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Reina Ballet Flats ~ TOMS

Oh how we adore the new Reina ballet flat from TOMS. These fabulous slippers have a slight wedge for a little bit of extra support and extra cushion in the heel for those long days. As with all TOMS, you buy a pair and one is given to a child in need. It runs a bit large so order a half size down. Pick yours up at Nordstrom for $79.

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Nubo Nau ~ The Natural & Organic Skincare Boutique

Nubo Nau‘s online beauty boutiques allows you to never have trouble finding your favorite organic and all natural skin and body care products again.  We pick up most of our favorite products like Intelligent Nutrients and Ila from their easy to use online boutique.  Their sourcing of luxurious brands that use the finest natural ingredients is what makes Nubo Nau so incredible.

What we find extraordinary is that Nubo Nau audits every ingredient contained within its shop and through a team of independent cosmetic chemists that specialize in natural ingredients.  These chemists evaluate the formulations to ensure they deliver authentic, natural Brands to consumers.  The products Nubo Nau chooses are created with exceptional performance and integrity.

They established their first retail boutique in 2009 in Carlsbad and opened the most recent retail location in Encinitas in March 2011.  The shops are employed with well-trained, enthusiastic and expert Associates and Aestheticians ensure fabulous and knowledgable customer service.  NuboNau currently offers 48 Brands including exclusives in the US with SheerinOkho, Too Fruit, Pulpe deVie and One Seed.  They were the company to first introduce PAI, Spiezia and ILA Spa to the USA market, as well as launch ILIA beauty and Lip care online in the USA.

Our experience with them has been nothing short of perfection.  Nubo Nau’s attention to every detail from the brand recommendations, product knowledge, and sensational complimentary gift wrap service for those special occasions.  If that wasn’t enough, the Cloud Nine Club allows you to accumulate points on your purchase, receive monetary credit on your account for referring a friend, among other unique benefits.

Tory Burch + FEED ~ Holt Renfrew

When a great fashion mind like Tory Burch and a fabulous foundation such as FEED collaborate the end result can only be brilliant. That is exactly what happened with the limited-edition FEED tote being sold exclusively at Holt Renfrew locations in Canada. The classic burlap that FEED is known for (think Whole Foods shopping bag) mixed with Tory Burch’s unique and bold color combinations and you have a chic bag that is putting money towards great causes like ending hunger.

A portion of the sales proceeds of the bag help to reach a goal of $100,000 for the FEED Foundation and the Tory Burch Foundation. What this really means is approximately 500,000 meals for hungry children worldwide. For the Tory Burch Foundation is means $50,000 towards empowering women through micro finance and mentoring providing a brighter future.

My generous friend brought mine over the border to the north so I could be a part of the efforts.  I love wearing mine across my torso to show off the strap’s spectacular bold colors. It is large enough to fit my MacBook Air and other items I need on-the-go, with room to spare.  The bag retails for an inexpensive $50 and can be bought in Canada at Holt Renfrew.

Sales! Sales! Sales!

Some of our favorite organic labels have sales starting today and some only lasting 24 hours!  Our personal favorite Stewart + Brown has samples sizes on sale for one day only online.  I just received a box of their organic cotton long tees for spring and they are ecofabulous and soft as can be! 

If you’re in the NYC area, ROGAN & Loomstate are having a sale of 70-80% off their samples at the ROGAN store at the corner of Bowery & Bond.

Last but not least, Threads 4 Thought’s online sale starts today for a decent 30% off and opens to the public on May 25th.  Threads 4 Thought also offers free shipping and returns on their products just in case that summer dress doesn’t fit exactly the way you want.

Organic Amala Facial ~ The Spa, Four Seasons Seattle

Personally, I love the special days on the calendar created to celebrate our mothers, fathers, and the Earth. As I started looking for the perfect gift to celebrate my mom, while being true to Mother Earth that wouldn’t be a better gift than an organic Amala Facial from the eco-friendly Seattle Four Seasons Hotel.

I have been dreaming about the Amala Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Facial since I had the pleasure of experiencing it a couple of weeks ago at their luxurious Spa. As I was quietly escorted back through the dim hallway of natural stacked stone to a beautiful room bathed in warm light. As crawled onto the cozy treatment bed draped in fine linens I could feel the world melt away.

My 80 minutes of heaven started with the soothing light sound and the feel of steam warming my face and opening up my skin for the organic rejuvenating treatment. My face was gently cleansed and massaged with Amala’s amazing organic beauty line and then a series of masks were applied and removed. While each mask detoxified and clarified my skin the gentle and calming esthetician would massage my arms, hands, and feet.

The rejuvenating facial mask was removed by a damp warm towel compress that could only be justified by experiencing the warmth and weight of this heavenly wrap yourself. After my skin was toned it was hydrated with a series of specialized creams and lotions that were applied to my eyes, skin, and lips.  The Amala serums and lotions drenched my fresh skin with moisture to keep it looking fresh and young.   We are big fans of this spectacular spa and this treatment to keeps my skin supple, soft, bright, and healthy and advise you to go and try for yourself.

Olivia Crepe Shift Dress ~ Stewart + Brown

We adore this ecofabulous organic cotton shift dress by the talented duo Stewart + Brown.   This summery dress can be dressed up for evening  with a great wedge or paired with a flat sandal for running around on the weekend.  This piece is made in the USA and can be machine washed with your environmentally friendly suds.  Pick yours up for an affordable $148 at Stewart + Brown.

Lavender & Oatmeal Soap ~ LuLu Organics NYC

I usually prefer a liquid soap in the shower, that is until I tried LuLu Organic’s Lavender & Oatmeal soap.  This fabulous soap has bits of oatmeal and that seemed to gently exfoliate my body.  The organic lavender left a light, fresh, clean smell on my skin.  I used to be skeptical that bar soaps would leave my skin dry and itchy, au contraire I have been proved wrong.  You can pickup LuLu’s Oregon Tilth and USDA Organic Certified soap for $6 while you’re ordering their also organic Ruby Mint  lip balm.

Lip Balm ~ LuLu Organics NYC

Loving LuLu Organics Ruby Mint lip balm.  This ecofabulous lip balm is USDSA & Oregon Tilth Certified organic.  It leaves your lips refreshed with their combination of spearmint and peppermint oils and just a touch of ruby color.  If you prefer they also have an exotic cardamom flavor that also has mint with a hit of tangerine.  As you may have assumed its formula is free of nasty ingredients like petroleum and paraben.  You can pick yours up at these various boutiques nationwide or through their website for $12.

Ecofriendly Luxury ~ The Spa at Four Seasons Seattle

The Spa at the Four Seasons hotel is the definition of luxury and natural beauty.  You walk into their zen reception area and you feel the weight of the world fall off your shoulders.  A soft-spoken team member welcomes you and glides your tired body back to settle you into your new home for the next few hours.  She opens a large locker stocked with everything you need to relax and gives a quick overview of the amenities their sanctuary includes: saunas (yes, plural), large private shower, toiletries, tea, orange water, cold compresses, and a changing area to name a few.  After I snuggled into my robe and slippers I sat in the hot dry sauna to relax and open my mind and pores up for the organic treatment I was about to indulge in.  If you prefer, you can also choose their beautiful tiled steam room to unwind and bask in humid air.   

 Ten minutes before my organic Amala facial (my absolute favorite facial to-date) I relaxed in their interior lounge with a cup of hot tea and snacked on complimentary dried fruits.  If you so desire you can also enjoy a lunch from room service in this cozy, dim room.  Before I knew it, I was quietly escorted off to my organic, 80 minute Amala Amala Rejuvenating Anti-Aging facial (a lot more to come on The Spa’s Amala Facials). 

 After my facial, I retreated back to the gorgeous and simple locker room for a splendid warm rinse in their shower with low-water technology.  The shower was stocked with PABA-free shampoo, conditioner exactly like the famous L’Occitane Verbena fragrance.  I wrapped back up in the cozy robe and pampered myself with the body lotions and other toiletries they make available for their patrons.  I lingered and primped probably longer than anyone else ever has, but I just had to get my fill of the serenity they offered.

 If you are visiting the fabulous spa as a guest of the hotel or purchaser of one of their spa packages, you are welcome to all amenities that the property has to offer, like the Energy Star rated equipment and televisions in the Fitness Center.  Afterwards, take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool with its spectacular views of the Puget Sound.  Perhaps enjoy a fresh lunch from the restaurant with ease, knowing that any morsel left behind will be composted. 

 The Four Seasons Hotel and The Spa masterly operates green and luxury simultaneously and fluidly.  Approximately 70 percent of the energy consumed within the hotel is renewable and it uses steam produced from Seattle Steam Co. for heating and for their hot water, to help reduce their environmental footprint.  Who ever says luxury can’t be green, hasn’t had my experience….yet.

White Linen Jacket ~ Stewart + Brown

Stewart + Brown just added this eco-fabulous soft white linen cargo jacket to their weekend sale.  This safari style coat  is incredibly chic and is perfect over any outfit for a cool spring night.  It is made for 100% natural european linen in the USA and can be delicately washed in cold water (no toxic dry cleaning).  Stewart + Brown have this ecofriendly jacket on sale for $98 and are offering and additional 20% off this weekend by using coupon code “TWENTYOFF”. 

If you haven’t heard of Stewart + Brown you’ve been missing out.  They are on a mission similar to ours:  

Stewart+Brown believes in optimizing their designs and lives to attain the highest standards of quality and functional style while extracting the bare minimum from the Earths precious capital. Stewart+Brown practices and promotes a symbiotic and harmonious relationship between business, community, and nature. We aspire to apply the wisdom of sustainability to everything we do while inspiring others, just as we have been inspired, to do the same.  Stewart+Brown donates a percentage of all sales to non-profit, non-governmental environmental and social welfare organizations