Greening the Brown Bag: Lunch Solutions
Greening the Brown Bag: Lunch Solutions

Sometimes the solutions are so simple. No need to give your kids a throwaway brown paper bag when a reusable, washable organic cotton lunch bag will do the job. I like these with bright designs, sold in pairs. Late July, a maker of delicious organic crackers, offers this bag with […]

A 'Touch' of Brazil
A 'Touch' of Brazil

Brazil is, among many things, a country of artists, many now using their talents to send a message of environmental awareness told with imagination and beauty. We love TOUCH, a division of the Los Angeles-based Zoe Melo design group and a cooperative marketing effort showcasing the work of contemporary Brazilian […]

Dressed to Thrill
Dressed to Thrill

I love the New York Times Thursday Style section, which recently featured a seductive plea by writer Guy Trebay (disguised as an article) for women to keep wearing summer dresses though fashion authorities are predicting their demise. After all, dresses are easy, cool, feminine, and designed to make the most […]

Shady Business: Stylish, Sustainable Sun Hats
Shady Business: Stylish, Sustainable Sun Hats

Even without “help” from global warming, the sun can be hard on skin. I love the beach and the summer rays – and I have, on more than one occasion, been sunburned to a brilliant shade of lobster red. These days I’ve learned to avoid extreme exposure, but the risk […]

Go Vintage for a Viable Planet
Go Vintage for a Viable Planet

Sometimes the best way to shape a sustainable future is to go back in time. While we can drive change by buying new clothes made with organic or sustainable fabrics, low-impact dyes and ethical labor practices, or new built-green furniture, we won’t save the world solely by choosing green stuff. […]

Scents & Sensibility
Scents & Sensibility

I’ve never been the kind of woman who commits to one scent. When faced with the endless rows of fragrances in my local beauty store, I find myself waffling between musky and floral, flirty and feminine. My scent has to match my mood, so my perfume collection reflects the range […]