People are not property

Shopping_Cart-592b_web_largeBy Abby and Elle

There seems to be no shortage of charities designed to help people — mostly women — around the world achieve economic independence, and there are several whose goal is to help women escape or avoid sex slavery. No one could argue with that, especially people like us — aka moms of daughters.

Sudara is one of those companies, and they produce a beautiful line of clothing, called PUNJAMMIES, made by women in India, a country with one of the highest incidences of sex trafficking in the world.
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Why Your $8 Shirt is a Huge Problem (and what to do about it)

By Abby and Elle

Came across this excellent video the other day and thought we’d share it. While we’re thrifty and all, we are vehemently opposed to the avalanche of cheap clothing that is smothering the market.

Bottom line:

  • Buy quality clothing that will last
  • Shop at thrift stores
  • Donate unwanted clothing (versus dumping them in the trash)

Spread the word, and help save the planet. It’s the only one we have!



Will You Help Us Reach Our Readership Goal?

Abby and ElleBy Abby and Elle

Friends, we’re on a mission to increase our readership by 500 people, and here’s how you can help:

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Thank you for helping us reach our readership goal. Every time you share one of our posts, you’ll know that another of our pearls of fashion and design wisdom will have helped someone in need. And that feels dang good, doesn’t it?

Mamas Helping Mamas

By Abby and Elle

In this oft-unruly world, it’s reassuring to know that there are people who want economic independence and good health for others — not just for themselves — and they work to make that happen.

Global Mamas is an organization that’s been doing this for African women and their families for more than a decade.  They make and sell a variety of handmade products — most using traditional techniques, such as batiking — that you can order online or get locally from Revive Fair Trade Eco-Boutique in Cleveland Heights. 

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Which Fashion Trend Do You Wish Would Come Back?

which fashion trend do you wish would come back?By Elle

Sifting through my formal dresses the other day, I felt a desire for the days when wearing long evening gloves was de rigueur, at least for the well-heeled, of course. For one, they felt luxurious because they were often made from silk, satin and kidskin. (Ouch. The near-vegan in me is wincing.) For two, they’re super sexy, especially with a strapless dress. For three, they’re the perfect accessory if you’re a germaphobe, which I’m not, just for the record. (In fact, I once ate dirt just to say I did it. This was not recently.)

So I thought, yeah, that would be a fashion trend that I’d welcome with open arms.

Then I wondered which fashion trend I would kick to the curb, and that was easy: pointy-toed pumps. Who in real life wears those things? I don’t know about you, but my feet do not resemble slices of pie, unless perhaps I were to detach my feet and put them on backwards.

Anyway, so what about you? Leave a comment and let us know which fashion trend you wish would come back — or one you wish would just disappear!

Shrug It On Again

By Abby
As promised, here’s the sequel to Shrug It On. I love the simple elegance of this set. It needs no embellishments, no accessories.

If you haven’t added a shrug to your wardrobe yet, what are you waiting for? They’re especially perfect for summer because they’re lightweight yet offer the comfort you crave when you’re forced to endure the frigid temperatures of every dang indoor establishment in June, July and August. Seriously, I’m all for not drowning in my own perspiration, but what’s so wrong with keeping the indoor temperature at, say, a balmy 70 degrees?

Stay tuned for another shrug sequel and a recap of the Good Style Fashion Show, complete with video!

Shrug It On Again