Friday, February 23, 2018

NATURAE BY L&A // Handcrafted Organic Lingerie

Lola and August believes in decorating your body, not changing it. This luxury lingerie brand in Toronto, Canada thinks what goes ON your body is just as important as what goes in. That's why, in their lingerie line Naturæ they use only organic cotton, grown by methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment and your body. By choosing organic instead of conventional cotton, it reduces the use of pesticides and fertilizers, because it’s grown without them. The cotton seeds are all natural, untreated and planted in healthy, happy, non-toxic soil. Instead of forcefully harvesting the cotton before it falls, Naturæ waits on mother nature for whats called "natural defoliation".

Then the fabric is given color using low-impact, fibre-reactive or all-natural dyes and only whitened with peroxide, not chlorine bleach like most white cotton fabrics. Every piece is handmade in Canada with this imported organic fabric. Lola and August promise ethical and eco-conscious thinking have gone into the development of the label and line, including the use of local manufacturing for every garment. The looks are inspired by the free-spirited, European, modern romantic.

Organic cotton clothing is ideal for everyone, but especially people with chemical or dye sensitivities.
If you're someone who's already committed to living organically, I wouldn't be surprised if organic clothing is on your radar and in your closet. There are three different styles of the organic panty and bralette. They are as comfortable and luxurious as they are playful and wearable. It's clear they were designed with all body types in mind and you're bound to find something you feel unstoppable in.  Embrace your body with Naturæ by Lola & August, naturally.

Find the style that fits you at
and on Instagram @Naturae_LA

Until next time...

Friday, February 16, 2018

DANA HENNING JEWELRY // Handmade & Recycled Silver Jewelry

Dana Henning has always been artistically talented. She was encouraged by her conservative parents to take fine art lessons as a child but ONLY as a hobby. She excelled academically too and studied finance at the University of Toronto, ultimately just to please her parents. In the meantime she painted T-Shirts and made jewelry to sell. At first it was just to raise money for the student union and later to pay for her school tuition. She went on to complete her MBA only to decide she enjoyed the creative aspect of jewelry making far more than corporate climbing.  Eventually, Dana worked full-time designing and wholesaling jewelry across Canada, USA and parts of Japan and Australia.  Her company grew to have over 20 employees with a demanding travel schedule for her.

Dana Henning (standing in the middle) with models and crew after photoshoot wrap
After traveling the world Dana saw the pollution and devastation caused by our neglected responsibility to reduce our carbon and waste footprint. Dana Henning Jewelry is entirely handmade in Canada and only crafted when ordered to avoid any excess waste. She also has a collection of all recycled/refurbished silver jewelry that I am madly in love with!

A model prepares as Dana snaps some behind the
scenes photo's
Dana's designs are reflective of her everyday life;  from social challenges, family discussions and her own thoughts. Topics like war, peace, poverty, freedom, love and respect are laid on the table. These discussions resulted in her collection of Symbols of Ancient Cultures. Featuring the Egyptian, Maori, Celtic and Native North American cultures and their symbols for peace, love, friendship, abundance, strength, determination and renewal.

There has been and always will be a strong element of philanthropy at Dana Henning Jewelry. Donating tens of thousands of dollars to charities over the years that focus on helping women in need. From shelters to retraining programs that help get battered women back on their feet. Ultimately, she wants her small company, composed of ALL women, to enrich the lives it touches and to help make the world a better place. They are highly committed to giving back to the community and humanity at large.  It is the core of the company and that's what Dana is most proud of.

You can see even more from Dana at
and on instagram at @DanaHenningJewellery

Until Next Time...
Wearing the Avocado Threader Earring & Framed Humming Bird sterling Silver Necklace

Friday, February 9, 2018


Andrew Ferenci was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He calls himself a "lemonade-stand" entrepreneur and rightfully so, specializing in product, brand design, culture building and e-commerce. At the ripe age of 19 Andrew started his first company, an online e-commerce store that sold collegiate apparel for teams across the U.S. Just 4 years later the brand was acquired by a larger company and he went on to his next venture. From fashion to technology Andrew then developed an analytical program that was eventually purchased by Facebook, needless to say he knows a good thing when he see's it OR in most cases just makes it himself.

After two years of research and development and 145 prototypes later Andrew developed his next big thing- SOCKS! He knows what you're thinking... of all things, why something as simple as socks? Well, I'll be the first to tell you he's onto to something good once again. Andrew spent a lot of time as a young, busy, guy squished in a cubicle or an even smaller plane seat and found his legs and feet were constantly achy. Thats when his nurse friend recommended compression socks and Andrews idea was born. He wanted to make a compression sock with athlete-level support. Something with the comfort and style of a dress sock with all the benefits of medical grade compression sock.

I worked with Comrad Socks this past year as a model on a shoot for their compression socks. I hadn't worn these kinds of socks before but I loved the fresh designs and was excited to experience ALL the benefits he listed off- increased circulation, reduced swelling and fatigue and faster recovery time after work outs. These socks made my legs and feet felt like they were getting a long, loving, hug. By the end of shoot I didn't want to take them off. The manufacturing facility they use is family own and operated for the last 20 years and meets the highest standards in safety and employee satisfaction. All their packaging is sustainable, and 80% of the water used to dye the yarns is recycled using reverse osmosis.

With so many colors and styles there is a sock for everyone and every occasion. Andrew also believes anyone with feet should be wearing them. I love how these socks make my feet feel and I'm so stoked to support Andrew and his mission for happier feet.

You can
and find them on Instagram @ComradSocks

Thank you as always for reading along

Until next time....


Friday, February 2, 2018

DUNITZ & COMPANY // Fair Trade Guatemalan Jewelry

Nancy Dunitz and her team
Meet Nancy Dunitz, she worked in financial planning for big movie studios for several years in Los Angeles. She could have stayed in the industry and made a very wonderful living but at the end of the day she simply wanted to be more artistic in her daily life. Something just seemed to be missing. Nancy was longing to travel more, explore third-world countries and focus on her creativity. She had no idea how to start a fashion business but quit her day job and decided she would anyway. GO NANCY!
She started in Guatemala where she'd been before and knew she'd find truly skilled artisans. Even in the middle of a civil war, once Nancy found a community of wonderful artisans in need of opportunity, she never left to work anywhere else. Dunitz and Company introduced glass beading to them and they collaborated to make designs that would be authentic and vibrant while still appealing to retailers in the U.S.

All of the artisans are paid a living wage. The mothers Dunitz and Company employ are able to work from home while still being able to care for their families. Since the 1990's they  have consistently employed well over one hundred women and men. Dunitz and Company contributes to several organizations that help those living in the community where their beadwork is made. Helping to supporting the only local hospital, the free library that also offers reading classes and funding many projects including child education, lunch programs and mother-infant care. They are a Fair Trade Federation member and a Gold-Certified green America business.

While Dunitz and Company has had a road of many ups and downs, Nancy is most proud to have the success she does, while treating the people who make it all possible with the respect they deserve. She believes in the golden rule "Do onto others as you would have them do unto you" and I'm happy to share her story and cause.

Check out the full collection at
and on Instagram @ShopDunitz

Until Next time...