October 25, 2016

Hot! Gallery Style and Beauty Q&A: Eco-Friendly Tips from Gretta Monahan


In the spirit of Earth Day, style maven to-the-stars Gretta Monahan shared her expert tips with us on everything from what to look for in eco-fashion to her favorite natural and DIY beauty recipe.

TFR: What are the key things to look for in this season’s hottest environmentally friendly items? 

GM: When clothes shopping, look for pieces made from organic cotton, hemp, bamboo or tencel. Tencel is made from wood pulp and is growing in popularity in the garment business due to the versatile and durable nature of the soft and breathable fabric. Brands like Study NYLoomstate and M.Patmos are leading the way in eco-fashion design and production by using recycled fabrics, reducing manufacturing waste and using vegetable tanned leathers.

About eco-friendly fashion, she describes, “it’s a constant effort to improve sustainable achievements and reduce environmentally damaging approaches to the world of style. It’s making sure you are doing your part to make the world a better place for future generations.”

TFR: We’d love to try one of your DIY beauty recipes!

GM: One of my favorite facial masks is super simple and cools, calms and moisturizes skin with just two ingredients: 1 tbsp of plain Greek yogurt and 1 tsp of organic honey (add more honey for more moisture, as desired). Mix the ingredients, apply to face, relax for 15 minutes then towel off using a warm washcloth.

TFR: Which brands/products top your list for meeting the eco mark?

GM: I really love Stella McCartney because she has the ability to create these gorgeous and classic pieces while staying within her ethical realm. She doesn’t use furs or leathers, but you never feel like you are missing out. That’s why I carry so much of her stuff in Gretta Luxe!

For beauty, you really can’t go wrong with Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser. It has tons of natural ingredients like daisy extract and sugar cane (great for evening your skin tone and exfoliating gently!). I also have to recommend Josie Maran Model Citizen Argan Oil Cleansing Oil. It’s a great way to get rid of natural dirt buildup while getting some serious moisture into your face. It comes in recycled packaging too!

TFR: We’re trying to shrink the footprint from our beauty routine somehow. Thoughts?

GM: Save electricity by taking a break from heat styling your locks! The slightly mussed, imperfect beachy hair trend is still hot and once you’ve perfected your technique, will be the easiest part of your routine. In addition to saving electricity, you’ll also be giving your hair a respite from damaging hot tools. For a no heat styling technique, apply your favorite styling creme to clean and damp hair, then separate into four sections- the top half pulled into left and right high ponytails and the bottom into left and right low ponytails. Coil the hair until they form mini buns on the scalp, and then tuck under the rubber bands. Allow to air dry (this might take some time depending on hair density and texture) then release and shake out. You’ll have loads of soft texture.

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