Eco Trip: Greenista Guide to the Blue Mountains – Part II

I recently got a second chance to visit the Blue Mountains when one of my best friends flew out to Sydney.  This time we stayed in Wentworth Falls (the Valley of the Waters B&B was amazing!) and spent time perusing shops and tasting local specialties.  Here’s what we loved: Where to Eat In Blackheath, a […]

The Eco Mad Scientist in You: Burning Essential Oils

When a company aspires to make everyday household objects into functional art pieces, it’s hard not to take notice. So when I came across The Essential Oil Burner from Page Thirty Three, a sustainable design company, I was smitten! My husband and I are drawn to pieces that look like they belong in an eccentric explorer’s home from […]

A Handcrafted Home: Tips on Working with an Artisan

There are many elements to a happy life, but I have to say I agree with author Gretchen Rubin that home is the most important.  For some, home is a sacred retreat from the outside world.  For others, it’s a social hub that welcomes family, friends and neighbors alike.  At its core though, home is […]

Eco Oasis: The Reading Corner

Ah, the reading chair.  Or reading nook.  Whatever you like to call it, this is one of my favorite spaces at home to relax, take a nap or, naturally, enjoy a good book. The recent issue of home décor magazine Domino profiled a few such spaces and inspired me to share my own sustainable mini […]

A Taste of “Cupcakes and Cashmere”

Who could say no to Cupcakes and Cashmere?  Filled with ideas on living a stylish existence, blogger Emily Schuman’s new book has tips that, slightly tweaked, fit right into a Greenista’s lifestyle. Inspired by her successful blog of the same name, Cupcakes and Cashmere presents personal style, home décor and entertaining lessons season by season.  […]

Feast Your Greenista Eyes on This

Last week, San Francisco was graced with a few days of gorgeous spring weather.  But the fog never stays away for long.  To bring back that sunshine state of mind, one of my favorite pastimes is to browse design blogs for seasonal inspiration. Items designed and made with sustainability and longevity in mind are beautiful […]

What’s In Your Jewelry Box?

Collecting jewelry is fun!  From the Murano glass pendant I picked up in Venice to the Native American-made turquoise ring I found in Arizona, jewelry can be a reminder of fond memories or simply a pretty accessory.  However, where and how a piece is made is important. The human and environmental impacts of mining for […]

Put On Your Party Shoes!

The holidays are a sparkly season!  There’s tinsel on the tree, shiny bows on presents and…TOMS Shoes on your feet?  Available in a glitzy array of colors, I’ve found the dazzling kicks from TOMS to be perfect paired with a party dress or slipped on to run holiday errands.  I’ve been rockin’ my silver pair […]

Greenista Homemade Holiday Gifts: Part 2

Soft, hand-knit scarves are one of the best homemade gifts to give – and receive!  Though they require some hands-on time commitment, the end result is always appreciated and treasured. Never knitted a stitch? has easy-to-understand videos to get you started.  When purchasing yarn, go for thicker, chunkier wool that will cut down on […] Deals for the Eco-Minded

Deal sites like Groupon and Living Social are great for exploring your city on a budget.  We’ve signed up for everything from photography classes to buying a mini-freezer’s worth of Let’s Be Frank hotdogs. Occasionally we’ve even come across an organic spa deal or a natural foods grocery store discount – but they alone weren’t enough to […]