• Fashion,  Gift Guide,  Health,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Take Care of Yourself – The Mental Health Collection from TAFT

    Destigmatizing mental health issues is no easy feat, however, beginning the conversation is a great start. For World Mental Health Day, TAFT has ventured outside of footwear for a moment, creating a limited edition clothing collection with a percentage of proceeds donated to charities — bringing awareness to a cause that many people could resonate with and support.

    Mental Health has always been at the heart of TAFT. People always come before shoes. Because of this, the brand has created its Mental Health Awareness Collection, inspired by co-founder Kory Stevens’ personal mental health journey and battle with depression. Retailing for under $150, the collection contains eight styles, dedicated to helping normalize mental health issues and encouraging others to seek help without shame or judgment.

    TAFT will be donating 10% of total proceeds from the Mental Health Collection to two of the brand’s favorite organizations: Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all, and Made of Millions, a global advocacy nonprofit organization on a mission to change how the world perceives mental health.

    About TAFT

    TAFT is a direct-to-consumer men’s footwear brand specializing in unique, bold shoe designs. Founded in 2014, TAFT shoes are produced in Spain and Portugal with textiles ranging from suiting wool, to woven upholstery fabric, to Charles F. Stead leather. TAFT prides itself on having an inclusive vibe among its customer base, and on consistently delivering exciting new styles.

    About Remi Labs

    Remi Labs makes the promise of NFTs a reality for businesses. By providing everything a company needs to create and launch NFTs, Remi Labs removes the complexity and makes it easy for brands to sell products, experiences, access, and memberships in a way that turns customers into superfans. For more information, visit www.remilabs.xyz.

  • Eco,  Fashion,  San Diego

    The Button Down Shirt Dress, some say it’s the everything bagel seasoning of apparel

    Meet the Button Down Shirt Dress from Londre, made of oh-so-soft bamboo, and designed to last as long as you’ll love it (forever?). Let’s shop mindfully!

    This Button Down Shirt Dress is the everything bagel seasoning of apparel. This long, flowy dress with agoya buttons, collar, and long side slits is made for home lounging, layering, and living it up.

    It is ultra soft, lightweight, durable and breathable. This Button Down Shirt Dress is made from Oeko Tex 100 Bamboo slub. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass, it requires no fertilizer and self-regenerates from its own roots. Made ethically in Vancouver.

    Londre is sustainable since day one. Every suit is made from a minimum of 6 recycled plastic bottles taken from the beaches and streets.  So far Londre has recycled over 750,000 plastic bottles – and they are just getting started. With your help, Londre has donated over tens of thousands of dollars to environmental and women’s health initiatives including Amazon Watch and The Ocean Clean Up Project.

     

  • Eco,  Fashion,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Let’s Get Nostalgic! Londre Bodywear Launches ‘As If Plaid’ Collection

    Calling all Clueless lovers – Londre Bodywear’s latest line has us feeling nostalgic! Reminisce and recreate Cher’s most iconic look with an assortment of swim that can be repurposed into your fall wardrobe as bodysuits and crops. Whether you’re looking back to the past to create this iconic 90s look or if you’re in the search for an edgy, sustainably-snatched swim set – this collection has you covered!

    The Mesh Crop Top – As If Plaid

    In the water or on land, created for freeing the nip or layering up.

    This fine mesh short sleeve crop top can be worn over top of a suit in the water, or styled with literally anything on land. Your inner 90s child wants you to try this.  Made from recycled plastic bottles.

    Feel: Soft hand feel, stretchy durable mesh.

    Sustainability: As always, made sustainably and ethically from recycled plastic bottles in Vancouver, BC.

    The High-Leg Scrunch Bottom – As If Plaid

    Basically the Minimalist suit in bottom form.

    High leg cut, medium rise bottom with a super flattering scrunch can be worn high on the hips for a leg elongating look for as low rise.

    Feel:  Soft yet thick, silky hand feel. Double lined compression material.

    Sustainability: Made ethically from recycled plastic bottles.

    The Minimalist – As If Plaid

    The bestselling suit that always sells out. Low coverage back, insanely flattering butt cut with low scoop front.

    Feel: Usual silky soft double lined compression material.

    Sustainability: Made ethically from a minimum of 6 recycled plastic bottles.Londre was dreamt up on a beach by Ainsley Rose and Hannah Todd, while working on a photo shoot in Sayulita, Mexico. They were inspired to create the most flattering, high quality garments with the lowest possible impact.

    So far, Londre has recycled over 750,000 plastic bottles off of beaches and streets into our sustainable offerings. Creating positive change in our global community is at the heart of Londre. Ainsley Rose and Hannah Todd use their small business to make quantifiable change for women and the environment, with initiatives leading to the removal of 4,500lbs of garbage off of BC’s coast, and planting 450 baby corals. Shop the sustainable offerings, find answers to your Qs or reach out. All pieces are available on LondreBodywear.com ranging from $81-$138 available in sizes XS-5XL.

  • Fashion

    This Cozy Must Have Just Launched in Time for Holiday 2022

    It’s finally sweater weather! I am always excited to put on a sweater or a pair of boots. This is something perfect for this snuggly season.

    • The Comfy® Teddy BearTM  Full Zip $79.99 is the latest addition to the fabulously warm and cozy collection of wearable blankets. Put one on and join millions who love living #TheComfyLife!™ Never worn one before? Then you’re in for an experience of total huggable coziness.
    • It makes a holiday gift your loved ones will enjoy and remember for years.
    • The hardworking team at The Comfy® never stops innovating, this time designing a full-length front zipper to complement its signature blanket, so super soft you won’t want to take it off.
    • It’s easy to wear while out on errands (with big side pockets) just as much as it is for snuggling on the couch in front of the Christmas tree (holiday photos, anyone?).
    • Plus, it’s reversible! Made with high-quality sherpa in the famous Comfy size, the quality we’ve come to expect from this lovely brand continues to impress.
    • The Comfy Black Friday Deal: 20% off Sitewide with code Happy20 11/21-11/29
    • It’s The Original: When you buy The Comfy, you’re getting the patented wearable blanket that made wearable blankets a thing! If you don’t see its embroidered logo on the ginormous pocket and The Comfy Panda on the zip,  it’s not a Comfy.
    • Oversized Everything: It’s giant, and it’s supposed to be! The brand started with a men’s 5XL and has only gone bigger. The high-low hem also means it’s longer in the back for extra comfort—and style.
    • Huge Plush Hood: Keeps your head cozy and can even double as a pillow.
    • Ginormous Pocket: The marsupial pocket—with its giant size and unique shape—keeps your hands warm and can store all your essentials.
    • Ribbed Cuffs and Oversized Sleeves: Roll ‘em up and they stay up!  Plus, the oversized sleeves are designed so you can easily pull your arms in to cover yourself completely.
    • Material: 100% premium fluffy sherpa. 100% polyester.
    • Care-Free Wash: Toss in the wash and tumble dry on low—it comes out like new.
    • Sizing: One size fits all men, women, and even kids! Top to bottom, it’s 38” in the front and 42.5” in the back.
    • Recyclable Packaging: Every Comfy product comes in packaging that is 100% recyclable.

    Look for The Comfy® Teddy BearTM  Full Zip on www.thecomfy.com for holiday gift giving.

     

    About The Comfy® :

    Cozy Comfort Company LLC is family-owned and operated by Michael Speciale–the creator of The Comfy®. Just a month after forming their company, The Comfy® was invited to make their pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank. With only a prototype in hand they closed a deal with Barbara Corcoran and the rest is history. The Comfy® has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, People, CNN, Yahoo, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Inc., Scary Mommy, and more.

    The Comfy® products are loved by everyone and are currently available online and in over 5,100 retail doors across the U.S., including Macy’s, Kohls, Fred Meyer, Target, Sportsman Ski Haus, Al’s Sporting Goods, Bob Wards, AAFES and online at QVC, Today’s Shopping Choice, ECOM, Shopify, and The Paper Store. The Comfy® is a top seller internationally on Amazon in Canada, the UK, and Australia, and holds a #1 seller spot on Amazon USA in its category.

  • Fashion,  Los Angeles

    Splendid Launches Splendid x Cella Jane 2.0 Following the Success of It’s First Collection

    Splendid, the Los Angeles based contemporary brand known for its effortless style and super-soft fabrications, is excited to announce the launch of its second limited-edition capsule collection with fashion and lifestyle blogger Becky Hillyard of @CellaJaneBlog.

    The Splendid x Cella Jane 2.0 collection continues to celebrate Becky’s love of neutrals and minimalistic dressing. It was designed to be worn together so that all pieces can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits that can be paired back to each other with different attitudes for any occasion. Splendid and Becky shared the vision of giving a nod to new trends, but also staying true to a timeless style for women of all ages and in different stages of life.

    “While my mom and sisters all enjoy fashion, we all have different tastes and styles, and I really keep them in mind when thinking through designs. Similar to my last collection with Splendid, these new pieces will be versatile and can be styled to any taste. I can’t wait for you all to see how each of us style everything in different ways.” – Becky Hillyard, Founder of @CellaJaneBlog.

    Following the first collection’s success, the best-selling wool coat from last year that sold out within 72 hours is also back in two new colorways. New hero styles include a puffer vest, turtleneck sweater and jogger set, full length robe, classic striped long sleeve tee, and winter accessories including hats and scarves in hues ranging from soft camel, heather gray, a winter white, and black.

    The Splendid x @CellaJaneBlog capsule collection consists of 31 neutral apparel and accessories designed by mega-influencer Becky Hillyard with pricing ranging from $28 – $218 that will be available on splendid.com and Splendid stores nationwide. It will also be available at Nordstrom and Dillards with each retailer carrying special wholesale exclusive pieces available online and instore.

    About Cella Jane Blog + Becky Hilliard

    Cella Jane, a personal life and personal style blog written by Becky Hillyard. Founded in 2012 as an outlet for Becky’s love for fashion and beauty, Cella Jane became a place to showcase and document her personal style on a daily basis. Today, readers can expect to see topics ranging from fashion, beauty, fitness, motherhood, and much more. Posts are published four times per week, on average. Cella Jane, named after Becky’s grandmother, has allowed her to connect with the everyday gal and offer style inspiration and advice along the way. The Cella Jane reader is the everyday woman: she loves to see the latest fashion trends, hear about the best beauty tips and advice on how to have a healthy balance in life.

    Just two years after her first post went live on Cella Jane, Becky Hillyard has worked with a handful of fashion brands and labels, including Splendid, Nordstrom, Nike, Free People, Coach, Kendra Scott, Kate Spade, Macy’s, and has been featured in InStyle Magazine, People StyleWatch & Marie Claire. She currently lives in Kansas City with her husband, their daughter Sutton and their two sons, Greyson and Harrison.

    About SPLENDID

    Starting as the leading premium tee in the market 20 years ago, Splendid now has reach in almost every category—all of which highlight the soft and luxurious fabrics the brand is known for. With an uncomplicated, timeless aesthetic, Splendid has come to be so much more than a t-shirt—it’s a lifestyle. At Splendid, our aim is to uplift women to feel their best. We make clothing that’s effortlessly put together, that looks great and feels even better. Splendid can be found at its retail locations in the US as well as at high-end department and specialty stores domestically, internationally, and online. For a full listing of stores, to shop online or for additional brand information, visit https://www.splendid.com/

  • Fashion,  Gift Guide,  New York

    The Fairmined Gold Flora Collection, by Christina Malle, Brings Attention to Transparency in Artisanal Mining

    Newly launched, the Christina Malle Flora Collection is inspired by flowers that Fairmined Miners encounter in Colombia and Peru.

    This year,  Fairmined Official, an initiative powered by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) developed the Fairmined 100 Challenge. By encouraging the development of 100 jewelry collections using Fairmined certified metals, a call for positive impact from the trade was made. Empowering artisanal miners who source responsibly, the Fairmined assurance label is given when there is a guarantee of fair prices, an investment in social development and environmental protection, and legitimate government cooperation. Former human rights attorney, goldsmith and gemologist Christina Malle designs collections with traceability at the forefront. Always questioning the materials, she is an industry leader who examines how to continue improving the supply chain and provide accountability. The Flora Collection is her Fairmined Challenge collection. Its aesthetic is drawn from images of the flora surrounding the Fairmined mines in Colombia and Peru.

    “We as makers and consumers can no longer pretend not to know the conditions that set the backdrop for ‘luxury’ products, such as gold jewelry. One wonders: is it time for a new definition of ‘luxury?’ An alternative definition that comes to mind is: the creation of beauty that supports, rather than harms, people and planet,” says Christina Malle. “Paying fair prices to miners may be the largest part of the respect equation. Fairmined provides the transparency and the assurances that my goal of creating beautiful jewelry is harmonious with people and planet, is met.”

    There are eleven elegant pieces in the newly launched Flora Collection. Elegantly set entirely in 18K Fairmined gold, the Longflower necklace, Leaf earrings, Leaf pendant and Leaf ring are classic styles, perfect for every day. The Amethyst Leaf earrings and Emerald Leaf bracelet are both set with previously mined Brazilian gemstones, reminiscent of the South American mining roots of the gold. Malle has also included two pearl pieces in the collection. The first is the Gold Berry Leaf Sea of Cortez Pearls earrings. An environmental success story, Sea of Cortez pearls are incredibly rare, with exceptional colors, traceable to the Mexican source. The Sea of Cortez was so heavily polluted, it barely sustained oysters, but now that the water has become cleaner, oysters are thriving and help keep the water clean, while producing stunning pearls. Malle also designed the Berry Leaf necklace as part of Flora, featuring a single Tahitian South Sea Pearl on a Fairmined 18K gold chain.

    “Fairmined miners mitigate their environmental impact, which is another rare and welcome assurance among gold miners; it is reassuring to know that the miners protect the flora of their regions,” says Christina Malle. “This is atypical of gold miners around the world, and an important part of the Fairmined compact.”

    “We are very excited to see Christina Malle launch her Flora collection and tell the story of Fairmined gold. People don’t know the origin of the gold they consume, and responsible mines free of conflict and pollution are a minority. Supporting Fairmined mines means a lot, for instance mercury-free rivers, gender equality project development, and even more opportunities for mining communities besides mining,” says Olga Lucía Rojas, Communications Officer, Alliance for Responsible Mining.

    As a Board Member of Ethical Metalsmiths and the Women’s Jewelry Association NY Metro Chapter, and part of Pure Earth’s Jewelry Industry Action Committee, Malle brainstorms initiatives to further raise awareness among colleagues and consumers. Her Flora Collection honors the legacy and positive impact of responsible artisanal mining, while offering traceable origins.

    The Flora Collection is officially launching in-person at The Jewelry Edit Pop-Up, through October 29th, at 485 Park Avenue, New York, NY, featuring Fairmined Gold designers. To learn more about Christina Malle and to view her jewelry collections online, visit christinamalle.com. Contact the designer directly by email at info@christinamalle.com.

    About Christina Malle Jewelry 

    Christina Malle, G.G., is a classically trained goldsmith, who uses the finest materials to hand fabricate, or cast in small editions and hand finish, her timeless and elegant jewelry collections. A former human rights attorney, Christina uses Fairmined Gold or actual post-consumer recycled gold, and gemstones traceable to the source. She is a board member of Ethical Metalsmiths and writes a recurring column for The Source, to raise awareness on issues related to responsible sourcing. She serves on the board of the NY Metro Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association and was an original advisor to the Mercury Free Mining Group, the latter of which is working to remove mercury from artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities. Her fine jewelry features 18K gold, sterling silver, and the finest gemstones. For more information, visit https://www.christinamalle.com/.