Creative Retreat: Journey to Discover

Surfers Journey at Jade Retreat

I don’t surf. I play tennis and run religiously. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the ocean. I dream dream of endless summer days full of waves and sunsets.

Two years ago my life changed forever after a trip to Jade Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica. Created by architect Donald Loria Prendas, the five free standing master suites are arranged around the covered Yoga pavilion and large swimming pool which also serves as a soothing water feature.

I have not started surfing (yet…). This past week we designed a creative retreat at Jade with Dr. Don Kennedy author of the Surfers Journey. What an incredible week of discovery.

The Surfer’s Journey is a personalized symbolic book melding the sport of surfing, Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, and Bass and Burn’s principles of transformational leadership into a mythological story that teaches readers, students, educators, and leaders how to become and develop others into transformational heroes; individuals who are cause-driven, who inspire followers to achieve beyond their present capacity, and whose life purpose is to improve the human condition.

We were lucky enough to wake up and play tennis every morning on the red clay courts, just a few minutes down the jungle path from Jade.

One of the highlights for me was the art therapy session with Belle. The principle of the Surfers Journey addresses the need for mentors, those that see who we are before we do.

Working out while I am away from home is always a priority. Our custom itinerary was complete with daily workouts and wellness in mind. Long walks at sunset, foundational training, tennis and pilates, fresh coconuts courtside, tumeric tea, plus private chefs.

As they say in meditation, when the thoughts & distractions come in, begin again. “Changing places, changing time, changing thoughts, changing future.” -Peggy Guggenheim

Here is to a new beginning…

For more information on how to design a creative retreat email info@jaderetreat.com

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Kindred Skincare Facial

Before we started working with Kindred Skincare, I was already a huge fan. Our client Houppette, a cosmetics and accessory boutique, introduced me to the line several years ago and after one use of the brand’s Body Oil, I was hooked.

When Houppette said they were offering a Kindred Skincare organic facial in their newly launched spa, I was one of the first to sign up!

Kindred Skincare Organic Facial at Houppette in Greenville, Delaware - Social Stylate

I was immediately relaxed as I stepped into Houppette’s newly launched spa room. I laid on the warm, plush table and enjoyed the subtle scent of lavender and lemon while calming instrumental music played in the background and the facialist, Vivian, prepared to begin the Kindred Skincare routine.

Step 1: Cleansing
Vivian massaged a generous amount of Kindred’s Blemish Cleanse onto my skin for several minutes before slowly removing it (and all the day’s stress) with a hot towel. *insert relaxed sigh here*

Step 2: Exfoliating
She then applied Polish Cleanse and massaged it onto my forehead, chin, nose, and cheeks for a full five minutes. A gauze mask was placed over the exfoliating cleanse and, using a soft bristle brush, the pre-warmed Clay Mask was applied. Then, Vivian (who’s now my new favorite person) used a Gua Sha Tool to press the clay into the gauze to stimulate the lymphatic system.

Layering the products like this allows the willow bark oil and other botanicals in the scrub continue to work in combination with all the lovely fruit acids, plants, and clays in the mask. The cotton gauze allows the mask and fig seeds to be more efficiently removed, and it holds the clay in when you use the Gua Sha Tool.

While the mask worked its magic, Vivian gave me a soothing hand, arm, and décolletage massage. She started with Oil Cleanse, then exfoliated my skin using Polish Cleanse, and finished up with nourishing Body Oil. You can choose between Kindred’s signature Body Oil or La Femme, which has a light floral tone and a touch of illuminating mineral powder.

Vivian then rolled up the gauze mask and used warm and wet washcloth mitts to gently remove the Clay Mask.

Step 3: Toning
A spritz of Kindred’s subtly fragrant Shinrin Énergié Mist was applied, which is pampering and refreshing on its own but also removes any remaining fig seeds or clay from the skin.

Step 4: Moisturizing
Warm Morning Moisture Oil (you can choose between Morning Moisture, Nightly Nourish, or Intense Moisture) was brushed on my face and décolletage and gently massaged in, making sure to completely condition the skin. This part was so thoroughly relaxing, I didn’t want it to end.

Step 5: An Extra Treat
Vivian made sure to wipe away any excess oil, then blotted Under Eye Treat beneath my eyes to protect against unwanted wrinkles.

Step 6: Pop Of Color
Before my hour of bliss came to an end, Vivian applied Kindred’s Baton Rose onto my cheeks and lips to give my skin a pop of color.

This was a wonderfully pampering and relaxing experience that I would be more than willing to repeat until the end of time. My skin felt rejuvenated and was glowing when I walked out of Houppette. It was the perfect addition to my day, and brightened up my skin during this cold winter weather!

x, Lauren

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month x Alexis Kletjian

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Alexis Kletjian Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month By Donating 20% Of All Pink & Rose Gold Jewelry To Susan G. Komen

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, inspired by a client and friend who just began her battle with breast cancer, Alexis Kletjian is donating 20% of everything pink sold during the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Susan G. Komen is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives by “ensuring that all people receive the care they need, and finding breakthroughs to prevent and cure breast cancer.”

Looking for some rosy inspiration? Think pink with garnet jewels or rose gold metal in bangles, charms, and necklaces. Whether it’s a Diamond Skull Stacking Ring, a pair of Garnet Lotus Earrings, or a Snake Star Bracelet in rose gold, you can’t go wrong with any piece of Alexis’ gorgeous jewelry.

The holidays are just around the corner and it’s a good time to start thinking of gifts, birthday presents, or even a little something just because. Tell your friends, tell your mom, and tell your spouse, especially if there’s something in her gallery you’ve been coveting! Purchasing something pink from Alexis this October will not only gift something unique and truly beautiful to a loved one but will help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the process.

Breast cancer affects people around the world, in our country, in our community, and in many cases, in our own families. Because of that, we’re dedicated to doing what we can to support those affected and those who are striving towards a cure. Your purchases and Alexis’ donations will help Susan G. Komen continue their breast cancer fight on multiple fronts, including research funding, worldwide outreach, advocacy, and community health.

Click here to shop for all things pink and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month! (Thank you, The Review Wire for the shout-out!)

Nicole Miller Philadelphia is also supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Read about it here.

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Coffee Talk with Beke Beau

There are few things better than coffee and conversation which is why we try to set up a coffee date with a different person every month. It’s a great way to catch up with old friends and chat with people we’ve been dying to meet.

We had a chance to sit down with Beke Beau, Philadelphia’s renowned makeup artist in her Manayunk studio. Beau who is getting ready to launch her latest endeavor  “Paint School of Make Up” this fall says, “I continue to evolve. I’m committed to the idea that makeup is a tool, not a toy, and I’m taking the opportunity to develop what is really an agenda to help women.”

I quickly realized this was going to be both a fun and inspiring conversation because Beau, much like her studio, is full of life. Passion flows freely when you follow your dreams, and to hear Beau tell her story, is proof in the pudding {or, in this case, makeup}.

Beke began her journey in beauty in New York City, as an assistant to cosmetics mogul Laura Geller. She later freelanced for makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. High-profile events Beke has worked on include the weddings of actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, author Jennifer Weiner, and pop star Joey McIntyre. VIP clients include actresses Gemma Chan, Ali Larter, Karla Souza, Kelly Preston and Jordana Brewster, tennis legend Billie Jean King, actors John Travolta, Martin Short, and designer Nicole Miller.

The concept and design of the school have evolved naturally over time. “I wanted to create a practical curriculum for people who want to work in the field of makeup.  There’s way too much out there on social media that confuses the idea of beauty with what is essentially entertainment. Real women aren’t going to benefit from thinking that piling on layers of makeup is going to be useful or flattering and I want my students to carry that message.”

Her weddings have been featured in publications such as Martha Stewart Wedding, People Magazine, The Knot, and Philadelphia Wedding Magazine.

Photo: Lorraine Daley

Beke goes beyond just gorgeous wedding makeup – book a workshop or take a class! Her beauty blog, the beautysagist, is cosmetic wisdom for the frustrated, overwhelmed and confused. REAL LIFE ADVICE to help you look better. Follow Beke @bekebeau. @bekebeaumakeup @paintschoolofmakeup

Coffee Talk With Makeup Artist Beke Beau

1. How do you take your coffee? With soy creamer.

2. Favorite coffee shop? Shout out to Pilgrim Roasters Coffee, right down the street from my studio.

3. What makes you smile without fail? Poetic justice.

4. What’s your guilty pleasure? Saying “no.”

5. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? Tough one. Either The Black Stallion for its sheer beauty or Gone With the Wind – it’s long.

6. What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? What’s a weekend?

7. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, for free, where would you go? If it’s free, then New Zealand.

 

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