(Re)learning to Sew

Last quarter, I taught a new course at University of Washington — En Vogue: From Feathers to Leather — about the animal, human and environmental impacts of the fashion industry and garment production (with a focus on leather, wool, feathers, and fur). Going into the course, I really had no idea how students would respond […]

Maternity Fashion Guest Post at The Kind Life

Happy Friday! I hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend. Here in Seattle we’re on a streak of perfect spring weather. It’s been sunny and in the 70s all week. Eric and I have made two trips to the dog park this week, done some yard work and plan to do more […]

Spring Weddings at The Kind Life

Happy Monday, dear readers! I don’t know about your particular part of the world, but here in Seattle, signs of spring are everywhere. The trees are getting tiny buds, the crocuses are blooming, the 50 tulips I planted last fall have sprouted!  Lots of exciting signs of spring, despite the fact that we have had quite a […]

Holiday Gift Giving: The Thrift Shop Edition

Following up on yesterday’s post about holiday gift giving and some great organizations to donate to at the holidays, I wanted to also recommend another excellent, low-impact holiday shopping option…THRIFT SHOPS. I am a big thrift shop person. Really, my personal favorite is the giant Seattle Goodwill on Dearborn, but any thrift shop will do—Red […]

Guest Posts at Our Hen House and The Kind Life

Just a very quick note today to nudge you over to two guest posts that are out today. One is “Making Eco-fashion for Kids” at The Kind Life. It was a blast putting this post together. The other is a review at Our Hen House of the beautiful book Sanctuary by Sharon Lee Hart.  If you […]

Planning an Eco-Friendly, Vegan Wedding

Remember back when I told you I was going to have the opportunity to be a fashion correspondent for Alicia Silverstone’s blog, The Kind Life? Well, I’m excited to tell you that today my first guest post is up–Planning A Fall Wedding. I think in another life, I would have become an event planner. There’s […]

Fashion Correspondent at The Kind Life

Some exciting news this morning! A while back, I entered at contest at The Kind Life (Alicia Silverstone’s blog). The challenge was to put together an eco-fashion look and explain why it’s eco-friendly and vegan and why you love it. I put quite a bit of time and thought into assembling a look inspired by Seattle (see picture […]

Vaute Couture–A Girl Can Dream, Right?

Have a look at this gorgeous coat. No, seriously. Just drink it in for a moment. The Belden from Vaute Couture. Vaute Couture is a NYC vegan/eco-conscious designer who makes the loveliest winter coats. Usually the coats have a wool-like look, are very warm and very expensive…I’ve been lusting after them for the past few years. This […]

Cri de Coeur Vegan Boot Sale

I know I’ve talked to many of you about the dilemma of what shoes to wear when you’re in the process of becoming vegan. We’ve talked about the sensible method of wearing out those old leather boots and shoes from before you went vegan. But what happens when they wear out and you need a […]

Pre-departure New York Trip

This week, I’m headed to New York City for an animal studies conference at NYU called “Animal Studies: Changing the Subject“. This conference comes out of NYU’s exciting new animal studies initiative and is also registered as a pre-conference event for the massive Minding Animals International 2012 conference next summer in Utrecht, Netherlands. The conference at NYU is composed of […]