Posts tagged Eco-Friendly
Jen here, introducing my new column Jen’s Pick, where I’ll be sharing eco-friendly must-haves that I just can’t keep to myself!
The Details: SAAKO Scarves. Handmade in Barcelona, these incredible pieces are edgy, trendy and currently at the top of my fall fashion accessory list.
The Low Down: Design geniuses Ines Brito and Joana Gouveia began experimenting with jersey in 1989, turning the material into trendy neckwear. With ‘reuse’ as their creative philosophy, they produced earthy and vibrant scarves from recycled fabrics.
What’s to Love: SAAKO scarves are extremely comfortable, affordable, and add a bohemian edge to any look, making them a fantastic year-round addition to your closet. Plus, they also make great gifts!
– 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed (can be bought at an organic grocery or health food store)
– ¼ cup raw cashews, soaked for several hours to soften
– 1 red bell pepper
– 1 tbsp curry powder
– ½ tsp cumin
– 1 tsp sea salt
– 1 clove garlic, chopped
– ¼ sweet onion, chopped
– ½ tbsp nutritional yeast (optional, a vegan way to add a “cheesy” flavor)
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- To de-stem your kale, pull all of the wide, leafy green parts off of the thick stalks. Place all of these in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Blend all of your ingredients, beginning with the cashews, until a thick “paste” has formed. If you do not have a blender, you can use unsalted cashew butter and mix the remaining ingredients by hand.
- “Massage” the paste onto your kale. Take a small amount of the paste into your hands and coat each piece of kale. Continue until all pieces are lightly coated in the paste. This is not as time-consuming as it sounds, I promise!
- Here is the tricky part: figuring out how long to leave in your kale. Start by seeing how the kale looks after 10 minutes. If the paste looks slightly cooked through and the kale looks crunchy, flip and bake for another 10 minutes. If the paste has not cooked, allow them to bake on the first side for another 10 minutes, then flip and bake until done. Once you figure out this timing, you will know how long it takes for your latter batches.
- Allow the kale chips to cool, and then devour! Make your office-mates green (literally!) with envy.
How do you snack healthy?
Hello beautiful tartelettes! I’m Charlotte, one of tarte’s marketing & PR interns as well as a freelance makeup artist for the line. I’m so happy to announce that I’ve been given the incredible opportunity to blog about all of my favorite things – clean eating, fun exercise, the gorgeous outdoors, fabulous fashion, and most importantly: amazing makeup! tarte’s high-performance natural™ products are staples in my professional kit as well as in my personal stash, and I hope that you gals enjoy them just as much!
I guess you can say that liquid lipstick runs through my veins. At age 20, my grandmother Marie moved from a tiny town nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires to NYC, which was a quite daring move in 1945. She soon found a job at a certain famed red door salon, working her way up from “treatment girl” to on-call makeup artist for numerous NYC socialites and celebrities. She later left the salon to freelance, painting the faces of Marilyn Monroe, famed 60s supermodel Verushka, and the Beatles, all whilst working on national campaigns for major cosmetic and hair companies. Her whirlwind career inspired me; from the time I was a young girl, I wanted to be a makeup artist. At age fifteen, I began working on editorial photo shoots in NYC, and I continue to update and improve my portfolio to this day.
What attracted me to tarte, at first, was their huge array of products that are not only pretty (both in the packaging and on the face!), but that they’re formulated without many harmful ingredients, such as parabens and phthalates. The fact that they’re vegan is also a major plus – as an animal-lover, it breaks my heart to think that many commercially-available cosmetics are tested on animals. tarte’s “green beauty” philosophy suits my lifestyle to a tee – and I hope you gorgeous girls feel the same way! I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be here and share my experience with you.
Peace, love, and health!
Our office is obsessed with TOMS shoes. As an eco-friendly company, we truly appreciate brands that have a real mission, and TOMS does so much more than just sell shoes.
TOMS shoes are not only stylish and comfortable for gallivanting around the city, but every pair purchased buys a pair for a child in need: one for one. Blake Mycoskie the founder of TOMS, traveled to Argentina where he found children of this country had no shoes to protect their feet. So vastly taken by this issue, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. I mean, how incredible is that?!
Many children all over the world grow up barefoot which puts them at risk of contracting diseases that can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Barefoot children also can’t attend school because shoes are a requirement. And the domino effect begins: If they don’t have shoes, then they don’t receive an education. These children don’t have the opportunity to excel to their highest potential. One small change can make a BIG difference.
So not only are these shoes eco-chic, but more importantly they are giving back to people in need.
What do you think of TOMS? Does a company’s mission matter to you when deciding on what product to purchase (shoes in this case)?
Each week we’ll be featuring our favorite style icons that portray fresh, eco-chic looks that work morning, noon and night. To kick it off this week we’re featuring America’s sweetheart Rachel Bilson. Whether she’s grabbing a coffee, running errands, walking her dog, or hitting up the Red Carpet, Rachel’s always looking amazing! The bronzed beauty doesn’t stop! Our eco-fashionista has sported many different looks and we’ve selected some of our favorites to share with you.
From pants and maxis to shorts, she always chooses styles that flatter her petite shape…
A regular on the Red Carpet, she can don a sultry look in black or a more bohemian take in a cream shade. She’s constantly changing it up with pops of fresh color that impel her to stand out.
To replicate Rachel’s eco-friendly style try incorporating these accessories into your wardrobe: a weaved-tote, a black-quilted bag or a fantastic pair of neutral pumps. These key pieces work with so many different looks giving you a more versatile take on your closet. Other items you’ll find Rachel wearing are trendy sunglasses, a bold cuff or a black blazer—these can be worn with almost anything in your closet. Go nuts, have fun, and outshine this summer with a fresh new style!
We want to know: what staple item will you be purchasing this season?
For those of you who have not already met, let me introduce you to BabyCakes, NYC’s (& LA’s!) most-celebrated vegan bakery. This fantastic sweet shop offers all your favorite treats from cupcakes and brownies, to their signature (must-try) cookie sandwiches. Although all of their organic goodies are free of gluten, wheat, soy, casein, egg and refined sugar, they certainly don’t taste like it! Yesterday we had an office birthday (Happy Birthday Kate!) and celebrate we did with a cake plate piled high with BabyCake’s cupcakes in the dreamiest of pastel colors (a la ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). What’s sweeter than red velvet frosting? The fact that BabyCakes is just a 10 minute subway ride from our office (score!) Located in the super-hip lower east side at 248 Broome Street (between Orchard and Ludlow), it’s our ultimate snacking destination. Be sure to stop by if you happily find yourself in New York. Say goodbye to your prior notions of “crunchy granola” health food and hello to beautiful, colorful cookies and cupcakes that are impossible to resist!
Tell us what’s your favorite local bakery?
Ok, ladies: let’s do this together. Slide off the Uggs. Roll down the socks. Now breathe. A quick pedicure and no one will ever see those chips and flakes from last winter’s hottest shade! Eco-friendly brands such as Zoya, Butter London and my favorite vegan brand, Ginger + Liz have come to our rescue with fresh, new shades that allow us to step into summer looking bold and beautiful. Go wild with a hot new neon shade or beach it up with a gorgeous earth tone. The world is at your fingertips…or your toes.
What summer polish shade is your favorite?! Pics and comments please. J
Jen, a fellow tartelette ambassador
The bikini countdown has begun and like Forrest, I’m taking to the roads to shave off a few unwelcomed lbs that made their way onto my waistline this winter. I’m headed into battle in my stylish, yet functional Nike Shox Trainers. I’ve got my iPod loaded with my favorite “move my tush” songs like Rihanna’s “S&M” and Black Eyed Pea’s “Just Can’t Get Enough”. If all else fails, then I can always turn to my trusty tarte glam gams to give me a sunkissed glow that’s sure to make my pale legs look firmer and taut. Hey, I’m definitely not above fakin’ it till I make it! Then, off I go!
I’d love to hear what you ladies are doing to get ready for summer!! Please share your tips & tricks below!
Jen, a fellow tartelette ambassador
This holiday season make a conscious effort to gift green! With more options than ever, why wouldn’t you? Seriously, it’s just silly not to give green! I’ve pulled together a great group of eco-friendly items for everyone in your life; hopefully, you can find the perfect something for that special someone in your life.
- the stocking stuffer: re-hydrate and reduce waste with the Bobble Bottle water bottle with filtration system
- for him: a Sprout Watch, the band on this sleek chronograph watch is made from black corn resin
- for her: tarte’s ring it in natural cheek stain trio and cocktail ring
- for kids: Phresh Kids yoga mats are perfect for having fun and staying fit
- for pets: enjoy a day outside playing fetch with 30 LOVE Eco balls
The holiday season is a time to catch up with family & friends! Whether I’m traveling to visit relatives or having a phone date with my bff, I love hearing holiday shopping stories (the good & the ugly!) and seeing some of their favorite gifts. Speaking of presents, I’m still going through my long list of what to get some people in my life. I always try to buy meaningful gifts; ultimately, something that person will truly appreciate.
For those like me, I found the greatest gift for that eco-conscious person in your crew: bioserie iPhone biodegradable covers. bioserie uses the latest in bioplastics technology; offering less greenhouse gas emissions in manufacturing and the prevention of environmental toxic pollution once the cover is discarded. Essentially, bioserie is transforming annually renewable plant material into an iPhone cover that is slim, strong and stylish. This biobased phone accessory is made of plants not petrochemicals! And they have covers in an assortment of colors for not only the iPhone, but also the iPad, iTouch and iPod.
That said: it’s green giveaway time! We’re giving away 2 bundles of bioserie’s bioplastic covers valued at $99.85:
- iPhone 4 case (white: $34.95)
- iPhone 3G/3Gs (purple: $34.95)
- iPod nano 5 G (green: $29.95)
Keep one for you and give the others as gifts!! All you have to do to enter is tell us how you’re being eco-conscious this holiday season! Post your responses here and enter to win!! We’ll reveal winners on Wed, 12/15.