24 October 2011

Gaiam: Learn - Live - Grow

My Dear Friends,

Gaiam is a company working to become the source for individuals and businesses interested in natural health, ecological lifestyles, personal growth and sustainable commerce.  They offer the highest quality branded products and services available, many of which are exclusively produced for Gaiam.

Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1988, Gaiam (pronounced "guy-um"), is a fusion of the words "Gaia" and "I am".  Gaia, mother Earth, was honored on the Isle of Crete in ancient Greece 5,000 years ago by the Minoan civilization. This civilization valued education, art, science, recreation, and the environment and believed that the Earth was directly connected to its existence and daily life.

The concept of Gaia stems from the ancient philosophy that the Earth is a living entity. At Gaiam, they believe that all of the Earth's living matter, air, oceans and land form an interconnected system that can be seen as a single entity. The word Gaiam represents planetary awareness, preservation and support of the interconnectivity of all living things. By nurturing, protecting and respecting our planet, its natural resources and its inhabitants, we enrich our own lives and those of future generations.

The Gaiam website is a wealth of information.  The store sells items for the home, bed & bath, dvd's, clothing, yoga & fitness as well as a large variety of health and beauty items.  There's even a section of Fair Trade items featuring jewelry, baskets, art work & more!

If you're shopping for a present for someone, check the Gifts section where they feature the Top 25 Green Gifts & Top 25 Yoga Gifts.  You can also search by price or recipient.  There's even a Clearance section full of great items at discounted prices.

The wonderful people at Gaiam let me choose something to review.  I immediately became smitten by the two dresses on the Fall/Holiday 2011 catalog cover.  They were kind enough to let me review both.  Both dresses I reviewed are available exclusively from Gaiam, which you can purchase online by clicking any of the "Gaiam" links on this page.

The first dress I want to tell you about is the Rose Pleated Dress (Item #04-0819).  The dark plum colored dress features pretty ruffles with raw edges at the neckline.  A series of pleats on the front and back dress in an empire style run up the easy-fitting swing-style tank dress. It is made from 67% rayon from sustainable bamboo, 30% organic cotton, 3% spandex. Measures 38" from back neck to hem. Machine wash, lay flat to dry. (I am 5'1", and this dress falls 'tea length' on me.)

My thoughts:  My first perception is how impossibly soft the dress is.  The material flows so nicely and after wearing it all day at work, it wasn't the slightest big wrinkled.  I love the ruffles around the neckline.  The fact that they're raw ruffles appealed to me, as I think the way it was done allows the dress to be worn in many different ways.  It's not "too polished".

Here are a few ways that I would style the Rose Pleated Dress...

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The second dress I picked is the Ruffle Neck SheathThis dress is very slim-fitting.  The sleeveless sheath is silky smooth as it is made of 100% charmeuse silk. Three bands of ruffles accent the scoop neckline. The dress measures 37" from back neck to hem and is dry-clean only.

My thoughts:  I rarely get to wear silk products so this dress is a new experience.  Like the other dress I reviewed, the dress does not bunch up or wrinkle easily.  The fabric is soft and flowing.  The three layers of ruffles add a feminine touch.  This is a fun dress as it can be styled many different ways.

Here are a few ways that I would style the Ruffle Neck Sheath...

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*i received the two dresses mentioned above for review.  my opinions were not influenced in any 
way and these opinions are my own.  no monetary compensation was given.  thank you, gaiam.

1 comment:

Becca said...

Sounds like a cool shop! Thanks for sharing. Checking it out next. :)