Saturday, February 12, 2011

Snap Discovery: Aphrodisiacs

I had no idea about a few of these crazy things...

Learn more about "Aphrodisiacs from around the Globe" here at www.delish.com.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Favorites de la Semaine

Best of the best this week folks!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Be Nice this Cupid Day

And by "nice" I do mean - be nice to the Earth.

Here are few mother nature-friendly gift ideas for your sweetie-pie, poo-poo love...

Go Traditional but Thoughtful
Did you know that just by being more discerning with where you choose to spend your money that you can help to  improve the life of an organic flower grower or artisan? The California-based company Organic Bouquet stands behind just that and cares about environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Organically grown flowers are gentle on the earth and safeguard ecology, while sustainable, biodegradable, green packaging is innovative and stylish. All of Organic Bouquet’s products have been certified by third-party agencies, such as USDA, Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance.

So, this year, win extra points with these earth-conscious beauties.  Arrangements start at just $30.

Click here to watch a case study video about how organic flowers are grown.

Get Romantic, with the Right Candles
Regular wax candles, which are made from petroleum that, when burned, unleashes the equivalent of diesel exhaust.  Far from sexy.

Bluecorn Naturals has been offering a solution since 1991.  Their Beeswax candles are both non-toxic and hypo allergenic - and, when beeswax burns it acts as a natural air purifier.  Bluecorn Naturals also uses only 100% cotton wicks (never metal core or lead wicks).

Check out their Aromatherapy Pillar Gift Set (Sweet, aromatic beeswax blended with pure essential oils), six 2x2 pillar candles in a gifft box for only $39!

To learn more about harmful, toxic candles, click here.

Yeah for Special Sheets!
Invest in bed linens made from natural, sustainable fibers, like bamboo (as soft as silk) or from pesticide-free fibers like organic cotton sheets, and your lover will certainly thank you!  Look for bed sheets that are processed using chemical free finishing, such as wheat starch as the sizing agent. Avoid chlorine bleach and go with low impact dyes that are certified organic.

Explore Kushtush Organics and Gaiam for lots of comfy, cozy options!




Practice Safe Sexy Time
There is  a very good chance that your bedrooms toys made of poly vinyl chloride PVC which is a toxic and environmentally damaging plastic.  Studies on phthalates, the plastic softener commonly used in PVC sex toys, indicate a direct relationship between exposure and reproductive cancers, and obesity.  Learn more here. Visit Earth Erotics (these folks are truly "doing it green") and Holistic Wisdom to improve your sexual health.  And here's one of the hottest new products on the market for your guy.

Help Change the World
Its in the power of the nonprofit, mircocredit-based organization, "Nest".  Nest empowers female artists and artisans around the world, using a unique combination of interest-free microfinance loans, mentoring from established designers, as well as a market in which to sell their crafts. They help their loan recipients create successful small businesses and this system instills pride of ownership, preserves ancient artistic traditions and successfully moves women from poverty to self-sufficiency.

At left, see how you can actually turn your keep sake wine cork wearable with this DIY kit with silver chain, decorative clasp and clear acrylic container for just $28.

Or try out this chocolate Body Polish - made with unrefined, fair trade and organic cocoa butter.

Demerara sugar buffs off dead skin cells and grape seed and rice bran oils absorb deep into the new skin layer, providing long-lasting moisture at $25.







{Got any other fun, earth-friendly Valentine's Day ideas?}

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Esty Finds: Original Art

A very telling archival glycee print by illustrator/photographer Katty Bouthier of Berlin {$13}.  I love her style in mixing photos, sketches and fonts.  I think it's hard to do this well and she pulls it off with a nice simplicity.

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I'm truly enjoying the whimsical work of Princess Moon Feathers out of England {20 pounds}.

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And finally, I've absolutely in love with Brooklyn-based illustrator Rose Wong.  Beautiful, tender, heart-warming pieces... "I'm drowning in your love and diamonds" below {$7}.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Books My Father Is Reading: "The Lost Estate"

Welcome to the first post in my new feature "Books My Father is Reading".  I'm going to predict now that this will, by far, be my favorite ongoing feature...

I'm very proud to introduce you to my Dad, Pat Pollard, who is an avid fly-fisherman, an historian, an amazing chef and of course, a world-class story-teller.  But above all, he is a ferocious reader.  He consumes about 5 books a week, and that's no joke.  You could say that he reads books for a living.




He finally got himself a Kindle for our Mexico vacay and it has changed his life.  When I asked him to tell me about the book he's currently engrossed in, he listed 6 different titles.  I eventually convinced him to narrow it down to just one book for this post...


Title:  The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes)
Author:  Henri Alain-Fournier
Written:  1913

"This book was my 'Catcher In The Rye'.  The author wrote one story and then disappeared.  I was 12 years old when I first read it - I found it as a dog-eared paperpack left at a bus stop.

It's a story of a young man that arrives at a school and quickly leads another boy into an adventure.  They find a hidden estate - where the love of the boy's life if found and lost - and then they spend the rest of the book trying to find their way back.  This is a book of searching, a return to the lost paradise of youth.  A very heartfelt, emotional work encompassed in love and adventure and travel.

This book made me melancholy.  The boy is searching for his lost love… not necessary the girl, but the love.   At that time in my life, it opened me up to the meaning of friendship - real and true friendship.  A friendship where you would sacrifice your happiness to take care of the other person.  I understood what love was beyond the physical and trying to ‘cop a feel’.  It took me into the depth of the true emotion, the depth of love."

Pat’s Takeaway:  They say you can never go back, but what they say is usually wrong.

If you like this book, you’ll enjoy:  “The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller", by Gustave Flaubert.


{What do you think?  Should I continue this Feature?}

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Totally Cool Pix

Why haven't I discovered this incredible website until now?!

You must visit www.totallycoolpix.com.  

It features amazing photo journalism stories of events from around the world.

Check out:

The Egypt Protests

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Workout Wednesday: Kettle Bells + Yoga

Check out this quick and simple Kettle Ball workout from Shape Magazine that incorporates some familiar Yoga moves.  Great detailed instructions and pretty visuals!

Blast Calories and Relax with this Amazing Kettle Ball Yoga Workout



Why Kettle Balls?
"Because hefting the orbs torches up to 20 calories a minute, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise. 'The extra burn comes courtesy of the quick bursts of movement you do—which keep your heart rate elevated—as well as the tool's unique design,' says Aileene Palm, a personal trainer and yoga workout instructor in Charlestown, Rhode Island, who designed this plan."  ++Shape

Or, if you're brand new to the Kettle Ball trend, check out this beginner article.
If you enjoy it, here's another fun workout.

{Do you have a favorite workout or exercise regimen?}

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tack It Up

So, I have a brand new office and with it comes a large, white, empty wall!  What to do, what to do... take to the Internet and discover Bulletin Board options of course.

Check out all the great examples I found below.

I especially love the use of the mirror in this first one - it's such a simple way to make a small space feel just a bit larger.

{Which is your favorite?}

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