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Take Two

A boring old jacket gets a mod makeover with a few simple snips. The result: an inexpensive look equally suited to the urban safari and vests-are-everywhere trends du jour. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can DIY. If not, take the jacket to your tailor. Either way, this is an easy project: ❶ Turn jacket inside out and cut stitching, holding jacket body to sleeve. Use small sewing scissors, or better yet, a seam ripper, so you don’t accidentally cut the fabric with too-large scissor edges. Only clip the threads holding the two pieces of fabric (arm to jacket body), not the fabric itself. If lined, do the same thing with the jacket lining.

❷ After you’ve worked the sleeve free, simply hem the shoulder neatly with a machine or (if you’re good) by hand. Turn right-side out. ❸ Repeat on second sleeve. ❹ Pair with a belt (wide or skinny) in a contrasting color and revel in your chic reuse. —SV

Critical Mass

Victoria’s Secret has debuted tees, robes, pajamas, and sleepshirts in organic cotton produced in Burkina Faso, where cotton growers are primarily women. Hopefully they don’t make the lady farmers wear but hook them up with more sensible bikini undies instead. But seriously, employees at Vicky’s report that the company is committed to going green, issuing regular internal directives (about what exactly remains a Secret) for how workers can make stores more eco-friendly… Physicians Formula Organic Wear makeup comes in a paper compact or recyclable packaging; is made with organic ingredients (checked by Ecocert) and without synthetic preservatives or fragrances; and is guaranteed cruelty-free. The powdered bronzer is a standout, the tinted moisturizer goes on smooth and blends perfectly, but the brand betrays its drugstore provenance with too-yellow concealer and limited hues … H&M continues to expand its organic cotton use in all lines, including men’s, baby, kid’s, and women’s. And it has improved organic options from last season, with flirty dresses, office jackets, boxers and tees for men—and lots of color. All of H&M’s cotton­—organic and otherwise­—is grown under the standards of the Better Cotton Initiative, which aims to reduce the negative impact of conventional cotton growing … Eileen Fisher’s eco-line includes anoraks

photograph of clothing by anthony

verde; eco-styling by camilla slattery


made from water bottles, hemp tunics and wrap sweaters, and lots of organic cotton and linen separates, all with the classic, relaxed style the brand is founded upon (read: comfy beyond belief). —SV

Bronze Standard To help maintain a sunny vibe when you get back to town, try a mineral-based bronzer. Conventional ones can be loaded with synthetic chemicals linked to cancer or hormone disruption. Though there are many “natural” offerings, you may feel safer stroking on a product certified petrochemicalfree by a reputable third party. Two bronzers for your face and body that bear the impeccable BDIH seal are Lavera’s Sunless Tan ($27.50, and Dr Hauschka’s Translucent Bronze Concentrate ($34.95, drhauschka. com). Physicians Formula Organic Wear ($13.95, delivers an Ecocert-certified brush-on bronzer. For more on seals, see page 84. Shimmer on, synthetic-free. —Alexandra Zissu

Natural selection

When it comes to summer, parting is beyond sweet sorrow. But while there’s no turning back the clock, you can recapture the ocean air in products infused with sea salt, a traditional cleansing ingredient that’s trendy again. To keep that sexy, unruly hair, spritz liberally with John Masters Organics Sea Mist Salt Spray ($16.50, It’s just water, certified-organic lavender, and sea salt, but the combination turns flat into instantly poufy. To prolong your marine connection, soak in Perfect Organics Bath Therapy ($22.99,, which blends sea salt and organic plant oils. Then exfoliate with a Pacific Salt Scrub from Hawaiian Body Products, with lehua honey, passion fruit, and coconut and kukui nut oils ($22, hawaiianbodyproducts. com). For that refreshing sea-foam taste, dab some Weleda salt-and-baking-soda toothpaste on your brush ($5, —AZ | 59

Plenty Magazine Issue 23 Aug/Sept 2008  

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