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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturdays At Shop This: Earth Day

Shouldn't every day be Earth Day? Like all things in life, baby steps often lead to great strides. Today's post is all about products, designers, and stores that promote awareness of the earth we all live on together.  Be it skincare products without hazardous chemicals, giving back at Peace Love World, or Eileen Fischer's vision and mission, for style and sustainability. It is all important. I do hope that today's post helps you to help the world by supporting companies that make a difference.

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Farmacy Beauty: This skincare line combines the purity of nature with the power of science. The company grows its' own organic ingredients in New York.  The star ingredient is the patented Echinacea GreenEnvy, which is a powerful  antioxidant. Think of it as a cold-pressed juice, for your face. I use several of their products, and I am loving what is happening to my skin. Available at Sephora.
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Prepare to be a natural beauty. Etsy offers a collection of all natural beauty products from plant based serums to aromatic scrubs. Get inspired HERE
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Go Green: Jungalow Style. Create an indoor jungle for your bungalow
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Parachute Home: Rest assured that this company is doing its' part to protect the planet. "Home essentials are Oeko-Tex certified, meaning they’re free of synthetics and chemicals, and our manufacturer’s Responsible Down Standard certification ensures our down comes from humanely treated ducks."
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Eco friendly and fashionable table linens: Wolf & Irving.  I am smitten with their linens! The fabulous fabric is made out of recycled plastic bottles. They use only, non-toxic, skin-friendly ink on all of their products.  These soft and washable linens are hand cut and sewn in Compton, California. 
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Peace Love World: This company that Oprah loves, believes that you only grow when you give back.  You can pick the charity of your choice when you shop for a cause HERE: Save 35% At Peace Love World and then Get Free Shipping On Orders Over $100! Use Code: FAMILY At checkout.
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Eileen Fisher: A fashion company with a vision and a mission. They have a path to sustainability that is under way with silk that is not dyed with hazardous chemicals. Though much of their fibers already are organic, all of their fabric will be organic by 2020. They have launched the Handloom Project, a six-year investment program designed to empower weavers in rural communities. Good for them. See their collection at Neiman Marcus.
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Haptic Labs at One Kings Lane:  I found this Brooklyn based company's edit and sale to be so interesting, especially if you are looking for a unique gift or project. Explore new and best-selling quilts, kites, and kits. Their company mission is about transparency, simplicity, sustainability and consciousness. 
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Need a baby gift? I can always find something at Estella-NYC. Estella’s handmade in Peru, organic baby toys, baby linens, and nursery decor pillows have won prestigious national awards.  You'll see them mentioned by Vogue, Martha Stewart and more. $5 Off Your First Order over $50. Use code welcome5Estella
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There's a new toothpaste in town - Lebon. Besides loving the look of the tubes (you'll leave them on your counter,) they are made with 100% natural fragrance, no parabens, no triclosan, no fluorine, no colorings and no saccharin. Not tested on animals. Tubes are made of laminated, recyclable materials.  Take 20% off Natural and Organic Beauty products at Beautyhabit with Code: EARTHDAYTREAT.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Foodie Friday: Farm To Table Recipes & Products

Earth Day Is Saturday, April 22nd. On this day we are all encouraged to be more environmentally friendly, and aware of the world in which we live. It is easy to do when it comes to food. We can support our local farmers and farmer's markets. Choosing organic produce and grass fed beef not only helps the farmers, it is better for our health. Just ask "Mr. Shop This" how I can go on about chemicals and preservatives in our food! Cooking with fresh food and being aware of where the food is from is the way to go. So here's a roundup of recipes featuring the best of Spring's fruit and vegetables.

HERE: 21 Responsible Recipes & Cooks Tools

Strawberry Ginger Smash
It's strawberry season! They are grown in every state and are available at most Farmer's Markets. So we begin with a cocktail to toast Earth Day, Spring, and Farm to Table dining. Cheers!
How Sweet Eats  

Green Bean Nicoise Salad
A lemony Dijon dressing and tangy fried capers top this salad of bright Spring veggies.

Cuban Grilled Salmon with Tomato Avocado Salsa
This recipe is jam packed with fresh flavors and citrus. One of the secrets to success with this recipe is using super sweet cherry tomatoes for the salsa. I am making a mental note on that tip! This recipe calls for "Wild Caught" Salmon. 
Half Baked Harvest  

Asparagus and Zucchini Cauliflower Flatbread
The crust is made with cauliflower rice for a delicious low-carb dinner. 
Top With Cinnamon  

Strawberry Basil Smashed Avocado Toast
Talk about a healthy start to your day! Made with Gluten Free bread, this smashing salad on toast is one beautiful bite.
Love and Lemons

Farmhand Salad with Goat Cheese
A raw veggie salad that uses a mandoline for the stylishly shaved fennel, carrots, beets, and radishes. See a selection of mandolines at Sur La Table and the recipe at
Food & Wine 

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant
This is a 30 minute meal from start to finish. It's spicy and saucy, just how I like my food. It's a bit ( a lot) high in sodium, but if you are watching that, you know how to fix it.
Minimalist Baker 

Thai Green Mango Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Cashews 
A satisfying salad with lots of crunch! No worries about the Fish Sauce that it calls for. The brand listed has no weird ingredients like corn syrup, wheat gluten or MSG.  Do use fresh shrimp. Frozen shrimp is sprayed with preservatives that include sulfites.
She Simmers  

Asparagus Quiches with Mint
April Bloomfield’s light and flaky quiche recipe will make grown men ask for seconds!
Williams Sonoma  

Spiked Blackberry-Marjoram Limeade
With just three ingredients, one being Vodka, this is a chic cocktail that takes advantage of the freshness of Spring and Summer. Cheers!
Martha Stewart 

Panko-Crusted Veal Chops with Sorrel Cream
I don't eat veal often, but when I do, I enjoy it.  Amanda Hallowell's recipe uses veal from a local butcher shop that raises its cows on grass. Not antibiotics. This is a beautiful recipe.
Food and Wine

Farm to Table, by Mario Batali, Signed Copy & Recipe Card
Mario Batali is pioneer of orange crocs, co-host of The Chew, Co Owner of Eatily, and renowned Italian chef & restaurateur. He knows how important it is to understand where your food comes from. Included with his book is a holiday recipe card by Mario, exclusively created for 

Steamed Artichokes with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette
One of my favorite vegetables of all time! I find the shape of the artichoke to be so beautiful. Like a work of art. Find edible lavender buds HERE. Recipe at
Heather Christo

Garlic Aioli with Garden Vegetables
We do aioli all of the time at home. Like bacon, it makes everything better.  If you love the presentation, you can find the platter HERE.
Williams Sonoma 

Rainbow Potato Salad With Bacon & Kale
Made with a trio of baby potatoes, this recipe makes the most glam potato salad. This dish is proof that potato salad no longer needs to be bombed with mayo to be good. This dish is dressed with a homemade dressing of honey, mustard, and vinegar. Isn't it beautiful?
Stacey Snacks 

Creamy Lemon Spring Vegetable Pasta
Unlike most pastas, this one is light and creamy. Best yet, it can be on the table in 30 minutes
Two Peas and Their Pod  

Rhubarb Coconut Meringue Tart
Rhubarb takes me back to my childhood. My Mom loved it and made the best rhubarb pies! Now is the time to buy it as the season is short, from April to June. 
Delicious Magazine

Grilled Potato & Arugula Salad
On Easter I had a simple but fabulous arugula salad. It was so fresh and Springy. I loved it! Adding grilled potatoes makes this dish one delicious meal.
Love and Lemons  

Strawberry Basil Shortcakes
Don't you love a sweet and savory situation? I remember as a kid, thinking shortcake was that spongy stuff we bought in cellophane  at the market. What was my Mom thinking? This recipe is the opposite of that. YUM!
Bon Appetit

Herbed Ricotta, Asparagus, and Phyllo Tart
This recipe is easy enough for beginners, but impressive enough to serve to company.
Cooking Light

Adopt an Olive Tree Gift Box + Subscription
You can be part of the proud tradition of olive oil-making while supporting the local farmers and producers who keep these time-honored methods alive. This makes a fabulous gift for any cook!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Perfect Presents For Mom

Now that Easter has come and gone, it's time to concentrate on Mom. Afterall, Mother's Day is less than a month away. Here's my first roundup of gifts to give or receive, for all types of Moms, at all price points. I have to say, I wouldn't be mad if I received any one of these. 

NORDSTROM - Find the perfect fragrance gift for Mom

HERE: 12 Mom Worthy Presents

Uptown Organizer
This luxe leather accessory boasts a a slot for everything including your phone and lip color. The busy Mom will always reach for this and go. Great in four colors. Tassel accessories can be found here.

Perfect For: Organized Moms  

Clutches & Totes
Perfectly pretty in python embossed leather. I consider the Uber Clutch simply chic. Pick one in Mom's favorite haute hue. They fit fabulously in the many totes available, too. Less than $200. 

Perfect For: All Moms!

Whipped Mud Mask Collection
Pamper Mom with 100% Pure Argan Oil. It has been infused with essential nutrients. She will feel rejuvenated, detoxified, and toned. Click to read about the sensorial fragrances like Sweet Basil Mint. 

Perfect For: Moms Who Like To Be Pampered, Moms Who Prefer Natural Skincare

Geometric Hinge Bangle
The latest in lucite bangles by this iconic modern designer. Mom will love just one, but you can really make a statement with a stack of several of them.

Perfect For: Fashionista Moms,  Modern Moms

French Market Basket
Le Tote. Mom will look tres chic at the Farmer's Market. And with the cost of bags these days in many cities, this will come in handy at the grocers, too.

Perfect For: Moms Who Cook, Gardeners, Shoppers

Olivia Van Halle Silk PJ'S
Jammies all day? Mom will want to lounge and sleep in these. Best yet, they can be worn in front of all the kiddos. They are like the elegant  and iconic Scalamandre wallpaper.

Perfect For: The Fashion Forward Mom, Sophisticated Moms, Moms Who Expect The Best

Personalized Dual Travel Organizer
A brilliant design and you will get credit for finding it! The top will hold her lotions and potions. The bottom compartment is outfitted for the family jewels.

Perfect For: The Mom On The Go,  Frequent Travellers

Limited Edition Supersonic Dyson Hairdryer
An extraordinary gift for any woman - the gift of a good hair day! I have wanted one since Christmas. The pink leather travel box takes this gift to another level.

Perfect For: High Maintenance Moms, Girly Girl Moms, Moms With Long Hair

Clear Monogram iPhone Case
Clearly chic. Mom spends enough time on the phone with you, she might as well feel lovely while texting and talking.

Perfect For: Moms Who Are Always Connected

Parfums De Marly 
For your Queen Mom. Treat her like royalty with this fascinating fragrance. "Parfums de Marly rekindles the spirit of fragrances from the splendour of the XVIIIth Century, when the finest perfumes were created for King Louis XV as a tribute of the prestigious horse races he so fervently admired." And how about these bottles? See the rest of the collection at

Perfect For: Francophile Moms, Sophisticated Moms, Moms Who Have Everything

Island Caftan
It's one part scarf, one part top, and one part beach coverup. It's a good choice for Moms who don't want to bare their arms.

Perfect For:  Colorful Moms, Beach Loving Moms 

Saturn Tray
Handcrafted from pink (or burgundy) leather and brass. Mom will serve up a chic cocktail, and/or organize the vanity or desk with it. Tray chic!

Perfect For: Entertaining Moms,  Moms Who Love All Things Pretty in Pink

Isharya Mother's Day Gems

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Workout Wednesday: Get Active In Style!

{ Via: Vogue }

I hope it is safe to say, the warmer weather just might be here to stay. It's time to get outside and walk, run, and head to the gym. I'm proud to say that a few of my workout pants are a bit baggy this season. Sounds like a good excuse to do a little shopping. No matter what you do to keep healthy and active, looking good is half way to feeling good.  

Aerate Tank
Show just enough without showing it all.
Koral Activewear  

Ivy Mesh Duffle Bag
Tote your gym things with style! This is a great bag. It's lightweight with stylish ventilation.
Free People  

Koral Spring 2017
The Spring Collection features unique pieces to mix and match. Love these printed leggings and the jacket!

Adidas by Stella McCartney
Seamless Mesh Tights
Fashion meets function and the latest technology. Add a little sexiness to your every day workout.
Zappos Luxury  

NO KA'OI Activewear
Truly couture activewear! See this beautiful collection at
Zappos Luxury

Full Length Bodysuit
If you have the body and the confidence, this is as cute as it is comfortable. Great for layering under a good jacket or sweatshirt.
J Crew  

Colorblock Salutation Tights & Chai Tank
The tights feature the Powervita fabrication which offers a barely there yet hugged in feel. The seams are super flattering! The Chai Tank is almost sold out, but click here for other stylish striped styles.

Alo Yoga Warrior Leggings
I always wondered why others pay for fashion pants with holes and rips. And though I wouldn't wear denim with rips, I might consider these. The air conditioning would feel good while working up a sweat.
Neiman Marcus  

Pure + Good Ruffled Jacket & Leggings
How pretty is this set? I love everything about it from the ruffles, the color blocked leggings and the color. 

Javelin Tee
Proof that fashion and function go hand in hand. This tee gives the cold shoulder to your basic activewear. I would wear this to death.

Zella Stardust Training Jacket
This jacket has details for days. It just might be your must have Spring topper. Also available in not so basic black.

Jodie Bootcut Legging
Basic, yes, and the best legging I have ever owned. On most days, Shop This is written while wearing these. They give your tummy a comfortable hug ( i.e. they offer some control yet are super comfy.) The slight flare at the hem elongates the legs and balances your hips. LOVE!
Yummi Life

Ruffled French Terry Sweatshirt
I'm not so sure how many crunches we can do in this shirt, but we sure can look good going to and from the gym while wearing it. It pairs perfectly with yoga pants. I think I have to have this one.
Boston Proper  

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