Shop Like You Give a Damn: Manolo Blahnik Goes Green!

Do I smell progression? Why, YES I do.

2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award winning Eco-designer, Marcia Patmos, of M.Patmos, has collaborated with the one, the only, Manolo Blahnik for a capsule Spring shoe collection that is just divine.

Says Patmos, “I am always researching sustainable materials and developments. I love the idea of tilapia skin because it is a by-product of the food industry that would otherwise be discarded, but it’s actually a beautiful material perfect for small leather goods. I love bringing the idea of sustainability into the luxury market — it doesn’t have to be limited to T-shirts and grocery bags.”

Three sustainable materials are in the blueprint for this snazzy high-end collection that will set you back around $645 for flats and up to $900 for heels this Spring.

Rent or shoes? Shoes or rent?

Straps are comprised of renewable plant fiber raffia while sustainably farmed discards of tilapia (which resemble snakeskin due to their textured scales) will fool us all throughout the bulk of the shoe. Add in ethically harvested cork (did you see last’s week’s ode to cork?) for the comfy insoles and gorgeous heels.

Marcia Patmos and Manolo Blahnik are some of my new personal style heroes especially because of this quote, “It was cool working with Manolo to bring the ideas of eco-chic away from Whole Foods – no offense!” The fashion industry certainly has a transitioning stake in supporting the green movement too! Going green isn’t just granola folks….

Which of these sporty and colorful trendsetters do you covet? Do share!

See you next Sustainable Sunday.










Photo courtesy of Ashley Hylbert Photography

Shop Like You Give a Damn - April's Most Coveted Cork

It’s no secret I happen to love fermented grapes, preferably sipping from a bottle with a swirly straw. Vino has been my homie, is my homie, and will always be. Do ya dig? When I came across this fabulous luxury bag produced by Corx, I fell profoundly in love.

Avo Handbag $250

How could you not? This roomy bag is available in 3 natural tones that would compliment practically any Spring ensemble! You may scratch your head and ask, “Why Cork?!” Here’s the rebuttal from Corx:

Cork, the new leather, is soft, lightweight, water resistant, stain resistant and absolutely gorgeous. Crafted with European quality and style, Corx handbags, backpacks and fashion accessories are made to look beautiful and last for years to come.

Better Than Leather, Corx bags are:

- As durable and supple as leather - Silky-soft to the touch - Easy to clean - Stain and scratch resistant - Water resistant - Lightweight - Impervious to fading - Tolerant to extreme heat - Unique due to the nature of cork - Environmentally friendly - Versatile, they go with everything!

See you next Sustainable Sunday...and by that I mean next week will actually be on Sunday.











Photo courtesy of Ashley Hylbert Photography

What's In Her Bag - Holly Williams of H. Audrey

In September we featured the fabulous H. Audrey boutique in The Hill Center. After looking at all of the amazingness in this store, we needed to know more about it's owner, singer-songwriter (and blogger!) Holly Williams. If Holly's store looked this fantastic, what could possibly be in her handbag? We had to know and Holly was nice enough to indulge us.

I have been madly in love with this black leather handbag from Gryson ever since it hit the H. Audrey floor three years ago. It has traveled the world with me, been jammed in plenty of airplane spaces, had wine spilled all over it, been stuffed to the max on buying trips in NYC for my store, been stuffed to the max with my laptop and lyrics fallng out at the studio, and I can still say it has never failed me! Bag rule #1-invest in a good handbag as it will last you for years (and years, and years) to come. We have some great ones at H. Audrey from German line, Leibeskind, for $398, a great deal cheaper than most designer handbags!!! Here are my current handbag items (as of this morning)...

#1-Blue notebook - Everything is written in here from lyrics I'm working on, to merchandise I have my eye on for the store, to grocery lists, to shopping lists, to my traveling schedule. I have all my family brithdays in it and it even has two letters from my lovely husband who swiped it from me one night and surprised me with his precious words. I don't know what I would do if I ever lost this ugly little thing!

#2-Dawes CD - I am obsessed with this band. "When My Time Comes" is absolutely brilliant songwriting!

#3-Rubber bands - I have long hair and sometimes it drives me bonkers. I'm always traveling with packs of these life-savers.

#4-Wallet - I bought this three years ago. I ponied up and bought a real leather wallet (roughly $150) and it's absolutely indestructable. I hope to keep it for at least another five years.

#5-Face spray - I love Mario Bedescu! This herbal rosewater spray reminds me of my grandmother. It is the perfect daytime pick-me-up.

#6-Bobbi Brown lip palette - She has the most flattering, natural shades. I picked this up at the fabulous Woo cosmetics.

#7-Target sunglasses - I stopped spending money on Ray-Bans, because I can't keep up with them to save my ever-loving life. These are $12.99 from Exhilaration. I buy them in doubles once a year and pray I don't lose them. They're big and black and do the job. I love them!!! They're fabulous for early morning flights when no one should see what you really look like that time of morning.

#8-Gift card - I found this today in the depths of my purse (yaaay!!!), a $25 gift card to my fave wine bar Rumours.

#9-Discount card - Wags & Whiskers, my new favorite doggy supply store, just sent me this coupon in the mail. Love this place.

#10-Breath spray - What can I say? I love garlic.

#11-Face Cream - Love this Mario Bedescu Buttermilk Moisturizer from Cosmetic Market. It's amazing for long flights, but light enough for everyday use and it smells like heaven!

#12-Hand sanitizer - I'm not a complete germaphobe, but this stuff comes in handy during taxi rides in New York and on airplanes.

#13-Therapy Systems' Better Than Cover is the most fabulous camouflage around for blemishes. Linda Roberts is a genius!

#14-Hand Cream - I'm obsessed with all things Jo Malone and someone bought me this pricey yet fabulous hand cream last year. I'm trying to squeeze out every last inch!

#15-Guitar tuner - For last minute tune-ups before shows and the studio and impromptu house gatherings, you never know when you will need one! I always travel with a capo also.

#16-I forgot to take a picture of my iPhone! Where would I be without this magical device? The camera and video camera I couldn't live without, and how did we all function before visual voicemail? I used to take 20 minutes just to go through messages alone! Now I can work really hard for hours off this one device (all my email accounts, the voice recorder for new song ideas) then turn it off for some peace and quiet. It's all about the balance!!

Thanks Holly!!  We couldn't agree more about some of these products. That Therapy Systems Better Than Cover is amazing and anything Bobbi Brown gets my vote! Make sure you check out Holly's blog, The Afternoon Off. She talks fashion, food and travel and it's a really fun read.