Holiday Gift Guide

Naughty or Nice- These are the gifts to give and get for the holidays and the good news is they are right here in Point Pleasant!

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Holiday gift giving is so much easier & fun when you shop right here in town! 

There is no need to worry about delivery delays, big box store errors, or receiving an email telling you your gift is... OUT OF STOCK.  

House & Closet is proud to be the sponsor of Mrs.Claus's favorite things this year! Here's what is topping her list:

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Everyone loves our holiday themes platters & scented OLD SOUL vegan soy candles. You'll love the scent of the Siberian Pine candle, so pick one up for a wonderful hostess gift & one for yourself to fill your house with wonderful aromatics.

 

 


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Give a gift that has a special meaning. They say angels are near when feathers appear. Our Light as a Feather necklace is the perfect gift for someone you love.

 

 

 


 

Top pick for the globe trotter in your life - The Bed|Stu Suri bag has room for EVERYTHING! The uniquely designed bag combines beauty & utility. This spacious shoulder bag is a favorite travel companion, that was made for the woman on the go.

 

 

 


Still not sure what to give? Let one of our elves pick out THE PERFECT GIFT they are sure to love.

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Style Influence for Fall 2017

The season of cold weather has finally come to the Jersey shore! And while we love summertime and the sand beneath our toes, we also LOVE the fashion that cooler weather brings. No matter your style influence, these fall fashion trends bring all together for cooler weather!

STYLE INFLUENCE: Bohemian 

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Your inner bohemian is calling! Wear a pair of black patent skinny jeans & add draping layers of textured and floral scarfs. Continue the sumptuous layering on your fingers & wrists with stacked rings & bracelets. Just add your favorite boots and your hippie style is ready to celebrate the season 

STYLE INFLUENCE: 80's Rock n Roll

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Who doesn't love denim? And that's a good thing! The  double denim trend is a big nod to the 80's and rock n roll icon Debbie Harry. This Blondie singer absolutely nailed the look with top to bottom denim. 

STYLE INFLUENCE: Lumberjack or Jill

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Looking for comfortable and on trend fashion?  Take on the nightlife in a cozy flannel plaid shirt, loosely tucked and unbuttoned. Make it utterly feminine by layering your shirt over  a beautiful lace topped camisole and pair with distressed and deconstructed denim. 

Not sure how to incorporate some of the runway trends to make your own style standout? Stop in or make an appointment with our House & Closet stylist, Francine today!

She can help you edit and add to make your look on trend in the privacy of your home or in our store.

20 Small Changes That Can Have a Big Impact in Your Life

You might think making small changes may not always make a difference, but it can be quite the opposite. Believe it or not, Beautycounter was started by one woman who decided to make small changes in her life.

Years ago, Beautycounter Founder & CEO Gregg Renfrew felt the need to make small adjustments to improve her home, diet, and lifestyle. These small changes eventually led to her creating the movement for better beauty.

Read on and find out their best tips that will have a big impact on your life.

Home

1. Choose a safer detergent. Skin is your body’s largest organ and it absorbs everything you put on it, including the detergent you use on the clothes you wear every day. Some detergents can be made from potentially harmful ingredients that your skin may, in turn, come into contact with.

2. Choose glass over plastic. Some plastics contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) which the FDA has issued hazardous health warnings about. So instead of using plastic containers, go for glass. It won’t leach toxic chemicals into food and, because it’s reusable, it helps minimize waste.

3. Keep your shoes at the door. The bottoms of your shoes are dirty! Wearing them inside can increase your exposure to dust, lead, bacteria, and pollutants that could lead to health problems.

4. Opt for fragrance-free or essential oil-scented home products. It’s a good practice to avoid products scented with synthetic fragrances. When “fragrance” is listed as an ingredient, it’s usually a blend of various chemical compounds, many of which are common allergens or have links to hormone disruption. And since are they protected as trade secrets, there is no way to know for sure what ingredients are in the formulas.

5. Swap out dryer sheets for wool dryer balls. Wool what? These reusable dryer balls are a great option to reduce waste and exposure to potentially toxic chemicals and hormone disruptors found in synthetic fragrances. If you want your clothes to smell fresh, just add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the dryer ball before use.

Food

1. Buy organic. Some fruits and vegetables have a thinner skin, meaning they have a higher risk of absorbing harmful chemicals from pesticides. If buying everything organic isn’t in your budget, prioritize! Check out EWG’s dirty dozen list for fruits and veggies with the highest risk of pesticide exposure.

2. Shop local when possible. Farmer’s markets not only support the community, but also help the environment by reducing the carbon footprint from shipping. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to the market. There are services like CSA or Farm Fresh to You that will deliver boxes of organic produce from local farms to your doorstep.

3. Ditch the microwave. Microwaves work by converting water molecules at very high frequencies into steam to heat food, which ends up distorting food’s chemical structure. Stove and oven cooking are safer alternatives.

4. Replace non-stick with stainless steel. Although non-stick pans are easier to clean, they may be more hazardous to your health and the environment. PTFE (polytetrafluoroetheylene) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) are used for non-stick coating, which can release chemical fumes at high temperatures. These surface particles and toxic gases may work their way into your food and the air. Choose stainless steel instead!

5. Give Meatless Monday a try. Meat production causes deforestation, freshwater use, and greenhouse gas emissions. To counter all that madness, Meatless Monday is a worldwide campaign that encourages going meat-free for just one day a week to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and chronic illness. Not to mention it positively affects your health, and it’s better for the planet.

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Conscious Living

1. Take shorter showers. The longer the shower, the more water and energy resources are depleted. Pure, clean water is necessary for life. It protects wildlife, supports cities, reduces pollution, and conserves fuel resources. So keep those showers short!

2. Walk and bike when possible. Skip the car and reduce your carbon footprint. Walking and biking help increase your cardiovascular function, reduce stress, and contribute to overall well-being.

3. Make time to meditate. Studies show that by unplugging daily, meditating, and focusing on your breath, you can reduce anxiety, stress, negative emotions, blood pressure, and even change your brain function. Plus, it gives you a little extra time to reflect.

4. Add indoor plants for cleaner air. Did you know that the air we breathe indoors can be polluted if there’s not proper ventilation? Plants are an easy way to purify air inside. Try a bamboo palm, spider plant or aloe vera and breathe in the cleaner air.

5. Carry reusable shopping bags. Plastic bags are overwhelmingly destructive to the environment: They suffocate wildlife, block soil nutrients, or fill up landfills where they never decompose. An estimated 300 million plastic bags wind up in the Atlantic Ocean alone, creating one of the biggest problems for the sea life. Canvas, cotton, or jute fiber are a few sturdy reusable bag alternatives.

Beauty

1. Use safer sunscreen. Instead of using a potentially harmful sunblocker like oxybenzone, Beautycounter’s Sun Protection Collection uses non-nano zinc oxide, an effective mineral that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and hasn’t been found to be dangerous to the ocean ecosystem. We also use hydrating aloe, antioxidant-rich, free-radical fighting green tea and blood orange extracts, and moisturizing coconut oil to nourish and protect skin.

2. Wash your hair less often. Save water, use less product and train your hair to be less greasy. It may sound counterintuitive, but giving your hair enough time to naturally produce oils instead of stripping them by shampooing too frequently will ultimately lead to less oil production.

3. Choose cloth instead of paper. Tissues and paper towels come from trees (obviously). Chlorine bleach is used to whiten the tree pulp and isn’t eco-friendly. Save paper and opt for a cloth towel to clean with, dry hands or wipe your nose. P.S. handkerchiefs are making a comeback.

4. Know the ingredients. Information is one of the most powerful factors in any purchasing decision. Beautycounter handpicks every ingredient that goes into their products using an industry-leading screening and testing procedures. You can learn more about the ingredients they use to formulate their products and everything they prohibit on The Never List™.

5. Choose essential oils over perfume. Essential oils are natural products extracted from plants with aromatic properties, and some have added benefits to address various emotional and skin concerns. Avoid perfume as it usually contains synthetic fragrances, a blend of various chemical compounds, many of which are common allergens or have links to hormone disruption.

Here's to living your healthiest life!

-Carolann & Francine

Back to School Style for the Ages

Who says kids should get to have all the fun? So we’re not really headed back to school this September, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t reflecting fondly on what we used to wear way back when. In fact, we’ll admit that right around this time of year, we queue up old episodes of school-aged classics like Beverly Hills 90210, Blossom, Dawson’s Creek and Gossip Girl and take a walk down memory lane for a little style inspiration.

For 2017, we’re embracing those student-favored staples like preppy polos and handy backpacks, all with an updated, grown-up twists. You may have once owned these style staples, but this time around, there’s nothing childish about them. So breathe easy – there’s no picture day on the horizon, but you can still make the most of back-to-school style.

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Warm Industrial Inspiration For Your Home

Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV's "Fixer Upper" have helped bring industrial chic and farmhouse decor to the masses. Pinners and Houzzers alike are searching away for how to get the greatest looks in their home. You don't have to break the bank and you don't have to do it all yourself. Warm up your industrial home décor with these effortless tips!

If you are like us, you LOVE the look of industrial décor, but sometimes you want a little softer, warmer look for your home. We have simple tips to make it easy to incorporate the chic look of raw wood & metal, and keep your space cozy and warm! ADD TEXTURE: layer pillows, throws, natural wicker baskets and a soft area rug to soften the look of industrial décor. LIGHTING: The warm glow of ambiance lighting brings out the romance in your home style. Use retro styled bulbs and lamps to enhance your style. ORGANIC ELEMENTS: Accessorize your bookcases, side tables with elements inspired by nature. Delicate frames with birds, sculpture, plants and even your coffee table books can bring nature inside. The warmth of the wood and the colors of industrial décor work seamlessly with organic accessories to bring you a WARM, INDUSTRIAL & TIMELESS CHIC DECOR.

If you are like us, you LOVE the look of industrial décor, but sometimes you want a little softer, warmer look for your home.

We have simple tips to make it easy to incorporate the chic look of raw wood & metal, and keep your space cozy and warm!

ADD TEXTURE: layer pillows, throws, natural wicker baskets and a soft area rug to soften the look of industrial décor.

LIGHTING: The warm glow of ambiance lighting brings out the romance in your home style. Use retro styled bulbs and lamps to enhance your style.

ORGANIC ELEMENTS: Accessorize your bookcases, side tables with elements inspired by nature. Delicate frames with birds, sculpture, plants and even your coffee table books can bring nature inside. The warmth of the wood and the colors of industrial décor work seamlessly with organic accessories to bring you a WARM, INDUSTRIAL & TIMELESS CHIC DECOR.

Who Made My Clothes?

Whether or not an item of clothing has been ethically made affects our planet throughout its entire life cycle. So what exactly is fair trade and what does it mean? Fair trade is an organized social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as higher social and environmental standards. What are the benefits of fair trade?

  1. Employment is freely chosen. Workers cannot be forced to work, for example for withholding their salaries or by locking them up.
  2. No discrimination in employment. Most garment workers are women. They often face discrimination and harassment. Working towards better conditions for women and for other vulnerable groups like migrant workers.
  3. No exploitation of child labor. Children should be able to go to school. Once they’re old enough to work, they should be protected from hazardous work or long hours.
  4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. For sustainable change, it’s crucial that workers have a voice in the improvement of their working conditions. The right to form unions and bargain with factories is the first step.
  5. Payment of a living wage. Working for a living – that’s the idea. Wages for a normal working week should be enough to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income.
  6. Safe and healthy working conditions. Workers have a right to safe and healthy working conditions. That means accessible fire exits and proper safety gear. And if they need to work with hazardous materials or equipment, they need to know how.
  7. A legally binding employment relationship. Workers have legal rights to contract and certain benefits, like pension payments, social security, insurances and severance pay. Employers need to respect those rights.

Why does transparency matter?

What does a fair trade factory look like?

Here is a selection of just a few of the fair trade and sustainable brands that we are proud to carry: Della Los Angeles, Jaipur Rugs, Threads 4 Thought, Tonle Design, Raven and Lily

 

 

 

New Life for Old Bags

Having founded our business using fair trade practices and green principles, Earth Day is especially important to us, and even more so to our Mother Earth! We all love to shop, but our accumulated plastic shopping bags are detrimental to the environment. From building up in landfills to polluting our oceans and harming marine life, those convenient bags come with a heavy price. But now we can do something about it. Turning the plastic bags into yarn, crocheters and knitters around the world are crafting for humanity. We will collect your used plastic shopping bags Friday 4/21 - Sunday 4/23 and when you shop you get 10% off your full-priced purchase! 

Want to join the movement?

Shop gently upon this earth.

 

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