Iowa High School Press Association Keynote Speaker

I’m excited about my upcoming speaking event at the Iowa High School Press Association. I’ll get a chance to speak at the top of the day as well as teach some breakaway sessions on October 27th.


Ecouterre’s Photo of Me at the Yoxi “Trim the Waste of Fashion” Party (Wearing my Woodthumb Tie!)

Starre Vartan wearing WoodThumb.

Ecouterre covered Yoxi’s “Trim the Waste of Fashion” party and caught me wearing my brand-new (to me, it’s actually made from reclaimed wood and hand-finished in San Fran) Woodthumb tie. I can’t wait to wear it again soon. Check out my coverage of WoodThumb on Eco Chick here.

Health Magazine Quoted Me!

For a story on the natural benefits of brown sugar, I was quoted in the “Fast first aid” segment. Here’s the online link (page 3), but it was in the print magazine (September, 2011) too.

If you nicked yourself shaving and don’t have antiseptic on hand, reach for the sweet stuff—it can help heal minor cuts in a pinch. “Brown sugar acts as an anti-inflammatory, and its anti-microbial properties may prevent infection,” says Starre Vartan, author of The Eco Chick Guide to Life.

Clean the wound with soap and water, then pack a little brown sugar onto the cut (enough to thoroughly cover it). Put a Band-Aid over it and leave on for a few hours; repeat once once or twice over the course of 36 hours. You’ll be on the mend before you know it.