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 at Eclectic Eccentricity (say that … Continue reading Handmade One of a Kind Finds for Less Than $25

A Lovely Little Perch!

It's not often that my design senses are stimulated. But there's something about Amy Adams' pottery at perch! that tickles my fancy. We first raved about her designs here and here, but there's more. Adams has a special skill when it comes to ceramics - her designs are modern, playful and charming. All perch! pieces … Continue reading A Lovely Little Perch!

A Sweet Ending for Candy Wrappers

Candy is a girl's best friend, no wait, that's diamonds. I'll tell you what candy does do - it creates cavities and a boat load of trash. Take all those candy wrappers, put them together and what do you get? Would you believe...a handbag? Believe it. The Candywrapper Tote is made by fair trade artisans, … Continue reading A Sweet Ending for Candy Wrappers

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 of our culture, ad infinitum. … Continue reading Looking for the Best Green Sex Toys? You’ve Hit the Spot!

The Bamboo Mat That Would Be Really Cool…If It Were Bamboo

I have long prided myself on having a lengthy fuse. Not much bothers me. Turns out I may need to update my personal M.O., because I am getting more and more annoyed when I find a really clever, cool item that should be eco but isn't. Don't get me wrong: I'm not a mean, green, … Continue reading The Bamboo Mat That Would Be Really Cool…If It Were Bamboo

Tuberose Lavender Tote Is Eco *and* Vegan

An oversized tote with plenty of wiggle room is just what summer ordered. Make it with eco-ultrasuede instead of leather and you get this feminine Tuberose Lavender Vegan Tote by AmyKathryn. It's large enough to support your busiest schedule at 18"w x 14"h x 3"d, and totally cruelty-free. Often, vegan products are not eco-friendly, so … Continue reading Tuberose Lavender Tote Is Eco *and* Vegan

Guide to the Best Eco Jewelry Designers

I've said it before (in Say Yes to Seconds) and I'll say it again - I have no interest in looking like the twin of every eco-chic woman walking out of Barneys. I lean toward unique and edgy, and there's no faster way to get there than with vintage, especially when it comes to jewelry. … Continue reading Guide to the Best Eco Jewelry Designers

What’s Your Tradition?

In America we lack certain"¦traditions. The Spanish enjoy the siesta; the French have affairs; for the British, there's afternoon tea. But what's our tradition? Who knows - we're too busy rushing around. We're so accustomed to a Starbucks and Pete's on every corner, the idea of taking time for tea at home"¦well, it just doesn't … Continue reading What’s Your Tradition?

Shop Wisely with Rising Tide Fair Trade

I'm a big believer in Mies van der Rohe's dictum "less is more". I'd much prefer that you use what already hangs in your closet. And as much as the lesser green in me would love to encourage you to buy a newer, cooler version of this or that, the greenest me would never do … Continue reading Shop Wisely with Rising Tide Fair Trade

The Ultimate Guide to Eco Lighting

Maybe it's the way they can make or break a room, like the way the perfect accessory can pull together an outfit. Or maybe the whys don't matter as much as the facts. Eco-lighting is front-page news and everyone who's anyone is making the switch to green. For your viewing pleasure, I've gathered a cutting … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Eco Lighting

Stella McCartney Vegan Bag: Eco-Friendly or Eco-Wannabe?

I enjoy the occasional controversy. Not the "throw one below the belt" emotionally-charged controversy, but the intelligent discussion chock full of thoughtful comments and ideas even-in-the-throes-of-opposing-views controversy. And I especially enjoy them when they're eco-related. So, here goes. Yes, I covet the new faux leather bag by Stella McCartney. (And word has it a certain … Continue reading Stella McCartney Vegan Bag: Eco-Friendly or Eco-Wannabe?

The Key to My Eco-Heart

Last Sunday after brunch, my friend and I hit Melrose for window shopping, and there it was: a white porcelain key hanging from the neck of a very hip woman. There it swung, elegantly and simply by a thin, black leather cord. Now, I've done my eco-homework. Porcelain falls into the green category, and it's … Continue reading The Key to My Eco-Heart

Everyday Eco Jewelry to Cherish

When all else fails, buy jewelry. A generalization, yes, but I'm confident of its accuracy. We women love jewelry. You can't go wrong showing up at her birthday party with a pretty pair of earrings or a sweet and simple bracelet - or both. I'm not referring here to bling. Magnificent jewelry pieces are both … Continue reading Everyday Eco Jewelry to Cherish

A Guide to Eco Laptop Bags

I remember when owning a laptop was considered a luxury. Now it seems that everyone who's anyone has one - my neighbor's six-year-old, my grandfather (who, by the way, forwards far too many jokes and chain letters to me. I love you anyway, gramps!), writers and investment bankers, artists and attorneys. For lifestyles (and laptops) … Continue reading A Guide to Eco Laptop Bags