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Audrey Boots

Audrey Boots


Obsessive Beauty found this darling shoe while strolling through the Internet looking for a perfect winter boot. So many boots these days all look the same—tall, skinny, plain. We were looking for something a little different, something with a spark and personality. Then we found these—The Audrey by Greenbees (visit shop.shopgreenbees.com).

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Copper Moon Apothecary

Copper Moon Apothecary

Obsessive Beauty’s eco-friendly holiday gift-giving pick

If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect, thoughtful gift for the lovely ladies in your life, look no further: Copper Moon Apothecary has what you need.

But before I succumb to raving about the luxurious and healing items in their inventory, let me take a moment to note that purchasing holiday gifts from Copper Moon also means that you’ll be “thinking local first” (they’re based in Ben Lomond) and supporting a sustainable and “green” business—both major pluses for today’s eco-minded shopper. The recyclable amber glass and post-consumer recycled labels give the products a high-end feel, while also appealing to the environmentally responsible person on your shopping list.

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Emma Boot

Emma Boot

 

Winter has arrived with its brisk chill and fashion-appropriate attire. There's fundamentally no better fashion must-have during the cold months than a pair of classic, well-worn, versatile boots that you can pair with any outfit. The answer? The short Emma boot by Greenbees in the color, "Sienna," (a reddish brown hue). It goes for $280 and is well worth the investment. Take care of your boots and they'll last a good chunk of your lifetime. Tires comprise the soles and the boot is make up of recycled leather. It's a fashion forward "green" shoe that can complement a pair of skinny jeans, be worn under trousers, or even look cute when summer rolls around and you're donning skirts and shorts again. If only everything that was "green" was this pretty.

Visit planetshoes.com or shop.shopgreenbees.com.

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Garment Sewing

Garment Sewing

 

 

Scissors. Check. Sewing machine. Check. Pattern. Check. Excellent, skilled teacher, check. For the last year, I've been taking sewing lessons at Judy's Sewing Center in Capitola, studying with the owner, Judy, on Tuesday nights and now branching into studying additionally on Thursday nights with Dresden Ericksen, a long-time master seamstress who attended fashion design school and has the chops to match her experience. At only $10 per class, Ericksen guides students in creating garments. Note: You need a good grasp on the basics of sewing.

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RODIN Olio Lusso

RODIN Olio Lusso

It's popping up in every magazine and the blogosphere, and there's a good reason why—RODIN Olio Lusso is by far one of the most exceptional skin care products on the market right now. Created by stylist Linda Rodin, the elixir comes in a dropper-like formula. Dab a few drops in your hands, spread sparingly on your face, and not only will you have an instantaneous glow, but the product—chockfull of essential oils—will revamp your entire face.

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Rachel Zoe Cape

Rachel Zoe Cape

It popped up on Paris Hilton a few weeks ago, and while we don't always look to her for style tips, this time around she looks trés chic sporting the new Rachel Zoe Ali Wrap Cape in tan. A few weeks later, this luscious frock was found on actress Katherine Heigl. The piece is making the rounds and was selling at major department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, but many locations are noting that it has flown off the shelves and is sold out in a bunch of places. Still, even though I can't afford its $695 price tag (and wonder if I'd ever spend that kind of money on a piece of clothing), I can still drool and wish there was a cheaper version offered.

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Rare Device

Rare Device

In the heart of San Francisco lives one of the best small boutiques I've found in a long time—Rare Device. It originally opened in Brooklyn, New York, but the owners brought the store over to the Bay Area, and now this is home for the tiny but adorable store that offers whimsical, modern, funky, stylish gifts, jewelry and housewares.

 

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Harrington's Furniture

Harrington's Furniture

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I stumbled upon a new treasure trove—Harrington's Furniture in the Mission District. Unlike other stores selling over-priced and unaffordable antiques, Harrington's specializes in affordable antiques and vintage finds, new pieces (with low price tags), and everything in between. The catch is that while most antique stores feel stuffy and you have to really paw over everything to discover a gem, at Harrington's, while the store is crowded, it still has breathing room.

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The E-scent-uals

The E-scent-uals

 

There’s a lot of crap that goes into conventional perfumes. Nasty chemicals, synthetic fragrances, alcohol—you name it (see a more detailed list here: ourlittleplace.com/chemicals.html). Not to mention they’re often overwhelming and annoying to anyone within 10 feet of the wearer.

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Guilt-Free Glam

Guilt-Free Glam

Revolution Organics is proof that natural cosmetics have emerged from the Dark Ages and into a Renaissance. Their products hit all of the must-have eco beauty marks—in what the company calls “Guilt-Free Glam,” they’re free of synthetics, chemicals, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, artificial ingredients and animal testing.

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Field Work

Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers explain how the harvest works, and what kind of wine to expect from this year's crop

 

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international). During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
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Martin Ranch Winery

Friends who are wine club members of Martin Ranch invited us to the winery’s fun and festive annual barbecue, where the wine is flowing and the food just keeps on coming. Music and dancing are part and parcel of the action, and a good time is guaranteed.

 

Beer Bus

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