Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Located in downtown Royal Oak at 508 South Washington is Detroit's newest hot spot for chic nibbles and fabu housewares. Pam and Keith have located the best of everything from Jonathan Adler ,Phaidon books and Two Companys recycled tire frames and boxes with tons of yummy vintage items thrown in for complete consumption. I fell in love with Amy Mastrangle's recycled belt bracelet's and the vintage soda pop tab purse and soda pop cuffs( pics above).You can also find pillows,trays, candles, glamour gear and more.Clear your credit cards because you'll wanna do all your gift shopping here from now on. Stop by any day of the week
mon-fri 11-6 sat 11-5 sun 12-4

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Eileen Fisher

I tend to think of Eileen Fisher as granny gear..... But after reading an interesting article about the company and its new focus on a younger customer, I checked out the goods and was surprised by the wonderful organic options they offer. This simple organic cotton tunic is quite simple and chic. Check them out at www.eileenfisher.com

Sage Creek Organics

Sage Creek makes some of the coolest kids clothing around, all out of organic cottons. This kimono set for toddlers is the bomb. www.sagecreekorganics.com

Pangea white sage handwash

Scrub those hands with this white sage organic hand scrub and fall in love. The weekend guests at my home made me run out and get them some before they left. its that yummy.www.pangeaorganics.com

Carmel Walsh shoes

Is it art? are they shoes? Who cares.... because they are amazing. Carmel Walsh has created sustainable footwear using vegetable tanned leather, walnut wood heels and organic cottons. Check ouy more info at www.carmelwalsh.com

Stewart + Brown Organic Pioneers

All kinds of beautiful and organic cashmere items for women are coming out of the studio from Stewart + Brown this fall. You cant go wrong with these sweaters from this organic pioneer. www.stewartbrown.com

Yummy Earth Organic gummy bears

I have found my sweet tooth treat for Halloween and the next 10 years. Yummy Earth makes a fantastic organic gummy bear that will knock your socks off in 3 fabu favors. They are fat,soy, GMO, nut, gluten and dairy free while being the perfect treat for your Halloween guests. You can find all the products they offer at your local Wholefoods or here on the website www.yummyearth.com and if you send me an Email @ jeff@ashirtbag.org with your full name and address Ill send the first person a package of treats courtesy of yummy earth. The sour apple tart gummy bears are my favorite.yummmmmssssssssss. UPDATE: we have a winner.......look for your package in the mail this week....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Seventh Generation baby wipes

These wipes can be used in so many ways. I use mine when I need a quick clean up after rolling through a dirty city or garden. They are chlorine free and smell good without harsh fragrance. www.seventhgeneration.com

Loden Dager

While in LA this year I stumbled upon this store called Confederacy and ran up my credit cards shopping for mens fashion gear. They just launched via the web with some earth friendly yummies and this little coat is on sale from Loden Dager. Recycled cotton clothing never looked this good till now. www.confederacy.com


WOW.......womens shoes that are actually good looking and easy on the earth.
check the site out www.ecostiletto.com

Living Green event

If you have some extra green you will wanna check out this fabu green event. One of the hosts of the event is the bomb, her name is Janis and she rules the green kitchen biz. Stop by and see whats happening in GREEN Birmingham Michigan... info here at www.livinggreen.com/facebook

Andrea Crews

I have always been a fan of artists and designers reclaiming found items/objects and making them into fascinating new things. From Margiela to Dali, the minds of these visionaries are amazing and not really knowing that reclaiming is oh so ECO , makes my mind reel. Andrea Crews has some yummy outfits to complete on a grand stage of sorts. www.andreacrews.com

Robert Bradford Sculptures

These stunning sculptures are made from discarded children's toys. British artist Robert Bradford has sculpted many other mind blowing creations here at www.robertbradford.co.uk

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

No Impact Experiment

Starting October 18th is the No Impact Experiment....Can you meet the challenge? check out all the info here www.huffingtonpost.com

Monday, October 12, 2009

Green Halloween Costumes

These tidbits are from one of my favorite sites....Since the Halloween season is coming closer, check out the info offered up here at www.gaiam.com

Organic Halloween candy

Dont forget the trick or treaters coming at the end of the month and this time give them something healthy and organic with these yummy pure pops. www.organiccandy.com

Skinny Skinny Dog shampoo

So you have skipped your own hair washing duties this morning, but dont forget fido, because he has been rolling around in the fall leaves in your back yard all weekend and PEEE YOOU...your dog smells....check it out at www.anthropologie.com

LuLu Organic hair power

If your feeling over it because its Monday and have no energy left to blow out your wig, try some organic hair powder . Its talc free and gets the job done with out a washing.www.urbanoutfitters.com

Lexus HS hybrid

The new 2010 Lexus HS is made up of a third sustainable materials and 85% of the HS250h can be recycled in the future. Not bad for an auto maker. And it lowers its CO2 emissions by 33% in the manufacturing process.. www.lexus.com/ls

HOK architecture

One of the worlds leading architecture firms HOK has designed some impressive buildings, while being on top of the U.S Green Building councils LEED certified system list. Good looking and safe for the earth is what this firms mission is all about www.hok.com

Illume applewood soy candle

The crisp fall air is here and Illumes applewood soy candle has been burning in my house all weekend. Sweet seductive scents filled my house and Ive been thrilled by this wonderful soy candle.www.illumecandles.com

Clear (Green) Magazine

Wow .......was i surprised when I picked up this issue of Clear. This limited edition design magazine is waterproof, and stain resistant while being %100 recyclable in your PLASTIC BIN. Yes you read that correct. Its made from YUPO papers and eliminates the print need for trees and is far lighter than regular magazines an boasts a smaller overall carbon footprint.Bravo www.clearmag.com

Thursday, October 8, 2009

BioBased insulation

Since its all about home stuff this week, why not add this in for all the people building homes or insulating attics before old man winter hits. BioBased is a soy-based foam spray insulation that is healthy renewable and will save you some dough down the road. Check out the details at www.biobased.net

Hennessy chair and ottoman

With and ECO-friendly construction and certified sustainable, kiln dried hardwood frame and soy inserts for the cushions any earth friendly home would be glad to have this simple and attractive chair and ottoman set hanging out in it. www.crateandbarrel.com
Turn down your thermostat and put on a sweater....

I know I sound like your mother but this one saved me a ton of cash last winter. I also re-chalked the windows in my home for under $20 and saved about $300 over the previous year in heating bills. Simple and Smart....

Silvio's organic pizza

Located at 715 North University in Ann Arbor Michigan is Silvio's organic pizza. Everything they think up is yummy for your tummy and FRESHHHH. My favorite is the vegan on whole wheat. Check out the menu online at www.silviosorganicpizza.com

Darjeeling dining table @ CB2

Made from recycled Indian rail ties, this modern simple dining table is ECO and good looking in any space. Use it as a desk or conference room table. www.cb2.com

SH Wood Shop sunglasses

Sustainable and yummy, these stylish sunglasses are made from wood and are under $100. I cant wait till mine come in the post and I can sport them all winter long. www.shwoodshop.com

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ian Shive - THE NATIONAL PARKS Our American Landscape

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The National Parks Our American landscape book this past week and have proudly showed it to my weekend dinner guests . All I can say is that it is LUSH and BEAUTIFUL and well worth grabbing a copy at Barnes and Noble. My guests and myself could not put it down and we are planning a road trip cross country just to try and find these landscapes in our treasured national parks. As dinner was ending and guests were filing out the door, I had to hide my copy to prevent it from being nicked. My favorite picture is on pages 94-95 and the photo above is of the amazing Mt Foraker in Denali National Park/Alaska. Ian Shive has photographed some delicious locations and created a coffee table book for people to enjoy for years to come. www.bn.com


Trade all those unused and never worn items in your closet at www.thredup.com Its a new site for trading clothing with other members and getting some yummy new things for your wardrobe.

Recycled Tire Swing

This little ditty is for all those lazy fall afternoons in the garden. I found this recycled tire horse swing at www.target.com and it sure brings back memories of childhood fun swinging from tress and causing trouble with my siblings in the apple orchards of Michigan

Philip Lim/ Barneys GO GREEN

This cute embroidered tank from Philip Lim hits the chic spot this fall and is available for purchase online at www.barneys.com for only $150 ... Cheap and Chic has never looked better