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Green Is Fabulous

The fashion industry is in full swing when it comes to the “green phenomenon.” For me it started last spring when I spent 2 hours in the rain standing in line at the Anya Hindmarch store on 60th and Madison for a “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” Canvas tote. I got two and made a heap of cash selling one on ebay. (Someone all the way in Texas purchased it.)  I carried it for a while, got a lot of attention for it and threw it into a bin with my loads of other bags. It’s been about 8 months since I last carried that tote and guess what? I’m still using plastic bags something fierce.

Becoming green seems to fit the do-gooder attitude in the fiercely liberal fashion community. I have seen so many initiatives and blogs about how to help the environment that it is only natural that the fashion community jumped on board. According to Woman’s Wear Daily the opportunities to “go green” are endless

In fashion, this may involve any of the following initiatives: sourcing sustainable materials, growing organic fibers, contracting with factories whose treatment of workers is ethical, delivering garments in a way that has the least impact on the environment, reducing energy and chemical emissions and finding unique ways to dispose of waste.

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I Love Stella McCartney!

Honestly, I do! I’m not so different. The Empire Line Mini Dress  in yellow is so timeless and chic. Her designs are amazing and so fluid. Paired with the signature red soles of Christian Louboutin Bow Ankle Booties  and my eyes literally roll back in my head.  Those cute tulip skirts that I’ve seen on Katie Holmes as she struts around Hollywood are wonderful. (The girl from “Dawson’s Creek” has truly turned into a fashion icon, hasn’t she?).  But I have a huge confession to make, I can’t fit any of that shit. Stella’s designs don’t come in my size and the Louboutain’s are too narrow. As I flip through Vogue I rarely see anyone that looks like me, but I am not dissuaded. I’m a curvy girl, who loves fashion but cannot wear a lot of the clothing that I admire in the magazines and on the racks.  But so what?! I have style.

My calves are huge, partly from swimming, but mostly from eating. My shoe size is past standard sizing. I wear a size 12 W and I’d have a ridiculous sick shoe fetish if these deliciously green Manolo’s were just a little wider.  But even though I do not fit sample sizes, I have my own style and an eye for what is “in”. Currently I think I’m rockin’ URBAN-CHIC.

I’m not going to rant about what I cannot fit or what I wish I could wear. What I am going to tell you is about the clothing I like, what I like to buy, what I feel is fashionable, and what looks absolutely crazy.  I’m no fashion insider but I do live in Brooklyn, NY… we all have some sort style here! So below is a short list of boutiques I love. They are a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth a visit.

1) Addy & Ferro – A Ft. Greene, Brooklyn fashion cooperative with funky hats, dresses, and belts. They have some great tees by Cedella Marley, Bob’s daughter as well.

2) Harriet’s Alter Ego – A Park Slope, Brooklyn fashion cooperative with great dresses, blouses and African inspired wears. They even have a working art gallery.

So, to get the ball rolling, tell me some of the cute shops you go to.