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Found Treasures by Pamela Tuohy

Inspired by nature, jewelry by Pamela Tuohy will nurture your sense of style without hurting the wallet. Made of brass with a resin image and adjustable chain, this necklace would look great with a simple, open neckline, be it fancy frock or a casual tee. The vintage motif will have […]

Vintage Coaster Roundup

During my days of hunting goodies at the mesmerizing Butterfield Estate Sales, I was thrilled to locate a set of vintage Pimpernel coasters decorated with old San Francisco scenes, including cable cars on Hyde Street and the original Gump’s store. Old coasters with evocative scenes and motifs can add a lot of […]

Resort on the Brain

It’s about this time of year that all the fashion magazines start parading resort collections in our faces. As the temperatures drop and the cold, blustery winds set in, editors tempt us with straw bags, sandals, linen, and barely there bikinis. For those of us lucky enough to be able […]

Meshing Around

I’m knocked out by the sculptural headpieces crafted by ultra-mod designer Mary Ann Williams of Illu-stration. The minute I saw this fanciful wire mesh accessory I knew Williams had something to say both about sustainable fabric and fashion as a 3D art form. The hand-formed felt hat painted gold and copper is […]

Looking for the Best Green Sex Toys? You’ve Hit the Spot!

Once upon a time, sex was a word whispered rather than the topic of college courses and front page news. I’m comfortable with it, as you could surmise from my passionate case for saving the planet by having more sex. We could discuss the pros and cons of the sexing […]

Calling on Sunshine

The electric blue is kind of cool. White’s got the Apple look going for it. Black is still the new black. No comment on the sea foam green. The iPhone 4 accessory wagon continues its quick ramp-up with this new solar-powered battery charger/case available from SimeniBiz. (Read: “Direct Wholesale from […]

Going for the Metal

If there could be an Olympics for innovating green furniture, Joe Dillon might get the gold for his steel creations that fall into the category of industrial green chic. Scrap has always been useful to Americans (it fed many families during the Depression) and now Dillon shows how to cash […]

Starry Night

Jump on board with this season’s astronomy-inspired jewelry. From literal variations of sun, moon, and stars to more metaphorical interpretations, this trend is fitting for a whimsical mood. Here are a few eco versions that left us starry-eyed. Kirsten Muenster rays ring: made of recycled sterling silver with oxidation, this […]

Plastic Fantastic Jewelry Collection

During the surge in mod furniture in the 60s and 70s, Lucite was all the rage. Lucite, an acrylic product similar to plastic, was used as an alternative to glass. It showed up everywhere – from tables and chairs to bathroom tiles – and was popular for its vibrant luster. […]

Go for Warm Chic with the Cloche

The “Ëœ20s-inspired cloche hat is the solution to keeping your head warm in style during the blustery winter season. A seemingly simple task, finding a quality cloche for a reasonable price is actually quite the challenge. Add an eco layer on top of that and it’s like finding a needle […]

Sustainably Beautiful Jewels

When it comes to jewelry, chunky statement pieces are more my style, but I do admire the understated beauty of a simple necklace, bracelet, or ring. If you prefer your accessories uncomplicated (and eco-friendy, of course!), Jennifer Dawes is your woman. Jennifer put her knowledge of metalsmithing to work and […]

Fasten Your Pillows

The most recent Project Runway challenge had designers racing to fetch piles of seatbelts and other materials from Saturn hybrid vehicles to use as material for innovative outfits. The clear winner, although the one not selected, was the Oleg Casini-inspired woven seatbelt coat fashioned by Koto. With its three-quarter sleeves […]

A Message from the Color Yellow

You can smell the night jasmine permeating the evening air, alfresco dining is available at your favorite restaurant and a few brave souls can be spotted out and about in sandals and tank tops. In short, it’s spring. Yellow has always been the quintessential color of spring to me and […]

Artistic Amenities

When I buy new bedding, I struggle to make sure that every detail, from curtains to wall art, is consistent with my bedroom’s décor scheme. The team at Amenity understands and caters to such meticulous tendencies, offering a variety of flat prints to match each design in their organic bedding […]

Fall Color Trend: Purple

Eggplant, aubergine, plum, violet, mulberry – any way you slice it, purple is the hot color for fall. This is not your color-sucking pale lavender circa 1987 purple. We’re talking rich, deep hues. Too much of the shade and you’ll end up looking like the grape man in Fruit-of-the-Loom commercials, […]

Philanthropic Shopping in Need of Green

We’ve learned through all of our green reading and research that there are many different ways to define what it means to be eco-friendly. While not inherently natural, recycled, or sustainable, Joan Hornig Jewelry is devoted to philanthropy. 100% of profits from her designs are donated to a network of […]

Fall Color Trend: Purple

Eggplant, aubergine, plum, violet, mulberry – any way you slice it, purple is the hot color for fall. This is not your color-sucking pale lavender circa 1987 purple. We’re talking rich, deep hues. Too much of the shade and you’ll end up looking like the grape man in Fruit-of-the-Loom commercials, […]

10 Handy Green Gadgets You'll Love to Use

Just because we women like the latest green design and fashion trends doesn’t mean we’re not into green technology, too. I happen to be equally techie and earth mama myself – and I know plenty of women who are nuts about technology. Here are some useful green gadgets you’ll have […]

Handmade One of a Kind Finds for Less Than $25

The current climate of corporate cutbacks and headcount hacking doesn’t exactly send me spending, especially on frivolities like jewelry. But when the jewels are vintage and priced within any penny-pincher’s budget, it doesn’t hurt to look, does it? I hope not, because I couldn’t help myself. The gems and trinkets […]

Handmade One of a Kind Finds for Less Than $25

The current climate of corporate cutbacks and headcount hacking doesn’t exactly send me spending, especially on frivolities like jewelry. But when the jewels are vintage and priced within any penny-pincher’s budget, it doesn’t hurt to look, does it? I hope not, because I couldn’t help myself. The gems and trinkets […]

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Take Back The Filter

Having happily sworn off bottled water in favor of refillable pitcher filters (like Brita or Pur), many of us save countless plastic bottles from the landfill. But now we have bulky plastic filters to throw out every couple of months. Sure, it’s less trash than bottles, but still, what gives? […]

Brush Up on Your Tools

Bamboo cosmetic brushes are the fashion buzz, being touted in the December issue of InStyle as one of many new little ways to go green. As the magazine observes, “they’re making floors out of this prolific woody plant, so why not hair rollers and makeup brushes?” The ECOtools, which we […]

Top Drawer Sachets for Scent and Shooing Moths

Sometimes my daughter Syd’s drawers smell a bit gamey, like her soccer uniform after a match of  living up to her title as “the finisher”. She’s a darling girl, don’t get me wrong. But she has a frightful habit of  tossing items into her drawers to avoid that exhausting chore […]

Evergreen Seasonal Symbols

My husband has promised the girls they can have a “yule tree” this year as a non-religious way for half-Jewish kids to bring the splendor of winter indoors. The idea of a yule tree dates back to the folk traditions of the Celtic Druids and Saxons, who collected trees from […]

Found Creative Genius

A move from Berlin to San Diego 10 years ago sparked the creative fire in Micha Kuchenhoff’s mind. The young designer developed a knack for sewing and began to create designs from found objects. Turning vintage materials into one-of-a-kind masterpieces, a loyal following of friends and fans quickly grew. Always […]

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