Not Just Pretty : Sustainable Style

May 1, 2011

May Day Special!

New arrivals from …

Aegean Oversized Tee

in black or dust storm

Other new styles! Artist’s Top, Compass Tee, and Corsica Pocket Cardigan

For more styles and details, visit Stewart Brown

at Not Just Pretty!

May Day Special! 15% off all Stewart Brown styles*
Just mention the code: May Day

Offer ends Sunday May 1st at 5pm

September 18, 2008

Who’s Not Just Pretty?

Behind the scenes at Not Just Pretty

Katrina at Not Just Pretty

Katrina at Not Just Pretty

Many of the photographs of items in the Not Just Pretty Online Store are provided by the individual fashion designers.   All the others are shot in our photo studio by our photographer, Katrina Smith.
Since she has the inside scoop, we asked her:

“Who are your favorite sustainable fashion designers?”

Katrina’s absolute favorites?

“I love Ashley Watson for beautiful, unique leather purses. The attention to detail that goes into them is amazing!”

“I’d pick Myco Anna for one-of-a-kind pieces. I love that you’ll never run into someone wearing the same thing.  Plus I get about a million compliments whenever I wear one of their pieces.”

“Everything by Stewart & Brown – Their clothes make everyone look great!  Their styles are so easy to wear, yet chic at the same time.”

and last but not least:  “Thieves …beautiful, beautiful dresses that always get a second look from passersby!”

Katrina at Not Just Pretty

Katrina also added: “what a hard hard job it is to photograph the clothes for the website because you just end up falling in love with the clothes through the camera lens.

We can relate! Thanks for the peek behind the scenes, Katrina!

August 12, 2008

It’s Easy Being Green With Stewart + Brown

Watch this very interesting video interview with Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, of the sustainable clothing brand, Stewart + Brown. It’s a segment of the show “It’s Easy Being Green” hosted by the well-known green activist Renee Loux. It is sweet that their inspiration for their company came from the birth of their daughter, Hazel…

Stewart & Brown Merino Bubble Sleeve Cardigan

In 2002 Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, partners in life and work, realized their destiny; They gave birth to a baby girl named Hazel Stewart Brown and a baby brand named Stewart+Brown.

Design for Karen and Howard is a passion and a way of life. Their professional journey stems from a union of creativity and purpose. Karen, a trained painter and New York native, and Howard, a graphic artist and Montana native, oversee every aspect of the product and brand themselves. Each Stewart+Brown collection, at an elemental level, is a fusion of experiences and insights filtered through their creative core and rendered into their own unique and personal aesthetic. While finding inspiration in all aspects of life, their collaborations are primarily influenced by art, design, culture, travel, and nature.

For more about Stewart and Brown see their websiteStewart & Brown Tie Neck Tee from Not Just Pretty

The union of creativity and purpose is evident in their beautiful creations. Shown on the left is the Stewart & Brown Merino Bubble Sleeve Cardigan in superfine merino wool, and on the right is the Stewart & Brown Tie Neck Tee in heathered organic cotton knit. The Stewart and Brown Button Front Vest, made of Mongolian cashmere, is below.

I completely agree that being a parent can make you SO much more aware of your environmental impact!

(What do YOU think?)

Stewart and Brown Button Front Vest

Stewart and Brown Button Front Vest

June 8, 2008

Del Forte Denim : Eco-Luxury Feels Good!

Del Forte Calla Jeans

Del Forte Denim is designed for the eco-chic woman who is transforming the face of fashion. Made in the USA with 100 percent organic cotton, Del Forte’s premium denim apparel is part of a growing trend which interprets luxury as a combination of distinctive design and ethical production.

The garments are sewn and finished in Los Angeles, a fashion-forward city that is a leader in anti-sweatshop legislation and enforcement, as well as being home to the most cutting-edge wash development facilities in the country.” from Del Forte Denim

Fitness Travel Gear and their sister blog Fancy Green have excellent reviews of organic and sustainable fashions made of cotton, denim, silk, bamboo, soy …

Here’s an excerpt of a review of Del Forte’s Calla Jeans from Fitness Travel Gear:

A good pair of jeans speaks for itself. Unfortunately, too many jeans try too hard, relying on fluffy adornments or bizarre styling to catch your attention. But we know better; it’s not about the bling, it’s about the fit. And the fabric.

Del Forte’s Calla jeans are confident, simple, and straight-forward. They actually remind me of my favorite pair of Levis, and preserve many of the “original” jean’s design elements such as pocket rivets and a clean, straight-leg cut. The Calla has left a few subtle marks on this blueprint, contrast stitching on the pocket and two small embroidered logos (one on the waistband, top right, of course) and one on the inside panel of the zippered fly.

I knew the minute I pulled my Calla jeans out of the box that these were no ordinary jeans, despite their low-key appearance. The organic denim is soft like velvet. They actually feel creamy to the touch, especially after washing. I love the low-rise cut, but since not everybody does, Del Forte makes these jeans in a medium-rise, too, which is plenty modest for anyone. I also love the long, straight/skinny tapered leg, and the slightly stretchy fit. The longer I wear them, they give more and fit like a glove. I never thought I’d give up my baggy jeans–I’ll still keep them for working around the house –but I’m a pretty serious convert at this point. I’m never going back to wearing men’s jeans..”

For the entire review, please see

May 28, 2008

Great Green Blogs!

Filed under: eco-friendly, ethical clothing, fashion, organic, sustainable — Tags: , , , , , , — notjustpretty @ 7:48 am

Some great “Green Blogs” I’ve found…. I’d love to read more!

Eco-chick : “Because Mother Earth is a Woman” … Lots of GREAT articles and photos.

Happy Frog FrogBlog : Blog for BC’s Green Directory and Sustainability Community – live green, have fun!

Fancy Green Blog An excellent site with reviews of sustainable fashion designer clothing. “Dress Better, Look Better, Feel Better : Nobody should have to sacrifice fashion to live a greener life–especially when there are so many fancy green clothes out there.”

Green Thinking Blog : Smart and entertaining! : (The Blog Formerly Known As TreeHuggerMum) has green directories, job postings, articles, a forum, books for sale and more…

Go Green Ego : forward ideas for green people

The Accidental Eco-maniac : A super-pretty site with lots of articles about all things eco!

Consciousconsuming : “Conscious Consuming seeks to increase awareness of the impact of buying decisions on our health, happiness, and environment.”

Greengirlsglobal : “an international weblog about people from various different places with various different experiences, skills and interests talking about how they and people where they live are trying to live a life in a way that is positive for the environment, people and animals.”

Hautenature :
“Ecologically based creative ideas, art & green products for your children, home and lifestyle…… eco guide blending high style with sustainability”

Hippyshopper : Green news and more!

Sustainablog: “regularly features environmental leaders, experts in alternative energy and green technology, and real people trying to lighten their environmental footprints”

Thedailygreen : The consumer’s guide to the green revolution.”

Also not really a blog but TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. TreeHugger’s blog is Hugg

Environmentalfriendlies – “kind-to-nature online alternatives” is a super-pretty site with excellent articles on sustainable issues.

La Marguerite – An “environment blog”, with excellent articles and discussion, focused on behavioral solutions to global warming.

** Let me know of any I haven’t found or forgot to list! **