Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift’s Big Sur Adventure!

On Wednesday, supermodel Karlie Kloss and her bestie, singer Taylor Swift, too a road trip to sightsee and hike around Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (one of my fave places in the world, ever!).

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‘Beach, forests, cliffs, Northern California, sand, flower picking. Best road trip ever,’ Taylor tweeted. Check out the elephant seal behind the girls in the topmost shot—its huge!

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All these cute pix are from Karlie and Taylor’s Instagram accounts, and I love how earthy and natural they both look; so different from their typical high-glamour shots.

Winter on the Oregon Coast: Beer, Devils, Pirates and (Real) Shades of Grey

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My first visit to the Oregon coast, a couple of years ago, was during the winter; I came with my boyfriend, who is a native of Corvallis, a town that’s about an hour from the ocean, and who spent his childhood years vacationing in Yachats, Florence and Manzanita, the small towns that dot the coast. We took a day and a night out from our city time in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle and I feel in love with the Pacific yet again. Since I was born and spent my early years in Sydney, I have always love the Pacific Ocean, but this was another side of the vast sea—all shades of grey and mist and barely there rain and real rain and peeks of sunshine. (Sydney tends to be all contrasty sun and sea, gorgeous sunsets and drama-drama, in the best possible, but totally different way.)


Above: Starre Vartan visiting the Oregon Coast while wearing an ethical Gudrun Sjoden Miranda sweater and By Natalie Frigo glass and recycled metals necklace

Needless to say, for a romantic writer/creative-type, I love the curtains of grey, the layered light of the Oregon Coast, the non-rain rain, and I recently returned, now that I’m living just 40 minutes away in the middle of the woods in the Cascade Range.

Devil's Punchbowl

First stop was Devil’s Punchbowl, a state natural area that’s meditative and interesting to watch, since the sea water gushes in and out of this epically large natural ‘bowl’ that “was probably created by the collapse of the roof over two sea caves, then shaped by wave action.” The area is popular for surfers and whales, so keep an eye out for people and cetaceans.

We’re Giving Away a Travel Pack Full of Goodies!

A couple weeks ago, we reached 10K Twitter fans! To celebrate, we’re giving away a bunch of cool stuff, valued at over $150. Included are the following awesome eco travel and sustainable items—think of it as an ethical travel pack for your next adventure:
-1 Very lightweight A Lot to Say Scarf

-1 Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Antiperspirant Deodorant

-1 Preserve Toothbrush

-1 People Towels hand towel

-2 packets Bath Petals bath salts (travel size)

-Miessence Sunflower Body Wash (1.7 oz)

-Whole Foods 365 Hand Sanitizer Spray (2 oz)

-Kelly Teegarden Organics Alive Rose water spray (2 oz.)

-Kelly Teegarden Organics The Secret Anti Aging Facial Cleanser (2 oz)

-John Master’s Organics Lavender Rosemary shampoo packets (4)

-1 pair PACT socks made with 100% wind power (star pattern)

-Eco Lips Lysine and Tea Tree organic lip balm

How to Win: Leave a comment below with your fave item from the above list. Then, head over to Facebook and like our Escapes page (we won’t take over your feed, promise!). We’ll cross reference the name in the comments with the name on Facebook, so be consistent. There is one winner, and contest will run through Tuesday, November 5th at noon EST. GOOD LUCK!

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