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GOING GREEN WITH DIAMONDS

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Brilliance Creates A Smaller Carbon Footprint By Using Conflict-Free, Recycled Metals While Producing Exquisite, Quality Jewelry

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Halo Split Shank Diamond Ring in Platinum

Earth Day is right around the corner! Celebrate this special day with a beautiful, eco-luxe piece of jewelry for yourself or for someone special from Brilliance. Although the terms eco-friendly and luxury may seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, they no longer are with Brilliance. We’ve included several selections that we think you’ll love and will make you look at jewelry in a new way!

Brilliance also offers Canadian diamonds and strictly adheres to the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct, which guarantees every diamond in their inventory is mined and processed in an environmentally and socially-conscious manner. Their diamonds are hand-picked by gemologists and each can be traced back to the region of their origin.They are also manufactured in the United States by master jewelers.

By using recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds, combined with their specialized processes for creating luxury keepsakes, Brilliance produces the highest-quality jewelry, which is their hallmark.

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Pear Diamond Solitaire Pendant in Yellow Gold (1 ctw)

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Diamond Link Earrings in White Gold

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Sapphire Bangle Bracelet in Yellow Gold

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Trellis Sapphire and Diamond Gemstone Ring in Platinum
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Halo Diamond Preset Engagement Ring in Platinum (1 1/2 ctw)

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Scallop Diamond Eternity Ring in White Gold (4 ctw)
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Emerald Diamond Eternity Ring in White Gold (7 3/5 ctw)

 

 

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Lumeria Maui- A Symphony of Senses

1 Mar

Outer Beauty starts with Inner Beauty.

But you knew that already!

So consider this as just a gentle reminder that when you take care of the inner Beautiful You, your whole world will see it, take notice and might just be inspired to do the same.

We love Lumeria Maui’s Glow Cleanse program…

Lumeria Maui’s Hawaiian Signature Program

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Slow down an unplug…Immerse yourself in the magic and mystery of aloha.

In today’s fast-spinning world there is a need to unplug and recalibrate to the simple things in life. Reconnect with simplicity and joy by engaging in authentic island experiences.

Step back into Ancient Hawaii – Paddle an outrigger canoe, spend time with a Hawaiian Kahuna, visit a traditional taro farm and witness living history by visiting a sacred Hawaiian Heiau.

This Program Includes:

3 Nights at Lumeria Maui / Breakfast and morning Yoga / Traditional Outrigger Canoe Adventure / Visit to Honokowai Valley and Maui Cultural Lands (Saturdays only) OR Iao Valley – Sacred Valley Hike with educational component.

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Glow Cleanse: Detox and breathe deeply.

Do you feel sluggish and tired all the time, like you are struggling to keep up? Could you use more energy and clarity of mind? Combine your love of yoga with our Lumeria Glow Cleanse! Lumeria Maui combines Chef Craig King’s state-of-the-art juice and broth cleanse with restorative yoga to strengthen and heal the connections between body, mind and spirit to restore a feeling of balance, joy and lightness of being.

This program includes:

5 nights at Lumeria Maui / Daily private consultation with our onsite Lumeria Glow Cleanse alchemist / 5 days of the Lumeria Glow Cleanse / Daily sunrise meditation/ Daily morning yoga class / Daily traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage / Day-trip to a sacred Heiau — site of sacred indigenous Hawaiian culture — with meditation and educational component.

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happy holidays! and a Gift Giving Tip

29 Nov

A quick note to wish you a Happy Holiday Season… And may I offer a Gift Giving suggestion?

A Contribution to Wine & Climate Change  http://www.indiegogo.com/wineandclimatechange

 

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brings you PERKS  – both large and small –  that make great Holiday Gifts.

Wishing you Joy and Peace this holiday season-

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Makeup

9 Oct

by Paige Donner

Neal’s Yard Remedies, the UK-based natural remedies, skincare, bodycare and now makeup line, feels that the Tree is a perfect symbol of beauty: The roots represent our health/inner beauty, and the outer blossomings of gorgeous leaves, fruits and flowers are symbols of our outward beauty. That’s the logic behind their logo.

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So when they moved into developing their makeup line, after several years of careful thought and reflection, they knew that mineral makeup was the direction to go in.  However, based as they are on holistic and organic remedies masquerading as personal care products and skincare, they wanted nothing to do with the common additives found in many of the mineral-based makeups on store shelves today. One good example is talc and talcum powder. Believe it or not, many “mineral” makeup lines today use these as fillers to round out their color-based mineral makeup lines. But never NYR!

White Tea (Powder)

So what NYR did before ever launching their makeup line in any of their 42 U.K. stores (70 boutiques worldwide) was to do a fair bit of research focused around white tea and white tea powder.

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“Color That Cares”

Many of us know white tea as the super anti-oxidant we can sip, but what NYR lab researchers found was that white tea, ground up as a powder and used topically on the skin, also makes for a superb anti-oxidant ingredient and free-radical protector for the skin. So when you apply any of the Neal’s Yard Remedies mineral makeup, on face, eyes, cheeks and lips, you are actually doing your skin a favor by giving it a good dose coating of anti-oxidant and free-radical fighting White Tea.

Autumn’s new shades are gorgeous gem colors such as plum,  royal blue, blue bell and silver birch. When you add just a smidgen of water to your makeup brush, the mineral color makeup for your eyes, for example, goes on wet and stays on all day long. What’s more, these mineral makeups in rich and flattering pigments are the first makeup line to be Soil Association Certified.

On The Horizon: Soon to be launched – by end of 2012 in the U.K – is their new range of lipsticks in a range of luscious shades. And for 2013 they promise to have come out with a jaw-dropping, eye-popping fully-functioning, organic based mascara.  For U.S. customers, NYR lipsticks will be available by early 2013.

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We Love Lovea!

8 Sep
by Paige Donner

Pomegranate and rice oil? To bring out the shine and preserve the rich color in your color-treated hair? Yes and it’s brand new by the French beauty line, Lovea, who specially formulates a complete organic line for us Natural Beauties.

La Grenade – Leave-In Hair Shine Conditioner

Tannins, polyphenols and vitamin C, all nutrients found abundantly in a simple little red pomegranate, work to enhance the health and shine of your colored hair. Spray it on damp or dry, style, leave it in (Yes, don’t rinse!) and your hair will have healthy shiny bounce all day long. 

How the spray in color-enhancing conditioner works: the tannins from the pomegranate afix to the keratin of the hair shaft, thus preserving color. The organic rice oil intensely nourishes the hair follicles resulting in healthy, shiny, lustrous hair. And the two combined together make a formidable foe against UV rays which also helps to preserve the soft silky shine of your hair color. It’s light enough, too, to use every day. Couple it with the Pomegranate Shampoo, fortified with aloe vera, to boost your beautiful results.

Dead Sea Salt Scrub

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Also new from Lovea Bio is their Dead Sea sourced salt scrub. Crystals of rock salt from this mythic source known throughout the ages by Mediterranean beauties as a source for health and beauty rituals, are embedded in a generous mountain of almond, jojoba, sesame and argan oils which leave your skin nourished more than skin deep. The scrub works to purify and invigorate the skin grace a’ its rich Dead Sea Salt calcium deposits; Its potassium re-balances and hydrates.

Truly a luxurious spa treatment in a jar, the Dead Sea Salt Scrub, 98% natural and sourced from this Biblical beauty oasis perched between Israel and Jordan, will leave your skin feeling soft, hydrated, pampered after regular use. The almond oil softens the skin, especially the delicate areas, sesame oil is rich in Vitamin E, jojoba helps to restructure the skin and argan oil protects and nourishes. 

We love these two new products from Lovea Bio for skin and hair, to help repair and replenish, especially after a summer of sun, surf and sand! 

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Vintage Shopping 101

27 Jun
by Samantha Gray
[This guest post is by Samantha]

We all know that green fashion can sometimes be a little pricey. For ladies still feeling the brunt of the recession or the college student who hasn’t made it into a full-time job yet, vintage clothingboutiques offer unique items at lower prices.

Purchasing vintage and resale fashion is another form of recycling, and it doesn’t take any manpower or chemicals to recycle a fabulous retro garment. All it takes is a little bit of time and creativity. Oh yeah, and a little bit of money.

If you’ve never shopped vintage before, you may be reluctant to try it. My first experience with vintage shopping was when I tagged along with my college roommate to the Salvation Army and Goodwill stores so she could find quirky vintage tees.

I’m not generally patient enough to treasure hunt through thrift stores, so I hop right on over to vintage boutiques or resale clothing shops. These stores generally have a specific set of buying guidelines and can sometimes offer alterations.

Vintage shopping presents a few challenges to those who are accustomed to shopping in a more organized store. Because there are no visual cues to help you build your outfits (mannequins, advertisements, and displays are sparse), the best plan is to do a little research before you dive in. Not only will this give you a direction, but it will help you appreciate the different styles.

Research fashion trends across decades so you will be familiar with styles beyond the millennium. You may already be interested in an iconic celebrity or two who will point you in the right direction. Edie Sedgwick, Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy are my go-to gals for inspiration in vintage looks.

Zooey Deschanel is a perfect example for the modern girl who can pull together looks from different decades. But even Zooey can look like she’s going to a costume party every now and then (sorry, love!), which brings me to the next challenge of vintage shopping. Sometimes vintage clothing can be so bold and overpowering that it looks overdone. You should always wear your clothing. Your clothing should never wear you.

Finding the balance between something borrowed and something you is a huge part of the fun of vintage shopping. Etsy, eBay and other online resale shops are a great way to search certain looks with vintage specifications. Remember, vintage shopping requires a whole lot of sifting through the good and bad; but you’re exercising your fashionista skills while helping the Earth! Yay, you!

Happy shopping!

Samantha Gray is an expert in online education and a freelance writer. Pursuing an online bachelor’s degree is often fraught with myths and misconceptions. Samantha shows her readers the way. She wants to hear your feedback and ideas, too,

Birch Tree Trio Slimming Therapy

15 Apr

 

by Paige Donner

To celebrate the imminent arrival of beach season (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway), Weleda, the beauty company that has always been organic – since 1921! – has launched three new products on the market that, when used together as recommended, work to aid the slimming process.

These Birch Tree based products are to be used in tandem with a healthy exercise regime. Celebrity personal fitness coach Julie Ferrez (clients include French First Lady Carla Bruni and French President Nicolas Sarkozy) recommends a super-effective and not-very-time-consuming training circuit that you can do at home with a balance ball on your floor.

Ferrez, recently dressed all in Victoria Secret’s Pink workout wear (“I only wear U.S. clothes,” confessed this adorable and Top French fitness trainer) led a group of assembled journalists interested in getting back in shape before bikini beachwear season strikes again.

Fifteen-Minute Exercise Regime

First exercise: Start by sitting on the balance ball. (Easy enough, eh?!) Then as you walk your legs forward, the ball will sit on your lower back to mid-back. Your legs are now supporting your lower body. From this position, do as many crunches as you can (watch to not lift your chin too high!). Do at least ten. If you can do 30 or more until your muscles fatigue, that’s going to give you the best results the fastest. Do several reps of this.

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Native Shoes All Weather And Eco-Friendly

5 Sep

Made from foam-injection molded EVA, Native Shoes have been a huge hit since their debut in the spring of 2010 thanks to their extremely lightweight, airy, and washable material.Native Shoes All Weather And Eco-Friendly - Greening BeautyThe easy-to-slip-on Miller, Jefferson, Howard, Jericho, and Corrado silhouettes, as well as the sturdy Fitzsimmons hiking boot, keep feet happy in sun, rain, sleet, and snow.  And to top it all off, Natives are eco-friendly, as they are manufactured through a low energy emission process which produces zero waste and does not use any animal bi-products.

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Introducing…The Spermacycle!

28 Aug

For all Eco-Moms and Eco-Mom Wannabes Everywhere…

Nordisk Cryobank (European Sperm Bank)is one of Europe’s leading sperm banks and the company was looking at environmentally-friendly alternatives to how they could transport their sperm samples to the fertility clinics around Greater Copenhagen.

The company’s CEO, Peter Bower, says, “The first idea was how we could deliver to the fertility clinics in a C02-friendly way. Shortly afterwards followed the idea of a custom-designed bike with a cooling system. Now, six months later, we can cycle around the city on our sperm cell bike.

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[Courtesy http://www.copenhagenize.com/2011/04/sperm-bike-in-copenhagen.html]

[Courtesy http://www.copenhagenize.com/2011/04/sperm-bike-in-copenhagen.html]

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