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Eco-friendly Fashion, Green Fashion - Green House of Fashion

Oh man, I’ve slacked this summer when it comes to writing. I hope you’ll forgive me! I also hope you all have had a great few months, enjoyed the heat (and boy has it been hot) and all that summer brings. I spent some time in Iowa, where my boyfriend’s family lives and where he grew up. One of his friends got hitched and we were there in style. I wore a Marc by Marc Jacob denim, printed dress that I actually thrifted from Beacon’s Closet in Manhattan. My shoes were Nina Z (my sandals of choice, though they’re not pictured here) and I wore a vintage belt. See my outfit below. It was unbearably hot that day — at least 100 degrees — so a dress was the perfect option. Can I just say, how awesome are the pockets on my dress? I stored my iPhone and my lipstick effortlessly the entire night.

Despite the heat, the wedding had elements that I absolutely loved. One being a string quartet during cocktail hour. Also, all the drinks were served in mason jars, the beer was locally made and the couple had covered bales of hay in fabric to serve as seats. They even decorated the trees with images of past married generations which I thought was such a nice, personal touch! Of course, there were cornfields surrounding the tent where the reception was held (see first image) so we spent some time playing in the stalks. When in Iowa!




So this wasn’t the only thing I did all summer, though it looks like it’s just about all I have to report on. Did you head to any summer weddings? If so, what did you wear?

Here’s to getting back on track!

Zanna

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easy street stripes fashioning change

I’ve talked lots about Fashioning Change, a site that I love for their dedication to providing shoppers with ethical alternatives to trending styles. Not to mention they have an amazing curation of brands and looks. Recently I styled a new look for them, which I’ve called “Easy Street Stripes” because it’s a super simple outfit to put together and works for any casual activity. Of course, everything used is sustainable, fair trade, socially responsible and so on.

You can shop each piece from the site, but here is the embedded version of the look as well.

Eco Fashion | powered by Fashioning Change

Also (and this is probably the most exciting part), Fashioning Change has provided GHoF readers with an exclusive discount on Ecoology pieces. The dress in my look is Ecoology and how amazing is it? Just use the below promo code with your purchase and you’ll get 20% off. Here are the deets:

Promo Code: GreenHouseLove
The Deal: 20% OFF Ecoology
Valid: Wednesday, August 1st through Tuesday, August 7th

Enjoy!

 

XOXO,

Zanna

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hearts.com ecofashion label

Guys, I’m SUPER excited to put a new label on your radar. Hearts will be launching in the Fall and I am eagerly anticipating what’s to come. Based on their website and lookbook, I’m seriously digging their style and, of course, I love their mission. I did a guest post for them too! Head on over to the Hearts.com Blog where you can find a guest post by little old me!

Here’s some more information about this ethical brand:

“Tid Bit” on Hearts

Planet and people come first to the upcoming eco-fashion brand, Hearts. The line is for audiences looking for an ethical alternative for Bags and Accessories.

  • Located in Scottsdale, AZ the social web-based retailer will debuting their pieces in Fall 2012.
  • Hearts’ in-house designers have a personal and collaborative relationship with each of the global and U.S. artisans.
  • 99% of the pieces are handmade and design styles range from vintage to cultural heritage influenced to fashion forward pieces.

Hearts values people
To empower all people and their communities through the practice of conscious, sustainable commerce.

Hearts value the earth
To create “traceability maps” that provide honest and comprehensive information about how and where and why our products are made, and the positive—and negative– impacts of that production process in and on the world.

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or hearts.com

Sounds amazing right? Well, check out their lookbook and follow them to get a better idea of what’s to come. Stay tuned! I’ll be keeping you updated.

Heart ya!

Zanna

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sustainable summer stripes

I am obsessed with stripes. If you look in my closet you’ll find lots of them – probably too many stripes, in fact. But that hasn’t stopped me from drooling over them for summer because bright, colorful stripes are some of the best kind! There is something so very universal and timeless about these horizontal or vertical patterns and they work on any item from shoes to scarves and so on. Here are some of my favorite sustainable stripes, perfect for this summer!

Stella McCartney Falabella Bag, $879, Farfetch.com

People Tree Sleeveless T-Shirt, $68, Yoox.com

Vintage Southwest Stripe Belt, $16, Intervention Vintage via Etsy

The Haight Ring, $58, MapleXO

Lemlem Lila Split Scarf, $150, Les Nouvelles

Soludos Linen Stripe Espadrilles, $49.71, Asos.com

 

Have a stripey day!

Zanna

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I was so excited to come across these babies on Fab.com this morning that I felt I had to write a post about them. Check out these Build Your Block pillows, made with cotton and filled with eco-friendly recycled polyester fiberfill. Above is the East Side Set ($170). Would it be excessive to cover both my couches and my bed in my very own skyline? Probably.

These brilliant pillows were created by Brooklynite, Patrick Chirico who was inspired by all the amazing buildings around him. Well, he’s inspired us too! There’s not much more to be said here, other than – these are so awesome. Check out the website for all the architectural possibilities and get some of them on sale at Fab.com.

Bed-Stuy Set, $135

Pizza Shop, $56

Fort Greene Set, $90

Mini Set, $28

 

XOXO,

Zanna

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Olga Olsson Sustainable Bikini

Ugh! I love this bikini. As I’m sure you know, the retro bathing suit look is making a comeback and I’m seriously obsessing over the high-waisted style. I do have some conflicting feelings — can you say, weird-ass tan line? — but I think overall it’s a mega-chic look. This Olga Olsson bikini has caught my eye big time! Designer Ruth Ferguson creates her suits with sustainability in mind at each step of the process. Her digital printing methods use less ink than traditional ones, she utilizes locally sourced materials in Brazil and her labels are even made from recycled paper. In short – I want.

Do you? You can snag it here for $311!

XOXO,

Zanna

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It’s bathing suit season, which can be daunting when it comes to shopping for new bikinis, but I’m pumped to have come across JUNGLEGURL, an amazing line of suits that are all made from vintage fabrics. Designer, Natalie Golonka, had me immediately when I read her story online. Her first sentence? “I just want to help women love their bodies.” I love that! Though you never go out in public as bare as when you’re in a bikini, she aims to help you rock it and be confident.

Golonka is a former model and actress who acquired tons of vintage fabrics during her travels around the globe. She uses these to make, one-of-a-kind recycled bikinis. She gets inspiration from things like her childhood in Fiji, Hawaii where her father lives, her more recent European trips. Golonka aims to embody a way of life in her swimsuits and I’m totally on board!

I’m partial to JUNGLEGURL’sLookbook 2,” which you’ll find on their website. It places a stunning, freckled-face model in a variety of bikinis in amazing locations. They get me in the mood to travel! JUNGLEGURL swimsuits are the perfect basic bikini made interesting by way of fabulous fabrics that you won’t see anyone else wearing. Perhaps I just have summer fever, but I’m ready to rock and roll to the beach wearing one of these.

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sustainable beach bags for summer

Well, it’s freakin’ hot here in NYC today with the temp capping out at almost 100 degrees. Due to this sizzler of a day, I was inspired to sit quietly and imagine being at the beach where I could bask in the heat but then cool off in the water. Through my imaginary waves crashing, I started day-dreaming about all the fabulous beach bags that exist and which I’d want to bring with me. You want in? Well, perfect, because I’ve put together a roundup of nine totally tubular beach bags that can accompany you (in your dreams or for realz) to the water, store all of your things and help you live a sustainable life. Enjoy.

1. Global Elements Recycled ‘Plastic Bags’ Tote, $30, ebags.com; 2. Lost Property of London Tote, $126, Yooxygen; 3. Carmina Campus bag, $390, Yooxgyen; 4. Mar Y Sol Nantucket Ombre Tote, $85, Piperlime; 5. Reuse Designs Large Tote, $315, Yooxygen; 6. Amazon Life Large Fabric Bag, $130, Yooxygen; 7. Soham Dave Ajrak Bag, $130, Fashioning Change; 8. Recycled Sari Bag, £18, People Tree; 9. JADEtribe Sammi Stripe Large Beach Bag, $158, Revolve Clothing

Stay cool!

Zanna

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! The weather in New York City was absolutely impeccable, don’t you think? To take advantage of the outdoor gorgeousness, I spent part of Saturday outside at the Brooklyn Flea Market in Fort Greene. I went there for a purpose (though I moseyed about a bit as well) and that was to meet designer Nina Z and check out her awesome sustainable clog sandals in person.

Here’s the scoop.

Nina at the flea!

Nina Ziefvert is bringing the retro Swedish sandals look back in a fairly affordable, authentic way. Nina is a Sweden native who has lived in NYC for the last decade and has a background in fashion and the arts. NINA Z, her shoe line, was launched in 2008 and all of her clogs are made sustainably. The wood is European Birch and Alederwood which is grown in accordance with EU standards that ensure forest regeneration, the rubber found on the bottom of the shoe is recycled, and all her clogs are made by fifth generation Swedish shoemakers thus supports their artisanal trade.

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Get your calendars out ladies! On June 23rd and 24th there is going to be a sweet pop up shop at the Soho Lofts at 52 Mercer. It features independent labels making their designs available to you. If you’re into sustainable fashion you have to go! There are so many awesome designers including our fave CARRIE PARRY. Here’s the full list and hours!

Designers: AFIA, Ambika Boutique, Andy Lifschutz Jewelry, Auralis, BHON, Carrie Parry, Cold Picnic, Dirty Librarian Chains, Dusen Dusen, Gretchen Jones, H Fredricksson, Mikuti, NOT, Samantha Pleet, Study NY, Tirana Jewelry, and Titania Inglis.

Hours:

Saturday, June 23rd: 11am-7-m with designer meet and greet from 4-7pm.
Sunday, June 24th: 12pm-5pm

Who are you most excited to see?

XOXO,

Zanna

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