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Talking Hair & Reinvention With Aveda’s Senior Vice President of Professional Global Artistry, Antoinette Beenders

No one understands reinvention better than a hair artist. Even in lock down, we reinvent beauty according to our feelings, surroundings and experience. The crisis of today’s pandemic calls for unwavering beauty and expression. Aveda’s Senior Vice President of Professional Global Artistry, Antoinette Beenders, captures the spirit of rebellious women with perfection. She gives us a fresh new take on defiant beauty and what she calls “Youthquake”. More and more we see our youth rallying to take charge, especially when it comes to climate change. Aveda SS20 creative collection, The Revolution of Reinvention, is a combination of punk, teddy girl, and 1950s French New Look. The women and men of past sub-culture and reinvention. Our Q & A with Antoinette Beenders takes a closer look at this award-winning hair stylist’s career with Aveda. The visionary explains how a new collection gets to be born, plus she gives us quarantine hair tips. Cultivated: I read that you started working with Aveda in 1997. What made you stick with Aveda all those years and how does the …

Immunity-Boosting Recipes: Making Easy Wellness Drinks At Home

In today’s climate of uncertainty, we grasp for empowerment and healthier culinary choices. Take your power back with these comforting drink recipes. Nourishing your body and soul starts in the kitchen. Naturacentric already provides a wide range of healthy and practical items, however their latest launch is a household must-have. This Wellness Elixir, made up of Reishi Mushroom, Elderberries, Astragalus, Echinacea, Rose Hip and local raw honey, can be used by the entire family. You can take this handcrafted syrup once a day by spoon, but it works just as well in a refreshing and delicious cocktail. We applaud the Founder of Naturacentric, Natalie Meneses, for thanking the health care workers in her community by sending them wellness elixir shots. NON-ALCOHOLIC WELLNESS COCKTAIL Fill glass with ice 1 shot wellness elixir  A splash of cranberry juice Top with soda water  Decorate with a garnish: cinnamon stick or candied ginger Co-Founder of Naya Traveler company, Sarah Casewit, decided to compile a cook book filled with nostalgic recipes from around the world. Sarah, who was born and raised …

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. …

Medical & Wellness Experts on Healthy Living & Staying Emotionally Well During Covid-19

We are living a stressful existence right now. Anxiety levels are high and while it can certainly feel like we are not in control, there are small ways we can all help ourselves and those around us. It is all about personal decisions and actions. Besides following common sense advice from the World Health Organization to wash your hands, practice social distancing and staying home when sick, there are other ways you can take control. Take extra care of yourself. Self-care and compassion towards others has never been needed more. Taking it one day at a time, we can boost our immune system and try to get answers to some of our pressing questions. The wellness and beauty communities have taken their own actions by putting in extra effort into either shutting doors or taking time to clean spaces more vigorously. Some have taken to social media, creating online workshops on health, exercise, even hobbies to occupy our time. Greetings at spas have changed from handshakes to Buddha greetings, but many spas and beauty shops …

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 …

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 …