Green Girl's reversible canvas eco-tote in Carolina chocolate (retails for $55).

Au Courant:

Knickers for Knockers: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local line Ecozuzu has designed some adorable cropped pants perfect for lounging. The heather-gray pants, made with an organic-conventional cotton mix and recycled polyfiber (now you know where your plastic water bottles go to die) are locally printed-so in addition to doing your part for the crusade for healthy boobs, you’ll also bank some carbon karma-and sport a cute pink heart, which, upon closer inspection, is not a heart at all, but a cluster of skulls. Through October, a percentage of sales from every pair will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Pick them up at, the Lotus Boutique, Etsy, or Amazon.

Some of the goods available at Lucia Loves Luigi.

Label Lust: Over at Lucia Loves Luigi (21 W. Ortega St.), Lucy Hamlin has some new arrivals that are sure to tempt. Among them are the latest embellished tops from the always-fabulous Rebecca Beeson, leather handbags from Carla Mancini, and a new-to-the-U.S. line called Talulah, out of Queensland, Australia, which comes with a decidedly rock ‘n’ roll kick. And don’t miss the sexy, sophisticated, winter-hued separates from Duuya. (Word to the wise: I’d skip the carbs before trying on anything from this line. Shop first, lunch second.)

Beware the Mounties: As Isla Vista is to Halloween as New Orleans is to Mardi Gras, it’s fitting that Miss Behavin’ (6551 Trigo Rd.) is selling costumes this year-and boasting an impressive selection of that all-important Halloween staple: fishnets. (Every color you can think of. Tights, too. And fake eyelashes. There; you’re practically done!) Pop in this Friday, October 23, between 11 a.m.-9 p.m. for a sale and soiree (then stop by Bagel Cafe and pick up a Regular on a Galaxy Bagel for me), and you’ll be all ready for the night of 1,000 citations.

Eco Gets Inspired: So, we got the memo: plastic bags bad, reusable bags good. And we’re happy to do our part-at the grocery store or the Farmers Market. But canvas is just so : beige. Show me a woman and I’ll show you someone who’d prefer her bag be a little fun. Especially if she’s hitting the mall. And it’s exactly these tree-hugging fashion fiends who Green Girl has in mind with its adorable line of reversible totes, which are locally produced utilizing organic cotton and nontoxic, water-based pigments. And they are So. Damn. Cute. Company owner Lori Rose only manufactures one batch of each print, so they’re all limited edition; in addition, she has a line of grocery-appropriate jute bags, and Tiny Totes, a collection for tots. Coming soon are the travel pouch, a set of nesting bags of various shapes and sizes, and a line made using recycled leather. Pick them up at Angel, Wendy Foster, Wendy Foster State Street, and the Bacara Spa boutique, or at (And when you do, please, oh please, tell whoever’s ringing you up that you don’t need a bag.)

Shop This:

Calling all clotheshorses, recyclers, penny-pinchers, consignment shoppers, and anyone else whose closet is in need of a good cleanse. If outing the old to make room for some new has been on your to-do list since the last time leggings were lust-worthy, now is the time to get busy. Once you’ve separated your quality castoffs, make your way to The Closet (1213 State St., Ste. L) this weekend for the Great American Buy-Back, a giant consignment event that, in addition to tons of new inventory (natch), will feature fabulous deals in the form of coupons, discounts, and bonus trade (check the blog at for deets-and sign up for VIP deals via the email list at The event goes from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days, sparing swappers the drudgery of making an appointment, and will be a fabulous opportunity to score some great new fall duds without spending a dime. To shop is good; to trade, divine.

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Dream Foundation Celebration of Dreams Fashion Show

The event formerly known as the First Ladies of the Dream Foundation returns for an eighth year on November 6, at the Bacara at 6 p.m., and, if tradition holds, it’ll be a stylephile’s dream come true. For tickets and info, call 564-2131 x116 or visit Here’s why you should check it out:

1) The Clothes: The event’s played host to some huge names (Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli) in the past, and this year is no exception. The post-dinner fashion show will feature Carolina Herrera’s 2010 Resort Collection, which is bright, floral, and utterly fabulous. (And, if this year is like all the others, you’ll also enjoy the lack of clothes on the “dream angels” of the male persuasion. : Let’s hope this year is like all the others.)

2) The Stars: The event is known for being pretty over-the-top, and I mean that in the best possible way. This year, guests will be treated to performances from 2009 American Idol winner Kris Allen as well as Grammy-nominated singer Taylor Dayne. Dream Foundation Ambassador Priscilla Presley will be presented with the Founder’s Award, and long-time S.B. supporters Jeff and Susan Bridges will also be honored at the event. The dude abides.

3) The Tears: Let’s be honest-who can turn down the promise of a good cry? This year marks the Dream Foundation’s 15th anniversary, a decade and a half of making dreams come true for adults facing life-threatening illnesses. Clothes, food, and celeb-gazing notwithstanding, meeting and hearing from the dream recipients is always the highlight of this dreamy affair.


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