wellness

BALI WELLNESS DIARY.

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I first visited Bali in 2016 and it continues to inspire me as my favorite dream destination to connect with nature, spirit, and nourish my wellness. This recent visit was amazing and the experience reflected to me how much I’ve grown since then.

Just like the western expats that live in Bali, I’ve created a life that is consciously driven and spiritual. A few years ago, I would have never dreamed that I would manifest this life and redefine my version of success finding purpose as a digital nomad living an intentional life immersing in meaningful experiences.

After several weeks of saying I’d share this diary, but have prioritized lots of other projects and client shoots this year, I finally have carved out the time to write and share this short but sweet visit to Bali. My journey started way before the 20+ hour flight from LAX. You can read this experience on How I Made it To Bali without a Passport 10 hours Before My Flight.


ULUWATU

One of the reasons for this trip to Bali was to attend our friends Martine and Cliff’s wedding. It was the most magical and perfect wedding set in the stunning Alila Villas Uluwatu Resort. The resort sits atop limestone cliffs overlooking a beautiful vast blue ocean. Literally the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding. The resort was impeccably designed with stunning hallways leading to the main infinity pool to each private villa with a personal pool. You can reach a private beach down a thousand step path. Before the very exhausting hike back up, I spent time soaking up the sun. It was definitely worth it for the views and knowing there was a spa session waiting for me also helped.

 

 

 

Laying out on the sand wearing sustainable swimsuit by Peony Swimwear.



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My spa session included a lemon grass herbal steam, followed by an oil massage. It was the perfect treat after what felt like the thousand steps of death for me. Also before we departed, I took a private yoga class in the most stunning outdoor studio space overlooking the ocean. This was one of my favorite yoga experiences!


BINGIN BEACH

I’ve always wanted to explore the southern Balinese beaches since I didn’t make it to this region during my first trip. I found this little slice of heaven called Bingin Beach, a dream destination for surfers and dreamers. I worked with a California based swim brand, SEGARA SWIM, shooting their look book in this dreamy escape.

Perfectly framed palm leaves is my kind of paradise, but besides the picture perfect views, our room was only steps away from the pool. I have a gift of finding perfect boutique hotels and curating experiences which I’m finally excited to offer.

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This beach location, boutique hotel, and my travel tips are listed in my BALI TRAVEL GUIDE available on 12/12.


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I traveled with my sister on this trip, so this was the perfect opportunity for some sister time. I wanted to share my way of traveling which is very mindful and wellness-oriented. So I planned most of the itinerary of this trip and booked us an authentic Ayurvedic wellness experience at Sukhavati Bali.

The property is located just outside of Ubud and beautifully integrated the natural surroundings. Upon check-in, we were greeted with a warm welcome by the staff and given our scheduled itinerary. We stayed in a beautiful villa with an outdoor shower and private pool.

Our itinerary included:

  • Ayurvedic Doctor Consultation

  • Lifestyle recommendations post-retreat

  • Ayurvedic facial & foot massage

  • Ayurvedic Session (Abhyanga and Shirodhara)

  • Customized Ayurvedic Session

  • Vegetarian Meals

  • Car Transfer

  • Yoga Class

AYURVEDIC WELLNESS

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I’ve been integrating a deeper sense of wellness and holistic approach to living for a few years now. Ayurveda is an ancient science rooted in India which has always resonated with me. I wanted a deeper experience and this trip was an opportunity to immerse in Ayurvedic healing.

We received an individualized consultation from the resident Ayurvedic doctor. The doctor reviewed my overall health background and used pulse reading. From this one session he was able to diagnose a health condition I’ve had for over two years! It was amazing and more than I can ever expect from a Western doctor. With an individualized recommendation of dinacharya (daily routine), pranayama (breathing exercises), and custom herbs, I’ve seen a shift in my condition and overall health for the better. Unlike my first trip, I did not get sick towards the end of my travels.

The first treatment we received was a full Abhyanga oil massage and Shirodhara treatment with two therapists. In the afternoon we received simultaneous Ayurvedic facial and foot massage which was pure heaven. It was really amazing being so taken cared of at Sukhavati. Felt a deep inner peace and happiness that can only translate with experience.

MOVEMENT + NOURISHMENT

In the morning, we participated in a gentle yoga class. The property is situated in multiple levels with lots of steps. You’re forced to get some exercise, but you won’t mind it too much in such a beautiful sacred natural setting. We had breakfast in the common area and met another retreat guest doing a full Panchakarma. She was the owner of Spring Spa and generously invited us to get a treatment while we were in Bali.

NATURE + HEALING

I believe there is so much nourishing medicine when you are immersed in nature. Each treatment room overlooked a river and jungle. The natural soundtrack during my session elevated my healing and sensory experience. I’ve been fortunate to receive so many healing sessions in my adult life, but the most nourishing ones last weeks after the session. This was one of those experiences.

Sukhavati is really a slice of Ayurvedic heaven in the middle of Bali. The beauty of Ayurveda is that it is an individualized holistic approach to health and healing which includes nourishing your mind, body, and spirit. It’s not a one pill, quick fix-all that many wellness brands and products promise, but an integrated lifestyle. So grateful for the opportunity to receive such an elevated experience from the warm staff at Sukhavati Bali. Highly recommend you experience for yourself.

Book your Sukhavati Bali Ayurvedic Wellness experience here.


UBUD

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I ended the trip in UBUD which was where I previously spent the most time during my last visit. On my last full day to explore Bali, I hired a guide and learned a lot more about the culture, customs, and history. Visited Pura Tirta Temple, a sacred holy water spring where people come with the intention to purify themselves. Community and ceremony plays a huge role in Balinese people’s daily lives. A majority of the native Balinese people are Hindu and gift daily offerings to their gods. Their practices are so beautiful and cultivate a sense of purpose and connection to nature and the divine daily.

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I’ve been on a deep spiritual journey and it was fitting to perform this for myself as a ceremony for washing away hindrances. I am in no way perfect or fully ‘healed’, but am much closer to an awakened consciousness than I’ve ever been since this trip. There is so much significance when you visit a place you’ve visited previously. You can reflect back on how much you’ve changed and grown. It was less about going to all the cool spots to check-off and humble brag on social media. It was about learning, nourishing, healing, connecting, and trusting in the divine.

On my way to the airport, I received a download to step into leadership and finally offer curated experiences for people to nourish within. This is an intention that has evolved from the first time I announced I want to offer more than superficial influence in 2016. I’ve produced a lot of beautiful offline gatherings and retreats in the past few years and honored to be of service and gift you an experience you deserve.


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Escape to Two Bunch Palms

It's been a few months of staying grounded in LA. By grounded, I mean no international travel since my solo spiritual retreat to Taiwan in January. Not traveling feels pretty strange this year considering I've traveled outside of California every month for the past 2.5 years since leaving my last 9-6 pm agency job in 2016 to pursue this very fulfilling sometimes challenging career as a conscious photographer and consultant. After over two years of traveling to dreamy destinations, I've learned this year to chill and save those airline miles for more intentional trips. Also, living in the golden state offers diverse landscapes and day trip destinations that doesn't require the hassle of checking-in a luggage and flying uncomfortably for several hours. So, I was excited when my best friend invited me to escape to the desert for a weekend of wellness at Two Bunch Palms.

I first visited Two Bunch Palms over 4 years ago. Since my first visit, they have expanded to include beautiful mineral pools and wellness offerings. 

 

We arrived in Desert Hot Springs around dusk. Since we arrived in the evening, we decided to take a nighttime dip in one of the many mineral pools. Looking up above the star-filled sky while floating was pure magic. 

The next day we had a quiet tea ceremony before breakfast listening to the soundtrack of birds chirping and mineral waters running. The property includes several accommodation options, wellness spa, Essence restaurant, hiking trails, a pond with small rabbits running around and different mineral pools. As part of our stay, we could sign-up to any of the wellness activities available. We took the 'Art of Creating Abundance' class which was held in the Glass House. It involved intuitive art and wine tasting. Highly recommend to anyone who might be interested in something like this. In the evening, we attended a sound bath which was a really amazing. I slept like a baby that night.

 

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I've been very fortunate enough to experience a lot of different wellness modalities. From Ayurvedic and Holistic sessions to wellness massage in Tulum and to experiencing this amazing luxury wellness day in Taiwan. I share these trips to inspire investing in experiences that nourish your physical and spiritual. 

Two Bunch Palms Spa offerings include Ayurvedic sessions, facials, energy healing, water and massage therapy. I opted for the Desert Detox massage which left my skin and hair feeling very nourished while I floated on a calm cloud the rest of the day.

What I really loved about my experience at Two Bunch Palms is how you feel very much taken cared of at the resort. The service provided by the staff is above and beyond. We didn't even leave the resort from check-in to check-out to maximize our wellness reset.

 

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As I've mentioned many times over, being in nature practicing self care is always the best medicine. If you are seeking a reset, I highly recommend visiting Two Bunch Palms. I've linked a few of my travel essentials for this trip below.

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My Wellness Journey.

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Over the years, I've shifted my perception of caring for myself as not a selfish act but an act of self-love. If you know me, you've seen my shares on my self-care rituals and wellness experiences on this VISUAL DIARY and my Instagram. In my early twenties I had digestive and general imbalances. When western medical doctors couldn't alleviate any of my symptoms, it led me to seek out holistic ways of healing. Since I started on my wellness journey over 5 years ago, I've integrated a deeper understanding of how to attain physical, spiritual and emotional wellness. I've learned so much from holistic healers, wellness experts, intuitive guides and a supportive community. I still suffer from imbalances as my Ayurvedic constitution is prone to being out of balance. Now I have a deeper compassion and patience with the process cultivated from integrating Ayurveda, practicing my morning tea + meditation ritual, reading Buddhist teachings, and doing self-care practices. I'm so grateful to receive so much insight and support. I wanted to share my personal journey in Wellness.

Although my profession is in creative content and production, you maybe surprised to know I have a Bachelors degree in Public Health. My early intention was to work for a non-profit to help solve healthcare issues and alleviate diseases at a community level. After pivoting careers from health to fashion design to finance and to my current role as photographer and consultant, I still have this desire to promote wellness. Wellness has been a trending topic the past few years. This Vogue documentary on wellness is actually a really entertaining and accurate portrayal of the wellness world in Los Angeles. For me the definition of wellness is honoring yourself through rituals, connection with your highest self, nature and community. It is deeper than doing yoga, consuming green smoothies and supplements. It's balance in physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. After diving deeper into my wellness journey last year and investing in both inexpensive and luxurious wellness experiences, the practices that truly aligns me is rooted in tradition and strengthening intuition.

My formula for wellness includes a combinations of daily rituals:

Journaling

I've been journaling for years but did not start doing it daily until someone recommended I write morning pages upon waking up. Writing out 10-15 minutes of stream of consciousness significantly improved my days. I continue to write daily and it's one of my favorite forms of self-care. In Ayurveda, my constitution is Vata Pitta, which essentially means I'm highly prone to anxiety and over-thinking. Prior to writing daily, I would journal sporadically documenting what I wanted to call in or what I was struggling with. I'm very solution focused to all my problems but writing daily gives me perspective and gratitude for just being. Daily journaling supports me in a therapeutic way and is the foundation for creating space to manifest what I'm calling in.

Tea + Meditation

My life has been transformed since integrating tea and meditation. Tea is my heart and soul medicine. It allows me to connect inward, provide clarity and strengthen my intuition. Allowing stillness through tea + meditation is also a beautiful way to start my day. My first tea experience started on a spiritual retreat in Kauai. I'm extremely lucky to have my own personal tea practice, share the way of tea with loved ones and sit in ceremony with my tea community. 

I attended my first meditation class in 2010 at Against the Stream. My boyfriend has been a student of the Dharma for over a decade and to have him as a spiritual partner and lover has helped me become a more mindful human being. Meditation was something I did not easily integrate until more recently in the past few years. It's been a journey but the more I practice meditation, the more I have clarity. The mind and ego creates delusion. To practice non-attachment with our thoughts and expectations is truly the key to end suffering. It's easier said than practiced. But I continue to practice meditation to cultivate happiness and equanimity even in discomfort.

Ayurveda

I have been integrating Ayurveda for a year now and its changed my life. Ayurveda is defined as the science of life. Although it probably seems to be trending more recently, this science is over 5,000 years old and is essentially a manual on how to live and align your life based on your prakriti or body constitution. The simplest way I can describe my journey with Ayurveda is that it's a way to align with nature. I've been able to shift my diet sleep, energy, digestive, and spiritual wellness through Ayurveda. A big part of Ayurveda is that food is medicine. I practice mindful consumption where I connect with my food. One way is by honoring those who grew and farmed the foods, packaged and delivered it. I try to cook at least one meal a day at home. When you cook a meal with positive energy and intention, you're able to fully digest and consume with intention. Sometimes I'm not able to cook at home due to work or travel, so I still honor the source of the ingredients and share gratitude for the meal before consuming it. Also best not to work or look at my phone while I'm eating. There's so many other ancient Ayurvedic self-care rituals I have learned but food was what drew me in. I also practice Abhyanga self oil massage and tongue scraping. Being consistent with your dinacharya or routine is suggested for all dosha types. My health and wellness is still a work in progress, but I've been patient with the process. Connect with nature and find harmony within is a process especially while living in this fast-paced modern world.

Community

Living in the mecca of wellness of Los Angels and working with conscious brands has given me the opportunity to try a lot of different wellness experiences. Sometimes I need extra support and thankfully I have a community of healers, wellness resources, and spiritual events in my city. I'm also very lucky to have a supportive relationship, family, friendships and community. I truly believe that we are all connected and as ancient traditions would prescribe 'connection to community is what keeps us healthy. So grateful to share my personal journey and today will be taking over The Moment's Instagram for my #MOMENTOFBEAUTY. Follow along @themoment where I share what beauty means to me and my personal self-care, wellness and spiritual practices.

Wellness Diary: Wulai, Taiwan

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After a beautiful ten day tea + zen retreat in Taiwan, I gifted myself a luxurious wellness experience to gently integrate back to the real world. As I've mentioned in my Tulum Wellness Travel Diary, gifting myself with the experience of travel is the ultimate act of self care. Traveling solo has become my annual ritual. Being able to create space for myself has been a beautiful expansive journey to strengthen my intuition, deepen my connection within and nourish my creative spirit. My intention is to share how I create this sacred space through my recent wellness experience in Taiwan.

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After researching several enticing destinations in Taiwan, I decided to explore Wulai Hot Springs for its close proximity to Taipei. I made my 24-hour adventure in Wulai worthwhile with a visit to one of the most beautiful resorts, VOLANDO URAI SPRING & SPA RESORT. I had afternoon tea and a light lunch the day I arrived and got to experience a beautiful sound ceremony by the river. Two artists performed on a platform elevated above the pool that overlooked the lush mountain side backdrop. The ceremony was performed in harmony with nature with the visual elements in synchronicity with the natural sounds of water, wind and rain. Across the river echoed sounds that also became part of the drumming ceremony. It was magical. Coming from a spiritual retreat with heightened sensitivity and a year-long journey connecting with nature, this visual art + sound experience resonated so much with my creative spirit.  

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The next day I indulged in a wellness session at Volando's Dasha Spa. I booked a massage with a hot spring bath. The spa room was so dreamy with a stunning view of Wulai river. Helen, my lovely practitioner, gave me an intro to Chinese medicine's 5 element theory (Earth, Water, Fire, Wood, Metal). I picked an essential oil based on my 'intuitive choice' (eyes closed) which my inner LA Hippie appreciated. I started with a foot soak, then relaxed in the most luxurious bath that drew water from springs. I definitely felt a little extra during this self-care session but I always practice gratitude for these special experiences I receive. I could have stayed in that room forever but I had a 14-hour flight back to Los Angeles the next day. 

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If you are traveling in Taiwan, I highly recommend visiting Volando resort in Wulai. As mentioned on my previous post, I will be consistently sharing my work, travel and wellness journey on this VISUAL DIARY with the intention to inspire conscious expansion through travel, wellness and experiences.

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Conscious Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, I wanted to support the conscious community I’ve been so blessed to have connected with this past year. Because I’m so deeply moved by brands rooted in intention, I’ve curated a holiday gift guide to share my recommendations for conscious gifts featuring intentional products and holistic experiences.


MUSE BATH | SELF CARE

My friend and creative soul sister, Kristen Flores, created Muse Bath a conscious company offering intentional products for deepening your self-care rituals and intentional life. Her background in herbalism and media birthed this beautiful brand that I adore. Each product is handmade in Long Beach, California poured with love + intention.

My favorite Muse Bath apothecary: Gratitude Mist, Manifest Mist, New Moon Bath, & Full Moon Bath.

She has generously offered a special 10% discount for my community. Please use code ”conscious10” at MUSEBATH.com


NEAKITA | NOURISH

Hannah Mills created this conscious collection of ancient tea blends with the intention for people to slow down and experience drinking tea while bringing balance and connecting back to earth. NEAKITA ingredients are sourced organic, fair-trade and ethically wild-harvested herbs. Made in Venice, California. In honor of mother earth, a tree is planted with each NEAKITA tea purchased. Each blend was formulated with a specific healing function and my favorites: Rose, Wisdom & Grace.

She has generously offered a special 10% discount for my community with the code ”conscious10” at Neakita.com


TARA CURRAN HOLISTIC NUTRITION | NOURISH 

Tara Curran is a certified nutritionist with a loving and supportive approach to holistic health. She’s given me the guidance and self-care tools that I needed on my wellness journey through one-on-one work with her. Starting January 7th, she will lead an amazing group nutrition program that includes nutritional education, support in digestive health & balancing hormones, meal plans, and self care tools for lasting habits.

She’s generously extended a 10% code for the UNCOVERED group nutrition program. Use code “Gratitude10” here.


THERAPEUTIC SKIN COACH | SELF CARE

I’ve been going to Hayley Wood for my monthly holistic facials for almost a year now. I always look forward to her warm and supportive approach to skincare. Her sessions feel like therapy hence the ‘therapeutic’ name. Her knowledge of skincare and products is vast and each session leaves me feeling both an external and internal glow. I cannot recommend Hayley enough to everyone. Book a session on Therapeauticskincoach.com


WILD OMEN | NOURISH

Met the founder of Wild Omen at Mercado Sagrado a few years ago. She is a beautiful spirit and holds a deep reverence to nature. This is infused in her gorgeous batches of raw chocolates. She produces her intentionally made chocolates in Taos, New Mexico using organic, wild-crafted ingredients by hand and stone.

I love all her chocolates but my favorite is definitely the WILD ROSE raw chocolate. Made with cacao, wildflower honey, cacao butter, wild roses, wild nettle and sea salt. Available for purchase on WildOmen.com


In Studio w/ MUSE BATH

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Lovely Sunday from a few weeks ago spent @museyoursoul's studio. She recently released her new @musebathPeace Ceremony line in collaboration w/@easytobreathe 🌿✨

As a former fashion brand owner, I appreciate brands that create products with intention and CEO's that make conscious decisions. There's always the traditional way of being successful that focuses only on the bottom line without regard for having a purposeful presence. The companies that I see as successful impact you in a deep, meaningful way and customers will support its financial growth. This topic is something I feel so passionate about and so grateful to practice this in my own work 💛Also feeling so lucky to work with conscious brands and owners that nourish not only my creative purpose of visual storytelling and authentic marketing but creates work that impacts the collective good. Thanksgiving is over but I'm still#gratefuleveryday 🙏🏼

11.12.17

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It's not about the precious teaware but the practice.

To put things to perspective, while in NY I drank my tea in a paper cup for four days. Not being in my sacred space at home or not having my tea ware didn't stop me from my practicing my sacred ritual. 〰
I've always consciously had a cup half full mindset. The gratitude I have for what I currently have creates space to receive what I am manifesting. Without any expectations, I received a beautiful Kyusu from my love earlier this week and yesterday gifted myself new tea bowls from @puerhbrooklyn.

This morning at home, I filled and emptied my cup. I've gained far more than aesthetically beautiful teaware. The wisdom, clarity and intuition from my daily sadhana is the gift. I'm sharing this not to be preachy but with the intention to influence a daily practice. Whether its meditation, journaling, reciting mantras, yoga or sitting & drinking tea..gift yourself something sacred before that daily scroll on this app we love.#elevatedandaligned

AUTHENTICITY

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AUTHENTICITY is defined as the quality of being genuine. I believe we all have our interpretations of what authentic truly means especially in the digital space. As a collective, I believe we all strive to be genuine even though content we share on social media are curated + filtered constructs of our real life. 〰 Through a daily mindful practice and inward journey, I'm grateful to have discovered my own expression of what it truly means to be genuine both online and in real life. As you may have observed this year, I've shared my experiences visually and through (extended) written captions on Instagram as well as on my digital diary. For me the focus isn't to have more likes, comments or increase my engagement. I share to influence others and offer something meaningful outside of this digital space. As I consciously choose to practice what I promote, I wanted to offer an experience for others to go inward and discover our intention behind why we create the content we share online. Whether this relates to the personal experiences we share on social media to connect deeper to our community or to influence others to purchase products or to be transparent about our business. Communicating through authentic visual + written content is available to us all. You don't have to be visually creative, a content creator, or a digital marketing expert to be able to create authentic content. We all possess the conscious creator within 🙏🏼✨

This Sunday 10/22, @museyoursoul and I are co-teaching our#ConsciousContentWrkshp @wmn_spaceto inspire a mindful + hands-on approach to content creation and authentic expression in the digital space. Our intention is to align our digital and real life presence through meditation, discovery, shooting flat lays + portraits and connection to community. This workshop includes a gift from@musebath, portrait session w/ me, tea served by @neakitaorganicgoods and food by @sorellacollective 🌿✨Link in bio to reserve your spot.

Living in Alignment

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So grateful to have spent a beautiful weekend immersed in deep spiritual consciousness through self care rituals, ceremonies and gathering in community. This all sounds super woo-wooh ✨and I feel called to continue to share my personal experiences because I am consciously choosing 'to practice what I preach' and inspire through my digital platform. The more I integrate (or invest) in my self care practices, daily meditation and connection to community, the more I've grown my business.

My intention is to create a unique container for others to also feel in alignment with their work, wellness and community. To promote investing in experiences that nourish your self care and your work.

I've been gifted with the amazing opportunity to co-create elevated experiences for women through@wrkspc_oasis. To merge what seems like two opposite parts of our lives- our work and our self care - is possible. The intention has manifested in my own experiences and the feedback we've received from women experiencing our past #wrkspcoasis days is proof we can invest in ourselves and also find success in our work. As we transition out of Summer and into Fall, it's a beautiful opportunity to bring a shift and balance in our daily lives. 〰
So excited and honored to host our 6th WRKSPC Oasis this Thurs 9/28. Please join us for an elevated day of working, connecting, & meditating with a community of supportive women 💻👯🙏🏼🌿✨ Portion of the tickets will support the large container that supports us all 🌏@charitywater @kissthegroundca@oceana 🌻🐋🌊


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Skincare + Beauty

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The more I dive deep into my self-care and wellness, the more I consciously align with the brands I consume. At least that is what I've experienced this past year. Since I started using these amazing organic skincare brands and consciously consuming foods + supplements, I can proudly say my skin is back to a healthy glow. I use these green beauty products on a daily and weekly basis and sharing to promote consciousness in the products we consume.

1. CLEANSE | PURISTRY CACTUS CLEANSER

Stumbled upon this brand while I was perusing the green beauty section of Anthropologie. I was attracted to the minimal design of the bottle, but ultimately loved the scent of this gentle cleanser. It's certified organic and the ingredients (aloe, flower extract, oils, etc) are anti-inflammatory and hydrating. 

2. HYDRATE | OSEA SEA MIST*

I love this mineral sea mist from this Malibu based organic, vegan skincare brand, OSEA. I spritz this on after cleansing, to prep my skin before adding my moisturizer and oils. I discovered this brand after they gifted me a set of their products last year. The family owned and run business has a beautiful range of seaweed and natural ingredients. I have this mist in both the full and travel sizes.. so I'm obviously obsessed and highly recommend!

3. MOISTURIZE | RENEW BEAUTY YOUTH SERUM

I've been using oils instead of cream-based moisturizers and it's so nourishing for my dry/sensitive skin. I LOVE the scent of the combination of superfood and medicinal herb ingredients in this serum (Argon, Jojoba, Carrot seed, Rose, Lavender & more). I add about a few drops and sometime mix it in with my moisturizer at night if I feels extra dry. I wake up with skin that feels soft, rejuvenated and glowy!

4. GLOW | THE BUFF BEAUTY BOOSTER*

Another oil I've incorporated into my skin regimen is the Beauty Booster in Grapefruit from THE BUFF (avail at Urban Outfitters). Met the lovely owner, Jasmine, at Fashion Week years ago. We've both similarly merged our own fashion + wellness journeys into our current careers. So proud of her for launching this amazing brand of customizable skincare. I love the simplicity of her products and she has the beautiful skin to prove that it works!

5. PROTECT | JUICE BEAUTY CC CREAM

I am such a minimalist when it comes to make-up. What I consider as "wearing a lot of make-up" involves less than 5 products (eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, bb cream w/ SPF and sometimes blush). This CC cream is kind of amazing. Besides it reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, it evens out my complexion and doubles as sun protection with SPF 30. This is minimal make-up user's dream.

6. NOURISH | CARE/OF VITAMINS*

Since this post is more a conscious, holistic way of promoting skincare + beauty, I also included my new favorite supplement company, CARE/OF. I am THAT GIRL that has a dedicated cabinet with 12+ bottles of vitamins and supplements. Since I travel a lot and never have the same schedule (or am at the same place each week), it's kind of inconvenient to carry around all my supplements. I've tried bagging individual pills in ziplock bags.. the pills get crushed and mixed up in the bottom of my bag. What I LOVE about Care Of Vitamins, besides the cute customized little packet that says "MADE FOR KRISTINE" is the fact that they make it easy for me to take my supplements. The packets are beautifully designed, small enough to carry in my purse and easy to locate. Also, it's customized to what I need..according to the test I took on their site. Currently taking: PROBIOTIC BLEND (for gut health), MAGNESIUM (for sleep), RHODIOLA (for stress), & VEGGIE OMEGA (for overall health). Use code: KRISTINE50 for 50% off your first month of vitamins at TAKECAREOF.COM

Please note: this is not a sponsored post :) The products featured were purchased or gifted* 

Self Care Rituals

 

So honored to have shared my self care journey and rituals with GOOEY GIRL - a digital platform by Lenea Sims that promote self-care practices and feature women in wellness. We met at Workspace Oasis - a women's coworking + wellness popup I've co-created. As I consciously choose to honor myself, I have been attracting beautiful like-minded women on the same journey. Below are a visual + written excerpts from my first wellness feature.

 
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My daily self-care rituals include journaling, meditating, feeling gratitude, taking supplements and caring for my physical body through conscious consumption
 
 
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My weekly and monthly rituals include yoga, baths, spa days, Holistic facials, healing massages, Ayurvedic sessions, sitting still in nature, capturing moments through photography, tea ceremonies, moon circles, women’s gatherings, and traveling. These are all beautiful experiences I’ve been fortunate to manifest into my life.
 
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Since I’ve committed to investing in my well-being, the universe has supported this. I’m so grateful that my wellness journey aligns with my work, my passion and my community.
 

Full interview here.

TULUM WELLNESS GUIDE

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Gifting myself with the experience of travel is the ultimate act of self-care. Traveling not only expands my consciousness but nourishes me creatively and spiritually. I wanted to integrate my commitment to self-care and wellness in this recent visit to TULUM. If you know me at all you'd know I'm obsessed with this dreamy coastal beach town and have past travel diaries to show for here, here and here. This time I am sharing a different kind of travel guide that includes wellness with the intention to inspire you to take that much needed soul-nourishing experience. 

STAY.

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We stayed at the beautiful boutique hotel, NEST TULUM. The interiors were beautiful and every nook of the property had a gorgeous detail. Each room had its own hammock and the property is right on the beach where you can lay out on a day bed drinking cocktails. Highly recommended for couples and conveniently close to the Sian Ka'an and YAAN Wellness.

 

 

 

 

My experience at NEST was so lovely. The staff is super friendly and daily breakfast was included. They serve you wellness shots in the morning - lemon water and a probiotic drink. My favorite breakfast option was the vegan tacos. If eating delicious vegan tacos on vacation isn't dreamy enough, you also get a gorgeous view of the ocean. 

SIGHTSEE.

I experienced my first spiritual retreat this year in KAUAI and left feeling so incredibly connected to nature. I'm so grateful for the experience of hearing the birds, the ocean and meditating to a beautiful sunrise. I've learned that reconnecting to nature is an essential part of a soul-nourishing trip. We skipped out on touristy Tulum and Coba ruins and opted for a boat tour of the Sian Ka'an. Just south of Tulum is this beautiful eco-preserve. The tour is on the pricier side since there are only a limited number of boats allowed to do low-impact eco-tours of the Sian Ka'an. The sustainable benefits outweigh the price and this is for you if you're not a fan of the tour bus crowds. At one point of the tour we ended up on a sand bank where the lagoon meets the Caribbean sea. No one else around but us 5 on the tour and makes you realize how empty and beautiful the rest of the Yucatan was before all the hotels on the beach popped up. You really get a close-up view of the beautiful flora and fauna. We saw different species of birds, sting rays, crocodiles, underwater cenotes, and beautiful mangroves. My favorite part was floating down the Muyil river- a lazy river the ancient Mayans used as a trade route. This was probably one of the most adventurous experiences I've done considering we spotted crocodiles en route to this part of the tour! 

EAT.

 

After visiting TULUM annually for several years now, I finally tried out the gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar free restaurant at Sanara Tulum called The Real Coconut. Had the most delicious coconut flour tortilla quesadilla and chips with guacamole and a vegan nacho bowl. I don't really eat meat, but my boyfriend really enjoyed his order of organic chicken breasts.

SELF CARE. 

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This wouldn't be a wellness trip without a day spent at the most beautiful spa in the world, YAAN Wellness. Started the morning with some yoga, followed by an amazing healing water circuit. You go from sauna and steam room, then shower in between ending the bath circuit at a purified crystalline water pool. I have to thank my Ayurvedic Practitioner, Julie Bernier for recommending Yaan! Every corner of Yaan Wellness is impeccably designed. This trip was with my boyfriend for our combined June birthdays, so we also treated ourselves to couples massage. I can confidently say after getting at least a dozen massages in my lifetime, this was the best one I've ever had. After our massages, we ended with a luxurious floral essence bath as if the self-care session couldn't get any better.

WEAR.

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Perfect vacay swim wear by MADE BY DAWN.


WORKSPACE OASIS

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This year I've been fine tuning what I wanted to offer to the world. I'm so grateful that I'm in a position where I have this flexibility in life to explore my purpose and passions. My job titles are photographer, content creator and consultant but I also crave community and wellness. 
Next month, I am co-creating a co-working and wellness popup. Our launch event on April 5th will be at the beautiful Parachute Hotel. This event is so meaningful because the intention truly matches what we are marketing. We want women to make genuine connections with other women, collaborate and inspire one another. In addition, we wanted a space that offers wellness + holistic services which I think is truly "the secret sauce" to being successful. I will be sharing more details and how to attend, so please follow @wrkspc_oasis.