As we become more interconnected and tapped in, sleep becomes all the more elusive. For me, that has made the getting ready for bed ritual more lavish and special. After being chastised by my dentist for not brushing long enough, I've been giving the Goby rose edition toothbrush a lot of love. It works well and it sits pretty. Win-win! I've also become unreasonably obsessed with silk pillowcases. They feel great on the cheek for side sleepers like me and I swear my hair is shinier since I've switched over from plain cotton. The SHHH Silk line is particularly fun. Going with the marble theme, they offer both black and white versions—love.
I recently interviewed Andy Dunn of Bonobos for one of my New York Times columns and I loved hearing all the ways he's trying to improve himself for both life and work. One tip that I held onto from our chat: to make sure to earmark time to spend alone and without the guilt that you should be doing something else. In Andy's words: "One of the best pieces of leadership advice I got and am challenged to follow: Great leaders spend a lot of time alone. When you’re alone is when you can think, reflect, write, read, dream. That enables you to show up better when you do have to show up to group settings."
A new year always brings about a chance to start fresh. I recently attended a MindBodyGreen supper series event and it was pretty incredible. A couple gems to share: a Kundalini yoga meditation breath session led by Desiree Pais (@Benshen) that was simple and cleansing. Simply breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds and exhale for 5 seconds. The idea is to train your diaphragm until you work your way up to 20 seconds at a time. It was an easy enough exercise that I could see it working into my daily routine without putting too much pressure on myself. I also learned a fascinating fact regarding plastic contamination of our tap water. An incredible 94% of U.S. faucet water contains plastic fibers. We've invested in a very thorough filter at home (by Coway, who comes and services the unit every six months) but it was also a bold reminder to tote my reusable drinking container. I particularly love those from the S'well Elements Collection that look like gorgeous marble and stone.
If you're in the Dallas area, come visit me on Saturday, Dec. 16 as I'll be hanging out at TTH Forty Five Ten with Taylor Tomasi Hill, Athena Calderone of EyeSwoon and stylist Natalie Joos. Take care of last minute holiday gifting by grabbing a signed book. Happy holidays!
Skincare is perhaps one of the trickiest categories to gift. Complexions can be fickle things. As a reviewer, I prefer gentler formulations than not. Also, my main barometer is if you can see a difference after you use the product. Here are a few that make the cut:
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: I've tried many a sleeping mask that is basically an over-glorified night cream. This one actually seems to serve a wonderful purpose: a brightened, clearer complexion the next day.
Skinceuticals Phloretin CF: If you're a fan of vitamin C, you'll be over the moon for this brightening serum. I usually use at the start of each season to give my skin the boost it needs to transition nicely.
Nurse Jamie Uplift Massaging Beauty Roller: Jade rollers are great but I think this bad boy takes it to the next level. I discovered lately that I clench my jaw from stress and the domed end on the wand is great for getting into your jaw muscles.