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cinder + salt | the salty life

Lifestyle | Cinder and... Pink Himalayan Salt?

Garnet McLaughlin

Lifestyle | Cinder and... Pink Himalayan Salt?

If you’ve been to our stores you know we proudly stock an impeccable collection of locally made goods from CT’s finest makers. As such, we’re super pumped to be one of the first stores to carry Rayne Home Decor’s newest collection of soy-based candles, infused with Pink Himalayan Salts. We’ve been seeing Pink Himalayan Sea Salt everywhere lately, so we decided to find out what’s so great about it. There has been an influx of new research deeming pink himalayan salt a “healthy salt.” According to Livestrong.com, It helps balance electrolytes, regulate your metabolism, increases hydration, and prevents muscle cramping....

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Inspiration + Process | Brass Dip Earrings

Rachel DeCavage

Inspiration + Process | Brass Dip Earrings

I had heard about a magical place called Wolf E Myrow, where one could obtain bulk quantities of overstock, vintage and discarded jewelry supplies. I made a pilgrimage to an industrial and somewhat homely looking area of Providence, RI and suddenly i was transported into maker-heaven.  While words can't adequately describe the wonder of a warehouse stocked to the ceiling with beads, chain, findings and ever so much more (don't worry, I'll take pics on my next trip), i did source a few choice materials for our humble jewelry line. While a worker was weighing my goods, I kept busy poking...

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Design | UpCycled Scrap Pillows + Totes

Rachel DeCavage

Design  |  UpCycled Scrap Pillows + Totes

A couple days a month I work from my home studio; Its a colorful space filled with tools, materials and heaps of inspiration. Spend a few minutes poking around and you'll find dozens of little collection bins throughout the space, that I use to accumulate materials to eventually turn into my artwork. I hate waste, so I try to get the most life out of any materials that come my way. There’s a paper bag on the closet door full of bits of thread and fibers that i’ll eventually use as stuffing for toys or pillows. There are tiny jars...

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Adventures | Our First Beach Clean Up!

Rachel DeCavage

Adventures | Our First Beach Clean Up!

For several years I've been wanting to host a beach clean-up. I couldn't tell you why; I'm definitely not a beach (or summer) person, and Connecticut isn't exactly known for its sandy shores. But I'm drawn to the ocean, and the mountains (hence our name cinder + salt), and I feel like serving our natural areas is a way to thank them for providing us with unbeatable venues for all our human festivities. And I wasn't the only one! We had 76 people register in advance to help us out in the sun and sand! (As an overly ambitious go-getter,...

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Lifestyle | Shopping Fair Trade with The Charity Wrap

Garnet McLaughlin

Lifestyle | Shopping Fair Trade with The Charity Wrap

Environmental sustainability comes in many forms. Often times the organic option isn’t always the most earth-friendly which is why when we source materials and products we’re looking at the bigger picture.   You’ve probably heard a lot about Fair Trade; an initiative that bridges consumers in developed countries to artisans in developing countries. It ensures the artisans are being paid a fair, livable wage for their work and work in a safe, healthy and eco-conscious work environment.   Our newest obsession, these hand woven beach blankets by The Charity Wrap, have just graced our store. Dora Molina founded The Charity...

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