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{eco eats} wild + the moon: the rhythm of nature in paris

{simple pleasures} les péages de cloche: the bell tolls

{eco boutique} uncommon goods: the new way to gift

Friday, June 16, 2017


to date, i have stood up in exactly twelve weddings. think four weddings + a funeral, only, multiply by three and subtract one funeral. and yes, i'm both hugh grant + charlotte coleman here.

this means exactly what you think: 12 bridesmaid dresses, 12 fabulous ceremonies, and shopping for twelve tokens of my love {aka gifts} for the happy couples, and eventually, it means gifts for the wee ones as well.

over the last four years, while writing for finny + dill, i've been searching for gifts that mirror my values, gifts that are made with environmentally-friendly materials + are made by individuals or companies with opaque supply chains. and of course we all want gifts that shine.

where do we find the kind of toys that tickle a baby's brain, promote language skills + keep her universe free from harmful chemicals, like lead-based paint + bpa plastics that have plagued the toy industry? today we're taking a peek into the world of uncommon goods, an online eco boutique based out of brooklyn, offering imaginative, handmade gifts + old fashioned toys for the little dumplings in your life, including meal time essentials, books + apparel to keep you + your sweet potatoes engaged, safe + healthy.

{simple pleasures} rébellions quotidiennes: everyday rebellions

{eco brand} hands producing hope: shaking up the foundation

Friday, June 9, 2017


lucretia mott, 19th century women's rights activist + abolitionist, once said, "any great change must expect opposition, because it shakes the very foundation of privilege."

today we meet rebecca gardner, an enterprising woman with unabating enthusiasm, rattling the foundation + having a tranformative impact on women across the globe.

you've heard the expression, "female empowerment", but what does strength + empowerment really look like under the bright lights of quotidian life?

empowerment, like beauty, comes from confidence within: the confidence of having a skill or talent you can share with the world, the confidence that comes from knowing you are safe + free from harm, the confidence that stems from being able to provide food, shelter + education for one's family. when a woman is the master of her own fate, she is empowered.

empowerment also comes from freedom of choice.

this is the story of how hands producing hope is redefining opportunities afforded to women of rural costa rica + rwanda. how does an original + bold thinker help others to rise up against oppression + connect them to opportunities? this is what empowerment really looks like:

{simple pleasures} perdu + trouvé: lost + found

Saturday, June 3, 2017


"make no little plans. they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. make big plans. aim high in hope and work. remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die."
daniel h. burnham

{today's simple pleasures}

{green heart series} meet yenny of eco chic beauty

Friday, June 2, 2017


yenny dang is known as an upbeat, approachable + authentic critic of organic skincare + beauty products. she is to the world of natural + nontoxic beauty what roger ebert + gene siskel were to the world of film critique. 

over 4 years ago i decided to make the switch to clean beauty products. i walked confidently into a corner pharmacy in america, determined to pluck a healthy alternative off the shelves. no petrochemicals or phthalates for me, thank you. these ingredients may be good enough for vinyl flooring + building materials, but they are not good enough for our faces + bodies. i found a lotion with the letters "organic" scrawled across the top of the bottle in bold letters. i paid + went home with product in hand only to find out that there wasn't a single organic or natural ingredient inside. 

this life lesson is called reading the labels. i scratched my head. this wasn't as easy as i thought it was going to be. 

fast forward to 2015; i have finally amassed an array of truly organic + cruelty-free products. but there are experts that exist in our universe: people with knowledge. people with moisturizing lip glosses in their purses that taste like fresh fruit salads + remarkably effective lotions lying resplendent across their nightstands. 

these experts devote their time + energy to spraying, slathering + soaking in myriad green products, then they reveal the results. do you know who benefits? you + i do, my friends.

where are all these experts you may ask? well, right this way.