Rituals - Tata Harper

 

Founder of Tata Harper

 
 
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Whether a morning meditation or afternoon cup of tea, the rituals we practice serve us more than we realize. They are our life’s bookends, moments we rely on and enjoy. For mamas especially, these small ceremonies are what gets us through the day. At A Wild Dove, we are so inspired by rituals that we’ve asked some of our favorite mamas to share their smallest, most celebrated acts that help them feel their best.

Up next is Tata Harper, founder of the eponymous organic skincare line, Tata Harper. She shares her favorite with her children...

 

My Favorite Ritual With My Kids...

"is bath time. We love taking baths together before bed. It’s super relaxing, and my kids love creating custom blends depending on our moods. We’ll use salts, my Aromatherapy Collection (the Bedtime Treatment is a favorite), essential oils, and even dried herbs. The winter in Vermont can really dry out your skin, so sometimes we’ll add a few pumps of the Revitalizing Body Oil for extra hydration."

 
 

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Krushin’ Hard

Written by Michelle Walrath | Photographed by Jay Wen

 
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Ahh there’s nothing quite like back to school. The sweaters, the new sneakers, the smell of fresh notebooks. But one aspect of the September onslaught that we mamas can all commiserate on is LUNCH, specifically taking time out of our busy schedules to pack a protein-packed, healthy, all natural lunch that won’t end up in the cafeteria trash can. 

 
 
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Enter Organic Krush, an incredible organic restaurant throughout Long Island and the Hamptons. Founded by Fran Paniccia and Michelle Walrath, the pair was inspired to open the eatery after taking their kids to a concert and finding nothing, or nowhere healthy to eat. They signed on Swallow chef, James Tchinni and created a philosophy of  using environmentally-sourced proteins like tuna, salmon and chicken that have zero hormones and are always fresh, always organic. Needless to say we have a major “krush,” so much as that we asked Fran and Michelle to help us design the perfect kids Bento Box so we can incorporate their healthy vision into our kid’s everyday lunchtime staples. Here’s their take on a Deconstructed Buddha Bowl and some deslih snacks to top it all off.

 
 
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DECONSTRUCTURED BUDDHA BOWL

 

Toasted Quinoa

"It's one of our favorite hearty, protein-laden grains here at Organic Krush. Toasting quinoa is very simple to do yet people are often intimidated to try it! Toasting quinoa adds a delectable, slightly nutty flavor to the grain!"

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Instructions 

  • Measure the amount of quinoa you will be using. Place in a fine mesh sieve.
  • Rinse with running water 
  • When the water runs clear, turn water off and shake out as much water as possible.
  • Add wet quinoa to heavy duty (we love Le Creuset) on the stove top. 
  • Over high heat, let the quinoa dry out and "toast"
  • Use a wooden spoon to move the quinoa around the pot every few minutes.
  • Turn heat off and add the proper amount of water
  • Bring water / quinoa to a boil and then lower to a simmer
  • Follow directions on bag of quinoa for proper cook time.
 
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"Proteins, like chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu add great flavor."

 
 

"Mix in your kids favorite veggies, we love broccoli, sweet potatoes and edamame."

"I cut up veggies and store them raw in the fridge, then you can take out just what you need to do a quick steam or stir fry as you’re packing up the box. (grilled chicken can also be done ahead of time, and then squeeze with lemon and a dash of olive oil right before packing up).

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Snacks

  • Mix of Berries and Bananas
  • Coconut Flakes 
  • Popcorn with Flavor Topping
     
 
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“When purchasing popcorn kernels, make sure they are certified 100% Organic, as most corn crops in the United States are now GMO-corn. This means insecticides and herbicides have been injected into the corn kernel. We do not consider GMO-corn to be safe corn to eat. Most natural grocers sell organic corn and since popcorn is such a light, healthy, high fiber snack we love recommending it to children. In terms of cooking the kernels, our preferred method is the stove top Whirly-Pop. The kids can help twirl the kernels around the pot (using just a little bit of olive or coconut oil) and then they can also help shake on some fun toppings. We love this shredded coconut on Thrive Market.

Thanks to Organic Krush for these delicious tips, now we just want to know, is there an age limit for Bento Boxes?

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Rituals - Jaycee Gossett

Photographed by Jaimie Baird

 
 

Senior Teacher and Director of Training and Development at The Class by Taryn Toomey

 
 
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Whether a morning meditation or afternoon cup of tea, the rituals we practice daily serve us more than we realize. They are our life’s bookends, moments we rely on and enjoy. And for mamas especially, these small ceremonies are what gets us through the day. At A Wild Dove, we are so inspired by rituals that we’ve asked some of our favorite women to share their smallest, most celebrated acts that help them feel their best. 

 

My last ritual of the day is...

"a shower. My post-day and pre-bed ritual is my favorite part of the day. A long hot shower with my favorite products is the perfect way to clear my energetic body and the masses of sweat and salt on my skin! I love all the Onda Beauty bath and shower products from Larissa Thomson. I can go crazy trying out their natural skin care selections. My favorites are the Coco Rose Body Polish, Saya Body Wash and Goe Body Oil."

 
 

Beauty Shop

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White

 
 
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Walk into CAP Beauty and you are instantly transported to a land of luxurious all natural wellness. From the supplements to the teas, to the shampoos, face oils lip balms and a stellar offering for mamas and babies, CAP Beauty is our dream beauty cabinet, kitchen pantry, nursery and vision of an organic lifestyle all rolled into one. This west village zen-den is the brainchild of Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima, friends of 20 years who set out to create a modern, inspiring and inclusive home for the amazing world of naturals. They consider it a "clubhouse" for people to discover the power of plants, make new friends and elevate the way they feel both inside and out. Well this club is growing, most recently with the addition of a West Coast shop coming this fall in the new Fred Segal Sunset Boulevard location, a new website AND an anti-inflammatory CBD adaptogenic oil, The Daily Hit. We sat down with this incredible pair to get the lowdown on the shop, how they choose the line-up and why bee pollen makes for a pretty sweet dessert staple.

 
 
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So obviously we are obsessed with your shop. Can you describe the “trigger moment” in launching the shop?

When I found out that I had celiac I added a small category of natural beauty to my previous store Castor & Pollux. The response was fantastic, my clients were engaged in a way that I had never seen before and I decided that the world deserved a spot that was inspiring, modern, inclusive and filled with health. CAP Beauty was born.

How do you determine what you're going to buy or showcase for the store? Are there certain checklists you have for a product or brand?

Since there isn't a standardized definition of what “natural” means, we have an in-house definition that all products we carry are free from synthetics. Once that’s been established, we look for products that are effective, a joy to use and speak to us on some level. This can be a very intuitive process or one that is heavy on science, it depends on what product we are considering.

 
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Why do you think there is such a focus on wellness and what do you attribute it to?

Technological advances and our fast-paced way of life have made for a complex and nuanced world. We believe that the rise in self care and wellness is a reaction to everything moving so quickly around us. When we take care of ourselves we are better able to take care of others.

 
 
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Cindy’s Faves

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Kerilynn's Faves

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Totally. How do you think the wellness beauty movement, and life at CAP Beauty, has impacted your parenting style, if at all?

Cindy's kids are schooled in yoga poses and ask for bee pollen on their ice cream instead of sprinkles! They are interested in health and have picked up practices simply by being exposed to it through osmosis at home and out in the world.

 

Must try the bee pollen move! OK lastly, what makes you fly?

Meditation, exercise, spending time with friends and eating the most life-giving foods around allows us to soar.

 
 
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Rituals - April Gargiulo

 

Founder of Vintner’s Daughter

 
 
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The rituals we practice daily, whether a morning meditation, afternoon cup of tea, or evening snuggles, serve us more than we realize. They are the bookends to our day, the moments we come to rely on and enjoy. Rituals help us feel good and provide comfort in an otherwise chaotic world. For mamas especially, taking the time for these small ceremonies is what gets us through the day. At A Wild Dove, we are so inspired by rituals that we’ve asked some of our favorite mamas to take us through the small acts they incorporate into their day - whether with others or alone, and always with the intention of feeling their best. First up is Vintner’s Daughter, April Gargiulo.

 
 
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My favorite ritual with my kids...

"well, we have so many rituals, but the most constant is reading books before bed. I have one girl snuggled up on either side of me and it is glorious. I’m trying to get them into hiking too, but they haven’t seen the light yet."

My first ritual of the morning...

"I tend to wake up later than everyone else, so I come downstairs and give everyone a good morning hug. My sweet husband already has my green tea ready to go and I either have gluten free toast or goat milk yogurt for breakfast. I take a few supplements in the am too - multi-vitamins, vitamin D and a multi-adaptogen for adrenal support."

My favorite ritual alone...

"is meditation. It is one of my favorites times of day. I don’t have a set time that I do it. You are supposed to, but that doesn’t work for me. I appreciate the space and time of meditation more if i don’t have the pressure of a specific time and place."

 
 
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Dove Loves Zoe Organics

Written by Lynn Levoy | Photographed by Jay Wen

 

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

 
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Well, the name pretty much says it all.  Zoe Organics Everything Balm is for EVERYTHING. Callum uses it all the time, it’s perfect for little hands. It’s been the only product I can get him to use on his lips, which always seem to get dry. It’s also great for cuts, insect bites and just about any skin irritation. It’s an organic blend of shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil. And with a touch of vanilla and lavender, so the smell is oh-so yummy for lil’ ones. The history of the line is pretty powerful too. In 2009, founder Heather Hamilton lost her sister-in-law and left behind her most precious legacy, three-month-old Zoe. Heather had been working on an organic skincare line for months and saw, as a mama, a need for a truly natural line that combined wellness and luxury with social responsibility. After her sister-in-law’s death, the name Zoe Organics dropped into her heart, as an homage to her dear friend and mentor and as a celebration of life.

 
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A Wild Dove x Bhumi Farm - Our Signature Learning Workshop

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Jay Wen

 
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In our latest Signature Learning Workshop, we partnered with Bhumi Farms on teaching children the joys of eating a local, plant-based diet.

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Often when kids bite into an apple, peel an orange or suck the juice of a tomato, they have no clue where the food is coming from, other than the market. So in our latest signature learning workshop, we collaborated with Farmer Frank Trentacoste of Bhumi Farms in East Hampton, on a one-of-a-kind experience for kids, where he led children on a tour of the farm, where they learned about where food comes from, as well as the difference between organic and nonorganic and the importance of eating a local, plant-based diet.

 
 
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At A Wild Dove, our goal is to evolve the minds of our little ones towards wellness, so that habits like eating well and enjoying natural food with fresh ingredients will come early and easily.

So while the mamas enjoyed rosé along with Sakara Popcorn, Flatbread and their Beauty Water, our little doves went into the field to discover the bounty of fruits and vegetables and the joy that is eating locally and naturally. Included in this flock was Lynn’s son Callum, so we asked him to report back on his findings.

 
 
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“I learned lots...” said Callum. “I learned there there is a girl zucchini and boy zucchini. Farmer Frank also showed us the tomatoes, sunflowers and peas and explained that tomatoes can taste like like sweet candy. He also spoke about how his farm doesn’t use chemicals and why chemicals are bad for us.”

 
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Sounds like Farmer Frank did his job. Check back on A Wild Dove for more information on our upcoming Fall workshops and join our wellness conversation for mama and child. 

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Natural Healing

Written by Lynn Levoy | Photographed by Eric White

 

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

 
 
 

 

We are huge believers in all aspects of Ayurveda, the Indian philosophy that centers around specific “doshas” to determine how to best care for ourselves. The Pratima Spa in Soho is adored by fans of ayurvedic healing and all natural ingredients, so when Pratima herself launched her serums, oils and cleansers, we jumped at them, naturally. The best part? They are perfect for all those end-of-summer ailments that have built up with every trip to beach, bonfire and nature walk.

 

Pratima’s Healing Neem Oil is one of those magic elixirs. It’s a cure all, especially during those summer months when your body is exposed to elements like sun burns, insects and city heat. I use it on myself and on Callum. It’s perfect for any skin irritation like cuts, scrapes and bug bites and provides extra extra sun protection and a natural form of repellent. Pressed from the seed of an Indian neem tree, Neem Oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. An added bonus? Because Pratima Neem Oil is blended with avocado, basil essential oils, sandalwood and lavender, the smell is amazing. Meanwhile, the Cucumber Aqua Gel is perfect for after those long days at the beach. It’s super soothing, gentle and really cools and hydrates after you’ve had a bit too much sun. It’s a blend of aloe, cucumber and Brahami that just leaves your skin feeling soft, glowing, cared for and ready for fall.

 

 

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Dove Loves Vanessa Seward

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White

 
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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.

 

Vanessa Seward Dover Pink Basket

Vanessa Seward’s Basket Bags are not only dreamy, but they’re about as beachy as you can get. They instantly transport me to somewhere fabulous. Each tote is one-of-a-kind and made in Morocco, colorfully hand-painted by artist Jason Glasser. It’s got that perfect straw feel and fits everything you need for day and yet still works at night. And it’s the kind of bag that just makes you wish for an endless summer, anywhere in the world...

 
 
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Immunity

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When it comes to Aubrey Levitt, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. As the founder of Immunity, an incredible herbal probiotic, Aubrey was raised by a mother who was very into alternative medicine. “She turned our suburban lawn into an organic garden with compost,” said Aubrey. “We had herb books around the house.” When her mother was diagnosed with liver cancer, she went to Mexico for Gerson’s therapy, a program that encourages the body to fend off illness through an organic, vegetarian diet. Between the constant juices and illegal medications, her mother’s illness became a huge financial burden that changed Aubrey’s perspective on healthcare and what we put into our bodies. As an adult Aubrey suffered from digestive issues, hormonal imbalances and anxiety. When traditional doctors were dumbfounded, she again looked to all natural aides and eventually came up with her best selling supplement. Immunity reduces stress by cleaning up the gut, which in turn stimulates and supports the immune system and lessens the negative impact of stressors on the mind and body. We sat down with Aubrey to learn more about probiotics, her morning rituals and the key to starting a business.

 

 
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Confession...we love Immunity. Can you describe your background and your journey in creating it? What was your trigger moment when Immunity was born?

Immunity was birthed naturally out of a previous line of herbal tonic and elixirs. I was in fight or flight from 6 months old, which led to being sick often, taking rounds of antibiotics, in turn creating more stress. I tried various cleanses and healing modalities, looking for a way to reset my body and build resiliency to stress. I was very lucky, because I was taught tools like meditation at a young age. But my body still needed a jumpstart. Things changed when I was introduced to the microbiome and the role the gut can play in mood and stress.

 

Why are probiotics so important and what about your ingredients specifically? What make Immunity special?

The fermented herbs target stress. One of the biggest factors that can play into gut health is stress. When we are in fight or flight the environment in our gut changes and if that goes on for a long time, we are not supporting the body’s basic functions.

 

 
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How did you manage starting this business?

Collaboration. I never really create anything alone and luckily so many angels have shown up along the way. I will say that starting a biz has been a crash course in personal growth. I’ve had to face all the parts of myself that make me uncomfortable.

 

Have you made any mistakes along the way and how have you learned from them?

Oh goodness, tons. I didn’t know a thing about operations. I really couldn’t plan logistics. I’m only slightly better at both, but I have learned how to trust my instinct and to fail. And that it doesn’t feel so bad to fail, unless it is a result of not trusting myself.


 

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We love that. And it’s so true. Can you tell us, what is your "therapy?"

Walks along the ocean watching the waves crash, spending time with good friends, kids and yoga.

 

Can you describe your morning ritual?

Morning ritual is key for me, especially since my life can be so unstructured. Ideally, I wake up around 5:30/6:00, meditate and do a little yoga. Then I have my herbs and probiotics and head out to do something physical. When I come back home I look forward to espresso with fresh nut milk.

 

 
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So good!  So we're sure there must be some exciting next steps in the works, is there anything you can share?  

We are really looking to bridge worlds, by making plant and probiotic remedies accessible. That will include personalized formulas in the future and setting a new standard in the industry with research. I am also passionate about starting a conversation around gut instincts and how listening to your gut can be key to happiness.

 

OK, you're stranded on a desert island, what are you five must-haves?

Ha, I have been asked this before. I’m a Virgo, so I’m pretty practical.

 

1)     Fire

2)     Water purifier

3)     A friend, preferably someone who has basic survival skills

4)     Chlorella tablets…

5)     Herb Books for identification

 

Yes!! And lastly, what makes you fly?

I try to fly in my dreams all the time. In life, I really love connection. I joke (but, it’s true) that I can fall in love with anyone within a few minutes. This used to feel like an oxymoron because I am also quite shy and a loner. Both are true.

 

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When it comes to Aubrey Levitt, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. As the founder of Immunity, an incredible herbal probiotic, Aubrey was raised by a mother who was very into alternative medicine. “She turned our suburban lawn into an organic garden with compost,” said Aubrey. “We had herb books around the house.” When her mother was diagnosed with liver cancer, she went to Mexico for Gerson’s therapy, a program that encourages the body to fend off illness through an organic, vegetarian diet. Between the constant juices and illegal medications, her mother’s illness became a huge financial burden that changed Aubrey’s perspective on healthcare and what we put into our bodies. As an adult Aubrey suffered from digestive issues, hormonal imbalances and anxiety. When traditional doctors were dumbfounded, she again looked to all natural aides and eventually came up with her best selling supplement. Immunity reduces stress by cleaning up the gut, which in turn stimulates and supports the immune system and lessens the negative impact of stressors on the mind and body. We sat down with Aubrey to learn more about probiotics, her morning rituals and the key to starting a business.

Confession...we love Immunity. Can you describe your background and your journey in creating it? What was your trigger moment when Immunity was born?

Immunity was birthed naturally out of a previous line of herbal tonic and elixirs. I was in fight or flight from 6 months old, which led to being sick often, taking rounds of antibiotics, in turn creating more stress. I tried various cleanses and healing modalities, looking for a way to reset my body and build resiliency to stress. I was very lucky, because I was taught tools like meditation at a young age. But my body still needed a jumpstart. Things changed when I was introduced to the microbiome and the role the gut can play in mood and stress.

 

Why are probiotics so important and what about your ingredients specifically? What make Immunity special?

The fermented herbs target stress. One of the biggest factors that can play into gut health is stress. When we are in fight or flight the environment in our gut changes and if that goes on for a long time, we are not supporting the body’s basic functions.

 

 
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How did you manage starting this business?

Collaboration. I never really create anything alone and luckily so many angels have shown up along the way. I will say that starting a biz has been a crash course in personal growth. I’ve had to face all the parts of myself that make me uncomfortable.

 

Have you made any mistakes along the way and how have you learned from them?

Oh goodness, tons. I didn’t know a thing about operations. I really couldn’t plan logistics. I’m only slightly better at both, but I have learned how to trust my instinct and to fail. And that it doesn’t feel so bad to fail, unless it is a result of not trusting myself.


 

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We love that. And it’s so true. Can you tell us, what is your "therapy?"

Walks along the ocean watching the waves crash, spending time with good friends, kids and yoga.

 

Can you describe your morning ritual?

Morning ritual is key for me, especially since my life can be so unstructured. Ideally, I wake up around 5:30/6:00, meditate and do a little yoga. Then I have my herbs and probiotics and head out to do something physical. When I come back home I look forward to espresso with fresh nut milk.

 

 
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So good!  So we're sure there must be some exciting next steps in the works, is there anything you can share?  

We are really looking to bridge worlds, by making plant and probiotic remedies accessible. That will include personalized formulas in the future and setting a new standard in the industry with research. I am also passionate about starting a conversation around gut instincts and how listening to your gut can be key to happiness.

 

OK, you're stranded on a desert island, what are you five must-haves?

Ha, I have been asked this before. I’m a Virgo, so I’m pretty practical.

 

1)     Fire

2)     Water purifier

3)     A friend, preferably someone who has basic survival skills

4)     Chlorella tablets…

5)     Herb Books for identification

 

Yes!! And lastly, what makes you fly?

I try to fly in my dreams all the time. In life, I really love connection. I joke (but, it’s true) that I can fall in love with anyone within a few minutes. This used to feel like an oxymoron because I am also quite shy and a loner. Both are true.

 

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Dove Loves Derm Institute

Written by A Wild Dove | 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.

Derm Institute may be my fave new line. I just started working their products into my routine and well, I’m loving them. Very rarely do you see an instant difference, but this is magic, we’re talking life changing. The genius behind this line is, literally, the geniuses behind it. Derm Institute collaborates with top research institutes to create ingredients and ahead-of-competition technologies in nutrition, cosmetic, DNA and stem-cell sciences to create its groundbreaking products. Using the advanced technology Fillift Complex, their Cellular Rejuvenating Serum plumps, tightens, reduces wrinkles and increases brightens. I use it morning and evening, right after toner and before I layer on on my other products. For some reason I feel that if I use it on its own, I get more benefits. Either way, science wins again.

 

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Kid Rock - Our Crystal Workshop with The Cristalline

Written & Photographed By A Wild Dove  

 
 
 

In our latest signature learning experience, we hosted a crystal workshop for kids in collaboration with our favorite crystal design firm,  The Cristalline. Amidst a spread filled with snacks by Moon Juice, vegan and gluten-free donuts from Erin McKenna’s Bakery and rosé for the mamas, The Cristalline’s co-founder Rashia Bell took our little ones through an understanding of crystals followed by a mini-meditation using the crystal of their choice. Suffice to say, the kids loved it. Get Rashia’s take on this mindful, mind-blowing experiential event.

 

 
 
 
 
 

“I wanted to create a workshop for kids to discover the meaning of crystals and their various uses. We started by discussing how crystals and stones are created, since most kids are into chemistry and how to create things by combining elements. Next I wanted them to experience crystals without any preconceived input as to the meaning of the different stones. Each child assembled a set of crystals by choosing the ones they were most drawn to. This aspect of the workshop was important because kids are very receptive to crystal energy, since they haven’t been through the energetic disruptions that adults have. This is why many kids have rock or shell collections, because they are drawn to nature’s energy.

 
 
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Once they had made their own set, I then revealed the energetic properties of the different stones, which provided them a fun analysis of the stones they chose.

 

Stones & Their Meanings -

 

Amethyst - Purification

Green Aventurine - Confidence

Red Aventurine - Determination

Rose Quartz - Love

Kyanite - Connect to Nature

Obsidian - Grounding

Carnelian - Courage

Yellow Jasper - Removes Worry

Black Tourmaline - Protection

Citrine - Creativity

Blue Lace Agate -Communication

Clear Quartz - Clearing

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We then talked about how to care for crystals by cleaning and clearing them.  One of my favorite moments was when I mentioned that you could use moonlight to charge your crystals when it was a full or new moon.  One boy asked, “How do I know when it is going to be one?” I said that you can look on a calendar to see where the moon is. He said, “I know, I can look on my dad’s apple watch!”  This generation has the ability to be extremely mindful and combine the holistic with the technical world. I love that A Wild Dove is strengthening that combination by providing something that mamas and kids can share together.  I think introducing your own personal practice to your children and then letting them find their own is a gift and will only help them to grow into more well-rounded adults.

 
 
 

"It was really lovely to see how open they were and the tenacity with which they approached the meditation."

 
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The last part of the workshop was spent showing the kids how they can use their crystals. We did a mini meditation with a stone of their choice, which blew me away. It was really lovely to see how open they were and the tenacity with which they approached the meditation. They fully embraced the process and the power of crystals without questioning it.  I am so excited to continue this exploration in the fall and doing more events that empower kids with both the knowledge and tools to be mindful of the energy in their bodies.

 
 

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Dove LOVES Kirna Zabete

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Eric White

 

 

For our first-ever shopping installment of Dove Loves, we had to feature one of our favorite stores in the entire world, Kirna Zabete. This spot, on perhaps the chicest block in the chicest SoHo neighborhood just gets it. That’s because it’s the vision and edit of Beth Buccini, a rockstar mama who is doing it all, who’ve we’ve had the pleasure of knowing from the very beginning. Beth’s philosophy, her incredible eye and her knack for picking some of the coolest, most unique pieces from our favorite designers has planted Kirna Zabete on the global map of retail destinations. Especially in today’s one-click world of shopping, fans and loyalists still flock to her shop to find looks they know they can’t get anywhere else. So as we transition into the fall (we know, we know - too soon), we are rocking some of our must-have pieces of the season. We’re talking a sweet Proenza Schouler dress with a hint of punk leather layering from Saint Laurent, our favorite Gucci sneakers for Saturday strolling topped off with a MadeWorn jacket that carries a pretty sweet message. Pieces we’ll be wearing and loving throughout the dog days of summer summer and beyond.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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An Experience of Artistic Proportion

Written by Aaron Goldschmidt | Photographed by Eric White | Styled by Lynn Levoy  

 
 
 

We partnered with kids learning organization, Shine to bring our latest unique learning experience to the Hamptons. Our mini flock explored the works of Jackson Pollock at the very studio he shared with artist and wife Lee Krasner. The kids channeled the artists’ practices and mediums to create their own diverse works. The result? Nothing short of genius. Read on for a first person account of our exciting collaboration straight from Aaron Goldschmidt, director of Shine and proud member of our Flock...


 

 
 
 

"We have always loved discussing Jackson Pollock in our art classes, but when asked to create a workshop at the Pollock-Krasner house in East Hampton, we jumped at the opportunity."

 

We couldn’t wait to craft one of our signature workshops introducing children to art and its concepts in a fun and age-appropriate way.

 
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As always, we began our morning with a discussion, but it was no ordinary talk. We were in Jackson Pollock’s studio! After reading Action Jackson, we discussed Pollock and his work.  It’s important to help children understand that Pollock originated an idea about art. His canvases were on the floor and he didn’t use traditional techniques of brush to paper. Instead, his paintings were as alive as he was and made with using his whole body, thus creating “action painting” by throwing, dripping, splattering his paint on the canvas. Pollock wanted people to feel the energy he felt while painting.  

 

 
 
 
 

We then discussed Pollock’s wife, Lee Krasner, also an important artist although overshadowed by Jackson and her role as caretaker to his troubled life. We noted the progression of her art from small, organic forms inspired by still lifes to the big bold shapes, lines, and colors that was fueled by her emotional state once Pollock died.

Then on to the art. We devised two projects, one representing Pollock and one for Krasner.  

 

A common through line for us was that each artist used movement and action in their work.  While Pollock’s were fueled by expression, movement, and rhythm, Krasner’s were more gestural, representing her emotions.

For Pollock, we put out individual canvasses and let the campers choose colors. Pollock loved to listen to jazz as he painted so we listened to some improvisational jazz so the kids could get into their bodies.  We mentioned that if Pollock dropped a penny, or if a bug landed in the paint, he would leave it there as part of the art.  We actually had a camper leave a piece of rope on her canvas that was used to drip paint.

 
 
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To encourage action painting, we told everyone to move their whole body, not just an arm or hand, to reach the entire canvas. We told them to experiment with different kinds of lines, varying the height, speed, and angle of actions. The kids were having fun making a mess and getting into their action painting.

 
 
 

For Krasner, we used black ink to create our gestural lines.  We asked campers to think about how they were feeling and then move their arms and hands in broad strokes to create bold, expressive lines. Once dried, we returned to add bright colors to our paintings, both individual and group. For the kids, the juxtaposition of using paint for the Pollock and ink and oil pastel for the Krasner gave them a variety of mediums with which to create.

 
 
 
 

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As we continue to expose kids to a variety of art and artists, it’s important to let them know that not all art is created by standing in front of a canvas and painting landscapes. After spending the day in such an iconic location and bearing witness to the inspiration that fuelled both Pollock and Krasner, it was clear that our art comes from a combination of so many things in our life. Translating concepts of art into everyday activities doesn’t have to be challenging, but rather a way to allow children to see the world a little bit differently.  And if we continue to let the world change us, we can change the world, one canvas at a time. Keep Shining…

 

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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.