natalie2.jpgFirst off, Merry Christmas to everyone! If you’re not the December 25th celebratin’ sort, my best wishes as well for whatever festive engagement you’re enjoying this time of year. While some of you are busy opening holiday gifts, you might want to start next year’s list early since…

starNatalie Portman has announced a new line of shoes in conjunction with Te Casan. The shoes, which are available for pre-order on January 15, are vegan and 5% of profits will be going to charity. Additional details are not available (such as price), but it comes as no surprise that Portman would consider entering this arena. The actress, though herself not a vegan in the food sense, has long made it a rule to purchase fashion that does not come from animals. [ via justjared]

starJennifer Love Hewitt, Spencer Pratt, and Ross McCall spent Christmas Eve volunteering at the Los Angeles Mission in downtown LA. “I have made it a point to come to the Los Angeles Mission at Christmas,” said the 28-year-old Hewitt. “There are so many hurting people on the streets of our city, but when I’m here I get to see the smiles of the children and the great food for everyone. I think they are getting real help from the staff and volunteers. I come to give something back, but invariably I get more blessing than I give.” [via tmz]

starFinally, Spice Girl Melanie Brown avoided a potential PR bah humbug by agreeing to donate to charity a $20,000 fee she received as part of her participation in a Make-A-Wish foundation fundraiser. The singer had originally planned on taking the money for personal gain, but smartly did an about-face once she was critcized for the move. Said one source, “All Mel B did was sing a couple of Christmas songs, sign autographs and mingle in with the crowd collecting donations in a plastic bucket. Many people felt she should have waived her fee. It’s the least she could have done to help the needy kids.” [via starpulse]

It’s amazing to me that people like this need to be told “this is the right thing to do”. Alas. All’s well that ends well.

On that note, enjoy the rest of the holiday season — and don’t forget to give when you have the chance, love those around you, and get some good rest and relaxation. 2008 is going to be a busy year!

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  • Michelle

    Good for Ms. Portman! Here’s another great site to check out vegan shoes at!

  • Armine Abrahamyan

    I loved this new collection. I will certainly go and buy any new item in it!


  • Andrea

    It’s great that there’s so many more companies selling non-leather shoes than there were several years ago.

  • GIGI

    N P is a nice woman .she is really very nice~~~but Amazing…I saw she has a personal blog on “”, a private site for millionaires&celebrities I heard of from a friend of mine. The blog is updated very often. I think it may be ture

  • animalfriend

    Natalie Portman is one of my favorite actresses because she is beautiful inside aswell as outside – and a shining star and example for other leading ladies!

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  • Leslie

    I am interested in selling all green products.

    I designed a solar assisted bicycle which no one seems to be interested in here in Toronto.


  • Vegan Hottie

    Yes! My wife will love that I’ve found this site! Now I’ll have another place (besides Stella) to purchase gorgeous shoes that were made without any harm to animals.

    Also, my hat goes off to Ms. Portman for serving as the model spokesperson for this site. Great going! Keep up the great work.

    And perhaps, Ms. Portman may soon discover the world of vegan cooking…and watch her energy and health skyrocket!

  • Jack

    How exciting! It’s wonderful to see such a well respected and talented actress leverage her celebrity in such an effective and practical way.

    I’ve found that you can find a wide selection of shoes and bags at Vegetarian Shoes and Bags.

    Looking forward to seeing bigger and better selections of vegan shoes for vegans and vegetarians.

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  • mark miglio

    This is great news. Good luck N.P.

  • manil gupta

    a big congrats to natalie.
    more such efforts are needed evrywhere to make a difference and make some sense of our lives..
    i am an artist and intend to work on bringing out alternative fashion to the best of my efforts, here in INDIA..

    all the best..enjoy.


  • Jennae Petersen

    Those shoes are incredibly cute, and they will put the fashionista in all of us at ease! I was never a huge fan of Natalie Portman, but I will start paying more attention to her now that I know she has a conscience and uses her celebrity to help the Earth.

    Visit for eco-friendly home decor products and tips!

  • sush

    While it is great that animals are not being used to make the shoes, I’m not sure I understand how they can be called “green” or eco-friendly when the alternate materials are made with crude oil? Vinyl and plastic are made from crude oil. Using crude oil does harm animals and humans. Polluting the environment during the processing of vinyl and plastics, and adding dyes to them harm animals and humans. And then throwing the products into the landfills eventually will harm all animals and humans. I would be much happier if people went barefoot or just stopped gluttonously loading their closets with way too many pairs of shoes! And this is coming from someone who worked in the garment industry. Sadly, i know what goes into making a pair of shoes. Leather or plastic, it’s definitely not pretty for the environment.

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  • Animal Sanctuary gal

    I love the look of Natalie Portman’s shoe collection. Just wish I could afford some!
    I agree with Sush that it would be great to have a pair of 100% eco friendly shoes, but I have to say that avoiding animal cruelty is the most important thing to me, so I am glad she had brought out this range.