Green Beauty Review: Kari Gran's Sophisticated but Natural Skincare

Green Beauty Review: Kari Gran’s Sophisticated but Natural Skincare

Kari Gran doesn’t make any grand claims about anti-aging or “minimizing the appearance” of anything. Instead, they provide simple and luxurious skincare products that are appropriate for all skin care...
My Non-Toxic and Organic Makeup Routine Revealed

My Non-Toxic and Organic Makeup Routine Revealed

A reader wrote in asking what my makeup routine is, saying she was having trouble giving up her conventional makeup brands because she wasn’t aware of good replacements. That’s an...
Sustainable Apartment Renovation Before and After: The Kitchen

Sustainable Apartment Renovation Before and After: The Kitchen

In the next installment of my apartment renovation reveal, I’ll show you how I gutted and redid the entire kitchen, as sustainably as possible. Not that there was much there...
7 Reasons Why I Hate Calling Myself a 'Blogger'

7 Reasons Why I Hate Calling Myself a ‘Blogger’

  When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I’m a journalist. Which is true, to a point. I write freelance stories about a variety...
You Need to Know This About Your Favorite Fashion Blogger

You Need to Know This About Your Favorite Fashion Blogger

Have you noticed something about your favorite fashion bloggers? Have you remarked upon the not-so-subtle shifts in editorial content over the past year or two? It used to be you...
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Things to Do on Your NYC Visit

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Things to Do on Your NYC Visit

When a sustainable fashion blogger put out a call  for things to do during her visit to NYC, I started writing up an extensive email. Where to eat, what neighborhoods...
The 24 Best Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Restaurants in NYC

The 24 Best Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Restaurants in NYC

One of the perks of living in New York, is that there are just too many farm-to-table and organic restaurants to name. But if you’re looking for a bucket list...
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The 18 Most Affordable Places to Buy Sustainable, Eco-Friendly, and Ethical Fashion

The 18 Most Affordable Places to Buy Sustainable, Eco-Friendly, and Ethical Fashion

Nichole is the founder of the Joie de Vivre blog. A lot of people are under the impression that only the upper class can afford eco-friendly fashion. A decade or so ago this may have been the case, but so many conscious brands have emerged in recent years, ‘conscious consumption’ is now available to the...
Why Buying New Is Good, Too

Why Buying New Is Good, Too

Buying second-hand garments is an important part of sustainable fashion. In fact, some sustainability advocates will suggest that a sustainable wardrobe should only contain second-hand items. But I disagree.
Review and Discount: Cozy Orange Eco-Friendly Athletic Wear

Review and Discount: Cozy Orange Eco-Friendly Athletic Wear

  {Scroll down for discount.} The line between gym clothes and street clothes has become increasingly blurred in the past year. Athletic clothes are becoming more stylish, and at the same time it’s become more acceptable to wear yoga pants and a tank to brunch. I even wore yoga clothes to a business meeting a...
How to Propose to Your Eco-Friendly (and Hyper-Organized) Girlfriend

How to Propose to Your Eco-Friendly (and Hyper-Organized) Girlfriend

1. Create Plenty of Decoys, so She Doesn’t Suspect Not all was well in the land of Illich and Alden. For the past, oh, four months, I had become increasingly annoyed with Illich’s inability to plan anything, or even just manage his time. I felt like I was the one making everything happen. For example:...
I'll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! July 17th Edition

I’ll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! July 17th Edition

Mini Facials Sat.  July 11th | 1 to 4 pm and thereafter bi-weekly on Saturdays The natural and organic beauty store Bottega Organica is hosting complimentary mini facial treatments at their West Village flagship store! These 10-minute skin-soothing facials are customized according to skin type (also performed by a local licensed esthetician) and will leave you...
Recycled Cotton Throws Add Pep (and a Little Prep) to Your 'Partment

Recycled Cotton Throws Add Pep (and a Little Prep) to Your ‘Partment

Karrie Kaneda designs her splendidly colorful throws in Kansas City, and has them made out of mostly recycled cotton and a little bit of acrylic on the East Coast. The recycled cotton is from pre-consumer fibers and clippings that are collected after the cut and sew process of things like t-shirts, and re-threaded into yarn....
The Best Places to Get Vegan Food in NYC

The Best Places to Get Vegan Food in NYC

By Emily Kichler Emily is the founder of Lēlē Stern, a sustainable and vegan fashion label in New York City.  Going vegan isn’t just about the cute animals, though they are quite compelling. With more and more evidence being revealed about the harsh impacts of the meat and dairy industries on the planet (heard about California...
Ethical Jewelry Maker Bario Neal Dips Into Fairmined Gold

Ethical Jewelry Maker Bario Neal Dips Into Fairmined Gold

I’ve admired Bario Neal jewelry for some time. It’s a high-end jewelry line handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals, ethically sourced stones, and low-­impact, environmentally conscious practices. Their jewelry ranges in style from organic and raw, to refined and feminine, and modern and geometric. In short, something for every type of sustainable girl, especially...
Green Beauty Review: Bottega Organica Gives You Scientifically Proven Anti-Aging From Organic Ingredients

Green Beauty Review: Bottega Organica Gives You Scientifically Proven Anti-Aging From Organic Ingredients

If you’re ever in NYC, you should pay a visit to the Bottega Organica store in the West Village. It’s a quiet respite, with well-lit shelves displaying an extensive and orderly collection of organic skincare products. The store itself is built with reclaimed materials, including wood for furniture, flooring and shelves, concrete counters, and organic fabrics,...
I'll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! July 10th Edition

I’ll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! July 10th Edition

Mini Facials Sat.  July 11th | 1 to 4 pm and thereafter bi-weekly on Saturdays The natural and organic beauty store Bottega Organica is hosting complimentary mini facial treatments at their West Village flagship store! These 10-minute skin-soothing facials are customized according to skin type (also performed by a local licensed esthetician) and will leave you...
Ayla Beauty Brings You Exotic, Non-Toxic Beauty That Works

Ayla Beauty Brings You Exotic, Non-Toxic Beauty That Works

It was a good thing I had a recorder for my interview with Dara Kennedy, because I kept losing track of what she was saying. I was looking at her skin. It glows, sun-kissed, unblemished, smooth, smattered with freckles. I will do anything you say to get that kind of skin, I thought to myself. “I...
Review: The Wanderlust Yoga Festival

Review: The Wanderlust Yoga Festival

I attended the Wanderlust festival last week in Snowmass, Colorado, a village right next to the tony resort town of Aspen in Colorado. It was billed as a life-changing experience, and since my dear friend only recently moved to the Aspen area, I was doubly interested in a half a week of yoga, Buddhist talks,...