Christmas in July

Seems like everywhere you look someone is running a “Sizzling Super Summer Special Spectacular!” I guess this is smart marketing to beat the doldrums that tend to settle in with the hazy, lazy dog days of summer. If it’s too hot to get your adventure on outside, cool your heels and gear up for future exploits and enterprises. Here are some companies I’ve been perusing as of late.

Roozt

This clothing and kitsch company is a recent discovery a la Facebook. They have compiled an assorted bunch of socially and ecologically conscious companies all in one place. You can search for products by trend (think eco-friendly, ethical, made in USA) as well as traditional categories (men’s, women’s, children, etc).  And each product page includes an “impact” tab describing that company and particular product’s sustainable super powers. So now saving the earth and giving others a helping hand just got a little easier.

We’Moon

One of my favorite collaborations. Ideal for that finicky feminist on your list. Tune in to Mother Earth with this lunar calendar featuring the artistic expressions of women around the world. 2014 edition available now.

HopeForWomen.com

Vermont based company vending jewelry, recycled tire bags, cards, and knick knacks. A Member of the Fair Trade Federation. They help women take control of their lives by paying them a fair, livable wage and provide safe working conditions.

Studio Penny Lane

I discovered these clever bracelets and accessories at Rio Boutique (another featured retailer below). Each of these handcrafted pieces help raise funds for founder Laurie Libman-Wilson’s global educational movement fostering Mindful Awareness for children. Their goal is to “positively reset the direction of how we teach our children by eliminating patterns of negativity, fear and even helplessness, and replace them with the tools to love without condition, dream courageously, and recognize and nurture each child’s true gifts… One penny, one child, one thought at a time.” You can also follow their blog for updates on local events and happenings at
StudioPennyLane.tumbler.com

Nappy Shoppe

This local cloth diaper shop is owned and operated by a great group of moms in Plano. They offer classes and talks on a wide variety of natural parenting subjects, along with stocking some great baby essentials and hosting regular cloth diaper exchanges. (We took a Baby Sign Language class with them. So far our son just laughs at us when we sign to him, but I feel like that could be a viable beginning to communication.) They’re up for a Red Tricycle Award this year, so vote for them and other local favorites at Zulily.

Rio Boutique

I happened upon this store on my way to brunch the other day in Deep Ellum. This was the inspiration for this weeks post. They are full of fabulous heart-crafted, unique items. I wanted to buy one of everything, and a few in a multitude of colors. They retail bracelets from Studio Penny Lane along with handcrafted purses, jewelry and clothing that look and feel bohemian vacation fresh. And the mother/business owner is super sweet and helpful.

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