Eye on L.A. for Dec. 12, 2009

Sat., Dec. 12, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
It would seem fitting for a cover model who's graced the pages of countless magazines to know a thing or two about makeup. But for years, model Josie Maran struggled to find a line of cosmetics that was not only good for women's skin, but good for the environment too. So she created her own eco-friendly line called Josie Maran Cosmetics.

To purchase, visit: www.josiemarancosmetics.com

You're never too young to go green, so when friends Soleil Moon Frye and Paige Goldberg Tolmach started having kids, they wanted the very best for them and sought out organic, eco-friendly options. It planted the seed for their own business endeavor -- a children's boutique in Los Angeles called The Little Seed -- selling all things "green" for little ones.

For more information, visit: www.thelittleseed.com

Pomme Bébé is an organic baby food store located in Newport Beach. With a team of professional chefs, Pomme Bébé peels, steams and purées wholesome fruits and vegetables making nutritious baby and toddler baby meals. For the busiest of parents, Pomme Bébé delivers nationally. By placing your order online, freshly made organic baby food will be delivered to your front door in environmentally friendly packaging.

For more information or to order online, visit: www.pommebebe.com

A hot topic has been the controversy surrounding a chemical in plastic bottles -- particularly baby bottles. According to the FDA, a chemical called Bisphenol-A, or BPA, could potentially harm children. When Shelley Aronoff was pregnant with her son Hart, she'd researched the risks with Bisphenol-A and baby bottles. So to eliminate the risk, she developed her own BPA-free baby bottles and named her company Green to Grow.

For more information, visit: www.greentogrow.com

Lisa Rudes Sandel and her father George Rudes decided to combine fashion with function and create their own line of jeans called Tummy Tuck Jeans. They're made for baby boomer women who want to look stylish but also want a flattering cut that enhances their figure. Designed to hide the tummy, Tummy Tuck Jeans are popular with 40+ women who love how they look and feel in these jeans. Not Your Daughter's Jeans is headquartered in Vernon, where more than 40,000 pairs are shipped weekly from the company's warehouse.

For more information on Tummy Tuck Jeans, visit: www.tummytuckjeans.com

Los Angeles-based interior designer Kelly Wearstler is one of the "it" girls in her field. As a highly sought-after interior designer, her work is constantly in demand. The busy mother of two has six hotel projects on the horizon, as well as her own line of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, and an eponymous brand of accessories for New York department store Bergdorf Goodman. With two books of her work already released and three more on the way, Kelly Wearstler is one of today's brightest stars in the design world.

For more information on Kelly's work, visit: www.kellywearstler.com

Former symphonic violinist Susan Pascale moved from New York to South Pasadena in 2001 with her immediate family. When Pascale went to enroll her daughter Ariana into second grade at a local public school, she asked about signing her up for an orchestra program, but to her dismay, Pascale discovered there was no music program available for children at many public schools. So she started the South Pasadena Elementary School Orchestra with 25 kids and since then, the program has had hundreds of violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar students. Pascale says her job is to "to create an environment that inspires them to practice -- to set goals, to be a part of something larger then themselves, and to experience what it means to work hard and accomplish something really great, whether it's performing in the school auditorium, or at Carnegie Hall. Working hard pays off. It makes you feel good about yourself."

For information about South Pasadena String Program, or to sign your child up, visit: www.stringsprogram.com

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