Express Yourself!

Style Meets Compassion

As if waiting for the perfect owner, it just sat there. On the shelf it looked perfectly pretty, but lonely. Surrounded by the typical brand name labels and tacky sparkly attention-grabbers, I knew this one was different.

Strolling down the purse aisles at a Winners in Montreal, the last thing I expected to find was a beautiful, trendy and Peta friendly clutch. But tucked away behind Coach and Guess was this Urban Expressions gem. Spring/Summer 2012 has brought back big oversized clutches and this one couldn’t be more perfect for dressing up for late nights out or dressing down for casual strolls. Completely ecstatic about my unexpected shopping find, I wanted to know more about the products this brand offered. Turns out this certified Vegan purse was just one of many trendy, sustainable and affordable products that Urban Expressions has perfected.

Perfectly compassionate, and perfectly high-fashion, these purses are allowing eco-conscious shoppers like ourselves, to meet our style needs while being environmentally and socially responsible. And of-course if clutches aren’t your thing, there are are plenty of other options. From coral totes, to classy evening handbags, to fun and colorful over the shoulder satchels, there’s something in the mix that is bound to suit your style. L-O-V-E (Let Out your Vegan Expression)!

Check them out : http://urbanexpressions.net/

Happy Eco-Conscious Shopping! XOXO

Elina

The Down-Low on GMO

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I’ll make this simple, short and sweet. GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are bad. Research has shown GMO products are dangerous to our health. The unpretty results have created much controversy and debate regarding the actual dangers. Food companies and agencies are defending their modification process as “genius technology”, while some researchers are saying that GMOs are the single biggest threat to human health. I’ll side with the researchers. Plus, in my experience, anything that doesn’t beat to the tune of nature is usually harmful in one way or another. I also don’t like the idea of my tomato looking and tasting like plastic.

In our savvy tech world, food has become the main experiment. Avoid being a guinea-pig by choosing to buy ORGANIC, especially when buying these top 10 GM foods:

1)  Soy – Yes tofu, is healthy. Yes, soy milk is good for you. But beware, and make sure your products contain soybeans which are organic.

2) Corn – Corn is rich in its taste and in its historical recipe uses. We love corn but it’s better to love organic corn.

3) Tomatoes – Basically the poster image for GMO foods, tomatoes were one of the first products to be modified. Let’s take back our tomatoes. Take them back to real.

4) Papayas – GMO papayas are banned from the European Union, yet marked safe for consumption in North America. If you can can find an organic papaya, you’re lucky there are not many out there!

5) Potatoes – Delicious and filling, but only if they’re not killing. Studies have shown adverse effects on mice consuming genetically modified potatoes. Steer clear and once again, purchase organic.

6) Cotton – For food purposes, the emphasis is on cottonseed oil. Avoid the regular versions and watch out for it as an ingredient in many dressings, baked goods and snack foods.

7) Sugar Beets – Watch your sweet tooth. When it comes to sugar beware and be smart, choose sugar alternatives or buy organic.

8) Canola – Often over-processed and altered for pesticide resistance, canola is another typical ingredient in many foods. Avoid it by reading the labels.

9) Salmon (for all the non-vegans out there!) – GMO salmon was called “monster fish” by some European fishermen, and for good reason. It can survive during any season and grow to full size twice as fast. Fishy business..

10) Zucchini– I love this green cucumber-looking vegetable! It goes so well with so many foods, and it can be used in an variety of recipes! It’s also really good for you…when organic.

Be safe, eat an assortment, and opt for organic, especially when purchasing the products on this list. Value your health and if required, shell out the extra dollar.  Most importantly say “NO!” to GMOs!

Happy GREEN Grocery Shopping!!! 🙂

Elina

Happy Monday!!!

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Well folks, another weekend has just ended and we are starting a new week. So instead of sulking in the Monday blues, look forward to all the wonderful things you are going to accomplish! Recognize all the opportunities that will come your way and take advantage of them! Remember there are “NO ACCIDENTS IN THE UNIVERSE”, so observe everything that happens and make the best of every situation!

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas A Edison

Here is a funny video that puts everything in perspective:

https://www.youtube.com/v/J7Y6WXioVnw?version=3&hl=en_US

Happy Monday Everyone, Namaste!

-Elina