I couldn’t be more proud to introduce to you one of my closest friends. Natalie is the first stranger I befriended in NYC almost six years ago. There was just something about her that I immediately felt connected to. We opened up to each other very quickly, and there was this innate understanding and respect for one another that is hard to find. I’ve watched Natalie move through the different stages of her life from being a newly transplanted Swiss-German who hardly spoke English, to getting accepted into the highly prestigious film program at New York University. Natalie is such a raw, victorious and authentic light in this world, and I’m so lucky to have her in my life. She inspires not only me, but everyone in her circle, through her photography, film, and her beautiful insight into this crazy life. Read below to see how yoga ultimately changed Nat’s life, and how she is currently tackling through the thick and thin:
Hello, my lovely lil gypsies! I am BEYOND stoked to share this exclusive Q+A with you, and I am not going to downplay it. Pura Vida Bracelets has meant so much to me since I first encountered the brand at Wanderlust in 2014. Initially, it was the bright colors and simple design that caught my eye, but then it was the story that captivated me and made me fall in love. The story is why I’ve kept coming back.
What’s up my dears! There has been a lot of talk lately about periods or “puh-jeer-ee-ids” as Andrew likes to call it, and I think it’s so important to speak openly about. It’s encouraging to see both men and women stepping up to the plate and keeping the conversation going when it comes to women’s health and safety. HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW Tampons and pads are quite controversial, and something’s gotta give. We cannot keep using products that are filled with hazardous chemicals (like BLEACH) and plasticizing chemicals with BPA. Not to mention, cotton is the most highly sprayed crop of all time. Much of what we put on our skin absorbs directly into the bloodstream, and just so you know….vaginal walls are very permeable, so imagining these chemicals absorbing into our bodies every month is absolutely terrifying. #amiright
Hello hello! I cannot downplay my excitement – I’ve looked up to Teresa Palmer for years, and it is just the biggest honor to have her on my blog. As you might already know, Tez is an Australian actress (The Choice, Warm Bodies), and one of the founders of the incredible wellness blog Your Zen Life (alongside co-founder Phoebe Tonkin). For those of you who have followed me from the beginning, you’ll remember I got my start writing for Your Zen Life in 2013. I wrote my very first article about Natural Skin Care, where I received over a dozen messages asking for more information about my skincare routine. The engagement I received writing for YZL ultimately inspired me to start my own blog, which brings me to where I am today.
– MEET TARA – Tara is the incredible woman behind the successful lifestyle blog, TheWholeTara. I must start off by saying she is one of the sweetest people I’ve met on this journey – I’ve followed her blog since her SkinnyByTara days, and I’ve watched her transform into a beautiful force of body positivity, travel, and lifestyle inspiration. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Tara a few times on her quick trips to NY from Miami, and each time felt like catching up with an old friend. Vibrant, intelligent and kind, here is Tara:
Hello, lovely people! I had the awesome pleasure of chatting with Alyssa McGarry, founder of Hiptipico. This is a brand you NEED to know (if you don’t already). Hiptipico is a socially-conscious fashion brand based in Panjachel, Guatemala. With my passion for socially-conscious consumerism and love for Spanish culture, it is obvious why this gypsy goddess brand struck a chord with me. BACKGROUND: Hiptipico was founded in 2012 by McGarry with a mission to support the creativity, ingenuity and passion of local Mayan artisans. Hiptipico reinvests profits into women’s cooperatives, family shops and Mayan handicrafts, while reaching global markets and energizing the local economy. From promoting Mayan weaving techniques and embroideries to repurposing discarded fabrics, the authenticity and artisan-level product goes beyond.