Christmas finds 4 the Dog Lover

Hey dog lovers, we put together a small list of our favorite Christmas finds, we've got suff ranging from yummy chocolate to a wine stopper! Check back next week as we'll add more to our list including some great stocking stuffer ideas ;)

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1. Jonathan Adler Dachshund Wine Stopper

2. Dog Breed Umbrella by SanFrancisco Umbrella Co.

3. ASPCA-Anti-Puppy Mills Jumbo Canvas Tote

4. Make your own pillow by Pillow Mob

5. Rescue Chocolate

6. Lamp Dog Iphone case

7. Sniff Pet Candle

8. Ceramic Dog Mug

9.  John Barlett Belt

10. Touch Screen  Gloves

Best Dressed at the GG's...


And the best Dressed at the Golden Globes was...Uggie the Jack Russell Terrier! Like most of you we had our viewing party of the Golden Globes, we had so many of our faves win big Sunday night-including Uggie the dog from the movie the Artist. Not only did Uggie and his cast win for Best Picture- but he looked very dapper with his bow-tie when he walked the red carpet & showed off his star-quality! Uggie has a rags to riches story sadly he was rejected by his first two owners as being too wild, he was about to be sent to a dog pound, but was adopted by animal trainer Omar Von Muller after his friends told him about the dog. Initially Von Muller only intended to foster Uggie but later decided to keep him!

Next up for Uggie is the Oscars-Good Luck Uggie :)

Below is a clip of Uggie in the amazing movie "The Artist"

Why Bamboo?

04 October 2010

Tags: B4G Chic

Why Bamboo?

Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. Bamboo fabric has been growing in popularity because it has many unique properties and is more sustainable than most textile fibers. Bamboo fabric is light and strong, has excellent wicking properties, and is antibacterial. The use of bamboo fiber for clothing was a 20th century development, pioneered by several Chinese corporations.

Bamboo fiber resembles cotton in its unspun form, a puffball of light, airy fibers. Many companies use extensive bleaching processes to turn bamboo fiber white, although companies producing organic bamboo fabric leave the bamboo fiber unbleached. To make bamboo fiber, bamboo is heavily pulped until it separates into thin component threads of fiber, which can be spun and dyed for weaving into cloth.

Bamboo fabric is very soft and can be worn directly next to the skin. Many people who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers, such as wool or hemp, do not complain of this issue with bamboo. The fiber is naturally smooth and round without chemical treatment, meaning that there are no sharp spurs to irritate the skin.

Bamboo fabric is favored by companies trying to use sustainable textiles, because the bamboo plant is very quick growing and does not require the use of pesticides and herbicides to thrive. As a result, plantations can easily be kept organic and replanted yearly to replenish stocks. The process of making unbleached bamboo fiber is very light on chemicals that could potentially harm the environment.

In textile form, bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate. For this reason, clothing made of bamboo fiber is often worn next to the skin.

Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is apparently able to retain, even through multiple washings. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and cause unpleasant odors. It can also kill odor causing bacteria that live on skin, making the wearer and his or her clothing smell better. In addition, bamboo fabric has insulating properties and will keep the wearer cooler in summer and warmer in winter, similar to silk. In addition, the fabric is able to take bright dye colors well, and drape smoothly.

Bamboo is not a tree, but a grass. It is easily sustainable as it can handle drought as well as flooding. Farming bamboo is not harmful to the environment because it does not require any pesticides or herbicides. In addition, bamboo can be replanted each year. The plant actually adds nutrients to the soil, as opposed to cotton crop, which drains the soil of it’s nutrients. One of its greatest qualities, as far as textile production, is that it is very fast growing. Bamboo can grow 75 feet in 45 to 60 days.

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