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So many thunderstorms in NYC lately! (Which I absolutely love, of course.)
Summer rainy days call for ditching the flip-flops and silky dresses for something more cozy. So peep my third picture in my green street style series. This outfit relies heavily on finds from my hometown Annapolis, where consignment is less heavily picked over:
Madewell chambray shirt, $20 at Annapolis consignment shop; Reco upcycled jeans; Steve Madden wedge sneakers; Coach cross-body bag, $50 at Annapolis consignment shop; Blu Democracy bamboo racerback tank; heart earrings from Goodwill Annapolis; neon peach watch from Parisian fast fashion shop; Duane Reade Umbrella.
As you can see, not everything in my outfit is sustainable. I’m working on it.
Oktoberfest Dinner on the Farm
Tonight, October 7th, 6-10pm
Get away from the city without actually leaving it by attending a hearty Oktoberfest dinner at the Queens County Farm Museum’s Adriance Farmhouse. The event features plenty of sausage and other good food, beer and live music.
Why: I’ve been at Oktoberfest, and I’ve been on a farm. They’re both quite fun and the combination should be stellar.
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
$50. Buy tickets here.
Gretchen Jones on Sale
Find eco-designer and Project Runway finalist Gretchen Jone’s Fall 2011 collection online at Steven Alan. It’s highly edited (read: not much to choose from) but didn’t you know that choice doesn’t equal happiness?
Why? Her edgy sparkly rock jewelry and jumpsuit is all you need to wear on a nippy Friday night to impress.
$219 to $595, pick up it up here.
SLOW U: Sustainable Sashimi
Tuesday, October 11, 6-8pm
The event will feature a tasting of four fish species from local Montauk waters, which could include Yellowfin Tuna, Swordfish, Scallops, Fluke, Striped Bass, Golden Tilefish, and Porgy, depending on what the fishermen catch the day before. Chef Katie O’Donnell, of Esca, will serve the fish in its raw form while attendees enjoy local wine. Sea to Table co-founder Sean Dimin will tell the story behind the catch.
Why? Proceeds from this event, hosted by ICE, will help support the activities of Slow Food NYC, including the Urban Harvest programs of good food education for NYC kids.
Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), 50 W. 23rd St. between 5th & 6th Ave, Manhattan
SFNYC members – $25 / non-members – $35. Buy tickets here.
image by Gabriel Radic on Flickr
A new face in the sustainable design scene, Carrie Parry wowed me last spring with her first collection of classy and ladylike separates and dresses. She came out strong with a fiery red cocktail dress, pencil skirts and blouses that were any but granola. And no, there were no yoga pants in the CARRIE PARRY collection.
Now her fall designs are finally on the racks (you can find them at Otto Brooklyn) but of course she’s now turned her eye to Spring 2012. I got a peek at her lookbook, and there is more gorgeousness in there than I can handle! Think very French, very romantic, and very ladylike. Check out her inspiration board:
Parry lives in NYC, so I got to ask her some questions about her work and life here. Read on for her biggest design challenges, her fave places to eat and drink, and how she lives sustainably every day.
CH: Do you think interest in sustainable design is growing?
CP: Yes, definitely. A lot of the bigger companies are really contributing to the movement with new tools and education like the Nike Design Tool and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. I feel that this will really help bring awareness and really push everything forward. Education is really key.
CH: What challenges have you found in designing sustainably? What has been most surprising about it?
CP: Sourcing material. Not having the access to as many fabrics can be limiting but it is definitely much more rewarding to source socially and environmentally responsible fabrics and trims. Also, finding out information on the supply chain of the fabrics can be difficult. I often find suppliers are really surprised when I ask them questions…I don’t think they are used to people asking and caring!
CH: What you like to do during your time off? How do you spend a typical New York Saturday?
CH: I love people-watching in the city and long brunches. There are always great exhibits going on, and my favorite thing to do over the weekend lately has been going to the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn—its dinner and a movie—the perfect date night. My weekends generally always include working on CARRIE PARRY too—whether it be designing, research etc.
CH: What’s your favorite NYC restaurant? Your favorite NYC bar?
CP: Ah, there are too many great ones to choose just one!
I love Il Buco. The wine cellar is super romantic, charming, and has such a cool history. They’re dedicated to sourcing local ingredients and wine from small producers. Cafe Moto in Brooklyn is also one of my faves. They have awesome live jazz and the atmosphere always takes me out of the city.
A few blocks away from me in Brooklyn is Maison Premiere. They have the most beautiful back garden and great cocktails. It’s perfect just as the sun is going down.
CH: How do you live sustainably in your every day life? What do you find most challenging about living sustainably?
CP: I consider my purchases and buy for quality and long-lastingness. [Find out more about how to buy sustainably by reading my quick primer.] I consider who made it, where it came from and try to support local businesses, and businesses who are doing good. I recycle, buy used when possible, use natural/organic cleaning and skin products, grow herbs, and lecture my friends and family a bit too often on what they can do! I think of it as more of a mindset, so its not really something I find challenging. Living in the city, sometimes recycling of certain items can def be a pain though!
Find out more about CARRIE PARRY and see the fall collection here.
I’m a little behind, I know, but I’m not a fashion blogger, after all. I’m a real person, with other interests besides obsessively plotting how I’m going to jump the waiting list for a $3,000 it bag.
But I think you’ll still get some utility out of this post, even if you’ve already been sucked inside the fall wonderland of department stores and boutiques, because I’ve rounded up some of my favorite fall finds—all sustainably made, of course. These are rock and roll pieces to update your look and basics alike. Click through the slideshow to check ‘em out:
Gretchen Jones, the sustainable designer and winner of last season’s Project Runway is having a trunk show!
You can see a sample of what will be on sale at Ecouterre.
Wednesday, April 20th, 6-9pm
11 West 25th Street, 7th Floor
Friday night my friend Agatha and I went straight from work the the EcoSalon Shops! event downtown. Things got off to a rough start, when a sign on the front door of the address directed us around back to a grimy alley covered in graffiti. (And not the artsy kind.) Agatha and I looked at each other, the dark alleyway, and each other again, wondering what to do.
Luckily another girl was waiting, and she assured us it was the right entrance to Green Spaces, an eco-friendly Coworking space where the event was being held. The heavy metal doors creaked open and we boarded a freight elevator that rumbled slowly up and up. “I bet this place has asbestos,” Agatha mumbled.
“What are you talking about??” the operator of the elevator exploded. “You are here to go to an event, not make unfounded assumptions about whether or not there is asbestos. Every building in New York City is required to be asbestos free….” he went on and on, while Agatha stood mute. Finally we reached the top and he pushed open the doors, still fussing at us. We escaped with relief into a long room packed with racks of clothing, boxes of shoes, tables laid with jewelry and accessories, and fashionable ladies milling about, drinks in hand. I grabbed a glass of wine and went to work perusing the offerings.
Agatha and I were especially taken by Lara Miller’s hand-loomed pieces, which could be switched around to be almost anything you wanted. Lara modeled this… well, I don’t know what to call it exactly but it’s pretty darn cool. For myself I picked up a simple cream t-shirt with a draped front.
Agatha got into a deep conversation with Lara, so I wandered over to look at….
T-Luxe features beautiful underthings made of organic silk, cotton, and soy fabric. I had read up on the line beforehand, and was already excited to check it out. Tiffany Phipps, the designer, was nice enough to chat with me a bit while I perused her offerings.
“So how does this look under a t-shirt?”
“Not good,” she admitted, “it’s really just loungewear. All that ruching…”
Well, I can dig that. Sometimes a girl just needs to feel pretty, and I can’t think of anything more adorable in which I can beat the summer heat while I “lounge” in my sauna of an apartment. I snagged the panties, the matching bralet, and a camisole as for $95, which is a steal for such high quality stuff! I hope you’re ready for some half nakedness in the apartment, Vicki.
We loved the simple and high-quality nature of these laser-cut felt earring from Feisty Elle. While I didn’t get a pair for myself (I have too many earrings that I don’t wear) I could easily see integrating the bright colors into an everyday wardrobe. Leslie Young, the Californian designer, was a sweetheart too! Check out the website, because my pictures just don’t do them justice.
How lovely are all of these pretty baubles from Sara Brancato of Miasunta? All of her materials are either vintage, or sourced from the leftovers in manufacturing processes: extra chains, leftover metals, and vintage keys complete the look of eco-friendly charms.
Ever heard of vodka distilled from quinoa? Neither had we, but it is exceptionally smooth. I can say that with confidence because I drank it straight, having come too late for the chocolate martinis that everyone was raving about. You better believe that next time I’m in the market for vodka, I’ll be picking up some of this Fair Trade certified hooch. Luckily enough for me, it’s sold in nine New York City locations including 94th street, only two subway stops from my apartment. You can find a comprehensive list of purveyors here.
Next to the vodka was Divine Chocolate, another component in the chocolate martinis. If you are in Whole Foods and jonesing for some chocolate, you have GOT to pick up a bar. It’s co-owned by cocoa farmers in Ghana, and – most importantly – it’s outrageously delicious. I mean… yeah. It’s amazing.
A Perfume Organic
Lately I’ve been hearing rumblings on how conventional perfume contains harsh chemicals. I’m loathe to give up my Dior perfume, but this stuff made a serious case for the switch. The woman working the A Perfume Organic table encouraged me to rub my fingers on the plants to pick up on the scented oils, then test the corresponding perfume. Each perfume contained several notes anchored by mint or other natural base notes. Who wouldn’t want to smell like a summer garden?
I picked up this matching bolero and skirt set from Study NY, which I plan to wear to work sometime soon. Keep a look out!
Agatha said she was “obsessed” with the pretty gemstones in Rebekah Froberg‘s collection, which are handmade from recycled metals and stones like diamonds, tourmaline, sapphires and topaz.
Agatha loved the beaded detailing and tiers of eco-friendly fabric in this shirt sold at MissionSavvy, and store that donates 5% of profits generated to “a select group of animal welfare and conservation groups.” While we decided the shape of the tank favors those who are a little less endowed in the upper region (it’s hard being us, for sure) you should check out their website, as it seems to have some of the most pretty and practical sustainable pieces I’ve seen in a while.
There were a lot more booths there, that I just can’t cover them all. Here’s a list of designers, stores and products I didn’t particularly care for, but may suit your style:
Most of the designers I talked to said their stuff can be found at Kaight, the eco-friendly and sustainable boutique on the Lower East Side. If not there, you can check out their websites for a list of stockists, and some of them even sell direct on their website.