RefRecycling : Reuse, Recycle, Reformation

Whenever I have the urge to shop but my budget won't allow even a small trip to Forever21 for socks, I clean out and reorganize my closet. This may sound counter intuitive but it actually helps me to realize how much clothing I actually own and how, even though I really really want those adorable robot print sneakers and that Hawaiian print pencil skirt, I absolutely do not need them. Cleaning out my wardrobe seems to be the perfect remedy to my shopping addiction when need be, but more than just saving my bank account from a hit it can't take it also makes me feel good to think of the people who will give my clothes a second life once they're donated. And now favorite "It Girl" brand Reformation is hoping to make it easier for you to do just that.

With any and every purchase from TheReformation.com, the brand will include a RefRecycling shipping label you can use to pack up your old clothes and send them back to Reformation to be recycled and made into something new. As a brand already known for it's environmental efforts, it comes as no surprise that Reformation wants to make it easier for everyone to recycling when they can, especially when Americans reportedly throw out 68 pounds of clothing per person annually.

In addition to the RefRecycling movement, Reformation is starting its #OutfitOfThePast campaign. Just post an old photo pf yourself rocking your best (and by that they mean worst) out of date, blast from the past outfit and post it on social media using the hashtag #outfitofthepast. One lucky winner will be rewarded for their questionable fashion choices with $500 to spend at Reformation and get the closet update they so obviously need. So get cleaning and looking through all your ld photo albums to find those pieces ready to be remade for their second lives!

Learn more at TheReformation.com

She Thinx

At this point, you probably don't think twice about buying tampons, pads, and liners. You either have your go-to brand or really couldn't care less as long as you can still wear you favorite white summer dress without fearing a stain from the riding the red wave. But what you may not think of is all the women out there who can't pop into CVS or Duane Reade at the last minute. Women whose lives are truly interrupted once a month. You may not have considered them, but She Thinx has.

image via  SheThinx.com

image via SheThinx.com

She Thinx founders Antonia Dunbar, Miki Aragal, and Radha Agrawal are rethinking the process of dealing with your period. Originally inspired by their own frustration searching for tampons that don't leak, underwear that resists stains, and the ever-impossible comfortable pad, these three friends set out to create undies that can do it all. Now available in three styles (thong, hiphugger, and cheeky) the She Thinx brand allows women to keep living their lives without the constant, sometimes irrational, fear that white clothing is doomed to fall victim to your period.

"THINX is made up of THINX QuadTECH, super-thin high-performance materials that resist stains and leaks, wick moisture and provide anti-bacterial support. The first line of THINX can completely replace panty liners on days when you want light support or it can act as back up to your traditional disposable or washable/reusable methods on heavier days." - She Thinx for Elle

More importantly, however, might be the fact that for every pair of She Thinx undies purchased, the company sends a portion of the profits to their partner organization AFRIpads which trains women to sew and sell washable, reusable cloth pads. These are women who have to miss school one week every month because of the stigma attached to having their periods, leaving them far behind boys their age and sometimes leading to their need to drop out of school.

She Thinx is not just for the "modern woman" living in the U.S. or Paris or London. It is for modern women everywhere. After all, it's 2015 - women shouldn't be held back by their periods any more.

Still unsure of how they work or, to be frank, really grossed out? She Thinx is more than happy to address all you questions and concerns. Check out their FAQ page or shoot them an email and they will be there to talk you through all your period woes.

Tuesday Shoesday : Platform Sandals

The 70's are back, baby! Good luck finding any fashion magazine this fall that isn't featuring flared jeans, flowy lace-up tops, and suede mini skirts. But the real breakout star of the 70's revival is the platform sandal. Stow away your skinny stilettos and embrace this much more comfortable way to add some height instead.