With the changing of the season (don’t you miss summer already?), it’s time to go back to those Fall essentials that will get you ready for the coming cold.
The Black Turtleneck
Instant chic. Every ParlourMaid should own a good one … or you will be forced to recycle every season, and who has time for that? Beside, a good t-neck is the perfect way to pull together any ensemble, especially on those “I don’t know what to wear” days.
Left to Right:
Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly Sountrack, Piece Talks by CRAC (Blu & Ta’Raach), Algo Especial Para Recordar by Celia Cruz & Tito Puente, Planet Pimp by Soil & Pimp Sessions – all available at Dusty Groove
New Season? New Journal.
If you are like us, no blackberry, treo or iPhone is better than a good pen and piece of paper to keep track of what’s in your head. However, you are really like us, the summer did a number on your journal, offer your thoughts a new home with these:
A Good Boot
Next to the turtleneck, you absolutely need to have a good pair in your repertoire but that doesn’t mean that you have to break your neck:
Left to Right:
To-The-Knee Boot | Loeffler Randall | $795 | CUSP, Saigon Mid-Calf Boot | Chie Mihara | $651.59 | Footlux, Caron Multi-Buckle Boot | $190 | TopShop, Petler Boot | BCBGirls | $179 | Zappos
An Escape Plan
Fall is the perfect time for that three-day vacay. Fridays were meant for being sick and jetting off to one of our warmer neighbors, didn’t you know that?
A Denim Jacket
You can never have enough of this Spring/Fall staple that goes with just about anything and now the cuts are just as diverse as the washes:
If you’re anything like us, summer weekends mean one thing: time to tackle that stack of unread books. Though we begin every summer with ambitions of finally reading that Tolstoy or Virginia Woolf that’s been prominently displayed on our desks, we all know what really gets tucked, guiltily, into the beach bag. There’s no shame in it, ladies! In fact, Parlour supports your need to tune out and tune into a brilliantly trashy read every now and again. Here we present the brightest of the baddest.
– Angela Cravens
Only Angela could put our dirty reading list out there with such class! Based in Brooklyn, NY, check her out at www.angelacravens.com
[Ed Note: Honorable mentions- anything by E.Lynn Harris and P.G. County by Connie Briscoe!]
We ParlourMaids love our green; green money, green eyes on cuties and green grass in the summer as well as other green things…but most of all, we love living green. We’ve been doing our best to be environmentally responsible way before it became fashionable, in addition to saving the earth – it’s been saving our wallet!
Now, don’t believe the hype, going green is really MUCH easier than you think. Lately, a bunch of new “green” product lines have popped up-but if you look closely around your home and ‘hood, you probably have everything you need already, take the time to educate yourself and you will be on your way….
1. A Fly Tote
A reason to go shopping, and help save the planet while maintaining a while looking good. Plastic shopping bags build up, don’t decompose and are overall just bad for the environment. Paper bags actually use more resources to produce. A tote is your best bet. A good rule of thumb is to keep three totes for various types of shopping (grocery, clothes, drugstore, etc). Besides, anything is better than a plain old bag! Here are a few of our favorites…
Marc Jacobs Tote $15 (for all you bag snobs); Envirosax Graphic Series Totes, $8.50 ea., Seabags Small Single Digit Tote, $95, Trails to Bridges Recycled Cambodian Tote Bag, $30
2. Got Vinegar & Baking Soda?
Most household cleaners not only are harsh on the nose, they harsh release chemicals into the air, ruining your air quality and our environment. One of us was a diehard Windex fiend (like the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding), but really? There was life before Windex. Simple and effective (we tried them) these cleaners are easy on the earth as well as your hands and face. Try Vinegar & Water (for your windows) or Baking Soda, Water & Lemon Juice (for scrubbing), more recipes can be found here. If you are diehard product girl, try the MrsMeyers line, which uses biodegradable and natural ingredients.
3. Turn off the lights…and light a candle.
It sounds simple, but most folks in our clique still manage to leave at least one light on in an empty room or even worse, when they leave the house. Not only does cutting off la luz help save energy, but it also helps out on your utility bill! It’s simple. Empty room? Turn off the light! Want a dim look? Try candles instead of a dimmer…they make any room look great and are much, much sexier…
4. Stay Online. Seriously.
Shopping for things (music, movies, clothing, etc) online is much safer these days and with over 10 million websites that we know of, the selection is much better. In addition to saving on the fuel needed to get to your destination and the need for multiple shopping bags, you also help curb the need for product cases and packaging from DVDs, CDs, and other goods. Just be sure to opt to have everything shipped once (if applicable) and recycle your shipping boxes! Some of our favorites:
5. Recycle Those Gadgets…
How many ipods are out now? If you are two steps ahead like most tech-mavens out there, chances are you have a few “older” gadgets in a drawer somewhere, or maybe an old TV or computer? If you are not up to selling your old wares, try recycling them or donating them to a charity in need, anything is better than them going to the local dump! Also, did you know that old ipods make great portable hard-drives?
6. Bottled Water is for Lames…
If you take a trip to your nearest landfill, next to plastic bags you are gonna see A LOT of water bottles. With the onslaught of “designer” water recently, all of those bottles have to go somewhere! Wanna kick the habit? Get off your butt and go to Target for a Brita water filter pitcher for the crib and 2-3 refillable water bottles (you can throw them in your tote!) Chances your job has a water cooler, bring your own glass! Redoing your kitchen? Invest in a kitchen sink filter for purified water on the fly.
Brita Deluxe Water Pitcher, $25; Trudeau Refillable Water Bottle, $10
7. Time For A Recharge.
Got batteries? Outside of them being expensive these days, you can never find batteries when you really need them! Today’s rechargeable batteries, when properly charged are a great investment and will save you money in the long run, as well as ease the impact of their toxic waste on our planet.
8. Green Style
Green fashion still make you think of Woody Harrelson and his hemp phase? There are a ton of great lines and finds made from recycled and sustainable materials. Still not feeling it? Go vintage…better cuts, cheaper price point (if you know where to look) and vintage doesn’t impact the planet by using our natural resources to produce.
Niki Robinson Nafika Wedge, $365;Organic Cocktail Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $595; Tarma Semilla Necklace, $55
9. Make Your Own Morning Shot.
In addition to the coffee that we provide, we bet that if you curbed your Starbucks habit, you will end up with some more change in your pocket and less waste in the trash. A french press, which are chic and very easy to use, or a classy teapot, and a cute thermal container are all you need to reduce waste and get your morning fix! When buying coffee or tea, buy green as well-from fair trade and organic labels.
10. Gotta Drive? Drive Green. In Style.
Nothing is better than rolling the windows down and bumping your favourite track on a sunny dayâ€“and with the recently released new models of hybrid cars, you can drive in style, while releasing less toxins in the atmosphere. We aren’t exactly the Prius type, but Lexus has unveiled one of the sexiest luxury hybrid models to dateâ€“don’t worry, there are Lexus hybrid options for all price ranges, we just aim high!:
LEXUS LS 600h L Luxury Hybrid Sedan, $117,119
Not in the market for a new car? Keep it vintage but with a twistâ€“switch out the engine to biodiesel.
Happy with what ya got? Then make it a friends affairâ€“carpool it! It’s amazing that we will carpool to the club, but not to work right? Pick a central drop-off location and take turns driving, in most major cities like San Francisco, carpooling means free tolls and a faster commute.
These are just 10 of many steps you can take to make your world a little greener, and your life a little sweeter.
– The Parlour Fam
Our Sunday night routine is always a little off since we’re in denial that Monday is coming, but with HBO’s The Wire officially over– it will never be the same. Outside of great writing, acting and a story line that was as gritty as it was beautiful, let’s face it-– The Wire crew was hot. For our debut edition of the Covet list, we give you, in no particular order, the covet-worthy faces of The Wire.
Detective Leander Sydnor, Played by Corey Parker-Robinson
He’s our favorite good guy, with just enough street in him to be one of Baltimore’s finest. Plus, he ended up being the new McNulty and we can always use another one of those.
Chris Partlow, Played By Gbenga Akinnagbe
Ok. Before you kill us, have you ever seen him in real life? Chris ultimately had a good heart, (looking out for Michael when Marlow wanted to kill him…) he just didn’t use it the best way….