June 30, 2010
When I read about Clean the World I knew I had to share it with all my gypsy girls!
Have you ever left behind, barely used shampoos and soaps after checking out of a hotel? I personally can’t resist grabbing them and taking them with me :))) But even then, there have been many occasions in which I left them behind, not even thinking about where those tiny containers and unused soaps would end up. The answer, gypsy friends, is the trash! And consequently, they end up in the already overflowing landfills that contaminate our groundwater systems. Oh my! What a waste!
Meanwhile, less privileged people around the world die every day from acute respiratory infection and diarrhea caused by disease, because they have no soap. Sigh. Our world can be so contradictory sometimes. The Clean the World website informs that each year, more than five million lives are lost to these diseases, with the majority of deaths being among children less than five years old. Deaths that could have been avoided if they could have simply washed their hands! Another deep sigh. Makes me feel so guilty about all my travels this far and my lack of consciousness! That is why we must stay informed and in touch with the changemakers that are offering us ways to make a difference. Let’s get the soap to the people who don’t have the access to it, but really need it. Clean the World distributes recycled soap products, along with appropriate educational materials, to impoverished countries worldwide and to domestic homeless shelters.
How can you help?
- You can make a money donation.
- You can make a soap donation as an individual.
- You can volunteer.
- If you stay at hotels often, stay with a participating partner.
- Perhaps you are someone or know someone who owns a business, hotel, gym or spa, so you can come on board or recruit a business to Clean the World! Read about how they work.
- Check out their blog and website for more information.
Travel wise, dear gypsies!
June 28, 2010
Illustrations by Camila do Rosario.
I recently found this amazing fellow Brazilian artist, who’s been getting some well deserved press lately, and I couldn’t wait to share her stunning work with you.
Camila is a fashion student living on the island of Florianopolis in the south of Brazil (one of my favorite places to vacation when I go back home!). She started by designing t-shirts and now she is branching out to digital art, while also exploring photography, theater and experimenting with the deconstruction of garments, so she can recycle different pieces and create her own. Her favorite activity is to get lost in papers, pens, photos, books and cafes. (Mine too!! :))
Her gorgeous mixed-media illustrations are inspired by everything around her, as well as Toulouse-Lautrec, Klimt, Hope Gangloff, Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, Ana Cristina César, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Nara Leão, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Almodóvar, etc…
Don’t you just love the refreshing worldly vibe of her work? It reminds me of the exotic and mystic designs of Nick Bantock (Griffin and Sabine) & the graphic boho look of Anahata. But still, Camila’s art is totally unique, hip and fresh!
Who wants to join me and ask her to make some prints? See more of her work on Flickr.
June 27, 2010
Boho magazine is rocking my world! I had flipped through some issues of the magazine online before, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago, that I found myself flipping madly through a beautiful & completely “green” printed issue. And let me tell you, the recycled paper pages felt so good on my finger tips! Boho is the first fashion magazine to use 100% recycled paper, packaging and inks. As for the content, it holds up to the magazine good looks too! Every single product featured in the magazine is followed by a “shades of green” easy to read guide, that informs readers about how green something is. There are features on fashion and lifestyle, as well as articles to inspire your inner green goddess to make a difference in the world! Everything totally in line with my ‘gypsy girl’ concept and where I want to take this website too. Gypsy girl and “boho girl” are best friends! :) It makes me so happy to see that there is actually a market craving for the kind information and lifestyle I’m passionate about.
So if you haven’t had your Boho fix yet, make sure to check out their website and look out for their Summer issue on a newsstand near you. Also, my sweet friend Boho girl has two of her lovely photographs featured on the latest issue. Check it out :)
Hope you are having a lovely weekend ~