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Wellness Month: 10 Ways To Effectively Lower Stress and Anxiety

In 2020, stress and anxiety has become a universal issue. Let’s dedicate August, also known as the Wellness Month, to improving the health of our immune system by alleviating stress. While taking care of the mind and body is more important than ever, some of us hesitate to embrace tried-and-true ancient remedies. This is the time to keep an open mind, educate yourself, ask questions, and have a sense of adventure. No matter how silly you feel, using your common sense, and wanting to feel better, is at the core of all all our suggestions. As a mental health advocate, and depression sufferer, I know it takes saying “enough is enough” to start a wellness journey. Here is a list to get you started. Grounding – Grounding has become a type of buzzword in the wellness community, but this is no trend. Athletes, famous actors and doctors do it. I was lucky to grow up in a natural setting; in a village surrounded by mountains. As a child, running barefoot in grassy fields, or climbing …

Symbol of Resilience: Best Red Lipsticks on National Lipstick Day

Today red lipstick is widely accepted and considered beautiful, but throughout history it was symbolic of boldness, strength and rebellion. Wearing a bold red lip could strike fear into anyone opposing change, sex equality, and those who thought of it as inappropriate. Wearing red lipstick could get you accused of being a witch. We say that’s more of a reason to enjoying wearing it today. It is no secret that we love a bold red lip. Before the pandemic, it was almost a daily go-to. It is time to celebrate the red lip once again. You can still wear it at home, on occasion, to boost your mood and when you need to feel fearless. Don’t shy away from it. Red looks good on everyone. Here is our list of all-star red lipsticks in the clean arena. Kjaer Weis Lipstick Rituel de Fille Enchanted Lip Sheer Hickey Refillable Lipstick REALHER Moisturizing Lipstick Lucky Chick Creamy Matte Lipstick Ere Perez olive oil lipstick Absolution Le Rouge Theatre No. 08 Aveda feed my lips  pure nourish-mint™ lipstick Alima …

Celebrity Photographer Timothy White Speaks On Being Part of History & The Morrison Hotel Gallery Endless Summer Exhibition

If you find your walls lack art, here is your chance to nab internationally recognized photography, representing the best of the best in music and Hollywood culture. Morrison Hotel Gallery’s web-exclusive Endless Summer Exhibition shows a collection of photos that capture famous musicians and actors enjoying an effortless summer. One of the gallery’s partners and curators is Timothy White. Timothy White is a well-known award-winning photographer. He is one of the world’s most sought-after photographers, and for a good reason. He started his career in the early 1980s and since then, he has photographed some of the most recognized faces in the world. Photography captures a moment in history, and therefore nostalgia. Timothy White has been a big part of that history. Read our Q & A with Timothy White to find out more. Cultivated: When did you first decide to join the Morrison Hotel Gallery as a partner/co-owner and why was it important to you?   TW: I joined with my partners about 10 years ago after curating a number of shows with other photographers. …

Talking Stress, Grief & Anxiety During 2020 With Psychotherapist Asha Tarry

2020 forces us to take a real look at the disparity in our communities. Whether you see them or not, the problems in today’s society effect us all. Economic inequality can result in poor mental health and seeking help can be even harder in the midsts of a global pandemic. The health crisis has shown us what many already knew. Too many live with the reality of being one pay check away from not being able to pay their medical bill, from being homeless, from putting their mental health at the bottom of the to-do list. Maybe that one person is you. The coronavirus in particular has effected the black community in much larger numbers, but to people of color, these health disparities are not new. If you just started to wake up to these inequalities, if the pandemic effected your mental health, if you feel grief for George Floyd, if you know it is not about you, but you could not imagine the same type of treatment happening to someone you know, then keep …

Important & Useful Ways To Educate Yourself, Listen & Support the Black Community

Our world view is shaped by our environment, but we don’t have to remain within its bubble. Education is key. Let’s put some work into becoming better, more empathetic, and open minded people. If you feel like you have no idea how to feel, or what to think, then stop, and listen. This feels like what is hopefully a revolutionary time, one that will allow the black community be heard. It is time for change, the time has been long time coming. The beauty of life is that we can change and evolve. If you feel as if you have been living in ignorance of what the black community has endured, not just now, but for decades – this is what you can do. Amplify black voices and listen to their experiences, support black businesses, read educational books with different view points, get the facts and statistics of what goes on in your community, and provide a helping hand to the disenfranchised. The work will not be done in a day, but taking that first …

Best Face Masks On The Market From Brands That Do Their Part For The Community

Donning a mask shows that you are educated on the Covid-19 spread and have chosen to do your part in keeping everyone (not just yourself) safe and healthy from an invisible virus. The history of surgical and non-surgical masks tells us that in the scientific and civilized society, masks play a big part in practicing effective hygiene etiquette. There is a reason your doctor puts on gloves and a mask before treating you. Doctors and nurses, as far back as the late 1800’s, realized that a masks helps reduce surgical sepsis. During the same time, doctors realized that a simple conversation could spread certain diseases through uncontrolled droplets. A mask controls those droplets; you’re simply keeping them to yourself. While wearing a mask is a minor inconvenience, especially when considering the potential of irreversible results of not wearing one, it can also be quite uncomfortable. The warmer months will make mask wearing even more of a chore. These masks are (dare we say) stylish, made from comfortable fabrics, and some were even tested by yours …

The Beauty & Wellness Industry Sounds Off on Coping With The Covid-19 Pandemic

As soon as New York City became the epicenter of America’s Covid-19 crisis, I started to reach out to my contacts within the beauty and wellness industry. This is a community I have become quite fond of. There were times when I leaned on these self-care insiders for support, in more ways than they realize. Ignoring my community at this time would feel very wrong. The confusion of “what do we do?” has set in and founders of businesses have handled the pandemic in various different ways. Let’s state the obvious. The way you handle the unpredictable will vary on case-by-case basis. Some have a monetary cushion to lean on, some are diversifying the way they do business, some are struggling to keep afloat, and some are taking a much-needed break from working all together. What we can do is help each other in whatever way we can. Aiding each other means we survive, and maybe even thrive together. Let’s not allow our community to sink. Aveda has stepped up in helping and made an …

Earth Day 2020: Winners of The Best Sustainable Beauty & Wellness Brands On the Market

While 2020 has been in disarray, the slow down among humans has been a gift to Mother Nature. Earth is experiencing less pollution and movement due to lack of travel. This is the time appreciate our health, our bodies and escapes into the natural world. When it comes to making smart purchases that are good for us and the planet, beauty and wellness aficionados have lot more options to chose from. These are the brands we noticed doing the extra work to be sustainable, and added them to our favorites for a life well lived. MAKEUP Antonym Cosmetics has succeeded in making high quality makeup that is both cruelty-free and natural. Their unique eco-friendly packaging ketches the eye, but the product inside is the real winner. While the highly pigmented colors are certainly there, this makeup is for natural beauties who dislike cakey makeup. Instead of covering your face, Antonym helps you enhance what you already have. We tested the Baked Highlighting Blush in Cheek Crush and we are impressed. It is our belief that …

NYFW 2020: Aveda Joins Sustainability Forces With Gabriela Hearts

Aveda is a well-known pioneer in sustainable beauty and clean ingredients. They were one of the first to use 100% post-consumer recycled materials in packaging, and several products in the brand’s catalog today are made with 100% PCR. The backstage beauty hero Nutriplenish™ Leave-In Conditioner being among them. It is no wonder then that they would collaborate with Gabriela Hearst during fashion week, with artists creating sleek looks to go along with the show’s theme, “Re-purpose With Purpose”. The new collection featured an array of recycled and repurposed fabrics, finding new techniques that could work with waste but would not compromise quality. As fashion brands look for more ways to be sustainable, the fashion industry as a whole is being changed by consumers demanding more transparency and less waste. Re-create this Aveda look, just like head artist Jimmy Paul, for the Gabriela Hearst show with a flat iron and a line up of powerful, yet gentle, botanical products.

Makeup Museum To Open In New York City

New York’s 2020 newest cultural institution will be all about the significance of makeup. The first ever Makeup Museum is ready to open its doors to beauty lovers everywhere, and its debut exhibit is called “Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America“. We like to believe this was the height of glamour. The museum will be located in the meatpacking district at 94 Gansevoort St. Support for the museum shows how the beauty community is coming together and they want everyone to be a part of it. The first exhibit is set to open in May 2020, but tickets go on sale in March 2020. To find out more, visit the museums’s website. “The Makeup Museum is a critical institution for the cultural landscape in New York, and globally, because makeup has a 10,000-year history. Spanning from the ancient Egyptians with the coal eyeliner that they used to Kabuki and Geisha makeup in Japan, all the way to drag makeup and the influence that it has today on pop culture. There is so much that the Makeup …

Self-Care Insiders: Spa Talk With ISPA’s President, Lynne McNees

Officially the International SPA Association plays an important educational and research role in the spa industry, for professionals and spa-goers alike, however it does so much more than that. Today, it is more important than ever to promote wellness and self-care for those looking to live a healthier lifestyle. ISPA gives us a glimpse into the wide world of spas, they are the real insiders. Most importantly, their mission is to promote the advancements in wellness for public welfare. This means more than luxury spa treatments. Spas and wellness should be encouraged and accessible to the masses; through fitness, self-care, spirituality, holistic health, medical care, and yes, professional spa services. Fostering new leaders and making sure the public and media are made aware of quality wellness services, available and visible to all, has been at the core of ISPA’s philosophy since the very beginning. ISPA’s President, Lynne Mcnees, admits that when ISPA launched, there was a real lack of education about what the word spa means and what spas can do for your mind, body …

Hôtel Plaza Athénée: A Refuge For Elegance

This story was written in collaboration with and for Hobnob Magazine. Photography by Ellen Swandiak. For full story, click on the link. Hôtel Plaza Athénée is one of the most well-known hotels in the world, but unless you are looking for it or taking a walk on 64th street, you might not be aware of its exact location. The quiet upper east side area allows for the hotel’s privacy and this makes it the ideal hideaway. The remarkable hotel has a rich history, serving visitors since 1984. One of their most frequent and notable guests was Diana, Princess of Wales. Famous for their tasteful interiors and boutique feel, this upscale location has longevity that never goes out of style. Our editors attended an exclusive event that allowed for a tour of all the hotel offerings, including the esteemed Valmont Spa. The event served as a reveal to their hotel rooms and restaurant re-design and upgrades. Arabelle Restaurant’s surreal sky ceiling will have you mesmerized, while bites of food from a menu created by Chef Oliver …