Old Navy and TerraCycle Celebrate Earth Day with Flip Flops?!

Earth Day is here, and unlike a majority of American holidays it’s not one where we’re showered with Hallmark greeting cards, excessive candy, or presents. Though if you’re feeling in the holiday spirit I’d be more than happy to receive any of the previously stated!

Recently, I got an e-mail discussing Old Navy & TerraCycle’s team up for Earth Day that sparked my interest!

  • Old Navy stores nationwide will collect used flip-flops during a 1-month long drive kicking off (literally) TODAY, April 22, 2011!
  • TerraCycle will recycle the collected flip-flops into four playgrounds to be installed in communities across the U.S.

Whether you’re a tree hugger or one who occasionally hugs trees I figured what 20 something doesn’t have a pair flip flops laying around? So go on and give the earth a little style by dropping off your flip flops!

Check out my interview below with Riki Brost of the Old Navy marketing team to elaborate a little more on the Flip Flop Replay.

1. Who is TerraCycle? Why did Old Navy decide to team up with this particular company for Earth Day?

TerraCycle, Inc. is an international up-cycling company that takes difficult to recycle packaging and turns it into affordable, eco-friendly products.  Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste.

TerraCycle works to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills.  The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs such as the program with Old Navy.
2. Old Navy is the first retailer to use recycled flip flops for playgrounds around the U.S.! How did you all come about this fabulous idea?

The final idea was a collaboration between Old Navy and TerraCycle. Initially TerraCycle came to Old Navy with the idea of taking our old flip-flops and “up-cycling” them into items Old Navy would then resell such as tote bags, door mats and coolers. However, Old Navy wanted to do something where we could give back to the community which is why we landed on “recycling” the flip flops and creating the playground.

Old Navy wanted to take an item they are known for (or even somewhat famous for) and in turn create something that our customers could use- playgrounds! The Old Navy named “Flip Flop Replay” gives us the opportunity to create earth-friendly events inside our stores, and give us the opportunity to give back. In addition, while the retail market is very promotional, this message extends beyond any discount, and what customers get in return is a chance to support their communities.

In September, we will give away the playgrounds to four deserving schools or non-profit organizations. Customers can follow up on facebook to see how many flip flops we’ve donated and where the playgrounds will be built.
3. Can you drop off any flip flops, or are only previously used Old Navy flip flops allowed?

Any flip-flops and any brand. We don’t discriminate! ;)
4. Why is it important for 20-somethings to get involved with the Flip Flop Replay?

We’re making it quick and simple for our customers, showing them that it’s easy to get involved.
5. An extremely important style question: like many across the U.S. are you a sucker for flip flops year round?

We sure are! Everyone should have a different color for every outfit!
6. Last but not least, Reality Chic wants to know in fashion is going green the new black?

Well, even though Old Navy LOVES color, we don’t necessarily see this as a trend. Old Navy looks forward to finding ways to continue to get involved.

 

Keds Shoes Are Touring Like Rock Stars or Justin Bieber!

Once I heard about Keds new little adventure around the U.S. I knew a post was about to brew. (Like a magical blogger pot that needs to be stirred.)

I’ve always thought Keds were cool, even if my peers in high school or Skechers begged to differ. They can be stylishly worn with almost anything! Yet, they’re still comfortably chic. Their new lines feature eco-friendly shoes, canvas shoes, and design your own shoes!

Also, if you have upcoming summer trips that require any walking they make for a great 20 something tourist shoe, and as far as I know they too don’t sell or promote fanny packs!

Not only are they touring like rock stars or Justin Bieber, they are also donating money to local arts-based charities as well! They’ve hit up cities like Austin, Texas and are currently on there way to Bloomington, Indiana (my home state)!

Not to be worried if you can’t join them.  Just tweet these hashtags on twitter and they’ll donate $1 for your city’s charity every time you tweet!

If your city isn’t listed you can still “enter their HDYD Your City Shoe Design Contest for the chance to win $1000 cash, and a $5000 donation to a local arts-based charity of your choice in YOUR city.”-keds.com

#KedsHDYD
#KedsHDYDAustin
#KedsHDYD_LA
#KedsHDYDBoulder
#KedsHDYDLawrence
#KedsHDYDBloomington
#KedsHDYDSavannah
#KedsHDYDPhilly
#KedsHDYD_NYC
#KedsHDYDBoston

P.S. I have no affiliation with Keds just a longtime crush!

 

“Why I’d Like to Punch Victoria and Steal Her Secret.” Or, “Victoria’s Secret Must Haves.”

It’s sort of like that scene from Mean Girls (you know back when Lindsay had red hair), the part where she daydreams about attacking the “Alpha Plastic.” Yeah, that’s kind of what I’m thinking here.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a sucker for Victoria’s Secret swimsuits, bras, and pretty much anything else, but that doesn’t discount the fact that punching Victoria and stealing her secret wouldn’t bring me some delight.

After all, is it really necessary to flaunt gorgeous models in every ad or use holy terms like miracle and angel when describing my bust size? Nope, not really.

As for stealing the secret, contrary to popular belief Victoria’s Secret isn’t out. And frankly, I’m kind of annoyed about it (enter sarcasm stage left).

I thought I knew it. I thought I had it figured out. The secret, the holy grail, the magic solution to being a Victoria’s Secret girl. There it was in People Magazine, US Weekly, Huffington Post, and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows for all to see. It was obvious!

The qualifications to being a Victoria’s Secret girl:

You had to be foreign, marry a hot guy, grow to abnormal heights, strike a fierce pose, wear wings, and have a little or a lot of extra “umph” around the chest.

I’ve given it my best shot.  Over the years I’ve attempted the following:

1. Be Foreign

Check!  (Became Irish. My married name is now Erin Flynn.)

2. Grow to Abnormal Heights

Check! Average height for women in the U.S. = 5 feet 4 inches.

(Erin = 5 feet 9 inches)

3. Strike a Fierce Pose

Check! Result Below:

4. Marry a Hot Guy

Check! Result Below:

5. Umph in the Chest

Check! Who said ruffles didn’t count?

6. Wear Wings

Check! Or just fly?!

Clearly I’ve tried them all and have yet to receive a call from Victoria’s Angels or agents. So here I am, once again, and sadly no closer to finding Victoria’s secret.

But if you can’t steal them, join them. Right?

You can find me at the local Victoria’s Secret purchasing my next bra. Didn’t you see the photos? We all know I need it! (I can’t wear ruffles everyday…)

Here’s 3 Victoria’s Secret Must Haves

1. Incredible Bra

2. Loungewear

3. Seamless Panties

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Calling All Fashion Nerds! 3 Sites You’ll Love!

If you’re unsure of being a fashion nerd, don’t be unsure. If you are reading this, trust me YOU ARE!

As a fellow fashion nerd you are going to love these 3 sites! Though I should worn you it’s possible they will control a large part of your life, so before checking them out make sure you have a few moments to spare.

Each one of these online shopping sites will help in finding your personal style and pieces that actually fit into your wardrobe. It’s great for personal use, but ideal for this years holiday shopping!! When your best friend checks the tag of your Marc Jacobs shirt or wonders how you were able to afford 2 pairs of 7 for All Mankind jeans when she knows your salary can’t, you can make a decision. To share or not to 3 Sites You’ll Love!!

Boutiques – They recently went live, and it’s run by the master minds at Google. So go figure it’s one of the best shopping/style sites I’ve yet found! It’s simple. Find your style by choosing celebrity style that represent your wardrobe, trends that you adore, or by taking a quick quiz.  It will lead you to multiple items that represent you personally along with specific clothing options that will narrow down the massive search.

Upcoming or Current Designers: Anyone you could ever think of!

Ruelala- Designer clothes for great prices!! How do they do it? They run a “boutique” for only 1 to 2 days with limited stock. Then it closes. You can look ahead at the upcoming boutiques, but can’t buy until the day it goes live! On your mark, get set, and shop!

Upcoming or Current Designers: Diane von Furstenburg, Vera Bradley, BCBG

Gilt Groupe – Designers at semi-affordable prices. It’s a great way to get an amazing deal on a special occasion dress, gift, or quality item. It’s reminiscent of Ruelala!

Upcoming or Current designers: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Young Fabulous and Broke, Cole Haan

So if you’re a self-proclaimed fashion nerd and want to check out some of these sites let me know what YOU think!!

ShopNBC or Go Home. Actually Do Both!

Why is jewelry one of the greatest things in life?! Well, you never hear anyone saying, “I need to lose a few pounds so I can squeeze into that necklace,” it doesn’t shrink (that I know of), it’s one hand-me-down that actually could be worth something, and it might be the only piece of gold you ever own outside of that tooth filling you had done last year.

One of my favorite things about jewelry is buying pieces that are unique. Anyone can have a pretty necklace with a dangling diamond heart at the bottom, and if you’re a woman, it’s likely you already own one from an ex boyfriend you’d like to forget.  Not to degrade the classic heart, but it’s probably time to give in and replace it with something new. So that brings me to this amazing jewelry site I recently discovered called ShopNBC. Not only do they have many options, but they have something that most sites don’t: the Far East Market!

The Far East Market is a collection on ShopNBC that is an Asian-inspired jewelry line with eclectic and unique pieces such as onyx rings, freshwater pearl necklaces, hand-carved jade earrings, and red cinnabar hand-carved bangle bracelets. Owner -Nick Kwan- frequently travels to Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and Tahiti to choose the beautiful freshwater pearls, jade, gems, and diamonds. Having an unusual piece of jewelry not only adds character to your outfit, but can often times make a statement! Try wearing something as simple as jeans and a white tee or a little black dress with an original piece of gold jewelry, and I guarantee you’ll receive at least a few compliments!

Naturally we all have time to take a weeklong vacation to Asia (or not so much), but on the rare chance that you won’t be making it sometime in the near future, I suggest skipping on the airline ticket, leaving the extra baggage at home, and forget paying for a hotel room. Instead, sit on your couch (with or without your Snuggie – don’t act like the sleeves aren’t appealing) and do what every American girl does best…Shop online!

Don’t forget to like ShopNBC on Facebook since they do a bunch of promotions and giveaways!


Tucker for Target…Mix, Match, Dance!

Tucker for Target by Gaby Basora is so far my favorite designer spotlight! If it wasn’t for the flowy tops and the bold bohemian style patterns, it’s for the mere fact of not having to walk up and down the stairs to grab a giant cardboard box marked WINTER or SUMMER. Her clothes are simply…. SEASONLESS! So test them out (you can afford to), stock up before they’re gone (did I mention Oct. 17th), and then throw yourself a party and DANCE!

5 Ways to Wear Tucker for Target

  • Mix and Match- Pair dresses with leggings, colored tights, or boots for fall!
  • Belt- If you’re afraid of losing your shape, add a skinny belt at the tiniest part of your mid-section or at the hip.
  • Skinny Jeans- Pair flowy tops with skinny jeans. Add a heel for kicks!
  • Layer,Layer,Layer- Unbutton and pair with colored tanks and seasonal jackets…trenches,blazers,military, leather!
  • Shoes- Match your tights to your shoes!

Holy Moly… J.Crew Outlet Is Going Online!

As an extreme J.Crew fan with an ATM card that holds only enough for J.Crew Factory I believe a little gift from the heavens has certainly been sent down! I feel it is my pure duty to shop at an outlet anytime one is found, whether it be on vacation or a weekend trip, due to the fact J.Crew Factory will be there awaiting my likely purchase of a cardigan and the handling of a shiny debit card.

Without driving 45 minutes to find your nearest J.Crew Outlet or holding out for that one vacation with that one giant outlet store, it will be in the palm of your computer illiterate hands just a few ENTER’s and SCROLL’s away!

While majority of us would consider J.Crew high end and a bit pricey, it is a well known fact that their clothes are more than classy along with high quality material. In other words…WORTH BUYING! So here it is…news worth bursting for (or not so much), but definitely worth saying something like HOLY MOLY!…. JCREW OUTLET is GOING ONLINE!!!

Note to Self: It will start in September!

Kmart Jumps, Sits, and Scoots on the Bandwagon

Did Kmart get bitten by Vogue?

Well, not exactly but they did hire Alexi Lubomirski to photograph an ad campaign that will pop up in the pages of the beloved September Issue of Vogue .

“Kmart in Vogue…  What has this world come to?”

It looks like fashion with an affordable price tag shouting: REALISM!


While Target can be thanked for starting this whole shindig. Kmart certainly has come out at the right time! Who knew a simple flight over into international grounds to grab 250 designers to come up with what Kmart likes to call their Fall Fashion 2010 Apparel Collection would actually work? Well…. Possibly Everyone!

Their collection features upcoming fall trends such as: military, rocker chic, faux fur vests, jeggings, and floral inspired looks. A little H&M meets Target you might say? Only time will tell.

So if you’re at Kmart shopping for something a little not so glamorous such as toilet paper, you might want to swing by the clothing section to make your day! Not to say shopping for toilet paper didn’t already do that!

Take a look at Kmart Design and Racked

Check out www.smartshoppersunite.com for tips,coupons,and discussions on how to shop smart!

What in the World is Going On?? Designers for Diapers!

Okay designers and parents…“this” is getting out of hand!!!!  If you don’t know what “this” is please let me explain….

It all started with Huggies Jean Diapers, okay so they’re cute you might say, but then we have designer Cynthia Rowley for Pampers by Target and we’re not done yet. Next we have Fendi, yep the one that’s mentioned in Sex and the City for high end designer lines, who will have a childrens line out for newborns on up to 12 years old.

Because naturally all newborns need designer labels!!!! Right?!

So while you’re baby could literally give a “poop” on what diaper they are going in. You’re spending more on designer labels. The idea that a diaper is a baby’s first article clothing is bologna (that’s right, I said bologna). The reality is that a diaper is a glorified pee and poop catcher.  All I know is if I can afford a designer label I’m not going to umm….”go on it”!

So the real question is:  Who’s holding out for designer, Depends? Not so adorable, now…

A Fashion Statement Worth Making (3 brands not to over look)

One part of living in reality is knowing there is life outside of Project Runway, Twitter, and The Situation’s fist pumping. However, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start, what to do, or who to help. Unlike A-list celebs, jumping on a jet plane and heading to Africa isn’t all that realistic and isn’t exactly realistic for our budgets. So think of this as a place to start, a way to be fashion worthy, and a cause beyond just a “fashion statement”!

3 brands that are worth looking good for:

Toms Shoes

What is Toms?

Not only is Toms a great company with a unique fashionable shoe, but they help children receive shoes throughout the world through their One for One movement.

How can you get involved?

It’s simple! Every pair of shoes that you buy, a pair goes to a child in need. Want to help out even more? Share the Toms story or host your own Style Your Sole party. You can help make a difference with Toms. As of September 2010, Toms has donated over one million pairs of shoes to children in need around the globe.

m.powerment by Mark

What is Mark?

Mark is a make-up/fashion line through the well-known company Avon. M.powerment by Mark is a philanthropic initiative to end partner abuse (highest between ages 16-24). 100% of the proceeds of the “have a heart” necklace will go to Mark’s m.powerment an Avon Foundation.

How can you get involved?

Currently you can choose from 4 products that range from lip gloss to necklaces that 100% of the proceeds will go toward ending partner violence. Spread the word, help educate young women, and get involved through other foundations like m.powerment to stop partner violence.

OBEY

What is OBEY?

OBEY is a clothing site that specializes in unique art like and graphic t-shirts along with creating OBEY Awareness through important causes.

How can you get involved?

By purchasing OBEY t-shirts in collaboration with Feeding America, Surfrider, and Haiti OBEY will donate 100% of proceeds to the cause.

How to Wear it!