Friday, April 27, 2012

Yala for Summer Festivals!

Although Coachella is over, summer festival season is really just beginning! We've put together a few styling tips for all of you that will let you enjoy the music and look pretty awesome while doing it — without fear that your heals will stick in the grass or your sunburn will distract from having the time of your life.

Did you know Yala could look so good? Mix and match with our BambooDreams Kai Top in nautical strips to look great for any occasion. Add Yala's Cami for a layered look, our Tie Dyed Scarf for some variety and Yala's Organic Cotton Mandala Tote for the day's essentials. Two other secrets to success are ankle strap flats, and a good sunhat! Ankle strap flats provide comfort and security even if you find yourself crowd surfing.

While track shorts appear to be all the rage at hot summer festivals, Yala's Organic Cotton Mira Lounge Shorts also fit the bill perfectly. Lightweight, comfy and in three hot new spring colors you'll want a few pairs of these multi use shorts. Grab a matching Yala Organic Cotton Monk Bag for your daily needs, add a close fitting baseball cap and you'll be ready to go.

Yala's Sia Sleeveless Dress is the perfect lightweight, printed Organic Cotton summer dress for festival going. An outfit in itself, it's the perfect one stop piece with lots of ventilation and a cinched waist that will keep everything in place. When you're ready to leave behind your sun hat in the evening, add a flower headband to keep the loose strands off your face. Yala's Mandala Tote is the perfect carry all accessory for whatever you need all day long.

Until next time, be safe and have fun this summer!

Lauren of Team Yala

Friday, April 20, 2012

Yala Shares Environmental Practices and Celebrates with an Earth Day Sale!

Rejoice, relax and rejuvenate knowing that Yala believes in the extra effort to make sure our products are sourced, produced and shipped environmentally and ethically. Learn more about what we do to ensure you are getting the best...

Electric Truck
Driving an electric truck is a conversation starter. People are curious and want to know more about it. We can share that it saves us 300 gallons of gas a year – carbon free and neighborhood friendly.

Green Shipping
How to ship in a responsible way: Shipping generates over 10% of the world’s green house gas emissions. Yala® is proud to partner with GreenShipping to make our shipments carbon neutral. GreenShipping's service allows businesses and individuals to ship in a carbon neutral manner by providing an accurate method to measure and offset the carbon footprint of their UPS, FedEx, USPS, and freight shipments. Yala offsets all inbound and outbound shipments.

Organic Trade Association and Green America
Green America and Organic Trade Association are two strong organizations that provide leadership and education with a vision to grow communities that are healthy and safe for generations to come. We are proud to be a member of both.

Oeko-Tex Certified
Our BambooDreams clothing and bedding is Oeko-Tex certified. This certification screens for harmful substances present in textiles. It guarantees the safety of our fabric and dyes and is an additional assurance that we are using environmentally friendly production methods.

Our fabric is dyed using only low impact, Azo-free dyes. We have seen how the dyed water is cleaned by micro-organisms and, after testing for purity, it is reused by the factory.

Certified Green Business
As a certified Green Business we continue to conserve resources, limit our waste as well as provide education for employees and the public.

Solar Pioneers
Recycling, reusing and capturing the energy of the sun. As members of Solar Pioneers, a program to increase solar generated electricity city wide, we are using the sun to meet a portion of our energy needs.

If you are in Ashland this weekend, be sure to swing by Science Works for and visit over 70 Exhibits to learn about energy conservation, solid waste reduction, local food and farms, green products and building materials, renewable electricity sources, transportation alternatives, and enjoy live entertainment & activities throughout the day.

We hope you have a wonderful Earth Day!

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Team Yala Shares Eco Tips they Practice Daily

In celebration of Earth Week we decided to share some green tips that we use or practice in our everyday life. Learn a little more about Team Yala and the environmentalist in all of us...

"I would like to mention plastic bottles.  Of course it is easy to avoid them in my daily life, but when I travel it is more challenging.  I carry a steel water bottle and fill it at the drinking fountains in the airport.  Also, I take a water filter into my hotel room and use it or I use the tap water to fill my water bottle.  I am following my interpretation of Alice Water's suggestion that cities in the USA should be providing clean water to their citizens.

When traveling overseas it is trickier.  I am always on the lookout for places to fill
my handy water bottle but occasionally I don't find them and I need to purchase a
bottle of water.  In both China and India I have found there are people waiting to
collect these bottles for the few cents they get for recycling.  I try to find them and
give them any bottles I may have." - Nancy, President

"I take special measures to make sure all of the plastic bags in my home life and at Yala are recycled. This may seem like a minor feat, but with every individual product arriving in plastic and each box lined with a plastic bag it adds up to a lot!" - Larry, Mr. Nuts and Bolts

"I have a Chico bag that I always have in my purse.  It is amazing how many times it has come to the rescue when I have forgotten a bag or end up purchasing something unplanned.  I try to always use my own bag, when grocery shopping or shopping boutiques.  I have gotten a few strange looks from boutique shop keepers when I pull out my Chico bag!" - Chelsea, Vice President


"My reusable water bottle – it’s cheap, sustainable, and you can fill it up anywhere or anytime so you’re never without!" - Amanda, Director of Marketing

"My wife and I apply many environmentally friendly practices in our everyday life.  Some of the examples would be eating organic, riding our bikes, recycling, but the most effective environmentally conscious choice we have made is purchasing our Toyota Prius.  It has been a wonderful car providing low emissions for the environment and also saving money at the fuel pump." - Grant, Shipping Manager

"My favorite environmentally friendly household items are reusable paper towels.  They pick up spilled liquid even more easily than paper towels and can be thrown in with the laundry and reused." - Caitlin, International Logistics

"Probably my favorite is my reusable cloth grocery bags. I use them almost every day. I also recycle and eat local organic!" - Rachel, Art Direction/Graphic Designer

"I was born and raised composting, which was always easy because I grew up living in the country. When I moved to town and into a second story apartment without a yard, I would load up my compost to take out to my parents' house every time I made the half hour trip. Needless to say that was a bit of a hassle. I had the idea to post on Craigslist to see if someone in town wanted to pick up free, organic compost - and that is how I found my compost guy. He picks up every few weeks, whenever our bucket is full, and uses it in his garden- everyone benefits!"
- Lauren, Social Media Manager
"The most environmental thing I do is eat local from our local farmers market or co-op. I also grow my own herbs and edible flowers in my container garden."
- Naomi, Sales Representative

 "I ride my bike to work every single day - rain or shine!" - Michael, Warehouse Manager
"Ever since my son was born, we decided to teach him about recycling and composting. He is almost three now and so conscious about making sure that everything goes in the right place. It is so important to teach your kids an environmentally friendly lifestyle when they are young."
- Tif, Product Development

"When I was just a girl, my mom would pull the clothes in from the clothesline which hung out the second story window and she would throw them on top of my sister and me on the bed. We would squeal in delight as the pile grew higher and higher and loved to breath in the wonderful freshness of the clean clothes. To this day, I still hang my laundry on a clothesline – outside when the weather is good, or in my garage if it’s raining." 
- Bran, Mistress of Money Matters
"My husband and I recently bought a new house. In the move we used recycled boxes and have slowly been furnishing the house with treasures found at garage and estate sales instead of buying new." - Kristen, Sales Manager 

"Transporting a family of five between dance lessons, day care, play dates, school and working a half hour away from where we live, we had to find a car that suited those needs. We were so happy to find a fuel efficient car large enough to cart the family from one event to the next." - Erica, Global Customer Service Rep   

Tell us, what lifestyle choices have you made with the environment in mind?

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

Friday, April 13, 2012

Yala's Most Popular Styles in This Season's Hottest Color Palette

Just what you have been waiting for - Yala favorites in this season's hottest color palette! Meet the new favorites here...

When you slide out of bed, enfold yourself in warmth and comfort with our Bamboo Dreams® Short Robe. Its full-length sleeves, belted wrap front and easy-movement knee-length provide perfect protection against morning or evening chill. The Short Robe comes in several lovely colors that complement all of our nightgowns and pajamas. Put together a set for yourself, or create a charming gift for someone else.

Soft and smooth as a second layer of skin, our BambooDreams® Cami Top is the little secret every woman needs underneath it all. Layer it beneath a sweater or jacket, wear it alone in warm weather, sleep in it – no matter its function, the Cami Top’s silky comfort is the same. This piece is so versatile and comes in so many vibrant colors, you should have several folded in your dresser drawer! Adjustable straps.

Strike the perfect balance between current trends and timeless style with the Yala Circle Top. It’s captivatingly simple with a flowy body that doesn’t cling. Dress it up, style it down. Wear with skirts, jeans or wide leg pants. Pair it with the Sophie Short Wrap and your best pearls for a look that is as comfortable as it is elegant.

See the line up in our New Spring/Summer Collection here...

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Meet Gita in Organic Cotton...


Meet the newest addition to our Yala collection, the Gita in super soft organic cotton voile. A classic tunic silhouette with flattering darts and side slits at mid-thigh length and ¾ sleeve. With prints in style this season Gita will be the perfect addition to your closet.

Pull on your Gita for a walk in the park or to lounge by the pool. Our woven organic cotton voile is the perfect weight to take you through spring and summer. An Indus print in summery inspired hues pairs perfectly with our BambooDreams Leggings or matching Cora Lounge Pants that creates a lounge look so chic you’ll look resort-ready.

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

Friday, April 6, 2012

Exclusive Easter Sale! Use Code HOP15 for 15%
off Everything this Weekend

Use coupon code: HOP15 for 15% off everything!

Check out our Easter popping colors for Spring...

The BambooDreams® Kalin Top is a wardrobe essential: cool, comfy and au courant! The Kalin Top stands alone or layers beautifully with all three of our BambooDreams® wraps, and it can go from casual to corporate with ease.

The BambooDreams® Luna Dress is a spirited addition to our dress collection. Simple lines, above-knee length and gathering at both the back and front give the Luna Dress (and you) a lively, lovely silhouette.

The BambooDreams® Maddy Tunic has a feminine scoop neck and is sleeveless without being strappy. It drapes beautifully to a mid-thigh length with a little extra length at the sides, and pairs beautifully with our BambooDreams® Cropped or Full Length Leggings

There are so many ways to wear our super soft PashBu, you’ll want them in multiple colors. Knot it around your neck for that hip, urban style. Wind it around and over your favorite denim jacket for an iconic celebrity look. Or drape it elegantly over the shoulders of your little black dress.

Until next time,

Happy Easter!

Lauren of Team Yala

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Take a Look at Bamboo Home Store
in Grass Valley, CA

Bamboo Home Store, located in Grass Valley CA, has been an admired sales partner of Yala's since 2009. They carry a wide selection of Yala including bedding, baby and women's clothing as well as many other eco bamboo brands and home decor pieces.

If you live in Grass Valley, or are just passing through, make sure to stop in! Check out Bamboo Home Store's facebook page before you go & enter their monthly gift certificate giveaway!

Showing off Yala's BambooDreams Isis Maxi Dress and Valentina Shrug on display!

Yala's BambooDreams Baby Onesies and Toddler Stripes on the right.

You'll find even more Yala goodies if you drop by Bamboo Home Store, like Yala's  Short Sleeve OnesieMaddy Tunic, Bamboo Sheets and Cropped Leggings

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala