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Miami Spa Month kicks off July 1st – Make it “Green”

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Elle Spa Relaxation Room at Eden RocIf there was ever a good time to soothe the mind and soul, is now. Miami Spa Month starts July 1st, and it runs until August 31st. Take advantage of the $99 specialized treatments at top luxury day spas and hotels, and give yourself some pampering.
After all who deserves it more than you?
There is a long list of participating spas, but my top picks for some “green” loving are the following:
Elle Spa at the Eden Roc – Miami Beach
In the first-ever ELLE Spa, located at the iconic Eden Roc Renaissance. Be prepared to be pampered with a full array of indulgent, luxurious treatments that use Tammy Fender formulations – a collection of pure, organic custom blended skin care products that are cruelty-free and never tested on animals.

Elle Spa at Eden Roc Tammy Fender Products

Elle Spa at Eden Roc Hotel and Tammy Fender Products

Jurlique Spa at the Mayfair Hotel – Coconut Grove
This spa is a tranquil sanctuary for the mind and body. Holistic in approach, the spa uses Jurlique organic products to restore energy and revitalize the skin, face and body. There are Seven Private Treatment Rooms, Couples Suite, for Side-By-Side Therapies, a Relaxation Lounge, and a Spa Boutique to stock on your favorite Jurlique Products.

Jurlique Spa at Mayfair Hotel  Jurlique Products

Jurlique Spa at Mayfair Hotel and Jurlique Products

Emena Spa – Design District
The finest in eco-luxury in Miami’s Design District. Six ultra-chic treatment rooms to help you distressed and leave you glowing. Emena combines the latest in innovation with organic spa philosophies to enhance your well-being naturally. They use Éminence Organic Skin Care products formulated with fresh fruit pulps, plants, and exotic spices to nurture your body and mind.

Emena Spa and Eminence Organic Skincare Products

Emena Spa and Eminence Organic Skincare Products

Time to book your treatment. Happy chillaxing!

Live Green,

Nathalia

all pictures from Elle Spa, Jurlique Spa, Emena Spa Websites


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When life gives you avocados, What do you do? Gazpacho!

I am not one to cook, but I must admit I do a great pot of boiling water.
I try and follow recipes to the T to make sure the final product is edible. Sometimes, well, it doesn’t work. But I have discovered this fool proof recipe for “cold avocado soup”  aka Gazpacho.

It is perfectly refreshing for these hot summer days and super easy to make. Plus, is avocado season so you will find plenty around farmers markets.

All you will need

2 ripe Hass avocados – save some for garnish
1 medium size cucumber –seeded not peeled
2 scallions –green and white both
1 garlic clove
2 cups of water
Juice of 1 lime
Handful of fresh basil – save some leaves for garnish
Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
a pinch of cayenne pepper (only if you like a spicy kick)
Blender
Avocado Cucumber Basil Gazpacho

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth but not liquid.
Pour into a separate container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Voila! You are done.

Mine came out really delish.  The secret?  There is no “cooking” involved.

Live green,

Nathalia


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Stylish and Eco Friendly Summer Must Haves

Summer is here! You don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability to look Eco-Chic in Miami’s heat. Here, some eco-friendly options to keep your summer sizzling!
Bikini

Eco Swim by Aqua Green – Click here to order online 

Amour Vert Dress
Amour Vert – Click here to order online 

FEED India Bag Pink and Green

Feed Bag – Click here to order online
Metta – click here for more info

OlsenHaus SandalsOlsenhaus – Click here to order online
Gulf Panama Hat Metier

Metier -Click here to order online
Frankie Miami Beach- Click here for more info

Sunglasses

 

Waiting for the Sun – Click here to order online

Enjoy the Summer!

Live green,

Nathalia

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Living an Honest Life with Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba is mostly known as an actress and as the founder of the the Honest Company. Nowadays, she can add to her list of accomplishments New York Times best-selling author for her book “The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You”.

She was motivated to write the book because she was tired of being “greenwashed” by products that claim to be natural or organic, when in fact they are really toxic. The products once used by our grandmothers and mothers have changed formulations over the years, only for the worse. This she learned from experience since she developed a rash when she was advised by her mother to use the same laundry detergent she swore by when Jessica was a child.

This incident led her to do major research on toxic chemicals and to find safer alternatives for herself and her family. The book focuses on living a sustainable life and is a compilation of all the information she has gained through the years and how she adopted a “greener” lifestyle.

The book is divided in 7 chapters: Food, Clean (for your body), Beauty (skincare and make-up), Style, Home, Baby, and Inspiration. There is also a supplemental section full of resources – it is like a “cheat sheet” of all you will learn through the book.

At Book Signing in Miami, Florida

At Book Signing in Miami, Florida

She shares examples on how she adapts her ideas to her daily life and her tips make green-living fun and real. There are strategies on how to adopt an organic diet and how to embrace nontoxic choices for cleaning products, as well as for personal care. She also discusses eco-friendly décor to fit any budget, how to update your style without spending too much, and how to prepare yourself and your home for your expanding family. Because everything is not all work and no play, she will encourage you to find some balance by giving you some inspiration for zero stress dinner parties, easy to follow recipes, non-toxic art for the kids, and even a DIY wall garden.

The Honest Life is the kind of book you will use as guide and read over a few times because her suggestions are practical and down-to-earth. Jessica has done all the research for you to make savvier choices -like she says “you don’t have to sacrifice performance or style to be healthy”. If you are looking to live a greener life or just need some tips on how to start, you will gain easy and valuable information to incorporate in your daily routine. Pick up a copy and follow some of the steps. Soon, you too will be inspired to live an Honest life.

You can purchase your own online or at your nearest Books & Books store.

Live Green,

Nathalia

some pictures and video from The Honest Co website