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July 26, 2009|Max Padilla

Greening a lifestyle doesn't have to mean sacrificing style, with resources such as EcoStiletto.com pointing the way to the latest vegan pumps, paraben-free makeup and lead-free lipsticks.

Rachel Sarnoff, a beauty editor, launched EcoStiletto a year ago, aiming to reach the woman who's trying to "stiletto-size your carbon footprint and change the world, one small step at a time." Sarnoff says that the site, with a newsletter that now has 33,000 subscribers, only advises -- highlighting products to buy and ones to avoid -- and never lectures.

"I don't want people to feel guilty about what they're doing but excited about what they can do," she says.

On Tuesday, EcoStiletto.com invites the public to drop by its first-anniversary fete and browse through a selection of eco-friendly fashions, beauty products and footwear, such as Greenbees shoes. Greenbees imports boots, sandals and saddle shoes from a family-owned factory in Leon, Mexico. The footwear (available locally at Intuition on West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles) is crafted from leather tanned without heavy metals or formaldehyde, and soled using recycled tire rubber. "Not everyone can afford Stella McCartney's vegan shoes," Sarnoff says. "We also try to feature eco-friendly footwear that's affordable for everyone."

8126 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 694-0698. 7 to 10 p.m. www.ecostiletto.com. RSVP for the party to events@ecostiletto.com.

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SALES

The Way We Wore Ongoing through Aug. 16: The vintage clothing shop kicks off its annual summer clearance. Spend more than $100 today (July 26) and enter a prize drawing.

334 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 937-0878. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. www.thewaywewore.com

Keep Friday and Saturday: The casual women's and men's sneaker brand takes up to 75% off its regular prices.

418 Bamboo Lane, Los Angeles. (213) 620-0148. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. www .keepcompany.com

Zachary's Smile Ongoing through Aug. 1: Summer styles, vintage pieces, footwear and accessories are marked down up to 70%. 4014 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 668-1900. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. www.zacharyssmile.com

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