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Shade Grown Hollywood: The 12 Top Tear-Jerker Movies

ColumnWhere celebrity goes conscious. The lump in your throat is the first sign it’s happening. You look around to see if anyone is watching you, but since you’re in a dark theater it’s hard to tell. And then it hits – tears are streaming down your face and you need […]

Women on Film: Surviving a Hot Tin Roof

A weekend with the in-laws, an alcoholic husband and a slinky white slip push emotions to the forefront. As children, we are taught to take all our bad feelings and put them in a place where we can’t find them. Negative emotions go to a place where they are ignored, […]

What It Takes to Burn Off 5 Fast Food Meals (and a Latte)

The holidays are behind us, and that means one thing – dreams of sugarplums dancing in our heads have turned to nightmares of cellulite chasing our posteriors. Because even the best eater is going to sample a homemade white chocolate chip mocha cookie when it’s offered piping hot from the […]

How to Buy Organic and Natural Makeup Before Your Head Explodes

When I first started learning about organic makeup, I pictured butterflies alighting on biodynamic fields of lavender and organic rose petals magically ground into lipsticks. And yes, maybe it is like that – somewhere, in someone’s pretty organic fantasyland. In reality, the world of organic cosmetics is much more like […]

EcoSalon Tested, Mom Approved: Safe Nail Polish for Kids

Ever try raising a completely ungendered little girl and/or extremely-liberated boy? Case in point, my brilliant and gorgeous niece Katherine (unfortunately, not the adorable girl in the pic). My sister and her husband presented our girl with toy tool sheds, small-palm basketballs, and mini-abacuses galore – and she went straight […]

Women on Film: Body Snark as Universal Women Speak

Body snark is the universal language of women, translating across all cultures. Getting a professional manicure is like sitting in on a group therapy session, but with acetate fumes. Everyone is over-sharing, and it’s often to people whose mother tongue is way more complicated than yours. “His mother is staying […]

Best Organic Deodorants (That Actually Work)

Life is good. We’re eating healthier, exercising more and we remember to bring our reusable bags to the grocery store. But do you feel as if something is missing? Do you ever wake in the middle of the night, wondering what final piece of the green puzzle will make your […]

Shade Grown Hollywood: How Snooki Could Save Us All

ColumnWhere celebrity goes conscious. I’m a Jersey girl. Hailing from the south side of the state, I can judge cheese steaks like most judge fine wines, I “go in” for Philadelphia’s teams, and I know that Wawa is not the mumbling of an incoherent baby but rather a place for […]

5 Reasons Why Honey Is the Ultimate Beauty Must Have

Want a centuries-old beauty trick? Tie on your sunbonnets and lean in. (Yes, now I am whispering.) Honey is the secret to everything. Okay, maybe not everything, but it comes pretty darn close. It’s the multi-tasker of natural beauty. Cleopatra made milk and honey baths infamous. Poppea, wife of Rome’s […]

Green Experts Polled: #1 Favorite Eco Beauty Product

Navigating the world of green beauty is a little like wishing we were in an episode of Mad Men. Everything looks really hip and cool, but there’s always a rancid egg martini you could accidentally ingest. False labeling is afoot, and it can be difficult to discern what’s free of […]

Why Fighting Is Healthy

The holidays are upon us, and for many this means one thing – mashed potatoes passed at the dinner table via seething issues and untapped rage. A friend who considers Pinot Grigio a hard drug recently informed me of her Thanksgiving Day drinking habit, which starts around noon and ends […]

6 Tips for Naturally Reducing Under Eye Puffiness

Okay, full disclosure. I just woke up from a nine hour, nap? How’d that happen? It was nighttime when I went to sleep, and now it’s nearing high noon. And before the sleep police come after me waving their pitchforks spiked with espresso, here’s the one downside – I now […]

10 Best Reasons to Turn 30

In 2009 alone, 4.2 million Americans turned 30. And while some of the latest additions to the fourth decade of living may not be happy to be there, others are diving into their 30s with optimism. When I turned 30, I threw a party at a bar that no longer […]

Women of the Green Generation Agree: We Need to Get Educated

Rachel Avalon and Tata Haper speak at the Eco Beauty Panel The world will be saved by western women.  Or so says the Dalai Lama. But feminism in the 21st century can be problematic. That is, unless you’re watching Sex and the City 2, where formerly relatable post-feminist characters enthusiastically […]

25 (Possible) Reasons You Are (Still) Single

Real-life quotes explaining why we are alone. Advice-givers are crafty in their visage. They lure you into a state of complicity by appearing as kindly parental figures who just want you to succeed in life. But the moment you lean in to hear their advice, they morph into their deadly […]

Pucker Up this Season with the Best Natural Lipsticks

This past winter was all about rich, dark colors and metallics with a glint of sparkle – thanks to Twilight-mania, naturally. As much as I love my sheer pinks and nudes for summer, I still get excited about wearing bright reds and berry colors during the warmer months, too. Now […]

Singles Have More Sex Than Marrieds – Right?

I just got engaged. And I’m old. Okay, not Betty White old, but old enough that people who don’t know me are adding a -¦finally”¦” under their breath. And people who do know me are looking outside their windows to see if pigs are stuck in trees. Because they were […]

Dry Shampoo Saves the Day

Some of us like to shower. And some of us have long hair. This often leaves us with a dire dilemma. How long is too long to get all the shampoo out? How much water does it take to get clean hair? It’s enough to make you hang up your […]

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Top 5 Reasons to See ‘12 Years A Slave’

Critics and audiences are buzzing about Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave,” which opens October 18th. Here are five reasons why you should see it. “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and sons of former slave owners will be […]

The 7 Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

It’s a golden age of television, and these are the 7 of the best TV shows to prove it. I love TV. I also enjoy NPR, macrobiotic teas, and Instragramming the ingredients on natural beauty products. By all accounts, shouldn’t my TV stand now be a planter for my indoor […]

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