The Good Life: Natural High
Organic style feels straight-from-the-runway this spring, with sparkly espadrilles, sleek dresses, funky tote bags, and a chic trench made of, yup, paper.
Chekoudjian hemp and organic cotton jersey dress, $98, and Jude Planet Boto Amazonian natural rubber market bag, $135, from Satya, 701 South 9th Street; 215-627-3440. Wooden bench, $3,900, and cabinet, $6,500, from Origin & Ash, 876 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr; 610-527-6627. Organic linen curtains, from $200, and linen shawl with Baltic amber beads, $75, from Linu Boutique, 1036 Pine Street; 215-238-0747. Castiñer metallic/linen espadrilles, $168, and Junya Watanabe paper trench, price upon request, from Joan Shepp, 1616 Walnut Street; 215-735-2666.
AIA Bookstore & Design Center stocks all of our favorite hard-to-find, gorgeously illustrated titles on sustainable architecture, environmental design and natural living.
The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture, Princeton Architectural Press, $45. Experimental EcoDesign, RotoVision, $45. In Search of Natural Architecture, Abbeville Press, $35. Design for Life, Gibbs Smith, $39.95. All from AIA Bookstore & Design Center, 117 South 17th Street; 215-569-3188.
“Natural cosmetics” once meant rock-like deodorants that left you stinky. Now there are tons of luxe options that work.
Crabtree & Evelyn Naturals Botanical Body Butter, $26 from Crabtree & Evelyn, various locations; crabtree-evelyn.com. Lumia organic soy wax candle, $20, and Nature Girl Body Wash, $32, from Juju Salon & Organics, 716 South 4th Street; 215-238-6080. Buddha Nose Meditation Bath Salts, $20, and Heart Spray, $20, from Plain Jane, 128 East Gay Street, West Chester; 610-918-0230. Pikake Lei soap, $8.50 from the Powder Room, 13023 Bustleton Avenue; 215-969-0661.
Who needs Styrofoam when you can stock your cabinets with chunky recycled glass, or your picnic table with funky biodegradable plasticware?
Fire & Light recycled dinner plate, $30, salad plates, $24 each, bowl, $15, and tumbler, $21, from Manor Home and Gifts, 210 South 17th Street; 215-732-1030. Linen tablecloth in natural with aqua border design, $200 from Linu Boutique. Biodegradable plastic party forks, $3.50 for 12 from Foster’s Urban Homeware, 124 North 3rd Street; 267-671-0588.
Leave your Birkenstocks, Dead tees and Barcalounger in the attic, and try out a pair of Blackspot sneakers, an organic cotton button-down and a sleek beechwood chair. Blackspot sneaker V1, $80, and Boll Organic organic cotton dress shirt, $60, from Satya. Jens Risom for Knoll Space beechwood and black cotton strapping chair, design circa 1941, Greenguard certified, $434 from Minima, 118 North 3rd Street; 215-922-2002. Bamboo floor mat, $200 from Foster’s Urban Homeware.