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Color-blocked Eco Dress

When I went to Snohomish, WA a few months ago, hubby and I wandered the old town, grabbed drinks, and window shopped. My window shopping turned into the real deal when I found the Natural Clothing Company.

The store features a diverse range of styles and sizes (men’s and kids’ stuff too) with a common theme: organic, chemical-free clothing. The footprint of making the clothes is smaller, and the clothes themselves are healthier to wear. Not everything is vegan (wool was among the natural fibers), but I found lots of great pieces in cotton, hemp, linen, bamboo and even soy!

tricolor dress

Dress: Natural Clothing Company
Pleather boots: MIA
Cardigan: Thrifted
Necklace: Shop in Ft. Lauderdale

As usual, I thought I’d just “try on” this wonderful organic cotton dress, but it fit so well and was really comfortable. It’s lined and has pockets! So I did the economy a favor and picked it up.

dress with red sash

I love the pop of red the sash provides, and the three neutrals give me lots of options for shoes and accessories. If I turn from left to right, you’ll think it’s a completely different dress!

dress and boots

If you’re ever meandering through Snohomish (it’s the type of town that you really need to meander through), take in the sights, grab a bite to eat, and check out the Natural Clothing Company. If you don’t get to Snohomish, don’t worry–they have an online shop too!

I’ve joined Lena B Actually and Rachel the Hat for Passion for Fashion. Check out what they (and everyone else) is wearing!

organic dress

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Eco-Friendly Designer Fashion Show

Last night Mr. Jean of all Trades and I went to Neighbours Nightclub to see fellow Seattle blogger, Jessica of Jump Into Puddles, model in the eco-friendly edition of the Chance Fashion show.

Every month, Chance Fashions hosts a show that focuses on a theme. It could be anything from menswear to swimwear. Eco-friendly was this month’s theme.

First up was Genius Threads, a Florida-based line that reconstructs clothing and gives them new life. You can see the cute button-up skirts used to be men’s shirts. Genius for sure!

genius-threads

Did you notice Jessica in the upper left, strutting her stuff as she walks away? She did a great job modeling the clothes, even though my camera had a hard time capturing the action.

Next up was Epiphany Rose, a local designer with a theatrical and cosplay focus.

epiphany-rose

Lastly, Paper Dollz, another Seattle designer, showed us her upcycled thrift-store-turned-couture apparel. Jessica is in the lower-right frame below.

paper-dollz

The show was a lot of fun and it was great to meet another blogger in real life. Thanks to Jessica for inviting me. I’d never heard of the monthly event and thanks to her, I now have another fashion venue on my list of things to do.

finale

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Thread: Exploring Indie Design

Yesterday the Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Center was transformed into a pop-up shop hosted by Thread. Dozens of local, eco-friendly vendors set up booths and displayed their wares. Cheryl invited me to the event after she got a Daily Candy coupon in her inbox. We bought discounted VIP tickets so we could get in early, peruse the goods, and of course, get a free cocktail. We have priorities!

There was a lot to see and buy. Thread had a manicure bar, hair style lounge, art, and a DJ. Let’s start with him:

thread DJ

The music was a fun mix of 80s and chill out. Lots of beats to get people in the mood to shop. And shop we did!

Cheryl and I checked out all the vendors first and then went back a second time to buy a few things, I bought earrings from Sosie Designs. She specializes in sterling silver jewelry. It was a tough decision. She has gorgeous necklaces too. Fortunately, she has her goods in stores all over the country (and beyond). Check our her site to find a store near you.

sosie designs

Cheryl and I each picked up knitted caps from DeCe. They are a micro enterprise (part of the not for profit organization, Sperantsa). Sperantsa is an organization started by college students here in Washington. The DeCe hats are handmade my Romanian women. I love how, through a network or women working out of their homes, Sperantsa avoids factories and enables women to be with their kids while they work. Plus, the hats rock. Get one online for each of the cool kids on your Christmas list.

I bought more earrings, this time from Amy Bengtson. I’d seen her work at Velouria in Ballard but couldn’t decide what to get. Today, I figured it out. As you can see, it’s hard to decide. She has a lot of beautiful, lightweight wooden earrings and necklaces. She has an online store too. No excuses!

Amy Bengtson

Lauren Harkness had amazingly tempting bauble rings made with twisted wire. I had to decide between them and her hammered metal cuffs. It wasn’t easy. Ultimately, I chose the cuff, but I might take advantage of her site’s $5 flat-rate shipping offer and order a ring soon. Check out her Facebook page for up-to-the-minute happenings.

cocktail rings

hammered cuffs

I bought a denim pencil skirt from Sofada, a line of clothing by Alice Dobson. I rummaged through her sale bin and picked up a couple of cool shirts too. I adored the wrap dresses, lacy tunics, and tweed skirts she was selling. I think I’ll create an outfit made entirely of items I bought today. If I can swing that, I’ll post it soon. The pencil skirt will be in that look.

Finally, Cheryl and I each bought a t-shirt and scarf from Wildlife Works. They make graphic tees for people who don’t wear graphic tees. They are subtle, sophisticated, and can be dressed up with jewelry. Look how Wildlife Works’ creative director wears hers:

wildlife works T

I also snapped a photo of her associate wearing an organic cotton scarf. Cheryl literally bought that scarf off her neck. It was the last one in that color.

Wildlife Works scarf

Wildlife Works is an amazing win-win situation. Workers in their carbon-neutral factory in Kenya use organic fabrics to make amazing clothes. By being gainfully employed in textiles, the people don’t have to survive by killing wildlife or working in industries responsible for deforestation. Wildlife works has established sanctuaries for endangered animals, and has helped reduce poaching. They’ve created schools, funded healthcare, and helped improve agriculture practices.

After spending all our money and saving the world, we grabbed a coffee and wandered home. I’m not sure what Cheryl did, but I had a nap and dreamt about all the ways I’m going to wear my new finds.

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