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17 Oct '18

April is Earth Month - Celebrate with an Eco-Chic Clothing Exchange!

Posted by CATHYA LOPEZ in Casa De Gitanas, eco, EPAMade, fashion, reduce, style, sustainable, Tribe

Greetings Gypsy Family,

April is Earth Month which signals the perfect opportunity to start making positive changes that help our planet out in a BIG way! 

When we think of pollution, we envision large power plants and raw sewage pumped into our waterways. We often never think of the shirts on our backs, or the amount of clothing that we purchase in just one year. But the overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is quite ridiculous.. 

Did you know that "fast fashion" is the 2nd largest polluter in the world, next to Big Oil? 

Fashion is a complicated business involving long and varied supply chains of production, sourcing raw materials, textile manufacturing, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and ultimately the disposal of the garment.

Determining the exact carbon footprint of fashion is an overwhelming challenge due to the immense variety from one garment to the next. A general assessment must take into account not only the obvious pollutants (ex: the pesticides used in cotton farming, the toxic dyes used in manufacturing and the great amount of waste discarded clothing creates) but, also the extravagant amount of natural resources used in farming, harvesting, processing, manufacturing and shipping the garments. 

While cotton, especially organic cotton, might seem like a smart choice, it can still take more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture just a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Synthetic, man-made fibers, while not as water-intensive, often have issues with manufacturing pollution and sustainability. And across all textiles, the manufacturing and dyeing of fabrics is chemically intensive.


A current trend in fashion retail is creating an extreme demand for quick and cheap clothing and it is becoming a huge problem. Your clothes continue to impact the environment way after purchase; washing and final disposal when you’re finished with your shirt may cause more harm to the planet than you realize.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated 14.3 million tons of textile waste in 2014 and about 85% of clothing and shoes end up in the landfill. The fashion industry is also incredibly resource intensive and has been associated with pollution problems.

That’s why getting a longer life from the clothing we already have is an important step towards more sustainable fashion. About 80% of discarded clothing still has 75% of its life left. Or in other words, we’re only getting about a quarter of the potential use out of most garments.

Let's celebrate Earth Month and learn more about the little things we can all do in our own homes that, collectively, can make a huge difference.

Join Us: 

Casa De Gitanas in collaboration with EPAMade  is hosting a fun and eco-chic event on April 9th, open to all ladies who want to clean out their closets and sip mimosas next Sunday afternoon - while shopping the closets of 20+ fashionable ladies of all shapes and sizes.

All you need to participate is a reusable bag filled with unwanted clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty products... basically any goodies taking up space in your closet or vanity. We will have a rolling scale of $5-10 for suggested donation that will benefit EPAShop: a positive work community that trains and employs single mothers in order to see hope rise in East Palo Alto.

EPA Made designs and manufactures products that honors a single mothers’ love and courage.

For more info RSVP on our Official Event Page and make sure to subscribe to our online social media channels to stay up to date with all things Casa De Gitanas!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1703088853298507/1711806362426756/

17 Oct '18

Magical collaboration at Academy of Cosmetic Arts feat Rose Hill, Carmen Milagro & Eddie Cotillon

This Monday Casa De Gitanas had the sweet pleasure of collaborating on a very special project with Rose Hill, CEO & Founder of Academy of Cosmetic Arts, muse Carmen Milagro, and photographer/creative director Eddie Cotillon. Casa De Gitanas had the lovely opportunity to style & shoot some beautiful pieces from our collection that where especially curated for the event. Upon arrival the vibe was magical, everybody in the room came from different walks of life and it was by sheer coincidence that we all came into each others lives to create magic on this beautiful evening! 
Rose Hill is a creative genius, and a very sweet, multi-talented female entrepreneur from the Silicon Valley. She was born in Stanford and has roots in Hawaii, and has over 30+ years of experience in the makeup industry. 
She has done makeup for a variety of big name celebrities like Al Gore & Bill Clinton, has led and represented makeup crews for various Fashion Week's and has also worked her magic on many Silicon Valley executives.
Rose not only is the mastermind behind her own company Rose Hill and Crew she is also very hands-on with the prestigious Academy of Cosmetic Arts which she also founded. A true expert in her field, and overall professional Rose was definitely a pleasure to work with.
The mastermind behind the lens was the incredibly talented Eddie Cotillon who's effortless directing and photographing style helped keep the overall pace of the shoot nice & smooth. Eddie know's exactly what kind of shot he is going for and does a fantastic job at not only directing the models, but also making them feel comfortable. Eddie is a very experienced Creative Show and Special Events Director as well as an Established Published Fashion and Commercial Photographer with a kind spirit, and a warm smile. He has previously worked on projects with YSL Paris, Ralph Lauren, USA ELLE Magazine, NY Fashion Week, and Weddingfaire Fashion Show's to name a few and will soon be working on a local fashion show which is featuring Vera Wang's Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. 
Nuestra gran amiga Carmen Milagro was the perfect muse' of the evening with her beautiful almond eyes being the main attraction. Carmen is such a lovely person to collaborate with because she is so willing and open to trying new things! It was lovely to see her bedazzled in Casa De Gitanas jewelry which totally matches her overall gitana style. There is more to this dynamic beauty than just a pretty face - Carmen is the Founder & CEO of WAAAHOO Productions, a Music, Design and Organizational company based out of San Francisco, California and also the Creator & "Head Nut" for Peanut Butter & JAMMusic Sessions for Kids. Regardless of what other projects she is working on she always stays committed to her main labour of love, music. Carmen is also the best advice giver, some of the best lessons I've learned from Carmen is 1) stay true to yourself, 2) trust your gut feeling, 3) and to be bold and savvy in the way you approach life. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Carmen on another lovely project. 
All in all this evening was full of magic, talented individuals, beautiful models in exquisite makeup, and everyone that was there was lucky to witness the magia! For all of you who didn't get to experience it firsthand stay tuned for the official photoshoot pictures captured by the ever so talented Eddie. A special thank you goes out to Rose Hill for inviting us to her lovely Makeup Studio at the Academy of Cosmetic Arts in Los Gatos. As always it was a great pleasure to collaborate with other creative geniuses who believe in us just as much as we believe in them. Make sure to support local businesses this holiday season and to cultivate the goodness in each other today and always.
"Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher"
xo Casa De Gitanas