Sunday, July 17, 2016

Washable, Handmade Rugs from Lorena Canals



A rug can really transform a room, but if you have pets or kids, it can be risky putting down anything you care much about. I've racked up many a tab at the cleaners from having pets. For a large rug, cleaning bills can be $75 or more a pop! 

Thankfully, a rep from Lorena Canals Rugs (Spain) reached out to me recently and let me pick one out. Their rugs are washable at home, ethically sourced from New Zealand wool, and employ no child labor. The company also used some of their proceeds to build a school in the North of India that currently serves 104 children.  According to the press materials, Penelope Cruz and Chrissy Teigen are already fans, so, y'know, naturally I must have been third in line on that gifting list. 

I ended up choosing the black and white design below. Willie Mae the pitbull is loving snuggling up on it, and I love that I can throw it in our washer when it's time to clean. Some of my favorites are below. I love the tassel details on many of the rugs, and the fibers are soft, not scratchy, since the company began with children's decor before branching into more mature lines. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Nasty Gal Spring 2016 Western Wear


If you know how much I love western wear, then you understand how much the Nasty Gal spring 2016 lookbook is really testing my New Year's Resolution. If you need me, I'll be over here window shopping. 



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Friday, February 26, 2016

Spring Items and Good Vibes from Native Bear


Greetings from Park Slope, Brooklyn! Bambara had their vinyl release show last night at Palisades, so I flew up here for the weekend. I'm currently working from my friend Hilary's sunny dining room and full of delivery sushi. 

My pal Leela from Native Bear (Atlanta, GA) recently launched her new web store. I am smitten with her new designs for spring. I especially want the "sending you many good vibes" card to be my new standard stationary. So good! Some of my other favorites are below. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Women in Science prints by Rachel Ignotofsky


Came across these cleverly illustrated women in science portraits this morning on artist Rachel Ignotofsky's Etsy shop. Wouldn't these be great for a girl's bedroom or playroom? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

(CLOSED) GIVEAWAY: Feminist with a To-do List Enamel Pin

Last year I ordered myself this little piece of flair, and I've gotten quite a bit of mileage out of it. I'm excited that Nicole at Word For Word Factory has teamed up to give one away to a reader (enter using the widget below.) If you're not feeling so lucky or patient, you can purchase one here. She makes pencils, too!  Winner will be drawn February 2, 2016.




Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Resolution: #AlyssaRewears


I've been thinking hard about whether or not I can actually do this before opening my mouth and committing myself, but my New Year's Resolution is to only buy second hand clothing. I'll leave myself some cheat items (I'm thinking six of them, and items made by my friends don't count) but I really think between thrifting, vintage stores, eBay, Poshmark, and clothing swaps, I can do this, at least for a while!

I'll tag my favorite second hand finds and outfits on Instagram under #AlyssaRewears.

I don't mean to preach or condemn anyone's shopping habits with this post. I LOVE to shop. I'll do some damage at Target. Before a big work trip my anxiety manifests itself by deciding nothing I own is good enough and impulse buying new outfits.

This is a personal goal in hopes of:
1. Doing more with less
2. Decreasing my environmental impact and first-hand sweatshop support
3. Supporting shops like Atomic and Community

This won't necessarily save me money since new fast fashion can be cheaper than good vintage, and alterations add up, but saving money isn't really what's at the core of this resolution. I think I use new items to boost my self-esteem and reward myself more than I'm truly aware of, and I want to break myself of that. Maybe it'll mean a trip to the gym instead of a new garment.

Yesterday I took a stack of thrifted vintage to Lindsey at Suska for alterations so I can start the year with great fitting staples. This morning I unsubscribed from a bunch of retail emails to nip temptation in the bud. When I think of who I want to grow to be, I want to be someone who spends their leisure time working in the garden, spending time with friends, and going on hikes over walking around T.J. Maxx.

Less new stuff. More happy.

Do you have any personal style or personal financial resolutions this year? Tell me in the comments!
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