June 22 – July 8, 2018 – We’ll be on Vacation!

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark

Running a business with your life partner has so many wonderful benefits.  However, the single main drawback is being able to go on vacation together when just the two of you are working the business.  While we were still located in Los Angeles, I had some friends helping out.  So Glen and I were able to take a 2-week vacation together and have my friends watch the business.  That was in 2011.

Since then, we closed the business once for one week to go to a wedding in Florida.  We’ve had one week of vacation together in the last 7 years. 🙁  Don’t get me wrong, we both get away a good amount.  We both went to Los Angeles this year to visit friends and family.  Glen went in January, and I went in March.  Last year I went to the Berlin Eco-Fashion show and met with Swegmark in Sweden.  We planned a one-week cruise together, but some logistical issues required us to postpone the cruise.  So I had an amazing 10 days in Europe on my own, and he stayed home and watched the business.

We make a concerted effort to get away for 3-day weekends as much as possible.  Since we ship via the post office, we generally take every postal holiday off.  But when you own your own business, burn-out is a thing.  To keep that excitement and positive attitude going year after year, you really need to sharpen the saw.

So we are closing the store for two full weeks.  This is the first time in nearly 13 years in business that the shop will be “closed” for that long.

We’ll be closed from June 22 – July 8, 2018

So what does that mean?

  • The website will be up and working, and orders CAN be placed during the entire period of our absence.
  • We’re offering an AUTOMATIC 15% discount for the entire time we’re away as a thank-you for your patience.  No coupon need!
  • Orders will ship in the order they were received staring July 9.  All orders will ship by July 11.
  • We will have no e-mail or phone support for the entire period from June 22 – July 8
  • Refunds and exchanges will be give priority and processed FIRST upon our return on July 9

I am confident that our wonderful customers will be supportive during this time, and the discount is just an added bonus. 🙂  If the store does well during our absence and everything runs fairly smoothly (i.e. no one initiating expensive chargebacks while we’re gone or getting frustrated with the delays), then we are considering making this a permanent thing.

We’re even considering closing for two weeks every year.  Since this particular vacation coincides with our regular yearly anniversary sale (the ONLY time all year that bras go on sale), we’re even considering making the two weeks at a different time of year for 2019 and running two yearly sales instead of just one.  That’s all still just ideas, though.

In case you’re wondering where we are going, we’re taking that postponed Baltics Cruise from last year, and then spending a week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thank you!

PS – We will resume our bra video series upon our return.  We still have 3 episodes left.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Underwire Bras Without Padding

Learn more about organic cotton, natural and sustainably produced bras. In this 10-part video series, we discuss bra fit, seaming, styles and features.

Episode 7 takes a quick look at Underwire Bras without padding. Underwire bras overall tend to give you more support than no wire bras, and the underwire gives a distinct shaping.  The shape of an underwire bra without padding can be quite different than a similar style with padding.  The padding tends to mask your own natural breast shape, while the underwire without the padding will highlight your personal shape.  The seam design, whether vertical, horizontal or seamless, has a much bigger impact on your overall look when wearing an underwire bra without padding.  So seam style is definitely something you’ll want to test to see what works best for your particular body and shape.

If you’re concerned about any connections between underwires and breast cancer, please check out last weeks post on Padded Underwire Bras.  We address that issue both in the description and in more detail in the video.

Here are the specific bras mentioned:

Sublime Demi Bra (32A – 36D)
Elegance Underwire Bra (30A – 36D)
Seamless Underwire Bra (S – L)

You can also fine the other bras and matching panties in the Sublime line.

Please visit Kayla’s community nonprofit website Moon Cycle Medicine to get whole-life wellness information. Kayla is a board-certified medical doctor.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Padded Underwire Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras? In this video series, we discuss bra sizing and fit, different bra styles and what features to look for in a natural fiber or fully organic cotton bra.

Today we’re discussing Padded Underwire Bras.  Underwire bras overall tend to give you more support than no wire bras.  Although, the no wire bras from Swegmark of Sweden come very close.  (Swegmark has the most supportive no wire bras we’ve ever found, and you can see one of them in action in our very first video – Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – No Wire Support Bras.)

Some of things to consider when picking up a Padded Underwire Bra is the bra shape – demi versus full coverage; the bra seaming – vertical, horizontal or seamless; and padding material – polyester foam versus cotton foam.  Many non-organic bras also come with varying padding thickness.  However, we have not found that to be the case in organic padded bras.  All of the padded bras we carry have light, i.e. fairly thin padding designed for modesty rather than volume enhancement.

Since this is our first discussion of bras with underwire, we definitely want to address the myth that underwires give you cancer.  To be clear, underwire bras do not increase your risk of breast cancer.  Here are some links to checkout that address the underwire bra cancer myth:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-underwire-bras-cause-cancer/
http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/no_evidence
https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/breast-cancer-awareness-8-myths-debunked/

If you want to reduce your breast cancer risk, here is a comprehensive list of items that are known to increase your risk:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/breast-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20352470

Here are the specific bras mentioned:
Lisa Padded Demi Bra (32A – 36C)
Alicia Padded Underwire Bra (34B – 42D)
Alba Padded Underwire Bra (32B – 36C)

You can get whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – No Wire Padded Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras? In this 10-part video series, we discuss bra sizing and fit, different bra styles and what features to look for in a natural fiber or fully organic cotton bra.

Episode 5 looks at No Wire Bras with modesty padding. No Wire Padded Bras are our most requested bra style. They are the hardest bras to find in organic and natural fabrics, but we do have a few gems.  There are basically two types of No Wire Padded Bras, those with integrated padding sewn directly into the cups, and those with removable pads that sit inside “pockets” sewn into the bra.  The integrated padding kind tend to have better shaping while the removable padded kind are a bit more versatile, allowing you to wear the bra without the pads when they aren’t needed.  This is a particularly nice weekday/weekend bra option.

Unfortunately all of the No Wire Padded Bras we carry have either nylon or polyester foam as their inside padding.  We’ve actually discussed this back in 2014 in the post, The Elusive No Wire Padded Bra.  While we have found more options in the No Wire Padded category, the basic premise of that post, bras can have eco-padding and underwire or conventional padding and no wire, remains true today.

The specific bras mentioned in this video are:
Yvonne Wireless Padded bra in organic cotton (32A – 38C) Kayla is wearing a 34B
Body No Wire Padded Bra in pine tree fabric (32A – 36C) Kayla is wearing a 34C
Adjustable Soft Bra in bamboo (S-L) Kayla is wearing a M
Laura’s Bra in bamboo, mentioned in the video as a smaller, sleeker option to the Adjustable Soft Bra, still with removable pads

You can get also whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Triangle Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras and which styles might work best for you? Join us for our 10-week long organic bra video series.

This week we’re covering Triangle Bras. Triangle Bras are very lightweight, minimal coverage bras without a lot of support. They are generally sized as S, M, L instead of 34B, 36B and are best fit for cup sizes AA – C. Triangles are definitely not for everyone. These bras work well for women who prefer not to wear a bra, but may require one for modesty. They are so lightweight and comfortable, you may forget you’re wearing a triangle bra at all. But don’t expect a lot of shaping or push up. These cute little “slip of a bra” triangle styles are just for covering your natural shape, not changing or enhancing it any way.

When choosing a triangle bra, find one that looks pretty to you. A touch of lace or detail that speaks to you will enhance your enjoyment of this simple style.

Bras highlighted in this video:
Avignon Triangle Bra (XS – L) Kayla is wearing a M
Triangle Bra with Lace (M – L) Kayla is wearing a M
Brigitte Triangle Bra (S-L) Kayla is wearing a M
Amour Triangle Bra (only S left) shown on hangar

We discussed bamboo fabric a little.  Several years back we wrote a piece on Tencel, Rayon and Bamboo that you might find interesting.  For more eco-fabric information, checkout our Most Eco-Friendly Fabric roundup.

You can also get whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Cami Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras and which styles might work best for you?  Join us for our 10-week long organic bra video series.

Today’s episode focuses on Cami Bras.  Cami Bras are a subset of the “Bralette” family. They are always sized as S, M, L instead of 34B, 36B, etc. and they pull-on over the head as opposed to having back closures. It’s a very simple style that tends to be flattering for A-D cups.  Because they are easy to make, a lot of clothing companies that don’t specialize in bras make them.  So you need to watch out for sizing!  Cami Bra Tops, also sometimes referred to as Yoga Bras, tend to come in a wide variety of colors and prints, which definitely adds to the fun of this particular style.

Bras highlighted in this video:
Soy Lace Cami Bra (XS – 2XL) This one runs small, Kayla is wearing an L.
Grace Bra Top (S – L) This one runs large, Kayla is wearing a S.
Cami Bra Top (S-L) This one runs true-to-size, Kayla is wearing a M.
Eve Panty – the panties that match the Grace Bra Top.
Sri Yantra Yoga Bra (only L left), orange bra shown on hanger.

You can also get whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bralette

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras and which styles might work best for you?  This second episode of our bra video series, discusses easy-wear, natural fiber “bralettes.”  I forgot to mention in the video, but bralettes are generally sized S, M, L instead of 34B, 36C, etc.  We do our best to convert the sizes so you have the numbered size equivalent in the product description.  We measured Kayla last time as a 34B, which in most bralettes will be a medium.

Bras highlighted in this video:
Ballerina Bralette (XS – 2XL) This one runs large, Kayla is wearing an XS
Tokyo Bralette (S – L) Kayla is wearing a M
Jen’s Bra (S-XL) Kayla is wearing a M
Soy Lace Bralette (XS-XL), shown on hanger
BC Bralette (S-XL) shown on hanger

The Ballerina Bralette is made from hemp, which we’ve determined is the most eco-friendly fabric.

You can get whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – No Wire Support Bras

For years I’ve been meaning to put together a video series on organic and natural fiber bras.  Camera shyness, more than procrastination, has delayed it.  The series was originally envisioned as showing some bras on hangers and going over the different types of bras, sizing, best fit, fabrics, features, etc.  Well, thanks to Dr. Kayla Luhrs of Moon Cycle Medicine, this is finally happening!  Kayla offered to act as a model for the series, and since I didn’t have to do it on my own, the camera seemed less intimidating.

We’ve mapped out a series of 10 different videos, which we will launch once per week both here and on our (as yet underutilized) YouTube channel.  Each one will highlight one specific bra style and provide tips for things to look for when deciding on an organic or natural fiber bra purchase.

Our first episode covers No Wire Support Bras and our tip shows you how to measuring yourself to determine your approximate bra size.  This was our first one, so hopefully they’ll get better over time. 🙂

Bras highlighted in this video:

  1. Eternelle No Wire Bra
  2. Alba No Wire Support Bra
  3. Infinite Full Coverage Bra

Our sizing Tip:

  1. Using a tape measure, measure directly under your bust around your ribcage (Kayla measured 30.5″)
  2. Add 3″ – 4″ to get to an even number (We added 3.5″)
  3. This number is your BAND size (So, Kayla is a 34″ band)
  4. Now measure across the widest part of your bust (Kayla measured 35″)
  5. Subtract your underbust measurement (30.5″) from your band measurement (35″) to get the difference (Kayla’s difference is 4.5″)
  6. Now lookup that number on the list below to get your approximate CUP size.  Since many manufacturers size their cups differently, this is only approximate, but should get you started near the right size. (In our example, Kayla measures a 34B.)
    • 2-3″ difference = AA cup
    • 3-4″ difference = A cup
    • 4-5″ difference = B cup
    • 5-6″ difference = C cup
    • 6-7″ difference = D cup
    • 7-8″ difference = DD cup
    • 8-9″ difference = DDD cup

Thank you for watching!

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Organic Clothing, Technology and Owning a Small Business (or Why Doesn’t Your Website Work?)

If you had an issue ordering from us in the last month or two, we’ve fixed a bunch of stuff, so please come back and try again. (This line was at the bottom of this post, but I’m told not a lot of people read past the first paragraph and it took me a long time to get to the point. So that’s the point. Now without further ado, I present the Great Ramble…)

Being a small business owner rocks!!

  • I meet amazing people and hear lovely stories.
  • I haven’t used an alarm clock to wake up for work in 5 years. (Although, I do have a 4-legged, furry alarm who makes sure I don’t sleep in too late.)
  • I have the freedom to make my own hours.
  • I don’t have to worry about mean bosses or annoying co-workers.
  • On a daily basis I have the freedom to work on whatever strikes my fancy or not to work at all.
My Alarm Clock

Being a small business owner sucks!!

  • Technology drives more of my business decisions than fashion or ethics.
  • Even when I’m “off” I’m thinking about business.
  • It gets lonely working on my own from home all the time.
  • There is enormous financial stress that comes with working for yourself.
  • Taking vacations together with my partner is such a challenge that we rarely bother.
Earth Creation’s Madeira Top

By now you may be wondering, what is she talking about?? Good question. (Brevity has never been one of my strong suits.)

In March we had a lot of frustrated customers calling us with odd errors we’d never seen or heard of before. The most common one was not being able to choose a size because the dropdown menu wouldn’t drop down. We had our worst sales month in 8 years… And nothing had changed on the website!

After much pulling of hair, I discovered that our PHP version (the software backbone that the code runs on top of, if you will), had been automatically upgraded by our hosting company. Our “old” code wasn’t completely compatible with our “new” software version.

I’m very happy to say that we now have the main issues fixed. We also have Paypal back up as a payment option. But if you’re still having problems, please let us know including what browser and operating system you’re using so we can trouble shoot.

Of course, what this actually means is:

  • A bunch of money went into paying developers instead of buying organic clothing.
  • A bunch of time went into fixing bugs instead of adding features.
  • A bunch of mental energy went into understanding technology instead of writing coherent, interesting blog posts… And here we are.

Since you made it all the way down here, I’m going to give you two treats.

1. A discount code. We usually only share our discount codes with newsletter subscribers, but this month all of our blog readers get it too.  Take 15% off on all Earth Creations clothing. Use code: ECforEarthDay – expires on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018.

2. A “hint.” Every year we have a big Anniversary Sale in July. This is the ONLY time all year that our organic bras go on sale. This year, Glen and I are going on vacation. For REALSIES! In order to go together, we are CLOSING for two weeks from Friday, June 22 – Sunday, July 8, 2018 (no shipments, no e-mail, no phone.) So we’ll be having a big combined Vacation – Anniversary sale from June 22-July 8 as a thank you for being patient with shipping. So mark your calendars!  And in the meantime, pick up a new Earth Creation’s top – they’re on sale right now!

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Wearing Organic Bras is Part of My Self-Care – A customer spotlight story

Organic Cotton Womens Moon Top
Kayla couldn’t resist the Moon Phases Ballet Top

After 8 years of university, Kayla finally completed her M.D. in family medicine and started working at a major hospital in 2012.  She was excited to meet and help patients.  Unfortunately, the US health-care system is focused more on profit than on care, and within a few years, Kayla was burnt out and discouraged.  Often with just 15 minutes scheduled per patient, she was not making the deep connections and serving the community in the way she had hoped to.  She finally realized that to provide the type of care she wanted to give, she would need to start her own non-profit clinic.  She spent another 2 years getting formally trained in Ayurvedic medicine.  Armed with both science-based and holistic health training, she manifested Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc. from a dream into reality in 2017.

A fun selfie sporting the English Bay Polo

Kayla and I met through a women’s networking group, Women Entrepreneurs of Portland (WE PDX) that I cofounded with a realtor friend. She was so excited to find a reliable source for organic cotton intimates!  She and her mom have become regular customers, and I have joined the board of her non-profit.  Unlike Ann from our last customer spotlight story, Kayla has no known allergies or skin rashes.  This led me to ask her at a meeting recently why she wore organic cotton intimates.  She responded, “Wearing organic cotton bras and panties is part of my self-care.  I get peace of mind knowing there are no chemicals on my intimate areas.”

She also told me she occasionally prescribes organic intimates to her patients. “I had a patient who had a severe rash in her private area.  I prescribed her organic cotton underwear along with more conventional creams and antibiotics.  When she came back for her follow-up, she had gotten all the conventional items, but still hadn’t purchased the underwear.  I had to explain, that the organic underwear was the most important prescription I’d given her and sent her off to go find some.”

Kayla’s secret? She’s rocking the Alba Padded Underwire Bra beneath those eco-fashion tops.

Kayla appreciates that FaeriesDance.com gives her a specific place to recommend patients to.  “It’s easier for my patients to follow my guidance if I know where to refer them.”

With so much synergy between our respective businesses, Kayla and I will be working on a few joint projects over the spring and summer.  She’s going to be offering a free workshop on breast cancer awareness at our warehouse and we’re also collaborating on a series of bra videos that have been on my to do list for several years.

As I mentioned in my last customer spotlight, my personal motivation for starting Faerie’s Dance was wholly environmental.  Twelve years into the business, I have to agree with Kayla that wearing organic clothing, and intimates in particular, is part of my self-care.  I just hadn’t thought of it in those terms.  Wearing lacy soy panties, or a sensuous pine-tree bra feels luxurious to me.  It’s become part of my everyday armor.

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