Living The Life (Bermuda)

Today I have a very special guest post from a talented friend I met last summer at Alt, Lindsay is a motion designer & stationery designer (

winedanddesigned.com

) living in Bermuda. She is the talent behind RadWorks Design Hut & Blog (

www.radworkss.com

). Currently she is also working on a wonderful project, "RadWorks Women," which is an online community that offers support, inspiration & motivation for women working in or getting into careers in creative fields.  So while I'm escaping winter, Lindsay is here to make you all jealous as she lives in paradise year-round.

You know those proverbial boxes you tick off after you accomplish or complete something on your bucket list? Well, the box next to my "live on an island" (no, not Manhattan, although I have done that) line is VERY CLEARLY checked. 

2014 marks the beginning of my 4th year living "the life" in Bermuda. "The life," as defined by the imagination of most of my friends back in the US involves the following: Beaches, boating, patios, beach volleyball, sunshine, year round tans, water sports, swimming, riding vespas, pools, drinks with umbrellas, etc…I have to say, they are actually right.

A warning though—we have to work hard to play hard. And in turn, we are rewarded with all of the magic that the Island has to offer. 

My life in photos (left to right, top to bottom):

-Me & my Vespa, "Landshark"

-Horseshoe Bay Beach Volleyball team

-Calm, Hamilton Harbour

-View from Gibbs Hill Lighthouse (my favorite spot on the island)

-Kite surfer at Elbow Beach

-Me & my man-candy, BK

-Hoppin' on Harrington Sound (The world's largest bottomless lake!) with my inflatable paddle board

-Gorgeous Day at Elbow Beach

Thanks for sharing, Lindsay!

Back to School (Eco Aware)

Hello there Undeclared Panache readers! I'm Elizabeth, creator of The Note Passer. It's time for back to school and Lauren has asked me to share some of my favorite ethical and sustainable school supplies with you! 

Choosing sustainable supplies can be a fun and educational exercise for you and your children. Kids of any age can learn about caring for the earth, sustainability, recycling, and making informed decisions. Teaching "conscious consumerism" will encourage children to consider the impact of their purchases on the people, wildlife, and resources involved in the manufacturing process. And how cool will they be telling their new classmates that their notebook is made out of bananas and their math set made out of corn?! 

To learn more about conscious consumerism, you and your child can check out:

In schools all over the country, kids are initiating activism and leading their schools in anti-waste efforts. If your child's school is not making efforts to be more sustainable, consider talking with the administration about possible changes. To learn how to help your school, go to:




Here are my favorites for this year and what makes them sustainable:

This ruler is made from 70% recycled plastic and packaged with 80% post-consumer waste.

This Banana™ Paper journal is made from a blend of post-consumer waste & agriculture waste: tree free paper, acid free paper, 100% post consumer waste, and banana plantation agricultural waste, all processed chlorine free.

Forest Choice pencils are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified, a warranty that the wood used is obtained from renewable and sustainable sources, contributing to the preservation of the environment.

Guided products are American made. These iPad cases super durable, easy to customize, and recyclable. The cardboard looks great blank, but kids love customizing them with markers or crayons for a personal touch. 

The world's first FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified pencil, ForestChoice #2 graphite pencils are made from FSC-certified Incense-cedar obtained from renewable and sustainable sources.

LunchSkins reusable sandwich and snack bags are certified food-safe, lead-free, BPA-free and phthalate-free. Each LunchSkin is made of quick-drying, lightweight cotton fabric, and hand sewn in the USA. LunchSkins are dishwasher-safe and an eco-friendly alternative to plastic baggies. 

ecojot® creates eco-friendly stationery, paper goods, and custom products that feature whimsical and inspirational designs. Their love for paper, the planet, and art has enabled them to create a sustainable brand available in hundreds of locations around the world. All paper and board is made from 100% post-consumer waste and designed and printed in Canada.

This math set is made from corn plastic, a non-toxic and renewable source that is biodegradable and compostable. The packaging is 100% biodegradable and printed with soy-based ink on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
This backpack is made with sustainable wood components, natural cotton, non-toxic dyes, insulated with a BPA free liner, and is PVC free. Instead of commonly used chemical-emitting PVC, Ecogear has created bags coated with EPO, a healthy alternative which creates virtually no risk to the environment or to human health.

You and your child can practice conscious consumerism and find your favorite sustainable school supplies at:

Green Apple Supply, a company committed to shifting the purchasing habits of consumers by creating a marketplace in which conventional, non-sustainable products are the pricier alternatives and green, eco-friendly choices are the more affordable option and become the norm. 

Ecopaper.com makes, distributes, and sells only the finest environmental papers. They are continually committed to the use of wholesome natural ingredients, and promote business practices that respect humanity, Earth, and the environment. They strive to minimize, and eventually counteract, any negative impact on the environment and offer fair wages and work practices, both domestically and abroad.

Happy back to school shopping!

Gift Guide: DeSmitten

Today's gift guide comes from one of my very best friends, and definitely the most inspiring fashionista I know, Christina. Christina is a fashion designer here in New York and also the lady behind the fashion blog, DeSmitten. Like the gift guide below, DeSmitten is full of beautiful photos, styling tips, trend reports and so much more.


1. House your organic flowers in this geo Vase by Rosenthal $85

2. Add sparkle to any outfit wearing one or more of these Stackable Bangles bySatomi Kawakits $150 - $280

3. Make your look pop with these Poppy Suede Pumps by Isabel Marant $620

4. For under $50 your eyes can be the life of the holiday party! Try Bobby Brown Eye Palette $45

5. Give whimsical inspiration all year-long with Lula Magazine 1 year Subscription $77

6. Wear this Peterpan Collar Open Back Dress from Asos for a classic feminine look. $65.51

7. You will never have to pass up fabulous furniture at the flea market if you have a Zip Car Membership, for New Yorkers, roughly $85

8. Pick your shape and size to Personalize a Vintage Inspired Tray $90-$250

9. Perfect to wear with princess sleeve coats, Long Diane Von Furstenberg Gloves$200

10. Learn about the woman who discovered Alexander McQueen and Sophie Dahl, from her husband's perspective. Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow

Click over to Colors of Honey if you can't wait until tomorrow to see my wish list.