Opening a boutique is not an easy job, but Elle Mawardi sure makes it look like it is.
The 25-year-old decided on a whim to open a clothing and accessories boutique.
Three weeks later, doors were open.
In 21 days, she completely redid and redecorated her space, curated and secured a collection of clothing and accessories, created social media accounts and a website, organized a grand opening event – and probably did a million other behind-the-scenes things that just come with the territory of opening any business. (And they say Millennials are lazy!)
Stay Active – It’s easy to get caught up in the business of the holiday season and stop working out. Make exercise your priority. Not only will it keep off those pounds but it’s great for clearing your mind of stress.
Take Your Vitamins – Our bodies get run down because of stress. Make sure you’re taking care of the basics by taking a multivitamin.
Portion Control – It’s OK to indulge a little bit but abide by the “three bite rule.” Pick your favorite things and take three bites of whatever you like when you’re at holiday parties.
Speaking of style, which we do extensively in this issue, with a major feature by Managing Editor Jennifer Tormo and Editorial Photographer Jason Nuttle (page 56), may we jaunt back to the early 1970s and our first years in Florida. We had come from a northern magazine, where almost all of us wore suits or jackets and ties every day. The publisher was a fashion plate who said, “if you dress well, people will think you are prosperous, and if people think you are prosperous, you will be prosperous.”
What it is
The style-conscious have always had jewelry boxes to display and protect their Tiffany & Co. earrings and Rolex timepieces – so why hasn’t anything similar for eyewear ever emerged? OYOBox’s luxury eyewear organizers fill that void. The sleek wood and lacquer cases display up to eight pairs of glasses. A clear window on top provides a peek at the eyewear inside – so your Gucci sunglasses can finally get the attention they deserve.
Why we’re obsessed
Some are calling it the new Costa Rica.
I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but from what I’ve seen and heard, Panama definitely rivals it – in beauty, history and adventure.
Visitors and residents can sense that the country is on the cusp of something great. And after four days of exploring Panama, so could I.
The country celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the famed Panama Canal in August and is in the middle of a massive project to expand the locks to accommodate heavier, larger ships.
Packing my bags for Curaçao, I threw in a bathing suit, a coverup, sunscreen and magazines. I was expecting to relax all weekend on the beach, cocktail in hand.
I wasn’t expecting to eat iguana (a Curaçaon delicacy), hold an ostrich egg or interact with the island’s more than 50 different cultures. One of the travelers from our crew described it perfectly when she said our trip was worthy of an episode of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”
1. Reduces stress more effectively than traditional yoga
The connection to nature helps to relax participants in a way that is typically not reached in a yoga studio, ultimately helping participants to reach a more meditative state of mind, Pytleski says. “It’s a little bit more fun, and people tend to take paddleboard yoga a little less seriously, so they’re more relaxed and they get a few good laughs in,” she says. “Laughter is always the best medicine for any ailment.”
2. Clears your mind