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Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Give Your Furniture a Green Makeover


Many thanks to our guest blogger, Caroline Smith, who created this custom post for us.  Caroline is a keen “freecycler” and runs a website that offers a range of slipcovers for most types of furniture.  (We love Freecycle and support reducing, reusing and recycling everything.)

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Are you ready for a different style of decor, but your furniture’s still in good condition?  Do you want to redecorate for the holidays but can’t fit new furnishings into your budget ?  Does it bother you to have to throw out perfectly usable furnishings in the name of style? Are you concerned about waste and the overflowing landfills in this country? If so, you might want to consider utilizing slipcovers, Freecycle, and some of these green tips for recycling furniture. (more…)

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

music – Gorillaz – on Melancholy Hill


I think there’s a green message in here somewhere.  Anyhoo…we like it.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

eco fashion friday finds – turn up the green


The weekend of Halloween is upon us so we begin with 3 edgy and affordable vintage items that could double as costume pieces.

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(above L to R) More stylish than scary, the Steampunk Goth Costume Black Crushed Velvet Gown adorned with rhinestone chain; size small; a mere $18. Kick it with vegan knee boots size 9; $22. Go gaga – genuine gold leather blazer/jacket, size M; only $32…borderline cheeze but paired with fabulous fitting jeans or an elegant black skirt and booties; you can’t go wrong.  For vintage, I adore Nancy’s Gone Green secondhand shop.

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(above L to R) From LTR Brands, known for using vintage and recycled materials as well as planet-friendly dyed bamboo fibers, (love bamboo’s moisture-wicking ability) – sharp little black dresses; ($99).

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(above) Hoops – my favorite easy and smart shape – if you haven’t heard, they’re rumored to somehow make us look thinner.  Handmade in Oakland, California; famous for ethically-made and responsibly sourced materials – scoop up Melissa Joy Manning’s hip sterling silver braids; ($78) @ capeweekend.com. (more…)

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10 frighteningly green Halloween movies


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It’s that time of year again.  We thought we’d reprise our list – with a few minor tweaks – of our favorite scarily green movies.  Here’s our Top Ten.  Don’t hesitate to suggest your own:

10. Let’s get it out of the way right off the top.  The thought of having to sit through Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is a terrifying prospect for about 50% of the American public.  All those Power Point charts, stock footage, melting glaciers, and God forbid facts…it’s just too much for many people to emotionally handle.  Still…I know when I first saw it, it frightened the hell out of me. Now about that frightening Tea Party…

flyjeff_goldblum.jpg9. “The Fly” (1986) – Mess with mother nature (or your chromosomes) – and you just might get what’s coming to you.  And – while we’re on the topic of messing with mother nature – how many genetically modified substances do you ingest every day?  Jeff Goldblum (drooling fly goo above) has some graphically scary transformation scenes – David Cronenberg does some very icky movies – and the film’s ending just might make you think before you squish that ant crawling up your pant leg…

blob1.jpg8. “The Blob” (1958) – Danger lurks in outer space (or cold war Russia). A comet crashes near a small town unleashing a creature that resembles a giant blob of gummy bear residue and possessing an insatiable desire to consume human flesh – always a good horror combo. Throw in a heroic young Steve McQueen and some pop corn and you’re good to go.

7. “Open Water” (2003) – Get out there and dive into nature…if you dare.  A couple left to drift alone in a shark infested ocean try to resolve their relationship issues only to see that most terrifying of all relationships…with mother nature…go bad…

themgiantant_1_1.jpg6. “Them” (1954) – Long before Three Mile Island and Chernobyl there was this classic depiction of the hazards and potential damage done to nature by nuclear testing.  What better villains than giant voracious ants.  A few people-hungry ants escape from a nuclear test site in the New Mexico desert, happily munching on unsuspecting movie extras all the way to L.A. sewers.  A young and virile James Whitmore stars in this classic science lesson.

5. “The Birds” (1963) – Is that a wood thrush in your beehive Mrs. Smith?  This Alfred Hitchcock classic still has me looking at crows with suspicion.  Tippi Hedren sets the standard for fright flick screaming.

ashark.jpg4. “Jaws” (1975) – The granddaddy of all animatronic monsters, a giant pissed-off great white shark terrorizes New England vacationers.  What could be more chilling?  Spielberg probably did more damage to the shark population than global warming and long line trawling, combined.  Still a great scary movie.  Good karmic antidote: see “The Cove.”

wickerman_1.jpg3. “The Wicker Man” (1973) – Not to be confused with the 2006 turkey starring Nicholas Cage, (scary only in the fact that it ever got released), the original English classic explores the dangers of meddling with folks hell bent on pursuing religious freedom…in this case paganism.  Is the strange community on this remote Scottish island really a bastion for tree-hugging nature lovers and organic farming?  Probably not, but getting torched in a giant wicker sculpture is a very scary prospect.  High creepiness quotient!

blair_witch.jpg2. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) – The first of the low budget pov handy-cam genre and probably the scariest.   Are we really so frightened by nature and the Jersey woods that we can wet our pants without ever seeing the scary witch monster? I recall being slightly disturbed leaving the theater after this one – perhaps it was the prospect of how much moolah the film makers were raking-in with zero production value…

1. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) – Director George Romero’s classic is the original treatise on eating local. A dose of inter-stellar radiation turns the Pittsburgh, PA area into a flesh-eating, all-you-can-eat buffet.  Also features some early raw food consumption (the odd arm or leg) and some barbecuing.  May have inspired Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods” show on the Travel Channel with some hardcore human entrails gulping.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

upcycled junk becomes treasure – katie thompson’s recreate


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Take something tired, old, and discarded and recycle it into a finely crafted piece of home furnishing.  That’s just what South African designer, Katie Thompson and Recreate does.  Infused with renewed energy and style in a new form, each of Katie’s pieces speaks to her unique design sense.  We feature a few of our favorite furniture pieces – many made from old, upcycled luggage – after the jump.

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Agloves – stay digital when those digits drop


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Cold hands, warm heart…and love to text?

According to owner Jean Spencer, the silver threads woven into these lightweight gloves will keep you warm while you text on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Droid, and other devices via the conductivity in your touch screen.

Here’s the science:  “Good old number 47 (Ag) in the periodic table (and number 1 in our hearts) is the most electrically conductive element.  Agloves are made with silver coated nylon fivers knitted into a comfortable fabric that puts the conductivity back in your touch.  Conductive gloves is what your touch screen loves.”

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Other details:  they’re washable; unisex and may serve some best as a glove liner if it’s really freezing outside; $17.99/pair.

Grab a pair and let your fingers do the talking even in the cold @ agloves.com.

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