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A Faux Glow


photo courtesy of Bare Escentuals

Time to Give Back

We did not have a “best of/worst of” roundup on the Greenopia website, but the oil spill near Ocean Beach would have made the “worst” and the Kill the Spill effort would certainly have been on the “best.” The volunteers who rallied to clean the coastline were definitely an inspiration. Officials who seemed slow to respond and clean the mess had frustrated many Bay Area residents. How great that this civilian crew was able to mobilize with their blog and take charge to get things done.


New Year’s Resolutions: Living Greener



It’s that time of year when we look back, and ahead, and make those New Year’s resolutions. Before the holidays, I asked everyone in the office to share their green resolutions for the New Year, and I expected a few sighs or some eye rolling, but everyone was forthcoming and enthusiastic about their do-good goals. (You can see the list here.)

Peppermint Pedicure

I’m making a holiday visit to see family in New York and spoke to my six-year-old goddaughter the other day. Mary has already lined up many activities for the visit, from baking cookies to giving me a pedicure. Yes, that’s right. The six-year-old version of a pedicure involves massaging feet with lotion and polishing a topcoat of color on already-polished toes. As with any pedicure, I like the massage part the best, and I’m packing my own products for the job.


photo courtesy of In Fiore

Designer Scarves: Wrapped Up in a Cause

The scarf is a staple in my wardrobe, no matter the season. I find that wrapping a vintage silk one around my neck or tying it to the handle of a handbag adds just the right touch (and sometimes makes me feel very French-chic). And, of course, a long, cashmere one adds just the right amount of warmth.


photo courtesy of Echo

Holiday Sale: Aftelier’s Good Scents


photo courtesy of Aftelier Perfumes

A Solution for Gift-Giving Angst


photo courtesy of Josh Jakus

A friend called me up the other day, and I immediately detected panic in her voice. “I have so much to do!” she said. “Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? What do you want me to get you? Why don’t YOU sound stressed?”

Pretty in Eco-Pink


courtesy of Origins
 

Truly Brilliant Jewelry


courtesy of Brilliant Earth

I’m a girl who likes her jewelry—and I’m sure I get it from my grandfather, who liked to buy my grandmother diamonds. She wore them well, and I liked to try on her rings whenever they visited. Then they bought me my first dainty diamond ring when I was a teen—it was the beginning of a collection of sparkly baubles, big and small.
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