The Friday 5: Making a Good Impression Edition

The best of EcoSalon’s stories this week.

How do you want to come across to a new acquaintance – strong and dignified, or whiny and self-obsessed? As The Hunger Games goes ballistic at the box office, we celebrate a better cinematic role model for women than a certain “emo teenager pining for her hybrid werewolf-vampire boyfriend”.

How did you originally find EcoSalon? A certain staffer delves deep into our analytics in search of outlier search engine queries, with predictably disturbing results.

Can you imagine greeting the dawn from within one of these gorgeously minimalist Zen retreats?

Congratulations for sustainable fashion designers Everlane – they may have just upended the traditional, relatively wasteful model of industrial clothing production.

Finally, our resident foodie’s column turned two years old this week. Go join in the celebration of Anna Brones and her hit column, Foodie Underground (there’s cake!).

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.