I heart denim. From skinnies to high waisted, straight leg to boot cut, a cool pair of jeans (or thirty), are essential capsule wardrobe components for any serious fashionista. And now that there are so many fabulous organic varieties on offer, we don’t have to feel guilty about new purchases or hide them from our clueless husbands. Nor do we have to do much research, since the Alternative Consumer was kind enough to round up the top five must-buys for spring. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
What do Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Timberlake, Larry Birkhead and Ashlee Simpson have in common? Let’s see: gay cowboys, wardrobe malfunctions, paternity suits and lip synching… At first glance, not too much. But there is one thing these celebrities do see eye-to-eye (or pec-to-pec) on: making a difference with what they wear.
All four Hollywood hotties are the proud owners of the unisex eco-heather crew from Alternative Apparel’s new sustainable line, Alternative Earth.
Alternative Earth offers the same great fit and vintage look of its outrageously popular parent brand, Alternative Apparel. Boasting an array of crew and scoop tees, tanks, henleys, hoodies and loungewear for men, women and toddlers, the look can blend seamlessly from the beaches of California to the streets of Tokyo. The entire range incorporates 100% organic cotton and polyester recycled from plastic food containers and drinking bottles.
Chanel, Christian Dior, YSL, Givenchy, Lacroix, Ungaro. Window-shopping at the Place du Vendome this morning made me realize the French are a tour de force in the world of fashion. But with the US dollar at an abysmal low, it’s prohibitively expensive for Statesiders to purchase anything. The other big impediment….size. (We all know that French women are considerably more petite than their US counterparts). But fear not, you can have your vol-au-vont and eat too. Explore the city while whittling your waistline with “velib”.
Everyone knows its de rigeur amongst the really rich to purchase their own private islands. From Johnny Depp’s island in the Bahamas to Mel Gibson’s Mago Island in Fiji, David Copperfield’s magical Musha Cay to the British Virgin Islands owned by Richard Branson, these big spenders can relax knowing their beachside antics won’t appear in next week’s US Weekly. But don’t think Robb Report jetset don’t have a conscience, rumor has it they are now considering sharing an island. How very socially responsible.
Nurai Island is located northeast of Abu Dhabi, the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates. The island promises to be the travel destination for the rich and famous with the construction of “a boutique luxury hotel resort with 60 suites, 31 beachfront estates and 36 water villas”. Speaking of the latter, “the multi-storey water villas alone will span 515 square meters each, and comprise three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a private rooftop garden with spa pool, private infinity pool, multiple decks, outdoor barbeque area, gourmet kitchen and concealed service quarters”.
Whereas rising food prices primarily impact the pocketbook here in the West, in Africa and other parts of the developing world, the consequences could mean the difference between life and death. With ever increasing global population adding even more pressure on already scarce resources, what can be done to avert a worldwide catastrophe? Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Obsessive-compulsive G Living fans know I’m a fan of SIGG. I’ve waxed lyrical about the environmental perks (sipping water from an aluminum reusable water bottles is obviously preferable to downing H2O from the plastic disposable kind), the health benefits (plastic bottles leach toxins) and the aesthetic enjoyment (top fashion designers including Michael Kors, Anna Sui and Donna Karan recently created one of a kind designs for the Swiss bottle maker). According to an article in Reuters, I’m just one of the many, many SIGG devotees. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Global warming is an issue that affects us all– government, business, consumers — yet who’s going to take the lead in solving it? Apparently, not government. We’ve been waiting ten years for Washington to sign the Kyoto Protocol, but to no avail. Given the government’s reluctance towards environmental legislation, it’s up to consumers and companies to bear the brunt of the responsibility, something ClimateCounts.org is well, counting on. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
After successfully completing my 30-day plant-based experiment, the masochist inside me was whispering: “go Raw”. Sure, there’s nothing like a crunchy sugar snap, ripe avocado or a bowl full of arugula drizzled with olive oil balsamic. How hard could it be?
On the hard side, if you ask me.
I know I’d miss steamed Brussels sprouts, lightly blanched asparagus, roasted pumpkin — or in fact, any warm vegetable. So, imagine my delight when recent studies supported my gut instinct (or lack of guts, depending how you look at it): that there are health advantages to eating a combination of raw and cooked vegetables.
Wallpaper calls it: “rock n’ roll bohemia”. Architectural Record opts for: “austere modernism, organic forms and a dab of street culture”. “Superaesthetic barrack, with an in-the-know economy of style” shouts Time magazine. From the NY Times: “At the country’s most original hotel…God is in the details”. And finally Tablet exclaims, “The new breed of budget boutiques…hotels whose idea of cool has nothing to do with what’s in design magazines,” which is somewhat ironic, given design magazines are gaga over Portland’s Ace Hotel.
All good style divas know that every twelve months or so it’s essential to go through one’s wardrobe and cull it of extraneous garb. Those stripy leg warmers that you haven’t worn since the ‘80s? Ditch. The low rise denim that gives you muffin top? Buh bye. How about that gold-flecked boob tube that’s no longer age appropriate? Au revoir. Which leaves us with the question of what to do with it? Shipping it to a little sister (sorry, Aggie) or giving it to a thrift store seemed like the only options. Until now. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Nature shouldn’t be a spectator sport. There’s nothing like living, sleeping, breathing and playing amongst Mother Nature’s finest to feel a real connection to the earth. Treehouses epitomize this. They’re the perfect place for children to let their imaginations run wild, a place adults can seek solitude (or possibly some rumpy pumpy), a place creative types can seek inspiration and house guests, possible accommodation.
I’m proud to say I’ve reached the halfway point of my plant-based experiment. There’s a monastic quality to subsisting on a diet of organic fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds that I must say I’m enjoying. I feel clean. I haven’t missed sushi (that much), I don’t miss eggs (in fact the smell of a hard-boiled egg is kind of repulsive to me right now) and yogurt I can happily do without.
And best of all, I’ve even managed to conquer a horrible habit that’s plagued me for years… chewing gum.
What is it with that stuff? Without realizing it, I had become a gum addict. The gum chewer — much like the cigarette smoker — have their favorite brand and they feel panicked without a packet nearby. True: I would feel slightly anxious if I left home without it, which seems insane, I know. Apart from looking like an idiot whilst chewing it, I’ve known for years that aspartame is a carcinogen – so, why did I continue to masticate this manmade toxin year after year? God knows. All I know is that aspartame has no part in my new pure diet. I’m eschewing the chewing. Forever.