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Checking in With the Home Team: You Still Down With Science?

One of my favorite Charles Darwin quotes is from The Descent of Man: “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” Sadly, it appears that lately there are a lot of confident people out there when it comes to knowing what’s real in this universe and what’s not. And science and […]

Eco-Friendly Tope at db clay

Have you seen those duct tape wallets teens are so fond of? In 1998, a group of college students began hand-making duct tape, or Ductbills, wallets and selling them at street markets in Portland. Ductbills became a major success and, while the original craze continues, the Ductbills team have grown […]

Hot for Fall: (Eco) Booties

Skeptical at first, I’ve come to embrace the bootie look. Good with jeans, great with skirts, the versatile style will have you trotting stylishly through the season. I’ve been scoping the scene in search of the perfect pair and I’m proud to report that my favorites are also the eco-friendly […]

The Rise of Geoengineering: Smart? Safe? Too Easy?

Though the it’s-too-late set seems to be growing, most scientists agree that when it comes to human-induced climate change, there are solutions. Most of these solutions are ambitious. Some, in fact, might be too ambitious – and perhaps too dangerous on a number of fronts. Geoengineering is exactly what it […]

Today You Are a Mensch

Where have all the flowers gone?That’s a question some Bar and Bat Mitzvah guests have been asking as more and more party throwers replace costly, throw-away floral centerpieces with food baskets for the needy. It’s a concept that challenges the Keeping up with the Steins trend of families trying to outdo one another with […]

Go Eco and Off-the-Shoulder

We show off a lot of ecoSkin fashion around EcoSalon because well, we like their style. And now they’ve captured the latest fashion forward off-the-shoulder trend with the Mercury Top. Somehow ecoSkin has found a flattering way to recreate this look from the flamboyant days of Flashdance. Frankly, I’m shocked. […]

Henna Comes Home

Henna is a natural paste that has been used to etch temporary exotic flourishes on hands and other body parts for 5,000 years. The tattoos are said to date back to ancient Egypt, when they stained the fingers of the pharaohs prior to mummification. Adopted by Indian and Middle Eastern […]

Renewal Notice: Recycled Publications

I interrupt your web surfing for some breaking news. Fresh off the press, I bring you a fad so hot the ink’s hardly dried: decor crafted from recycled publications. You readers – and everyone else in the world of style – can’t seem to get enough. Print media may be […]

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 […]

Henna Comes Home

Henna is a natural paste that has been used to etch temporary exotic flourishes on hands and other body parts for 5,000 years. The tattoos are said to date back to ancient Egypt, when they stained the fingers of the pharaohs prior to mummification. Adopted by Indian and Middle Eastern […]

Eco Style, if You Pleat

From the schoolgirl mini to tennis-court chic, the pleated skirt has been a paragon of prettiness for much of the past century. Pleats are the chameleons of eco-fashion, showing up in designs that range from punk to prim-and-proper. As a wardrobe statement, this structural pleated skirt with is a knockout […]

Song of Suzani

This fall, Suzani rugs, pillows, blankets and more are sure to take center stage, so, before this craze is unleashed, I consider it my duty as a décor dilettante to explore its origin and history. Suzani is much more than just a trend; it represents centuries of Central Asian culture. […]

No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Go Green

We interrupt your normal EcoSalon programming for an urgent public service message, Dire, really. Is the world’s favourite super-spy greening up his act? Coming soon to a big screen near you is Quantum of Solace, the second outing for Daniel Craig’s reimagined James Bond. (Sadly, ladies, he won’t be wearing […]

Touski!

I had the pleasure of living for six months in French-speaking Montreal, which is a fantastic city of artists, musicians, cosmopolitans and creatives. I learned to speak French pretty well in that time and picked up some local slang that has made its way into my permanent vocabulary. My favorite […]

A Charmed Life

Vintage accessories are my favorite. They’re always authentic, sure to spark conversation, and there’s never a fear of smelling like an old attic or mothballs. From necklaces and earrings to bracelets and rings, the sky’s the limit. That being said, charms are back in style this season, but the thought […]

Merchants of Venice Tormented by Thrifty Tourists

Legend has it there was a time when you could move through the fashion boutiques, Murano shops and cafes of San Marcos Square without battling monstrous crowds. Friends of mine even speak of walking right into the Duomo, right on in. No sweating a one-hour line. But these days, the […]

Go Eco and Off-the-Shoulder

We show off a lot of ecoSkin fashion around EcoSalon because well, we like their style. And now they’ve captured the latest fashion forward off-the-shoulder trend with the Mercury Top. Somehow ecoSkin has found a flattering way to recreate this look from the flamboyant days of Flashdance. Frankly, I’m shocked. […]

The Tuscan Table and Magnificent Morocco with Peggy Markel

Are you yearning to get on a plane to a beautiful, exotic place where you can learn to cook – and properly indulge in – slow, delicious, authentic local food? Peggy Markel is a peripatetic artisan goddess and Slow Food leader who hosts cooking tours to Morocco and Italy. She’s […]

Today You Are a Mensch

Where have all the flowers gone?That’s a question some Bar and Bat Mitzvah guests have been asking as more and more party throwers replace costly, throw-away floral centerpieces with food baskets for the needy. It’s a concept that challenges the Keeping up with the Steins trend of families trying to outdo one another with […]

Henna Comes Home

Henna is a natural paste that has been used to etch temporary exotic flourishes on hands and other body parts for 5,000 years. The tattoos are said to date back to ancient Egypt, when they stained the fingers of the pharaohs prior to mummification. Adopted by Indian and Middle Eastern […]

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Foodie Underground: From Trendy to Tradition

ColumnWhy we have to stop thinking of the “foodie” movement as a trend. Luxury continues to inspire the culinary world, and its eager diners. From $3,000 dinner reservations to a select list of the world’s 50 best restaurants, the top tier of the food chain is elevating the art of […]

The Rise of Geoengineering: Smart? Safe? Too Easy?

Though the it’s-too-late set seems to be growing, most scientists agree that when it comes to human-induced climate change, there are solutions. Most of these solutions are ambitious. Some, in fact, might be too ambitious – and perhaps too dangerous on a number of fronts. Geoengineering is exactly what it […]

Foodie Underground: Give ‘Em Something to Tweet About

The fact that Twitter changed the food cart movement is no news; foodies consume deals and specials from dining entrepreneurs like they’re candy. But the micro-blogging site hasn’t just become a guerrilla marketing tool to get the word out about tacos and tempeh, it’s becoming a source of foodie inspiration. […]

Checking in With the Home Team: You Still Down With Science?

One of my favorite Charles Darwin quotes is from The Descent of Man: “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” Sadly, it appears that lately there are a lot of confident people out there when it comes to knowing what’s real in this universe and what’s not. And science and […]

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