Coffee Mate

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White


 
 
 

Wellness coach Jamie Graber takes us through her morning coffee recipe (with a side of supplements) to get her body and mind aligned for the day. Perfect for your Monday AM caffeine kick, or any time you need a perk.

 
 
 

2 oz espresso
 

10 oz hot water
 

1 teaspoon maca
 

1/2 teaspoon cordyceps
 

1/2 teaspoon rhodiola
 

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
 

1 teaspoon ghee (Ancient Organic's is my favorite)

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Blend the above ingredients
(You can also substitute espresso for 6 oz of coffee and 4 oz water)

 
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for more info

visit organicallyjamie.com

Dove Loves

Written by Lynn Levoy | Photographed by Eric White


 
 

Welcome back to Dove Loves, Lynn’s definitive guide to the products and pieces she’s loving - her favorites du jour, the holy grail of what she’s coveting, researching, talking about, and obsessing over.

 
 

Dr. Barbara Sturm super anti-aging serum and spf drops

 
 
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Super Anti Aging Serum

This is, hands down, the hero product. Magic in a bottle. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin since I started using the Super Anti-Aging Serum from Dr. Barbara Strum. It’s packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that make your skin smoother and prevents new wrinkles from forming. It plumps, firms, add moisture and since it’s full of peptides, it boosts collagen like nothing else.

 
 
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SPF Drops

Why didn’t I think of this ? It’s genius. You simply add the 50 SPF drops to your favorite moisturizer and you’re out the door. Or you can use it on it’s own. It contains active ingredients of Cassia Extract, Vitamin E and Beta-Glucan, so it also slows down the onset of wrinkles and improves discolored skin tones. Now we really have no excuses not to wear SPF everyday because It’s. That. Easy!

 
 
 
 

C Class

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White


 

When we found out Joanna Vargas was launching a Vitamin C serum, we knew we needed to get in. On. That. We usually pop the vitamin in pill form as soon as we start sneezing, but we had no clue how great it is for the skin too. According to Joanna, Vitamin C is the prime building block for a great complexion and that it can aid any skin condition. Read on for more intel on this magical serum.

 

A Wild Dove

OK so we need the Vitamin C breakdown. What exactly does Vitamin C do to the skin upon application?

Joanna Vargas

Vitamin C brightens the skin, evens out pigment, and reinforces your elasticity at the molecular level. It guards the skin against cell mutation, caused by exposure to sun and pollution in your everyday life.

 
 
 
 
 
 

A Wild Dove

Wow, ok. Major benefits it sounds like!

Joanna Vargas

It will also extend the life of your skin cells, so you will just look younger the more you use it!

 
 
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A Wild Dove

Whoah. That sounds like magic! What about the classic Vitamin C pill? How does topical application compare to oral ingestion?

 
 

Joanna Vargas

They're similar in concept. Both provide the body with an extra layer of protection against cell mutations while reinforcing cellular function.

 
 
 
 

A Wild Dove

Are there any risks to Vitaminc C in topical application?

Joanna Vargas

Vitamin C is very unstable so you have to go with a trustworthy skincare line. It’s hard to maintain potency in the bottle. Also some formulas can be very drying. I tried to be very aware of those when creating my Rescue Serum.

 
 
 
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Dove Loves

Written by A Lynn Levoy | Photographed by Eric White


 
 

Welcome back to Dove Loves, Lynn’s definitive guide to the products and pieces she’s loving - her favorites du jour, the holy grail of what she’s coveting, researching, talking about, and obsessing over.

 
 

Christophe Robin regenerating mask

 

Prickly Pear Seed Oil came on my radar about a year ago and found it's one of those rare, magic elixirs. So when I saw this product by Christophe Robin, I had to try it. It’s super thick and you don’t need to use it more than once a week at the most. Prickly Pear is an antioxidant, so it repairs and nourishes. I only use it on my ends, otherwise it really can weigh down your hair.  But it really leaves your hair oh-so shiny. Let’s hear it for some pear in the hair!

 

A Beginner's Guide To Crystals

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White


 
 

Are you intrigued by crystals but feeling intimidated? Like you want to try them but don’t know where to start? We got you. We spoke to Rashia Bell from The Cristalline who breaks down the power of crystals and their benefits in this quick hit guide. Her tips, below.

 
 

My favorite crystal is...

 
 

“It depends on the day, but one of my must haves at all times is Selenite which is amazing at clearing the energetic body.”

 

When I'm feeling stressed, I use crystals to...

“Immediately create a shift in my energy. I use different stones for different things. Selenite to clear, Pyrite to protect, Black Tourmaline to ground, Citrine to focus and inspire."

 

It all depends on what I am trying to achieve in that moment. Crystals are so multifaceted in their ability to change how you feel.”

 
 

My favorite moment with crystals is...

 

“When I am about to go to bed at night. There is an immediate sense of calm that comes over me. I use my crystals to truly leave the day behind, invite new beginnings, access my subconscious energetic layers and create a greater sense of understanding oneself even while I sleep.”

 

My advice to someone discovering crystals is...

“Don’t be intimidated to try out different stones and explore different ways to work with them. And remember it isn’t about searching for the right crystals based on their meaning or trying to achieve a certain goal. If you seek them out, they will find you.  Just open yourself up, allow the stones to resonate and they may surprise you!”

 

for more info

visit thecristalline.com

Dove Loves

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White | Styled by Lynn Levoy


 
 

Welcome back to Dove Loves, Lynn’s definitive guide to the products and pieces she’s loving - her favorites du jour, the holy grail of what she’s coveting, researching, talking about, and obsessing over.

 
 

David's premium natural toothpaste and cocofloss

 

As I try to work the all-natural vibe into my medicine cabinet, I have been loving Cocofloss, a super-cleansing, high performance dental floss. Totally hard to get excited over floss, but this one rocks. It’s so good. And natural. And non-toxic. It’s thick and glides really well. You’ll definitely see a difference after the first try and you’ll be hooked. And the hint of coconut and mint, well, it makes even that much better.

 
 
 
 

Follow it up with David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste. I love that it’s all natural and made from the highest natural quality ingredients. There are no sulfates, no fluoride AND it really whitens. The list goes on - it’s vegan, cruelty-free, energy-renewable, family-owned. The exact kind of product I want to be using after everyday.

 
 

Too Kule For School

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White | Styled by Lynn Levoy


Nikki Kule was born into fashion. Here’s the gist - her father Gene Kule was the “King of Pants” having created the 1970’s clothing brand Happy Legs with her mother Arlene. Knowing she wanted to continue the biz’, Nikki attended Parsons The New School for Design in Paris and New York and honed her aesthetic around the world. She took a role with her family, but after having her first child, saw an opportunity to create luxe children’s wear by launching KULE in 2001. Soon after, chicsters from Amy Astley and Stella McCartney to Madonna came calling. Based on her initial success, Nikki then launched a full boy’s and girls line for Brooks Brothers. But as her children grew older, she decided to design women’s clothes to better serve her own passion.  She naturally gravitated towards stripes, and thus KULE was born. It’s become the de-facto must-have line for a cool Parisian-meets-New York take on the stripe. We spoke with Nikki about everything from horizontal lines to the little ones, and how she manages it all -


 
 

A Wild Dove

What was the "trigger moment" for launching an exclusively striped collection?

 

Nikki Kule

Stripes have consistently been included in all of my collections, starting from my first season for the KULE children’s line. When I decided to transition my business from children’s to women’s, I wanted to focus on something I truly loved.  Stripes make me happy. I had been searching for the perfect striped shirt my whole life.  Since I have never found it, I figured it was time to stop searching and create it myself.

 

A Wild Dove

We couldn’t agree more! What’s a typical day like for you? Can you describe the different "hats" you wear?

Nikki Kule

Every day is a little different. I work closely with a great team in our Soho-based studio. One day I might be working with my team on a look-book shoot, and on other days I might have the phone plastered to my ear on conference calls with my factory.  My favorite days are when I am wearing headphones and designing the upcoming collection or creating content for our social platforms. One thing is consistent.  It’s very busy every day, but all of the hard work is worth it.

 

A Wild Dove

Being an entrepreneur, you must be learning a great deal along the way. What is one mistake you learned from?

Nikki Kule

The one mistake I have learned along the way is that I can’t be afraid. There was a time when I really wanted to design women’s clothes, but one of my close friends was a designer. As I didn’t want to compete, I started a children’s wear collection.  More recently, when I wanted to launch a women’s stripe focused collection, someone I knew had started one six months before me. Both times I changed my course since I didn’t want it to seem like I was copying them. I eventually went ahead and did it anyway since it was all I ever wanted to do.  I decided to chase my dream and not worry about what other people think.

 

A Wild Dove

What's the best advice you've been given?

 

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Nikki Kule

A piece of advice I follow and often share, is to stay focused, trust your instincts and make decisions quickly. It’s easy to get caught up in trends and other people’s work. The only thing that will set me apart is me.  

 

A Wild Dove

We’re writing that one down. How do you stay balanced?

 

Nikki Kule

I always make sure to spend quality time with my family. We are really close and they help me stay grounded. I also love to run. I release so much stress and can rebalance simply by running and exercising.  I also love to stay in on the weekends, catch up on reading or watch old movies.

 

A Wild Dove

What are the next steps for Kule?

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Nikki Kule

While stripes will always remain the focus of the collection, I am slowly expanding our accessories and outerwear categories. We are also introducing a Resort and Summer collection for the first time in 2018. And I have a secret project in the works right now with a long time friend that I am so excited to share later this summer.

 
 

A Wild Dove

Who are your style icons?

 

Nikki Kule

To name a few of the obvious - Lauren Hutton, Jane Birkin, Lauren Bacall, Sofia Coppola and Alexa Chung. To name a few of the not so obvious, my mother Arlene Kule, who taught me about quality and taste and Ruth Shuman, who founded the charity Publicolor. Both are inspirations inside and out.

 

A Wild Dove

What makes you fly?

 

Nikki Kule

Stripes!! They make me happy. Not to be literal, but my airport uniform always includes a striped top because who doesn’t want to be happy when they travel?

 

for more info

visit kule.com

Dove Loves

Written and Styled by Lynn Levoy | Photographed by Eric White


 
 

Welcome back to Dove Loves, Lynn's definitive guide to the products and pieces she's loving right now - her favorites du jour, the holy grail of what she's coveting, researching, talking about, and obsessing over.

 
 

Kahina Giving Beauty Moroccan Rose Water

 
 

I adore the Moroccan Rose Water from Kahina Giving Beauty. The smell is heavenly and I love the after glow. I use it first thing in the morning, especially around my eyes, then again later in the day if I need an extra moisture boost.

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Unlike other rose sprays, this is 100% distilled from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, so you already know it’s rich in minerals and anti- inflammatory properties. And perfect to refresh throughout those scorching hot summer days!

 
 

Hanging On A Rope

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White


Think jump rope is solely for grade school games during recess? Think again. Amanda Kloots is bringing our favorite childhood activity to adults through her intense workout, The Rope. Amanda founded the class after working as a private trainer and saw how awesome jumping rope can be for cardio, strength training and agility work. She started experimenting on her clients and suddenly realize she had discovered something unique. We can tell you, firsthand, it works! We sat down with Amanda to talk through this amazing workout and its benefits, and how she manages to stay balanced while building The Rope’s future (hint, it involves launching her own jump rope!) Our conversation, below.


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A Wild Dove

The Rope is such a kick ass workout. Can you detail the benefits of jumping rope?

 

A Wild Dove

Jumping rope is literally one of the best exercises one can do!  It tones your entire body while torching calories and shrinking body fat! In my class I focus on four themes while jumping - warmup, coordination, endurance, and speed.  Warmup works on perfecting your basic jump and getting your heart rate up.  In coordination, I add in fancy footwork to connect your brain to your body, which strengthens your brain and helps with agility.  Endurance is the third interval.  In this sequence I encourage everyone to jump at a certain tempo for a longer period of time to build their endurance. Lastly, we work on speed and stamina by doing sprints. Whether you are a beginner or advanced jumper, you can work on on four themes and you see yourself get better with each class.

 

A Wild Dove

Your workout seems great for traveling, all you need is the rope! Can you walk us through some exercises we can do when we can't make it to your class?

 

Amanda Kloots

Absolutely!  If you are traveling, a great way to work in The Rope is to focus on intervals: 

  • Begin jumping for two to three minutes and work in some planks to get your core fired up. Grab the rope in both hands and start toning your abs with standing abs leaning left and right, keeping your arms above your head.

  • Start jumping again for another two to three minutes. Grab your rope above your head and work on some standing lunges pulling the rope down toward your body to get an upper body workout as well! After completing lunges on both right and left sides, begin jumping again for another three minutes.

  • Throw your rope down on the floor in one line and hold a plank over your rope. Tap your right leg over to your left and then switch to the other side for three counts of eight. Do the same with your hands.

  • Grab your rope and finish off this mini workout with another few minutes of jumping!

 

A Wild Dove

What are some tips for keeping good form while jumping rope?

Amanda Kloots

  • Stay low! You don't need to jump higher than the rope thickness.
  • Always keep your shoulders over your hips, your hips over your knees, and your knees over your ankles!
  • Keep your elbows at your waist and your arms in a 90 degree angle.
  • Make sure your abs are engaged, your glutes are tight, and your knees and feet are together
  • BREATHE!
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A Wild Dove

The Summer Series at the One and Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas sounds heavenly. Can you give us the inside scoop?

Amanda Kloots

This is the ultimate weekend getaway! I cannot say enough about the resort, it is gorgeous and the staff are fabulous. You get three workouts with me, one each morning! You also get a paddleboard lesson, lunches, dinners, and cocktails. The best part is you can get there in two-and-a-half hours and then it's absolute heaven!

 
 
 

A Wild Dove

Sounds it! You must have a crazy schedule, how do you stay balanced? Any rituals you can share?

 

Amanda Kloots

I have a hard time staying balanced but I do my best. I always take one day off a week where I let my body completely relax. I get medical massages each week and acupuncture when needed. I also am religious about icing my muscles and rolling out with a foam roller!

 
 

A Wild Dove

What are the next steps for The Rope?

 

Amanda Kloots

The next steps are super exciting. I am in the midst of creating my own jump rope!! Stay tuned!

 
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A Wild Dove

Lastly, what makes you fly?

Amanda Kloots

I absolutely love teaching! I get so energized walking into a class and seeing everyone excited to work out. The endorphins after teaching a class that lasts for hours, I can't get enough!

 

for more info

visit amandakloots.com or

check out the class schedule here

Dove Loves

Written by Lynn Levoy | Photographed by Eric White


 
 

Welcome back to Dove Loves, Lynn's definitive guide to the products and pieces she's loving - her favorites du jour, the holy grail of what she's coveting, researching, talking about, and obsessing over.

 
 

The Nue Co Plant Protein and Gut Food

I’m already a huge fan of The Nue Co. Debloat Food & Prebiotic so I knew I’d love the Plant Protein & Gut Food immediately. The prebiotic and probiotic aids digestion and metabolism with it's unique blend of hemp and pea protein making it the perfect addition to my morning smoothie with all my favorite adaptogens. It’s not super high-calorie, unlike so many proteins, but light and totally satisfying. One tablespoon is the equivalent of two eggs for that morning charge, while nine amino acids helps nails, hair, skin and immune system. Best of all worlds.

 

Joy Dushey’s “Joyful Approach” Retreat

Written and Photographed by Joy Dushey


We spoke with Joy Dushey, founder of The Joyful Approach and M.O.F. (member of the flock) on her first-ever wellness retreat that provides the perfect reset for busy mamas and non-mamas, alike. Needless to say, we are IN on the next one and will bring you along with us. In the meantime, she tell us about her magical weekend away.


My first “The Joyful Approach Retreat” was one of the most heightened experiences of my life. I created the retreat with the intention of bringing all kinds of women together to unite in a healing process through The Joyful Approach intensive workshop, with astrology integration, and daily yoga, all in beautiful Tulum, Mexico.

 

I collaborated with Alia Mai, a yoga instructor and founder of Kin Yoga Retreats in Tulum along with the outstanding astrologer Rose Theodora based in Los Angeles. Both Alia and Rose are contributors to The Joyful Approach and both incorporate spirituality to their teachings. The three of us worked thoroughly on creating an integrative retreat that would facilitate growth and healing through introspective work, as well as bringing awareness to the mind, body and spirit by creating a sacred space for women to open up and share in a safe environment.

 
 

The retreat was situated at Casa Violeta, a chic, tranquil hotel on the stunning white sand shores of Tulum. The hotel is family-owned and the staff pours love and care into every detail to ensure the guests feel comfortable, rejuvenated and can have a profound experience.  We were a total of 15 diverse women from New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, New Mexico, South Carolina and Steamboat Springs, CO. Out of the 15, nine of us are dedicated mamas trying to find the balance in our lives for self care and support in the day to day responsibilities that come along with mama-hood.

 
 
 

The morning began with a morning practice of meditation and Hatha Vinyasa. We then had a beautifully prepared breakfast set overlooking the ocean with delicious fruits and natural ingredient foods, such as pancakes made with ginger, almond and quinoa.

 
 

For the first two days, I taught The Joyful Approach curriculum.
The first day was based on the six fundamental components of the Joyful Approach holistic lifestyle: Sleep, Nutrition, Hydration, Breathing, Thinking and Movement. It was about raising awareness and  bringing the components into balance to create a more holistic approach to our lives. On each topic, we touched on supporting mamas in challenges they face. When we spoke on the importance of movement and time management, we talked through creative ideas of how to exercise with your child. I taught the importance of breathing throughout our day as well as dedicating time for meditation with mindfulness. I guided a meditation and stressed how important this is to avoid “reacting” with your child and learning to pause and breathe in moments of stress.

 
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The second day was part two based on more emotional components and how we relate to each other, ourselves and the world. The components that support the six fundamentals such as “boundary setting”, setting intentions, core values, self love and living in authenticity. Boundary setting is an area I still work on day to day, so we all shared the importance of setting boundaries as mamas. Core Values are also an area for us to create clarity so that we can make choices as mamas with always having our core values in place.

 
 
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On the third day, Rose led a powerful workshop on astrology. It was not only fun and exciting but also eye opening. Rose facilitated private sessions for each guest with an astrology reading based on their charts that were prepared in advance. She guided those that asked about their children’s signs and offered skills to orient with them with a better understanding of why they are the way they are!

 

After these workshops we broke for another delicious meal prepared with love and creativity for lunch.  There were a few hours left open for free time to go out on excursions and discover Tulum until our daily practice of Yin Yoga. This was a beautiful way for us to melt our minds and bodies into deep relaxation.

 
 

We had elegant dinners that were also tons of fun. It was a time where we could all share our experiences from the day in an intimate setting or someone would prepare a speech and bring gifts for the group.

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We were blessed to have a sound bath with the amazing Alesandra Montana of Suhuy Multi Vibrational Therapy after dinner. We layed comfortably on our mats in the darkness with the warm breeze brushing our faces, the smell of Kopal in the air and surrendered to the sound waves and harmonic vibrations. The several sound instruments included quartz, crystal, Tibetan bowls, Chinese gongs, mayan shells, didgeridoo and human voice that all helped to restore inner balance. It was complete magic.

 
 

Another highlight of the retreat was a pop up shop of Kimonos hand sewn with intention by my LA sister Rita Ghanime. There were also beautiful dream catchers designed by Alia Mai, hand-knit crochet bikinis by Laguna Collective, and essential oils I brought with me from my teacher David Elliot, along with Lavendar silk eye pillows from Lara Elliot made with her Reiki light.

 
 
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The last powerful event was my facilitating a group Breathwork healing session. I have had groundbreaking transformative experiences with this style of Pranayama Breathwork. With my intention to be able to share this with the world. I witnessed these women letting go, feeling safe to experience cathartic journeys and free themselves through endorphin release. When the session ended we stayed in this space of radiant love, we were laughing, crying, and playing like we were children again. It was beautiful and a memory that will stay in my heart forever.

 
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For more info

visit TheJoyfulApproach.com

 

As modern mamas living in the over information age, (where everyone is an expert and parenting opinions are shared as freely and easily as an Instagram post) it can be tough to filter through the white noise to find the facts. Naturally, we’d love to consider ourselves wise in all sorts of ways, but the truth is sometimes we’re scrawling SOS in the sand. Good thing we’ve got the guidance and expertise of our own personal rockstars: the people who inspire us on the daily. Our rockstars (our flock) are enthusiasts, professionals and influencers in the fields of wellness, travel, education, style—the list goes on. Each one brings a profoundly different perspective to the table, one informed by their own experiences and outlooks. And that perspective is priceless.

They say it takes a village…we say it takes a flock.

Let Them Shine

Written by Aaron Goldschmidt


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When it comes to children’s programs, Shine is going beyond the usual finger painting and story time. Not only is the organization our partner in creating amazing workshops for kids, but everything the founder (and M.O.F - member of the flock). Aaron Goldschmidt does seeks to unlock a child’s individuality and potential through exploration, creativity, and acceptance. Shine is based in traditional teaching philosophies, but with a modern understanding of today’s child, inspiring children and their families through experience and community. Whether in New York or the Hamptons, we turn to Shine for everything child-related. This summer, as our thoughts turn to camp, we sat down with Aaron to talk summer camp options and how to make the right decision for both your child and your family -


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A Wild Dove

OK so we are obsessed with everything you do. Can you break down the general philosophy of Shine?

Aaron Goldschmidt

Shine is for families of all make ups to learn, play and party. We provide an array of services but most importantly we create custom children’s enrichment programs providing creative-based opportunities for them to explore ideas and concepts that come up in both school and the world around them. All Shine classes focus on practical, social, and life skills helping to create critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and thoughtful humans.

 
 

A Wild Dove

Love that. And what are some unique programs or collaborations taking place at Shine?  
 

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Aaron Goldschmidt

Currently we are working with you guys to create workshops for kids based on art happenings in NYC, LA and the Hamptons. We just did an amazing collaboration for The Met Gala. This summer we are partnering with iconic East End locations for Pop-Up Mondays.Every Monday we run camp at places that have often been reserved for very few, including Nova’s Ark, LongHouse Reserve, Wölffer Estates, Guild Hall, Amber Waves Farm, Historic Sag Harbor and more. Children will get a behind the scenes look at these locations and we will be inspired for a week’s worth of activities at our regular camp locations of CMEE and Madoo.

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A Wild Dove

Can adults come too? Kidding. But truly this sounds incredible. As parents start to think about camp options, how does the Shine philosophy extend into the idea of summer camp?

 
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Aaron Goldschmidt

I saw a need in the market for a small, creative-arts based program that provided authentic, local experiences as well as traditional camp ones. I am child of the 70s and camp for me was always very special. We sang Cat Stevens and Harry Chapin around bonfires, made boondoggle bracelets, and spent all day outdoors in nature. I wanted to recreate that feeling for a more modern, city kid. Camp should be a place that supports a child’s interests, doesn’t feel like school, has a relaxed attitude, and provides a one of a kind experience. We are now entering our fourth season and each year we continue to grow and change along with our campers and community.  

 

A Wild Dove

What do parents need to know in advance when deciding whether or not to send their kids to camp?

 

Aaron Goldschmidt

First and foremost, what works for the family? What is your budget? What are the transportation logistics? How does it fit into your vacation plans, work schedule, or other fun summer activities with the family? Once these basic questions are answered, do some good old fashioned due diligence. Ask your friends, go online, see what’s out there, read reviews, make some calls. Just because a camp is the most popular doesn’t mean it’s the best one for you.  

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A Wild Dove

That’s so true. If you do decide to send them, what are some of the benefits?

Aaron Goldschmidt

While summer is a great time to loosen up schedules and have fun, two and a half months without some form of structured activity can lead to family meltdowns and a struggle getting back into the groove come September. Whether it’s a few days a week, a few weeks over the summer, or full time, camp provides a structure to a season without one. Many families have working parents so camp is sort of a necessity. For others it provides a great opportunity for children to make new friends, have new experiences, and spend time doing things they really love.

 

A Wild Dove

What do you do when your child is not a typical or "ideal" camper?

Aaron Goldschmidt

Something I think we can all agree on is that no child is typical.  If they were it would make planning and creating programs so much easier.  I think it’s crucial to have an understanding of your child and who they are. Camps nowadays vary in what they offer and there is usually a camp for every kid. Just know whether or not your child thrives in large group settings or smaller, more focused ones.  Understand if they want to spend their days playing sports, making art, learning to sail, or all three. Putting a small child through a new experience can be a challenge so communication is important. Go for a visit first and let them see how cool it is, what it looks like, and get a feeling for what they will be doing.

 

A Wild Dove

What is the greatest misconception about summer camp or a factthat would surprise most parents?

 

Aaron Goldschmidt

I'd say the most popular camps often have big marketing schemes but aren't always the most inspired. They've been in business for a long time and often lack freshness or modernity. Do your research. Also, parents should know that often times at big camps your children are not able to be supervised as closely as they'd wish.

 
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for more info

visit shinenyc.net

As modern mamas living in the over information age, (where everyone is an expert and parenting opinions are shared as freely and easily as an Instagram post) it can be tough to filter through the white noise to find the facts. Naturally, we’d love to consider ourselves wise in all sorts of ways, but the truth is sometimes we’re scrawling SOS in the sand. Good thing we’ve got the guidance and expertise of our own personal rockstars: the people who inspire us on the daily. Our rockstars (our flock) are enthusiasts, professionals and influencers in the fields of wellness, travel, education, style—the list goes on. Each one brings a profoundly different perspective to the table, one informed by their own experiences and outlooks. And that perspective is priceless.

They say it takes a village…we say it takes a flock.

Crystal Clear

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White


An interior design firm that makes your home feel beautiful and functional? Yes please. An interior design firm that improves the energy of your home that makes it a happier place to live? Absolutely! Such is the premise behind The Cristalline, the firm founded in 2015 by Rashia Bell, a crystal healer and designer and Elizabeth Kohn, who’s also a designer. The pair most famously for placed crystals throughout the new studio of The Class by Taryn Toomey, including under its floorboards to keep in love, protection and healing while pushing negative energy out. They do the same for homes, inputting their design expertise while also determining the best place for say, a Rose Quartz to let love in or a Black Tourmaline to keep out electric currents. We were so inspired by The Cristalline’s work that we followed them into their client’s space to experience firsthand how it all comes together in the home.




A Wild Dove

Now more than ever, balancing our energy in our physical space seems so needed. What was your trigger moment in deciding it would be your life's work?

 

Rashia Bell

It came out of a process of trying to balance my own energy, living in New York for so many years and constantly going. I was drawn to stones as a child and had worked in jewelry, so I loved being around stones. Years later I started to meditate but was continually defeated by my inability to focus. I had started collecting crystals and one day I decided to just take one and hold it in my hand. I felt the stone’s energy and the sensation racing up my arm. From there I went on to testing out different stones and seeing how different the energetic response was. As my knowledge with crystals increased, I realized that the cumulation of all of the different career paths was to merge crystals and interior design in an effort to both balance one’s energy and the spaces they inhabit.

 

A Wild Dove

Such a wonderful idea. Can you tell us about the services The Cristalline offers?

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Rashia Bell

We aim to have The Cristalline be a full-service lifestyle company that helps you create balanced energy within all areas of your life. We believe that your home is the foundation for having a “well life.” Our specialized offerings include our Energetic Interior Design Services. These start with an assessment of the current state of your space both energetically and aesthetically, identifying imbalances and space challenges. We then offer recommendations to help create a space that is balanced in function, design and energetic perspective, incorporating crystals. From there we then delve further into the more traditional side of interior design in sourcing home furnishings, materials and space planning, but the unique aspect is really the merging of all of these components and how these changes can largely support your harmony and wellbeing. The most full-service layer of our work provides larger scale design services for the construction, project management and furnishings required for full space renovations. We also offer one-on-one private crystal healing experiences and workshops to introduce people to crystals. We do private crystal events and host wellness experiences, such as the Wellness Escape that took place in May in Colombia.


 

A Wild Dove

That sounds amazing. We can’t wait to have you over!
So if someone wanted to explore crystals on their own, how would they best go about it?

 
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Rashia Bell

The best way to explore crystals is to experience them. Go to a shop, touch and feel them, note the textures, shapes and sizes, then ask questions about them. I believe those interactions are a great introduction to crystals and once your interest is piqued, you learn about them in other ways. Our Crystal Healing workshops are often the first place that people come when wanting to learn more about crystals. It's a joy to be able to provide a vehicle for them to be able to experience the stones firsthand in a relaxing environment.

 
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A Wild Dove

Do you have a favorite crystal? (We promise we won’t tell the others)

Rashia Bell

It changes by the day and depends on my mood, energy level and what I am trying to work on. The crystals that definitely blew me away at first were stones such as Black Tourmaline, Hematite and Pyrite that block the Electromagnetic Frequencies that radiate off of our technology and all of our devices. I put them everywhere, on my cable box/wifi modem and on my cell phone at night. You cannot have enough of these stones especially living in NYC apartment buildings where we not only have to worry about our own devices but all of the other ones in the apartments around us.

 

A Wild Dove

What is the difference between your work with crystals and Feng Shui?

Rashia Bell

We are interior designers, and we are always looking at spaces with our aesthetic knowledge, our honed taste, and a trained eye. These tools give us the ability to grasp within a room the emotions and feelings that they evoke that are the result of beauty, proportion, fluidity, functionality. We instinctively know when a space does or doesn’t feel right and can immediately identify if it is the result of design, function, poor space planning or energetic factors. We help people attain the best flow and alignment between all of these elements.

 

A Wild Dove

We're sure there are some exciting projects and future plans for The Cristalline. Can you share some?

Rashia Bell

We did a collaboration with Onda, the natural beauty online destination. It is a Self-Care set of rough crystals coupled with our Himalayan salt bar. I spent five years as a cosmetics buyer, so it is fun when past and present lives collide. We are launching e-commerce, which will offer our personally selected crystals and exclusive designs for the home. We’re planning a soft launch this summer with a revamped website and full rollout in the fall. Additionally I am taking The Cristalline on the road within the US and South America to offer our services and events to those outside of New York. I love spreading the crystal love all around the word!

 

A Wild Dove

We can’t wait to check it all out! Lastly, what makes you fly?

Rashia Bell

As a designer the ability to travel is my oxygen. Discovering a new place, an unfamiliar culture, artisans and their crafts that is what inspires me most. I relish seeing crystals from where they grew from the earth. The history, the rawness, the ability to resonate with the fruits of the earth is a truly moving experience that never ceases to ignite my passion.

 

The Cristalline’s Rashia Bell and Elizabeth Kohn take us through crystals and the how, which and where to incorporate them into your living space. Check out this easy guide below to bring some positive energy into your home.

 
 

Septer Amethyst (Bedroom Nightstand)

The Septer refers to the structure of this special type of Amethyst. Their pointed structure 'points' us in the direction of things we do not have, yet desire, and show us the path to how we can grow. I like Amethyst in the bedroom. It's a stone of protection so it creates a safe space for a restful sleep.

 
 

White Quartz Crystal Geode
(living room)

We like to use large geodes in the home because they help maintain clear energy flow within spaces.

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Barite, White Calcite and Pyrite (Bedroom Dresser)

Barite (top left) - helps to uncover dreams and access the spiritual world.

White Calcite with Pyrite (middle right) - Both of these are viewed as protection stones. White Calcite is a very grounding and calming stone, and pyrite helps to block negative energy.

Pyrite (bottom left) - Pyrite also helps to block the EMF frequencies from technology.

 
 


Apophyllite & Stilbite (Bathroom)

Apophyllite is a gentle, beautiful stone that helps one to forge a spiritual connection. Stilbite clears the energy of the mind so that one can find inner peace and take charge in discovering dreams and desires. We like to use this stone in bedrooms and bathrooms because it helps create very serene energy in it's surroundings.

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Celestite (Foyer)

This is a calming and uplifting stone that helps to create universal energy. In the entry of the home, it helps to maintain stable energy levels by blocking outside noise and distractions.

 
 

Kyanite with Clear Quartz  (Kids Room)

We chose this blue kyanite for a young child’s room because it is a very nurturing stone that enhances communication and expression to support development and learning. It is a great stone for children as they learn to read and articulate themselves.


For more info

visit TheCristalline.com

Sitter Outfitter

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White


Whether you’re working full time, part time or just want a little “me” time on a Saturday, you mamas know how tough it is finding great care. People you can trust with your most precious possessions, who will engage, care for and nurture your children like you would. Lauren Mansell understood the struggle, so last year she decided to do something about it. She launched the app Hello Sitter that enables mamas to find someone at the last minute and know they are experienced, trustworthy and thoroughly vetted. Whether you’re in New York or the Hamptons, you no longer have to text five sitters right before a fabulous party or business meeting. Payment is also secured in-app and you have the ability to store your favorite sitters to create consistency in your child’s care. We were so floored by this incredible idea, that we had to chat with Lauren on this major light bulb moment and the joys and perils of starting a new business with a wee one at home.


A Wild Dove

 Break it down for us. How do you even begin to develop an app? Do you have a tech background?

 

Lauren Mansell

I have no technical background and that gave me certain disadvantages but also a lot of advantages. Rather than looking at it like an engineer, I looked at it through the eyes of a customer and made a product that I thought was not only great to use, but easy to understand and nice to look at. I have to learn every day and half the time I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, but I worked hard and leaned on people with more skills than myself.

 
 
 
 
 

A Wild Dove

Which is so important that you were able to let go and do that. What was your trigger moment in developing the business?

 

Lauren Mansell

I had left my previous job and knew that I wanted to start a business. While I was researching ideas, I had terrible trouble finding sitters. I didn’t have a 9-5 job and so the guilt of leaving Ady with sitters that I didn’t feel were great was hard. Either I didn’t want them taking her out, or I felt they weren’t engaging with her enough, and the majority of the time I stopped working and rearranged plans so that I could do it myself. I couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a better solution and so I decided to make one. The trigger moment was when I started talking to other moms about my idea and they were so enthusiastic and excited, I knew I was onto something.

 

A Wild Dove

You definitely were! It’s a very common dilemma. How do you balance a start-up and being a mom?  

Lauren Mansell

It’s hard and sometimes I struggle, but I try and have dedicated times for each role and in each of them I try to be present. On one hand, it is hard running your own business because the majority of the responsibility lies with you, there is no end time and always something I could be doing (hence why I am writing this at 11pm!) However, it allows you to set your own schedule. I can be at Ady’s school whenever I want or be there when she has a playdate.  I have the ability to swap an hour in the day for one in the evening and for that, I feel very grateful.

 
 
 
 

A Wild Dove

What was this morning like for you?

 

Lauren Mansell

This morning was actually great because it is the first day of spring break for Ady.  Normally we are rushing, trying to be ready and eat breakfast before we have to leave. However this morning, we slept in, played picnic in our pajamas until the nanny arrived and then I jumped in the shower.

 

A Wild Dove

Love that! What is your therapy?

Lauren Mansell

Shopping.  I have a slight addiction and I don’t think my husband will ever understand when I try and explain the peace it brings me when I am shopping or the calm that washes over me when I am in a department store.  It sounds weird but it is my happy place.

 
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A Wild Dove

Um, we can definitely relate!
What has been a mistake you made along the way and what did you learn from it?

Lauren Mansell

I make mistakes daily, I think the best way to learn is to make mistakes.  The biggest one though is thinking I can do it all and do it all well.  This was not the case - I couldn't run the day-to-day, all the social channels, build partnerships, and run marketing, be head of support, head of product and PR. I tried to give ‘everything’ but made errors thinking about too many things at once.

 
 

A Wild Dove

Totally. OK you're stranded on a desert island, what are the five things you need?  

Lauren Mansell

My husband, my daughter, a satellite phone, sunblock and a hammock.

 

A Wild Dove

Hammock! Yes. Lastly, what makes you fly?

Lauren Mansell

Being surrounded by people. I am a very shy person but once I make friends I hold them close and nothing makes me happier than being around good friends and family. Just chatting about nothing, laughing and enjoying each other's company. They say humor heals and I couldn’t agree more.

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for more info

visit Hello Sitter

Title Change

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White


Jamie Graber recently made a change, a big one. After seven years owning the popular West Village cafe Gingersnaps Organic, she chose to focus on wellness and lifestyle coaching and recently launched her new website Organically Jamie. It’s not easy to make a change as an adult, and we wouldn’t be alone in often wondering, “What If?” We spoke with Jamie on how she came to make that leap of faith and what’s lies ahead in her next chapter.


 

A Wild Dove

So you’ve made a huge transition recently. Many of us are probably experiencing similar desires to make a change but we fear what lies ahead. Can you walk us through your thought process in making the change and offer some guidance for our readers?

 

Jamie Graber

It was a difficult decision and one that I took a long time to make. As the years rolled along with Gingersnap’s I felt less and less inspired. I sat with that and noticed that I was feeling depressed and each day it was more difficult for me to get up and go. Once I got there, I would see the customers and light up, but often I had to go handle some store emergency. I made lists of the things that lit me up and then lists of what I spent my day doing. I took a look at those lists and saw that they were very different and it was in that moment that I knew I had to make a huge change.


My advice is meditate and journal for a month. Notice what you do daily that makes you happy and what doesn't.
Make lists and compare them. Get a coach to help you navigate making changes.


 
 

A Wild Dove

We love how you refer to your work as Cognitive Reframing Sessions. Can you tell us what that means and share what those sessions are like?

 

Jamie Graber

It is the idea that you have the ability to choose the way you see the world.  We can choose to see life as happening to us or for us. It is your perception that will change the outcome and the journey. It is finding out the thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back and training yourself to see it differently. It is behavioral training that changes the way you perceive the world. It is similar to the Law of Attraction, but goes deeper than that. You have to sit and see what your blocks are and then we do the work to remove them, through pattern changing and Reiki, which is a subtle body energy work that helps facilitate block removals.

 

A Wild Dove

That makes total sense to us. Especially since we're all trying the be the best versions of ourselves.
For the busy mamas you coach, what is some advice to help them balance, restore and thrive?

Jamie Graber

Start with knowing that there is a reason they tell you to put your mask on first during the safety portion of flights. You can’t be of service to your family without taking care of yourself first, and that is not being selfish. Finding a way to move your body at least 45 minutes a few times a week. There are so many options. The important part is finding something that works for you, something that is fun and therapeutic.  And I would say a daily, nonnegotiable is to sit quiet for a minimum of 10 minutes and do some form of mediation.  This can be mantra based, guided, anything that helps you sit quiet, and breathe.  Long breaths in and out.

 

A Wild Dove

Food and cleansing was also such a big part of Gingersnaps, how do you think those themes parlay into the work you're doing now?

 


Jamie Graber

It all goes back to prioritizing yourself and doing things that make you feel good.  Everyone feels better when they are making conscious choices, whether food, thoughts, company. Some sessions are mostly about food, but that is just a small part.  It is the deeper feelings of self worth that most people have to work on.  When you are loving yourself, it is so much easier to make better food choices.

 

A Wild Dove

It’s amazing to see you truly following your heart. What are some suggestions you can give to others seeking to empower themselves and follow their dreams?

 
 

Jamie Graber

Meditate, sit, quiet your mind.  Take the time to really observe what you are doing daily and see if that is bringing you closer to what you really want. I can’t say enough how important I think having a coach can be. The ability to have someone who can be objective about what they see as your blind spots and then holding you accountable is priceless.

 

A Wild Dove

What makes you fly?

Jamie Graber

Seeing clients, friends and family make changes in their lives based on our discussions. Laughing with my friends and family. Noticing all the blessings and love that surrounds me. Fun projects with my husband, we are currently copper electroforming crystals.


For more info

visit organicallyjamie.com