5 Ways You Can Help Protect The Ocean

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As a company, we are passionate about the environment and believe in making eco-friendly lifestyle choices to help contribute to environmental conservation. In honor of World Oceans Day, here are 5 ways you can help protect the ocean.

Use reef-safe sunscreen

Did you know that most sunscreens are made with ingredients that are harmful to coral reefs and marine life? Our client, Kindred Skincare, makes great organic, reef-safe sunscreens that are safe for you and the environment.

Reduce your plastic use

Ditch plastic straws, swap bottled water for a reusable bottle, use canvas bags instead of plastic, use a thermos instead of single-use coffee cups and lids, ditch coffee stirrers and plastic plates, utensils, cups, and avoid products that contain plastic microbeads.

Buy sustainably sourced seafood

Sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Use the Seafood Watch app to find sustainably sourced seafood near you.

Participate in beach cleanups

The next time you’re headed to the beach, pack a few of those recycled paper bags you save from Trader Joes and pick up some trash while you’re there!

Donate to organizations working to reduce ocean waste

Here are a few we like: Oceanic Society, 4Ocean, and Ocean Conservancy.

 

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Client Love: Kindred for Kids

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We choose our clients carefully and only because we believe in what they’re creating and putting out into the world. This trust and respect also turn us into some of their biggest fans!

Our client Kindred Skincare Co. creates organic, oil-based skincare products that we just can’t get enough of! The entire line is so nourishing and effective. What’s even better is that the formulas are safe for everyone, including children!

Since 2016 when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, Hudson, I started to pay more attention to what I was putting into and onto my body. It makes you really stop and think about all the unnecessary chemicals that go into beauty and skincare products. I love that Kindred’s products are small-batched and organic; it makes choosing safe and healthy options for my family effortless!

At Home
I’ve been using Kindred’s Body Oil for both boys since their births. It’s lightweight, smells refreshing, and is the perfect formula to keep their baby skin moisturized! Another lifesaver is the Intense Moisture. It has an added boost of hydration and is great for any season since it soothes dry skin and bug bites! To combat diaper rash, I use Kindred’s special Bum Bum Cream (launching soon!) It’s fast-acting and easy to apply. For summer, a few spritzes of Shrinrin Spray Bug Deterrent is a must-have for our evenings spent in the backyard.

Bathtime is messy, of course, but easy, since I only use one product: the Foaming Wash. Hudson and Walker get sudsed up head to toe with the gentle foaming formula, including their hair! They smell delicious when they get out of the tub. In the boys’ room, I like to spray Shinrin Énergie Mist on their pillows and blankets to refresh the linens and the entire space. It makes the whole room feel brighter and cleaner.

A woman and son smile while wearing clay face masks

Hudson and I even did a mini facial together recently using the Clay Mask! Pro Tip: Kindred masks make for an adorable photo op!!

In the Diaper Bag
You can find a stick of Body Bâton on me wherever we go! It soothes chapped cheeks, dry lips, and diaper rash. I always keep a Body Oil Roller Ball in the diaper bag for on-the-go moisture, as well. It’s easy to apply and the perfect size. I know we’re not going far these days, but the travel-friendly packaging makes these products an absolute must, even just for running errands.

x, lag.

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Tennis Around The Globe

Guest blog by Doug Ingerson of Jade Retreat

Over the past couple of years – Carroll & I have put together creative retreats, tennis retreats and more recently Surfer’s Journey retreats at Jade in Nosara, Costa Rica. We have been fortunate to partner with art therapists, authors, doctors, tennis pro’s and fitness gurus.

We tend to travel a few times a year to look for inspiration and freshen up our tennis game at the same time. About a year ago we accomplished a bucket list item that was pretty big. We wanted to hit all 4 majors in the tennis world in order – the same calendar year. We wanted to have our own “grand-slam”. Imagine the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon & the US open in a matter of 8 months.

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It turned out to be an amazing year full of inspiration & passion. It’s amazing to come back and sit down together and complete a vision board and put our goals on paper. It all seemed to just flow as we saw more dreams – some pretty big stretches finding themselves on our list of goals. The vision board we look at everyday. The list of goals gets tucked away and we review them about once a year.

One thing that came out of our “Grand-Slam” experience is that we really do love the red clay. Both playing on it and watching the tennis professionals compete with everything they have. The French Open is our favorite major for many reasons….. but one reason for sure is the surface. Everything seems to slow down in the red dirt. (OK – being in the most Romantic city might be another good reason to make the French Open our favorite).

Over the last year we have played on the red clay in Brazil , NYC, Nosara and now Italy! Over an Italian cup of coffee one morning Carroll and I talked about starting to hit the smaller red clay tournaments and playing tennis while we traveled to those places… creating true tennis holidays. Wouldn’t you know – a couple months later a friend of ours (the tennis pro in Nosara) suggested we go to the Monte Carlo Open. We looked at each other and said Yeeeeeeeeessssssss. Not only did we put it out there over coffee one morning- but apparently we delegated it too!!! Harry worked with a travel agent friend of his and put together the most amazing 12 day tennis vacation ever.

We arrived at our hotel in Menton, France – a beautiful town on the Mediterranean. Menton is 15 minutes west of Monte Carlo and about 25 minutes East of SanRemo, Italy. The next day we had to get out and play tennis- so 4 of us including Harry left the hotel and drove to Solara tennis club in San Remo, Italy. We walked into the clubhouse and the first thing we saw were some old photographs on the wall of some of today’s best tennis players. They were photographs of Djokovic & Cilic in their teens. We soon found out that Fognini grew up playing in SanRemo too. So for the next two hours the 4 of us played competitive tennis on the same red clay courts that some of our favorite tennis players spent hours competing before their professional years.

We played two more days of tennis and loved every minute of it. We improved some of our game and just played on the most incredible surface as if we too were competing like those that came before us. A rite of passage before we attended the clay tournament in Monaco

So Monday morning we left the hotel knowing for the next 3 days we would have incredible seats in a stadium that had no bad seats !! It’s hard to explain how incredible it all was. Just imagine being invited to the king of Monaco’s private club to watch the most amazing tennis. Did I mention the weather was about 68 degrees, the stadium kind of looks like it’s built inside a castle against a cliff that faces the Mediterranean and a few amazing yacht clubs? This tournament is all men with 10 of the top 20 Men playing. We arrived 45 minutes early. as if it were natural instinct – we headed for the practice courts to see the tennis gods warm up before their matches. We saw Djokovic on one court and he looked ready as the current # 1 should. A few minutes later the trumpets sounded as Nadal entered the practice courts that we stood maybe 30 feet away. This is the red clay God that everyone comes to see. He has 10 French Open titles and many more titles on the clay between Rome, Madrid and Barcelona. He looked good- real good.

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.We headed over to our seats at 11:00am to begin our first day of 4 matches. They paraded these champions in one by one. We watched 4 great matches. 8 of the top tennis players on the planet. Djokovic , Nadal, Thiem , Cilic, Zverev And Fognini were some of the greats we saw those first few days. over the first 3 days we saw 12 matches- ranging from #1 to top #10 and some wild cards too. We saw the new comer – 18 year old sensation from Canada “Felix”!

During the few days away from the tournament we snuck in some great mid evil villages and even a nice trip up to Serena Williams coach’s academy where we saw many students – some real young – others in the juniors programs. What an incredible facility. During those days we spent a couple more mornings in the Italian Riviera playing tennis in San Remo and having fun dinners.

Sunday we were back in Monte Carlo for the doubles championship and singles matches. We were mostly unplugged during the week accept for the tennis app on our iPhones that kept us updated to the progress of the tournament. Usually by 5:30pm we would find the one wine / tapas bar that paid for the tennis channel and watch whatever match might have a set left. What was wild was how the tournament progressed. Many of the top 10 players were eliminated. Djokovic , Thiem, Zverev, Nishikori and Cilic were eliminated by under dogs but played hard to the end.

On day one I was impressed with Fognini. Maybe it’s the Italian connection. Maybe it’s his passion and sometimes entertaining drama on the courts. Maybe it was the fact that we were playing tennis on the same courts he grew up on. Whatever it was- a story was developing & I felt it. I am a fan. What I didn’t know was the list of men he would have to defeat to make it to the semis where he would face the clay court God – Nadal. I routed for him as he defeated Goliath in 2 sets and found himself advancing to the championship match on Sunday.

Fognini was to play an upcoming man from Serbia for the Championship. Lajovic is about 10 years younger with much less time in the big leagues than Fognini. Younger – maybe stronger… but not as passionate as Fognini, who won in two sets.  After the match Fognini blew a kiss to his mother and wished her a happy birthday. What an amazing story. What an amazing finish. So happy for Fognini & his family.

Oh wait- the story is not quite over. The next day we headed back to the tennis courts in Italy to play one more day of tennis. The conditions were just like the day before on Monte Carlo. Strong winds. This was the first time I had to adjust my game on the clay as the gusts would pick up the dirt occasionally and get in your eyes. I now understood much better what the professional tennis players had to face that day during the championship match. The following day we took a road trip to Saint Tropez and stopped at a winery in Provence on the way back. The winery also had a goat farm & made goat cheese from the 50 goats that lived there.

What an amazing tennis holiday. 5 days playing on the red clay & 4 days attending the most amazing tournament in Monte Carlo. Does it get any better than that?

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A few places that we enjoyed dining during our time in France & Italy.

LE Fellini 

‘O SOLE MIO

La Cicala 

 

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8 (Digital) Things To Do While Stuck At Home

A lake with a ring of ripples against mountains in a purple wash
The Social Stylate team wants to take a moment to send our love and support to our clients and community. Things might be anything but normal right now, but as Fred Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” There are so many people out there who are generously offering their skills and services virtually while we’re spending time at home. Whether it’s a tour of a museum, free meditation classes, or access to Broadway shows, people and companies are really stepping up to help one another during this time of social distancing.

Take a look at some of our favorites right now!

Go to a concert
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming opera performances each evening, look for your favorite artists to see if they’ve released anything new, and check in with Gal Gadot for some star-studded karaoke, no balcony necessary!

Meditation at your fingertips
Take a deep breath in, deep breath out, and download the Calm app for a few free meditation sessions. For when you need a minute or 30 to decompress and realign your perspective and priorities.

Visit a museum
Many museums are offering free virtual tours of their collections right now. Take a slow walk through the Smithsonian, The British Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. For a comprehensive resource of works around the world, check out Google Arts & Culture!

For the audio-lovers
The Social Stylate squad loves a good podcast! They’re so easy to fit into your day, whatever you’re doing, and have such a wide variety of topics. Take a look at our Squad Highlights on Instagram, there’s something for everyone!

Storytelling
Celebrities are reading children’s storybooks via Storyline Online and #savewithstories!. Both sites are great resources for children to listen to books being read aloud by some of your favorite actors!

Head to Broadway
Broadway shows are available for viewing without the crowds, without the traffic, and in the comfort of your own home. Channel your inner stage personality and brush up on all the shows you’ve been missing!

Go for a dip in the ocean
Check out aquariums around the country for live webcams and a behind-the-scenes look at all things under the sea. Don’t forget to visit the Shedd Aquarium on Twitter for the latest in their penguin escapades, as they let penguins explore the aquarium to keep them (and us!) engaged, entertained, and curious.

Keep following your favorite brands and blogs
Social media can be a healthy way to stay connected to each other during this time of social distancing. Our content creator, Sarahanne Alexander, writes her own blog and on the latest post is talking about what’s been helping her, while she continues to share photos of her town. Make sure to check in with each other often. Sending positive messages and beautiful images can brighten people’s day!

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