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All natural, baby All-natural, toxin-free, hand-made skin-care products? Sign us up! California-based line Earth Tu Face brings us fresh and fragrant bath and body works, straight from the garden. Created by two herbalists, Marina Storm and Sarah Buscho, the line samples plants that heal, restore, and rejuvenate your skin. These green thumbs swear by this ultimate rule--if you can’t eat it, don’t primp with it. Offering a veritable feast for your skin, the line includes sea salt scrubs, bergamot and aloe shower gels, and coconut and cardamom body butters. To top it off, Earth Tu Face boasts beautiful packaging that is recyclable, reusable, or compostable. Mama Earth is smiling from ear to ear, we're sure of it. Check out more products from Earth Tu Face’s all-natural beauty line below. Spotted on: Refinery 29
No, you’re not dreaming… New York based artist, Maggie Harrsen is expanding her horizons by, well, examining the horizon. In a new series of short films shot in New York State, she explores nature in a simple, beautifully uncomplicated way. Using dream-like footage of bees, swans, clouds, waves, horses, flowers and ponds, Harrsen shows us life through a soft, virginal lens that reminds us that spring is on its way and we will very soon be able to explore nature from beyond the warm prison that is our boring winter houses. See some of Maggie Harrsen’s dreamlike nature films below. Untitled 1 from Maggie Harrsen Untitled 2 from Maggie Harrsen Untitled 3 from Maggie Harrsen fire and water from Maggie Harrsen Scoured via: Dossier Journal
Maya Landman's watercolors highlight the positive and negative about nature's imperfections Simplicity goes a long way in Maya Landman’s work. Featuring watercolor animals, there is a delicate sadness to her pieces. They are subtly flawed. Look close: the paint runs, body parts are missing a dog needs a wheel to walk. Landman's work portrays nature’s imperfections, while at the same time celebrating how lovely those imperfections can be. See more of Maya’s simple imperfections below.
Come for Breakfast sets the tone for autumn 2011 If our fashion news this week is any indication of upcoming trends, get ready for a montone and unisex autumn. Italian brand, Come for Breakfast, mixes taupe knitwear with black leather for looks that pair well with concrete walls. The pieces are comfortable and edgy, a difficult aesthetic to pull off as a designer but an easy one for anyone wearing their clothes. This collection is the 4th from co-designers Anthony Romano and Francesco Alagna, who have evolved their line from graphic t-shirts to a complete wardrobe since spring 2010. The inspiration for each season has been the duality of natural and industrial worlds which is evident in their fabric choice, textile patterns and design. We can see this inspiration at play in the autumn/winter 2011 collection through draped silhouettes, earthy tones and reflective leather detailing. There's something half-alive and something half-dead about Come for Breakfast--which is kind of reminiscent of ourselves at breakfast. So, pour yourself a cup of coffee and check out our favourite looks below. There's also a video of the collection because we like to hit you with the multimedia like that.
When The American Life League began a "green" campaign to get women to stop taking birth control, we all had to do a double take. The Pro-Life association claimed that birth control ends up in our earth's water supply and "is making male fish, frogs and river otters less masculine." It has been hypothesized the estrogen hormone triggers male fish to develop female reproductive organs and then produce eggs. We can understand how this would be bad for each species seeing as mating would be altered and perhaps, in the most extreme case, frogs could become extinct. However, we also agree with Feministing when they said that this is just fear of the decline of masculinity and an excuse to label birth control as harmful for not only women, but the poor little fish and frogs too. This is a stinky little onion we're peeling, especially when you rip off the latest layer. According to Chemical & Engineering News, a new study from UC-San Fransisco revealed that only 1% of estrogen pollution is caused by birth control pills. The majority of the harm comes from "landfills, non-contraceptive pharmaceuticals, soymilk and biodiesel factories" and industry farms. Furthermore, people of both sexes and all ages excrete natural estrogens. As Jos at Feministing points out, "Estrogen pollution isn’t a non issue. Beyond absurd fears about masculinity in fish, this pollution does disrupt reproduction in some species and estrogen in drinking water has been linked to fertility problems and cancer in people." While this may be true, we're sure that if it isn't the pill that is causing the decline of gender differences in the animal world, news will suddenly pop up at the patch kills baby chickens or the NuvaRing is the number one noose for domestic cats. For the A.L.L. the only "green" way to safe sex is abstinence and even the frogs aren't down with that. Via: Feministing & Chemical and Engineering News
"Why not create a comfortable, well designed hotel which allows visitors to live in harmony with nature amongst trees?" From that question, Treehotel was born. Located in northern Sweden, 60 k south of the Arctic Circle, you can stay in one of the four rooms that officially opened last week. There's the Mirrorcube, the Bird's Nest, the Cabin and the Blue Cone--all designed by 4 separate architects. Two more rooms will be available in October, just in time for your husky sled safari or skijoring (towed on skis by a galloping horse). It costs about $3000+ for a night, but--memo to the ladies of Teen Mom--0-2 year olds are free of charge. See more pictures of the rooms below. Via: NYT