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Weekend Bag: Scottish Eco Pod

When packing for a stay at the Eco Pod in Scotland, take inspiration from the interiors and mix black, leather and metal with natural materials & hues. Pack for a weekend at the Eco Pod in Scotland by filling your bag with a mix of Scottish and American eco-design. Take […]

Take the Heavy Metal out of Leather

Literally. Leather can make sophisticated, long-lasting upholstery for both modern and traditional furniture. But you may be surprised to learn that toxic metals such as chrome are often used to tan leather. In response to this, the Schomisch Company in Germany’s Bavarian mountains has developed Ecopell, a soft leather made with an exclusive, […]

Sharpening the Focus on the Top 10 Humanitarian Crises

With the Obama administration igniting fervor for hope and change, perhaps the world will take heed of the decade-strong work that has been generating from the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Since 1998, MSF has been producing a “Top Ten” list of the worst humanitarian […]

Dust Off Your Disco Ball

Who doesn’t think Jon Hamm is debonair? The last couple of years we have been basking in the Sixties, often attributed to the expansive addiction to Mad Men (and Jon Hamm). Dust off your disco ball, the era of Annie Hall is about to resurface. The Seventies boasts the mark […]

Interview: from Wall Street to Eco-Chic

I was recently reading an article in Entrepreneur Magazine about eco-designer Christine Marchuska of cmarchuska and was so inspired I had to share her story here. Not only was 28-year-old Marchuska a success story as a human surviving the recent loss of her job in New York City’s financial sector, […]

Modaspia Fiji Dress Giveaway

Modaspia’s Fiji Dress is something of an icon in the eco-fashion world when it comes to “go-to” dresses, which is why designer Ursula Dean produces the style seasonally. This organic cotton and hemp indigo denim number is perfect for year-round wear, worn alone in the warmer months and for cooler […]

One Leaf, One Tree, One Mission

There’s more to this arm candy than meets the”¦arm. It’s shiny and pretty and even glamorous, but what the naked eye might miss if it isn’t paying close attention is that this leaf is real. The Real Leaf Cuff Bracelet from Nugaard Designs is made with a leaf from Brazil […]

Save the Angel Oak!

Sometimes development is necessary; increasingly, we’re seeing sustainable examples. Yet at in some unfortunate cases, it’s controversial to say the least. We’ve all seen bulldozers lay waste to once pristine wooded areas in our countries and communities. The latest “People vs. Developers” case is centered on the ancient Angel Oak […]

The Goldberg Variations: Gender Profiling at the Multiplex

ColumnIt turns out that chick flicks are not always woman-friendly. My husband and I were sitting in a dark theater watching a movie I had chosen, which meant it was a pretty standard indie flick, a wordy, self-conscious exploration of feelings, relationships, and female empowerment, played out at a glacial […]

Beauty in Small Things: Plait Textiles

Sometimes it takes just a small change to brighten and grace your space, like new napkins or a table runner. Yet even these small things can be made with exquisite refinement and care. In an artisan spirit of “everyday luxury” that embraces both beauty and usefulness, textile artist Jennifer Pellman […]

Want Long, Lovely Eyelashes?

For many of us, the quest for long, luscious lashes is something akin to Goldilocks looking for that “just right” bowl of porridge. Except Goldilocks, being a supposed natural blonde, probably had eyelashes noticeable only under NASA’s strongest telescopes. Why? Because as many descendants of Northern Europe like myself will […]

Foodie Underground: The Secret Diary of a Foodie

ColumnInside the intriguing world of a foodie. Monday February 27, 2012, 8:55 p.m. Dear Diary, A serendipitous afternoon today. Having left my kale slaw with Meyer lemon vinaigrette at home, I was forced to buy lunch, so I went over to the food carts. Why the pickle cart is still in business […]

D.S. & Durga Perfume Giveaway for Scentuous Souls

If I could bathe myself in a scent it would be D.S. & Durga’s Grapefruit. The simplicity of citrus may not sound exotic but the marriage of floral fruit with Jamaican Pirate Seeds from the high seas yields an intoxicating blend. Created by an architect and a musician, the natural […]

Foodie Underground: It’s Up to the Rest of Us

Trashy magazines. You know the ones I’m talking about – the ones with the glossy photos of all the throw away fashion that a conscious fashion lover should certainly never invest in, and all the celebrity gossip that takes up way more brain space than you should ever give to […]

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Summer Love is in the Air With EcoSalon’s The Box!

Is it just us, or is it hot in here? That’s right: It’s time for some hot summer love! EcoSalon’s The Box is here to get you sexy-fied for those warm, starry nights and seasonal flings. This box will tease all your senses, with more than $470 worth of delightful, shimmery treasures to […]

Burt’s Bees Namesake, Burt Shavitz, Has Died at 80

If the name Burt Shavitz doesn’t ring a bell, his brand name certainly will. The Burt’s Bees cofounder and namesake has passed away at the age of 80. “We remember him as a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land,” reads […]

5 Masters of Italy’s Eco-Renaissance

Italy has faced major environmental controversy but it’s also in the middle of an eco-renaissance.  On the heels of its Nutella scandal it’s important to acknowledge the individuals, winemakers, hotels, restaurants, and even a corporation dedicated to sustainability while preserving some of Italy’s oldest traditions that are slipping away. Here are 5 Masters […]

How to Start a Podcast About Food: Foodie Underground

Love food? Love learning about it? Love talking about it? Then maybe you’ve been thinking about how to launch a podcast about food. We learn how from Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne. While we live in an age where content is churned out faster than you can blend together a kale […]

Ayurvedic Skincare: How Your Dosha Affects Your Skin

Keeping skin beautiful may be easier than you think. Learn how your dosha affects your skin and the basics behind the Indian practice of Ayurvedic skincare. We talk a lot about solving skin issues like breakouts, dryness, and irritation. What if there was a way to stop these problems before they […]

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The Mexican Gray Wolf Needs You: Speak Up for the Essential Lobo

#LoboWeek, March 23 – 29, will harness the power of social media to educate the public about threats to the survival of the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf, or lobo, the most genetically distinct gray wolf subspecies in North America. Advocating for wolves’ rights to live as they should—wild, free […]

8 Nuggets of Wisdom from the ‘Advanced Style’ Ladies

I just watched what, in my humble opinion, is likely one of the best documentaries available on Netflix. Its title is “Advanced Style,” and it’s something I feel compelled to share with every woman I know. “Advanced Style” opens on a gentleman with a camera, seeking out well-dressed older women […]