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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Berlin Ethical Fashion Show, Green Showroom and Swegmark Organic Bras

Funkhaus Berlin Interior

New York, London, Milan, and Paris have the largest Fashion Weeks around the world, but a number of other cities are touting more sustainable fashion weeks.  Green Fashion Week is a non-profit, traveling, sustainable trade show that has already made stops in Los Angeles, Milan and Abu Dhabi with its next showing in Rome and Naples in November.  And Ethical Fashion Show Berlin has become a sustainable Fashion Week staple.  It runs concurrent to the Berlin Fashion Week with a clear focus on sustainability, and partners with Green Showroom, an eco-fashion resource for retailers.  This summer Ethical Fashion Show Berlin has made a permanent move to a larger venue… and Faerie’s Dance will be there to check it out!

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Funkhaus Berlin on the banks of the Spree River is the new home of Ethical Fashion Show

A confession… after 12 years working in the fashion industry, I’ve personally never been to a professional fashion show.  In truth, I still get more excited by spreadsheets and graphs than runways and high heels.  YES, I love what I do for the positive impact it has on the world.  (In case you weren’t aware, EcoWatch claims Fast Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, second only to oil.)  But rekindling passion for your work is never a bad thing, and one of the things I’m very passionate about is travel.

Naturalmente by Schweikardt Moden will showcase at Ethical Fashion Show Berlin

So this year I’m going to do a little work-related traveling.  Faerie’s Dance will be attending the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin, checking out new lines at the Green Showroom, meeting up with Occidente at Panorama Berlin and finally flying to Sweden to discuss organic cotton bra designs with Swegmark.  Of course, since I’ll already be in Sweden… My partner and I will be taking a much needed vacation together as well, spending a week on a cruise through the Baltics.

We are training assistants to “watch the store,” and will be shipping orders and processing returns and exchanges during the entire trip, from July 1 – 20th.  However, customer service will be limited to e-mail only, with no phone service at all during that period, and we will not be able to offer expedited shipping for those 3 weeks.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to get updates from the show.  I look forward to celebrating our 12 year business anniversary on July 22, 2107, upon my return.

 

 

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Welcome to the All New FaeriesDance.com!

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After many months of effort, we’re so excited to roll out the brand new FaeriesDance.com! The list of new features is impressive and we hope you’ll appreciate them.  Here’s what’s new:

  • Filterable search:
    • Search our bras for your specific cup and band size.
    • Narrow results of any product by price, manufacturer or fabric material.
  • More images per product.
  • Product certification images (GOTS, OEKO-TEX, Fair Trade, etc.) on the product pages.
  • Newest products listed right on the homepage.
  • Flexible Gift Cards that you can e-mail or print at home.
  • Easy, one page checkout.
  • Checkout without creating an account (although the Wishlist and Gift Card features do require an account).
  • More payment options including AmEx and Paypal!

In addition to all these great features, there were a few we just didn’t have time to get in.  Over the coming months, we’ll be adding even more options as part of continuing site improvement.  There’s even an expanded customer service area and FAQ so you can quickly and easily get answers to your questions.

There is one major policy change.  We will no longer refund shipping charges on returns.  To offset this, we are looking into offering a slower, first class shipping option.  Unfortunately, that requires the weight of every one of our (1100) products.  So it will be a little while before we can get that implemented.

As with any new software, there are sure to be little issues here and there that we’ve missed.  If you find something that’s not working or seems “wonky” as it were, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know.

Thank you so much for your patronage through the years.  We’ve launched this new website on the 11 year anniversary of our original opening date (July 22, 2005). It’s only with awesome customers like you that we were able to do this.

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Pants to Poverty Organic Underwear Line is Back (And Literally Better Than Ever)!

If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you’ll know that we almost never put intimates on sale.  So this a fantastic opportunity to stock up and score a win for organic, fair trade underwear.
 
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Why are we doing it?  Well, for the last few months, Pants to Poverty, one of our all-time favorite organic panty manufacturers, hasn’t been responding to my inquiries.  Combined with the fact that most of their UK-based website items were on clearance, I figured they’d gone the way of Perfectly Imperfect, Ciel and Love Nature and were out of business.
 
Then last week, I got a call from Ben Ramsden himself, Pants to Poverty’s founder.  They’ve been in India working directly with their farmers and developing a new “3-dimensional accounting model.”  This 3D accounting model tracks the profit and loss of the business not just in financial terms, but also in social and environmental terms.  We’d already spotlighted Pants to Poverty in our Fair-Trade Fashion Round Up as a leader in the Fair Trade Fashion movement.  Now this revolutionary accounting idea has propelled them to nomination for 2014’s Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel, which is a pretty BIG deal for a small company.
 
In order to implement this new 3D accounting model, they’re streamlining their offerings quite a bit.  They’ve come out with a series of their most popular styles in 4 consistent colors across both their men’s and women’s line.  They’ve also up-sized the women’s panties, stating that customer feedback has suggested they were sized too small compared with conventional brands.
 
I’m truly thrilled to bring in these new undies.  Along with the organic panties we’re currently manufacturing, our customers will soon have a wider selection and awesome choices of styles and colors.
 
To facilitate going hog wild on this new order, we need a little working capital.  Hence putting the entire (now mostly discontinued) current line of Pants to Poverty Undies on sale for the next 3 weeks – from Earth Day to World Fair Trade day, you can get 15% off everything we have left.  Just use coupon code Pants at checkout.
 

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Come See Us at Portland’s Better Living Show March 29-30

We’re going “live”!  If you live around the Portland, OR area, come visit Faerie’s Dance – along with other sustainable companies – at the Better Living Show on March 29 – 30, 2014 at the Portland Expo Center.  Admission is FREE.  Take a moment to touch and feel some of the wonderful fabrics we’ve been writing about lately.

We’ll be part of the Semper Fashion Eco-Fashion Show and you’ll have the opportunity to see several of our styles on the runway.  There’s a changing room, so you can try things on, too.

If there’s something you’ve been wanting to check out, let us know in advance and we’ll be sure to bring it.

This is our first expo in Portland, and I’m pretty excited about it.  I look forward to meeting some of you in person.

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We’re a Top Ten Finalist for Green Business of the Year – Please Vote for Us!

Wow, for the second year in a row, FaeriesDance.com has earned a Top Ten spot (out of more than 5000 eligible businesses) for Green America’s People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year.  YOU made it happen by sending in boatloads of nominations, and we can’t thank you enough.  Our small business can only thrive by the support of our fabulous customers and friends. 

We have a second chance to win this prestigious award and get some much coveted press.  Please take one more minute and vote for us now that we’ve made it to the final 10.  And please, please, spread the word about FaeriesDance.com.  Your support is so appreciated!

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Please Nominate FaeriesDance.com for the 2011 Green Business of the Year

Please nominate us for Green America's People's Choice Award for Green Business of the Year!
Last year we were so excited to be in the top 10 nominee’s for Green America’s Green Business of the Year Award.   While we didn’t win, the recognition and added business exposure just from the nomination were immensely helpful and appreciated.  We’ve decided to throw our (organic cotton) hats into the mix and see if we can get into the top 10 nominees again for a chance to win Green Business of the Year for 2011

We may be a small business, but we’re big on green initiatives, and we’re still trying to help everyone “go green right down to their skivvies.”  This year, we’re particularly proud of adding Cottonique to our line up of lingerie brands to help people with chemically sensitivities.  We’ve also been recognized by both MCS America as an apparel resource and by Alicia Silverstone in her blog The Kind Life.

So please, please follow the nomination link to fill out a very short survey. Use Faerie’s Dance as our business name and FaeriesDance.com as our business location. Tell your friends as well – Facebook, tweet or e-mail them – every vote counts.

Thank you! Your support is greatly appreciated. 🙂

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October 1st is World Vegetarian Day – Go meat-free for a day

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day next weekend with great food and fun.  Even if you’re a carnivore, October 1st is a great day to try a local vegetarian restaurant.  Check out happycow.net to find vegetarian restaurants in every US state as well as most countries around the world.  Angelinos will appreciate Vegetarians in Paradise, a website that offers up reviews of vegetarian restaurants in and around Los Angeles.  Or try your hand at your own vegetarian creation using one of VegWeb.com’s 13,000 recipe ideas.

Folks living in San Francisco can enjoy World Veg Festival next weekend, October 2-3.  While Bostonians will want to check out the 15th annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival at the end of the month on Halloween weekend.  The Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand is arguably the most elaborate vegetarian festival in the world.

Even the greeting card companies are getting involved.  AmericanGreetings.com is offering up a free World Vegetarian Day e-card with a cute poem attached.

Bon Appetit,

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Faerie’s Dance is a Top Ten Finalist for the Green Business of the Year Award! Please vote for us.

We did it!  With the support of our customers, family and friends, Faerie’s Dance got enough nominations to make it into the Top Ten Nominees for the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year!  I can’t tell you how excited I am that our small business has gotten this level of recognition!  Thank you all so much for your support.

While just being nominated is a thrill itself, actually winning wouldn’t be a bad thing. 😉  Won’t you please consider voting for us in the final round?  Scroll through the Top Ten list on Green America’s Nominee Page to vote at the bottom.

With Appreciation,

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Please Nominate FaeriesDance.com as Green Business of the Year

Nominate us for Green America's People's Choice Award for Green Business of the Year!We may be a small business, but we’re big on green initiatives.  Please help us get recognized by Green America by nominating us for Green Business of the Year.  (Because everyone should go green right down to their skivvies – and we’re helping folks find green undies to support that goal!)

Follow the nomination link to fill out a very short survey.  Please use Faerie’s Dance as our business name and FaeriesDance.com as our web address.  Tell your friends as well.  Every vote counts.

Your support is greatly appreciated. 🙂

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