Author: Paulina Kajankova

Letter From Editor: Back to Basics and Fighting Stress With The Power of Five Human Senses

Letter From Editor (Paulina Kajankova) Main Image: Thich Nhat Hanh, master and father of mindfulness Our world is going through a powerful shift. We can feel the stress radiating from our very souls. We see and feel it from health care workers, health institutions, our neighbors, our own homes, and radio or the news provides little to no escape. Thich Nhat Hanh said: “strong emotions are like a storm”. Let’s learn to calm them though mindfulness. During this time of Covid-19 pandemic, self discipline and self-care has never been needed more. As a creative individual and depression sufferer, who was used to working from home long before the pandemic, I started to brainstorm new ways to cope and calm the stress. Since I live in New York City and have decided to stay put in the city that I love; my small apartment is my shelter. Many think New York City is a place for the rich. That is far from the truth. Many native New Yorkers make a medium income of 40,000, if that. …

Ageless Beauty: Hollywood’s Renowned Skincare Secrets With Beverly Hills Doctor, Ronald Moy

Some Hollywood stars never seem to age and 50 year old J. Lo proved it at the Super Bowl halftime show. Her performance and flawless look prompted the age-old question: What’s her secret? When we look back at Old Hollywood and dig a little deeper, we discover all types of beauty secrets. Some were very strange, but some still apply today. For today’s Hollywood skincare tips, I went to Dr. Ronald Moy of Moy Fincher Chipps Facial Plastics and Dermatology in Beverly Hills. We often neglect the neck and hands, where signs of aging might show up first. How do you recommend we take care of our skin on these areas? Dr. Moy: People often forget that the neck should be included in your daily skin care regimen and needs as must care as the face. The neck skin becomes thinner and saggy with aging and the best ways to prevent the loose turkey neck is to use a product with epidermal growth factor (EGF). I recommend using a EGF serum on the neck twice a day. As for …

Best In Skincare: These Luxury Serums & Potions Are Worth Your Hard Earned Money

We did the work for you! These are the skincare products that deliver the potency and effectiveness you expect after you spend your hard earned money. While self-care can mean skincare, some of us have a hard time with large price tags attached to luxury skincare. There is no guarantee that they work, which is why we tested them for you. You don’t need that expensive serum to take care of yourself, but if you happen to feel like it, treat yourself to something that reveals your best skin yet. REVITALIZE & GLOW Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products are on everyone’s radar for a reason. Before the doctor launched her skincare line, she was known for developing innovative treatments like the “blood facial”. The German doctor has a cult following in Germany and American beauties have quickly caught on. As a non-toxic beauty advocate, I find it sad, but not surprising, that most luxury skincare lines contain harmful ingredients. Not Dr. Sturm’s. I decided to give her Glow Drops a try. If you look in the …

Food is Medicine: Talking Healing and Ayurveda With Divya Alter

The first time I met Divya Alter was by pure coincidence. An important lunch meeting prompted me to search for a vegan cuisine spot in New York’s East Village. We ended up at Divya’s Kitchen. Once you get out of the street, past other diners and settle in, you realize this is unlike any other place in New York City. It would be a mistake to call Divya’s Kitchen just a restaurant. Upon further investigation, you see a space of healing, learning and community. The most charming perk of Divya’s Kitchen is Divya herself. The chef has a well-trained staff, yet she is very much hands on and front and center. She might take you to your table, stop by to make sure all is as it should be, but best of all, she might give you her time and energy to talk about the menu. There is much to be learned from someone who has spent thirty years as a vegetarian, continues to be a devout student of the Ayurvedic lifestyle and gives back …

The Artist, The Writer & The Bavarian Philospher: Talking With Beatrix Ost

Was it the hair, the style, the otherworldliness, or the art? Beatirix Ost caught my eye and I had questions. This artist likes to wear many hats, but my admiration is not necessarily for the art (although it reflects everything she is), but for her ability to live a genuinely unapologetic life. Beatrix Ost (@beatrixost on Instagram) is an old world individual, one that does not conform to trends or society pressure. That being said, her wisdom and style seem to transcend all that. I image her fan demographic ranges in age. While I admit, I have not read any of her books, it is on my to do list. Her latest book, “The Philosopher’s Style”, further explores her artwork and storytelling abilities. As an artist and writer, who grew up in Central Europe, I feel that I can connect with Beatrix. Truthfully, I am inspired by a fellow old soul. The takeaway? Dare to be authentic, explore all of your artistic abilities, and never mind your age. There is much to be learned from …

Skincare In Your 30s: Dermatologist Tips & Best Products For Fabulous Winter Skin

Skincare regimens in your 30s most likely differ from the skin regimens in your 20s. While not everyone’s skin is the same, I found that the secret to happily transitioning my dry skin to a daily winter skincare routine is with four simple steps: gentle cleanser in the morning, oil cleanser for makeup removal at night, retinol serum at night and a facial oil for daytime, followed by a hydrating cream and sunscreen during the day. Adding to that, I seal the deal with a face mist, both day and night. For further help, I sought advice from Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD,  FAAD. She is the President and Co-Founder of Modern Dermatology in Connecticut. I think she would be proud to know that I already own a cool mist humidifier, a winter skincare must. Scroll down for our Q & A. DEEP CLEANSING FACIAL OIL Why oil cleanser? Your skin requires more hydration in your 30s and a nourishing oil cleanser is the secret to balancing your skin’s natural oils, while dissolving dead skin cells …

Cara Marie Piazza, Magic & Sustainability Over Fast Fashion

This story was originally published for Insider’s Guide to Spas. To view all of my contributing articles, visit Insider’s Guide To Spas. I was in the midst of New York Fashion Week, but all I truly cared about was finding time to meet with Cara Marie Piazza. I had long envisioned what her creations and workspace would look like. Mostly, I was curious about the designer herself. A treasure among the chaos of fast fashion, she is succeeding on her own terms. The natural dyer and textile designer launched her brand nearly right out of college. Besides hand-dyeing storytelling creations for her own label, c a l y x, Cara teaches workshops on natural dyeing and continues to join forces with exciting brands. Everything is naturally dyed through alchemical dye sessions, ancient shibori techniques, and bundle dyeing. The designer’s sustainable creations and well-thought-out collaborations are sold at spa resorts, such as Amanyara Turks & Caicos, and cities all over the world. As a fan of carefully curated Parisian shops, I was happy to learn that the …

A Slavic Beauty Story

When I was a little girl, the winters were white and harsh. Spring meant lending a hand with working the earth. There were potato fields that seemed as long as my wide eyes could see. The first blooming spring flowers were like a breath of fresh air. They were Snow Drops. Summer was always welcomed, for it meant healing your body and soul while visiting the hot thermal spa resort, near the border of Hungary. As kids we looked forward to it all year. The importance of spa was instilled in us early on. Autumn, my personal favorite season, brought great big colorful leaves falling down gently, creating a great big blanket below each tree. My sisters and I would paint them with every color in our watercolor box and make art. We lived in a small village right out of a fairy tale in the heart of Europe. I was born in Slovakia: bordering with Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Ukraine. At times when I think back to my hometown, the nagging …