The Friday 5, Vol. 24

A weekly roundup of EcoSalon’s top stories.

In Off the Catwalk And On To The Curbs: Introducing a New Video Series our new video addition, Curb Appeal, takes to the streets to show you what’s chic and unique with real women in real time. What’s hot and haute across the pond? Be inspired by the most fresh and edgy looks snapped by Europe-based correspondent Abigail Wick biweekly. From the Left Bank to the former Eastern Bloc, EcoSalon’s exclusive video series will catch female fashion head-turners on sidewalk curbs everywhere.

London’s riots have us scratching our heads as to how the insurgence could have gotten as far as it did. In London’s #riotcleanup: Keep Calm And Carry A Big Broom, London based writer Sarah Lewis-Hammond writes: “As we reflect, we have to remember that while a handful of disenfranchised and disaffected people began destroying cities, the rest of the country collected together in an astonishing display of community. #riotcleanup mobilized thousands. Hot on its heels was Anti-riot: Operation Cup Of Tea, a Facebook group encouraging peace-loving members of the public to upload photos of themselves eschewing acts of violence and instead enjoying the most British of pass times – tea drinking. It currently has 220,000 members, 20,000 more than when I started writing this article an hour ago.”

In her series of Hybrids, Textile Futures Textile, textile artist Hao-ni Tsai experiments with transforming fur sourced from western cultures, indigenous Taiwanese fibers and traditional craft technique into new combinations of sculptural adornments. HeARTbeat columnist Dominique Pacheco writes in her article Hao-ni Tsai Explores Abandoned Materials in Her Hybrid Series: “The artist innovates textiles with a fearless approach by using a variety of handwork that includes traditional crafting, knotting, looping, knitting and binding. The result is that her textile combinations produce pieces of unique interest and boundless imagination.” Visually stunning images in this post make it a must read and see.

This week’s Foodie Underground reminds us that thanks to the internet, there’s a blog for every kind of food, no matter how weird. Columnist Anna Brones writes in Top 10 Oddest Food and Foodie Blogs: “The only thing more important to a foodie than a kitchen is the internet. How else are you going to showcase all of your favorite food porn shots that you take at dinner every night?” Thanks to Brones we know way more than we should about odd foodies.

When we think about the institution of marriage we think it’s a given, we can marry whoever we want without consequence but in Sex By Numbers: An Anthropological Look At Marriage, we learn different. Abigail Wick writes: “The current incarnation of marriage (one governed by romance and not pre-arrangement), is unique in human history, but its contemporary expression is no more exceptional than any other across history and geography.” The difference in region and time period however, has greatly altered the institute of marriage, at times, frighteningly so.




Amy DuFault

Amy DuFault is a conscious lifestyle writer, consultant and fashion instigator. She resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.