Category Archives: Art & Culture

Green Your Music Festival this Season

Combine our most recent Earth Day Polyvore contest and Polyvore’s Coachella Style contest (our favorite looks soon to come!) and we were reminded of an important environmental opportunity, now that Festival Season is here.

Green Your Music Festival

This Green Music Festival article from Milkshake brought our attention to a greater organization, A Greener Festival. AGF is a not-for-profit company committed to helping music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices, and they’ve probably been around at the concerts and festivals you frequent, quietly helping event coordinators green your music environment.

Every year, they offer the AGF Award for the greenest event, both big and small, so do your best to be in-the-know of all the recycling and environmental efficiency programs happening at the events you attend in order to help out!

Here are some other ways you can green your music festival experience:
1. Skip the plastic bottle stands and bring a reusable water bottle. Events are getting very good at offering watering stations for you to refill.
2. Bring a backpack to avoid all the plastic bags from buying merchandise.
3. Utilize events shuttle systems and public transportation (and skip the parking lot gridlock when the show’s over)
4. Finger food: Opt for foods that require fewer utensils, plates, and napkins
5. Pick up when you can. Not everyone is going to behave like a green hero, so dispose of wandering bottles and cans as you walk by recycling bins

Of course you can always green your style with Kyler eco modern jewelry!
Finally, revisit the A Greener Festival website to see which event won for 2012!

Good Eats: Outerlands SF

They are the same kind of quintessential San Francisco restaurant: local and sustainable ingredients, oh-so-hip waiter, and a thee hour wait. But there are so many things that set this Ocean Beach-bound restaurant apart, aside from being off the beaten path…

Wood-paneled walls and hand-carved seating accompany one of the best brunches that San Francisco has to offer (see below). What we’ve enjoyed, and will enjoy time and time again, is the honesty of their recipes. If the menu states that you’ll be eating potato gnocchi with butternut squash, parmesan, and greens, that is exactly what you will taste.

Should you make it past the crowds, be sure to go home with one of their freshly-baked loaves of bread in order to bring the sense of warmth with you.

Outerlands SF
4001 Judah Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
415.661.6140

Happy Earth Month from Kyler!

It’s officially Earth Month – a special time of year for Kyler by Joy O and other eco-friendly designers alike! We hope that all day, every day, you are making earth-conscious decisions to better our economy, society, and planet, and this month we encourage you to spread the message!
This month you can look forward to some great Earth Month promotions, including featured Polyvore sets of our favorite eco designers Covet, Erin Kleinberg, and Burning Torch, and participate in our latest eco chic Polyvore contest for a chance to win a $50 gift card!

On Earth Day, April 22nd 2012, celebrate in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza with musicians, artists, craftspeople, activists, and educators, and if you’re not from around here, check out this link for Earth Day events around the country!

Later in the month, keep your eyes out for some big Earth Week sales and be the first to access deals and codes by joining our mailing list and liking us on Facebook!

We’ll be keeping everyone up to date on what other fun and informative events pop up in San Francisco, the country’s greenest city!

Welcome to the Hotel Americano

It’s such a lovely place…really. With founders originating from Mexico (where their other ten hotels lie), the Hotel Americano prides itself on its lack of trendiness and unique features in small spaces such as personal kitchens and a rooftop pool.

We love that this swank spot, with numerous room options from studio to downtown king, utilized recycled materials for its build-out and still boasts a little hint of south american tradition.

Special thanks to Dwell for this awesome find and feature!

All Things Considered – Logical Art’s ‘Empty Memory’

In a perfect world, all things, be them everyday or occasional, would be created with design as a top priority. From parking meters, to egg cartons, to treadmills, both form and function would reign supreme in our happy little design junkie world.

This is a tall order. We know.

But according to Logical Art, not all is lost! A functional and technological USB memory stick at the very least, deserves to live in our modern fairytale. The “Empty Memory” collection features both “structure” and “transparent” styles cast from stainless steel with a brushed hand-finish. Available at the end of this month, we hope these kinds of innovations steer the way for modern design.

Preorder from Logical Art here: http://www.logical-art.co.uk/
Special thanks to Design Milk for this captivating story.

Collected Beckons for Your Readership…

Are you due for a new e-magazine?
Really, this online publication hardly even has to try – so full of inspiring home and lifestyle ideas (with fashion following suit) and you’ll savor every last photo.Photo courtesy Collected Magazine

 

 

Spearheaded by the (personally highly-regarded) Jessica Comingore, we really enjoyed digitally flipping through this first issue, and you can check out her blog too!

Also not to forget about is the eco-oriented Lonny Magazine – remember when they featured our Twine earrings?

 

Have any digital magazines you want to share? We’re all (eyes and) ears!

Designer Spotlight: The Advocacy Impact of Apolis

It took little time for us to start noticing a familiar little tote being sold by our favorite shops. Unionmade was one, FrenchTrotters another…we just had to find the origin of the Market Bag that we were seeing everywhere, and sure enough, Apolis was the answer!

Teaming up with many tré chic vendors to create customized branding made this bag, manufactured by an ethical female-employed shop in Bangladesh, so popular. But what we really wanted to make note of was Apolis’ Advocacy Impact Projects as a whole, which gave the green light to the design and production of a selection of fashion accessories made specifically to support an industry in need in locations such as Uganda, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Needless to say, we hope this kind of global activism serves as a role model for all kinds of industries.