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best eco-friendly swimwear

tartelettes, May has arrived, and you know what that means: swimsuit season! Although bathing suit shopping sometimes gets a bad rap, this blogger happens to love sifting through all those racks of brightly colored fabric and fun silhouettes. And now, with the growing selection of eco-friendly options out there, it’s even more enjoyable. Designers big and small are incorporating recycled materials, organic fabrics, and natural dyes into their designs, so that green fashionistas no longer have to choose between standards and style!

Here are a few brands who have amped up their swimwear with a dose of sexy sustainability, with looks to suit any beach style.

Basic

[Image via Everything But Water]

As the name implies, Eco Swim is all about sustainable swimwear: all their fabrics are made from recycled materials.

 

 

Fun

[Image via Emobi]

Could this bright frilly one-piece be any cuter? Aussie brand Emobi uses earth-friendly, water-based dyes in their signature bright prints.

 

 

Glam

[Image via Vitamin A]

Vitamin A has been the go-to swimsuit brand for Hollywood’s A-List for years because of their alluring designs and flattering cuts. Now, they’ve launched a gorgeous capsule collection made from 100% recycled nylon.

 

Sporty

[Image via Odina]

Odina embodies both functionatlity and responsibility. Their surfer-friendly suits are made from recycled nylon and spandex; their nylon is made from post-consumer plastics. Pretty amazing – and just plain pretty.

 

What will you be sporting on the beach this summer?

 

 

Flowers for Mom

So as the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”…right? No! It has been pouring in Manhattan for six days straight and my Wellies desperately need to be retired for the season. That being said, this Mother’s Day weekend a good majority of us will be purchasing beautiful blooms for our dear moms. My family has run a florist since the 70’s so I happen to know a bit more than average when it comes to choosing the perfect stems. And yes, the flower trends do change so let’s avoid gifting lilies with a few easy tips!

1.A bouquet of roses is beautiful that’s a given, but instead go for an arrangement with variety, personality and fun spring colors.

2. Steer clear of stems that feel dated—mums, daisies, lilies…need I say more. Pick fun blooms that come in beautiful hues. Try hydrangea (they’re bulky so less is more), peonies and ranunculus.
3. If you still feel the pull towards purchasing daisies then scratch an arrangement all together! Instead snag the trendy marc jacobs daisy perfume. It’s light, summery and perfect for any mom. Plus I think it actually smells like gardenias!
xo
Kristin

may 2006

05/30/06

~In three more days I will be in Lake George, camping for the first time…and I’m actually looking forward to it! I went all out and bought a big back pack, a tent, a sleeping bag, etc. Now I just need to get some camping clothes! I took this holiday weekend to go to The Westchester Mall and did some quality shopping – I mean really, what’s camping if you don’t have cute pink boots?! -maria

05/25/06

~So one thing I’ve kinda been pushing off is looking for shoes for my wedding. I think it’s mostly because I HATE bridal shoes—all that white satin and bows and chunky heels is so not me, and I know I’d never wear them again. So I think I’ve decided on gold shoes—that way I can always pair them with jeans or dresses after the fact. I like these Jimmy Choos a lot, but why does everything good have to be 4” high?? If anyone has suggestions for this never-ending quest, please advise!! -alexis

05/19/06

~My little brother Kenn (though he is 6 ‘2”) is graduating from Boston College on Monday! Woohoo—I’m a proud sis! But, shhhh—I’m not a very good one. The thing is I have yet to get him a gift!! On the contrary, it’s so hard buying gifts for guys that they’ll actually be excited to receive and/or use. That said I’m thinking I’ll get him clothes. Since he is starting a new job in July and will DEFINITELY need some dress clothes (I think he owns like 1 pair of dress pants and a hand me down suit). Hmm..I’ll have to hit up Brooks Brothers on Sunday!!! -candace

05/15/06

~Very excited for the Grey’s Anatomy season finale tonight. Last night they prepped us for it with a new, action-packed episode that left me in suspense until tonight’s show. It’s 2 hours and I can’t wait to see what happens! Will Burke die? Will Denny die? You know someone is going to die – so who is it, ahhhh!! At least they didn’t make us wait a week. The only problem is that it conflicts with Deal or No Deal which is a 2 hour special tonight. Oh well, I’ll bypass the game show this time… -heather

~I am so excited to get home tonight – season finale of Prison Break at 8! Seriously, it’s frightening how obsessed I’ve become. I’m sure tonight’s episode is going to be edge of your seat exciting (and I quite literally was on the edge of my seat last week so I’ll probably end up passing out this week, lol). One thing I’m not looking forward to is the inevitable cliff hanger they are going to end the show with – I don’t think I can wait 6 months to find out what happens! -maria
05/11/06

~May is the month of weddings (at least for me)! Two of my good friends from high school are getting married this month. Next weekend I’ll be traveling to Massachusetts for my friend Colleen’s wedding at The Georgetown Country Club and then Memorial Day Weekend I’ll be in Cape Cod to celebrate my friend Seth’s wedding! Um, yea, I’m already feeling teary-eyed!!! OK, I need to change the focus here—I’m on the hunt for dresses…. -candace
05/09/06

~Let’s ignore the fact that 9 times out of 10, my blogs are food-related—I promise I do not have a problem/obsession, I just happen to be a big foodie. However, despite my love of fancy cheeses and wines, I can go pretty low-brow too, which explains my current obsession with those Nabisco 100-Calorie packs. First of all, how smart was that idea?? The marketer in me just thinks it’s a totally genius concept. And of course, the prone-to-oversnacking girl in me is eternally grateful. Finally, a way for me to eat cheese balls and Oreos and know when to stop. If I lose any weight before the wedding, I owe a little something to the good people of Nabisco. -alexis

05/08/06

~We all had a festive weekend, Maureen’s baby shower was on Saturday and it happened to be a Cinco de Mayo theme. So there was lots of yummy food and even more margaritas and coronas! -erica

 

05/01/06

~ Heather and I were just sitting here talking about Trader Joe’s and I really needed to take a moment to praise this fine establishment. My love for Trader Joe’s knows no bounds (I even got a gift certificate there for my birthday!). They have the BEST spreads, dips, sauces, snacks (cinnamon sugar pita crisps?? So good)…to say nothing of their frozen food section. And you’ll go up to the register with like 10 items and it’ll only cost $25. How can you beat that? (For any newcomers, I recommend the artichoke tortellini…once you’ve tried that, there’s no turning back). -alexis

may 2005

5/31/05

~I’m sitting in the office listening to Alexis play an awesome mix CD and its making me want to make a new CD of my favorites. I can’t just yet though because I’;m waiting for Coldplay’s new album to come out. I hear its absolutely amazing – you can all check out some sample tracks on the Coldplay website and let me know what you think!-maria

~Does anyone besides me (and my boyfriend) want to see that new Food Network reality show, The Next Food Network Star? I need a new show to be addicted to and this seems like a good choice. I’ll happily watch anything involving food. Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend!-alexis

5/27/05

~So a few years ago I stumbled on this band Rilo Kiley and got kinda into this song of theirs called Science v. Romance. It’s a bit weird, but the music is really lovely. Anyway, now they have a whole hipster-scene thing that I’m not so into, but I still think it’s really funny/awesome that the lead singer is the same girl who played Hannah in Troop Beverly Hills, a true 80s classic. (And the guitarist was Pinsky on Salute Your Shorts!) Just a random musing for today.-alexis

5/26/05

~Ok, I’ve found the perfect quick getaway! It’s a beautiful spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. I’m so there on my next girls trip!-telly

~FREEDOM!!!!!!! That’s the word that describes my weekend. Larry is going to New Orleans with his friend for a bachelor party; I have the apartment to myself!!! Some shopping, some culture, and some spa treatments will entertain me this weekend. I can’t wait! I just hope he behaves himself.-nicole

5/25/05

~I’m so excited about taking cooking and baking classes with Erica! We’re going to take intro to cooking and cake decorating classes. It’s educational, it’s fun and they serve wine – lets see if we can actually make it through the class without passing out!-maria

~I’m so looking forward to the long weekend!! I plan on playing tennis, rafting, and having a good America barbeque in our backyard…let’s hope the weather holds up!-leonie

5/24/05

~I can’t believe it but I actually LIKED Star Wars III! John literally had to drag me there on Saturday (I had visions of long lines and obnoxious Star Wars junkies in my head) and I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. For all you girly girls out there…it ain’t that bad!-heather

5/23/05

~I’m officially a GRADUATE! I can’t believe it, no more school.. I’m on the path to being an adult with coffee and my new Kate Spade Planner in hand. Now I just have to get through the ten Graduation parties I have this weekend!-erica

~Just got back from London last night-I had such a great time!! Honestly, the trip was even better than I expected..I got to see 2 friends who live over there, which was so nice. However, I am totally bummed to come back to our hacked forum!! Luckily Telly fixed it, but all our old posts are gone. I think I’m taking it the hardest-Erica is making fun of me. Oh well, onto bigger and better posts.-alexis

5/19/05

~Jeans…jeans…jeans…that’s all I can say! I desperately needed to get some new jeans for my new job here at tarte because coming from Wall Street, you couldn’t wear them to work so I didn’t have that many. After searching and searching I hit the jackpot at the Saks and Neimans outlet. My best bargain was a pair of Diesel’s for $42!! I also got a pair of Paper, Denim & Clothand a pair of Smiths. Now I just need a good tailor.-nicole

5/18/05

~I had the best weekend I’ve had in so long! A friend was visiting so we came into Manhattan to show her around and to be honest it was really the first time I spent time visiting all the different neighborhoods since moving here. We went everywhere–even Times Square! The best part–Terrance bought me a Marc Jacobs bag!! I’m thrilled…he’s the best!-leonie

~My parents just returned from their native Scotland after a two week trip and they brought me some great goodies! I love these English tea biscuits called McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives and they brought me three packages!! Yeah! (not so yeah for the diet). They also brought me a tea towel (so Scottish!) with our family tartan on it. So exciting!-heather

5/17/05

~I must say, I’m really into the Yankees right now and no, I’m not one of those fans that hates them when they lose and then jumps on the bandwagon when they win. My favorite thing to do when its nice out is go to a game, which I haven’t been able to do at all this year sigh Hopefully I can have one weekend without some type of party or family function and get one game in before September!-maria

5/16/05

~I am SUCH a dork! I love spring cleaning so much (too bad I can’t clean on a regular basis!) that I found myself reorganizing my sock drawer at 10:00 last night! However, I think what got me through is my new music obsession that I listened to ALL DAY and night which is so good I literally put the CD on repeat. Her name is Corinne West and her voice is amazing…Definitely worth checking out.-lallie

~OK, everyone has to go to the beauty buzz forum on our bulletin board and check out gossipgirl’s fun polls. I am such a nerd that I nearly wrote an essay on my favorite products (tarte & non-tarte). But we wanna hear from you guys too-check it out and post your faves.-alexis

5/13/05

~Happy Friday the 13th! I am so glad it’s Friday. I can’t wait to spend this whole weekend making home improvements. We’re pretty much spending the whole weekend shopping for finishing touches, but on Sunday we’re gonna go to the Brooklyn Museum to check out the Basquiat exhibit. He’s one of my favorite artists so I can’t wait. I’m hoping we can pick up some kind of frame-worthy print.-alexis

5/12/05

~I got two great pieces of news recently!! I am so excited! The first, my mom is coming here in two months-TO LIVE in the US! I am so happy that I can see her more often. The second, my sister-in-law just announced that she’s pregnant! She and my brother just got married six months ago! I can’t wait to see their baby.-leonie

~I’m going to Michigan this weekend! Are there any Midwesterners out there? It’ll be so nice to get out of the City and see some green grass, trees and fresh air! We’re also planning to do lots of shopping out there. They have amazing outlets. I can’t wait! I also can’t wait for Larry’s mom’s food!!-nicole

5/11/05

~I had a wonderful weekend at home in North Carolina. A group of amazing people were visiting, one of whom happened to be Wavy Gravy, a political activist for peace. Such an amazing person who has devoted his entire life to helping others… Most people know him from the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream aptly named Wavy Gravy. Unfortunately, the flavor was sent their graveyard because the Brazil nuts in it are too expensive. However, it’s currently in a list to be removed from the graveyard. Please VOTE to bring this flavor back as all the royalty money from Wavy’s name goes to his summer camp for underprivileged kids. It’s for a good cause!!-lallie

5/10/05

~My best friend has to go on a work trip to London next week and she’s allowed to bring a guest so I get to be her plus one!! I’m so excited. I love London, so I won’t even mind wandering around by myself while she’s out doing work things. We get to stay at a schmancy hotel and it’s basically just a long weekend trip…I can’t wait! The only thing I’ll be missing is my boyfriend. I wish he could come.-alexis

~ I’m so excited for this Saturday. My best friend’s sister is getting married and I get to go! I love going to weddings…I think in my next life I’ll be a wedding planner. I definitely would have talked my friend out of buying her maid of honor dress – she spent $3,000 on it!!! Can’t imagine what her actual wedding gown would cost – yikes!-maria

5/5/05

~We finally bought furniture!!!! I’m so excited! A dining room table, four chairs, a coffee table and an end table! Soon my apartment will look like a real apartment. I can actually have people over and they can eat at the table like normal human beings. I can’t wait to cook!-nicole

5/4/05

~Monday was so exciting! As most of you know we were on QVC and sold out in 8 minutes – incredible! Alexis and I were so nervous, but Maureen was awesome. It was a long day though, we didn’t get back to NY until 2 am – luckily my very wonderful boyfriend drove down here to pick me up and bring me home.-maria

5/2/05

~So my big move is coming up this Friday and I was in packing hell all weekend. You wouldn’t think one studio apartment could hold all this junk, but after 5 years (and one boyfriend with a LOT of clothes, video games & DVDs)…I guess anything is possible. I’m guessing I’ll be exhausted and cranky for the next 2 weeks or so. Should be a good time for everyone who works with me!-alexis

~I had the best weekend I think I’ve ever had. My yoga training started on Friday night and went all weekend. As intense as it was I was still so into it. So much information and now I have homework assignments! I love it so much though and feel so mentally relaxed…let’s hope I stay this way!-lallie