The October issue of Architectural Digest features an exclusive peek inside Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s gorgeous, eco-conscious estate. This sprawling, green Los Angeles oasis seems to be a perfect retreat away from all the bright lights and attention that’s always following the celebrity power couple.
The couple’s goal in creating their dream property focused on their desire to not only live comfortably but also to live responsibly. Gisele, who is a global ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, stressed the importance of sustainable living, design and the conservation of natural resources throughout the conception of the project: “From the beginning we asked everyone involved in the design and construction, ‘How can we make it as sustainable as possible?’”
The construction of the home involved as many recycled components as possible with the use of environmentally friendly construction materials and design features. In addition to an array of photovoltaic solar panels to meet all the property’s energy needs, the couple’s home features water and energy systems that actually improves the family’s total impact on the land.
Take a look at this breathtaking, eco-inspired mansion:
Growing up, I always admired, Mandy Moore for her flawless transformation from a 90s teenybopper-pop princess to an indie/alt.rock singer to a comedic star on the silver screen. (I mean, who didn’t fall in love with her tear-jerking role in A Walk to Remember?)
Confession: I own all her CDs and probably know the lyrics to every single song…
She always seems so poised, down-to-earth and genuine in all that she does. I might also be more in awe of Mandy now as she’s also a professed fan of natural beauty!
Mandy Moore recently shared some of her beauty routine favorites with PEOPLE Magazine at a launch event she hosted in support of a new, clean skincare line called Beautycounter. The company website features pages with the “Ingredients Glossary”, “Ingredient Selection Process”and “The Never List” (ingredients they never use) with everything clearly listed and explained. Pretty impressive!
In the interview with PEOPLE Magazine, Mandy listed RMS Beauty and Josie Maran as some of her favorite organic and natural beauty brands. Read the full article here.
I like that Mandy admits she hasn’t gone fully organic or all-natural but mentions she’s been increasingly active in using cleaner, healthier products in her beauty and skincare routine. It’s tough to be in the limelight (and also not, for us average folk) and commit to fully using all organic or natural products but everything is a process that you must be active and willing to pursue.
I respect everyone who is on this journey and it’s encouraging to see others, celebrity or not, who are becoming more beautifully green!
Is there a celebrity you admire who’s gone public with their natural or organic beauty routine?
When it comes to celebrities and beauty, there aren’t too many in the limelight that promote natural/organic makeup or feature themselves wearing it. Nor are there many public figures who advocate for the use of less chemicals and irritants in personal care products without looking like a total-granola-hippie.
Miranda Kerr- beauty behind the words
And then there is Miranda Kerr: the Australian model, celebrity-married, darling of our day. I’d heard she created an organic skincare line, Kora Organics, but it was not until a recent interview posted by Into the Gloss, that I truly took notice of Kerr’s lifestyle and her insight on beauty.
As a model in the industry where your face and your body is under constant direction and slathered with so many harsh products, it’s a wonder that Miranda Kerr has a good outlook on natural beauty and natural living.
From looking at the website, Kora Organics products seem to be free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates as well as it is Australian made and owned. Products are vegan and not tested on animals as well as certified by ECOCERT Greenlife.
Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr
Though many celebrities may come up with a fashion or beauty line as more self-promotion, it seems that Kerr had a respectable mission in mind when creating Kora Organics:
“I started Kora because I was looking for a certified organic skincare line that gave me results and was aesthetically pleasing. I couldn’t find one. I’m not against non-certified products, obviously—I use them all of the time for my job—but I try to minimize my exposure to chemicals. It’s a balance.”
I do empathize with this, finding certified organic products that are effective and aesthetically pleasing are definitely things I always try to check off my list when shopping! And like Kerr states, though it’d be ideal to be totally free of exposure to chemicals, in this day and age we all must find a healthy balance.
“You don’t have to be 100% strict with yourself. It’s about balance, being kind to yourself, and knowing what works, but not feeling like you have to do everything. For me, it’s 80% health-conscious and 20% indulgence. I try to avoid saying ‘always’ and ‘never,’ because we’re human beings, and it’s not always possible. But to be educated and aware of what you’re doing before you do it is the key.”
I too share her ideology that we cannot always be 100% natural or 100% strict in using chemical-free products but it is most important to be self-educated and aware of the ingredients we are using for our bodies.
For myself, I’ve been working towards using less chemically-heavy products and using as much natural ingredients as possibly in my daily life. I believe it is difficult to truly be 100% natural in all aspects of my life but having an awareness of what I am putting on and in my body while understanding the biology of personal care products and educating others is most important to me.