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Feel Good: Chinti and Parker

Chinti & Parker printed mini via ASOS

Chinti & Parker printed mini via ASOS, $110

Chinti & Parker soft wool, cashmere skirt

Chinti & Parker soft wool, cashmere skirt, $220

Chinti & Parker cashmere star sweater in ruby & navy, $525

Chinti & Parker cashmere star sweater in ruby & navy, $525

Chinti & Parker organic cotton, star print t-shirt, $54

Chinti & Parker organic cotton, star print t-shirt, $54

Chinti & Parker hearts and stars intarsia cashmere sweater, $381

Chinti & Parker hearts and stars intarsia cashmere sweater, $381

Not only do Chinti & Parker clothes come in feel-good fabrics like organic cotton, cashmere and wool, but they also run a feel-good eco-conscious company that pays attention to their factories, fabric sources, and carbon footprint. I’m also smitten by their designs with adorable hearts, stars and color combinations. There are a few items that give me sticker-shock, but I notice that TheOutnet.com (which is Net-a-Porter’s outlet) frequently has Chinti & Parker items on sale (like the cute heart & stars sweater, above).

I recently read that a conventionally produced cotton t-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to make. That’s 22 bathtubs to make one t-shirt. Now, think of all the cotton t-shirts out there and it becomes mind-boggling. Now we all love our cotton t-shirts, myself included, so what’s a consumer to do? Well, we can start making a difference by simply checking the garment tag. Organic cotton (up to 60% less water) and other less thirsty natural fibers like bamboo, modal, tencel and silk, tend to be better choices because they use less water to produce, can be recycled or re-purposed and in the end, are still biodegradable.

I plan to feature more companies that are producing feel-good products, because there are a lot of exciting, craft-driven and purposeful companies to be highlighted. The wonderful part is that we don’t have to sacrifice style for substance.

The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

– Socrates

Enjoy the day!

x Laura

 

Nothing New – Day 25

Print Top + Skirt

Print Top + Skirt

Wearing: Eddie Bauer printed top / Arden B. skirt w/ ruffle hem (so old) / Cole Haan black kitten heel sandals / World Market silver necklace w/ rhinestones / beaded bracelet (gift) / Anna Beck earrings (similar).

Going into the home stretch of this Nothing New project, I have a few skirts and dresses left to outfit, so that’s what’s on tap for the next few days. People might be surprised that there are quality tops to be found at Eddie Bauer. I used to think of them as mostly a travel clothing / gear store, but they have a lot of good staples too. They use 100% cotton (harder to find these days) that is super soft, washes up very well and lasts. They cut to flatter by covering up bra straps, that awkward skin between my bra and armpit, and have a long enough shirttail to tuck or leave out. Every summer I update a few of my seasonal basics from this store.

Where do you shop for your summer staples?

x Laura

Other posts featuring red skirts:

What to Buy in March

Are you great at sales or do you like to buy the newest items in the stores? Deal hunters and fashion insiders know when to stock up on specific items to get the most bang for their buck and when to wait on things. There’s a rhythm to the retail machine and knowing what to buy when, can save you big bucks.

March madness: Fragrance

If you have a signature scent or a few favorites, this is the time to look for gift sets and purchase promos. You’ll find freebie body lotions or travel-sized bottles that come packaged with your favorite scent.

Coach Poppy Gift Set: Eau de Parfum, Body Lotion, $70

Gucci Gardenia Gift Set $71

Flora by Gucci: fragrance, travel-size + body lotion $71

Sephora Favorites: Rollerball of Viva La Juicy, See by Chloe, Flora by Gucci, Marc Jacobs Dot, and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, $24

Tocca Meet The Girls: Ten Spray Vials including Cleopatra, Brigitte, Collette, and Lilliana. $62

Prada Luna Rossa: Shower Gel, Eau de Toilet, Travel Pouch, $87

Check online to see if your favorite fragrances are doing promos this month. If you’re a candle girl, there are also luxury fragrance candles too (like Jo Malone, Tocca, Bond No. 9, Diptyque, etc.) Also, keep your eyes open for gifts too. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just around the corner.

Happy Spring Equinox!

x Laura

The Goods: Lovely Color (on sale)

A quick post to share some goodies that are on sale. I’ve been scouring high-end retailers lately looking for deals and wanted to share this lovely trio of orange / coral items from Shopbop.com. Today and tomorrow (act fast), take an additional 20% off with promo code: WEAREFAMILY13. Lots of cute things over at there if you’re looking for a deal.

  1. Shoshanna ‘Jodi’ Shirtdress, on sale for $231
  2. Diane Von Furstenberg ‘Tonda’ Crystal Clutch, on sale for $237
  3. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent ‘Fallon’ sandals, on sale for $176

I love getting designer goods on sale, especially when they can be worn right away and all summer long.

x Laura

Distractions

Unique and Chic

Boutiques are the cure for the ordinary

One of the things that is so special about boutiques is that they offer a departure from mass production. They are treasure troves of beautifully crafted items that your friends and family will just adore. Here I’ve put together a smattering of items from LEIF.com for holiday. LEIF is out of Brooklyn, NY and has crafted a beautifully curated site with artisan items for your home, table and jewel box. Just look at these cheerful cups, bracelets and serving spoons — and the vibrant Pantone milk pitcher is perfect for the creative in your life. Also, I’ve never seen a terrarium gardening set before – how cool.

- On Another Note -

Even though we are in holiday mode with lots to do and friends to visit, sometimes we get thrown a curve-ball during this festive season. On a personal note, I have been behind on my blog postings. We had to say goodbye to our dog last week and the sadness still washes over me daily. You’ve probably had to go through this yourself and know how hard the whole thing is. If I post less frequently you’ll know why, and if I suddenly post a lot, it’s probably because I’m trying to distract myself. Anyhow, grief is a odd thing and there’s no rhyme or reason to how each day will go.

Hugs to you,

Laura