Wellness Encyclopedia: The Benefits of Raw Honey

Wellness Encyclopedia: The Benefits of Raw Honey

The golden wonder that is raw honey can help keep you at the top of your game this season…

It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s true: Cold and flu season is almost here. While I’m celebrating the arrival of fall like the best of them, it took one 30°F morning this week to remind me that along with picking pumpkins and brainstorming Halloween costumes, ensuring healthy immunity should be at the top of my to-do list. I love this time of year, so the last thing I want is to be sidetracked by a cough or sore throat. Luckily my first line of defense just happens to be delicious and all natural: Organic, locally-sourced raw honey. The cloudy variety that comes straight from happy bees tended to by a kind keeper. Why honey? The benefits are almost too numerous to list, but today I’ve tried. Read on to learn why raw honey could help keep you at the top of your game this season.

What’s the difference between raw honey and regular honey?  

Regular, commercial honey, the kind that typically comes in a bear-shaped container and runs clear and easy from the jar, is filtered and then pasteurized at a high temperature to kill off any yeast that may be present. Raw honey is unprocessed and unpasteurized to preserve the beneficial nutrients present. While commercial honey still tastes amazing and is an adequate substitute for liquid sweetener in recipes, it lacks the same incredible benefits of raw honey. To see whether or not the raw honey you’ve purchased is truly raw, take a spoonful and place it in a glass of water. If it settles to the bottom, it’s raw. However, if it dissolves easily and sticks the the edges of the glass, it could be processed and even counterfeit (yes, counterfeit honey is a thing).

Benefits of raw honey.

So, what are all these incredible nutrients available in raw, unprocessed honey? If you’re prone to seasonal allergies, local raw honey could help! Raw honey contains bee pollen, which could help your body adjust to the pollen in the air when consumed. By eating honey produced locally, you consume trace amounts of the same pollen that could be wreaking havoc via allergies, helping to regulate your body to the pollen in the air. By regularly eating raw honey, your body could build up antibodies and produce less histamine when allergy season rolls around.

Trouble sleeping? A little raw honey before bed could help you sleep by helping to promote the production of melatonin. Similar to sugar, raw honey generates a rise in insulin, which produces serotonin, which is eventually converted to melatonin. Try adding a small amount of honey to a mug of tea before bed to help you relax and ready your body for rest.

As cold and flu season fast approaches, raw honey should be at the forefront of your seasonal sickness arsenal. Soothe a sore throat and suppress a cough with a spoonful of raw honey, which not only soothes but contains antibacterial properties to shorten the lifespan of a cold. Raw honey has been found to be as effective as traditional cough syrup in treating a sore throat and reducing mucus production (gross, but true). Honey is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, meaning that not only will it not go bad (as long as it’s kept pure and free of contamination from water and other factors), but the same antibacterial and antifungal properties can benefit the body by supporting immunity and warding off minor colds and seasonal illnesses. These same antibacterial properties are incredibly beneficial for acne-prone skin and raw honey has long been used as an ingredient in masks and even as a cleanser.

How to use raw honey.

Raw honey is incredibly versatile, but in order to harness its full range of benefits, it’s best consumed straight from the jar (tough, I know). However, it makes a great substitute for processed sugar if you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of its nutritional power. Sub honey for corn sugar in most recipes where it’s called for, or add a small amount to coffee or tea in place of white sugar. Tough workout ahead? Take a spoonful of raw honey beforehand to power through. Or, put some of our favorite tried and tested raw honey recipes to work:

DIY Honey Rose Lip Scrub

Apple Ginger Honey Spritzer

Honey Face Mask

Honey Ginger Throat Drops

 

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Soho Pop-In: Ruby Warrington’s Aries Full Moon Workshop

Soho Pop-In: Ruby Warrington’s Aries Full Moon Workshop

Don’t miss your chance to learn more about this month’s full moon and how to selfishly navigate it to your advantage…courtesy of The Numinous’ Ruby Warrington!

In my book Material Girl, Mystical World, I talk about learning to cultivate a sense of healthy “higher selfishness.” That is, knowing when to put your own needs first for the highest good of all involved in any given situation.

Maybe it means saying “no” to bottomless mimosas at brunch Sunday when you want to be on your A-game at work the next day. Even when it’s your BFFs b’day and you know she’ll be offended that you “prioritized” work over her. Perhaps it means asking your Mom for a plant-based option at Thanksgiving. Or skipping the annual family drama fest altogether this year, and booking yourself on a silent meditation retreat.

And well, this week’s Aries Full Moon is an invitation to get super (higher) selfish, and really tap into what it is YOU want. In your deepest of hearts, in an ideal world, and if other people’s needs and opinions really didn’t matter. (Hint: this week, they really don’t). 

This Full Moon is opposite the Sun in Libra, sign of balanced negotiations and rational decision making. The message? When it comes to making the most aligned choices, and finding yourself in the healthiest relationships, a solid sense of SELF is a basic requirement. Until you can finish the sentence “I am … ” with confidence, there’s no point even trying to be anything to anyone else.

The October 5 Full Moon also closes a cycle kicked off by the corresponding March 28 Aries New Moon. Look back at your diary and see what was swirling then, and reconnect to what you were cultivating on a personal level. Can you see echoes of these situations asking to be revisited this week? Feeling deeper into this process will help you close out this chapter with the focus on YOUR personal growth. And to move swiftly forward on YOUR unique path.

Thanks to shady Pluto throwing some weight around at this Full Moon, the skies are also aligned to help you transform something you thought was fundamental to your being this week. The way through this portal? (Which might feel just a little edgy btw!) Be fearless. Take action. Start something that matters to YOU.

That way, when we reach the October 19 Libra New Moon, you’ll be ready to say YES to an exciting new collaboration or relationship that presents itself, knowing precisely what you are bringing to the table.

For some extra inspiration, use the below areas for self-enquiry as journal prompts to kick-start your intuition process. Read for both your Sun and Rising sign to get the fullest picture.

ARIES :: ARIES RISING

I feel most powerful when I…

Always acting from this place feels…

TAURUS :: TAURUS RISING

The spiritual practice I feel most called to is…

When connected to a higher power I am able to…

GEMINI :: GEMINI RISING

The people who most inspire me are…

I feel most confident in group situations when I…

CANCER :: CANCER RISING

If I spoke up more at work I could…

I feel most like a boss when I…

LEO :: LEO RISING

I am ready to learn more about…

One day I would like to teach…

VIRGO :: VIRGO RISING

The step I am most afraid to take is…

Moving beyond this will free me to…

LIBRA :: LIBRA RISING

My most empowering partnership is…

What I bring to this relationship is…

SCORPIO :: SCORPIO RISING

The biggest challenge to my own wellbeing is…

Feeling healthy and strong means I can…

SAGITTARIUS :: SAGITTARIUS RISING

I feel most creative when I…

The thing I would like to be famous for is…

CAPRICORN :: CAPRICORN RISING

My deepest emotional needs are…

Feeling emotionally secure allows me to…

AQUARIUS :: AQUARIUS RISING

I communicate most clearly when I feel…

I am ready to start a discussion about…

PISCES :: PISCES RISING

My skill that is of most value in the world is …

I feel most confident in my abilities when I …

Ruby Warrington is founder of cosmic lifestyle site The Numinous, and author of Material Girl, Mystical World: TheNow Age Guide to a High Vibe Life.

+ Sign up for Ruby’s 10/4 class at our Soho wellness pop-up here.

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On-the-Go Beauty & Wellness

On-the-Go Beauty & Wellness

You’ve got a trip coming up and it’s time to pack… consider some of these tried-and-true go-to’s for that overnight bag…

Whether you’re out of space in your bag (you just need that fifth pair of shoes) or you just can’t be bothered to schlep your whole beauty-and-wellness routine, we’ve rounded up some of the best on-the-go products to take with you. Happy travels!

Spending a lot of time in nature?

Ah, the great outdoors: Excellent for reconnecting with nature and getting off the grid, not so great when it comes to access to the running water you need to wash your face every night. If you want to go full primal, by all means… but if you’d rather stick to some sort of skincare routine on the trail, cleansing cloths are your best bet.

Juicy Bamboo’s Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths are ideal here because they cleanse and wipe away a day’s worth of sweat, bug spray and mountain dirt while also depositing essential oils and vitamins to keep skin nourished. (Just remember to take the used cloths and packets with you — not littering!)

Getting on a plane, train or bus?

When you’re packed into a small space with a bunch of strangers for a prolonged period of times, germs are pretty much inevitable. So if you’re flying, busing or training your way anywhere, make sure you load up on vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.

Luckily, the 8 Greens tablets make it incredibly easy to treat your body right on the go. Crammed with a nourishing blend of spirulina, kale, spinach, chlorella, wheatgrass, barley grass, aloe vera and blue green algae, they pack a nourishing punch of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals — and all you have to do is drop one a day into your water bottle.

Relaxing on a beach?

First and foremost, make sure sunscreen has a place in your bag. You don’t want to fry on the first day of your trip and be miserable and burnt and peeling for the rest of the vacation. For travel purposes, opt for the ease of an SPF stick like Salt And Stone’s Face SPF 50 or Bare Republic’s Mineral SPF 50 Sport Sunscreen Stick. They’re easy to toss in a bag, take up almost no space and are a breeze to apply.

When you’re done on the sand, you’ll want to be sure you totally remove the sunscreen from your skin, which is where an oil cleanser (like the one the one in this Face the Day skincare kit from Kopari) comes in handy. The toner will also help to reduce any accidental redness and the face cream makes sure your sun-kissed skin stays well-hydrated.

Sightseeing in a big city?

Cities are great for the culture they offer, the never-ending list of possible things to do and see, and of course, the food. And while that last one is no doubt delicious, vacation eating can sometimes send your digestive system into a tailspin. So if you know you’re on your way to a food mecca, make sure to toss a few packets of The Super Elixir Alkalizing Greens Sachets in your bag. The blend of omegas, fiber, vitamins and minerals will help restore your body’s pH balance and promote digestion, even if you’re eating eight meals a day (no judgement –vacation food is the best food).

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Three Mantras to Support Your Emotional Intelligence

Three Mantras to Support Your Emotional Intelligence

Insight and everlasting love from our friend, yogi Nina Endrst… take these mantras with you everywhere you go!

Most of us are taught, from a young age through adulthood, that studying/working hard and/or being beautiful equal success and will take us far in life. There is an unbelievable amount of importance placed on financial status and outward appearance — unfortunately, we seem to be a bit behind on encouraging each other to instead dive into self-study and overall emotional wellness.

Deep, emotional exploration is not commonplace, and some even believe investing in mental and spiritual health is a luxury. It is not. Everyone, regardless of lifestyle or circumstance, deserves to feel emotionally well. We may live very differently in terms of culture or socioeconomic backgrounds, but at our core — we are all the same.

This work of getting to know ourselves and “waking up” is beautiful and sometimes, painful – but we NEED to heal the whole. To look beyond the surface and constantly remind ourselves to inquire within. Imagine if we all became a little more aware of our deepest emotions. What they are rooted in, how we express them, what we long for, what scares us and why.

I hope these mantras and mindfulness practices encourage you to live consciously and compassionately toward yourself and others.

A Mantra of Love.

Mantra: (Repeat internally or out loud when you feel some anxiety bubbling up inside of you — specifically within a relationship, romantic or not.)

I am worthy of beautiful, mutually respectful, supportive, love.

Practice: Every day for a week – write a list of at least 5 things you love about yourself and read it aloud. Don’t just write about the positive things, write about your “flaws”! We all have stuff we want to work on and allowing ourselves the space to be imperfect is the first step. Watch what happens when you commit to really, truly loving yourself.

A Mantra of Guilt.

Mantra: (Repeat whenever you catch yourself with a pit in your stomach and feelings of guilt or shoulda coulda woulda.)

I release the need to be perfect. I am learning.

Practice: Lie on your back, legs extended on the ground. One hand on your heart one on your belly. Take a few minutes (5-10) to breathe and rest. Inhaling for 3, exhaling for 3. When you finish, write down a list of things you feel guilty about. Sit with it and reflect. It is one thing to learn from our mistakes, it is another to carry around an unnecessary burden. Free yourself from guilt.

A Mantra to Overcome Fear.

Mantra: (Repeat when you feel fearful or anxious about something not truly dangerous.)

I am safe and supported. In this moment, there is nothing to fear.

Practice: You know the places that scare you… go there! Commit to doing something however big or small that you normally avoid out of fear. Of course, I am not suggesting you put yourself in real danger. I am talking about the fear that holds us back from living fully. For example; make that uncomfortable phone call to a friend or relative and speak your truth, or start a creative project that intimidates you. Get out of your comfort zone and surprise yourself.

Photos by Bex Griffin.

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Love Mother Nature: Cleaning Up Your Bathroom Routine

Love Mother Nature: Cleaning Up Your Bathroom Routine

With just a few simple lifestyle adjustments, you and I and everyone in our community can work to make our environmental footprint smaller… 

If I were to ask you: is Mother Nature out of sorts lately? Would you agree with me? Hurricanes, earthquakes, maddening temperatures, droughts and floods. It’s during times like this that I find myself taking a step back and assessing my daily life. And I wonder if my lifestyle is either helping or hurting her?

And I realize: I will not cure all of our Earth’s faults by myself.

But, I can make a conscious effort to be kinder to our planet, simply by changing up some of my day-to-day routines. Each week,  I’ll be sharing a few simple swaps that I hope all make my carbon footprint smaller. Take a step back and ask yourself what you can do. Will you join me?

First, let’s look at our bathroom routine.

50% of my morning is spent in the bathroom getting ready, so I thought that may be a good place to start.

Water.

I’m quite quick in the shower, so this was easy for me. Test yourself one day this week — time how long your shower is. Try cutting your time in half — this will save on at least a couple of gallons daily. Also, turn the water off while brushing your teeth.

Hair. 

Look at haircare brands. What are they doing for our planet? After doing a little research, I recently tossed out my shampoo and swapped it for vegan AND organic Yarok. They donate 3% of their profits to preserve the Amazon rainforest.

Try buying in bulk.

Reuse bottles!

Skip the blow dryer. Air drying helps save energy as well as hair damage. 

 

Body.

Wash with a bar of soap instead of liquid. Save a plastic tree. I’ve been loving this Pumpkin + Wild Carrot soap for fall.

And those plastic razors we ALL have been using since mum finally said it was cool to shave? Yeah, they will be in landfills for the next 100+ years. Try swapping to a safety razor and simply learn how to change out your blades.

Smile. 

Give bamboo toothbrushes a try. They can decompose into soil in just one day.

I love setting goals that are achievable, and after completing this list, I’m excited to tweak other areas of my day-to-day. Each of the swaps were super simple, and have become a new normal for me. What are your tips? I’d love to hear them?

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How to Read a Plant

How to Read a Plant

Homestead Brooklyn’s Summer Rayne Oakes with the first of a 4-part series on tending to your leafy best friends…

A few years ago my friend said he wanted to get a dog. He had never had an animal in his life and didn’t seem like the type of guy who was capable of caring for one.

I teased him and insisted he get a potted plant instead, as I felt it might be a lower bar. “If you don’t kill the plant,” I assured, “then you can get a dog.”

He killed the plant and got the dog. Luckily the dog’s happier than ever; seems like he and the pooch made a better pair. The incident of course got me thinking: plants don’t come easily to a lot of us, and they are by no means equivalent to caring for an animal. It’s like the two categories — pets and plants — require slightly different orientations. Of course you can develop the sensitivity and sensibilities for both plant care and pet care — and many of us do. I’d check those two boxes myself, having grown up with both plenty of pets and plants; and especially now that I’m living with a plant-pecking foster hen (not necessarily recommended for city apartments) — and an inordinate number of plants — to the tune of 700 or so. (I know, ridiculously excessive, but it’s like paradise in apartment-form).

The reality is, however, that plants don’t communicate in the same way that pets do. Plants are more introverted, whereas pets are the extroverts of the household. A dog will let you know when she needs to go out — and if you fail to do so, you’ll likely wind up with a mess on the floor. Cats are a bit more sensible when it comes to these matters, as most are potty-trained. But I had a cat that would throw mail at me in the mornings if she didn’t get fed on time. Plants do no such thing. Or when they speak to us, they do so in their own quiet way.

Over the years I’ve learned to watch out for certain signals from my plants to learn what they’re telling me. Sometimes signs like a yellowing leaf or browning around the edges can mean multiple things, but you can often use process of elimination to get to the root of the matter (every plant pun intended). Here are some of the major signs and what to do about them:

Wilted plant

Your plant is dehydrated. If it’s really flaccid, give it water immediately, but if it’s just starting to wilt, water it in the early morning hours with room temp water, as that is the best time of day to water plants.

Brown tips

Your plant is likely suffering from lack of humidity. Get the plant a humidifier, give it a pebble tray below with water, or create a plant huddle so the transpiration — or the evaporation of water from the plant’s leaves — can create a little more humidity in the surrounding atmosphere.

Leaf drop

Your plant is shocked. Leaf drop typically happens after transplanting, moving from one place to another, or taking from a high light to low light area. The plant needs to acclimatize to its current environment and sometimes this can take time.

Yellowing leaves, brown spots

Your plant is sunburned. If your plant is close to a window, particularly a window with a southern- or western-exposure, then it may be getting too much sun. Either pull the plant back from the window (even two feet can make a difference) or add a diaphanous shade to cut the light.

Yellow leaves at bottom

Yellow leaves can mean many things, but yellow leaves at the bottom of the plant can mean that it needs some fertilizer, or that the plant leaves are just getting old and dying back. Once the leaves turn brown, you can snip off; and if the leaves continue to turn yellow at a rapid rate, then give a balanced liquid fertilizer, like a 10-10-10, diluted by half while watering during the growing season (March – September).

Yellow leaves (general)

Yellowing leaves that happen throughout the plant often means that the plant has been mismanaged in the watering department. You either watered it too much or too little, so try to get a sense of what your plant’s needs are and get it on a proper watering schedule.

Of course, these are just some of the signs our plants are stressed. If you have other questions, I encourage you tune into Plant One On Me, my weekly Q&A on all things plant-related and more inspiration on HomesteadBrooklyn.com and @homesteadbrooklyn.

Lead image by Jessie Kanelos Wiener.

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How to Read a Plant

How to Read a Plant

Homestead Brooklyn’s Summer Rayne Oakes with the first of a 4-part series on tending to your leafy best friends…

A few years ago my friend said he wanted to get a dog. He had never had an animal in his life and didn’t seem like the type of guy who was capable of caring for one.

I teased him and insisted he get a potted plant instead, as I felt it might be a lower bar. “If you don’t kill the plant,” I assured, “then you can get a dog.”

He killed the plant and got the dog. Luckily the dog’s happier than ever; seems like he and the pooch made a better pair. The incident of course got me thinking: plants don’t come easily to a lot of us, and they are by no means equivalent to caring for an animal. It’s like the two categories — pets and plants — require slightly different orientations. Of course you can develop the sensitivity and sensibilities for both plant care and pet care — and many of us do. I’d check those two boxes myself, having grown up with both plenty of pets and plants; and especially now that I’m living with a plant-pecking foster hen (not necessarily recommended for city apartments) — and an inordinate number of plants — to the tune of 700 or so. (I know, ridiculously excessive, but it’s like paradise in apartment-form).

The reality is, however, that plants don’t communicate in the same way that pets do. Plants are more introverted, whereas pets are the extroverts of the household. A dog will let you know when she needs to go out — and if you fail to do so, you’ll likely wind up with a mess on the floor. Cats are a bit more sensible when it comes to these matters, as most are potty-trained. But I had a cat that would throw mail at me in the mornings if she didn’t get fed on time. Plants do no such thing. Or when they speak to us, they do so in their own quiet way.

Over the years I’ve learned to watch out for certain signals from my plants to learn what they’re telling me. Sometimes signs like a yellowing leaf or browning around the edges can mean multiple things, but you can often use process of elimination to get to the root of the matter (every plant pun intended). Here are some of the major signs and what to do about them:

Wilted plant

Your plant is dehydrated. If it’s really flaccid, give it water immediately, but if it’s just starting to wilt, water it in the early morning hours with room temp water, as that is the best time of day to water plants.

Brown tips

Your plant is likely suffering from lack of humidity. Get the plant a humidifier, give it a pebble tray below with water, or create a plant huddle so the transpiration — or the evaporation of water from the plant’s leaves — can create a little more humidity in the surrounding atmosphere.

Leaf drop

Your plant is shocked. Leaf drop typically happens after transplanting, moving from one place to another, or taking from a high light to low light area. The plant needs to acclimatize to its current environment and sometimes this can take time.

Yellowing leaves, brown spots

Your plant is sunburned. If your plant is close to a window, particularly a window with a southern- or western-exposure, then it may be getting too much sun. Either pull the plant back from the window (even two feet can make a difference) or add a diaphanous shade to cut the light.

Yellow leaves at bottom

Yellow leaves can mean many things, but yellow leaves at the bottom of the plant can mean that it needs some fertilizer, or that the plant leaves are just getting old and dying back. Once the leaves turn brown, you can snip off; and if the leaves continue to turn yellow at a rapid rate, then give a balanced liquid fertilizer, like a 10-10-10, diluted by half while watering during the growing season (March – September).

Yellow leaves (general)

Yellowing leaves that happen throughout the plant often means that the plant has been mismanaged in the watering department. You either watered it too much or too little, so try to get a sense of what your plant’s needs are and get it on a proper watering schedule.

Of course, these are just some of the signs our plants are stressed. If you have other questions, I encourage you tune into Plant One On Me, my weekly Q&A on all things plant-related and more inspiration on HomesteadBrooklyn.com and @homesteadbrooklyn.

Lead image by Jessie Kanelos Wiener.

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Moving Together: Governor’s Island Edition

Moving Together: Governor’s Island Edition

Grab a buddy or two, get in gear and get to Governor’s Island for a day of working out, working together, all in the name of a good cause!

Tickets are $25 for yourself or discounted to $20 if you sign up with a friend!

Speaking of which, go sign up HERE!

THAT TICKET INCLUDES:

10/8 EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • 10 AM: Catch the ferry to Governor’s Island Sunday Morning – the ferry leaves right at 10 so be sure to arrive early. (Ferries depart every ½ hour beginning at 10AM until 11:30AM — return trips are on the hour, all day until 7pm.) Once you arrive, follow the arrows and walk about 15 minutes until you reach “The Oval!”
  • 11 AM – 2 PM: Grab a friend and head to a yoga class with Chloe + Kumi of SKY TING or Kathryn Budig of Aim True Yoga. Then, when you’re ready to dance, join a ballet class with Alison Stroming of Dance Theatre of Harlem or shake a tail feather with the NW Method master class! While you’re in-between classes…
  • Snag your FP x Girls Inc. custom hoodie at our shoppable product tent. 100% of profits from this purchase will directly benefit Girls Inc. Shop the FP Movement collection and 25% of profits from all purchases will directly benefit Girls Inc.
  • Make time to relax (at least a little!)  in our FP Escapes tent. While you’re there, take in a one-on-one crystal mapping consultation with Maha Rose.
  • Take some time to explore the glory of Urban Farm at Governor’s Island.
  • Enjoy complimentary avocado toast from the delectable Avocaderia, as well as other food and drinks!

HOW TO PREP FOR YOUR DAY:

  • Arrive at the Battery Maritime Building ferry station before 10am! The ferry takes off every half hour on the dot. 😉
  • Wear workout clothing and comfy shoes – after all, you’ll be moving!
  • Bring water for the ride!
  • Bring a yoga mat!
  • Wear layers — it’s October in NYC and we’ll be outside!
  • Bring your best friend, because everything’s better Together.
  • Money (plastic works here, by the way) — we’ll be selling our custom Free People x Girls Inc. Move Together Tee at the event — 100% of whose profits will go to Girls Inc.!
  • Go to our Rock Center location on 10/7 and shop Movement gear to wear the day of the event! 25% of profits from all FP Movement purchases during this time will benefit Girls Inc.

+ For more info on our partnership with Girls Inc., and our other Moving Together events happening on 10/7, go here!

Free People Blog

Moving Together: Governor’s Island Edition

Moving Together: Governor’s Island Edition

Grab a buddy or two, get in gear and get to Governor’s Island for a day of working out, working together, all in the name of a good cause!

Tickets are $25 for yourself or discounted to $20 if you sign up with a friend!

Speaking of which, go sign up HERE!

THAT TICKET INCLUDES:

10/8 EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • 10 AM: Catch the ferry to Governor’s Island Sunday Morning – the ferry leaves right at 10 so be sure to arrive early. (Ferries depart every ½ hour beginning at 10AM until 11:30AM — return trips are on the hour, all day until 7pm.) Once you arrive, follow the arrows and walk about 15 minutes until you reach “The Oval!”
  • 11 AM – 2 PM: Grab a friend and head to a yoga class with Chloe + Kumi of SKY TING or Kathryn Budig of Aim True Yoga. Then, when you’re ready to dance, join a ballet class with Alison Stroming of Dance Theatre of Harlem or shake a tail feather with the NW Method master class! While you’re in-between classes…
  • Snag your FP x Girls Inc. custom hoodie at our shoppable product tent. 100% of profits from this purchase will directly benefit Girls Inc. Shop the FP Movement collection and 25% of profits from all purchases will directly benefit Girls Inc.
  • Make time to relax (at least a little!)  in our FP Escapes tent. While you’re there, take in a one-on-one crystal mapping consultation with Maha Rose.
  • Take some time to explore the glory of Urban Farm at Governor’s Island.
  • Enjoy complimentary avocado toast from the delectable Avocaderia, as well as other food and drinks!

HOW TO PREP FOR YOUR DAY:

  • Arrive at the Battery Maritime Building ferry station before 10am! The ferry takes off every half hour on the dot. 😉
  • Wear workout clothing and comfy shoes – after all, you’ll be moving!
  • Bring water for the ride!
  • Bring a yoga mat!
  • Wear layers — it’s October in NYC and we’ll be outside!
  • Bring your best friend, because everything’s better Together.
  • Money (plastic works here, by the way) — we’ll be selling our custom Free People x Girls Inc. Move Together Tee at the event — 100% of whose profits will go to Girls Inc.!
  • Go to our Rock Center location on 10/7 and shop Movement gear to wear the day of the event! 25% of profits from all FP Movement purchases during this time will benefit Girls Inc.

+ For more info on our partnership with Girls Inc., and our other Moving Together events happening on 10/7, go here!

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A Quick Guide Through the South of France with @The Girl Habit

A Quick Guide Through the South of France with @The Girl Habit

Our good friend Leore shares a few of her favorite must-see’s in the South of France… make them your must-see’s, too!

Antibes Farmers Market

Antibes is an open-air market, resting (or bustling, rather) under a sea of tents in the town’s center square. Its cobblestone road is lined with vendors selling fresh spices, honeys, French-made soaps and body lotions, fresh produce and sweets. This farmers’ market is an amazing place to stock up on French-infused beauty essential while eating healthy snacks.

Plage des Ondes

This small local’s beach is ideal for relaxing and swimming, the water shallow and clear enough to see fish gliding around your feet. Because the water is so calm, you can swim out very far and float for as long as you’d like. And don’t forget — salt water cleanses skin and balances oil production.

Plage de Pampelonne in Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez is known for its private beach clubs and famous parties but, aside from the fun, Place de Pampelonne offers an endless stretch of sand to run along, to take in all the action from a distance. Stop in a beach club that catches your eye and grab a fresh juice along the way during your workout.

Cannes

Cannes is THE place to take in endless shopping and endless — and delicious — food all along the French Riviera, with a few great yoga studios dotted in between it all. I love finding yoga all over the world. Re-centering yourself and taking time to stretch after long travel is so important, especially when your mind and body are taking in a new environment.

Gourdon

Gordon is a charming mountain town, with a climate perfect for growing orange trees, olive trees and perfume plants.Here you can walk through the perched village and visit one of many local perfumeries.
Less of a hotel and more of a museum, art lies everywhere in Colombe d’Or, teeming with Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Léger, Calder and Braque. What makes it so very special? These 20th century artists donated a piece in exchange for room and board here.
St. Paul de Vence itself is swarmed with art galleries via its small cobblestone roads — a perfect place to get inspired and pick up a pen and paper and start drawing or writing.
While here, I also highly recommend visiting beach town Juan Les Pins, the village of Eze and Nice.
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