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We're bouncing into Spring with a new look for our newsletter! Our aim is to bring you more of a flavor of the diverse happenings at hip & zen with our new format - we hope you like it. We will include sale items, special promotions, highlighted artists, meditations and stories from our blog.

To celebrate our First Anniversary and Earth Day, we have a huge Anniversary sale in progress. For those of you who have been holding out for one of the fabulous Deborah Lindquist Recycled Cashmere Sweaters, you may have lucked out as we are clearing them out to make way for her new spring fashions!

Other big news is that the first of our new South African Chic Collection is arriving, following my trip there a few months ago. There are incredibly creative and exciting products coming out of that country right now, and we thrive on bringing you unique and unusual products that you won't find elsewhere. Most of the products are fair trade products, and made by previously unemployed people who have been trained in craft-making, making them, well, very hip & zen.

Please read on....

-Karen Clothier
Founder, hip & zen

featured product

Bead and Wire Patchwork Bag

These stunning wire and beaded patchwork bags are truly unique pieces, made of crocheted copperwire and beads. Bold and creative, they are made according to Fair Trade Principles by a Black Empowerment group in South Africa. The group is made up of around 30 women, who come to the studio everyday and create their art amongst laughter, chatting and song. The women are recruited from settlements around Cape Town, with a focus on abused and marginalized women in the community. A portion of the proceeds go towards the Topsy Foundation, a foundation providing a multi-faceted approach to helping babies affected by AIDS.


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  South African Collection

Exotic Designs with Heart to benefit babies with AIDS

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from our blog

Safe Cosmetics

I don't know about you, but I find it really hard to decipher what's healthy and what's not in cosmetic products. Its pretty overwhelming. The worst part is that cosmetic companies can put anything toxic into their products, and the FDA cannot require them to do safety testing before putting their products on the market. Many products labeled Organic still have harmful products in them, such as parabens, a known carcinogen. So what to do? There's a great campaign to get cosmetic companies to sign an agreement to provide safe cosmetics. Their website is Safe Cosmetics, and it is very informative, albeit scary. A great tool on their site is the Skin Deep interactive tool that lets you type in the product you are interested in, and it gives it a safety grade depending on what the ingredients are. This is a great service for the public!

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meditation of the month

This is a simple but very beautiful meditation designed to relax and recharge you in your daily life.

Sit quietly with your hands in your lap.

Close your eyes and breathe in a deep, natural fashion.

Imagine yourself in a peaceful meadow in the springtime. Wildflowers are scattered here and there and you can hear birdsong in the distance.

You are breathing in the fresh scents of the air.

For right now, in this instant, there is nothing more important than breathing this air and gazing at the scenery.

With each breath you can feel your mind clearing. Life is good. Allow yourself to enjoy this as long as you'd like.

When you're ready, open your eyes.

This daily meditation is perfect to do anytime throughout the day and takes just a few minutes of your time. The benefits will far outweigh the time it takes to consciously make the time.
artist of the month
Deborah Lindquist

She's dressed A-listers such as Charlize Theron, Gwen Stefani, and Christina Aguilera. Her fashion forward apparel is showing up in everything from the television shows Charmed and Growing Up Gotti to the Madonna Re-Invention Tour VIP gift bags. Stylemakers such as Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Applegate, and Lucy Liu own her feminine confections. Even Hollywood's sexy burlesque darlings, the Pussycat Dolls, have strutted their stuff in her handiwork. But for Deborah Lindquist, a Topanga Canyon-based designer whose creations The Los Angeles Times have called "particularly striking," it's all in a day's work.

From metalsmithing and yoga instruction to trekking through the Costa Rican jungle, the Parsons School of Design trained Lindquist does it all, and she still finds time to turn out cutting-edge designs that have been featured in publications including InStyle, Lucky, Seventeen, People, Honey, Essence, YM, Vodka Magazine, Luxury Living, Self, Interview, Spin, Maxim, Playboy, and Rolling Stone.

Lindquist's collections fuse her passion for design with her desire to do something good for the planet. Using recycled materials and vintage fabrics, she creates stand-out separates that are as environmentally-friendly as they are stunning. And with her flair for figure-flattering silhouettes and an eye for unusual details and embellishments, it's no surprise that she is turning the heads of fashionistas from Manhattan to Malibu.

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