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ECO-CHIC
By Ezinne Ukoha
Green is the new chic…
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Eco-friendly fashion has evolved over the years and to many fashionistas out there, it still seems more like a phenomenon rather than a way of life. But now, thanks to some clever and determined individuals, living the “green” life is now an easier concept to accept and enjoy. There are so many options available to us that we can apply to every area of our daily lives. But for those of you yearning to do your part to help the environment thrive while at the same time keeping fashionably chic, here are some cool items to add to your wardrobe and make-up bag that have managed to pass the eco-friendly test. Looking good has never felt so good!
Courtesy of Payless.com
Payless has teamed up with model turned environmentalist Summer Rayne Oakes to develop a line of eco-friendly accessories at affordable prices (they all under $30), that feel and look comfortable. The Zoe and Zac line includes ballet flats, handbags, and jewelry. The Tigerlily Espadrille ($26.99) pictured here is made from certified organic cotton and recycled rubber. The Snapdragon ballets flats ($19) also boast earthly qualities. Made from 100% organic cotton, these floral beauties are armed with an elastic band around the ankle area to guarantee comfort and a lightweight recycled rubber outsole. Check out these items and more by visiting a Payless shoe store in your area or simply logging on to their website at payless.com.For under $30 you are sure to find something fun and cute for the upcoming summer season.
Courtesy of Payless.com
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Even major designers are jumping on the Eco-fashion bandwagon. Lancome has now introduced their new line of juicy tubes, P.U.R.E. that not only give an immaculately glossy and smooth finish but are also made with 95% natural materials.They come in every color of the rainbow and compared to other lip-gloss products on the market, it conditions and moisturizes the lip while maintaining a staying power that is typically hard to achieve or find. Thanks to the mixture of naturally derived oils and shea butter, these Juicy Tubes are definitely ready to set the standard, and at $20 each, it’s worth the taste.
Courtesy of Sephora.com
And of course no wardrobe is complete without the perfect tote for the season. But this particular one is for all the new mothers out there looking for the chicest diaper bag roomy enough to store all the little one’s essentials. The Hakima Handbag ($104) by
Sparrow Handbags�will certainly fit the bill. The interior is lined with black/hemp cotton fabric and it’s also made with 100% certified organic cotton twill. Being a mother never looked so good while rocking this fashionably stylish tote. For more of where this came from check out Sparrowbags.com, this company is dedicated to all things vegan specifically handbags.
Courtesy of inhabitots.com
Hopefully these choices will inspire and motivate you to incorporate the eco-friendly lifestyle into your daily routine. Remember, looking and feeling good should also do some good for the environment and the world. So stay chic. Eco-chic!
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