Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Living in NYC and Beyond

Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, August 22nd 2014

Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, August 22nd 2014

Aboubakar Fofana Natural Dying Exhibit Through August | 10 am to 7 pm @ Atelier Courbet  See the mesmerizing indigo palette of Aboubakar Fofana, a malian textile artist, in a collection of exquisite pieces resulting from 100% natural processes and time-honored indigenous techniques from West Africa. Read his NY Times interview....
The Top 27 Reasons I'm Going to Burning Man

The Top 27 Reasons I’m Going to Burning Man

This is all to say that if you try to contact me between Sunday, August 24th and Monday, September 1st, I will not be able to answer. I’m a virgin. A Burning Man virgin. This year, I’m headed to the Playa for the first time, and the planning for it...
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Get Thee to the Bronx. ABC Home Is Having a Warehouse Sale!

Get Thee to the Bronx. ABC Home Is Having a Warehouse Sale!

Update: The sale actually started last weekend, but I checked it out today and there’s still some good stuff! Conversations about ABC Home amongst my friend and I usually go like this: “I love ABC Home. It’s so beautiful.” “I KNOW. God, I want everything. I just can’t afford it.” “Yeah.” Sad, commiserating silence. OK,...
My Five Rules of Home Shopping in NYC

My Five Rules of Home Shopping in NYC

BZZZZZZZZZZZZ. I yanked the intercom phone off the wall. “Yes?” It was my super, bless his heart. My long-suffering, totally cool, just-doing-his-job super. “What’s going on up there?” he asked. I looked at the chaos before me. Two dudes wrestling with an IKEA couch, several women pawing through framed pictures, throw pillows, and other cheap decor...
Shop Ethical Fashion at Bhoomki in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Shop Ethical Fashion at Bhoomki in Park Slope, Brooklyn

There are several shopping districts in NYC, each with its own personality. SoHo is international, upscale, and touristy. 5th Avenue on the Upper East Side is conservative and expensive. The Meatpacking District is all about the fancy labels. Williamsburg is about local designers, twee looks and handcrafted items. But the subject of my story today...
Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, August 15th 2014

Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, August 15th 2014

Mode Marteau Major Vintage Liquidation Fri. 08/15 to Sat. 08/16 | 1 to 7 pm  I have it on good authority that Mode Marteau, an online vintage store specializing in incredible vintage pieces from around the world and from every era, has incredible stock that really shouldn’t be on sale, but owner Ariana wants to clear...
Why We Need an Ethical Fashion Labeling System

Why We Need an Ethical Fashion Labeling System

Melissa Cantor is the cofounder with her sister Carolina of ShopEthica.com, an online boutique stocking sustainable, ethical and fashion-forward and big city-appropriate designer clothing from labels like A Peace Treaty, Daniel Silverstein, Samantha Pleet, and Valentine Gauthier. She lives in Long Island City.  Years ago, I took an ethical fashion course at FIT. In one class,...
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Things to Do on Your NYC Visit

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Things to Do on Your NYC Visit

When a sustainable fashion blogger put out a call  for things to do during her visit to NYC, I started writing up an extensive email. Where to eat, what neighborhoods to explore, what do do, and where to shop. And then I realized, why isn’t this up on EcoCult? That would make my life easier....
Only a Few Spots Left in this Tropical Ethical Fashion Retreat

Only a Few Spots Left in this Tropical Ethical Fashion Retreat

Are you a little jealous of my tropical adventures this past month? I’ve got a solution: sign up for one of the few remaining spots in the Ethical Fashion Institute’s annual Costa Rica retreat. Running from Sunday, October 26 to Sunday, November 2, 2014, this trip will pack a triple whammy of paradise, good people...
Reformation's Sale Starts Today

Reformation’s Sale Starts Today

The Reformation is having their major sale starting on today! The celeb-favorite, eco-friendly brand only holds this sale twice per year, so you’ll want to hit the stores and online shop early today. Like, now. The sale will be happening online at www.thereformation.com as well as in their NYC and LA stores. (There’s one by the Canal stop in SoHo, and...
The Perfect Packing List for Southest Asia, Including Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

The Perfect Packing List for Southest Asia, Including Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

When I first was co-planning my trip to Bali and Java, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia; and Singapore, I was a bit overwhelmed. That’s a lot of countries, and a lot of different activities: hiking, surfing, swimming, drinking, dining, touring, yoga-ing, worshiping … how does one decide what to bring, and fit it all...
The Sustainable Guide to Bali, Indonesia: What to Do, See, Eat on a Week Trip

The Sustainable Guide to Bali, Indonesia: What to Do, See, Eat on a Week Trip

Everything is gracious about Bali. The traditional dress of silks and gold embroidery. The ritual offerings of flowers in tiny woven palm trays set out every morning. The stone walls turned green by moss. The blanket of silence in the jungle punctuated by the call of birds and the soft chirring of cicadas. The family compounds, just...
On Vacation!

On Vacation!

I’ll be back officially on August 11th. It’s possible I may post between now and then, but I’m not guaranteeing anything. Now go outside and have some summer fun. Muah! xoxo