Congratulations to all of us for making it through another week of this pandemic. I know it is not easy on anyone. And like everyone, I oscillate between tears / anxiety and laughter / savoring the quiet simplicity. For us Natori Family, I am struggling with the fact that the kids and I are currently in Florida away from our own home and more importantly, without Ken. Ken has been at home in NYC dealing with business and as soon as he was planning on driving down to Florida to get us, the board of the building forbade him from coming as he was coming from the epicenter of the COVID crisis. So, here we are; managing, trying to get through one day at a time. It has not been easy on ANYONE — all the uncertainties, fears, unknowns. Running helps me. Talking to friends and family. Laughing with the kids. Mint Chip ice cream. Rollerskating with the sunset. Hot baths. Survivor on CBS…..But what has helped me most is advice my father told me — WIGGLE YOUR TOES.
My father is always rational (sometimes TOO rational) and always likes to tackle problems by finding the solution. But with his voice of reason, comes soothing and calming. I enjoy all his findings of meanings in the world, and his take on any situation (and man do I love him oh so much). He is also a lover of the NYTimes (my main source of news, other than instagram, of course) and read an article on stress versus anxiety and how to manage it — and so he sent the family a summary of the article with the main take away: wiggle your toes. And as weird as it sounds, it works. When I am feeling anxious or stressed, I wiggle my toes. The simple movement of moving my toes helps refocus the energy, calms me, and breaks the anxiety loop. So, if you’re like me, not sure of what is to come, distressed, lonely, anxious: wiggle your toes.
This day helped, too.
Simple and easy, and I hope helpful, too. Most importantly, I hope everyone is healthy, safe, and happy, and wish everyone luck on another week of remote learning, social distancing, and isolation from loved ones near and far. We will get through it because we have no other choice. Stay well. Back atcha on Wednesday!
Although I have never met IRL Ashlee Carignan, she is the new hot pilates teacher in LA. Strong, cool, motivated, interesting, and fun, we were put in touch when Ashlee agreed to participate in Natori Caftan Day (thanks Mary!). Always interested in health, wellness, fitness, and cool, I had the chance to interview sweetheart Ashlee, so take a look. Thanks so much, Ashlee, and I can’t wait to come to Los Angeles and take a class from you!
Beauty Ashlee of PWA (Pilates With Ashlee)
As readers know, I am “all about” wellness and health trends and exploring new treatments that work for me. Cryotherapy has been on my to-do list for the past year, but I just recently made it happen at my good friend’s suggestion… thanks B!
Looks like a spa treatment, right? NOT SO MUCH.
My love of natural beauty product continues (and is here to last!), especially the body oil Living Libations. This oil, highly recommended to me by Larissa from Onda Beauty, is worth every single penny. I can’t get enough of it!
It looks orange. Feels smooth. And does a body good.
As a devoted regular of Taryn Toomey and her class, I have met a group of tremendously talented and incredible women. One of them, is Larissa, who just started Onda, a store that sells natural beauty products. She has incredible taste and has curated the best assortment of products currently on the market. She is incredibly thoughtful, knowledgeable, and is a walking encyclopedia on every item — Enjoy!
Larissa: a beauty inside and out!
I am constantly on the search for several things: the best granola, natural deodorant, lipstick, and cookie (who needs anything else?). For each, I always think I have found “the best,” until my next new discovery. But honestly, I just found the best new natural deodorant, and I don’t think I will ever say that again… because THIS ONE, is seriously… The. Best. Natural. Deodorant. Ever.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, but COME ON, this packaging is gorgeous. Seriously, I felt bad recycling the box!
The chaos of back-to-school, back-to-NYC, and the change of seasons always motivates me to clean and organize my house. I purge all that I don’t need (in a mad frenzy), and then feel the ‘need’ to restock my empty shelves with new and improved beauty products. So here are my current Fall Beauty Buys! I love them all!
Recently, I have become seriously into (nice way of saying “obsessed”) with Juice Generation‘s hot drinks (Juice Farmacy). Mind you, everything from Juice Generation is delicious (my favorites outside of the hot drinks include the pacific pineapple smoothie, the ginger miso tofu sandwich, and the amazing green acai bowl), but the hot drinks are especially addicting. They are warm, comforting, nutritious, and FIGHT OFF THE FLU EPIDEMIC!!! SHOO SHOO FLU!
Juice Generation is a NYC Juice Bar that started in 1999, created by Eric Helms. His mission was to have a friendly, accessible juice bar where New Yorkers of all lifestyles, ages, and dietary backgrounds could experience the energizing effects of fresh, raw juices made with premium ingredients—conveniently and affordably. And boy did he do so! Juice Generation now has 10 locations in Manhattan and more to come!