Functional Fashionable

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Redefining Crafting: Eco-Friendly Yarn

Over the holidays I picked up knitting.  So far I’m a clumsy knitter, constantly dropping stitches and paying more attention to to the television than my knitting needles, but I’m working at it!  My local fabric store carries hundreds of different options for sustainable knitting, so I thought that I would share a few ideas … Continue reading


Earlier this summer, SPAIR asked us to review their sandals.  Marketed for women on the go, these shoes are designed to be thrown into your bag and swapped out for your heels after a long day at work.  Sold for $24. 95 a pair, the sandals are made from recycled tires, from the soles to … Continue reading

Interview with Veronica Gadea of EE Cuffs

A few weeks ago, Lisa and I had the pleasure of meeting with Veronica Gadea, founder and co-designer of EECuffs, a wonderful fashion line of handmade, eco-friendly jewelry. Veronica spoke about her love for fashion and her creative energy that moves her to create her cuffs; Veronica tells us that she is “always looking for … Continue reading

Redefining Fashion, Part Five: Fabulous Eco-Friendly Finds

Over the past few weeks we’ve discussed the use of animal products in fashion: feathers, fur, leather, and all things exotic.  Fortunately for consumers today there are all sorts of great alternatives that are both good for the earth and easy on your wallet. So what makes an item eco-fashionable?  Our fashion-savvy friend over at … Continue reading

Redefining Fashion, Part Four: Both Exotic and Idiotic

Vogue tells us that the fashion trend for the summer is all about the exotic look.  Exotic skins, exotic furs, exotic prints. . . whether it’s real skin or fake – snakeskin, crocodile, kangaroo, leopard, giraffe and tiger – everyone wants to show off a bit of their wild side.  In a recent Canadian Huffington … Continue reading

Redefining Fashion, Part One: Feathers Don’t Fly

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “eco-fashion?”  Supermodels that would “rather go naked than wear fur?”  Perhaps the latest line of vegan clothing or shoes, or something made entirely out of hemp?  You might be surprised to find out that eco-fashion was around long before tie-dyed tees and tire tread shoes; … Continue reading

An Evolving Sense of Style

I finally made it over to my favorite clothing store this weekend, eager to spend the gift certificate that I had been holding onto for so many months.  Visions of beautiful new skirts and sweaters danced in my head, and as I walked into the cool, overly air conditioned store my heart started to beat … Continue reading

A Spotlight on High Performance Green Buildings

Energy efficient and high performance green buildings are quickly becoming the standard for new and renovated buildings.   Traditionally-built homes and office buildings account for 40% of the world’s total energy consumption and approximately 40% of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  But, by incorporating energy efficient, green technology into buildings, you can reduce energy consumption and … Continue reading

Get Organized with Functional and Fashionable Marin Rose

Marin Rose, from Functional & Fashionable, joined the DC Eco-Women Group for a recent EcoHour presentation on how to get organized in a green and eco-friendly way. Marin opened up the event to a large crowd with a few inspiring remarks, “Don’t own anything you don’t love, or that you don’t need… or both.” Marin … Continue reading