My Latest Tips at Luxury.Travel.About.com

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I contributed my travel tips to About.com’s luxury travel site: Read all the other excellent tips here:

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In Metropolis magazine: “All Natural” article covers furniture made from mushrooms

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The article, “All Natural” in the July/August, 2013 print version of Metropolis magazine (you can read the online version here), was a blast to report. Such talented young designers with an incredible vision of how low-impact—yet still high design—furniture can be. I want a chair made from mushrooms now!

“Experiment” is the word that pops up, like mushrooms after a rainstorm, when Merjan Sisman and Brian McClellan describe their industrial design thesis project at Philadelphia University. At the beginning of their senior year, their goal was to design something from living materials. After deciding against a slime mold–based leather, they hit upon mycelium, which is essentially the roots of a mushroom. (Picture the weblike interior of a rotted log with mushrooms growing from the top.)

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Contributor at LuxuryTravel.About.com!

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One of my fondest dreams is to have the opportunity to write about amazing destinations and travel experiences. As the newest member of the LuxuryTravel.About.com team, I’ll get to do just that. Check out my awesome Travel Biography which may be my fave bio yet!

My first story is about the lovely, luxe, and eco-sensitive Sublime Samana, on the Samana peninsula of the Domincan Republic.

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“In the Spotlight” Feature on Sara Jane Mercer’s Site

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Being green fundamentally means understanding that the connection between personal health and environmental health is tied together inextricably. An Eco-Chick is a person who works, in whatever ways are in their power, to reduce their impact, keep informed, and stand up for human, animal and planetary health.

Read more of the Q&A on the Sara Jane Mercer site.

Starre Speaks at Pace University’s “Blogging a Better Planet” Class (Video)

Andrew Revkin is one of the reasons I started writing about the environment in the first place, and he is one of the few reporters who was covering environmental issues before they became commonplace (environmental reporting only became widely-covered topic within the last decade, thanks in part to early bloggers’ tenacity and dedication to the issues, and journalists like Revkin.) We were also neighbors back in my hometown of Garrison, New York, for a time.

So I was so honored to be a guest speaker in Revkin’s “Blogging a Better Planet” class at Pace University (well, virtually) last night. Here’s what I had to say in response to his questions about how I got my start with Eco-Chick, whether I consider myself a journalist, and why I think I’m well-suited to the blogging medium.

According to Revkin’s Wikipedia bio: A reporter for the New York Times from 1995-2009, Revkin currently writes the Dot Earth environmental blog for The Times’ Opinion Pages. He is also Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University, as well as a songwriter and musician.

My Coverage of Raleigh Denim in October’s Whole Living Magazine

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I first wrote about Raleigh Denim on Eco Chick way back in 2009, and since then, the brand has grown in more ways than just business-wise (though they are going gangbusters in that department as well).

They’ve recently opened an NYC storefront and have expanded their jeans-only line to include all sorts of lovely pieces to go-with denim, like sweet polka-dot shirts and edgy-cool vests.

This made-in-USA (mostly North Carolina, where the designer couple lives) denim company has a great story, which I got to write about in Whole Living magazine’s October issue. I’ve screen-shotted the iPad version here (the mag looks GREAT in it’s new app!) and the third shot below is from the iPad-only video of Raleigh Denim creators, Sarah and Victor, talking about how they make their classic-cool jeans.

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Cute screenshot below from the iPad-only Whole Living magazine app – that’s Sarah and Victor!

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Slow Fashion from Adie + George in September’s Whole Living Magazine

I am SO excited to share with you the piece I wrote for September’s Whole Living – all about one of my favorite topics, Slow Fashion. I interviewed the creators behind the slow fashion label Adie + George (natural dyes expert Sasha Duerr and ecofashion designer Casey Larkin of Mr. Larkin), and reported on how they make their local botanically dyed masterpieces. It’s not only a great read (if I do say so!), but the photographer and designers over at the magazine made it all look so spectacular and really captured the heart of the story visually.

Pick up the September issue to check this story out – as well as some seriously tasty tofu recipes (preceding my story – love that one of my top 10 foods is covered here!), a really interesting analysis of the gluten-intolerance epidemic, and oodles of other healthy living info and loveliness. (And if you are a subscriber to the mag, the new iPad edition is free….and includes additional content!)

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I Curated a Goodebox: Check Out My Green Beauty Picks

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I’m excited to report that July’s Goodebox (which we first wrote about in March), has products from companies chosen by yours truly.

Check it out! I’ve chosen products from some of my very favorite green beauty companies, including scent from A Perfume Organic, mascara from Benecos, a caffeine eye cream from 100% Pure, bronzer from Revolution Organics, hair shine from Emtage, and a lovely body scrub from Miessence.

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Here’s what I chose for this month’s Goodebox!

What IS Goodebox? Simply, it’s a monthly green beauty subscription service that allows you to try a bunch of curated products in sample sizes, so you can find stuff you absolutely love. If you are trying to switch to healthier, non-toxic makeup and personal care products, Goodebox allows you to try a variety of products so you can find what’s right for you, without spending a ton buy full size versions of everything (and then having to wastefully trash what you don’t end up liking).

Interested? You can sign up for your monthly box of fun here.