Knives Out

Author: Kirsten K., Fashion, Holidays, Pop Culture

Vinca Chef's Knife AccessoriesWhen someone in my online book group recently shared a picture of the Chef’s Knife hair clip from Vinca, I knew I’d be looking sharp this Halloween.

I honed in on the company’s website and found a slew of edgy adornments that whetted my appetite for more. In addition to hair accessories like barrettes and bobby pins, their Chef’s Knife collection encompasses earrings, brooches, chokers, and necklaces.

Vinca Heart of Aghast Brooch

But wait, there’s more!

This cutting-edge category also includes clever cleavers and macabre machetes, along with anatomical heart hoops and brooches with removable blades. So whether you want jewelry for heart slitting or hair clips for part splitting, Vinca’s got its knives out for you.

Vinca Mini Knife Hair ClipsMy order arrived in iridescent wrapping with a sticker showing two chef’s knives, an alien, and a Ouija planchette (themes that appear among their other accessories) with the words, “What the Weirdos Wear.” Vinca, you cut straight to the heart of me!

If you have a keen fashion sense, carve out some time to explore their entire selection and collect the whole set!

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Uncommon Threads

Author: Kirsten K., Fashion, Wellness

Threads 4 Thought 1Here’s some food for thought: according to fashion designer Eileen Fisher, “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world … second only to oil.” This is not surprising when you consider our modern culture of fast, cheap fashion that churns out new styles each season (and often each week) to keep up with ever-changing trends. These clothes are primarily made from non-biodegradable synthetic fabrics and cotton grown with chemical pesticides, not to mention the toxic dyes and other resources used in manufacturing. As the latest craze comes and goes, clothing is frequently discarded after only a few uses, either ending up in a landfill or sent overseas to populations for which supply is quickly outstripping demand. While some high-end labels have begun to make the shift toward sustainability, their prices can put them out of reach for the average consumer, which is why Threads 4 Thought has become a Stylemaker Worthy Of Our Notice.

Threads 4 Thought 2I first discovered Threads 4 Thought clothing in Whole Foods market, of all places. I bought one of their t-shirts on a whim as I was checking out and was amazed by both the price and the fit. Each time I returned to do my grocery shopping, I found myself buying a new shirt, until I had an entire closetful. They have now become a staple of my wardrobe. Part of Threads 4 Thought’s Essentials collection for women, these tees come in short sleeve, long sleeve, scoop neck, and V neck styles. They are lightweight and comfortable, yet surprisingly durable. Available in a rainbow of colors, they can be worn on their own or as a foundation for layering. And at $12 to $15 per shirt, they are an incredible value.

Threads 4 Thought 3As part of the company’s mission to create eco-conscious clothing, it employs socially responsible manufacturing practices and uses sustainable materials, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Lenzing Modal®—a carbon neutral fiber derived from beech tree pulp. Its low impact dyes do not expose either you or the environment to toxic chemicals or hard metals. In addition to the t-shirts that started it all, Threads 4 Thought offers a full line of clothing for both men and women, including tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, and activewear, all in classic styles that are sure to outlast the latest passing fads.

At a time when disposable fashion is a common thread in the clothing industry, give a thought to how your choices affect the planet and pull on some uncommon threads.

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BAGGU – The Essential Travel Bag

Author: Kirsti Kay, Fashion, Travel

Traveling on an airplane has slowly gone from an event you dressed up for—heels and pearls and an in-flight martini served by a sassy stewardess in a mini dress—to an inhuman herding of beleaguered masses just trying to power through. Every time I have a flight coming up, I start dreading and worrying about it a month in advance:Baggu 1 with Caption

How early should I leave to fight L.A. traffic?
Where should I park?
Will the security line be long?
What if my flight is delayed?
Is the pilot a good “driver”?
Will there be turbulence?
What if I sit next to someone who smells?
The list goes on…

In order to combat all these stressful variables, I have developed certain processes to deal:

Rule #1 – Leave SUPER early for the airport to avoid any potential delays in traffic, parking, check-in or security. There is nothing worse that sweating in a panic because there was an accident on the 405 and you are cutting it too close.

Rule #2 – Bring tasty snacks. I usually stop at Whole Foods on the way to the airport and get a few yummy things from the deli case. And chocolate. There must always be chocolate.

Rule #3 – Bring every kind of entertainment so you can be assured you have something to do to pass the time. I bring a few magazines, a book, my iPad and several podcasts on my phone. And don’t forget my secret weapon, Ambien!

Rule #4 – Dress comfortably while trying to avoid looking like a jerk in pajamas. And make sure you have a sweater or blanket. I try my best to approximate pajamas while still passing for a normal. Also, earplugs and a sleep mask are a must.

Rule #5 – Do NOT forget to bring the Baggu!

Baggu 2I first stumbled across the Baggu on a travel blog. A Baggu is simply a nylon shoulder bag that folds into a tiny pouch, but holds everything you need in-flight so you can put your bulky bag in the overhead and still have all your treasures at your fingertips. And, at $9, everyone should have a few on hand.

I throw my cute little pouch into my big, oversized tote and, right before boarding, I take out the Baggu and fill it with all the things I want access to during the flight—mags, book, iPad, snacks, eye mask, ear plugs, lip balm and, of course, the chocolate. A Baggu is super sturdy, and the wide shoulder strap makes it easy to carry. When I get to my seat, I take it out of my tote, store it under my seat, and put the tote in the overhead bin where some a-hole will try to smoosh it to fit his (or her) oversized carry-on.Baggu 3

The Baggu is also perfect for the grocery store, the beach, or anytime you might use a plastic grocery bag, but want to be chic. There are over 20 colors and patterns to choose from and they are all machine washable. There are also Big Baggus and Baby Baggus, as well as a nice selection of other bags, including very lovely canvas and leather designs.

It’s amazing how much happiness a $9 nylon bag can bring to a girl. Well, that, some ear plugs and an Ambien. Safe travels y’all.

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In addition to the company’s website, BAGGU® totes, bags, and accessories can be purchased from Amazon and a variety of online retailers.

Talking S.H.O.P.

Author: Kirsten K., Author: Kirsti Kay, Fashion

TSS S.H.O.P.If you thought our logo and S.W.O.O.N. stamp would look great on a shirt, tote, mug, or button, you were right! You’re also in luck, because The Swoon Society S.H.O.P. is now open for business.

On the new S.H.O.P. page of our blog you can read descriptions of each item and click the link for the Site Hosting Our Products to purchase clothing, drinkware, and accessories.

The only thing better looking than our logo on a T-shirt is you wearing one, so head over to The Swoon Society S.H.O.P. and bag some SSwag!

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