Mayday is tomorrow!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Join me tomorrow from 10am to 4pm at the Main Street Armory for Mayday Underground Crafts + Art.

Here are some pieces I'll have with me for purchase, along with nearly 200 other pieces from the line:

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hello everyone. I am sorry for the break in posting yesterday.  Life has just been extra busy. I thought I'd just share some thoughts and links today and give you a little update.

Last week I told you about a job opportunity I was pondering. I am happy to say that the fit is just right for me and I began doing blog outreach work for a wonderful company based in California late last week. I can work from home and I get to talk with other bloggers about natural, green beauty products. I get to write, do social media, and I also get to work a very flexible schedule. I've found the work to be lots of fun as well!

I also have been busily preparing for Mayday Underground Arts + Craft, which will be held at the Main Street Armory in Rochester from 10-4 this Saturday. I will have my complete line of jewelry there. Prices will be discounted a bit because I want to clear out as much as possible, as I will be taking a break from my jewelry for a while. My writing gigs, need for more time heading into summer, plus a sore and swollen right hand from the repetitive motion when I use my  jewelry tools is the reason.

I've also been busy blogging for the Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester's largest daily newspaper. I'd love for you to check out today's piece about Elizabeth West Thompson, a friend and local mom. You may know her from the blog, Chandelierious. Anyway, she is back on stage after a long hiatus to perform in "Tommy."

Top handmade by Peppermint

In other news, I've told you before about my talented local friend Tanvi from Excessary. She's going to be at Mayday on Saturday as well. I have to give a shout out to her because she just launched a line of clothing she designed called Peppermint. Her clothes are stunning. Check out her new line today!

Lastly, I had fun and good conversation last night going out to dinner with my friend Christine from the blog A Good Life. We braved a tornado watch and horrible wind and rain to meet at Irondequoit's Monte Alban Mexican Grill on East Ridge Road. Yum!

Have a beautiful afternoon!

Polka Dots

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

One of my favorite prints on earth is the combination of   navy  and  white polka dots. It is always chic. Here are my favorites:

I treated myself to some super comfy Maine Isle wedge flip flops  L.L. Bean.

What a chic dress from Mod Cloth. I {heart} this one!

Fabric necklace from Etsy's Paperhill (she's a local artisan!)

Baby bib from the lovely historic Savannah's Young Blood

If I had a daughter, I'd buy her this hat from Lucy Lane Designs.

Coin purse from Oktak

Eco-friendly reversible  fabric coffee sleeve from The Doe and The Mouse


Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara Review

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ever since I started this blog, I have been on the hunt for the perfect mascara--my holy grail, so to speak. Truth be told, that quest started years and years ago...but I mentioned the quest early on in the days of C & G.

Over the years, I have found two WONDERFUL natural mascaras, Tarte Lash Hugger and Physicians Formula Organic Wear, as well as a lovely formulation from 100% Pure.

Pinch me because I think I found THE BEST natural mascara yet!!!

I was shopping at Target the other night and was in the makeup aisle. I was walking by the Physicians Formula rack and saw a brand new Organic Wear Jumbo Lash mascara!

Here are the ingredients:

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Fruit Water*), Glycerin, Iron Oxide, Mycrocrystalline Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, Water, Beeswax (*), Jojoba Ester, Tapioca Starch (*), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba Wax*), Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) (Leaf Juice*), Cellulose Gum, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Fruit Extract*), Glycine Soya (Soybean Oil*), Hydrolyzed Oryza Sativa (Rice Protein), Leuconostoc/Radish Ferment Filtrate, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Olive Leaf Extract*)

I really liked the original formula, but the results were not very dramatic. This one gives you very full and long lashes. I still use my Shu Uemera eyelash curler, but this mascara rivals any volumizing formula laden with chemicals in terms of performance. It is 100% natural, petrochemical and paraben free, and the oils are non GMO. Best of all? It was just under $9.

This is so new that it is not yet on the Organic Wear website, but it is available online at and it was available at my local Target store (where it's cheaper than online).

Juice Beauty Giveaway!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

 I have a fantabulous giveaway going on, courtesy of Juice Beauty. I am extending the entry period until MONDAY, 4.25.11 at noon EDT because of the holiday weekend.

I will be providing you with reviews on Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment, Cleansing Milk, and Nutrient Moisturizer next week at some point, but there is a special giveaway for my readers today!

One lucky Chic & Green reader will win a full size Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum worth $45. The ingredients listing on this is wonderful, ladies (and gentlemen).

Here is what Juice Beauty says about this product:

"Resist gravity with this powerful blend of certified organic apple, lemon juices and raw cane sugar blended with age-defying peptides, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin antioxidants to rejuvenate, help smooth fine lines and help firm for radiant, ageless skin."

With ingredients such as algae extract, peptides, and soothing aloe juice, this one is C & G approved and recommended. It is free of any harmful chemicals and will be a treat for your skin.


There are three ways to enter.  You can become a FOLLOWER of this blog right here in the left column. All of my followers are entered!

All FACEBOOK FANS of C & G are automatically entered, too. Head over and "like" the page if you haven't already and you'll be entered to win all of my giveaways. You can also enter by leaving a comment on this post. Want BONUS entries? Tweet about this on TWITTER and get an extra entry. GOOD LUCK TO YOU! Enter from now until 12pm EDT Monday. I will announce a winner Monday afternoon!

*Family members of C & G are not eligible to enter. US entrants only, please. Must be 12 or older to enter.

{Earth Day Reads}

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (What Do You Know About? Books)
Everything Kids' Environment Book: Learn how you can help the environment-by getting involved at school, at home, or at play (Everything Kids Series)
Earth Book for Kids: Activities to Help Heal the Environment
Where Does the Garbage Go?: Revised Edition (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

{good reads: for kids}

Today, as you know, is Earth Day. My boys are very interested in topics related to the environment and we try to be as green as possible. Nick is in charge of the recycling bins here at home and Ben's job is to see what the number is on the plastic products to see if which bin they go in.

We have several children's books on the topic and I thought I would share them with you today.

It is never too early (or too late) to become more eco-conscious. The two books in the middle are Nick's favorites. Ben enjoys the others (he is younger). All 4 are available on Amazon. 

{good reads: for green beauty fans}

I really love Christie Matheson's book called Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style. You can find it at Amazon or many other bookstores.

Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano is another must-read book.


Shop Green: Nature's Basin

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I know most of you are eco-conscious shoppers like me and I wanted to tell you about a website where you can shop green from head to toe--everything from natural makeup to nail polish and bath products. The website is called Nature's Basin and offers products in all price ranges for the savvy shopper.

They have 20 different brands and over 400 different products and I was thrilled to see some familiar products, many of them in the natural skin care genre. I've tried several of the products offered at Nature's Basin before and to see them all "under one roof" is great!

Some favorites:

A new favorite soap here at Chic & Green is the Tunisian Olive Oil and Coconut soap from Pangea Organics. I actually tried this for the first time just last week and my skin feels so pampered. Made without palm oil (yay!), this contains soybean, olive oil, hemp, and coconut oil and makes my skin feel oh so soft. It also is fragrance free and can be used by all of us--from the boys to me to my picky hubby.


I wear sunscreen 365 days a year. I recently purchased Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 because it came highly rated by the EWG. In fact, it was #1. This really is a fabulous natural (NO CHEMICALS) sunscreen and I use it with confidence on my family.


Are you looking for the perfect, toxin free pedicure color? This is my favorite fuchsia these days--Tartan Swizzle from Scotch Naturals.

There is no toluene, dibutyl phthelate, formaldehyde, acetone, or heavy metals in this product.


I also have a coupon code to share with you! Save an additional 10% off your order now through April 30 using code MOM2011. You'll also get free shipping with purchases $49 or greater and they have an unconditional 90 day money back guarantee so you can shop with confidence.

Check out Nature's Basin today!

Hand Picked Purple

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Non-toxic nail color in Velvet Kilt from Scotch Naturals at Nature's Basin

Earrings from Kristin Perkins

Hand stitched heart charm from Jemima & Jude

I love the original Dr. Scholl's...I remember having them in navy as a kid. Now they have them in purple.

Cardigan from Old Navy

Soap dish is from by Deborah

Necklace from England's ARE Jewellery

Monday on Park Avenue

Monday, April 18, 2011

The boys and I have had a wonderful day so far. This is a huge improvement over Friday's tantrum from my seven year old--when he muttered that I was the worst mother in the world.

Nick and Ben have spring break this week and it is in the 30s and snowing. Yuck. That didn't stop us from having a great day. We were up and around and headed to Tim Horton's so I could have my morning coffee. We met a retired friend there who is a bit like a surrograte grandfather to the boys and loves to talk about Star Wars with them. They chatted and read their book about Droids while I had my mug of coffee.

We then headed to the city's East and Park Avenue area so Nick could look at new frames. His glasses were stepped on by a friend the other day and we thought they were ruined. The clever person at the optical shop was able to repair them and Nick chose some nice sassy teal and navy frames to go with his new prescription.

After that, we went to Goodwill in the city and I found a pretty china cup and saucer, Lands' End khaki jacket for $3, and some chapter books for the boys.

We then met my hubby at work and went to Jines on Park Avenue for lunch. They have a new menu for kids to go along with the Monroe County 5-2-1-0 Be a Healthy Hero eating well campaign. The kids can choose roasted turkey and swiss with cranberries on whole wheat, Tabouleh, whole wheat French toast, and more.

Checking out the new summer Vera Bradley bags at Parkleigh was also on the list:

Last stop after being so patient....Stever's! What mom in her right mind would take two little boys to a candy store a few days before the Easter Bunny comes? This mom....

This historic candy shop only has "Bacon & Eggs" one week out of the year. This is the week....Nick "had to" have some:

When we returned home, I had something cool waiting for me in the mail:

My friend, Kath, sent me an extra 100% Pure Foundation Powder she had in my color that has to be used before it expires. A big thank you to Kath! I cannot wait to try it and tell you how I like it.

In other news....I am pondering a job opportunity. It was not something I was looking for....I happened to get an email about it and it sounds right up my alley. Part-time. Marketing. Communicating with fellow bloggers. Being involved with several green and organic beauty companies. Working from home on my own terms. It could just be my dream job.

At some point, something has to give....I cannot make and sell jewelry, have a vintage shop, do freelance work, blog for the newspaper about my town, have two blogs, volunteer, and add on a new job. As much as I would love to be able to do everything, I know my limits and have been down that road before pretending to be Super Woman. I learned that with my facial line. I grew from that, learned so much, and ending up closing the door on that chapter. 

 You know what, though? I love, love, love everything I have been doing with blogging and my freelance writing. This job opportunity is really intruiging.  

I'll keep you posted!

Friday Thoughts

Friday, April 15, 2011

Today has been one of those days. You know the kind. It's one of those days when you can't find your other shoe...the kind of day when you accidentally drop your little pot of bronzer in the sink and it spills everywhere. What a mess...

That's how the day started...then my 7 year old told me I was "the worst mommy ever" all because I told him the word NO. I'm quite agreeable and easy going, but I do believe in setting boundaries and limits for my children so I actually have to say no sometimes. Ouch, though. The words "worst mommy ever" really did sting!

After Ben came home from kindergarten this morning, Nick's teacher called me from school. I could hear my kiddo crying in the background. While at recess, his glasses fell off his face (not sure how that one happened) and landed on the grass, only for his friend to step on them and completely demolish them. This actually made me think of the scene from "A Christmas Story" when Ralphie's glasses broke when he shot them with his Red Ryder BB gun   an icicle fell and hit him.

The boys are both home now, arguing...what a long spring break I think it's going to be next week!

Mayday Underground Talent: 3rd Edition

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Today continues our showcase of the local artists participating in Mayday Underground at the Main Street Armory on April 30th. Let's take a look at some of the Rochester area's most talented women and men:

Clutch from One Swell Gal

Pincushions from Moya Lazy Factory

Stacking rings from Interstellar Love Craft 
(Find them at the Anderson Alley Building)

Magnet set from Our Secret Treehouse

Serving platter from Goldhawk Pottery

New York sketchbook from Soft Shell Crafts

Small clasp purse from Button Bag

Mixed media framed trio from B. Meg
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