Friday, May 22, 2009
It’s all in the (green) bag
Not all green bags were created equal, fashionably speaking. If you want style versatility with your bags, Green Girl is the company for you. The reversible and washable Eco Totes come in canvas and lightweight cotton in a variety of patterns that vary from Carolina Black and Skullfinity to the punchy Pink Zinnia (pictured) and Aloha.
Green Girl recently launched a line for fashionable little ones. Tiny Totes offers animal and doll prints for girls and sports and cars for boys in lively, kid-centric colors. Both boy and girl totes are available in lightweight cotton and girl totes are available in canvas. An adjustable tie strap not only looks cool, it gives the totes a longer life as it grows with your kids.
Green Girl Eco Totes retail for $45 for canvas and $55 for lightweight cotton; kid totes retail for $30 for canvas and $20 for lightweight. For more information, visit www.greengirlworld.com.
Find your happy shape
Motherhood is its very own marathon. If your goal is to get into shape, pick up Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete by Jayne Williams. In addition to helpful tips and pick-me-ups, Williams reminds you that it’s OK to be a bigger woman as long as you remember to love yourself first and are willing to take getting into shape one step at a time.
Williams, who has run more than 20 triathlons, wrote the fitness guide to help women who want to start and stick to a program to get into and stay in shape. Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete retails for $15.95 and is available in bookstores and online.
Find a lucky charm
Nancy Davis is a fighter, she’s a mother and she’s a good luck charm. Seventeen years ago, Davis was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her doctors told her that within a year, the only thing she would be able to operate would be her remote control.
Davis decided she would defy the odds, found second opinions, a few good luck charms and vowed to dance at her 4-year-old twin daughters’ weddings unassisted. Today, she designs jewelry and runs a foundation dedicated to MS.
Her jewelry-making adventure began just after 9/11 when she was working with Tommy Hilfiger on a yearly charity benefit.
"I think we all need things that are good luck," says the California-based mom of five. "All of my pieces have something embedded in it for good luck." When she was pregnant with her twins, Davis found a lady bug on the parking meter in front of her doctor’s office. She wore ladybugs through the rest of her pregnancy. When she realized the jewelry chipped, she decided to make her own out of diamonds.
Davis designs two lines, Peace & Love, made from 18K white gold and diamonds, and a new line for QVC called Diamonique. Peace & Love’s signature symbol is a heart with a peace sign melded into the middle. For QVC, Davis co-designed with Hilfiger a sterling pavé bracelet with mixed hearts and stars. Ten percent of the bracelet’s profits will go to the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.
Fabulous from head to toe
All moms deserve to be pampered every now and again—including you. When you just can’t walk away from the house, it’s time to give Head2Toe mobile spa a call.
The mobile spa, owned by Chicagoan Jenny Perillo, will come to your house for a variety of spa services, including treatments for your hands, face, body and feet. Head2Toe kicked off when Perillo’s boyfriend’s sister was nursing her firstborn. Not only does the business make house calls to moms, it also serves parties, which is perfect for baby showers or girls’-night-out gatherings.
Many of the products Head2Toe uses are vegan and all of the products are eco-friendly, something Perillo, who is a vegan, takes great pride in. "When you’re pregnant and when you do have kids, you have to be wary of the chemicals they put into beauty
products," she says. The products, made with all-natural, raw food ingredients and essential oils, are tested on Perillo’s grandmother, the company’s CFO. Perillo’s mother also works for the family-run business.
The most popular service is the Cosmopolitan pedicure, a treatment that uses raw sugar, orange peel and sunflower oil exfoliate and a cranberry cream. Other vegan services include the Doll Face facial, the American in Paris manicure and the Psychedelic 60 massage. The company tailors many of its services to its clients, which is perfect for moms who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have food allergies.
Head2Toe serves the entire Chicago area and has technicians available from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week. Treatments range from $20-$90. A visit minimum is $75. For more information, call (773) 908-2263 or visit