VETTA Capsule: An Eco-Friendly Wardrobe of 5-Pieces Worn 30 Ways

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Maybe it’s the annual arrival of spring cleaning or that dreaded need to purge old clothes, but every day I anxiously look into my cluttered closet and feel overwhelmed. Sometimes I want to give away all my clothes and start anew. As a regular contributor for Ecouterre, I’m constantly following the latest in eco-fashion and design, though it’s been hard to apply everything I see and learn in the industry to my own personal habits. I’ve been trying to shop ethically when it comes to fashion, donate unworn or old clothes, and revamp my wardrobe into one that reflects minimalism and quality pieces.

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TOP DRAWER: Zao Organic Makeup

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Another confession: I judge products by their packaging. Yes, maybe that makes me shallow but at least upon initial inspection it’s always a piece in my consideration and future devotion. I’m a sucker for beautiful innovative design, is that such a crime? And when those qualities combine with organic, eco-friendly formulas in makeup and skincare well, just call me smitten. That’s what I’ve become with this gorgeous organic makeup line from Zao that I can’t help lusting over.

“The Zao philosophy is about an ethical and sustainable approach to living in harmony with nature. Looking beautiful should not compromise your health, the health of animals, or the health of the planet.”

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Read Me On Ecouterre Today!

I’ve been a longtime reader of Ecouterre, an online website dedicated to reporting about eco-fashion, sustainable innovations, style, and design. I wrote a post on Ecouterre about an ingenious portable clothes dryer designed to benefit individuals in wet climates. The contraption is called the X&C Quick Assembly Dry Machine and it won a prestigious international design award in 2013, the Red Dot Design Award. Read the full post on Ecouterre! 🙂

Links to Love Vol. 5

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1. Could the amount of radiation emitted from your cell phone be determined by the type of wireless carrier you have? Recent research seems to be pointing to this — Environmental Working Group

2. A match made in heaven! Wes Anderson directed a short film for Prada about an Italian race-car driver starring non-other than Anderson favorite, Jason Schwartzman — Huffington Post

3. My new favorite veggie is kale! It’s so delicious and surprisingly versatile. Here’s a short and sweet list of why kale is better than broccoli — Well + Good NYC

4. Winter’s coming! Steps on how to change your skincare and beauty routine for the blustery season — Fresh Faced

5. You can now hold hands with someone miles away through a tablet screen: MIT invented digital display that you can reach through and touch. — Fast Company

6. Green makeup artist, Kristen Arnett shows you which green beauty products are essential if you’re looking to detox your makeup bag — Green Beauty Team

7. A hilarious vegan/cruelty free cosmetics company created an eyeshadow based on actor, Nicolas Cage. It’s called “Nic Cage Raking Leaves on a Brisk October Afternoon” and the color is pretty true to its name — Hello Giggles

8. A 1969 Francis Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million at Christie’s on Tuesday. This is now the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction — The New York Times

9. One of my favorite design/lifestyle blogs, Oh Joy! creates a cute and festive Thanksgiving cornucopia out of ice cream cones — Oh Joy!

What are you loving this week?

Links to Love This Week Vol. 1

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It’s almost the weekend, hooray! Here are some links from the web that are getting me through the rest of this week:

Thinking about Halloween costume ideas? This mom dressed her daughter up as 5 historical, inspiring women and the result is super sweet and heartwarming – Upworthy

The smarties in the Psychology department over at my alma mater found that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine.Their research showed that Oreos triggered the same pleasure center of the brain as drugs do – CBS

I’m obsessed with National Geographic’s Tumblr blog: “FOUND”. I find myself getting lost in all kinds of vintage photo goodness there – Tumblr

A helpful guide from Well + Good NYC on what you should be thinking about when buying organic versus local produce – Well + Good NYC

Jessica Biel’s brother, Justin Biel launched his own line of eco-friendly, up-cycled burlap bags. The designs look cool but the idea doesn’t seem too unique. Meh – Ecouterre 

This Kate Spade Saturday reversible/multi-wear wool mini skirt is so cute!  – Kate Spade Saturday

I may just have to purchase this new, limited edition S.W. Basics of Brooklyn Hibiscus face mask along with my order for a bunch of their lip balms, which are still $1 each until the end of October  – S.W. Basics of Brooklyn

Read about the designer who created the cute and versatile Android logo and some logo design tips – The New York Times

This inspiring memoir about Malala, the Pakistani girl who fought for women’s education rights, was targeted and shot by the Taliban is next on my “to-read” list – Amazon

Yoga inspiration from some cute bunnies  – Pinterest

The blog,“Humans of New York” finally released a book compiling all the photos that depict the heartfelt, emotional, funny and beautiful people of New York City I’ve grown to love – Amazon

Recommended Fall reads from the Design*Sponge team and cool book-inspired designs – Design*Sponge

What are you loving this week?

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Self-sustaining Terrarium Jewelry from With Roots

I’ve always loved the way one can enjoy the beauty of nature whether outdoors or indoors through the form of potted plants, flowers and herbs. Sometimes you just need a little reminder of Mother Nature on your desk or kitchen counter to help you breathe and get through the day. Take a look at these fab jewelry pieces from the company, With Roots where you not only take a bit of nature with you, you can wear it.

WIth Roots is a Brooklyn-based jewelry line designed by photographer, Sharon Goldberg. The idea for this unique collection started when Goldberg designed some custom terrariums for a friend:

“He liked them so much he told me he wished he could wear them! I did my research and made it happen, and With Roots was born.”

These tiny terrariums dangle from precious sterling silver or gold chains, adorned with charms and encased in beautifully crafted glass. These eye-catching pieces are real, self-sustaining terrariums which in moderate sunlight and temperature will collect enough moisture to hydrate and maintain itself. Intended for daily wear, the motto for these living necklaces, bracelets and earrings is, “The more you wear it, the happier these plants are!”

For anyone who can’t keep a house plant alive or just needs more green in their life, these would make fun and gorgeous gifts. I’m definitely putting these on my list for all my nature-loving, stylish friends!

For a limited time, you can purchase selected pieces at a discount on Fab.com (click here for my special invite) or shop the full collection on the With Roots websiteWhat do you think about wearing these With Roots terrariums? 

Images from Fab.com, information from Fab.com and With Roots.

A Peek Inside Tom Brady and Gisele’s Eco-Conscious Estate

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:

All images from Architectural Digest

Your Fave 90s Cartoons Reimagined for NYFW

Ah, the good ol’ 90s aka my childhood: awesome T.V. shows, addictive girl/boy bands, questionable fashion trends, sparkly makeup….

What better way to kick off New York Fashion Week than these fun designs inspired by popular 90s cartoon characters and the brands they’d wear for Fashion Week shows. Dreamed up by Swagger New York in collaboration with designer, Michele Moricci these pics are so spot on and super cute! Missing the 90s even more.

Totally loving all the looks but my faves are Captain Planet, Daria and Sailor Moon! Which ones are yours?

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Sustainable Redesign: A 19th Century Building in Paris

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.

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Photo source: http://freshome.com/2013/07/21/creative-modern-extension-to-19th-century-building-in-paris-by-h2o-architectes/

Sources (hover for links): Freshome.com, Interiorsigndesign.com