Monday, November 30, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
1. DIY is never out of style.
Making things yourself puts more value into a gift than just buying something. Trying knitting a scarf for your best friend. Or create an organized recipe box with decorated index cards for your mom. Or even make a mix cd with a decorated cd case for your little brother. Or even if presents aren't your thing, hand decorated individualized greeting cards always makes people smile.
2. Regifting is A-OK as long as...
Oh I know what you're going to say. "Regifting is so thoughtless. You're not really thinking about the other person." Well, that is true, but if you feel like you have a gift lying around your house that is perfect for someone else and not you, I say: WHY IN THE WORLD NOT? Just don't be dumping your trash on someone else, that's just not fair or nice. And you want to be on the nice list right? (Also, make sure you don't regift to the person who gave it to you!)
3. Best way to please any person is through their stomach.
If baking or cooking is your thing, well, tasty treats can be your gift to people. Plus, these disappear quickly so the receiver doesn't have to worry about finding a place for them, except maybe their tummy.
4. Reusable wrapping.
If you get the newspaper, don't throw it out! You can use that for recycled wrapping paper. You can paint it any which way and decorate it however you like. Or if you find an article that you know someone will find amusing/interesting, it will catch their eye before they start unwrapping their present. A common part of the paper that people use is the comic section, especially for kids.
5. For the wrapping impaired.
For myself and many out there, I am wrapping-deficient. Cure? Gift bags!!! You can be green with this too. Every time you get a present in a gift bag, don't just throw it out, SAVE IT! As long as there isn't a label, it's still of good use. Check out GAIAMlife for more green wrapping ideas.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
So you’re broke… who isn’t! It seems as though in one way or another we are all trying to cut back in this recession, but that doesn’t mean that you have to start wearing rags and not enjoying life. Whether you are in college and trying to conserve pennies for next term's books, a recent graduate who can’t find a full time job, or working (with no raise in sight) and stashing those extra dollars just in case you are next on the chopping block, it is still OK to enjoy life! Frugally of course!
Let’s start simply…
You have been eyeballing that new clutch but there is no way you can justify the purchase. It’s OK! Take your old simple clutch and spruce it up with a silk flower, an old broach, or a velvet bow. I am sure if you stop in to see your mother she won’t mind if you lifting a scrap or two, especially if it is in the name of monetary conservation. It will turn this tired piece taking up space in your closet into something fresh and exciting.
Need some new pumps or boots?
How about taking your classic blacks and lacing them with the same ribbon that you just adorned your clutch with. This will give them an updated, sexy lace up look without the $120 price tag.
Are your boots looking tired and beat up? Distressed is in so yo're ahead of the game! Maybe just stop in shoe repair and have new heeltaps, a buffing, some polish and conditioner, and you are all set for under $20!
Don’t underestimate the power of great accessories!
The white-tee and cardigan can go a long way when you accessorize. Layer up some trendy chains in bright gold, pearls, or “crystal” beads (all can be found at your local craft store) and no one will even notice it's Hanes! Not a necklace girl? How about a great belt over that cardigan that you wear to the laundromat. It’s long and comfy and still has some life left in it. Throw it over your lace camisole, cinch it with a belt, grab your scarf and you are ready to go.
Now you're all dressed up and have no where to go…
Relax, you have been saving so much money on your wardrobe so you deserve to head out! Don’t stress about the bill at the end of the meal because you're going out armed with a budget and the know how. Did you know that restaurants on the outskirts of the expensive neighborhoods pay a lower rent? It is true, and for this reason their prices are usually much cheaper and generally their menu is set to accommodate the local demographic, and therefore is more authentic.
Don’t forget BYOB!A sure way to save a buck and still enjoy a few drinks! There are websites dedicated to mapping out the BYOBs in your neighborhood. Most restaurants mark up the alcohol 3 fold. Why pay $45 dollars for a $15 bottle of wine? Want to have dinner and drinks on a Saturday night, try calling ahead to see what their policies are. This will save you a bundle with out sacrificing wining and dining.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
For every pair of shoes that TOMS sells, the company donates a pair to a child in a third world country. So far they have donated over 150,000 pairs of TOMS shoes in the three years that the program has existed have been. TOMS has donated to children in Argentina, South Africa, and they are currently helping out to prevent Podoconiosis(Podo) in Ethiopia by donating shoes and working with organizations to find the cure to the debilitating disease that causes deformity, intense pain, ulcers, and social stigma and exclusion.
The best part about this company donating shoes to poor communities, is that they don't just box up the shoes and send them away. Volunteers from TOMS and Friends of TOMS go on Shoe Drop Tours and hand deliver the shoes to the children in need of shoes. TOMS shoes really succeeds in building the bridge between what could be the very selfish shopping expenditures to the reaching out and helping the greater good. It is an inspiring system that other companies should start thinking about doing themselves. It's all about giving back.
2) Place your order for the shoes AT LEAST 2 weeks before the event. If you order 25 or more pairs you can get them for 10% discount.
3) Contact local retailers, bands, and artists to see if they would like join in and/or sponsor your event. Provide decorations and paints to decorate the shoes. And don't forget to document it, upload images onto flickr, and tag TOMS shoes.
[[GREEN ALERT!! GREEN ALERT!! TOMS shoes are not only aware of social responsibility, but they are also aware of being green by having certain styles that are made of vegan material like recycled twill and recycled rubber!]]
**Photo Shout out to TOMS shoes!!