About Alanna_Brown

Alanna began her writing career at the age of 22, when she embarked on the journey to complete her first novel. While she considers herself a novelist and a poet, she also enjoys the fusion of creative writing with practical application. Now, with the dawn of New Media, she recognizes an enormous opportunity to reinvigorate community and instill single-handed empowerment on pivotal issues. It is Alanna's goal to shed light on the facts in a charismatic and personal voice so that the news is less prickly to ingest. Thus, with this desire, she came to share the LuxEcoLiving vision and find how her hand in the editorial map might bring about a proactive body of readers, while keeping them entertained. Alanna was born in Philadelphia, and has lived in Kansas and in Cusco, Peru, but considers herself an Angelino. The vast diversity and abundant life of her city lends her an inspiring muse. She is also inspired by any form of innovative art and propelled by the need to express her thoughts, concerns, passions, pet-peeves, dreams, and insights in written word. In addition to working as a LuxEco editorial advocate, she is in the process of writing her third novel. She loves hiking whenever possible, traveling whenever affordable, reading, dining, dancing, discovering other languages, and maintaining beloved relationships with family and friends. A healthy mind, body, and spirit are her life essentials. You may reach her at: alanna@luxecoliving.com
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Alanna_Brown has written 42 articles so far, you can find them below.


Art

14 Reasons to Never Doubt Yourself

By Alanna Rosette Brown, a writer/filmmaker, LuxEcoLiving Advocate, and author of Moonpennies. Follow her blog at alannarosette.com Self-doubt is one of our biggest gremlins, as I like to call them. It’s a little monster in your head that loves to wreak havoc, tell you you’re not good enough, and coerce you to settle for less […]

Art

Dear Mainstream Authors, Stop Bashing Independent Publishing and Get a Clue

By Alanna Brown, a LuxEcoLiving Advocate, creator of Brown House Online, and author of Moonpennies They’re like the bullies on the playground. Those snot-nosed, mainstream-published authors who think indie writers are not real artists just because they don’t have a traditional book deal. Pooh on them, I say. Pooh! Don’t listen to a single misinformed […]

Lifestyle

Why Indie Publishing Beats a Mainstream Book Deal

By Alanna Brown, a LuxEcoLiving Advocate, creator of Brown House Online, and author of Moonpennies The gatekeepers are gone. The agent, the editor, the lawyer, and the publishing house are no longer our end-all be-all in today’s literary world. User-friendly online tools like Smashwords, Lulu, and CreateSpace have empowered authors to industrialize their own art. […]

Global Citizenry

How Green are E-Books and E-Book Readers?

By Alanna Brown, a LuxEco Living Advocate, creator of Brown House Online, and author of Moonpennies   We all love the feel of a new paperback or hardcover book in our hands, fresh off the press. The crisp feel of the pages, the smell of the ink. Many avid readers find it a shame that […]

Global Citizenry

Is SEO A Green Marketing Strategy or is Google Creating More Waste?

By Alanna Brown a LuxEcoLiving Advocate and creator of Brown House Online Developments in digital media spiked in the 21st century and have yet to stop climbing. There seem to be perpetual additions to the paperless world, and SEO is one of them. Search engine optimization, also known as web copywriting, is amid the ranks […]

Fashion

Uniting Women Survivors of Rwandan Genocide Under Same Sky

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant You are terrified and frantic. You cram yourself, with six other women, into a three-foot by four-foot bathroom in a remote corner of your neighbor’s house. In order to survive, you will remain in this space for the next 91 days, with little to eat or drink, hardly room […]

Beauty

Beauty’s Big Secret: Hidden Toxins in Fragrance

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article entitled “Fragrance Chemicals and the Scent of Suspicion,” the fragrance industry has been keeping vital chemical information from the public. The article says two recent reports, one by the EWG and one by Women’s Voices for the Earth, have caused a stir amongst researchers, environmental groups, consumers, and industry legislation. These reports reveal that on the label of any given personal care product, bottle of perfume, or cleaning agent the word “fragrance” is loaded with unknown meaning. Manufacturers have used this one word, a nondescript listing among the other ingredients, as a catch-all to legally mask the dozen-or-more chemicals not actually listed.

Fitness and Exercise

Hatha Yoga in America

  Hatha Yoga in America By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Living Editorial Assistant What do you know about your local history? What stories lay within the paths you walk, the walls you take shelter in, the surrounding sites and structures that decorate your immediate horizon? Have you ever wondered? One man did. Robert Love, a resident […]

Food

School Gardens Teach Sustainable Organic Living

Hands on instruction in the garden transfers young students green learning at school to green living at home. Johnna Walker, the garden instructor, teaches the importance of sustainability.
By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant
Larchmont Charter School, an alternative neighborhood school within LAUSD, takes green living to the future—to our children—with the implementation of green learning. Our precious earth is in their itty-bitty-but-quickly-growing hands, so best to start showing them how to take care of it, and themselves.

Technology

New Advances in Microbiology Look Promising; Microbiologists Embark On a Microbe Mission

Scientists with the National Institutes of Health are on a mission—being called the Human Microbiome Project—to find out what these microbes do exactly. Which ones are fighting for or against us, and how might they have the potential to counteract disease?

Global Citizenry

Olivia Newton-John on Oprah: LuxEco Advocate Represents!

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Our very own LuxEco advocate, Olivia Newton-John was a guest on the taping of Oprah’s show Tuesday. Oprah, filming two shows at the Sydney Opera House this week, had a star studded line-up for her travels Down Under.

Healing

Interview With LuxEco Advocate Couple Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling, both ardent environmentalists, were married in July of 2008. They have since used the power of their union, their individual celebrity, and their heartfelt enthusiasm for wellness to bring healing to the world. Each has suffered bouts with illness and discovered the earth’s natural medicinal bounty on the road to recovery, awakening them to not only the importance of environmentalism but also of conservation. The LuxEco advocate couple, always on the go—from performing at the Pink Ribbon Gala in Vienna to harvesting anti-oxidant fruits in the Peruvian rain forest—spent some time on the phone with me, discussing their passion.

Family

As TSCA Collapses, Penelope Jagessar Chaffer and Her “Toxic Baby” Fight Back

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

“Isn’t it wonderful that none of us need wait a moment before starting to change the world,” Penelope Jagessar Chaffer quoted from the Diary of Anne Frank after Nancy Chuda (Healthy Child Healthy World and LuxEco co-founder) presented her with the HCHW Moms-on-a-Mission honor for inspiration Wednesday night. Penelope is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the first black female director to receive a BAFTA award nomination. Above all, however, she is a mother, proven by her dedication to complete her most recent documentary, Toxic Baby, despite the adversity that arose in the process. In accord with Anne Frank’s legacy, she waited not a moment before embarking on her five-year journey to make this film and thus start to change the world, one mother at a time.

Lifestyle

Blackberry: Is Green The Next Move In Their Playbook?

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

At the March 2010 CeBIT, the world’s leading tradeshow in the digital industry, Global eSustainability Initiative (GESI) announced an important new member. Research in Motion, which makes Blackberry, will be joining the organization. That’s right, Blackberry is changing its color…to Green. The widely popular smart-phone maker has come under recent scrutiny for its practices, or lack thereof, regarding sustainability. One Greenpeace report stated, “the Blackberry Pearl, which lost a lot of points in the life cycle criteria and for poor energy efficiency, and did not even meet the Energy Star standard.”

Lifestyle

Whole Foods Market Recycling Wine Corks

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Whole Foods Market is a forward-thinking grocery chain that has broken down barriers and paved the way for progress in the green movement. In addition to its organic standards for food and non-food products, and its existing recycling infrastructure, Whole Foods is now starting a wine cork recycling system. The popular grocery franchise will implement this new program at all of its 292 stores across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

Beauty

Interview with Sophie Uliano of “Gorgeously Green”

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Sophie Uliano is the guru of all things green that coincide with feeling and looking gorgeous. An advocate of eco-friendly living without the sacrifice of beauty and glamour, she is the New York Times best-selling author of “Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life,” “The Gorgeously Green Diet,” and “Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products.” Her breadth of knowledge is tremendous, ranging from non-toxic skin care, to gardening, to eco-friendly home restoration.

Lifestyle

Hollywood Going Green

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Hollywood has a new act, even better than Avatar-inspired CGI and 3D—it is a movement to create cleaner, greener production. On August 11, The Producers Guild of America launched an extensive listing of U.S.-based products and services that are eco-friendly. At www.greenproductionguide.com filmmakers and the like will find green vendors in an array of production departments, ranging from craft-services, to set design, to hair and make-up.

Habitat

Save Electricity at Home

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant (originally published on eHow.com)

In the month of April 2010, the United States spent $25.5 billion on electricity, using a total of 266.3 billion kilowatthours. While those numbers include retail sales to residential, industrial and commercial sectors, household owners have the power to drastically decrease electricity use overall by dropping the residential portion. Home dwellers have many options for reducing their monthly electric bill while simultaneously helping the environment.

Beauty

Environmental Nonprofit Sues FDA

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

In 1978, the FDA proposed to ban over-the-counter ingredients triclosan and triclocarban, found predominantly in antimicrobial soaps. According to the National Resources Defense Council, these two common chemicals can cause damage to reproductive organs and production of thyroid and sex hormones. However, it has been more than 30 years and the FDA has done nothing beyond testing. One unnamed environmental nonprofit has had enough, and is suing the FDA for its alleged negligence.

Food

Chemicals May Be Sabotaging Your Diet

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

The old diet and exercise routine just doesn’t seem to be working anymore. You eat your fruits and veggies, avoid carbohydrates (well, you try to), and are physically active at least 3 times per week. Yet, when you step on the scale it won’t budge past your old plop-down-on-the-couch-with-a-bag-of-chips weight. What is it going to take to drop the next 10 to 15 pounds? Scientists have discovered that it’s not your diet or exercise routine to blame, it’s a little endocrine-disrupting chemical known as EDC’s or “obesogens” making it impossible to shed the extra fat.

Beauty

The Frightening Truth Behind Cosmetics

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Have you ever wondered how your shampoo fulfills its magnificent claims to give you “shinier,” “sleeker,” “frizz freer,” “blonder,” “brunetter,” (…the list goes on) hair? Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff and The Story of Bottled Water, wondered this of her personal favorite, Pantene Pro-V. She looked at the ingredients on the bottle post-lather and thought, “Sodium laureth sulfate? Tetrasodium EDTA? Methylisothiazolinone? What is this stuff?” After doing some research, she found the truth behind her shampoo was disheartening, to say the least. In her most recent short film installment, The Story of Cosmetics, Annie Leonard tells us how it’s not just shampoo, but many personal care products that contain toxic ingredients. From sunscreen to lipstick, there are disease-causing chemicals in our daily product regimen responsible for cancer, learning disabilities, and much more.

Fitness and Exercise

Eight Great Benefits Of Walking

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

I came across this MSN health article on walking and, as an avid walker myself (I walk an average of 12 miles per week), I had to share what I learned. Regular brisk walking can do wonders for your health, and it’s so simple! No gym fees, nowhere to drive to, no certain time to be at that aerobics class. You can just walk out the door at your favorite time of day, pop in a set of headphones, and tour the neighborhood. Research shows there are 8 incredible benefits to this type of moderate exercise.

Family

Community Gardening With Common Ground

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” In the 1970s, several senators began to recognize a literal truth behind this Chinese proverb. They realized the importance of teaching the man how to provide his own food source. When the government grasped the self-sufficiency and power of being able to fish, or in this case garden, they began granting $100,000 per year to gardening programs. This evolved to $100,000 to each of 20 metro areas around the United States, one of them being Los Angeles.

Technology

BP Puts New Cap On Broken Well To Stop Oil Spill

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

It seems BP has finally begun to make good on weeks of promise to fix the Deepwater Horizon wellhead that has been gushing crude oil into the Gulf Coast. It has taken nearly 3 months for them to initiate a plan that might hold back the oil, but at last, crews worked through the weekend and fitted a new 150,000-pound cap to the wellhead on Monday. They began tests Tuesday, which may take up to 48 hours, to see if the cap will be strong enough to temporarily contain the oil and gases.

Food

Whole Foods To Ensure Organic Claims Of Non-Food Products

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

For those who spend the extra dough to shop organically, it is fair to expect that a market touting the sale of only organic goods should supply consumers with fodder and non-fodder products on an even keel. One such market, the well-known and widely shopped Whole Foods, is making sure those expectations are met. As of June 1, 2011, the organic grocery chain will require that all personal care products and cosmetics making an “organic” claim can prove it.

Food

California, A Cage-Free State For Hens

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed landmark bill AB 1437, which requires that all shell (whole) eggs sold in the state of California be laid by cage-free hens as of 2015. This means farmers have five years to get hens out of the over-stuffed henhouses and into a space where they can stand and spread their wings without constriction.

Technology

First Electric Highway In U.S.

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Come fall of 2010, Washington state will begin construction on the U.S.’s first-ever electric highway. All being made possible by a $1.32 million federal grant, 10 level-3 charging stations will line the Interstate-5 at 80-mile intervals, from Oregon to Canada. Electric car commuters—now behind the wheel of newer versions, such as the Leaf and the Volt—will have plenty of leeway along the I-5 before the 100-mile charging range of their vehicle runs out.

Celebrations

Healthy Recipes For The Fourth Of July

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

What says Fourth of July better than friends, fireworks, and good food? For a traditional celebration, not one of those three can be sacrificed. However, you can make healthier food choices without sacrificing flavor. Believe it or not, there are healthy alternatives to the yearly cheeseburgers and hotdogs dripping with grease, and that fattening potato salad. CBS News has shared with us some great recipes that will leave you and your friends satisfied and guilt-free to enjoy the fireworks.

Fitness and Exercise

Take Control Of Your Body

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Taking control of your body may entail more than exercise and monitoring caloric intake. While those two things are essential, the missing key component that many overlook is the hormonal balance within the body. Hormones, chemical messengers within the bloodstream, are secreted by the endocrine glands, which are found virtually from top to toe. According to an episode of the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, The Doctors, “[These] glands are collectively known as the endocrine system, which influences a person’s metabolism, mood, growth, development, immune system, and sexual function.” The main three secretions to beware of, which the site calls the “Hormone Trifecta,” are cortisol, estrogen, and thyroid.

Lifestyle

Clean Energy Versus Oil: The Economy, The Environment, And The Future

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant Needless to say, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has devastated the United States’ $2 billion seafood industry and left thousands without jobs. Fisherman, truck drivers, restaurant owners, boatman and many more have been impacted; consumers have already begun to feel the upshot as seafood […]

Technology

World Bank Contest Winner Whitewashes Peruvian Mountain

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant A contest sponsored by World Bank, entitled “100 Ideas to Save the Planet,” has awarded 26 people world-wide with the money to put their ideas into action. One of those winners, Eduardo Gold, from Licapa Peru, is on a mission to counteract the effects of global warming on his […]

Fashion

Sex And The City’s Eco-Friendly Fashion

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant The Sex and the City ladies each seem to have a sixth sense: fashion. As the world continues to grow eco-conscious, these stylish New York icons have begun fusing their glam with their green. One fashion site gives us the scoop on how Danny Santiago, the feature film’s stylist, chose a silver Ecoist […]

Lifestyle

Louisiana’s Barataria Bay Suffers From BP Oil Spill

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

The iconic Barataria Bay, a Gulf of Mexico bay located in southeastern Louisiana, is being destroyed by oil still gushing from the Deepwater Horizon blowout. The formerly thriving estuary, rich with virgin cypress trees and an array of wildlife, has been known historically—as the site of an original colony—and literarily—as depicted by Kate Chopin in “The Awakening.” It is beloved by its inhabitants, who knew it, not so long ago, as some of the best fishing in the region.

Lifestyle

Chemical Dispersant Corexit Being Used In Gulf

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

The powers-that-be have refused the natural solutions being publicly offered by nation-wide volunteers for cleanup of the BP oil disaster. Instead, they have chosen to dump chemical dispersants on the spill site; namely, Corexit. Talk about adding insult to injury. With several urgent prompts being made by eco-concerned citizens, it seems BP’s decided approach—for now, anyway—is to further pollute the already distressed Gulf.

Beauty

Chemical Creepers: A New Light Shed On Sunscreen

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Imagine if the very thing you used and depended on to protect you from skin cancer was capable of exacerbating the growth of epidermal lesions and tumors. Well that’s what the Environmental Working Group claims may be the case. A recent study shows that retinyl palmitate, a synthetic form of vitamin A, is carcinogenic on skin exposed to the sun.

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