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
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!
The title should look like this: The Bamboo Grass Mat That Would Be Really Cool If It Were Bamboo Grass. Say it isn't so. Call the eco-police. My list of clever household items that should be eco but aren't, just got bigger. Here we go again. Why make a doormat printed with a photo of … Continue reading For Title, See Content
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
The oh-so-sophisticated you might say "vaaaaaz", but however you pronounce it, a vase is really just a vase. Not so with the ada hanging vase from cb2. It says "I'm not your ordinary vase, I'm so much more than a vase because I hang here growing out of the wall looking like something other than … Continue reading Hanging with Ada
I never lose my keys, but my best friend does and I think I'm going to get her this. (Another friend of mine uses a yellow rubber ducky - large, yes - but chic? Not so much. I've also seen flashlights, rabbit feet, coin purses and those mini scannable super-saver cards that get you coupons … Continue reading A Rock and Roll Key Keeper
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!
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
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
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
I can't help myself. Have you ever seen a sexier pillow? Yes, we've talked about pillows before, but this pillow is hot. A pillow like this could take a sofa or a bed or a room and push it into another dimension. I can see your questioning glance, your raised eyebrow. Let me explain. The … Continue reading Pillow Talk Too
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?
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
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
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?
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
I have a light fetish - an all consuming, but eco-conscious obsession with lighting a room just so. The search for a quality and eco-friendly light has taken me far and wide, including New Zealand, which I wrote about in Modern Balance. Now I've landed closer to home and as eco-friendly as one can get. … Continue reading Folding the Light
I've heard of sewing and embroidery, knitting and crochet - I've even tried my hand at a few of the aforementioned crafts. (Didn't your grandmother enforce the "you should know how to mend, sew a button and knit a scarf" rule, too?) But felting is new to me. I've been delighted by Etsy's Made by … Continue reading Mod by Moxie
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
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