Perfect for brunch, date night, or slipping into a larger on-the-go tote, this chic clutch will only get better with age. The purse can be customized with natural or black vegetable-tanned leather and blue or pink thread for a subtle pop of color. And we promise that no detail will be missed, as craftsman and designer Scott Goodman carefully cuts, punches, and stitches each piece individually. Scott shares, “A key element of my training as an environmental designer was to plan for sustainability by applying smart design to quality materials. With my leather goods I aim to adhere to the same principles.”
I’m pretty sure most of my co-workers have said the same thing, but I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with. Coming from a very small non-profit, I was a little uncertain as to how I would feel about working at a larger company, but during my first week I couldn’t stop noticing how kind everyone was. That feeling hasn’t faded, and I’m so grateful. When you’re working long hours at breakneck speeds (start-up life!), having supportive and friendly co-workers makes all the difference. Being able to do something you love with great people is pretty awesome. Being in HR also has made it possible to get to know each new employee, so I love the fact that I can say I know everyone. I welcome any of my co-workers to challenge me in naming everyone in the office!
Don’t be silly — choosing just one would be impossible! My apartment is an embarrassing display of my love for Honest products, but my favorites are our cleaning products. I have a hot date with them every Sunday. The products truly make cleaning enjoyable (did I really just say that?), and I don’t have to worry about having difficulty breathing or my skin and eyes burning like I do with conventional cleaning products.
When I first started at Honest, I made it my mission to keep our office kitchen clean (I’m really making myself sound like a neat freak), which meant getting everyone to put their dirty dishes in the dishwasher. I figured humor was the best way to encourage this, so I began posting a different Internet meme in the kitchen every day, changing the message to be dishwasher related. It was so fun to watch my co-workers have a good laugh each morning, and miraculously the dishes started landing in the dishwasher! I shouldn’t be surprised. We DID have Ryan Gosling telling us, “Hey girl, I think it’s really stylish when you put your dishes in the dishwasher.” Apparently Honest employees can’t resist the Ryan Gosling charm.
I moved across the country (Boston, represent!) to work for Honest because I believe passionately in living the Honest lifestyle. Five years ago, I feverishly began doing research about the toxins that are in home products, personal care products, makeup, and food. Everyone seemed to have a story about someone they knew becoming seriously ill with no explanation, and I wanted to learn why that might be happening. I adopted the philosophy of doing the best I could within my means to live a non-toxic lifestyle and slowly began overhauling different aspects of my life. I transitioned to a plant-based diet and switched to healthier personal care products. Once I felt confident in those things, I eliminated toxic cleaning products and as many dangerous items from my home as possible. Now that I have a handle on those areas of my life, I’ve started to replace the conventional items in my makeup bag with cosmetics that have far fewer scary ingredients.
I believe that living the Honest lifestyle is about actively taking part in the process of making healthier choices rather than the unattainable goal of non-toxic perfection. Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better,” and I think we’re all constantly learning and adjusting to try to do better for our loved ones and ourselves.
I went to music school where I studied guitar and songwriting, and music is the love of my life, so I try to spend as much time as I can writing and playing music. When I’m not busy being a total rock star, I love getting in some weight training at the gym, trying out new recipes, exploring Los Angeles, daydreaming about being on my favorite lake in Maine, and trying to resist the temptress that is Netflix. I usually fail miserably at that last one.
Sleep is critical to our health — physically and mentally. During sleep, your brain is quite active in restoring tissue and consolidating the information you learned during the day. An important factor in proper sleep is your home environment, including temperature, lighting, and noise.
The optimal sleep sweet spot is to get comfy at 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that are too low or too high can lead to restlessness.
Keeping within this range assists in decreasing core body temperature, which leads to sleepiness (and sweet dreams!). Studies reveal that those suffering from chronic insomnia are more likely to have a warmer core body temperature. And a warmer core temperature leads you to feel more aroused because energy is shifted to resetting the internal thermostat.
Changing your surrounding temperature could include resetting your thermostat, opening a window, and changing bedding for the seasons.
Two tips for better sleep tonight:
Our body has a natural cycle it likes to stick to known as the circadian rhythm. Light greatly affects the brain chemicals needed to maintain alertness or help us wind down. When you are exposed to light, melatonin, the neurotransmitter most associated with sleep, is reduced.
Three tips for better lighting:
Just as you can reduce light as one way to wind down, you also can use an increase in light to help you wake up. If you hate the jolt of an alarm clock, consider investing in light alarm clocks.The light gradually brightens to gently wake you up from a restful night’s sleep.
Sudden sounds cause people to wake up, but people can become accustomed to regular sounds like a partner snoring or a fan. If earplugs don’t do the trick, here are two more tools.
Two tips for reducing sound stimulation:
Onen, et al., Prevention and treatment of sleep disorders through regulation of sleeping habits, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (1994).
Lu and Zee, Circadian rhythm sleep disorders, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (2006).
Lack et al., The relationship between insomnia and body temperatures, School of Psychology, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia (2008).
- Dr. Thalia Farshchian, Naturopathic Doctor
This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. Before undertaking any course of treatment or dietary/health changes, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.