Friday, February 19, 2010

Last Chance Item: Underwire Soft Cup Bra

APRIL UPDATE:  Ecoland got so much feedback on this that they've changed their mind on the new development.  They are now remaking the original padding-free underwire bra, but they are using a thicker material to minimize see through issues in cold weather.  We still have some limited stock in this version and the updated version with thicker fabric should be available in late summer 2010.

We just placed a restock order for the Ecoland Underwire Soft Cup Bra.  They weren't able to fill our complete order and let us know that this particular version of this bra is being phased out.  Apparently, a new version with padding is in work.

While that should excite quite a lot of people who've been asking for padded bras, I fear a few of you will be disappointed in the loss of this simple, unpadded bra that we've been carrying for 3 or 4 years now.  At the moment we have pretty good stock in all sizes, but this is a quick seller.  So if it's one of your favorites, definitely pick some up soon.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Sweater Winners

This was a fun drawing.  Anyone who said multiple sizes would fit got put into the drawing for each. 

And the winners are...

Small - Rich (#3 of 3 entries)
Medium - Martin (#5 of 8 entries)
Large - LisaG (#3 of 4* entries)
X-Large - Kristina (#1 of 1 entry)

(*Kristina automatically won the XL, so was not included in the drawing for L)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Coffee Clothing... Almost

A while back I had heard that there was a new process of making fabric from spent coffee grinds.  The fabric was purportedly mixed with recycled PET to make "coffee polyester".  I was so excited by this idea (being a coffee addict lover myself), that I've been on the lookout for coffee clothing ever since.

At the Go Green Expo, I finally found coffee nirvana.  I saw shirts made from 100% coffee polyester that honestly didn't feel all that good, but were adorably cute with coffee beans printed on them, and nice fashion pieces that were 60% coffee polyester, 40% tencel that actually looked and felt good.  The prices were reasonable and I was all set to go!

I sat down with the manufacturer to talk process.  Exactly how is coffee polyester created (and why do the t-shirts feel like 1970's polyester suits)?  It turns out that recycled PET is combined with... here it comes... 2% coffee grinds and then respun into yarn.  So "coffee polyester" is actually 98% polyester with a sprinkle of coffee.  I was looking for a double espresso and instead got a Grande latte with 1/2 shot.  So those nice 60% coffee polyester, 40% tencel shirts actually contained just 1.2% coffee.

The process is fairly clean and dyed with low-impact dyes.  Since all the polyester is recycled it's not a bad choice environmentally.  But would anyone actually want one?  What's your opinion?  Is a little coffee better than no coffee?  Please leave a comment or answer our poll on the top right sidebar to share your opinion.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

February Give-a-Way: 4 Winners will get the Lynne Canyon Cable Sweater

Since our January Los Angeles-specific give-a-way excluded quite a few people because of location, we've decided to give away 4 products in February!

When we bought out much of HTNaturals remaining inventory, we ordered the cute Lynne Canyon Cable Sweater in Black and Purple.  Unfortunately, we wound up with just 1 Black in size Medium and 1 Purple in size Large.

So we're giving away these 1-of cute colors.  Of course, we don't want to leave anyone out, so we're going to give away a Small and an XL in the Heather Grey color as well.

We'll have 4 winners overall:
  • Size Small in Heather Grey
  • Size Medium in Black
  • Size Large in Purple
  • Size XL in Heather Grey
TO ENTER: Leave on comment on this blog post by midnight Feb 13th.  You must include the Size you want to win and an e-mail address or phone number so we can contact you.

We'll pick the winners on Valentine's Day!  The winner of each size will be drawn separately.

Please note that since the sizes are different colors, we won't be able to change the size for you.  This sweater runs fairly true to size in the body but is very slighly wide in the shoulders.  It works great on its own or as a layering piece over a tank or cami.