Friday, June 15, 2012

bags of a feather flock to pinterest

by frédérik

Here's a massive post chock-full of fashiony goodness to make up for the not-so-massive posts of weeks gone by.

...with a feather in her hair

Presenting themselves as the “original feather hair extension company,” Colorado-based Fine Featherheads offers stylish hair extensions made from natural American Rooster feathers dyed in a variety of colours with organic, mineral-based dyes. They come either bonded into sets or as individual feathers, and, apparently, can be treated like natural hair.

Also on offer are feather drops, which are designed to be woven into braids:

Here are snapshots of their lovely bohemian style:

Beautiful hair styling is great, but even better is that Fine Featherheads is a company with a conscience through their participation in 1% for the Planet, carbon-offsetting programs, and efforts to be a zero-waste company.

The only downside is that that their products are mostly available to stylists and salons, so you’d have to go through their website to find someone who offers their products. But you may get a chance to see them on the road through the Vans Warped Tour in partnership with breast cancer advocacy group Keep A Breast. Quoth the press release:

Kicking off this weekend during Vans Warped Tour, and continuing at each of the 44 stops throughout the summer, the companies hope to engage and educate the 550,000 15-25 year old attendees on the importance of the issue.

Throughout the duration of the tour, Fine Featherheads and Keep a Breast will work with the free photo sharing mobile app, PictureHealing, to encourage attendees to take photos of themselves and their friends on site and share via social media to earn donations.  With every download of the PictureHealing app, Fine Featherheads will donate $1 to Keep a Breast.  With every picture taken and shared, Fine Featherheads will donate an additional $.25.

In addition to connecting with VANS Warped Tour attendees via the PictureHealing app, Fine Featherheads will join Keep a Breast in the Girlz Garage where they will host giveaways and offer stylists to apply feather extensions at select locations.

Style + Social Responsibility = Beautiful

So all you fine long-haired folk now have a cool accessory to turn to. Fine Featherheads are very fine indeed. Now, if only they could figure out how to do feather hair extensions for bald people.

The Great Bag Quest

I’m on a quest for two things: flared black jeans and a utility bag. No luck on the flares so far, but the Great Bag Quest has yielded a tantalizing lead. Before sharing that lead in a future post, however, I wanted to share a very snazzy online discovery: Happy Cow, an Australian company that specializes in transforming the discarded leather from furniture manufactures into bags and belt. As they point out on their website, by reusing material that would otherwise go to waste, they help prevent the unnecessary killing of animals and contribute to reducing the CO2 emissions underlying global climate change.
Like Fine Featherheads, their ecological sensitivity is matched by really hip styling, some of which could make you feel like Batman or Batgirl at the Renn Faire:

Leather Waist Pack -  US $89.06

Side Pack Bag - US $70.55

Vintage Hipster - US $74.05

Leather Pocket Holster - US $69.05

Mini Pouch Belt Bag - US $84.56

Unfortunately, they didn’t quite have what I’m looking for, which presents a dilemma. I found what I’m looking for somewhere else, but it’s not made from reused leather and I have no idea where it’s made. Technically, then, that particular bag isn’t exactly what I’m looking for since I want both the functional style AND the eco-consciousness. My current solution to the dilemma is not to get anything, so I might not actually be sharing that so-called tantalizing lead after all except to mention that it's inspired by tactical gear. And the Great Bag Quest continues. Maybe I’ll just make my own. (Yeah, right.)

In any case: Happy Cow. Cool bags. Check it out.

Ugglebo’s Very Pinteresting Contest

You might have noticed that little unassuming box marked “Featured Contest” in the upper right corner. Whenever possible, I’ll try to link to fun contests for you to participate in. For the box’s inaugural contest, I linked to Ugglebo’s fun contest using pinterest boards. The prize: a pair of clogs. Natch.
I hemmed and hawed a bit over whether or not to enter. But the prospect of winning combined with the opportunity to give Pinterest a try won me over. After getting the invitation to join, I put together a board that would be substantively different from what anyone else was putting together. With the exception of one, maybe two, boards that really show some thought and imagination, I’m pleased with what I came up with regardless of whether I win or not.

For your amusement, here’s the board I submitted (click to enlarge):

If you prefer to see the live version of the board, click ye on this link right here.

To see the full set of rules and other entries, visit Ugglebo’s pinterest contest page.

If you already use Pinterest, there’s still time to enter – today’s the deadline. If you don’t already have an account, however, I’m afraid your out of luck; Pinterest takes a few days to respond to requests for invitations.

Alas, I still have no idea whether you fine readers would be interested in posts based on Pinterest boards. But the fault is mine for being too abstract, perhaps. Stay tuned for further experiments related to Pinterest. I think there’s some fun to be had…

A few housekeeping notes. I’m still incredibly busy, so as much as I strive to stay on schedule the forecast continues to list a 60% chance of tardiness, abbreviated post, and miscellaneous wibble-wobbliness. Becky hasn’t disappeared, but is taking care of business until things settle down enough to get back into the blogging swing of things. Please bear with us.
Usual Disclaimer: Images borrowed from their respective companies under fair use for illustrative purposes only. They will be removed at the copyright owner’s request.


Mica said...

Good luck in the pinterest contest! I don't have pintrest, resisting at the moment as I'm busy enough with all the other social networks! haha!

Thanks for the great tip on Happpy Cow - I hadn't heard of it before!

Frederik Sisa said...

Hi Mica! I did think of you when I came across Happy Cow. If you end up getting something from them, I'd love to hear about it!

I completely understand about the social networks deluge...we'll see how long pinterest can keep my interest. :)

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