Gifts are the ultimate expression of feelings, especially around holiday time. I created the first-ever Healthy Holiday Guide from TheWholeTara to help you find that perfect gift. This is the ideal list for someone who is into health, self-care, and, maybe, travel. I know firsthand how difficult gift-giving can be, so I hope this year’s gift guide gives you plenty ideas and all of the clarity you need to buy your loved one a special something for the holidays. …
You know that feeling when the only place you want to be is home? You miss the softness of your bed, the comfort of knowing you’re just where you need to be, and the peace of mind of having your entire closet to choose from (the struggle is real). This may sound fluffy and outright ridiculous, but it’s the absolute truth and just what I’m craving right now. After returning home just in time for Passover from what could have been the most incredible trip yet through The Maldives, Dubai, and New York, there has been no better time for a detox and reset….
Long week and plenty of exciting new things on my radar, so I saved my favorites for this week’s Friday Fives.
As a disclaimer, I believe it’s important I inform you that I’m not exactly sure how this “Friday Fives” she-bang works, but I have come across a few blogger chicks doing a similar thing so I decided why not?! This week gets the blog’s first Friday Fives primarily because I finally feel (actually, felt) settled and back into the groove of things. I write settled in past tense because I’m sitting on my first of three airplanes as I write this today….
These days my Instagram followers are a bit confused on where on Earth TheWholeTara is. New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Ibiza…? It’s a question I’m even asking myself! The short answer is that I’ve returned back from Asia (mainly Israel this time around) and have landed in Miami for the time being, but my heart remains in New York so I’m spending half of my time there. How the “half of my time” works out is a mystery even to me. Some days I find myself by the beach in Miami and other days drowning in the snow in New York….
It would be cool if I could confidently tell you that getting through an entire day was possible without one (or three) of the below calming rituals. Unfortunately, or very fortunately, such isn’t the case. We all need a little TLC when it comes to taking care of ourselves, both physically and emotionally. Time and time again I learn that I’m not the exception, and chances are you aren’t either. I compiled a short, but very practical list of the things that keep me sane when life is everything but.
Part 1: My Dream Kitchen Appliances
When I think of my dream kitchen I think of an elegant french country kitchen with a grand island, elaborate white cabinetry, and a hanging garden situated near the window sill. I think of the warm chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter and the cutting board laid out after chopping all of the fresh veggies now stored in the refrigerator. While the design and decor are essential, I often leave out the big things. I leave out the things that we needed the kitchen for in the first place, the appliances! I always knew in the back of my mind that I wanted a state-of-the-art kitchen graced with a double stove top oven (one for meat, one for dairy), a “smart” fridge, and a large warming tray. At first I thought I might be asking for too much, but then I got invited to New York City’s Rockefeller Center to marvel over LG’s new Signature line featuring the most advanced kitchen appliances out there, namely their InstaView Door-in-Door Double Refrigerator. I think it’s safe to say my aspirations aren’t so crazy after all….
I write this as I pack my bags to take off on a crazy adventure beginning in Milan, Italy. I’ve exhausted myself prepping and planning for this trip, and now it’s finally here. I’m beginning in Milan, then traveling to Lake Como, Cannes, Paris, and London. Given my collection of bathing suits and cover ups, I’m definitely ready for the hot summer sun….
Touchdown in NYC and believe it or not, my first stop was The Sisley Spa followed by a visit at the Yves Durif Salon. I should preface that for the 3 weeks prior to arriving to New York I was looking forward to this visit. I’ve done several spa/hotel reviews on my blog, but this one was particularly exciting to me because I’ve been a fan of Sisley products for a while now and I really trust the quality of their products. Not to mention The Carlyle hotel, where the spa and salon are located, is right in my old neighborhood so the whole experience hits home for me.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Weightless Sunscreen. The opinions and text are all mine.
Summer 2016. To-do list:
Step 1: Move into new apartment. Check!
Step 2: Read an inspirational book.
Step 3: Plan Italy.
Mom might be the person we know best, yet most years we still don’t know what to get her for Mother’s Day. I’ve run into this conflict more years than not, so I thought it’d be useful to curate a list of Mother’s Day approved gifts that’ll make her day. There’s something for everyone, especially beauty lovers, on this guide. The list offers options across New York and the US in general.