Saturday, May 23, 2015

Your {Eco Styled} Casual Weekend Outfit

Your style doesn't stop just because the weekday does.
I've curated 10 chic eco pieces that will have you
stepping out in style, ready to flirt and flaunt!

Your {Eco Styled} Casual Weekend Wear
Check out this casual wear Spring outfit that will have you
ready to take on the weekend in relaxed sustainable style!

I've included some of the best...
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Get Recharged & Find Relief From Burnout With Nature and Gratitude

  Feeling a bit overwhelmed 
or in dire need of a break?
Or already feeling burnout?
Sometimes, all we really need is to
take some time to go outside,
connect with Nature,
and reflect on all that 
we have to be grateful for.


"I go to Nature to be soothed and healed
and have my senses
put in tune once more.
 ~John Burroughs



"Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today and
creates a vision for tomorrow."
~Melody Beattie
"...When you bring what is within
out into the world,
miracles happen."
~Henry David Thoreau


GRATITUDE
is the most beautiful flower of one's soul.



Hoping that you all enjoy
a beautiful and grateful moment.

My company, Beau Monde Organics, and I
are celebrating our 5th Birthday together.
Which has me feeling very grateful for all of you.
Thank you so very much, for being here
with me,  whether it's been for a short time, 
or as long as since I've started.
Every one of you is special
and appreciated by me.
I hope that in some small way,
I've been able to connect with you, 
and help you create at least a small bit of positive change
in your life, and made your days just a bit brighter
and helped you live a bit more beautifully.

~Namaste~
 stephanie-

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Feng Shui Your Space: Plants To Brighten Your Space and Purify The Air

MUM - The Queen Of Clean-Air! (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)
Eliminates ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene
Magenta Mum photo by: kawaiimidnight at deviantart.com

  Common Feng Shui practices can help
improve the quality of the air you breathe.
The practice of incorporating living plants into your home
or office can be accentuated if air purifying plants are
selected, increasing the energizing effects of a
cleansed and well laid out space.

Red-Edged Drecena (Dracaena reflexa)
Knocks out
benzene, formaldehyde,
trichloroethylene, and xylene

 
Indoor pollution can be, at times even worse
than outdoor pollutants. They can cause
lethargy, discomfort and aggravate allergies and chronic
breathing issues. Even if you are less sensitive
to it, it still can be harmful to you without you realizing it.



Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum)
Packs a punch to
ammonia, benzene,
formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene

Scientists have long known that plants absorb carbon dioxide
and release oxygen as part of photosynthesis.
But National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA)
late 1980's research found that houseplants and the soil
they grow in can absorb up to 89 percent of various air pollutants,
such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

Many manufactured products, everything from
paints and textiles to carpets and
furniture is either made with chemicals
and epoxies or treated with harmful toxins
that off-gas into your home and office.

 
 Heart-leaf Philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
 Easy to grow plant great at removing formaldehyde & VOCs.

My City Plants states the obvious when they remind us that
"working hours indoors with artificial lights,
cooled or heated air; uniformed cubicles and desks...
do not inspire creative productivity." 

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Sucks out nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde
But we often put up with it,
thinking we have no way to change it.
but the solution is, in fact, quite simple.
Bring in the greens!


Ficus (Ficus benjamina)
Gobbles up formaldehyde
Throughout this post, I've included my 6 Top Picks,
which I prefer for living with in my own space,
as well as
the fact they grow well and easily
in almost any area, and can even can take
the sunny, hot, dry conditions of my LA apartment.

 

To view all 26 houseplants which
NASA scientists have identified as effective
in cleaning toxins from the air, visit
Holistic Health Naturally 
 for the full list with info. links.
(note those with * that may be harmful 
to children and pets if eaten!) 


Do you love bringing plants indoors with you?
What plants do you currently have 
growing inside your home or office?
If you don't have any plants, will you now try
adding some to your space...?

I'd love to know! 
Please comment and share.

Live beautifully!

stephanie-
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 For more info., from my sources for this article, please visit:
Mother Nature Network
 My City Plants

Friday, May 1, 2015

ECO FASHION | Fav Quote Friday: Eco Leaders Plead For A Sustainable Fashion Future


"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, 
he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
~John Muir 



"Shop Less, Think More."
~Vivienne Westwood 




"We search for life on other planets
and in other regions of our galaxy.
Meanwhile, we destroy and ignore
the other life on this planet."
~A.D. Williams

 ______________________

Muir's quote above is Beau Monde Organics's mission theme, 
guiding us, and reminding us that all things are connected,
and all actions have consequence.
 On this, the 5th Birthday/Anniversary of my company,
I thought it fitting to renew my committment
to being an ethical, eco & organic 
and Made in America company.
I believe it to be the right thing to do, 
even if it's not the easier thing to do.
I hope you'll join me in living well,
and living beautifully.

stephanie-

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ECO FASHION: Beau Monde Organics Shows at MODA 360 Intl.! Debut of Ethical, Sustainable Fashion Showroom in Los Angeles


 Beau Monde Organics 'Blooming Flower' scarf display table

 MODA 360: Creating a Complete Revolution in Fashion
 If you missed seeing out Video Trailer for the show we recently
participated in, you can see it here.

As designer at Beau Monde Organics, 
I was thrilled to be celebrating the debut of an
eco-conscious, sustainable and ethical fashion showroom in LA.

The show was a creative mix of art, music and photography
with fashion, jewelry & accessories from designers around the world.
 
Beau Monde Organics' panel display, with my wrap scarves as wall hangings.
Stylist Melissa Laskin and ass't. Karmel
prepping a mannequin 
with her painted Elvislaskin line.


It ran April 24 & 25, 2015, and began with an evening Open House.
The Open House was an exciting opportunity for attendees to
peruse the lines and meet face-to-face with the designers.

 Opening night: Beau Monde Organics showcase display


Show Day!  Beau Monde Organics Display at left,  
Melissa Laskin's 'Elvislaskin' pieces to right
 

  The Fashion Runway stage ready...





Showtime!
Short video of the round-up walk
of one of the four Runway Shows
featuring eco-friendly lines, 

all styled by Melissa Laskin. 

(If video not displaying, click here

Filmed by Mashelle at TalkDesignStudio, with her
amazing prism glass jewelry
paired with MonAmour Line

 Thank You!
  Thanks to all who worked to make the show a success.
Sincere thanks to Deb Pokallus of Bel Esprit Showroom for 
all her hard work to pull together and direct an amazing cool show!
Bel Esprit's mission is to promote "fashion with a conscience."
 All love and big hugs out to Magaly Fuentes-Sagan,
Owner of Eco Fashion World, sponsor of the contest
that culled the designers in the show, (and for the BMO recommendation)
Big thanks to Melissa Laskin, Artist and Celebrity Stylist,
for the generous sharing of her talents.
And lastly (but not least-ly!) thanks to The New Mart,
for their gracious assistance of the entire staff and the beautiful space!

The New Mart  at the New Mart Building, with its cutting edge showrooms,
is a desination venue for wholesale fashion buyers worldwide.
Also a registered historical landmark of Los Angeles, it has over 100 showrooms
representing a thousand top fashion and accessory lines.


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