About the author

Nora Zelevansky

Nora Zelevansky is the author of upcoming novel, Will You Won't You Want Me?, and Semi-Charmed Life. Her writing has appeared in ELLE, T Magazine (The New York Times), Town & Country, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, among others. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.


Ethical Jewelry Designers Making a Difference

By Nora Zelevansky / November 17, 2015

Jewelry designers who are making an impact—one beautiful bauble at a timeOnce, the notion of sustainable jewelry evoked images of chunky necklaces made from seeds strung on hemp ropes.But—for many of the most refined jewelry designers today—ecology is not so much a defining characteristic as it is a given, whether that means paying fair wages, […]


Independent Beauty Brands on the Rise

By Nora Zelevansky / August 27, 2015

Small independent brands with a big future When it comes to beauty regimens, we all have our mainstays—lotions and potions from established brands that we know and trust. But now and again our curiosity is piqued by something quirky, up-and-coming, beautifully curated and boutique-y. “Indie cred” may generally be associated more with emo core rock […]


Break-Out Products for Acne-Prone Skin

By Nora Zelevansky / August 15, 2015

Oily, blemished, sensitive skin may not seem fair, but the question is, what can you do about it? Organic skincare products tend to be luscious and nourishing, emollient and rich, with creamy bases like shea butter, nut oils and vitamin E. And if I get them anywhere near my face, it’s blemish city. Even now, in […]


Weaving a Tale

By Nora Zelevansky / January 19, 2015

Fans of these Fair Trade Guatemalan scarves include Natalie Portman and Rachael Leigh Cook They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree—especially when it’s organically grown. Maya Colop-Morales is living proof. After watching her father oversee agricultural and educational programs for a nonprofit, and her mother work as an artist and businesswoman, socially […]


Juicing in Winter

By Nora Zelevansky / January 8, 2015

It may seem counterintuitive, but top juicers tell us why juicing is essential to winter wellness During the cold weather months, we tend to leave juice behind, like so many summer flings. After all, we hardly need to hydrate with fruity refreshments while fireside in subzero temperatures, right? Actually, that’s precisely what we need: Mid-polar […]


Baby Your Skin

By Nora Zelevansky / July 29, 2014

Weight gain aside (and that’s a good thing!), pregnancy offers quite a few beauty boosts: shinier hair, glowing skin and stronger nails. But it’s a different story once that bundle of joy arrives. I was recently lucky enough to have my first child and—while I’d heard stories about possible post-delivery side effects from hormonal breakouts […]


Special Delivery

By Nora Zelevansky / April 28, 2014

Great eco gifts that come wrapped and ready for mom A one-time Mother’s Day gift of truffles or peonies is always lovely, but it’s hard to beat a gift that literally keeps on giving. That’s why we love the slew of new eco gift-box delivery services now making that possible. These companies mail regular themed […]


Simple Beauty

By Nora Zelevansky / October 21, 2013

Our experts advise on how to streamline your natural regimen with one-size-fits-all beauty. Our skin, hair and makeup needs shift all the time: seasonally, geographically, when we’re heading out to a party. So we assume we need different products for each given moment and place—and that those chosen lotions and potions work only for people […]


Beauty Obsessions

By Nora Zelevansky / May 13, 2013

Kristie Streicher, the bicoastal brow expert featured in Organic Spa Magazine’s June issue, takes an organic approach to brow shaping. Using only vegetable tints and tweezers (waxing can stretch the skin and, over time, it may lose tone), she favors a fuller brow with a less extreme arch. “A little less perfect looks more natural, […]

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