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The Charmed Life – Eco Friendly Charm Necklaces
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By Bonny Osterhage
When Oprah’s “O Magazine,” calls out a trend, you can be sure it’s a hot one. So, last month, when she highlighted charm necklaces, we knew that it would be necessary to show you green-minded gals how you too can enjoy the charmed life, without compromising your values. We found plenty of eco friendly necklaces, made from reclaimed or natural materials, that we think are pretty magical.
Tumbleweed Bead Co. Eco Friendly Identity Necklace
Get personal with this necklace that allows you to create you own unique look with an assortment of recycled metal letter charms and natural stones. Wear the initials and birthstones of those you love and always keep them close. Available in gold or silver, prices start at $45 at www.tumbleweedbeadco.com.
Alkemie Jewelry Sunshine Necklace
The fashion forecast looks bright when you make a sunny statement with your jewelry. Handmade from reclaimed metal, it brightens up any outfit. Available in gold or silver patina. $176 at www.alkemiejewelry.com.
Nashelle Bicycle Earth Day Necklace
May is National Bike Month. What better way to show your support (besides biking, of course) than to wear your ride around your neck? Hand stamped with a bike symbol and a cluster of stones, it’s a cute way to show you care. Choose from 14k gold fill, sterling silver or brass. Prices start at $45 at www.nashelle.com.
Kris Nations Zodiac Necklace
Hey baby, what’s your sign? Show, rather than tell, with these cool necklaces, featuring zodiac symbols, cut from sheets of recycled metal. Wear your own, or the sign of someone you love. Available in a gold or silver finish for $42 at www.krisnations.com.
Cheeky Monkey Gold Daisy
Nothing lazy about this daisy, set with your choice of a fair trade ruby, sapphire, or recycled diamond. Made from recycled gold, it’s simple and simply adorable. Here’s to flower power! $185 at www.cheekymonkeyjewelry.com (Also available in sterling recycled silver for $75).
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Put a Cork in It! (Your Spring Wardrobe, That Is)
By Bonny Osterhage
This spring, designers are uncorking a sustainable trend that is blurring the lines between mainstream and eco friendly fashion accessories. That trend is cork, and everyone from Manolo Blahnik to Kate Spade is showing it in their spring and summer collections. One of our most eco friendly materials, cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. The bark, which grows back, is biodegradable, renewable, and, judging from these accessories, beautiful!
Charmed Design Cork Wrap Bracelet with Sterling Silver Lotus Charm
This lightweight bracelet is as durable as leather, but far more eco friendly. It wraps around the wrist and features a delicate, sterling silver lotus flower, dangling from the Bali silver magnetic clasp. Very boho vibe! $61 at www.charmeddesign.com.
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Queork DeVine Cork Handbag
What makes this bag divine? Well, first, there’s the nice, large size with plenty of pockets for all your essentials. Then, there’s the neutral cork material that goes with everything in your warm weather wardrobe. Finally, there’s the combination of the lightweight feel with the sturdy finish, making it ideal for everyday use. $179 at www.queork.com.
Stella McCartney d’Orsay Patent Cork Wedge in Coral
Leave it to Stella to make cork sexy! This vegan faux patent wedge will be your go-to summer shoe, with its beautiful, coral color and its airy wedge style. So cute with all the season’s skirts and dresses, or pair it with capris for something casual and cool. $685 at www.neimanmarcus.com.
Sprout Cork Watch
Eco friendly from its ivory corn resin case and cork strap with organic cotton backing, to the six silver pyramid & conflict-free diamond markers, this cork watch is the perfect spring/summer timepiece for the gal who wants to look sporty and chic. $65 at www.sproutwatches.com.
My Delicious Clean Beige and Tan Cotton Strappy Wedge Sandal
Nothing looks more crisp and clean in the hotter months than shades of tan and white. This cork wedge sandal combines the two neutrals beautifully through the use of vegan materials in a modern style. A steal at $26 at www.lulus.com.
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Spring Has Sprung – Eco Friendly Spring Fashion Trends
By Bonny Osterhage
Spring is in full swing with an assortment of fresh and fun fashion trends. We have found eco friendly clothing and accessories examples of everything from the latest looks in (faux) leather to lace, and every spring trend in between. Mix them, match them, try them all. Like the season itself, the fashions are full of possibilities.
Holy fashions Batman! The LBD gets some TLC in this Ivana Helsinki “Janice” Dress. Easy to wear, this knit dress features über trendy cutouts that show some skin without being scandalous. $440 at www.beklina.com.
Somewhere between a cuff and a traditional bangle lies this latest trend in arm accessories. We like this Double Flower Bangle from Alkemie, both for its femininity, and the fact that it’s made from 100% reclaimed metal. $143 at www.alkemiejewelry.com.
Blossoms are bursting all over bottoms this season. This Ladi-Dadi silk pant from Nanette Lepore is right on trend, with both the floral pattern and the 2013 color of the year, emerald green. Just remember to keep your top simple, lest you gild the lily! $298 at www.nanettelepore.com.
Why settle for one trend, when you can have three? These Laser Cut-oure Shorts combine the hot look of leather, with the trendy design of cutouts, and the return of shorts. It’s a trifecta of trends for spring! $50 at www.lulus.com.
The delicate look of lace is making a bold spring statement. We like the look of this classic Vine Cardigan available at Faerie’s Dance. The intricately woven detail and soft, organic cotton and Tencel blend, make this a lovely addition to your eco friendly spring wardrobe. $112 at www.faeriesdance.com.
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Bold Black and White Graphics for Spring
By Bonny Osterhage
When it comes to fashion, nothing is ever black or white – unless it’s black AND white. On their own, these two colors might be considered neutrals. When combined, however, this combo fits right in with the season’s bold trend, especially when it’s presented in a strong graphic pattern, as these eco friendly clothes and accessories illustrate beautifully.
Tibi Marcel Check Camisole
An eye-popping graphic on a light silk with a fluid and flattering shape, is how this breezy camisole is defined. Pair it with skinny pants and great shoulders for a bold summer statement. $190 at www.saksfifthavenue.com.
L.O.V. Project Cosmic Scarf
This is such a versatile wrap, and we love the interesting print. Wear it around your neck, or even as a sarong or head wrap. However you choose to display this handmade, fair trade accessory, you are sure to draw attention. $85 at www.shopfuturestandard.com.
Nina Payne Canvas Ballet Flat
This delicate shoe gets tougher with a bold stripe pattern. Perfect for everyday, this vegan flat is so comfy that you, like the zebra, may never change your stripes. $38 at www.kaightshop.com.
Sea Salt Columbia Black Morroa Bag
We love unique bags, and this black and white print is right on trend. Handmade by artisans in Morroa, Columbia, it is fashionable and functional with an adjustable, wide carrying strap for heavier loads. $100 at www.flechada.com.
Elbeto Canaflecha Tribal Bracelet
This wide cuff just says summer to us, with its tribal, black and white graphic. Made with natural fiber by Columbian artisans, it’s the perfect accessory for your boho style. $19 at www.nimli.com.
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Bright Bold Bags
By Bonny Osterhage
Fashion designers are looking on the bright side this season, with bold palettes for both clothing and accessories. Can’t imagine your life in Technicolor? Then try one of these vegan handbags for a bold, beautiful way to incorporate one of spring’s hottest trends into your wardrobe.
Yellow trim bursts like a ray of sunshine against the stark white body of this beautifully tailored vegan bag. Both ladies who lunch and girls about town will fall in love with this sweetheart. ON SALE FOR JUST $60 (normally $199) at www.gunasthebrand.com.
LuLu*s In So Mini Words Quilted Mint Purse
When Chanel starts producing its classic quilted bags in bright, neon hues, you know you have a hot trend. We like this little green gem for its similarity in style to the iconic bag, but without the real leather or the really hefty price tag! $32 at www.lulus.com.
Big Buddha Vero in Turquoise
Get your boho on with this bright hobo style that features an of-the-moment laser cut pattern. A floppy tassel completes this urban cool look. $89.95 at www.zappos.com.
Matt & Nat Jorja Tangerine
A marriage of style and function are what you get with this bright orange vegan bag. The perfect size for daily life, it features plenty of pockets, and shoulder straps can be extended for a cross-body style. $148 at www.mattandnat.com.
Reveal Lindsay Clutch
A little classic, a little edgy, this bold blue bag is at home at both the country club and the nightclub. The suede fabric top is made from recycled plastic bottles, while the bottom is a vegan patent leather. Wear it with or without the silver chain strap. Either way, this bag rocks! $108 at www.revealshop.com.
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