Good News: Week 3

In this third week of the year that just passed, we contemplated the great dilemma with fireplaces, the power of fashion, healthy eating on the road, the First Lady’s daring choice of vintage,and controversial yoga. We would also love to hear from you readers what your favorite stories of the week were. Hit us up!

HEALTH & WELLNESS: The great fireplace controversy
Winsome Brown, an actress and writer, and her husband, Claude Arpels, own an enviable apartment in TriBeCa worthy of a spread in an interior design magazine. The apartment — which is, in fact, being considered for an issue of Elle Décor — has maple floors, casement windows and all the character one would expect to find in a building that was once a factory. But one of the features that many people in the city would pay a premium for is something the owners don’t like: the fireplace. “A wood-burning fire in the city is a ridiculous luxury — we would never have put it in ourselves,” said Mr. Arpels, grandson of one of the founders of Van Cleef & Arpels and the former managing partner of Netto Collection, a baby furniture company bought by Maclaren. “In the city, it doesn’t make sense to burn fires, because it’s inefficient and it’s polluting.”
The Love Affair With the Fireplace Cools, by Christina S. N. Lewis, The New York Times

There is no limit to the power of fashion and, this year, the industry is setting its sights on building a brighter, better, and infinitely greener future by participating in a new program, Runway to Green. The program, which funds leading environmental organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), has to date called on 24 fashion brands and designers to dedicate an item of their choosing from their Fall 2011 collection or create an item for the effort, and everyone from Yves Saint Laurent, Manolo Blahnik, Alexander Wang, and Burberry have jumped on board.
Style Ethics: Fashion Gets More Eco-Friendly With Runway To Green,

FOOD & WELLNESS: Healthy eating on the road
I’m passionate about eating local. But as a tourist, I sometimes have a hard time sussing out the food shops, restaurants and markets that share that enthusiasm. That’s why I rely on a few online resources to help me find the best in local products, no matter where I am.
How to eat local – even while traveling, by Natalie Ermann Russell, USA WEEKEND Magazine.

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: A First Lady dons vintage for the first time ever
Americans have found not only a humanitarian First Lady in Michelle Obama, but also a bona fide trendsetter. When she speaks, we listen; when she takes the red carpet, we are awestruck. Everyone remembers the red Narciso Rodriguez dress she wore Election Night, or the brilliant Jason Wu gown that stunned both politicos and fashionistas alike at the inaugural ball. Not since the days of Jackie O has the public been so interested in what the President’s arm candy is wearing. Such inarguable style has landed the First Lady on countless Best Dressed lists, but it was a wardrobe choice last December that really made a statement: a black vintage couture Norman Norell from the ’50s worn for the White House’s broadcast event ‘Christmas in Washington.’
How New York Does Vintage
, by Jessica Mahler, JC Report

HEALTH & FITNESS: Controversial yoga
Tara Stiles does not talk about sacred Hindu texts, personal intentions or chakras. She does not ask her yoga classes to chant. Her language is plainly Main Street: chaturangas are push-ups, the “sacrum” the lower back. She dismisses the ubiquitous yoga teacher-training certificates as rubber stamps, preferring to observe job candidates in action. In her classes, videos and how-to book, “Slim Calm Sexy,” Ms. Stiles, a 29-year-old former model with skyscraper limbs and a goofball sensibility, focuses on the physical and health aspects of yoga, not the spiritual or the philosophical. For traditionalists, this is heresy, reducing what they see as a way of life to just another gym class.
Rebel Yoga, by Lizette Alvarez, New York Times

About author
A designer by trade, Johanna has always had a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Sweden, she's lived and worked in Miami, Brooklyn and, currently, Ojai, CA. She started Goodlifer in 2008 to offer a positive outlook for the future and share great stories, discoveries, thoughts, tips and reflections around her idea of the Good Life. Johanna loves kale, wishes she had a greener thumb, and thinks everything is just a tad bit better with champagne (or green juice).
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