Interview with Ecohabitude

I’ve been working with the wonderful people at Ecohabitude for the past month as a guest pinner for their eco-friendly weddings board on Pinterest. Anna and Tatyana interviewed me for a little meet and greet for their website and blog. Head over to their website to find green, eco-friendly and socially responsible brands and products. They’re pretty awesome! Here is a copy of our fun interview and some links to my  curating project highlighting a few of their fabulous products.

How did you get into blogging and how do you pick your topics?

I first started blogging as a way to share bits and pieces of my life, travel, projects and recipes – basically a journal of sorts where I could savor and celebrate all the good stuff that makes me smile.

When it comes to picking topics, I usually write about things that we (my husband Daniel and I) are up to, where we recently traveled or a recipe that I wanted to share. Every once in a while I will post DIY projects for our home or a topic relevant to the time of year. I just let the topics come naturally…

What tips do you have for someone who is trying to make lifestyle changes so that they are more socially conscious and eco-friendly?

A few ideas you can start with are conserving water, driving less and walking more, turning off the lights when you leave the room, buying recycled products, eating locally grown produce, creating less waste, planting more trees, using less toxic chemicals etc. Live with a greater awareness of the resources that you use in your daily life. Shop for socially conscious products (here on Ecohabitude) and brands that are eco-friendly. Ultimately, when you are mindful about the way you live, everything will benefit from it.

Just like “Everybody Wang Chung tonight!” what action would your name be if it were a verb?

Ha-ha. I love that song by the way…

Hmmmm, it’s a bit difficult to describe myself as a verb, but I’ll take a crack at it. The verb “Create” is pretty accurate to who I am and what I love doing. Whether it’s creating memories, relationships, recipes or projects, I like to make things. The process of creating is beautiful to me. It’s my chance to leave a mark on this world when I create something.

What’s currently at the top of your lust list and why? 

Ooooh a lust list! I have so many! Can I share a few?

Beech Backpack A British Association for Fair Trade shop, handmade, recycled leather (factory offcut) backpack that supplies 60 Indian families with jobs.  All tailors are paid a fair commission and work from home. Compensation for their machinery, tools and electricity is provided. This company does not use any child, elderly or forced labor. ← I love knowing that the items I buy come from a company that treats their employees fairly and supports a community of craftsmen. This looks like the perfect backpack for more adventuring! Love those pockets!

Solid Shea Butter bars are so silky and moisturizing. I have dry skin so it’s important to keep moisturized. I like natural lotions and butters. “Whatever sits on your skin, gets in” so natural products are best.

Eno Hammock I’ve been drooling over this hammock for quite awhile. Light and compact enough for backpacking, it’s the ultimate access-pass to relaxation and has plenty of room for 2 and a tree-friendly hammock suspension system. I’d love to take this with me on our next camping trip.

Black Pepper Essential Oil spicy, warm and soothing! Black pepper essential oil also has a high concentration of minerals and vitamins (fabulous for cooking too).

Kai Perfume Oil an intoxicating scent of gardenia wrapped in white exotics made with essential oils in a convenient and easy to use roll-on vial.  It’s paraben, sulfate, phthalate, phosphate, gluten and cruelty free! My go-to scent that I currently ran out of! It’s delicious! I get a compliment every time I wear it. Smells like a tropical rain forest in bloom!

If money were no object, what would you be doing with your life?

Traveling the world, as a photo journalist/chef sort of less-foul-mouthed Anthony Bourdain or Globe Trekker. I love learning about the world we live in, people, different cultures, relationships, food, ways of life etc. It all fascinates me! I think we have a lot to learn from each other.

What’s your favorite line from any movie?

OK it’s a bit long, but stay with me…this one is so good.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – Benjamin Button 2008

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Gifts for Her

Gifts for Her
Pullover sweatshirt
/ Vero Moda long coat / Sweater coat / Genuine leather handbag / Jules Smith gold midi rings / Nubian Body Butter / Bobbi Brown Polish / It’s A 10 Hair conditioner / Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme Eau de Toilette Spray, 1 fl. oz. / Bodum Pavina Double Wall Glass, 12-Ounce, Set of 2 / Hario Ceramic Coffee Dripper / Stainless Steel Drinking Straws / Wreath Magnolia Leaf 30 Green / Deliciously Ella Cookbook / Marbled Jewel Cup by ABitOfBeesKnees on Etsy / Crystal Allies Gallery: Pair of Small 1lb – 3lbs Polished Agate Geode… / Farm House Fresh Bourbon Bubbler Scrub / Trapp Candle Fresh Cut Tuberose (7 oz.) / Aveda Comforting Tea Jar 4.9oz. / Navitas Naturals Organic Goji Powder, 4oz / AYL Portable Mini Capsule Speaker System with 3YR Guarantee with… / NOW Foods, Rose Absolute oil blend, 1 Ounce / Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque Aesop / Hand Face Towel 100% Turkish Cotton

My Best Friend’s Wedding

My best friend got married to her Navy man a few months back! I’ve been holding off on the post, because I wanted to share some of their gorgeous wedding pictures too! Thanks for letting Danny and me be a part of your special day! We love you both so much and wish you all the happiness in the world.

A little MOH love to her best friend and groom. 
A small slice of my cheesy speech… 

“It is impossible to not see the love, respect and friendship between you. It is the kind of relationship we should all aspire too…one that pushes you to be your best, to trust in your partner and to live by the motto — home is where your heart is / or home is wherever I’m with you. 
Love is powerful – it’s the virtue that holds all others together. Whatever plan God may have for your future, you will know with certainty that he gave you each other to get there as a couple
to love each other 
to support each other 
and to make each other stronger 
Cheers to Justin and Shannon and their greatest adventure yet.  May you both grow more in love each day and be surrounded by the support of family, friends and God’s immeasurable love.  Cheers to a lifetime of happiness.”

A little wedding clip I put together:
“All I Do Is Dream of You” by Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van {S and J’s 1st Dance Song}

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Photography: jmfoto photographic co.  | InvitationsMinted  |  Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate  | Catering: Twin Oaks  |  Floral Design: “Petite Bouquet” | Linens & China: Twin Oaks | Wedding Dress:Allure Bridals 9121 | Suit Rentals: Men’s Warehouse & Navy Dress Whites  |  Hair & Makeup: Annie Mergenthaler & Camille Smith 


Deals! Sheinside Vs. Free People & Anthropologie

Ok, these dresses look the same to me…am I right? I’ve been looking at some summer dresses on the Free People site lately and found this Embroidered Fable Dress that is absolutely gorgeous — but  for a $168??? No thanks. I’ll get the one that looks exactly like it at Sheinside for $32.67! Sure, I bet it’s not made as well and the material might be different, but really…they look pretty darn similar! Score! If you look at Sheinside’s website you’ll find many dresses that are strikingly similar to Free People and Anthroplogie…I mean almost identical. Cool huh? I see what you’re doing Sheinside and I dig it! 
 
Oh and I also got this cute little jacket…I couldn’t resist! 

If you are into finding fun deals, I did a post on Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats eons ago that cost $754…mine cost $19.37!  I found some look-alikes on Sammy Dress. Go check out these sites! They are perfect for switching up your wardrobe without spending a fortune.
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A week or two later…it came! A+++. Here is what the dress looks like! ^^^

Pictures: 1,2,3,4,5{collage}


I Started a Tumblr!

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So I started a Tumblr! Yes…the 16 year-old-girl in me is super excited. Bahahaha, no really. I find it relaxing and motivating to scroll through pictures and words of wisdom that inspire me about life, family, travel, art, cozy homes and yummy food. I guess it’s sort of a vision board, right? I hope this will be a place that you can come to unwind and think about happy things. My fuzzy blanket is now yours. I hope you like it.
*Links to the original sources and recipes can be found when you click on the pictures.