sunrise cocktail:

2 parts Broken Shed Vodka
1 part orange juice
1 part cranberry juice
1 part soda water
Stir over ice in a tall glass.


It is suggested that Broken Shed Vodka would make a sweet Mother's Day gift, and the above cocktail would be a wonderful way to be greeted by my family. My family does drive me to drink (Ha!). Actually, I think it is homework that drives me to find relaxation in an adult beverage.

All kidding aside, this vodka is pure, made with no additives or sugars. The spirits are distilled from whey.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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April 17, 2013

Eco Fashion: Perfect Spring Knitwear by Krimson Klover

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I have a new favorite sweater! It's the Penelope sweater from the fun new spring knitwear collection by Krimson Klover.
Description:

A chic designer sweater with open stitch detail. A breezy way to transition comfortably into spring.

Yarn: 90% Cotton 10% Rayon


I love the open knitwear, which lets your skin peak through or whatever fun colored shirt you wear underneath it if layering during cooler temps. The sweater was a little heavier than I expected, but not in a bad way. I was also pleasantly surprised by the shape! The picture doesn't do the fit justice, as the sides are a little longer chicly covering up the curves I like to slim. I love this sweater and can't wait to wear it all the time!

In case you are not familiar with brand, Krimson Klover is a Colorado based brand that features unique fashions that are both beautiful and practical.

Adventurous women express their femininity with our playful and vivacious luxury fiber sweaters and clothing. We are all about enjoying an active and full life, thus create knitwear that makes the Krimson Klover woman feel, and look good in all her daily pursuits. Fun, yet elegant patterns, bright colors and impeccable quality are at the core of this innovative collection.

We take our commitment to environmental and social responsibility very seriously by using Merino and Pima cotton yarns from sources that respect their animals, employees and Mother Earth. Finally, a women's designer line of fashion and sport sweaters, skirts, dresses, hats, socks, tights and scarves designed especially for your sensibilities.


This is such a lovely brand!

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 21, 2013

Optari Durable Totes and Accessories

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I have to admit, I am a little confused by the Optari products we were sent:


Apparently they are popular with tween celebrities, but they just remind me of Crocs. They are made of the same weird material, and the charm pop on just they way charms pop onto Crocs. Even the bottom of the tote looks like a shoe!
Our popular Sol Totes come in two sizes and lots of colors. Durable, waterproof, and easily cleanable, our customers use them for all sorts of things. Tote bag, beach or pool bag, gift bag, lunch tote, shower caddy, bathtub toy bag, diaper bag, etc., there are dozens of uses for a Sol Tote. Once you've chosen your tote, don't forget to customize it with our Fobbz and Mini Fobbz charm collections.

I couldn't find any information about what these Optari products, and I have always had my suspicions about Crocs. The Daily Green writes:
In the absence of direct response, I resorted to research. Their site says: "Think Crocs are made of rubber? Your friend is adamant they're plastic? You're both wrong. Crocs are made of PCCR, a closed-cell material that virtually eliminates odour. No one will clear a room with smelly feet if they are wearing a pair of Crocs. The material also discourages sweating, making Crocs even more comfortable." A quick Google reveals nothing, as PCCR is some sort of "proprietary" blend Crocs makes, likely a petroleum-derived foam. (Read Treehugger's take, or Debra Lynn Dadd's.

Croc knockoffs like the ones made by iPlay are made of EVA plastic, which is a lot better than the PVC/vinyl most jelly shoes are constructed from. I wasn't able to find any sort of study that said anything about plastics leaching via scraped bitty toes into bitty bodies.

Reviewers on Amazon say this is a great bag to take into the shower at the gym, and my daughter was immediately attracted to it and wanted it.

When PR companies approach me, I always tell them their products will be evaluated based on their eco-friendly properties. So companies identify these properties for me, some stretch and find a reason. I was told this product was eco-friendly because it is durable and not wasteful. Clearly, it is not a green product, but a gimmick to bring the Croc craze to handbags.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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October 29, 2012

Teres Kids Clothing: Organic, Itch-Free, and Super Nice!

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I am really excited about Teres Kids Clothing! We were sent a Raven long sleeve shirt, and I can't wait for my son to wear it!

Crafted for comfort and ease, our boys t-shirt features a crew collar, easy on easy off, soft seams, tag-free and raw-edged for optimal comfort. 100% organic cotton. Made in the USA.

I love the exposed seams for their look, but they also make the inside of the shirt smooth for those with sensory issues. Even for those without such tactile sensitivities, it is nice to have a soft finish against your skin.

A New Mexico mom has created a kids clothing line - designed specifically for children suffering from tactile sensitivities. No more itchy shirts, tags that rub, or bothersome seams!

Alex Merlino created Teres Kids for the millions of kids who are bothered by the feel of regular clothes - including children with autism, eczema, skin allergies, etc.


I love this shirt! I wish Teres Kids would expand to Teres adults! Plus, the shirt is made from organic cotton!  I highly recommend Teres Kids!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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October 16, 2012

Are your cotton clothes GMO?

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In the current debate about the safety and labeling of GMO food products, there's another issue that may be overlooked. Is your clothing made from GMO grown cotton? The answer is most likely yes, unless it is organic cotton clothing.

The Telegraph reports:

The so-called 'franken frocks' will not harm the health of the person wearing the GM cotton but many feel that the public has not been consulted about the long term implications on the environment...

In India up to 90 per cent of the crop is now genetically engineered to be resistant to certain pests. In China and the US it is also GM...

Amy Leech, Soil Association research assistant, explained that GM cotton can use dangerous pesticides and gives farmers little control over their own crop.
She claimed that organic cotton uses less water and is a better deal for farmers.
"Growing cotton is a toxic business; it uses a lot of pesticides - putting in peril the lives of women, men and children in cotton farming communities. 77 million cotton workers suffer poisonings from pesticides each year."


Organic cotton clothing is becoming more and more affordable. Alternative Women's Organic Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee start at only $5!

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July 10, 2012

Sustainable Fashion: Revenge Is...

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I love discovering new sustainable fashions, as it appeases my eco-guilt of excessive clothing. Revenge Is... makes t-shirts from organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles. 10% of company profits are donated to charities.

We were sent a kids "THINK GREEN" S/S CREW NECK TEE":

Together, we can change the world for our children and all children around the planet. We want them to grow up, work and raise their own families in a thriving planet, Instilling the need to protect our environment and the knowledge of how to do so at a young age will breed the eco-heroes of tomorrow. Our "Think Green" t-shirt demonstrates our commitment to educating younger generations about the little things they can do to affect big change when it comes to saving our planet.

Featuring an adorable, green-themed graphic designed exclusively for Revenge Is... by Benjamin Della Rosa, this super-soft kid's tee is a 50/50 blend of recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton and printed with non-toxic, water-based inks. This t-shirt is manufactured and printed in the USA.


I use to avoid polyester fabrics, yet the recycled RPET does add softness to this shirt, especially when hanging to dry on the laundry line compared to the dryer. The design is whimsical, and the fit classic. This is a great kids t-shirt!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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June 22, 2012

Sustainable Fashion: Organic Cotton, Clay Dyed Clothing by Eco Creations

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The first time I ever saw an Alabama Dirt Shirt was when my sister got one for my husband for a gift. I thought the red color was very cool, especially considering the shirt was made of organic cotton and naturally dyed from the earth.

Earth Creations, the sustainable clothing company behind the Alabama Dirt Shirts, also makes children's clothing.

A soft handprint with the Earth in the palm reminds us to Touch the Earth Gently. Printed using eco friendly inks on our soft 100% organic cotton clay-dyed toddler/youth tee that will fit any child like a glove.

Eco Creations makes sustainable clothing for the whole family made in the USA.  Great basics and fashion pieces makes this line "eco, pure and simple".

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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May 17, 2012

Bring Your Own Bag!!! Envirosax Chic Designs

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I love Envirosax. When I reach into my basket of shopping bags, I always choose the Envirosax first. These bags wash nicely, and they are super compact for tossing in a purse or bag. In fact, I thank Envirosax for ensuring I never take a single use bag from any store, not just the grocery store.

We were sent a Envirosax Bag from the After Dark Series:

After Dark rises up as moonlit, edgy silhouettes of the night. This modern and artistic range features hand-painted illustrations with bold creativity and hints of nature. Lightweight polyester, portable, waterproof, and weighing just 1.4oz each, these groovy bags have been tested and are totally safe to carry food. With reinforced seams, each surprisingly large bag can hold a weight the equivalent of two supermarket plastic bags.

I really love the designs of the After Dark series.  They make a fashion and environmental statement!

Although I know Organic Recycled Cotton Bags are better for the planet than polyester, I still love my Envirosax!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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May 8, 2012

Really Natural Books: Fashion & Sustainability Design for Change

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I love clothes, but the environmental impact of our closets is astounding. I have pledge to limit myself to purchasing used clothing or new items from sustainable designers.  I only occasionally am led astray.

Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change by Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grosse explores "how sustainability has the potential to transform both the fashion system and the innovators who work within it".

The book is organized in three parts. The first part is concerned with transforming fashion products across the garment's lifecycle and includes innovation in materials, manufacture, distribution, use, and re-use. The second part looks at ideas that are transforming the fashion system at root into something more sustainable, including new business models that reduce material output. The third section is concerned with transforming the role of fashion designers and looks to examples where the designer changes from a stylist or shaper of things into a communicator, activist or facilitator.

There is so much we can learn from this book with ideas such as optimizing the lifetime of garments, designing with wrinkles in mind, minimum waste when cutting and sewing, and multi-functional garments.

If you are looking for used designer clothes, you don't need to spend hours in thrift stores looking for a needle in haystack. Ebay is a great place to look and sell your used fashion. Just search your favorite designers, and you will be surprised at what deals and delights you find.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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May 7, 2012

100% Recyclable Natural Rubber VOS Sandals: Health Care and Free Sandals for Those in Need

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Are you looking for a new pair of natural sandals that also gives back to communities in which they originate? Can you really change the world with your flips?

VOS Natural Rubber Sandals:

Our FLIPS are made with a natural rubber cultivated from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree. This makes our FLIPS 100% recyclable and eco-friendly.

Partnering with Soles4Souls we have made the commitment to give one pair of new sandals away to someone in need for every pair we sell.

Partnering with the Gremial de Huleros and AgroSalud we assist and support over 500 rubber plantation workers and their families in the following areas:
HEALTH CARE
Maintaining a good nutritional status in children under 5 years old
Vaccinations to children under 7 (polio, tetanus, measles, pertussis, diphtheria)
Biannual de-worming campaigns
Essential medicines

EDUCATION
Family orientation lectures to raise the quality of life for women and children
Weekly promotion of oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and plaque
Accident prevention in the workplace

LIVING CONDITIONS
Providing potable drinking water
Building latrines
Providing garbage disposal systems


The pair we were sent were too large for my feet so I can't really comment on their comfort or usage, but I do like the naturalness of the materials and VOS' commitment to giving back.

These are not your traditional flip design.  We were sent a pink pair, which is not my favorite color. I think they would be much more aesthetically pleasing in black.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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April 6, 2012

Organic Fashion: Lonesome George & Co. Recycles Their Shirts

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Do you know the story of Lonesome George? He is the last Pinta Island tortoise. When he dies, these tortoises will be extinct.

Lonesome George & Co. is a sustainable clothing company "outfitting agents of change". They have a new program in which you can recycle your t-shirts:

As our company grows, we evolve. Initially we invested 10% of each t-shirt sale to fund programs such as Outward Bound to help raise awareness and invest in a sustainable mind shift. Next we switched from regular cotton to organic cotton to optimize our use of raw materials and now we are creating truly sustainable Impact Apparel by making our t-shirts 100% recyclable.

Not many people know that during the life cycle of every t-shirt, 830 gallons of water is used. From growth to manufacturing to laundry spin cycles, a t-shirt uses the equivalent of almost three times the average indoor use-of-water by a family of 4 in the U.S. So for every t-shirt you bring back to us we'll reward your effort with 12% price reduction on your next purchase, but most importantly you are helping to conserve 830 gallons of water! *

Our recycling program is simple, look inside your t-shirt for the recyclable tab and when you are done with it, bring it back to any store or mail it to us and we will recycle the raw materials for new designs and you'll receive the reward of 12% price reduction on your next purchase.


We were sent an organic v-neck t-shirt with the Around the World design. The organic cotton is very soft and the lettering is appliqued on the bottom.

Lonesome George & Co. is a clothing company you can feel good about supporting both for the planet and your health!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 4, 2012

Snoozies! Foot Coverings Super Soft Polyester, But NOT Really Natural

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Snoozies Footie Slippers are super soft and cozy, but unfortunately, this is another one of those incidents where a PR company sends a product that is not a good fit for this blog.

In each response I send to companies, I clearly state: "All products will be evaluated based upon their eco-friendly and natural properties."

Although Snoozies comes in cute patterns and are soft, they are made from 100% polyester. Green Choices explains why synthetic fabrics are not good for the environment or workers:

Nylon and polyester

Made from petrochemicals, these synthetics are non-biodegradable as well, so they are inherently unsustainable on two counts. Nylon manufacture creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Making polyester uses large amounts of water for cooling, along with lubricants which can become a source of contamination. Both processes are also very energy-hungry.


If this doesn't both you, than you might enjoy Snoozies:

Snoozies are not socks and they're not slippers - sort of a crossover between the two and that's why we call them "foot coverings"! They are made with a brushed fleece exterior in colorful and fun printed patterns and then lined with a soft Sherpa fleece inside. Soft, comfy, warm and just simply adorable - the newest foot coverings for your feet! Each pair has a non skid sole so you can feel safe wearing them on wood or tile floors. Keeps feet warm even on the coldest of days. They also work in warm climates where air conditioning keeps floors cold. Fully machine washable and won't shrink! Snoozies make great gifts and "me too" purchases.

Wool slippers may be a greener choice for keeping your toes toasty, especially if undyed.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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March 9, 2012

Made in China or Made in the USA? Point6 Kid's Merino Wool Hiking Socks

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Long ago, I realized my kids deserved quality socks during the winter months and for outdoor activities. Cheap socks don't last and lose their shape.  Good socks last and can be paced down to younger siblings.

Point6 makes nice socks for kids and adults

THE HIKING TECH MEDIUM CREW SOCK offers extra cushioning on the instep and around the leg to protect against pressure points from heavier footwear. The cozy wool cushioning next to the skin insulates the foot from hot spots and blisters. Kids who enjoy day-long hikes, climbing tall trees, and playing til the sun goes down would be wise to choose this sock.
66% merino wool, 31% nylon, 3% spandex.

There's no question these sock are of high quality, but what confuses me is where are they made?

Point6 is out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and their website says the socks are made in the USA. The sticker on the actual socks say made in China.  Which is it?

Point6 is a member of 1% for the Planet.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

January 9, 2012

Seamless, Soft Clothing for All Children

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We've all experienced the annoying, scratchy tag on our clothes that begs to be cut off. This is minor compared to what some children experience. As published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Tomcheck and Dunn write:

Overresponsivity to tactile input also has been reported in the literature (Baranek, Foster, & Berkson, 1997; Cesaroni & Garber, 1991; Grandin, 1995). In firsthand accounts, touch has been described as an intense feeling that can be overwhelming and confusing (Cesaroni & Garber, 1991). Grandin (1995) noted that certain clothing textures could make her extremely anxious, distracted, and fidgety. Children with higher levels of tactile hypersensitivity in one study also were more likely to display inflexible behaviors, repetitive verbalizations, visual stereotypies, and abnormal focused attention (Baranek et al., 1997).
Soft Clothing for All Children has a solution for those that suffer from sensory issues, as well as typical children who just want soft clothing.
 

We were sent the the Soft Sensory Tee:

Perfect for children with tactile sensitivity, this is a reinvention of the classic T shirt. Now with special adaptations for comfort and style--for extra sensitive dressers. Made with 100% Soft cotton, constructed with flat seaming (for a seamless feel), a flat, wide fit bound collar (to prevent pulling at the collar), printed label and care info (tagless), and a classic t-shirt silhouette. Not too boxy, not too tight. Tested with children with sensory sensitivity. Colored with natural and enzyme washed for an extra soft finish. (UNISEX)

The only way this shirt would be better is if it was made from organically grown cotton. I am also not sure why it requires gentle cycle laundering.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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