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PURIFIED

WATER FOR YOUR HAIR

MAGNETIC FORCES

OF THE DESERT

confessions of

A FASHIONISTA TREE HUGGER


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Elements is where the magic of our planet happens. Our goal is to create a place that offers insight into the illuminating culture of shopping responsibly. Elements is a magazine dedicated to a smart, creative, confident woman, comfortable in all aspects of her self and excited by the natural beautifies from the world around her. We hope these stories inspire you to embark on creative, fun, enlightened and fashionable adventures each day. Your Friends,

Barbara Vasques

Shannon Moore

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table of CONTENTS FASHION

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BEAUTY

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LIFESTYLE

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MANIFESTO

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NOURISH

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HOROSCOPE

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Old is Gold

When it comes to shopping, millennials say sustainability is a priority. Luckily, companies like ThredUp and Poshmark are making it easier for consumers to find stylish pieces at an affordable cost, without the earth having to pay a price.

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Confessions of

a Fashionista Tree Hugger The personal account of how a fast-fashion junkie turned into an earth-friendly consumer. I consider myself to be something of a recovered shopaholic. When I was 19, my part-time retail job paycheck pretty much inevitably went straight back to the store. I had earned a reputation for myself as the spender, because whenever we had a slow night in sales, my manager would ask me if I was doing any shopping that evening before we counted the registers. When I got a job after college, I discovered the true meaning of “retail therapy.” The spare time I had after working overtime on the week nights or if I didn’t have to work an event on the weekends was spent shopping at fast fashion retailers or online. Buying new things and keeping up with new trends made me happy. This was normalcy. It had been for as long as I had my own money to spend. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. apparel industry today is a $12 billion business, with the average American family spending $1,700 on clothes annually. And with fashion cycles moving faster than ever before, hence it’s name within the industry as “fast fashion.” Clothes are mass-produced to be made more affordable, attracting more consumers.

With this mass production and consumption comes consequence. We’re running out of room to dispose of this high volume of disposal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 15.1 million tons of textile waste was generated in 2013, and of that, 12.8 million tons were discarded. Companies are also more apt to look for cheaper ways to mass produce, meaning another major concern the use of sweat shops and poor working conditions, predominately in Asian countries. The older I got, the more I learned the realities of

I’ve changed the way I look at clothes. I’ve changed the way I look at consumption.

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my consumption, the more I realized that there is a disconnect between the idea of supporting a fashion company that you love while also being a proponent of sustainability. This was not an easy thing to come to terms with. You see, for most of my life, two very defining parts of who I am have been at odds: the fashion aficionado in me, versus the “tree hugger.” At 6 my favorite thing to do was dress up in “play clothes” which were pieces my mother sewed when she was in college. That same year, I argued with my Catechism teacher when he said trees didn’t have souls. At 16, I was wearing my mother’s kitten heels to high school and collecting Vogue magazines. That was also the year I begged my father to become a member of an environmental protection non-profit. At 24, style.com was my bible and I started a fashion blog on the side of my master’s degree studies. Two years later, I made a vow to be a more conscious consumer after volunteering at a permaculture hostel in Bali. Fast forward to 29-year-old me. I’ve changed the way I look at clothes. I’ve changed the way I look at consumption, really. Not only has it allowed me to strike that compromise between the fashionista/ environment protector in me, but it has leant to the process of de-cluttering my life and my overall happiness.

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Keep clothes for

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Ask yourself: Does this add value to my life?

Even if you’re shopping secondhand, before you buy something, ask yourself: Do I really need this? Will this really add value to my life? And learn from the times you’ve purchased something that you were over a few months later. Pay attention to your habits and make sure that when you buy those pair of jeans it’s because you really could use them, not just because you have money to spend, they’re the newest trend, and they happen to fit.

Keep, and more importantly buy, classic pieces. If the average life of clothes could be extended by just nine months it could reduce not just water, but carbon and waste footprints by 20-30%.

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4 TIPS FOR FASHIONLOVING EARTH WARRIORS

Shop secondhand

Every item of used clothing purchased means one less new one is produced. Regardless of the material, the production of clothing is costly to the environment. Clothing made of synthetic fibers such as polyester requires a lot of crude oil, energy, and releases by products such as toxic gases and chemicals into the atmosphere. This doesn’t even include the transportation-related pollution involved in shipping. Secondhand shopping requires really digging, meaning that to find that piece that fits right and speaks to you is a rarity. It not only keeps your consumption way down and your wallet fuller, but it actually makes shopping a much more thrilling experience.

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Be a “Repeat Defender”

You know how it used to be a fashion faux pas to be caught in the same thing twice? I’ve been known to be a “repeat offender,” but I decided to rebrand the label. I have spent a lot of time cleaning out my closet over the years, donating the clothes I don’t wear. Now that I am down to a much smaller closet with only pieces that I actually love, I don’t mind wearing them all the time. Get creative and mix and match with what you have.

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Why a shower filter is something your hair and skin desperately need

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nourish with pure WATER You probably know that your daily shower plays a role in the health and appearance of your skin and hair. But did you know that smoother, softer, and healthier hair and skin might actually be just as much dependent on the water you shower in as the products you slather on? Because this is the case, a shower filter could make all the difference in the quality of your skin and strands. So if you feel like you keep trying new products to heal concerns like body acne, dry skin, or dry hair to no avail; it might not be that your hair and skin is simply “just like that.” Rather, the water you bathe in could be creating problems you wouldn’t normally have. But why is this? Scalp & Hair dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco lets me in on some of the damaging effects of hard water over email: “If a person has a condition — like eczema, psoriasis, chronically dry skin or is using acne medications which cause dryness — hard water could exacerbate the problem by leaving it drier, scaly, and with residue. The hard water can be irritating to some sensitive skin too.” Dr. Fusco even mentions that many of her patients’ skin issues developed after moving to an area with hard water. So not only can bathing in hard water worsen existing skin concerns, there’s even a chance of developing new concerns.As if that weren’t enough, unfiltered water can also negatively impact hair

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health. Dr. Fusco explains, “Depending on where you live, water can be “hard” meaning it contains minerals and oxidizers which can leave hair feeling sticky and dry. Calcium, magnesium, silica, and iron can deposit too, leaving a residue that can make your hair dry and your scalp dry and flaky.” Yeesh. And as sufferers of dry hair know, it has a tendency to become frizzy more easily and also incur damage and breakage more easily. So filtering these minerals out of water can help make the hair and scalp less dry (and therefore less prone to damage)— all without a pricey new conditioning treatment. Unfortunately though, dry skin and hair aren’t the only issues that can come from showering in unfiltered water. The Hair Celebrity Stylist Riawna Capri tells me, the large amounts of minerals found in hard water can create product buildup. For hair, this means that necessary moisture, oils, and other other nutrients cannot properly penetrate, making it look dull and dirty. For skin, this means higher chances of irritation and clogged pores. So if simply adding a shower filter means better skin and hair without having to spend more and more money on different products... well I’m certainly on the market for one now.

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of the desert It’s important to stay inspired, to see and experience different things, all in the name of keeping you on your toes. Keep you guessing, keep you exploring. This past week, I along with two adventurous gals, Jaimee and Mckenzie, took a day to do just that… It all began on a blustery morning as we stood under the trees that lined the quiet blocks of downtown LA. The reddish (meh, actually still pretty green) leaves gently fell from their branches as the fall winds (ok, light breeze) swept down the city street. It was 8am. We needed coffee. We had a noon appointment at The Integratron, a historical site and energy machine built on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in Landers, California, just 20 miles

north of Joshua Tree National Park. According to its website, George Van Tassel (creator extraordinaire), claimed that “the structure is based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials. This one-of-a-kind 38foot high, 55-foot diameter, all wood dome was designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel.” WHAT?! Yes. Count me in please. The website goes on, “the location of the Integratron is an essential part of its functioning. It was built on an intersection of powerful geomagnetic

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It was built on an intersection of powerful geomagnetic forces. The design of the structure promotes deep relaxation.

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forces that, when focused by the unique geometry of the building, concentrate and amplify the earth’s magnetic field. Magnetometers read a significant spike in the earth’s magnetic field in the center of the Integratron.” Whoa. Whoa! To express the understatement of the year: we, all first-timers, were beyond excited to feel the force that afternoon. We arrived in the desert about 90 minutes early so decided to stop for another coffee, because… it’s coffee. After sipping our drinks, we headed down the highway to pop in a few thrift shops to pass

the time. One vintage beret later, we were back on the dusty road to Integratron. The excitement was palpable. The design of the structure promotes deep relaxation and introspection through 60-minute sonic healing sessions. Roughly half an hour is devoted to relaxing to the sounds of crystal quartz singing bowls whose tones echo throughout the deeply reso-

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nant sound chamber. Each tone is tuned to the key energy centers— chakras—of the body, creating a sensation of peace and heightened awareness unlike anything you’ve ever felt before.

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WORDS OF

INSPIRATION You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall

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