Green Goddesses

Episode 7:'s Associate Editor ponders boho style and Prince-worthy pieces.

Hello my earth-loving fashionistas! Strap on a pair of f—k me pumps for an eco-friendly cause, and let’s celebrate the recycling of fashion.

Gucci, Gucci
Wilson and Ambria put their poker faces on hardcore for these Gucci shoes and with good reasons. They were climate change December hot. The platform's hint of gold was incredible, and they radiated an aura of fierceness that you just don't see every day. And just like Hands Across America, there was something for everyone -- the consignor got a major a deal (50-50 on $800). I'm surprised Ambria didn't strap those on for herself and take off -- must have been too small.


Green Goddess
When Karina and Tara walked into Lisa's eco-friendly home I was immediately smitten. The broken glass fireplace, incredible light, and roof garden said, "I'm crazy rich, but I'm crazy rich and I care." Needless to say her closet wasn't just filled with recycled cotton tees. The super precious polka dot Dolce & Gabbana suit was so cheery and adorable I could barely stand it. Nothing says, "My sister's getting married, and I'm still more fabulous," like a Minnie Mouse power suit.


Between that and the incredible gown, it's no wonder that Tara fully embraced in the earth mother mindset and decided to throw a shindig. (I'm sure her back-to-Native American days Navajo sweater didn't hurt the shindig's spirit either).

Just Jack(et)
Karl is a fashionable fellow. He's rocking some major man jewelry and toting a jacket worthy of a Prince concert after-party attended by Mary J Blige. But that’s just the problem. Now that he's been snapped in this snazzy jacket, he’s got to unload it. . . or does he?

In the end, Karl does not sell the jacket, which is a bummer because his boyfriend hated it. Not only are you depriving the world of this jacket, Karl, you're disappointing your man! Stop being so selfish! He is not going to be pleased to see you trot back in with that LV bag. Think of your boyfriend. You should probably just give me the jacket and call it a day. Sure it's a little Delta Burke with a bedazzler on Designing Women, but that's fine. I'll deal with it. Got to wear something while I'm drafting up sketches of balloon valences.

Go Coconuts
Two important eco-facts we learned this week. When in doubt skip silk and button your shirts with coconuts. Maybe I'm not fully grasping the concept, but I was too distracted by the myriad delights in Samantha Pleet's studio. It looked like the staging area for a Feist video in there, what with her floppy hats and organic cottons. Personally, I am obsessed with her Chart dress and I agreed that Tara did look like a sexy little school girl. The chariot dress gets some major points since it was easily changeable however I would like to see it in action. I feel that on a short gal like myself it might look a little Coraline-ish.

But even without a carbon footprint there was a negative o-zone hanging over the shindig. Wilson thought Tara's pre-party attitude was a little too much to handle. And like any obedient employee he told her so.

Oh honey. Maybe the Goo-Gone fumes from cleaning those beer bottles were going to your brain, but you need to respect the "pecking order" (is this The Real Housewives of New York City or The Real Housewives of Atlanta, since Wilson was also singing "Tardy for the Party"). Tara is in fact Wilson's boss, and perhaps he should start acting like it. . .

In the end, the party was a success, with people snapping up items left and right despite the pre-party mojo issures. What do you think though? Which eco-friendly item was your favorite -- besides the well-watered arrangements?

What The Water Gave Me

Ambria discusses the team's work with Generosity Water and how proud she is of Tara's progress.

I loved going to Kelly Killoren Bensimon's closet. Aside from Keni Valenti and Eva Lorenzotti's closets, Kelly's was my definite favorite. Handbags, shoes, dresses, suits, an entire Missoni shelf. . .seriously? I aspire to have that closet. On top of the clothing, the bags, the ridiculous apartment and Kelly's down-to-earth friendliness was her charitable demeanor. She knows she has been fortunate, and she makes it a point to give back in her life, which is such an admirable quality. Generosity Water is her pet charity, and I see why. You see the direct results of the funds you send, which is not always the case with charities.

I have always wanted to get involved with charities but I've never been in a position to do so. Working at Second Time Around gives me opportunities to be around clientele who have plenty of clothing and plenty of money. Linking Generosity Water with our clients to build a well in Haiti was finally my opportunity to be a hands-on part of something extremely beneficial. I knew being the one to auction everything would be a challenge -- I've never done that before in my life! I figured because I knew a lot of the women, and we had those amazing items from Peter Som, Kelly Bensimon, Rachel Roy, and Alexa Ray Joel it would be a walk in the park. I was secretly hoping to raise enough money for two or three wells. I was totally wrong. These women did not come ready to give their money away. . It was a real fight to even get a paddle raised. Luckily Wilson came to my rescue with that deep, masculine voice that commanded those women a bit more than mine. Wilson has such positive energy and he definitely added a richer dimension to the party.

Persistence pays off, though, and after a few glasses of champagne the women began bidding. It wasn't the triumphant, over-the-top success I had wanted, but that one well does give water to a thousand people. So I guess I'll just give us four a congratulations for getting that far. Water is something that we take for granted; I can't imagine taking a sip of water and worrying that it's contaminated. This was by far the most rewarding thing I've done in a long time.

I was soooo hoping that Colin's bracelet actually belonged to Coco Chanel. Obviously Coco was one of the most influential women in fashion, so I got really excited. It was a let down to find out it wasn't. Visiting the Elle accessories closet was a nice little band-aid. You didn't even really get to see how much stuff was actually in there! I only wished Karina could have been there to fulfill her fantasy of accessories.

I am proud of Tara for sharing about her alcoholism. Everyone has different past experiences which leads them into certain circumstances they would rather not have to deal with it; I definitely have my own. It hasn't always been easy to watch her go through the motions at work. It's the type of situation that there is nothing you can do but be supportive. She has handled herself with dignity and grace, and I believe her sharing is quite inspirational for others who have similar demons.