Want to know Posh Spice’s secret? Which one, you ask? Snagging England’s hottest footballer; remaining pin thin after birthing three boys (edamame, apparently); or landing the Juergen Teller-photographed Marc Jacobs campaign for 2008? While answers to these questions may remain as elusive as Posh Spice’s smile, we now at least know what she uses on her dial (that’s face, for you Yanks).
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.
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
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.
When you think of Iceland, you think: Björk, Sigor Ros and pickled herring (and no, this last one doesn’t have a MySpace page). Well, now this Northern European country is making a name for itself in the luxurious world of skin care — which is music to everyone’s ears, not to mention eyes, neck and décolletage.
Allow me to introduce you to three of Iceland’s coolest secrets.
Tær Icelandic had me at their icy, cool packaging — which houses their natural skin care line that bursts with active ingredients like organic herbs (grown using mineral-rich volcanic soil and crystal clear waters, algae extracts and essential oils). Their line of cleaners, toners, moisturizers and serums are a holistic indulgence.
Skin is smart. It can breathe on its own. Consisting of millions of tiny dermal passages, skin can regulate how much air, light, heat and water it lets in. In healthy skin, these passages are open to activate absorption of nutrition and stimulating restorative functions. Synthetic products — courtesy of the petroleum industry — cover and coat the skin, preventing it from breathing on its own. Which is dumb. Okay I’m paraphrasing, but this is the essence of Evan Healy skin care.
Embracing the “G” lifestyle in most areas of my life is a no-brainer: plant-based food? Delish. Organic cotton tees? Stock me up. Non-toxic cleaning products? Nothing but.
But “eco-friendly” PVC bags? No, no and no.
While I admire the intention of this new breed of animal-free bag designers, the faux leather aesthetic is just not for me. On top of that, I don’t completely understand the logic: they say PVC is better than leather, but how much so? I think we can do better than that, and thankfully some of us are.
We womenfolk don’t need much to keep us in a state of sartorial bliss: a killer pair of heels, a handbag to-die-for, some bling that never goes astray (the blood-free variety, of course) and finally, that perfect LBD.
But for the socially conscious amongst us, where do you turn when you want to ensure that your little black dress doesn’t make a little black mark on the environment? Greenloop is the go-to online shopping destination for hundreds of hot green designers. Here they give us the lowdown on their top four LBDs:
When it comes to shoes, if it don’t have six inch heels and come with a gimp, I’m normally not interested. But there’s something about Simple that captured my imagination (and hopefully my corn). With a commitment to being 100% sustainable, it’s never been more attractive to don a pair of flats.
It all began with a simple, natural bar of soap. Over time, DANI INC. owner Dannielle Easly Nye expanded her self-named line to include products for the body, bath and home. Inspired by the snow-capped peaks and pristine lakes of Bend, Oregon, Dani continues to deliver luxurious products from the freshest and finest natural ingredients available.
Two new products that demand our attention are the ECO Pure Soy Candle and Natural Reed Diffuser. The candle is part of the EVO collection — EVO because it represents the evolution of their candle line to this present incarnation. The candle is made from 100% food grade soy wax with cotton wicks, hand-poured into a recyclable 7 oz. glass. With 14 fragrances total, it’s tempting to experience them all and inherit a new glass collection at the same time.
When I was a kid, someone told me Adidas was an anagram for “all day I dream about sex”. I’ve since learned that Adidas was named for its founder Adolf “Adi” Dassler (whose brother Rudolf later created Puma). While I can’t tell you where that anagram rumor began, I can tell you that all day I’ve been dreaming about Adidas Grün, the company’s new line of eco-sneakers set to hit stores in June of this year.