Conscious Consumption: Further Products

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Back in high school, my best friend used to take me hunting for used vegetable oil. We’d hit the local chinese restaurants, siphon out wasted oil from drums located out back and haul it back to his home where he’d distill the oil to be used as biodiesel for his converted Mercedes, or as I lovingly called it “the veggie mobile”. His car always smelled like french fries from the oil but he was doing his part to recycle, reuse and help the environment.

When I first stumbled upon Further Products, I immediately loved this product for obvious reasons. FURTHER Products is owned and operated by Megan & Marshall Dostal. Their soap line was born from the byproduct created from the biodiesel distillation process for Marshall’s “veggie mobile”. When you distill the used vegetable oil grease, glycerin is made! What an a-ha moment and an amazing way to truly take this waste product one step further. Not only is the used vegetable waste being used to fuel his car, but the glycerin is being made into the most lovely hand soap that smells like bergamot, olive and grasses.

Marshall still picks-up waste grease from local restaurants. Megan has traded-in her SUV for a vintage diesel wagon and Marshall’s biofuel now powers two family cars and one company truck. The soap has been joined by a hand lotion, a dish soap, two candles and a bar soap.

 

 

 

 

Conscious Consumption: Podasca Shop

Stephanie Podasca is a true artist and a bespoke craftsman. My husband gifted me with a handmade, one-of-a-kind scarf for the holidays and it’s definitely one of my most treasured accessories. Each scarf is made from 100% pure silk and painted with Sennelier silk dyes or hand-dyes using fiber reactive dyes, acid dyes or natural indigo crystals. Stephanie uses a classic steaming technique which sets the dyes so they do note bleed while retaining luster. No printing or technology is involved in making these so every single item is truly original. Did I mention that she also makes beautiful pillowcases?

After attending FIT and living in NY for 6 years, Stephanie now resides in Portland, Oregon. Her artistic goal is to fuse big city style with her west coast roots. 

Check out a few of our favorite scarves and pillowcases below and be sure to visit the Podasca Shop:

Fossilized Lightning Storm Veil Shibori Charmed Black Black Temple Wool Black Eclipse Double Bolt

Saying Goodbye to 2014

photoI’m writing this post from a hotel room in New Orleans. Although I’m traveling for work over the New Year’s holiday, I have some downtime to reflect on 2014 and ready myself for the year to come. As December comes to a close, so does my shopping fast. Ultimately, this fashion diet was much easier than I had expected and really, I didn’t even miss my shopping fix. By abstaining from shopping, I created more physical, financial and mental space to focus on bigger picture goals. I’m happy to say that I achieved my biggest goal within this 6 month period and I truly believe it happened because I was able to shift my energy to pour all focus into the desired area (which had to do with my career). Along the way, I used a few tools and I can’t sing their praises enough. You may think these are little woo-woo but they worked for me so I’m sharing in case they could potentially help along your journey.

Blissbombed: 7 Miracles – Intention setting workshop, next session begins in March. This program provided an incredible foundation, support and the tools to achieve major goals.
Lotus Wei: Flowerevolution – 6 month transformative flower elixir program featuring a new flower and focus each month.
House of Intuition: Middle Pillar Ritual with Naha – Energetic healing session using mixed modalities followed by a reading.
Kundalini Yoga: Yoga West – Called the “yoga of awareness”, this practice focuses on breath, meditation and chanting.
Soundbaths: Jamie Ford (Yoga West uses gongs and crystal bowls at the end of each class too) – Experience of sound and vibration
Have a wonderful New Year. Cheers to 2015!

xo

Holiday Lust List

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Happy Cyber Monday everyone! What better excuse do you need to look busy at work as you ease back in after the holidays? I may not be shopping for myself for another month, but the holiday shopping craze has begun. Check out all the goods I’m lusting for this holiday season.

1. Buy Me Brunch “Part Wolf” T-Shirt: Well, because I am and I love a great basic.

2. Need Supply Co. Pyramid Bead Plant Hanger: Handmade leather plant hanger from Cold Picnic that makes that dresses up that empty corner.

3. This Is Ground Mod Tablet: This case could be my new best friend. Besides the fact that there’s a place for every necessity, it’s handmade in Los Angeles.

4. Le Labo Santal 26 Classic Candle: Currently my favorite scent, this candle has the power to add fragrance to your entire room before its even lit.

5. Madewell et Sezane La Superbe Sweatshirt: La superbe means the beautiful in French, and that’s exactly what I think of this sweatshirt. This piece has a tendency to sell out so get it if you can.

6. Vans Classic Perforated Slip-On Sneaker: Here’s another style that keeps flying off the shelves. Comfort meets style.

7. Sircuit Weapon +: Now that I’m no longer nursing, I’m taking a more proactive approach to my skincare routine with the addition of powerful anti aging serums. I love this product because it delivers a hefty dose of Vitamin C to stimulate collagen production and correct sun damage.

Beach Belle Body Care

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A lovely, like-minded, friend of ours, Christina Hinkle, has a wonderful line of soaps and body products, made with love in Orange County, CA that we think you should check out! I have eternally itchy skin, so when I heard about her soap with the built-in loofah, I had to try.

I’ve been using it for the past few weeks, and I highly recommend it. The “Face Bar” smells like heaven. And her “Not So Plain Jane” made with coconut oil, olive oil, Shea butter, castor oil and palm kernel oil (all organic!) is one of those simple combinations that my skin’s dreams are made of. I also got a sneak peek at her new mini soaps for travel! Aaaand loved them. Just a little soap on-the-go. Handmade soaps like these make great holiday gifts. And as you can see here, her packaging is adorable too.

(Follow her on FB here)
Loves! Cait

 

Another Great Product Alert!

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Although nothing compares with my Sonicare, I like having a regular toothbrush lying around for those lazy-days or running-late-days when I just can’t bear the thought of 2min of the electric toothbrush dance. I usually go with a brand called Preserve, because I like what the company is all about. (I’m a fan of Preserve razors too) Their brush handles are made from recycled yogurt cups and are completely recyclable after use too. If you mail them back to the company they’ll in turn send them off to a company that makes park tables and benches. They even have a toothbrush subscription service! I’ve been finding lately that little details like this are informing a lot of my purchases. I appreciate a company that takes an everyday product that I undoubtedly am going to buy no matter what, and goes the extra mile to make it a little easier on the earth (and my conscience).

Seeing as I am very much a creature of habit, I was in Whole Foods the other day, making a grab for a Preserve toothbrush when this other brush, Source, caught my eye, with it’s bizarre fat handle, it’s wide shark-head of bristles and it’s boast of being 93% recycled and 47% renewable. Look at these crazy things!

91HnYDRhEwL._SL1500_The handle is reusable (they sell replacement heads) and comes in a few recycled material options like money (dollar bills y’all!), wood & flax. And their bristles are made of 100% vegetable based rayon, meaning no petroleum in my mouth. The manufacturer also boasts it has 200% more bristles than a regular toothbrush and that replacing the head saves 93% of the material wasted in ordinary toothbrushes. To make matters better, their parent company RADIUS, manufactures in the US on solar-powered machines.

And after a week of use, I’m a pretty happy camper still. I’ll post an update once I’ve used it a little longer and need to replace the head. But for now, I’d highly recommend it. And I’m not basing this on just their ideals. it does make for a pleasant brushing experience. Seems silly to say it, but it’s true. The look of it could be off putting at first, but I sincerely like the feel of double the bristles and the ergonomics of the handle (Lefties can reverse the grip).

From my bathroom to yours… Loves, Cait