Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MINDFUL ECO LIVING: "Inspired By Our Earth" - Celebrating Earth Day with Bubby & Bean Blog


 I'm happy to know and enjoy working with the
beautiful blogger Melissa Baswell, having originally
learned of her via her previous Mountains of the Moon
eco clothing line and her fab, fun (and still eco) lifestyle
blog over at Bubby & Bean.

Her Earth Day blog post was absolutely the most inspiring
I'd seen, so I'm just going to share that with you today,
on this, the 45th celebration of Earth Day! 

Click to enjoy her excellent post here

 Live beautifully,
by honoring the earth, every day 
in whatever ways you can. 
I thank you, 
and future generations thank you.

stephanie - 



Friday, April 17, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: Zen Your Mood, Be in the Moment & Get Serene - Buddha Thoughts to Help Drop Your Fears and Find Your Bliss

"Be open to everything,
yet attached to nothing."
~Buddha



"Happiness
does not depend on what you have or 
who you are, it relies solely on
what you think."
~Buddha



"When words are both
true
&
kind,
they can change the world." 
~Buddha 


live beautifully.

stephanie-

Beau Monde Organics In The House! MODA 360's Fashion Revolution Hits LA! via Bel Esprit / Eco Fashion World /The New Mart




MODA 360:LA - The Trailer from MODA 360 on Vimeo.
 (Click here to view video if not displaying)
 
So very excited to announce this wonderful upcoming event!

Los Angeles Design Artist Stephanie Gale, (yes, that's me!) will
showcase the dramatically gorgeous organic scarves of my
company, Beau Monde Organics, to illuminate the space 
of Runway Fashion Show where MODA 360 
makes it's debut in the City of Angels!
It's next weekend, April 24 and 25, 2015 
at The New Mart, in downtown LA Fashion District.

Thrilled to be here, in the company of many amazing creative
  eco-conscious and ethical designers, 
and also a very special Celebrity Stylist, Melissa Laskin,
who also will be showing her own line, elvislaskin.
(sweetly named after cat, who is her friend and muse)

Runway participants were selected from
the 'Ethical Fashion Challenge', 
sponsored by Eco Fashion World.
 
Press and Retail interested in attending should
contact MODA 360.
Interested but can't make it?
Check out the list of participating
international eco designers and brands.


As ever, I encourage you to
live mindfully, live in eco-style,
live compassionately and 
always...
Live beautifully!

stephanie-


Saturday, April 11, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: The Beauty Of Nature Through The Eyes Of Artists and Poets

“Monet... addresses that invisible spiritual surface
that separates light from reflection.
Airy azure captive of liquid azure…
Color rises from the bottom of the
water in clouds, in whirlpools.”

~Paul Claudel, Poet
(Painting: Monet, Blue Water Lilies, by Claude Monet, 1919)



"I paint flowers so they will not die." 
~Frida Kahlo, Artist 
(Painting: 'Self Portrait' by Frida Kahlo, 1940)



"There are always flowers
for those who want to see them."
~Henri Matisse, Artist

(Painting: "Almond Blossoms In A Glass" by Vincent Van Gogh)





"Among the trees, you are at home"
~Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Artist, Architect
 (Painting: "The Rain Falls Far From Us Falls the Rain"
by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, 1970)


“Art is the increasing effort to compete
with the beauty of flowers... 
 and never succeeding.”
~Marc Chagall, Artist

 (Painting: "Flower Bouquet" by Marc Chagall)
 ~
With Earth Day approaching,
what better subject than the beauty of nature,
and it's profound effect on us?
Hoping the beauty of nature and the 

spiritual essence of words
may touch your heart.

~


Live beautifully.

stephanie-





Saturday, March 28, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: Out On A Limb, No Plan, Plenty Mistakes... Take A Leap Of Faith


 "Sometimes, your only available transportation
is a leap of faith."
~Margaret Shepard




"Leap and the net will appear." 
~John Burroughs 




we only regret
the chances we didn't take.



"You've got to go out on a limb sometimes,
because that's where the fruit is."
~Will Rogers




 "You don't always need a plan..."
~Mandy Hale



"Mistakes... are the portals of discovery."
~James Joyce

 ~
go boldly,
try new things,
face fears, 
and
live beautifully!

stephanie- 


 (edited from my original post of 4/25/14)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Do You Matcha? 10 Creative Ways To Use Matcha Green Tea | via Prevention.com



Are you a Matcha lover like me?
Discovering it over a decade ago, 
I love it and have used it
in everything from tasty drinks
to unusually delicious baked goodies. 


Whether you're new to this traditional
Japanese
green tea powder...



or you're an experienced Matcha Master, looking for
more ways to use the bright green powder,
you must check out this
list of creative matcha recipes 

I found today!



There's enough variety included in the list of
recipes to suit just about everyone,
which makes it easy to get more of this subtly
energizing, anti-oxidant-rich whole leaf powder. 


  10 Creative Ways To Use Matcha, With Easy Recipes >
 Which is your favorite idea recipe??
If you try any of them,
let us know how you liked it.

Peace, Love & Green Tea,

stephanie- 

 
Thanks to Stephanie Ekelkamp 
for the post (via Prevention .com)

Photo Credits: 
Matcha - by Christian Kaden Satori Nihon via Getty Images 
Matcha Green Tea Latte - via Mighty Leaf




Sunday, March 22, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: Celebrating The Cycle Of Seasons and the Blessings of Spring




"Came the Spring with all its splendor,
All its birds and all its blossoms,
All its flowers and leaves and grasses."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song Of Hiawatha 




"No Winter lasts forever, 
No Spring skips it's turn."
~Hal Borland



'No matter how long the Winter, 
Spring is sure to follow.'
~Proverb 


Happy Spring!!

enjoy every moment of it...

stephanie-

Friday, March 20, 2015

ECO LIFESTYLE: Organic Living: 3 Basic Reasons Why You Should Switch To Organic Clothing and Food

https://www.organic-center.org/organic-fact-sheets/how-choosing-organic-helps-the-world/
1. ORGANIC MEANS LESS DAMAGE, MORE HEALING
Because every organic prodcut is so well produced,
even if you buy  just 1 organic product out of 10,
it offsets and helps heal many of the things
damaging our planet, environment and health.
(infographic and more via The Organic Center )


http://theswatchbook.offsetwarehouse.com/2014/09/05/why-should-we-wear-organic-fabric-saves-lives/
2. ORGANIC MEANS NO CHEMICAL PESTICIDES,
HERBICIDES OR FERTILIZERS
Organic famers use no pesticides, but many kinds
of natural pest enemies and deterrents.
Chemical pesticides are one of the most noxious,
dangerous and damaging part of modern commercial
agriculture.They not only kill the pests, but also beneficial bugs,
and make farmers, workers and comsumers ill from the toxic,
often carcinogenic nature of pesticides. They also poison
the soil, the  ground water and waterways,lakes and oceans.
Organic farming has none of these destructive effects,
but instead works in concert with nature
to maintain a healthy, balanced environment.
(Infographic and more via The Swatchbook )


http://www.ota.com/
3. ORGANIC MEANS NO GMO
When you buy organic apparel, accessories and utility items
and eat organically grown food and produce, you are not ingesting
and are not supporting GMO products.
GM/GMO are not allowed in Certified Organic items.
(infographic and more via Organic Trade Association)


Hope this helps you have a greater awareness
of the not-so-beautiful side of toxic, non-eco,
non-organic realities of your daily modern life.


Are you trying to make the shift towards a 
less toxic, more organic and mindful lifestyle?
Share your #postivechange with us!

Hoping to help you
live beautifully, 
every day.

stephanie-




Saturday, March 14, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | BODY + SPIRIT: Thoughts On Beauty, From Beautiful People


"To be beautiful, is to be yourself."
~Thich Nhat Hanh




"Beauty
is about being comfortable in your own skin.
It's about knowing and accepting
who you are."
~Ellen DeGeneres


"The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode
but the true beauty of a woman
is reflected in her soul."
~Audrey Hepburn


"Over the years I have learned
that what is important in a dress
is the women who is wearing it."
~Yves St. Laurent


be beautiful. live beautifully.
stephanie-

Thursday, March 12, 2015

MINDFUL ECO LIFESTYLE: Why You Should Consider Organically Grown Fabrics Whenever Buying Clothing | Donna Karan and Sadhguru Meeting


 


 

  When picking out a new top, the latest dress, your scarf
or that cool jacket or jeans, the style and fit
are the obvious points we'd focus on before buying.
Cost is another. But it's now
quite important to also ask also
how? where? - and from what materials - is this clothing made?
This is not only an important question to ask yourself,
but with the misleading marketing from bio-tech corporations
for GMO seeds, or the push of big oil encouraging the
fashion industry to create and use more petroleum-based
polyester fiber, it has become an urgent one.

 

We know about the health benefits of buying organic food,
the safety and health benefits of using organic cleaning products
,
but besides the beauty and natural (non-chemically treated) softness
of it, what are the benefits of using organic materials
in fashion, accessories, utility fabrics and apparel?



  If you are one who cares about what goes into and onto
your body, loves the earth, loves animals and are concerned
with the welfare of others as well -  take note: wearing and using
organic fabrics has a major positive impact on
your health and the health of our planet.
It matters.


Promoting organically grown food and fibers
is something I'm passionate about. I enjoy informing and,
if possible, helping create positive change in your life,
but I try doing it in a way that works for you and your lifestyle.

 

Today I'm sharing a post and video that will be the first in a series
on why we should transition to organic and natural fibers
in apparel and accessories. The subject is quite complex,
and there are no simple answers, and I believe there needs to be balance.
But try to look for organic cotton, silk/organic silk/ahimsa(vegan)silk,
hemp and organic hemp fabrics, as much as you feel you can.
It will benefit you, your family's and
the earth's well-being.

Yogi, Spiritual Leader, Humanitarian Sadhguru of
Isha Foundation speaks on
why you should seek organic fabrics.
The post includes a video where he discusses
seeking balance between tradition and future change, with
Designer-turned-Yogi Donna Karan (Founder of DKNY & Urban Zen)
He speaks of the ways in which balance in possible.

 

Tell me your thoughts; Do you believe
it's important to use organically grown textiles?
Why ... or why not?

meantime...
live beautifully,

stephanie-



Saturday, February 28, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | Purple Potpourri: Thoughts on Simplicity, Elegance, Beauty and Transformation

  
  "Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates."
~Kate Angell 




"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."
~Coco Chanel
(scarf is Beau Monde Organics customer favorite 'Daybreak-Glimmer Sans')


 "She does love lavender -
because it's the color of transformation."
~
Felicity Huffman 



 ~wishing you a beautiful weekend!

stephanie-


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Friday, February 20, 2015

ECO LIVING | Real Kitchen Nightmares: Think Before You Drink - The Horror Story Behind The Fun of Single Cup Coffee-Makers


I found this K-Cup/Pod/Capsule drawer on Pinterest yesterday. It may
seem to be a 'dream home' idea, in reality, it's a real 'Kitchen Nightmare'.


 Introducing... 
Eco Living Horror Stories From The Real World.
 My new series in which I'll (occasionally) write posts
to inform, enlighten and, (I'm hoping ) entertain you.
I'll give you the info you need to bring beautiful #positivechange into
your life.
I'll guide you with small 'pain-free' shifts you can make to
turn your
chic, modern urban life into the beautiful,
eco-conscious, mindful lifestyle you'd love it to be.


I hope you'll enjoy! 

 A small batch of the billions of aluminum pull-tab and pop-top tabs
from beverage cans that have been polluting the planet since 1962.



"Civilization 
is a limitless multiplication 
of unnecessary necessities."
~Mark Twain

- Real Kitchen Nightmares: Issue 1 -
"Trash vs. Convenience"

 Like some zombie monster that just won't die,
there are still companies that have
(apparently) learned nothing about sustainability
in the past 50 years. 

In this first issue post, I ask the question:
Why would major corporations, ones with
limitless innovation and design skills, 

huge research and development resources,
still blatantly choose to NOT design new products
within modern eco and sustainability standards?

Why would they choose to design  as if
they were still living in the early 1960's?
My guess?

 Profit, over everything, always.
*sigh*... 
So in this case, it's
Keurig Green Mountain and 'K-Cups'
(the inventors of the single serve coffee maker)
and  Nestle Corporation, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules.
Both of which create a wonderful cup of coffee,
but produce a horrific amount of non-recyclable waste.


 Used K-Cups heading off to join the other billions at the landfill.

Cute, tiny cup. Ugly, massive problem.

The K-Cups alone produced enough waste for those
cute, fun, tiny K-cups to encircle the globe over 11 times (by 2014)

and there are an estimated 60 BILLION in landfills over the planet.
I am appealing to these companies 
to take responsibility for the 
mind-boggling amount of earth-destructive trash 
they've created and do something about it.
Nespresso was trying recently, after customer inquiries,
and teamed up with famed recycling manufacturer, Terra-Cycle.
Too bad, however, that all the Nespresso capsules
still cannot be sent to your local recycling plant.

To get these recycled, you must save them and ship
to Terra-Cycle's 'Capsule Brigade'. Not perfect, but, it's 

still better than having them go the land fill.
And Keurig's recent attempt is similar, but restrictive,
as it's only for workplaces with a Keurig machines.
And again, your business office, not Keurig, has to
deal with saving and packing up the cups and shipping
them to the specialty recycling company, Grounds to Grow On.

There is no current program for individuals to recyle K-Cups. 
If you're as addicted to your machine as much as your coffee,
please do set up a small bin in your kitchen to capture the used cups 
and contact either of these recycling centers.
The recylers do try to make it easy for you.

Hoping both Keurig and Nestle will redesign their 
proprietary cups with easily recyclable materials for their
next versions of their single serve brewers.
But not holding my breath for it... 

Or... you, the eco minded consumer,
could get all 'retro-chic' and green at the
same time and use this incredible device:



*gasp* a non-electric brewer?!
Yes! It brews 1 or 2 servings,
in less than 2 minutes,

has a reusable (non-disposable) inner filter,
and you can use any kind
of coffee or tea you want.
It will save you hundreds of dollars

and last you for generations.
If you must have an electric, go for it!

 Use any small capacity automatic coffee-maker 
or electric percolator
with a reusable gold/metal mesh filter


Simple. Green.

Kill the K-Cups and Capsules and Pods.

 For yourself. For your kin. 
For those who will live on this earth in the future.

  Enlighten yourself 
with the following informational links:

- How much waste comes from single serve coffee pods?  

- Single serve trash is one of many eco waste
issues we have. Here's another.
-Enjoy this fun, over-the-top parody video, in which you can get more
 info while watching a giant Cup-zilla Monster take over...
 - Adopt the 'Seven Generations' concept into your daily life.

 Hope you'll let me know what you think of my new series.
Comment to let me know, and 
add your own #positivechange coffee brewing tip.

and, as always, remember to

live beautifully.

stephanie-










FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | SPIRIT: Sacred Wisdom on Peace, Philanthropy and Connection

"Man did not weave the web of life - 
he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, 
he does to himself."
~Chief Seattle, Suquamish 




"Let peace fill our heart,
our world,
our universe..."
~Shinto Prayer



"Whoever saves one life, 
saves the entire world."
~from The Talmud


♥ may the blessings of a peaceful heart be yours today.

live beautifully,
stephanie-


PHOTO CREDITS:
Kindra Clineff
  for 'Spider Spiral' via Science Blogs-Bioephemera
Stephanie Gale for 'Raindrop on Nasturtium leaf via stephaniegbeaumonde on Instagram
 Unknown - Piled stones via Sister Jean