5 for Friday – Kari Gran, eco-Skincare Product Developer & Entrepreneur

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

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I met Kari Gran (pictured left) through my dear friend Carilyn, who was hired to do PR for her then-new skincare line. She co-founded her company, aptly named Kari Gran, with her friend, Lisa Strain – two ladies moving’ and shakin’ to introduce their line of products. On the top floor of a gorgeous and airy loft overlooking Lake Union, Kari showed me how to wash my face with oils, talked to me about the benefit of using oil-based cleansers and moisturizers, and in general charmed me with her easy going yet educated approach to daily skincare. After sending me home with a small sample size of the line, I was hooked. Within two weeks, I received compliments from friends on how great I looked. How refreshed. My friend Nga actually said to me “Brooky, your skin is glowing.” I was hooked. Continue reading

How to Prep Your Garden Beds

Plotting Your Way to the Garden
(all pictures by Della Chen Photography)

With the basic principles covered (water, sun, and spaceseeds) and the impending approach of spring, it is officially time to break ground in the garden. Whether starting from scratch, or adding to an already growing landscape, following these general rules will help guide you through the process. And checking out some online vids for how to prepare your gardens for spring is never a bad idea.

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The next step in the great urban gardening adventure is to actually get to building and shaping your beds. First, though, you have to make sure your ground is ready to plant. Continue reading

5 for Friday with Justine Ashbee, Artist & Weaver

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

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This week I’m actually WITH my friend Justine Ashbee at her flat in Brighton, England. I’ve been wanting to spotlight her for some time and spending time with her the last several days gave me a lucky peak into her work and life. Justine, in the simplest term, is an artist. Quirky and gorgeous, she is always creating amazing items and has a sense of style that is profound and unique. I’m in love with all of her creative pieces, but to be honest, I even love seeing how she pulls an outfit together. Continue reading

Cabbage – Clean Eating

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, just like broccoli, kale, collards, turnips and MORE. Cruciferous veg are high in sulfur. Eating these natural compounds help your body produce anti-oxidant and detoxification proteins, which in turn help to eliminate biohazards from your cells. Seriously! Basically, what this does is increase your bodies cellular function   and help clean out your system – like a gentle internal cleanser. For these reasons (and more which surpass my scientific understanding of digestion), many health advocates contend that you should be eating raw cruciferous vegetables daily. Because of their cellular support, cruciferous vegetables are thought to aid in the prevention of many cancers. Studies have been done to prove this, but why wait for a study? Eating more raw (or cooked) leafy greens will never prove to be a BAD idea.Cabbage Pancake

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5 for Friday, Brian Cartenuto – Southern Chef & Entrepreneur

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

briancThis week, I’m sending long distance love to my pal, Brian Cartenuto. I met Brian several years ago when the then-new Seattle restaurant, Cantinetta opened. He was a young and confident chef then and frankly, remains that way today! Full of piss and vigor, I was instantly struck as he both worked the room and hustled in the kitchen with ease. Charming as they come, Brian is a pro at front and back of the house – a rare trait in a chef. You may recall his savvy one-liners, as he appeared on (and WON!) Foodnetwork’s Cuthroat Kitchen earlier this year. Continue reading

Clean Eating

IMG_9666Many people opt for health in the new year, particularly after weeks of festive parties and holiday cheer. This marks a new column for the site focused on Clean Eating. While you wouldn’t necessarily make the connection, many of the recipes I write are considered ‘clean’ – they take advantage of healthy fats, steer clear of inflammatory foods and maximize flavor. I don’t eat wheat, rely on fruits and vegetables for bulk, and count on lean proteins for their nutritional properties and ability to sate. I’ve been eating like this for years. It all started when…… Continue reading