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1000 Fabulous Things We Love

“1000 Fabulous Things We Love” is a lighthearted count of our favorite inspiration, ideas, and products that remind us just how we can make our lives a little bit more fabulous, day by day. Please leave your comments! We welcome your contributions and suggestions!

#15 Fabulous Things We Love: Going Green!

Monday, September 19, 2011


Everybody is talking about the green movement, it seems it has become stylish to go eco friendly. And why should it not be? The truth is, it is cool to care about our planet. Some people will argue and say, "what difference does it make if I recycle. I am just one person, my neighbors next door never recycle"?. Well it does make a difference, the power of the individual is not to be forgotten. You have to imagine the effect of watching a pebble drop into a pool of water, the impact may be small, but the ripples reach the outer surface. 

Every time you say no thank you to a plastic bag for one item that you can carry home or shove in your purse, do it. Eventually the the cashier will ask "do you need a bag"? , instead of assuming you do. One person at a time, we can change the world! We can do it! One of the most fabulous products I have seen yet, that represents all of the above is a company, that sells toothbrushes made of recycled yogurt cups. And it does not stop there, not only are they shaped with a curve that makes cleaning your back teeth so easy and enjoyable, you look forward to brushing your teeth, but you can send the toothbrush back to the company when you are done using it, and they will reuse it. I have so far found these awesome toothbrushes at Trader Joe's and at Wholefoods. Sometimes they even come with a sleeve that functions as a return envelope, addressed to the company, no postage needed. I say let's support that!

-Alison

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#9 Fabulous Things We Love: The Smell of Leather on a Brand New Bag

Thursday, September 08, 2011

You buy a new designer purse.  You begin to question the amount you just spent for it.  You get home, open the canvas protector bag and out emerges absolute beauty and the aroma of brand new decadently soft leather.  A smile appears on your face as you caress your new love.

So what makes the smell of fresh leather on a brand new purse so intoxicating?  Does Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Gucci or Coach infuse their creations with an invisible addicting that make you want to buy one, hold one and own one?  What is this soothing, therapeutic aroma that brings feelings of joy, excitement, accomplishment and pride?

Thank the Limbic System of your brain.  This is the system that deals with both emotions and the processing of olfactory messages.  The natural smell and oils found in leather, especially well treated leathers like those in expensive designer purses, evoke and arouse a neurological response linking scent to pleasure.  

So, the next time you fall in love with the smooth rich tan of a Chloé tote, know that it’s not your lack of restraint forcing you to purchase it, blame the genetic programming of your brain which is sending messages of pleasure directly to your credit card!


-Stephanie

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