Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Get Your Organic Glow On with FutureNatural

With spring officially showering us with the promise of the greener days to come, it is seems vital to think about truly organic ways to shed the remaining winter layers. The last few months in Eastern Europe were quite magical for me, but I must admit that I am feeling less than radiant about my complexion and overall glow. Inner beauty typically fuels me through the most challenging days and late nights, but sometimes one needs to call on a little bit of help to boost one's energy and health.

Nature Girl Generation Nature Organic Lemon Peel Sugar Scrub (100% natural, organic & wild-crafted ingredients)

Enter Futurenatural, the supreme online source for all organic beauty needs and questions. Touted as the 'Sephora of organic and natural beauty products', energetic founder Emma Pezzack offers up so much more with her carefully selected offerings, well-researched ingredients, and helpful product reviews. Her mission is one of wisely transforming our ideas about beauty and personal style via informed consumerism and self-care that redefines contemporary luxury.

Lucy B Organic Franjipani Bronzing Shimmer Oil (100% organic & natural ingredients)

Included in this post is just a sampling of some of the quality products that I spied on Futurenatural - with a focus on skin rejuvenation and nourishing shimmer. I already use and swear by Kahina Giving Beauty products and John Masters Organics and could not be happier with the lasting effects.

Kahina Giving Beauty Serum (99.4% organic & 100% natural ingredients)

Farmaesthetics Solar Salt Mineral
Bath: Blue Spruce (100% organic & natural ingredients)

John Masters Organic Shine On (100% natural, naturally derived & organic)

I have to confess that simply checking in daily with Futurenatural's sister blog, Organic Beauty View, makes me feel more informed and in turn radiant. The future of beauty and personal care seems so much brighter and promising with enterprises like this highlighting the best offerings available. The time it takes to do the proper research is an investment in the preservation of all of the beauty that surrounds us and the natural resources that have sustained us for centuries and generations.

*Futurenatural and Organic Beauty View

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tinctory Plant Dye Concoctions

"Marvellous feathers of rare birds, found by explorers in far away lands of the imagination - acquired for our collection, catalogued and numbered, are displayed in a cabinet of curiosities" at Tinctory's online boutique. The ingredients and inspiration: plant-dyed silks, inspired by intricate historic 'smocking' needlework, geometric patterns in nature, variation and repetition, romance and fairytales.

Rara Avis, Beekeepers, Poems to Silk - nostalgically organic collections tinted with natural dye concoctions. Tinctory's designer Eva states, "Tinctory is a word that may not exist but if it did it would mean a place where things are dyed. Tinctor means 'dyer' in Latin.

Tinctory shop and Tinctory blog

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Shorts: Art Fashion Flow

via Stylebubble

"ECHOLOCATION" - ADA ZANDITON AW/10 from georgia Hudson on Vimeo.

Uploaded by motwary. - Watch original web videos.

Debug: Insect Generated Patterns & Fonts

Insect-generated lace typography may simply be buzz for the designer set, but
Eindhoven Edhv has created a captivating showcase for such a marvel. The 'Debug' poster project consists of a series of graphics created by tracking the movements of insects, specifically woodlice and crickets.

The project is on view in Hasselt, Belgium as part of an exhibition entitled, Design by Performance at the Z33 Centre for Contemporary Art and Design. It was previously on view as part of Bits 'n Pieces at Material ConneXion in NYC.

Debug by Edhv via Dezeen

Friday, March 26, 2010

Beyond the Surface: Textural Variations

Jade Plant by Linda Hutchins (photo by Bill Bachhuber)

Michaele Vollbrach vintage look book featuring the age-defying Carmen as pegasus

The Mitte Necklace by Olivia Palermo (for Roberta Freymann) hand-crafted out of sequins and faceted stones set against emerald green silk

Frei Designs Spring 2010 Collection

Jessie Fair of ShiboriLove's lichen-inspired textiles made from hand-dyed/discharged repurposed linens, threads, embroidery floss and pigment

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Headspace Symposium for Scent-sational Design Ideas

Olivia Giacobetti of Honoré des Prés

On March 26, Parsons and MoMA with IFF, Seed, and Coty present Headspace: On Scent as Design.

Headspace is a one-day symposium on the conception, impact, and potential applications of scent. This event gathers leading thinkers, designers, scientists, artists, established perfumers as well as "accidental perfumers" (a selection of architects, designers, and chefs invited to experiment with scent) to acknowledge scent as a new territory for design and begin to draft the outline of this new practice.

Friday, March 26, 2010
10:00am – 5:30 pm
Tishman Auditorium, The New School
66 West 12th Street, New York

HEADSPACE was conceived by Paola Antonelli, senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA; Jamer Hunt, director, graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons; Laetitia Wolff, founder of futureflair, and organized with Véronique Ferval, Creative Center manager at International Flavors & Fragrances, Jane Nisselson, founder of Virtual Beauty, and Eva Wisten, director of brand communication at Seed.

Friday, March 19, 2010

'Debris' Opens at PPOW in NYC

Portia Munson, Pink Project: Mound (photo of installation, 2006), pigmented ink on rag paper, 24" x 36"

Debris @ P·P·O·W Gallery
March 20 – April 24, 2010

Featuring the work of Portia Munson, Sarah Frost, and Aurora Robson
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 20, 6-8pm

P·P·O·W Gallery is pleased to present the work of Sarah Frost, Portia Munson and Aurora Robson in a three-person exhibition entitled 'Debris'. Each artist will contribute a major installation consisting entirely of mass-produced plastic refuse transformed into fantastical art environments. Though connected by choice of material, each project is completely independent.
Aurora Robson, 'Belch' (2009), discarded plastic bottles, rivets, tinted polycrylic, mica powder and mild steel, 8 feet diameter

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Emma Hardy's Fresh Green Shoots

These exquisite photographs by Emma Hardy are so lush and green. They make me want to don some vintage calico and picnic my days away. Greener pastures are evidently right in one's own backyard,

*via 'Greener Pastures' at T Magazine blog

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rianne de Witte's Seascapes for S/S 2010

Rianne de Witte's Spring/Summer 2010 'Seascapes' collection is inspired by the bold and beautiful beach life of the 1930's. Nostalgic, free-spirited, and sustainably gorgeous with the panache that only de Witte, the eco fashion legend can deliver.

Read more about the designer's latest 'Sophisticated Moths' collection for Autumn 2010 in my write-up on Ecouterre today.

(*'Seascapes' collection photography by Mark Groeneveld)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Crunchy Redux by Pipertree

More alchemy crafting magic from the deep, creative recesses of Etsy. Pipertree redefines crunchy, handicraft luxe and offers up a cabinet of curiosities right at your fingertips.

Visit their online shop of customized offerings. Their official website is still under construction, though you can peruse Pipertree/Alexandra Dawn Lauro's blog here.

*via Refinery29

Sunday, March 14, 2010

SUST Organic Apparel in Iceland

I know that this might be old news to some, but I really feel a need to 'recycle' these gorgeous images from SUST's 2009 collection, shot in exquisite Iceland. Waterfalls, glacial terrain, and lava fields - beauty and diversity to turn your world upside down.