Fashion Designers Find Ways to “Revalue” Clothing……

In response to the growing environmental crises, some designers are not only using organic cottons and fabrics (which were seeing a resurgence in this Fall) but also looking at ways to “reuse” and “revalue” materials in order to make them less disposable and thereby giving them a commercial afterlife.  By combining new, organic, recycled and vintage materials along with environmentally conscious design these artists have caught the attention of Rootsandberries.

SUNO 

Founded in 2008 by MaxOsterweis in collaboration with designer Erin Beatty and started on vintage fabrics Osterweis had been collecting for years this accessible luxury brand uses traditional techniques and combines them with intricate local designs to create a fresh and bold global view of fashion while employing artists from Kenya, India, Peru and NYC.  SUNO  NY debuts its Fall/Winter 2011 collection  September 1st and we will definitely be watching.

Alabama Chanin

This lifestyle company’s focus is sustainable energy.  These limited edition products are created by hand using a mixture of new, organic and recycled materials by local artists from Alabama.  This walking cape is easily one of our favorite pieces for fall.

Bodkin

Think modern urban design,  simple silhouettes and  comfortable chic and you have Bodkin  founded in 2008 by Eviana Hartman a former fashion editor at NYLON.   Using carefully sourced organic, post consumer recycled and new fibers colored with vegetable dyes this company seeks not to be labeled  “green” but rather “thoughtful”.  What we love about the collection is its wearability and understated, classic luxury.

As we all know fashion trend is known to affect consumer behavior and we hope finding ways to “revalue” clothing is the one trend that catches on.

 

As Always

~Spread Love

 

Courtesy of:

http://sunony.com/collections/ss11

http://www.textileworld.com

http://www.bodkin.us/

http://alabamachanin.com/

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Whats Old Is New Again

 

Recently, I have found myself focusing less on shopping and eating and more on shaping and toning my body.  Normally, I bulk up if I look at a set of weights so I knew I would have to do my research if I wanted to get slim.  Thus I was led from pilates to yoga and onto various other methods of barre exercise until I came upon an old craze from the early eighties that not only receives great reviews but gets great results and quickly.  I am talking about Callanetics and I can’t say enough about it.

The video tapes are outdated.  Yes, I said video tapes.  This is downright vintage and because its old you may get lucky and find the tapes at a garage sale or a good will for a little more than a dollar. On the other hand many have found these tapes or books lurking in much darker areas like their mothers attics, basements or bookshelves.

The fashions are totally eighties and the hair and make-up are a flashback to Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in the movie, Physical.  But permed hair and leotards aside, this time capsule of style which has had a re-surge in interest can now (thankfully) be purchased on DVD at Amazon.com and is nothing short of amazing.  And If you are looking to achieve a dancers physique that’s long, lean, toned and tight this one’s for you.

The creator of Callanetics, Callan Pinckney, was a former dancer who traveled the world and returned home with a spinal injury.  In an effort to get her body back into shape she created a series of exercises using small but precise pulses which tone and stretch the smaller groups of muscles from the inside.  By using a high number of repetitions and engaging the pelvic muscles this exercise works very deeply to give  amazing results such as: a flat abs, legs that don’t jiggle when you walk, a toned neck, greater posture, strength, flexibility and a tight beautiful body.  Like me, Madonna is an enthusiast of this exercise which gives you the tightening value of 20 hours of aerobics in a 1 hour session and the way she looks at the age of 49 guarantees that she definitely puts in her hours.

Because these exercises were created by Callan while nursing an injury they were made to protect the back and modifiable for all ages.  This is not a high impact jarring and jumping workout.  In fact the movements are slow and controlled and you are repeatedly instructed to relax while Callan whips your butt into shape while using an encouraging and motherly tone.  The tasks which look deceivingly simple have turned many hard bodies into quivering wimps.

What has been described as meditation in motion will leave you feeling, somewhat euphoric, pleasantly invigorated and most importantly give you visible results in just a few hours.  They not only increase your endurance but heighten your sex drive and promise greater and stronger orgasms, whether you want them or not, lol.  The body begins to tone and lift from the ankles up and from the neck down  until everything just begins to pull in like magic.  The stomach becomes flatter and the bottom lifts higher.  As Callan states on her video 10 years younger in 10 hours, results are not measured by the scale but by the bottom line.  Which is why this video has made the list of my favorites and its dedicated followers continue to sing it’s praises after so many years.

Unlike most exercises, Callanetics is safe to do daily as long as you listen to your body and give it a day of rest when needed.   In order to get the best results ever combine Callanetics with a healthy diet and thirty minutes or more of cardio such as walking two to three times per week.  You’ll thank me later!

Here is a link to before and after pics, an article and reviews that might get you pulsing:

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/exercise-board/446399-callanetics-before-after-photos.html

http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/fashion/article4019878.ece

http://www.amazon.com/Callanetics-Years-Younger-Hours-Amazon-com/dp/B00064K0RI

For more info visit:

http://callanetics.com/

As Always

~Spread the Love

Something Old and Something New

We all have some of this have some of this hanging around…..

Old and outdated or broken jewelry and necklaces and bracelets waiting to be sold in a pile at a yard sale or even worse, tossed into our already overcrowded landfills.  But if you look very closely at your old beads and baubles you may find some beautiful natural minerals or  elements such as turquoise, coral, wood and crystal that can be used to transform your something old into something new and fabulous!

Turn a broken necklace into a bracelet or a fabulous pair of earrings, remix an earring that has lost its partner into a pendant and transform an old brooch into a hair accessory by attaching a clip to it with the help of a hot glue gun.  Once you get your creative juices flowing the possibilities are endless.

 You can purchase a jewelry making kit from a craft store like Michael’s and it will include all of the essentials you’ll need to re-purpose your old items.  Most starter kits contain a starter supply of wire, wire cutters, pliers, toggles, clasps and crimp bead along with a variety of beads of various sizes and colors.  For about 20 bucks you can re-purpose jewelry for years and create your own un-duplicated original style while doing the planet a favor.

Here are some other great ideas for old and broken jewelery:

  • Glue a faux set of pearls or beads around an old lamp shade, picture frame or mirror
  • Put the bling! on a worn out hair clip or headband
  • Turn your nicked stiletto or platform heels into a work of art
  • Re-dress the neckline of an old tank top or dress
  • Cover a large shoe box in your favorite wallpaper; decorate the box top with your old baubles and use it to store your love letters, baby pictures and keepsakes

Junk jewelery written by Jane Eldershaw has some really great tips for turning your trash into treasure:

Get more deets on how to use your old coins, keys, brooches, ribbons and beads by watching:

http://www.michaels.com/Bead-Landing-C%27est-La-Vie-Video/JbLV1Vm2194,default,pg.html?fdid=videos-beads

As Always

~Spread the Love

Sources:

http://www.ehow.com/info_8064914_jewelry-ideas-24gauge-wire.html

http://www.michaels.com/