FiftyRX3: My New Favorite Blog

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The title for this post is no exaggeration. I am a little obsessed with visiting Jill Danyelle’s awesome green fashion blog, FiftyRX3. Jill is not only into finding gorgeous sustainable fashions in and around NYC, (see TreehuggerTV’s great vlog showing some of Jill’s favorite haunts) but she is also on a personal green mission:

My goal for 2006 is to have fifty percent of my clothing be sustainable, based on the mantra of the environmental movement:

reuse …not bought new

reduce …environmentally friendly production practices

recycle …made from a previously existing item

Jill’s halfway through her project as of July 7; that is 180 days of living the above. Not only is this worthwhile, Jill has a great sense of style and knows her fashion history. So when she makes a new dress out of unused men’s t-shirts, or decides to make a Balenciaga-inspired frock out of old umbrellas (above), the results are truly unique, not to mention fabulous. She takes pictures of all her outfits and details what’s reused, what’s reduced, and what’s recycled (and the new items here and there.)

Jill has inspired me to take a good look at my closet, which is packed with great stuff (which I only wear 1/3 of, naturally). I have been a dedicated vintage shopper since I was 16, but there were items I never knew what to do with. After reading FiftyRX3, amd drooling once again, I got up, went to my closet, and came out with this fun outfit!


Reused: Vintage skirt and My grandmother’s Indian sandals (we were the same size shoe)

Recycled: Vintage dress I never wore re-worked into side-tie top.

New: Nut necklace from Brazil

About Starre Vartan
Starre Vartan is editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life.


  1. And by vintage, I mean from Salvation Army (Sal’s) or Goodwill, not some fancy store!

  2. LOVE this website! Thanks Starre!

  3. thanks for the love Starre. You look fabulous and I love your grandma’s sandals, she must have had some style!!

  4. You go girl! That’s a killer outfit. I love Starr’s goal too, and have been seriously considering learning how to sew so I can take apart and reuse the 2/3’s cast offs in my closet too.

  5. All the old stuff I wore as a child is coming back. Kinda scary and makes you feel old, but it looks great most of the time.

  6. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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    I am getting in touch with you as I saw a link to your facebook page whilst searching on the internet. Our website is going to be a website where you can upload your style and browse other peoples too. You will be able to connect with people all over the world and search for outfit inspiration from people who are your own size and who share similar tastes.
    We are looking for people to join the website prior to the launch date by filling in a few details and sending over some photos for their profile.
    If you are interested please get in touch as soon as possible…as it will be on a first come basis.
    We have a facebook page that has just been set up-so if you go to it you will be able to read more there.
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