Sarah Backhouse

Sarah Backhouse

Ethnically ambiguous with the accent to prove it, I’m thrilled to be on the cutting edge of this brave, new green world.

SpaRitual | Mani-Pedi Au Natural

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Girls from across the Atlantic aren’t as well groomed as their American counterparts. That was my over-riding observation during my first ever trip to New York City. A whirlwind of private parties, store launches and art happenings, it was as if I’d been thrown into a never-ending episode of “Sex and the City”. My gracious and well groomed hostess and her posse of urban vixens dashed around the city in six inch heels, their perfectly painted toes peeking through their Manolo mules. For a London girl who’s feet were usually clad in a pair of Converse (and hadn’t seen daylight since last summer’s trip to Greece), the experience was literally agony.

Now a resident of Los Angeles, I’ve grown accustomed to the ubiquitous nail salon at every strip mall and have even experienced the girly bonding session of a group mani-pedi. Surprisingly, it’s quite a pleasant experience. The one thing that bothers me, however, is the overpowering aroma of chemicals emitted by the nail varnishes, removers, and so on.

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Linda Loudermilk Promotes Water As Fashion

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If you care about water as much as Paris Hilton — the heiress makes a special effort to not leave it running when she leaves the house — you’d be a good candidate for Linda Loundermilk’s “Water is a Human Right” faucet necklace Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

A Restraining Order For Sea Lions?

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Upon hearing the term “restraining order”, one usually conjures up images of domestic disputes between the rich and famous. But what about a restraining order imposed by the Human Society of the United States on the National Marine Fisheries Services over the capturing or killing of sea lions who feast on salmon in a Columbia River dam?

Interesting, right? With more legs than a salacious E! special. (Not that seals or salmon have legs, but you know what I mean.)

In a motion filed in the U.S. District Court, the Humane Society wants a permanent injunction imposed on agents from the Fisheries Service to prevent them from taking sea lions from the Bonneville Dam. If the request is denied, they plan to seek a temporary restraining order instead.

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Earth Hour | Was It Good For You?

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At 8:00 on Saturday night, the lights went out at Sydney’s Opera House, the Wat Arun Buddhist temple in Bangkok, the Royal Palace in Copenhagen and in thousands of homes in Christchurch, New Zealand (basically a typical Saturday night there — kidding!). Google also showed their support by going Blackle for a day, their tagline reading: “We’ve turned the lights out. Now it’s your turn.” All this to celebrate Earth Hour 2008 – a global event to raise awareness about climate change.

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Jared Leto Sheds 60 Just by Going Raw

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He’s dated more Hollywood starlets than Ellen Degeneres(including Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan and Ashley Olsen), he’s the frontman and guitarist of his own band, 30 Seconds To Mars (what is with actor/musicians and their band names?) and he’s appeared in some decent flicks — albeit not always in the most memorable of roles (“Fight Club”, “Requiem for a Dream”, “The Thin Red Line”, “Panic Room” and “Alexander”).

But Jared Leto has a new claim to fame — gout. That’s just one of the health problems the actor suffered by piling on 60 pounds to portray John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, in the film “Chapter 27”. “I’d never do it again; it definitely gave me some problems,” the actor says (as quoted on IMDB). “Towards the end of the shoot, one of the glaring issues was the pain I had with my feet. I couldn’t walk for long distances; I had a wheelchair because it was so painful. My body was in shock from the amount of weight I gained”. Ouch.

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Hamadi | Hair Decadence, Californian Style

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Take it from the man who styles the tresses of Heather Graham, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Watts, Sharon Stone, Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Eva Mendes and Drew Barrymore (not to mention countless supermodels on the New York and Paris runways for Chanel, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano): “100% organic products made with 100% organic essential oils and plant extracts” is the secret to beautiful hair Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Getting In Shape Eight Minutes A Day

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Eight minutes. That’s the time it takes to: crawl one mile on L.A.’s jam-packed 405 in peak hour; stand in line at Starbucks with an inefficient barista at the helm; navigate the telephonic maze of customer service prompts before speaking with an actual human being; or listen to a blow-by-blow description of your mother’s day before being able to alert her to the fact that your kitchen is on fire.

Looking for a better way to spend eight minutes? According to fitness trainer Jorge Cruise, author of “8 Minutes in the Morning: A Simple Way to Start Your Day That Burns Fat and Sheds the Pounds”, eight minutes is all it takes to get a fitter, slimmer you. So, while the widely advocated 30 minutes of daily cardio isn’t a complete waste of time, it seems just 8 minutes of strength training is the key to weight management.

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Abominable Lizard Found

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Did you hear the one about Charles Darwin’s abominable mystery? No? Well, it goes something like this… For the vast majority of earth’s history, plants didn’t have fruits or flowers. So, how did we go from gymnosperms (primitive plants without flowers) to angiosperms (flowering plants), and when?

The answer could lie in the recent discovery of the oldest known plant-eating lizard.

The 130 million-year-old jaw and skull bones of the Kuwajimalla kagaensis was recently found in the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan. Its discovery knocks the 100 million-year-old North American Dicothodon off the top spot as the oldest known plant-eating lizard. The discovery of this plant-eating lizard could indicate that angiosperms were in existence millions of years earlier than previously thought. “By finding this particular fossil from Japan, it might suggest that flowering plants were already there, but we don’t have direct evidence yet,” said study team member Makoto Manabe of Japan’s National Science Museum in Tokyo.

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China Sexes Up Their Pandas

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Animal sex is an odd subject to write about and an even more bizarre one to witness. Don’t worry, I didn’t seek it out – but it was imposed upon me by an amorous giraffe at the Los Angeles Zoo. You could tell by the wild shrieks and awkward giggles of the adults (not to mention the shielding of youngsters) that animal sex is an uncomfortable fact to face. It’s kinda like old people having sex — we know it goes on, but we’d rather not know about it.

However, the fearless folks at China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding are facing the issue of panda procreation head on. With only 2,000 notoriously asexual pandas left in the world, it’s imperative that they mate and quickly. After forcing the pandas to view videos of the panda equivalent of Paris Hilton’s most famous movie, researchers tried a new approach. Exercise.

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A Guide To A Cleaner, Greener Home

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We all had our favorites from the old, toxic world of household cleaning products: Palmolive for the dishes, Tide for the laundry, Tilex for the shower, Fabuloso for the floors, etc. That was until we learned that these conventional products were about as far from Fabuloso as you can get. Containing “petroleum, phosphates, phthalates, antibacterial agents and chlorine bleach”, these are the exact same ingredients that the Union of Concerned Scientists advise us to avoid.

So, how do we navigate the brave, new world of green non-toxic household cleaning products? Is there a Method to the eco product madness? And who would win an elbow grease wrestle between Ed Begley, Jr. and Mrs. Meyers? In a recent Emerald City column, LA Green Girl ranks eco cleaning brands in order preference: Seventh Generation, Eco Friendly Products, Begley’s Best, Palnet, Mrs. Meyers, Method, Clorox Green Works, and Arm & Hammer.

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Meditation Can Lead To Compassion

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Hindus do it. So do Buddhists. Sikhs, Muslims, Taoist and Jains all practice it too. No, I’m not reciting lyrics from a Cole Porter song, I’m referring to meditation, “a discipline in which the mind is focused on an object of thought or awareness”. Although meditation has been practiced by all of the world’s great religions since time immemorial, here in the West, meditation is often dismissed as a New Age activity, something to do for a few minutes before breaking into an ashtanga sweat.

Contrary to popular opinion (that meditation is some airy-fairy endeavor), new research shows that Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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Nature Girl | Saving the World A Strand at A Time

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Who is Nature Girl? Is she: a) the daughter of a Princeton Science Professor who was onto greenhouse gases and global warming way before Gore made them naughties buzzwords; b) an avid hiker and traveller who spent years in Brazil, gaining a true appreciation of the diversity of nature; c) “a modern-day super hero who takes the lead, confronts adversity and saves us from the perils of toxic chemicals, corporate greed and pollution”; or d) all of the above. Yeah, you guessed it…

Nannette Pallrand is the brains behind the Nature Girl line of skin and hair care. While the fresh funky packaging will appeal to the urban hipsters, it’s what’s inside the bottles that really counts: organic and wildcrafted ingredients which are grown on “small, family-run farms” from all around the world.

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