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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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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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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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What To Do With Old Leather Clothes & Shoes?

When you decide to stop buying leather, what to do with your fabulous leather jackets and shoes? I decided to stop buying leather about nine months ago, which is pretty recently. Why? Well, it just goes back to being aware of where clothes and shoes come from, and in the case of leather, they're animal skin -- mainly cow, but some lamb, pig, and even mis-marked dog and cat leather...

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PIT STOP: Aluminum-Free Deodorant Reviews

It's time to toss your Secret and start using aluminum-free deodorants. Aluminum is a heavy metal and has been linked to Alzheimer's, cancer and kidney disease, among others (yet, strangely not to heavy metal band Metallica). Though this is still hotly-debated, I would still rather minimize heavy metals in my system, since anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. The only issue is, most aluminum-free deodorants are...

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