In The Spotlight- Eco Chick Starre Vartan

Unlike Starre Vartan, the subject of today’s In the Spotlight interview I was not raised in a very eco-friendly household. To be fair I grew up in Manhattan in the 80′s; consumption and consumerism were all the rage. Growing up we went through paper towels and bottled water like they were going out of style (actually they were!) We used tons of plastic and cleaned our house with incredibly toxic chemicals. We never thought about where our food came from or concerned ourselves with eating in season. Pineapple in NYC in February? Great!

 

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Happy 2013! I hope you had a nice holiday break whether you stayed at home or traveled somewhere exciting. After taking two weeks off I feel fully refreshed and ready to meet 2013 headfirst!

 

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A Little Holiday Downtime

December 27, 2012

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate. We had a nice, relaxing time with Doug’s family full of lots of food, sleep and gift giving. Maddy especially loved the new toys she got!

 

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Apple Fennel and Arugula Salad

December 20, 2012
Apple Fennel and Arugula Salad

Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband! While Doug may not be as enthusiastic about birthday celebrations as I am, he still let me organize a little get together tonight to toast him. If I had my way we would be having much more of a party (perhaps involving ice-skating?) but it is his birthday after all so I (against my will) respected his wishes to keep things very low key. Read more

Holiday Decor

December 18, 2012
Holiday Decor

This holiday season Doug and I made a major decision. No Christmas tree this year. My husband has an adorable, childlike love of all things Christmas which made the no tree call a very big one for us. Since moving in together over four years ago, we have always had a Christmas tree. Each Thanksgiving it takes everything in my power to convince him to wait a week or two to get a tree so it doesn’t dry out before Christmas. So why skip a tree this year? We have a few reasons. We will be out of town from the 21st until after the New Year and felt we wouldn’t be around enough to enjoy it. Also, with increasingly busy schedules this December anything we could take off our plates to help alleviate some stress was very welcome. While a Christmas tree is beautiful and makes our home smell heavenly it also takes a lot of time to set up and clean up.

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Holiday Party Food and Drinks

December 14, 2012
Holiday Party Food and Drinks

I hope you enjoyed my video on How To Throw a Healthy Holiday Party! Over the next few days I am going to be sharing more details on the tips featured in the video starting with party food and cocktails.

 

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Healthy Holiday Party

December 13, 2012
Healthy Holiday Party

It’s holiday party season! Over the next two weeks my calendar is filled with holiday gatherings to host and attend. From office parties, to friend’s holiday open houses, to intimate dinners, to Doug’s birthday my schedule feels as if it is bursting at the seams.

 

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Sugar Cookies

December 11, 2012
Sugar Cookies

The holiday season always makes me think of traditions. The traditions I grew up with and the new ones Doug and I are creating together. I grew up Jewish but we always had a Christmas tree and exchanged presents on Christmas day. This was partly because my mom was born on Christmas Day (and named Holly), and partly because we were always together on a family vacation on December 25th.

 

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I am very picky when it comes to personal scents. I prefer simple scented oils over expensive, toxic perfumes. In fact, I rarely wear a scent at all as I find most of them overpowering and artificial smelling.

 

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Chia Pudding Bar

December 5, 2012
Chia Pudding Bar

New York City is an amazing place to live for someone devoted to healthy, clean, plant based eating.  I am so lucky to be surrounded by many options for pressed juice, smoothies, raw food, plant based meals, and farm to table fine dining. I am constantly discovering new places to add to my list of favorites!

 

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