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January 9th, 2015

5 Eco-Fashion Finds to Keep You Warm This Winter

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Happy weekend everyone!

It’s still cold and snowy here in Boston so I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite winter eco-fashion finds.

All boots are 20% off over at Planet Shoes through January 11, 2015. Use BOOTS20 at checkout. I’ve had my eye on this pair of winter boots from Pajar ($136 with the discount).

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I’m the proud owner of the Violet Invinity Scarf from prAna. I actually have it in two different colors. It’s so easy to wrap around your neck for that added winter warmth. This scarf will keep you toasty warm as the temperatures plummet ($45.00).

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Another one of my loves: this Nano Puff® Jacket from Patagonia. This jacket will last you for years and keep you warm and dry. I use mine as a base layer when I’m skiing and I wear it solo the rest of the week. It comes in a variety of cool colors. The jacket is windproof and water-resistant, and made with warm, incredibly lightweight, highly compressible PrimaLoft® Insulation. Patagonia is one of my favorite eco-companies ($199.00).

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This prAna Living Women’s Jackie Cadet Hat is so adorable. The hat is winterized for those cold temperatures. There’s a strap in the back of the hat that allows for adjustment ($36.00).


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Warm but not waterproof, these convertible fingerless gloves are made from 100% locally-sourced alpaca yarn. These fair trade gloves were made by artisans in Bolivia through Greenola, a Chicago-based fair trade company that works with cooperatives in the Cochabamba area. Greenola also donates 10% of its profits to its partnering non-profit, Solidarity Bridge ($52.95).



Stay warm this weekend! What’s your favorite eco-fashion find this winter?


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January 2nd, 2013

After the Snow Refreshed and Ready

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Over a foot of snow fell last week while I was on vacation. That might make some of you want to run as fast as you can to a warmer climate and to others it’s a windfall. I’m in the latter camp. I can’t get enough snow. I love to ski, hike, skate, sled and anything else that involves spending time outside. Yes, I get cold but hand warmers have completely revolutionized my love of the cold outdoors.

But the party’s over. I’m not going to lie to you, it was rough waking up this morning and getting back into the groove. After spending 11 solid days with my family in ski country you would think that I would have been just plain giddy when the yellow school bus pulled up to take my children back to school, but that didn’t happen. No giddiness, no relief, only a hint of sadness that another vacation has come to a close. But this vacation felt different than others. The toll of the Sandy Hook tragedy was next to impossible to ignore. The hugs were that much bigger and the ability to remain present in the moment was that much simpler.  This vacation represented a much needed break from reality and it’s sometimes harsh consequences.

I spent my days skiing, hiking, sleeping and watching movies, snuggled on the couch with my three children because I could. Remembering that there are so many who couldn’t.

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Hiking up the mountain in snow shoes

This time of year is a bit iffy if you’re a skier. There’s no guaranty that there’ll be any natural snow. We really lucked out this vacation with over a foot of snow. We actually skied in powder! Take that west coasters.

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Now back to our regularly scheduled program. I’m feeling renewed, refreshed and ready to see what 2013 has in store for all of us. There are some pretty cool things in the works here at Groovy Green Livin and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Wishing all of you a New Year where all your dreams come true.


How did you spend the holidays? 

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In honor of  not-so Wordless Wednesday I’ve linked up with Better in Bulk, Dagmar’s MomsenseLive and Love Out LoudProject AliciaMama Dweeb and I Thought I Knew Mama.

April 1st, 2011

Spring isn’t looking so green

Spring isn't looking so green
Spring in New England isn’t looking so green. Well it was yesterday. But today’s a whole different ball game. This is what I see outside my back door. Yeah-I know it’s beautiful.  But I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve had a similar view outside the back door (way too many for one winter).

I’m talking snow isn't so greenabout the green that refers to the color of the grass, leaves and plants as they start to blossom. It’s April 1st and Mother Nature has played a nasty trick on us. Spring has technically begun, however I’m surrounded by about 5 inches of brand new white stuff.

As much as I love winter, I’ve checked out. The gloves, hats and boots are done; packed away for next year.

The optimist in me remains hopeful. I know that warmer weather is coming.

Anyone else have an April Fools storm? Those of you in the sunshine please send a dose to the Boston area (via FedEx).

Have yourselves a Groovy Green weekend!

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us.

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