Archive for September, 2009

Skincare…Super Natural vs. Super Effective

September 30, 2009

I would love for you ladies to weigh in on skincare.  I am acne-prone, sensitive, oily, dry, wrinkly . . . you name it, that’s me.  While I realize that diet and water intake play the biggest part (I go through life severely dehydrated and can survive for days on coffee and wine), it seems like products are important, too. 

I go through phases where I’ll use all natural products and then end up switching back to super harsh things like Proactiv.  I’ve heard you shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat . . . but it seems like most of the natural, paraben-free products have oil in them, which equals breakouts.  Another doctor I saw reminded me that Poison Oak is natural, so just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s great for your skin!

This goes back to Amanda’s post about natural deodorants and mouthwash.  Must we resort to Dr. Bronner’s for skin, shave and hair?  Where does one draw the line in getting CLEAN?


Speaking of a clean closet

September 30, 2009

For anyone looking to have their closet curated to its maximum usage and capitalize on the ability to resell items you no longer want or need, I suggest enlisting Marti Zimlin. Portland is lucky enough to have nabbed this style-maven from the streets of Manhattan. Check out her blog, I’ll add her to the blogroll too.

It might not be spring-but it always feels good to clean!

CLEAN. It’s more than just a way to eat!

September 29, 2009

I did something I have needed to do, increasingly, for over 3 years. I gathered my embarrassing collection of old running shoes and donated them to NIKE, where they recycle them and make new shoes and tracks and such. Most of these shoes weren’t even NIKE-no matter.


(2 of the 4 bags)

Next was the bathroom, of which I wish I had a photo. Make-up from 2005? Gross. Medicine we brought with us from NY? Toxic. Having almost nothing in comparison in the bathroom cupboards is liberating!

I feel much better having unloaded all of this and I am in the process of butchering my closet now-lots of cute clothes if anyone is interested.

Clean is the word…

September 28, 2009

I cracked open my copy of Clean by Alejandro Junger this morning on my flight to Denver to shoot Hotmixology. In case you’re concerned, I do understand the irony of reading about getting tox-free en route to film a TV show committed to drinking. When someone unlocks the door to finding balance, invite me along!

While I’m super excited about getting Clean and detoxing my 4 layers of skin of all the nasty biznass of daily life, I’m a little concerned that I’m going to need to hire Gwynie’s cook for the week. I want to be Clean but I also want to be free of BO and bad breath. Is that too much to ask?

I’m looking for a tox-free mouthwash and a laundry mat in NYC that’s organic. After I find both, I’m going to pull over on the highway to hug one of the trees that’s been languishing in the pollution it’s whole life.

Jojo, how’d you do it?!

It was bound to happen sooner or later!

September 25, 2009

I am linking BeWell to This weeks newsletter speaks to us ladies!

The fact that Erin Mckenna, the featured baker/entrepreneur, mentions Bob’s Red Mill (Oregon-based baby!) and agave nectar (you all know where you can get this cheap-right?) I just had to share.

I used to live around the block from Babycakes in NYC and it was sheer heaven to walk by and smell the goodies.

The recipes have me drooling. Lets have a bake-off soon!

Also, the bakery/rap video is totally worth checking out!

BabyCakes NYC: Frosting Party! from BabyCakes NYC on Vimeo.

Bono, can you hear us?

September 24, 2009
The BeWell gals

The BeWell gals

What a great evening! The Natural Chef Dinners are a true find, and we have the Portland Monthly gals to thank for this. $18 treats you to a 5 course vegan/non-vegan family style dinner to enjoy with byo wine/whatever…Tonight did not disappoint. The flavors that prevailed in each dish impressed the crowd and certainly have me signed up for the next dinner.

While the food rocked, I’m sure I can speak for most in that the highlight of the night was the sheer thought that BONO was even thinking, let alone, speaking/singing/texting via Amanda about BeWell!

I am leaving it at this, because it is perfect. BeWell is for anyone, famous or not who has an interest in the “good life, with a conscience”.

Spread the word.


Another film to see, Ingredients

September 23, 2009

I just read about this locally produced movie, Ingredients. Not sure that I can make it to the limited screenings this weekend. Might be worth ordering the DVD and watching it as a group? If you end up seeing it, do share!

More in the food debate…

September 23, 2009

Hey! My first real post! Just wanted to say that I just finished “Skinny Bitch.” I honestly never thought I would say this but I am seriously considering becoming a vegetarian. I can’t believe how many documentaries I’ve seen and books I’ve read that never made me feel this way. Nope is was freakin Skinny Bitch. For whatever reason things they said are having me think about it completely differently. Still processing…. we’ll see….


You are what you eat exhibit

September 22, 2009

Hey gals,

Slow Food Portland is collaborating on a show at Ampersand gallery that opens tomorrow eve on NE 29th & Alberta. I really want to check it out-it looks like a cool exhibit. Might be fun to go before the Natural Chef Dinner. Any takers? We could meet at the gallery at 6?

Portobello: Thumbs Up!

September 17, 2009

I had dinner there tonight and it gets high marks from this camp. Super cozy (coffee shop by day, vegan spot by night).

We shared the gnocchi and portobello steak with polenta and started with the pickled veggie plate. $4 glasses of sulfite-free wine-heck yeah!

Let me know if you are interested in trying it out…I am definitely in for another dinner there.

Also, I made Jolie and Amanda administrators on the blog, everyone else who wants to comment should log on and I will make you an admn. so that your comments become posts.