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Cute Vegan Lace Up Shoes Alert: American Rag Lila Ghillie Wedge Sandal

Once you swear off buying new leather shoes and bags, you still get pangs of longing when looking at higher end shoes, since 99.99% of them are made of leather or suede. BUT, I have to think of the animals and how they wouldn't appreciate my wearing their skin. So I won't. One of the problems you come across when buying non-leather shoes is the cheapie-look factor. So when you...

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AMOUR VERT Brand: Sophisticated Style for the Conscious Fashion Girl

Amour Vert (Green Love in French) is a sophisticated contemporary fashion brand out of San Francisco. Using non-toxic dyes, sustainable fibers and fabrics, this line is committed to a zero waste design philosophy. They say you are what you wear, not just what you eat. Also, for each Amour Vert tee you buy, they plan a tree. Their collections remind me a bit of Marc by Marc Jacobs combined with...

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THE HEART KNOWS: Institute of HeartMath Proves Heart-Brain Connection

The Institute of HeartMath, an organization dedicated to research of the heart and how it affects the brain and nervous system, posits that the heart's energetic field is the center of your universe and affects everything and everyone around you, and that this is from where you should navigate your life. It's not just the brain that sends messages to the heart, but the heart that sends messages to the...

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FLOWER BEAUTY POWER: The PERFECT Matte Cherry Red Lip Color

One of life's mysteries -- like crop circles, Stonehenge and sock orphans when you KNOW you put both socks in the dryer -- is why is it's so difficult to find the perfect cherry red. It's usually too shiny, too blue-undertoned, too sheer, too SOMETHING. Well, not anymore. Apparently, Drew Barrymore's newish makeup line FLOWER BEAUTY (it should actually be called Holy Grail Beauty, but never mind) has a lip...

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Giving You the Finger: Japanese Jin Shin Jyutsu Exercises Balance Emotions

Who isn't in need of a quick-fix when feeling out of balance emotionally? The Japanese touch therapy called Jin Shin Jyutsu does just that. According to Jin Shin Jyutsu's premise, each finger corresponds to different organs and their corresponding emotions. All you do is hold the specific finger -- or if you want to harmonize your entire body/emotions, go through each finger -- for three to five minutes while breathing...

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THE REFORMATION: Sexily Reforming the Idea of Sustainable Fashion

Say "sustainable fashion" and most people think it's an oxymoron. It's either a shapeless sack sewn together by some hippies who live on the outskirts of Portland or something in a bright tribal print made by village women in some village on another continent (not that there's anything wrong with that).  Enter REFORMATION, an L.A. based line chic and fashion forward, and with clean, sexy lines. The site explains: We make...

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Oil Slick Begone: URBAN DECAY’S Vegan De-Slick Mattifying Powder

You can tell summer is on its way by the increase in oil slicks seen on faces everywhere, mainly on the evil axis of forehead, nose and chin--normally known as the T-zone in beauty lingo--but with Urban Decay's cult favorite De-Slick Mattifying Powder, you can combat shine without the cakey look some pressed powders can give you. Made from rice powder and tea tree oil, this translucent powder sucks up...

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Seeing the (Upcycled) Light: Lucirmás DAMA Lamp

Lighting can make or break a room. And with the increasing popularity of upcycled design (combined with uber creativity), there's no dearth of fantastic lighting choices. Even though you can't get this upcycled, recycled and sustainably certified lamp stateside, I had to feature the Tom Allen-designed DAMA lamp from Lucirmás, a Barcelona-based sustainable lighting shop. From their online shop: Made from beautiful, 5-litre glass vessels (commonly used for storing wine or...

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Tapping That: (E)motional (F)reedom (T)echnique for Healing

Every thought that you could tap away your problems? And by tap, I don't mean tap dance, tapping on your therapist's door or tapping your fingers in impatience. Described as an "emotional version of acupuncture" but without the needles, tapping--or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)--is a simple two-part process where you (1) mentally "tune in" to specific issues (like anxiety or depression) while (2) stimulating certain meridian points (energy circuits that run throughout...

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Sustaina-tee: spring forward your wardrobe with jungmaven hemp tees

Founder of Jungmaven clothing, Robert Jungmann's intent on getting everyone in a "hemp tee by 2020," and for a variety of reasons, both fashionable and sustainable. The founder of Jungmaven clothing line creates American-made tops and tees for both men and women that run the gamut from hippie tie dye tees to sleek, athletic inspired raglan sweatshirts--and all dyed using natural dyes like coffee, indigo and tea! And why hemp?...

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