Green Goddess: Change Agent... Green Getaway...

"We all sit around talking about things we want to change, but unless you change, it ain't going to happen," says Alicia Silverstone. "I used to say, 'What...

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WWD Green issue 10/30/2007
For her birthday earlier this month, she had a vegan feast at Roy's downtown with "the most wonderful mushroom dishes. Anyone should go there and ask for what Alicia had for her birthday."

Aside from sustenance, Silverstone also takes pleasure in shopping. While she says her first choice is always vintage — she doesn't wear new wool or any type of fur or leather — she finds that there are plenty of novel resources for natural fibers. "I think it's important that the fashion industry catch up to what consumers want," she explains. "There are a lot of really groovy artistic people out there looking for fashionable things."

Among her favorites are Save, Loomstate and Stella McCartney. She buys socks and underwear from Gaiam and carries canvas bags by Anya Hindmarch and Alternative Outfitters. "I'm not perfect at all, I just try really hard," she says. "Just do the most you can. It's not all or nothing."

Her beauty picks are also numerous. She loves Jurlique products and daily skin care from Suki. For her hair, it's Kiss My Face, Giovanni and Desert Essence; blush by Dr. Hauschka; mascara from Gabrielle and Aveda, and concealer by Zuzu and Eco-Bella. "I buy most of my products at Whole Foods," she says.

At home, old scripts make perfect paper for her printer and fax machine, while she reuses glass bottles, opts for cloth over paper towels and napkins and filters her water to avoid buying plastic bottles. "Every time you buy something, just think, 'Where does this go?'" she says. "It's not difficult."

Having just wrapped an acclaimed run of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" at the Geffen Playhouse here, Silverstone says right now she's taking it easy and enjoying life.

"I feel like I've run myself down my whole life until just recently. I've been working since I was 14, so my reality was warped. So now I'm just stepping back and listening to my heart."
— Marcy Medina

Green Getaway

Hidden on a quiet street in Santa Monica, Calif., The Ambrose Hotel is a gem of a green retreat — and the perfect locale for WWD's Green issue fashion shoot. Its craftsman-inspired architecture and Zen-like interiors make the hotel serene yet cozy, but the real draw is that The Ambrose, built in 2003, is a certified "green" hotel, the only one of its kind in Los Angeles.
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