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SFF Loves Beauty | Beauty Energy

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in [showcase] | 0 comments

SFF Loves Beauty | Beauty Energy

Wanting glowy skin and more energy  I read The Beauty Detox Solution.  This book does a great job of explaining the digestive system and how it works.  Really backs up what we hear all the time  - eating the way most Americans do now, is not sustainable and not healthy.  Your body spends most of it’s energy on digestion over anything else – sounds crazy, doesn’t it.  If you’ve ever wanted to take a nap after a meal, then you know where the energy was going.  Not to your beauty! I’ve been cutting meat out of my diet for a while now, but this...

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SSF Loves Food | Bring Popsicles Back!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in [showcase] | 2 comments

SSF Loves Food | Bring Popsicles Back!

Yes, it’s January and it’s pretty darn cold outside, but we’ve been seeing popsicles everywhere.  They started up last summer, and I’m sure the trend will continue on into summer 2013.  This particular “cocktail popsicle” image really caught my eye on the Reclaiming Provincial Blog, not only because of the French 75 connection, but the color of these popsicles is amazing…looks like frosted glass, and futuristic, yet old fashioned.  Great idea for a Grammy Party on February 10. Get your Sustainable Style , dress up and plan your own...

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SSF Loves Mobility | Recycling Your Old Tech

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in [showcase] | 1 comment

Having recently purchased a new 13″ MacBook Air (love it!), I talked to my “reverse mentor“, my brother Adam @Adam2k about what I could do with my old vintage white 2006 Mac.  Here’s the scoop… You have options, and can make some extra cash on not just your old Mac, but your old Blackberry, iPhone, iPod and more.  If it’s in really good shape and is a new model, Craigslist is still your best bet. Otherwise, check out either Gazelle or through Apple use PowerOn for an apple gift card.  Power On will also send you a postage paid envelope to recycle any...

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SSF Loves Food | Seafood Health

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in [showcase] | 0 comments

Ever since I saw Jean Michel Cousteau (Jacques Cousteau’s son) speak at IIDA’s GreenWorld conference in Seattle, WA in 2003, I’ve kept a safe fish to eat list.  Jean-Michel asked us to sign his contract which stated that we would not serve any fish at the event that was on the endangered species list, is over fished, or high in toxins. The list  was at least 3 pages long, and that one small move  of adding the list to his contract educated a lot of us very quickly.  This  infographic from One World One Ocean explains the whole fish and toxin chain really clearly,...

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SSF Loves Food | Sustainable Meat

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in [showcase] | 0 comments

This might sound a little creepy, but it’s not.  I just read the most interesting article in Meatpaper magazine today.  The magazine graphics are super clean, that’s what made me pick it up; otherwise I’ve been moving away from meat, except for the occasional steak.  A few sustainable ranchers have been working on making a smaller carbon footprint and more organic meat, but it falls apart at the slaughterhouse – until now. Mobile Processing Units (MPUs) are being developed  which go direct to the ranch.  This makes the processes a little less stressful on the...

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Playdate that Ride!

Posted by on May 22, 2011 in mobility, new york city, New York City, travel, [nyc] consumer products, [nyc] travel, [nyc] youth, [showcase], [van] consumer products, [van] mobility, [van] sports, [van] travel | 0 comments

Playdate that Ride!

Playdate is a company with some great ideas….cool bikes.  They will take your bike and spice it up (pimp your ride), custom build a new one for you or you can buy one from their upcoming line to be launched in fall 2011.  Not only are there some pretty awesome colorful and unique bikes, but a portion of the proceeds will go towards GOODWORKGROUP a charity that will include a bike building program for kids.  Maybe it’s time to update your ride in NYC.   – Christine Vandover, SSF New York City

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Thick Wonderful Wool Rugs

Posted by on May 22, 2011 in arts, interior design, new york city, [nyc] architecture, [nyc] arts, [nyc] interior design, [van] architecture, [van] arts, [van] interior design | 0 comments

Thick Wonderful Wool Rugs

  Spotted these beautiful rugs at a past ICFF event, and recently ran across them again.  Some remind me of the country wool braided my mother used have in our home in Virignia, only these are a much more artful and dramatic version.   You can see the influence of Dana Barnes southeast upbringing in the work at Souled Objects.  And then there are these beautifully  detailed rugs with gathering that reference a fashion influence, and remind me of the simplicity of Dutch design.   All you need is one of these rugs and one piece of furniture in a room and you are done; a beautiful...

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Paula Hayes Crystal Garden

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in garden & landscaping, interior design, [nyc] arts, [nyc] gardening & landscaping, [nyc] interior design, [showcase], [van] arts, [van] garden & landscaping, [van] interior design | 0 comments

Paula Hayes Crystal Garden

I’m a huge fan of the artistic terrariums of Paula Hayes, and actually trying to work one of her terrariums into a current interior design project.  Today I discovered her “crystal gardens“.  What a beauty of rocks, mineral and glimmer.  Wonderful way to connect with the natural environment, but without the maintenance of plants. - Christine Vandover, SSF New York City

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Espalier

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 in garden & landscaping, new york city, New York City, [nyc] gardening & landscaping, [van] garden & landscaping | 0 comments

Espalier

For Easter took a trek to nature, greenery is always a good de-stressor, to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The gardens were blooming with tulips, cherry blossoms, etc, however I was facinated by my discovery – ESPALIER (es-PAL-yey en francais). A style of planting by controlling plant growth by pruning and tying branches so they grow in flat planes. So beautiful! So stylish! Both modern, graphic, and ancient its from the 1500′s. The european monks started it all when they wanted to grow it tight places. How perfect for a small urban garden, all you need is a wall and select a...

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Simple items as objects of beauty

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 in interior design, new york city, [nyc] interior design, [van] interior design | 0 comments

Simple items as objects of beauty

  Discovered a beautiful shop,DARR, in Brooklyn on Atlantic Ave. Ordinary natural objects were wrapped in beautiful displays: japanese twine, yarns, tall steel cans, vintage. The artful displays are worth seeing, and makes me thing creatively about ordinary objects I have at home that can become art. - Christine Vandover NYC

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