Serenity at Jade Retreat in Costa Rica

Jade Retreat is located in the heart of the Central American jungle where natural beauty meets the clouds. A large portion of the land in Nosara is protected, and the beaches are untouched. No one is allowed to build within 100m of the beach. For years, the beaches of Nosara have been culling surfers from all over the world.

Nothing beats an early morning run along the Pacific, followed up by fresh coconut water. Set your intentions for the day with meditations or private yoga by the pool. Heaven on earth. We were privy to all of the local insiders tips on where to dine with plenty of varied restaurants tucked away like hidden gems.

Evening sunsets are the perfect way to relax and take in the natural surroundings.

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Quad tour through the jungle with stops along the way to meet locals and dine at The Black Sheep Pub.

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Surf lessons on Playa Guiones beach where you can surf some of the longest waves in the world.

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Amazing views and great adventure on Miss Sky Zip Line. Letting go of my fears was well worth the ride on one of the longest zip lines in the world.

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There are many words that describe Jade Retreat.  The ambiance hangs loose from dawn to dusk. Counting the days until we can return.

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photo: by Carlos Alejandro

 

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Boss Lady: Jamie Chandlee

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we chat with Jamie Chandlee, the CEO of Rank & Style, media site that publishes daily top ten lists of the best beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products. Jamie shares with us the journey she took to find her passion, which allows her to be a better mom and family member. In addition, we chat all things technology, fashion and more! 

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1.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career?
A few years after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, I was one of the first sales hires at Facebook Austin. I wore a lot of hats in this role beyond working with our fashion & retails partnerships. Facebook had just opened its doors in Austin, so I had a hand in recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding new employees in my position there as well. But after becoming a mother of two, I found that it was time to move on from Facebook and pursue another challenge. As a busy mom and an avid traveler (also an online shopping addict), I am constantly on the go with less and less time to search for the very best when it comes to fashion and beauty. My two business partners and I acquired Rank & Style, a website that publishes data-driven, daily top ten lists of the best in fashion and beauty in May 2016 and relocated its headquarters to Austin. Despite professional achievements, I have to say that the greatest achievements of all in my life have been beating cancer and becoming a mother to my two children, Emerson and Maxwell.

2. What inspired you to acquire Rank & Style?
I left my job at Facebook in 2013 when I was pregnant with my daughter, Emerson. I really struggled with my identity and was in a complete rut. Being a mom is very fulfilling but I knew that I needed another challenge.  I started working on the Rank & Style acquisition about a year ago and haven’t looked back since. I feel much more fulfilled in all aspects of my life, which allows me to be a better mom and cherish my time with my family even more.

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3. Can you explain how the product categories are chosen?
Many of our fashion lists focus on staple wardrobe items such as the best black leggings or white button-down shirts. Our beauty lists focus on essentials too, but we also regularly introduce our readers to new trends or products that are receiving outstanding reviews online. The combination of both really speaks to our reader because she loves to build a classic wardrobe while still embracing trends in order to stay style-savvy. We also honor requests for lists, so some of our best ideas for have come from our readers!

4. Of this spring’s major fashion or beauty trends, which list do you want to see featured on Rank & Style?
Our content team at Rank & Style is incredible; they have their pulse on everything trending in beauty and fashion. Each list is really a thrill for me because I know how much they can impact our readers. I have to say that I’m really looking forward to our upcoming spring trends and essentials lists! Is it just me or is everybody in the mood for a beach getaway?

5. What excites you most about technology and the future of fashion and beauty?
I love how everything is at your fingertips. In the past couple of years, fashion has become more accessible to consumers through technology. It’s really interesting to witness this shift in focus because after all, fashion and beauty are really about the customer’s personal expression of style and self-confidence. I noticed so many designers were making their looks go live online as soon as they hit the runway during fashion week. I loved this because it makes everything truly “ready to wear”.

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6. What have you found to be your biggest challenge thus far in your career?
Maintaining balance in all the most important areas of my life. This will always be a constant challenge, but over the years I have learned to focus on what is most important to me first. I  carve out specific time each day to focus on three different areas: Work, Charity, Family.  It’s a constant give and take and I certainly don’t have the perfect balance, but it’s something I work on every single day. The struggle for more time and balance will always be there, but when I am specific with my intensions for each day then it’s another step forward.

7. Where do you see Rank & Style 5 years from now?  
A go-to trusted source for millions of consumers as the most effective way to explore the best of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products. We also want to create new ways to ingest our content whether it be an app, video, or integrations with our retail partners.

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8. If you could be any Boss Lady for a day (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Sheryl Sandberg- She has been able to fundamentally impact and empower women in the workplace with her Lean In initiatives. She represents everything I look to be in a leader: empathetic, strong, believes passionately in people, all while being a tremendous mother.

9. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about going from employee to entrepreneur?
Just do it. When I reflect back on my career thus far, I always ask myself why I didn’t become an entrepreneur earlier. It took me a while to acknowledge that desire in myself and to have enough courage to take the leap of faith into entrepreneurship.

10. In addition to being a mom and a career woman, you also love to travel. What are your top 3 beauty or fashion tips for traveling?
1. Drink plenty of water! I can’t say this enough because traveling is so dehydrating for your skin.
2. When planning your outfits, pack versatile basics to avoid overpacking. You can mix and match these to make lots of different outfits. I always carry-on even if it’s a 2 week trip!
3. Comfort doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style; I truly believe that you can look good and feel good at the same time. Go for edgy athleisure or loungewear pieces that can make a comfy look trendier!

Just for fun…

jamie chandlee- behind the boss

  1. favorite place to travel: st. barth’s
  2. can’t live without: batiste dry shampoo
  3. stylish sneaks: golden goose
  4. must have: OPI funny bunny
  5. beauty bliss”: clé de peau beauté
  6. all things: MSGM

More on Jamie Chandlee:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day has new meaning for us this year as Lauren Golt {co-founder of Social Stylate} celebrates the day with her new family! Welcome to the world baby Hudson.

Little Nest studios founded by local entrepreneur and mom Laura Novak has recently launched a new Heirloom Membership Program {starting at just $39 it is an amazing way to start capturing memories that last a lifetime}. P.S.. Find a Little Nest studio near you: they are hosting three fun events in April.

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Janssens Market has an assortment of flowers, plants and gourmet gift baskets and they deliver! Add some Cafe MonteAgua Coffee – and make her breakfast in bed.

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Something for the home perhaps? Adorn Goods is full of fabulous gifts that mom would love, but might not necessarily buy for herself: gorgeous picture frames, cheeky cocktail napkins, stunning dishware, fabulous home fragrances, and much more.

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Give mom the gift of beauty with a Natura Bisse skincare collection or luxury bath and body Kai and Malin + Goetz products from Houppette. P.S. If she loves makeup, schedule mom a makeup consultation sand application at one of Houppette’s two locations!

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Mom deserves a new addition to her spring wardrobe this Mother’s Day! No. 109 has an assortment of gifts starting at $36! Grab her a new pair of her favorite jeans or a trendy tote bag for the beach.

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Get ready for Willowdale {on Mother’s Day} and Point to Point Steeplechase Races with the event’s most important accessory: a hat! Gorgeous one-of-a-kind styles available at Wilmington Country Store.

 

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Brandywine Valley: Weekend Getaway

Spend the weekend in the Brandywine Valley

Just a few hours from Manhattan and close to Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley is known for illustrator N. C. Wyeth and son Andrew, who drew inspiration from the rolling green hills. Spend the weekend strolling more than 3,000 acres of landscaped gardens, museums, restaurants, wineries and local shops.

The 12 mile stretch of the Brandywine Valley from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to Wilmington, Delaware, may seem brief, but it takes a few days to truly enjoy. The continued allure is evident with the announcement of of the hugely successful Clover Market coming to Kennett Square {mushroom farming capital of the U.S.} on Sunday June 18th {Father’s Day}. Voted best market to shop by Philadelphia Magazine, the open-air market will feature dozens of food and beer vendors, plus local handmade goods and antiques {see complete list of vendors}. Clover Market has been pleasing shoppers in Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill and Collingswood for years with its spring and summer schedule of outdoor markets. The one-of-a-kind market will be located at 600 S. Broad Street.

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With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood Gardens is regarded as one of the most spectacular gardens of the region. The Main Fountain Gardens return May 27th after a two year renovation. Inspired by the great fountains of Europe, this 5-acre masterpiece was created by Pierre S. du Pont, in the early 20th century.

Visit the Brandywine River Museum often called the “Wyeth Museum” for its extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family – grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie – the Brandywine River Museum is housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the banks of the Brandywine.

Enjoy touring eight wineries that make up the Brandywine Wine Trail, including Penns Woods Winery, where owner Gino Razzi create wines made 100% with Pennsylvania-grown grapes. Extend your stay and enjoy Winterthur and Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware just 15 minutes down the road. Where to stay? The Inn at Montchanin Village was once home to the workers of the du Pont powder mills.

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Creativity abounds at WorKS in Kennett Square (432 S. Walnut Street), open Friday – Sunday the concept store offers 10 new artisans vendors, in addition to vintage finds. Founded by vintage maven Tara Dugan as a curated group of high-end purveyors of artisan, designer, and one-of-a-kind goods. “The creative offerings that Clover Market brings to Kennett Square fits perfectly within our efforts to create an attractive and eclectic retail pop-up experience alongside worKS and the Creamery.” said Tara Behan. For several years, Clover Market founder Janet Long and manager Pat Norton, had been looking at Kennett Square as a potential future destination.

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The Creamery pop-up beer garden is located at 401 Birch Street in Kennett Square and will be debuting their second season starting Memorial Day through October, 2017. Built in 1902 and re-imagined in 2016, The Creamery is a community gathering space and pop-up beer garden for the whole family in the heart of Kennett Square. A setting that’s rooted in Kennett Square history, The Creamery is committed to re-purposing and re-vitalizing a once-industrial space into a unique environment for the whole family. Nestled on historic Birch Street, The Creamery offers a variety of food options through rotating food trucks, craft beer, lawn games and live music, making it a destination for both Kennett Square residents and visitors alike. With a distinct focus on highlighting the many local talents of Kennett Square’s active art and music scene, the Creamery truly has something for everyone to enjoy.

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A few of our favorite shops include: houppette, No 109, Scout & Annie, Ashley Austin, Terrain at Styers, and Talula’s Table {owned by Aimee Olexy, one of the most recognized personalities in the Philadelphia dining scene}.

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photo: Little Nest Photo Glen Mills, PA

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