As a lover of sustainable architecture and design, I stumbled across a beautiful example of integrating new and old into an urban landscape.
On the rue Godefroy Cavaignac in Paris, h2o architectes were the lead architects behind a social housing project to restore and expand an unfinished 19th century building which did not comply with the city’s current hygiene and safety standards. An added challenge was to renew the curb appeal of the street while blending and preserving the Parisian spirit amongst the existing historical cityscape. Especially in such a bustling city such as Paris with it’s deep ties to culture and history, this is an important example of preserving a city’s past whilst combining the modern to better benefit the city and its inhabitants.
The visuals depicting the outcome, a new apartment building and community space, are stunning. Not only were they able to maintain the history and style of the existing buildings, but the expanded building provides inhabitants with open space and an enduring integration with outside elements thanks to balconies with space for gardening, large bow-windows, and an exposed planted patio which is also visible from the street through a transparent wall.
A beautiful example of how urban landscapes can be expanded in a sustainable way through the creation of new structures while appreciating and incorporating the traditional surroundings and the city’s history.
Happy Friday! I’m going to be starting a series every Friday (or every other Friday, depending on my schedule) called,Au Natural Factual Fridays.
I’m excited to delve into this topic where I’ll highlight ingredients, additives, and chemicals prevalent in our food and personal care products (and ones that may be highly talked about) and why you should be familiar with them. I’ll give you basic facts and share tips. Let’s see how this goes!
Remember: everything we put in and on our bodies have potential risk for harm but it’s up to you to become educated and make your own choices when it comes to personal care and dietary habits. I’m just here to share information with you.
This Friday’s we’re talking about:Omega-3.
Omega-3 (or Omega-3 fatty acids) are a group of fatty acids that are usually discussed in terms of supplemental health.
Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t produced within the body so we obtain these nutrients through food and supplemental products as they have been proven to be essential to body development, basic bodily functions and overall good health.
Fish oil capsules: a source of Omega-3s
Omega-3s are classified into 3 different types according to the sources they are derived from. They are: ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). ALA Omega-3s are often found in plant oils while EPA and DHA Omega-3s are both commonly found in marine oils. Examples of ALA Omega-3s you may be familiar with are: flaxseed oil, canola, soybean, and Echium oil. While EPA and DHA Omega-3s are found in fatty fish.
There are many health benefits that researchers have found regarding the intake of Omega-3s ranging from the reduction of heart disease, stroke, Cancer prevention and decreased risk of degenerative diseases. See this detailed list of tests performed by the Mayo Clinic showing proven and unproven benefits: http://tinylink.net/93574
Recently however, Omega-3s have made headlines as the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shared a study which found an increased risk of prostate cancer in men with high blood levels of omega-3s either through regular intake of fish oil supplements or eating cold water fish (eg. Alaskan salmon, mackeral, or sardine).
While the risks and benefits of Omega-3s are still being further researched and understood, it has been concluded that adding more Omega-3s (at your own risk) in our everyday consumption generally benefits your health.
With data showing low levels of Omega-3s among must individuals, specifically low among the average American, and because these are fatty acids our bodies cannot create, eating a source of Omega-3s is important but reliant on your actions. Try to add at least one source of omega-3 fatty acids in your everyday diet by consuming foods with Omega-3 rich ingredients such as walnuts, canola oil, soybean and more regular (but controlled) amounts of fish.
How I start my day with Omega-3s!
My new favorite breakfast cereal from Nature’s Path is a great source of ALA Omega-3s!
Do you eat foods with Omega-3s on a regular basis? Do you plan to include them in your diet and how? Any suggestions? Let me know!
Note: This is not a sponsored blog entry of any sort, I was not influenced or paid by 100% Pure. I am just expressing my love and excitement for a brand I like! 🙂
A favorite natural beauty brand of mine, 100% Pure, has recently announced a new skincare line called, Pure Forever. This new line adds to the brand’s already-awesome arsenal of cosmetics and skincare products made from organic and naturally-derived ingredients. The mission of 100% Pure is to offer products that are “truly 100% pure-no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins.” The brand is also committed to being a vegan, cruelty-free brand that does not test on animals.
The Pure Forever line is marketed as the brand’s new luxury skincare products featuring a interesting lineup of facial scrubs, moisturizers, serums, eye creams and cleansers similar to the regular 100% Pure products however, with new ingredients, luxe packaging and higher price points. The Pure Forever line was unveiled last week on 100% Pure’s Facebook page: “We developed this line of luxury skincare products for purists without limits. These highly potent formulas are all natural, 100% vegan, and gluten free. Launching exclusively on our website & in 100% Pure retail stores only.”
Currently featured Pure Forever products from 100% Pure
Claiming to be highly potent, the new Pure Forever products definitely make me curious to try while the new ingredients and chic-er packaging surely has me itching to purchase something. With products such as “Matcha Green Tea Cleansing Foam”, “Vegetable Detoxing Facial Mask”, “Mushroom & Peptides Firming + Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream”, and “Pomegranate Moisturizer”, they almost seem to delicious to be true! With an increase of organic/natural luxury skincare and cosmetics that may not deliver in terms of benefits ( many only seem “luxurious” in packaging and pricing with no real benefits), I’m curious to see if 100% Pure delivers something different to the organic/natural stage.
Pure Forever products
The prices for Pure Forever products are a bit higher than their normal product line, starting at $32-$45 for facial cleansers/scrubs, $45-$55 for eye creams, $48 for moisturizers, $65 for the anti-aging serum, and $58 for a night repair balm. Considering there are many high-end organic skincare lines out there, I think there are more expensive and often times less-effective products than 100% Pure products.
One of my earliest memories of shopping for makeup was during the summer before 8th grade. I had triumphantly received a gift card to Sephora for my birthday as a gift from a friend. With only a mundane knowledge of sparkly lip gloss and neon nail polish, I dragged my mom to the makeup haven that was Sephora to make my very first “upscale” makeup purchase.
Always the researching geek, weeks prior to our Saturday shopping trip, I scoured my teen glossies and read up on which hot makeup products I would want to purchase. And that’s when I first laid eyes on what would be a 10+ year obsession with…. the famous Nars Multiple Stick.
I am a sucker for products that allow me to multi-task; highlighter/pen duos, a purse that is a clutch, wallet and crossover bag in one, a dress that can be worn 20 ways (see: American Apparel)–you get the idea. So, as a teenager with a limited knowledge of (and experience with) makeup, the coveted Nars Multiple– a tinted lip, cheek and eye product in one beautifully packaged stick was like an epiphany to me. It also seemed like the best bang for my (gift card) buck.
As I pulled my mother towards the Nars section in Sephora, and stood face to face with my holy grail, an eager Sephora associate stepped up to us and politely asked if we needed any help. I told her that I was looking to purchase a Nars Multiple because I loved how multifunctional it was. She wrinkled her brow, frowned with disdain and said “But you’re so young to be using a Nars product. Why don’t we try something alittle more…fun? You’re too young to be trying something so boring.” I was confused, was she telling me I shouldn’t buy the one thing I had been obsessing over because she was assuming the interests of my age demographic? She explained that the Nars brand was usually purchased by older women or girls who had more makeup experience. My adolescent heart took a dive and feeling ignorant of the associate’s “educational” statement about what I should be buying as a teenage girl, I listened.
The associate steered me over to all things “fun”, sparkly and brightly colored courtesy of the hot brands of my youth: Urban Decay, Hard Candy and Stila (brands I actually grew to love). She brushed on some opalescent green shadow to my lids (“Mold” by Urban Decay), swatched a bubble-gum pink polish for my stubby nails (Hard Candy polishes which hustled teenage girls with the removable plastic, jeweled finger rings housed on top), and picked out an equally bright pink Stila lipgloss. Satisfied with her handiwork, she asked if there was anything else I could do and through my glazed eyes I watched her proudly walk away.
Not knowing what else to do and with a bunch of popular makeup products in my hands, I purchased everything the pushy associate had given me, the Nars Multiple only a faded dream in the back of my mind. While we headed to the register, I added one more product to my makeup spoils, one that made me rest easier on my guided decision to erase the Nars Multiple from my heart: the ever-popular Stila Convertible Color in Peony. Still a classic today, the Stila Convertible Color helped mend my broken heart over the Nars Multiple as it is a 2-in one cream blush and lip product housed in a cutely colored compact mirror.
Years have passed and though I’ve been distracted by other coveted makeup products, I’ve still been dreaming about owning my very own Nars Multiple. I wonder about when I do purchase one soon (maybe for my upcoming birthday), if I will feel justified for that time when a Sephora associate told me to buy makeup better suited for my age or if I will feel no differently and just accept the fact that I didn’t listen to my heart’s one strong opinion in a shopping matter…
Summer is officially here and it’s heating up! I like to keep things simple as the weather gets warmer, so simple, neutral makeup are the base of my beauty routine. Stay cool and make a splash at any summer event in a light, flowing dress paired with nude espadrilles, large sunglasses, wrap bracelets and a brightly, colored crossover bag.
When it’s hot outside, I tend to simplify my makeup routine so products like the ILIA Beauty Multi-Task Stick, which can be worn as a blush, lip tint or eyeshadow, are top on my summer makeup list. A moisturizing concealer is a must when I dont want to wear much on my face and the 100% Pure Cosmetics Fruit Pigmented Concealer is not only made from super fruits that are good for your skin but it also includes SPF 20 to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.
Looking forward to kicking off the summer with more July fourth celebrations this weekend!
What are some products you love to use as we enter the summer season?
After being swept into a job located along the confines of New York City’s fashionable and luxurious Upper East Side, specifically, on Fifth Avenue, I became obsessed with beauty and makeup as I was influenced by the most attractive and put together women that I rubbed shoulders with at work. Caring about my looks wasn’t all in vain attempts but became an interest and hobby of mine because I thought of makeup as a form of art and expression. It wasn’t long until I was lurching in Sephora stores or at beauty counters to try and buy the latest “hot” makeup products. My makeup binges were fueled by the smart marketing and advertising schemes from all the well-known cosmetics companies for which I had to try. All without thinking about the ingredients of these products.
I have always had sensitive skin, but it seemed the makeup I was using was making my face worse. After unsatisfying visits to my dermatologist, I became interested in learning about what was really in my makeup and began researching and reading thousands of blogs, scholarly articles and books regarding cosmetics ingredients. After reading the natural beauty bestseller, No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmeticsby journalists and beauty enthusiasts, Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, I was encouraged to make the switch to more natural makeup options and limit my exposure to toxins and harmful ingredients.
This blog reflects upon that which inspires me to be better to the Earth and to my body and also to encourage others about beautiful options for natural and organic cosmetics without sacrificing quality or vanity.