Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, September 19th, 2014

Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, September 19th, 2014

The Oldest Living Things in the World Through 11/02 @ Pioneer Works | 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn Nothing stirs the heart toward preservation than seeing what a 3,000 year old lichen looks like. You can see this and other profoundly old organisms at an exhibition of Rachel Sussmen’s...
You Need to Know This About Your Favorite Fashion Blogger

You Need to Know This About Your Favorite Fashion Blogger

Have you noticed something about your favorite fashion bloggers? Have you remarked upon the not-so-subtle shifts in editorial content over the past year or two? It used to be you would show up to her blog and find a creative, chaotic, but charming smorgasbord of fashion content: “I love this...
The Art of Cooking Your CSA

The Art of Cooking Your CSA

There’s so much to recommend a CSA (a.k.a farm share). Your vegetables are extremely fresh, local, and seasonal. You’re supporting the operation of a small, independent farm. But I especially love my CSA for the creativity it requires of me. I’m always discovering new foods and dishes and methods of...
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...
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...
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Review: A Psychological Thriller for Environmentalists

Review: A Psychological Thriller for Environmentalists

Environmentalists aren’t always portrayed as sympathetic in fictional accounts. While documentaries about Erin Brockovich and the people fighting against the construction of dams in Patagonia portray environmental activists as stoic heroes, fictional accounts paint them as crazy, annoying, radical fringe elements. Night Moves isn’t so much better in this regard. We don’t really understand where...
Bishop Collective: Showcasing Emerging Designers That Manufacture in NYC

Bishop Collective: Showcasing Emerging Designers That Manufacture in NYC

When I meet with Bishop Collective founders Mai Vu and Dimitri Koumbis at their coworking space in Hell’s Kitchen, they jump up from their desks, both both eager packages of energy. They lead me upstairs to a light-filled, spacious room, talking a mile a minute the whole way. The white-walled room, which has a feel of a...
#SOOTD: Sustainable Outfit of the Day

#SOOTD: Sustainable Outfit of the Day

I always love a good shop at Swords-Smith in Williamsburg. (And was so sad I missed their latest clearance sale!) They have not all sustainable stuff, but all independent designers, many of them in NYC and several of them sustainable. Last time I went there seeking a Samantha Pleet item, but also was charmed by a few...
Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, September 12th, 2014

Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, September 12th, 2014

Hamptons Collective Pop-Up Through 09/14 @  2411 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY It’s the last weekend for this conscious little pop-up featuring in the Hamptons. It features emerging brands and retailers like Ethica, an online boutique selling ethical and sustainable clothing and accessories; Forma de Ser, which focuses on homewares and accessories handcrafted in the Americas; Tess Giberson,...
My Favorite Picks from the Ethica Sale

My Favorite Picks from the Ethica Sale

Sponsored Content Out of my favorite 11 ethical online stores, Ethica stands out as one of my super-faves. They always have a sophisticated collection of honestly-ethical items that are fit for NYC life. And right now, they’re having a sale, which is the perfect time to get your hands one some tasty bits of handmade,...
Need, Love, Want: Things I Found This Month That You Should Know

Need, Love, Want: Things I Found This Month That You Should Know

I can’t devote an entire post to every great sustainable/ethical brand I find. (That’s a good thing!) So here’s my roundup of cool stuff I like: Love: JADEtribe Have you ever met people that you follow on Instagram? I was out at the super-fun Babel NY party on Sunday night, and fell into conversation with a...
My Sustainable Burning Man Outfits

My Sustainable Burning Man Outfits

One of the Burning Man principles is radical self expression. That means something different to everyone. To some people, it means going naked. To others, it means neon rave gear. To me, it meant a variety of outfits crafted from sustainable fashion elements. We reached the Playa Sunday evening, but only made it in the...
15 Reasons I'm Skipping All Other Music Festivals Forever for Burning Man

15 Reasons I’m Skipping All Other Music Festivals Forever for Burning Man

I wouldn’t consider myself a music festival aficionado. I’ve been to some small ones and some big ones, some ones for electronic music and some more mainstream ones. I like them a lot, enough to attend a few a year. But now that is all ruined. Screw Governor’s Ball. Forget Detroit. And I don’t mind...
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. 175 Mott Street, Manhattan  Hamptons...
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 has somewhat taken over my...
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...