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GOFITJO Loves WiseWear Collection

Joanne Encarnacion, aka GOFITJO, is a fitness and lifestyle blogger whose main focus is to convey how important achieving self-love and self-confidence through fitness and wellness is for all the hardworking women out there.

In addition to managing her fitness/lifestyle blog 24/7, she is also the mother to two daughters and in the process of becoming a certified health and nutrition coach. If that doesn’t scream #GirlBoss, we don’t know what does! Joanne took the time out of her busy schedule to let us know more about the inspiring woman behind GOFITJO, her advice for women juggling it all, and what she loves most about her Duchess smart bracelet.

1.Tell us more about you, your blog, GOFITJO, and how your fitness journey began.

Hello my name is Joanne Encarnacion, but I also go by Jo. I’m a fitness and lifestyle blogger from SF Bay area raising two beautiful daughters with my incredibly talented husband Jonathan. I’m currently becoming a certified health and nutrition coach and so excited to helping people design their lives around movement and proper nourishment. My life wasn’t always this way though. I’ve been working for as long as I can remember and when you’ve focused a lot of your energy on your career and building a life sometimes your own health gets put on the backburner. A little over 3 years ago I found myself battling with depression and realizing that it was caused by my lack of self care and focus on my health and wellbeing. I was getting ready for a Sunday family outing with my little family and as I was checking out myself for the final time in my daughter’s full length mirror, my daughter Airis, who was 9 years old at the time said to me, “Mom you look so pretty.” I quickly snapped at her and said, “No I’m not; I’m fat and ugly.” The look on her face is one I will never forget, I crushed her heart. In her eyes I was her queen,the most beautiful woman she had ever seen. She took off running into the hallway upset with me. This was my “aha” moment. It all of a sudden clicked, how could I be the example of a strong woman if I didn’t see that in myself? How could I tell her she’s beautiful, capable and talented if I couldn’t even see that in me? This is when I knew things had to change. I started to change my relationship with food and exercise and began to truly see the effects of a healthier lifestyle that had fitness and nourishment as it’s cornerstone. What began as a weight loss journey became a lifelong journey of self development, growth, and continuous practice of self-love.

2.How do you juggle all of the responsibilities of being a full-time fitness/lifestyle blogger and a mother of two kids?

It takes a lot of support from my partner in crime my husband, organization skills, and a lot of heart and hustle. Aside from full-time fitness/lifestyle blogger I’m also studying to become a certified health and nutrition coach, which has got me spending most of my free time hitting the books. As the former Director of Curation at VSCO I’ve always had to juggle a pretty full plate especially working in the start up world. Part of that juggle is understanding that balance is individual and doesn’t look the same for everyone. I live off of my Google Calendar so everything from my workouts, family events, school tests, blogging, content/collaboration deadlines, my husband’s work calendar, and my social calendar are all in one place. If it’s not there, I get a little lost. I’ve learned to embrace life in the present, taking it hour by hour at a time. This approach has really helped me take control of a busy day and keep things from feeling to overwhelmed. Having an adaptable approach to a jam packed calendar is truly the key to balance.

3.What was your Aha! moment that propelled you into the world of fitness blogging?

High school was a tough period of my life. My folks moved around a lot so my relationships with friends were constantly shifting and changing. It always seemed as if my foundations were always shifting and because of that I turned to journaling and writing. I found myself sharing my struggles of growing up with depression to my church community during high school and its when I realized at a young age that sharing our stories of struggle was the the best way to heal and build a sense of belonging. When I started my fitness journey I knew I needed support. It was my first time embarking on something this big and I knew how much I succeed in it. At the time I shared my fitness journey on Instagram, I used it as a daily journal. About a year into my fitness journey I decided to start a blog and one thing really lead to another. Now it’s become a destination for inspiration and connection for some and it’s awesome!

4.What would be the biggest piece of advice you could give to someone who is struggling with low self-esteem?

Stop comparing yourself to others and remember that you’re amazing as you are. The hardest thing is that often times the causes of self-esteem issues are lack of self-worth. The best thing to do is to do a quick inventory on your life and the things that matter the most and bring you happiness and joy. Then ask yourself how do you get more of that into your life.

5.We know that a healthy mind equals a healthy body. With that being said, how do you keep a healthy mind/outlook while focusing on your fitness goals?

I practice gratitude daily. Most of my workouts begin with a 5 minute warm-up during that time instead of focusing on trying to turn on the “beast mode”, I focus on the things I’m grateful for such as an able body and my overall health. There are others in this world who are struggling to get out of bed due to some illness or those who were born unable to walk. Finding gratitude in the things we have currently have always allowed me to have a much more healthier approach to what I do in life especially my fitness goals.

6. Being so busy must take a toll on you personally. Tell us some of your favorite ways you like to unwind.

Some of my favorite ways to unwind include a workout, but in the moments that I can’t get that in or I’ve already done that for the day retreating to my bedroom diffusing essential oils while I meditate get me grounded immediately. Some other favorites are warm epsom salt baths, quiet dinners with the family, and walking around Target alone (yes sometimes this is one way I unwind).

7. As a mother of two young daughters, what is your advice to them on staying healthy and having a positive body image?

Often times in our house we focus a lot of characteristics that are not physical. My youngest who is 6 will point out the things she loves about her older sister’s personality. My eldest daughter is 12 and that is such a crucial age to start laying down the foundation to building a positive and healthy lifestyle. Because my daughter witnessed my transformation and was the catalyst to it, I don’t really give her advice that’s any different than I give a grown woman. We talk openly at home about the changes happening in her body at this age so that it doesn’t become a “weird” thing for her growing up. I think often times we underestimate the influence we have as adults on the younger generation and instead of giving them advice, we need to simply live by example.

8. We know you’ve been wearing your Duchess in gold. Tell us what feature you enjoy the most.

I love the simplicity of the design and the discreet notification alerts. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it as a bracelet and it always throws people off when I say it’s an activity tracker and tech device.

9. WiseWear is all about losing the screen, not the moment. Since most of your day is probably spent in front of a screen, how do you find ways to disconnect?

I set pretty firm boundaries around my tech time. During my workout sessions my phone is typically on do not disturb so that I can put my intention and time into my workout session. When I’m out with friends I rely on my tech devices like Wisewear to send me discreet notifications so that I can focus on the people I’m with. We all have a tendency to get caught up in documenting the moments we live in, but sometimes it’s about just living in the moment. And that is something I try my best to truly honor.

10.What advice would you give other women who are trying to balance motherhood, a career and a healthy lifestyle?

If there is anything I’ve learned from all the women mentors that I’ve had in my life, they are all simply trying to figure it out. We are all just wingin’ it and sometimes the best way to own your life and be the #girlboss in all areas of your life is learning that you can’t do it all and accepting that things won’t be perfect all the time, but you’re doing your absolute best.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 14 Gifts for Him & Her

 

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Tis the season to love, and more importantly, express your love. We know – it’s much easier said than done. The quest for the perfect gift can be a challenging one, especially when flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries are now the bare minimum. Don’t fret! We’re here to help you think outside the box. Whether you are looking to spend some serious dough or are on a tight budget, we’ve gathered our top Valentine’s Day gift picks for both guys and gals.

 

FOR HER:

1. Socialite Smart Bracelet by WiseWear. A gorgeous bracelet that combines smart technology with style – what more could a girl ask for? Geared with features such as activity tracking, distress messaging and mobile notifications, the Socialite smart bracelet will quickly become one of her most beloved and functional accessories. Beyond counting steps and such like your typical fitness tracker, this wearable will go above and beyond by keeping her safe. With a simple tap, she can send a distress signal to you and her loved ones when she’s feeling ill at ease. This includes both a text message and her geo-tagged location, so you know exactly where she triggered the alarm. Not to mention, its outward appearance as luxury jewelry is “both inconspicuous to would-be attackers and incredibly beautiful to observers,” stated Fast Company (read the article here). She doesn’t have to be a techie or fashionista to fall in love with this smart accessory. It’s a gadget that will benefit her health and safety, while keeping her connected to the things and people that matter most.

2. A Velvety Soft Blanket. This may seem unoriginal, but blankets actually make the best gifts – specifically the luxurious, velvety soft ones that most people aren’t willing to splurge on. A great blanket will always get used, never go out of style, and most importantly, last a lifetime. Choose a neutral color/pattern and the softest material you can find, like this ‘CozyChic’ Ribbed Blanket by Barefoot Dreams, and voila – she’ll be snuggling up with this household staple for years to come.

3. Adult Coloring Book. If you’re looking for ways to help her de-stress or perhaps refresh her creative energy, forget the massage certificate and grab her a coloring book instead! This nostalgic childhood hobby made a huge comeback this past year, specifically geared towards adults who often face high volumes of stress. There’s something comforting about coloring in between the lines. In fact, it’s been proven that coloring reduces anxiety because it prompts the mind and body to operate together in a more integrated way. These adult coloring books incorporate geometric shapes and calming patterns to alleviate stress and relax the mind. Consider it a form of meditation. She’ll love this Posh Adult Coloring Book: Inspirational Quotes for Fun & Relaxation by Deborah Muller.

4. A Luxury Silk Robe. Shopping for intimate items like lingerie can be awkward and intimidating, especially when it’s for someone else. Buying the wrong size may come off as unintentionally offensive. And let’s be honest – who really wants to spend hours sticking out like a sore thumb at Victoria’s Secret? Avoid the unnecessary headache and opt for a silky soft robe like this ‘Dahlia’ Charmeuse Robe by Flora Nikrooz. It’s comfy, practical and still sexy nonetheless. Whether it’s after a long day at the office or lounging on the weekends, there’s no doubt she’ll be reaching for this staple on a daily basis.

5. Workout Gear & Accessories. Every gal can always appreciate a stylish workout top or new pair of yoga pants. Even if she’s not planning on working up a sweat, it’s just easy to throw on some workout clothes and go. If you haven’t noticed already, more and more people are embracing the trend of flaunting activewear beyond the gym. Chic athletic apparel and at-home workout gear make great gifts that will encourage her to live a healthy and active lifestyle. If she’s not your typical gym junkie, gift her a slip-resistant yoga mat or a foam roller for post-workout massages. You’ll get extra kudos for promoting her health and wellness! Because a healthy girl is a happy girl.

6. Wine & Cheese Tasting. Just like you and your significant other, wine and cheese go hand in hand. Who can resist such a tasty pairing? Believe it or not, there’s actually a science to choosing the right wine and cheese to compliment one another. And there’s nothing quite like the combination to put you in a romantic mood. Search for a local guided tasting class, or head over to your nearest Whole Foods or Central Market. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, do some research and have your own personal tasting at home

7. Inspirational Stationery & Trinkets. Every now and then, we could all use a few words of motivation and encouragement to get us through the day… especially when they’re in practical form like this ‘Live Fully’ metallic journal or this ‘Think Happy, Be Happy’ glass trinket tray. These little gifts are thoughtful and let her know that you’re fully invested in her happiness. There’s nothing sweeter than being a daily source of inspiration.

 

FOR HIM:

8. Brewery Tour. If your man likes to drink beer and experience new things, then a brewery tour is a no-brainer gift! There are probably a handful of local craft breweries nearby that give tours followed by guided tastings, so you can get the full hands-on experience. This gift is a fun excuse to go on a day date, enjoy a few cold beers and learn something new together.

9. Accessories for Formal Wear. Generally speaking, most guys could use some help in the style department. Even if his go-to wardrobe consists mainly of casual shirts and jeans, there will always come a time when he needs to dress for the occasion. From weddings to office holiday parties, it’s your job to dress him to the nines for special events. Don’t let him walk out the door looking like he put his outfit together in the dark, especially if you’re his date! When it comes to the eleventh hour, it’s probably best that you avoid last-minute shopping, or even worse, settling for that hideous sports jacket his mom bought him in the 90s. You don’t need to splurge on a Giorgio Armani suit, but you can help build his formal wear collection with little accessories like these designer cotton blend socks by Nordstrom Men’s Shop or this Native Herringbone skinny tie by The Tie Bar.

10. A Set of Heavenly Soft Bed Sheets. If he still has his own pad, it’s likely that he doesn’t spend too much time sprucing up his living space. As you can imagine, men have only a few basic requirements for their abode: a bed, a couch, a bathroom and a kitchen. Add your personal touch to his place by gifting him some heavenly soft bed sheets. Check out this 400 thread count sheet set by Nordstrom at Home. If you spend the night often or if you already live together, then it’s a win-win gift for both of you to enjoy!

11. Tasteful Home Decor for His Space. Home decor typically ranks as one of the lesser priorities for most men. Ask him yourself – when was the last time he spent money on some new pillows or a luxury scented candle? Tasteful decor plays an important role in transforming any space into something more pleasant and enjoyable. Whether it’s for his man cave or office space, this personal gift will serve as a thoughtful reminder of you. For some ideas, check out this adorable Succulent Planter by Z Gallerie or this Seeded Glass Edison Table Lamp by Target. If you’re on a budget, you can make your own minimalist copper lamp or choose one of these 15 easy DIY succulent planters.

12. Hydro Flask. Don’t you hate it when the ice in your water melts or your coffee gets cold too quickly? Not anymore with Hydro Flask. This vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle will keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours. Not to mention, it never sweats and is durable as heck (if it happens to break, it comes with a lifetime warranty). Hydro Flask also donates 5% back to a charity of your choice with any purchase.

13. Leather Goods. Anything leather makes a great gift for any man, whether it’s a belt, watch strap, wallet, gloves… you name it. No other material can compare to its durability, unique textures, coloration, or even the smell. It’s simply classic and timeless. Check out these gorgeous wallets by Will Leather Goods or this Cognac Leather Toiletry Case by Pottery Barn. Etsy also has a wide variety of affordable leather goods that you can get personalized with his initials or perhaps an inspiring quote.

14. The Art of Shaving Kit. Every guy needs to groom at one point of another. Make it a luxurious experience for him with these elegant shaving kits by The Art of Shaving. Their high-quality products provide optimal shaving results, all while helping to soothe and smooth their skin. Ranging from as low as $30, it’s definitely worth it to splurge on the perfect shave.

A New Era of Wearables with Iris Apfel

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She’s bold. She’s fierce. She’s the 94-year-old style icon who’s designing your next wearable. Meet Iris Apfel, the new face of WiseWear.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this feisty fashionista, you’ve probably come across her unforgettable face at some point – it’s often adorned with those iconic, thick-rimmed spectacles. Or you’ve probably heard someone mention her as “that lady with the glasses.” Perhaps you’ve seen her charming documentary IRIS (if you haven’t, it’s now being featured on Netflix).

For the past 60-something years, Iris has graced the world with her artistic talent and impeccable taste. Her career set off in 1950 when she and her husband launched Old World Weavers, a restorational textile company. Together they traveled the world, shopping for fabrics while simultaneously building Iris’ eccentric collection of one-of-a-kind accessories and fashion pieces. She also served as an interior designer for the White House for nearly half a century, working with the wives of nine presidents.

 

Iris, searching for fabrics for her clients, while discovering unique non-Western pieces.
Iris, fabric shopping for clients, while discovering unique non-Western pieces.

 

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Iris with her husband, Carl, in the 1950s during their travels. 

 

Iris with her husband, Carl, at a gala dinner in Miami, 2008.
Iris and Carl, at a gala dinner in Miami, 2008.

 

Well affiliated with the New York interior design crowd, Iris eventually grabbed the attention of a curator from the Met Museum, who caught wind of her ostentatious wardrobe. He asked if she would create an art exhibition showcasing her personal collection of fashion and accessories accumulated throughout the years. It was this exhibition, dubbed Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Apfel Collection, that set Iris apart as something very rare and far from ordinary. Today, she continues to inspire people of all ages to adopt their own unique style as the truest form of self-expression.

 

Iris installing an ensemble at Peabody Essex Museum, similar to the pieces displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Iris installing an ensemble at Peabody Essex Museum, similar to the pieces displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

This is one of many reasons why we wanted to work with Iris. Her years of wisdom and wit make her the perfect example of a modern day woman – confident, beautiful, smart and independent. To put it in other words, she’s a true symbol for beauty and brains. If you’ve seen her documentary, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

In the documentary, you might also recall Iris touching on the frequent, sometimes fatal, issue of her friends falling. The self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet” has undergone two hip operations herself – one after tripping over the hem of an Oscar de la Renta dress at a Paris fashion shoot. This recurring topic of seniors at risk of falling was one that sparked an interest with Iris, as soon as she learned that our founder’s grandfather had experienced such a fatal fall (read about it in this Fast Company article).

 

Behind the scenes with Iris and WiseWear founder, Dr. Gerald Wilmink.
Behind the scenes with Iris and WiseWear founder, Dr. Gerald Wilmink.

 

His passing was what inspired Dr. Wilmink to start WiseWear. As stated in the article, Wilmink’s original plan was to create a hearing aid that could measure when the user was at risk of falling, and would react by telling the user to sit down. Although the hearing aid never came to fruition, one thing led to another – ultimately resulting in an antenna system that could transmit Bluetooth signals through metal. This is now the breakthrough technology that fuels our Socialite smart bracelets.

Although Socialite can’t detect falls (just yet), it can track your activity, provide vibrating mobile notifications, and send distress signals to your loved ones in times of potential danger. The unique safety feature is one that Iris values most, stating that, “something like this can alert those who care about me if I take a flop because falling can be very dangerous, particularly when you get old in age.”

 

Lavish and lovely: a shot from her latest documentary, IRIS, shot and directed by Albert Maysles.

 

By tapping the bracelet to your custom sequence (i.e. three taps), Socialite sends a discreet text message to your pre-approved list of contacts, notifying them of your exact location. Beyond falls, you can also tap the bracelet when feeling vulnerable, threatened, or endangered. Click here to read more about how the safety feature works.

During our one-on-one interview, Iris made a point that, “this is not just technology that’s useful for elderly people; there are a lot of young people that can benefit as well. The Socialite bracelet can measure your activity, how active you are, and all kinds of good stuff. We don’t want any couch potatoes in the crowd.”

At 94 years young, the slender muse is still always on-the-go, flying from international fashion shows to photo shoots and elite social events. She admits that she is very active and doesn’t sit still very much.

 

The Calder, from L to R: in Palladium, Rose Gold, and Gold.
The Calder, from L to R: in Palladium, Rose Gold, and Gold.

 

On another note, Iris also believes that the “de-teching” aspect of Socialite will serve useful, with vibrating mobile notifications and lack of a distracting LED screen. She once said, “People are so tied up in the worst parts of technology these days. They don’t use their imagination.

If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that imagination is vital to spark creativity and innovation. Iris has preserved a unique childlike quality to imagine a world of endless possibilities – and it’s unlike anything we’ve encountered before with any other fashion designer.

With Iris by our side, we’re feeling more inspired than ever to design a fresh line of luxury wearables and introduce it to the high-fashion world. Indeed, technology is a beautiful thing and wearing it should be too. Cheers to a new era of fashion-first wearables that truly speak style.

 

New Year, New You

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Ah, yes. It’s that special time of the year when you make a checklist of all the things deemed more or less necessary to better yourself. For those of you who turn your heads away from resolutions, don’t fight it! Think of it as an annual performance review for yourself – focus on your previous year’s successes and failures, extract a few key takeaways and use them to develop your goals for 2016. What would you like to change about yourself? How can you make 2016 the best year of your life?

If you’re still drawing a blank, have no fear! We’re here to help. At WiseWear, our goal is to empower people just like you to live the happy, healthy, balanced lifestyle you deserve. We’ve compiled a quick guide on how to achieve 5 common overarching New Year’s resolutions with the help of Socialite!
 

  1. I want to… stay in shape and be more active. The most popular resolution that may sound easy to make, but might just be the hardest to keep. To stay in tip-top shape, studies suggest that the bare minimum is to complete one form of physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, but it should ideally make you sweat. The secret ingredient to this resolution is consistency. Ever see those gym rats jotting in their fitness diaries? Logging your workouts and number of reps can help keep you motivated, but in this day and age (ahem, 2016), there’s no need for that! Our Socialite smart bracelet tracks all your activity and conveniently stores everything on the accompanying mobile app, so you can monitor your progress throughout the day. Track your daily step count (aim for 10,000 a day!), distance traveled, and calories burned. And look fabulous while doing it!
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  3. I want to… get more sleep. This one may sound odd, but we can’t stress enough the importance of catching your Z’s. Think about your body’s fuel like your smartphone’s battery – you need a full night’s charge to last all day. Realize that while you’re sleeping, your body is still hard at work, repairing your heart, blood vessels, cells, and internal organs. Lack of sleep can increase your appetite, slow down your metabolism, and dramatically increase your chances of becoming overweight. Not to mention, lack of sleep affects your appearance, giving way to more breakouts, premature wrinkles, and dark undereye circles. Aim for at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Our Socialite smart bracelet also happens to track your time active/inactive, so you’ll know exactly how many hours of shuteye you’re actually getting.
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  5. I want to… be more productive. Between work, family, friends, and you-time, it’s safe to say we’re constantly being pulled in different directions. To make it worse, we also live in the age of distractions. Step one to productivity is to eliminate those distractions. The biggest one is most likely your smartphone, a.k.a. the gateway to a world of distractions (i.e. social media, online shopping, unnecessary calls and texts, the list goes on). Throw a Socialite smart bracelet on your wrist and put your phone down! Socialite provides users with real-time mobile notifications, such as incoming calls, texts, emails, alarms, and calendar reminders, in the form of gentle vibrations. You can manage your notifications and customize your vibration patterns on the mobile app, giving you the power to choose what comes through. This feature helps you stay connected without having to constantly reach for your phone. Now that you’ve pushed your distractions out the door, be sure to build out an easy-to-follow schedule and create to-do lists. Hold yourself accountable and be sure to cross each and every task off your list! We promise: you’ll feel empowered and productive.
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  7. I want to be… independent and confident. Something that we all strive to work on, especially as a modern day woman. There are countless ways to boost your self-esteem and independence. Here are a few for starters… take care of yourself, dress to impress, think positively, set your goals & principles and live by them, always be willing to learn, and most importantly, understand that you are in control of your own fate. We designed all of our Socialite smart bracelets with one goal in mind: to make women feel their most confident on the inside and out. Beyond its ability to turn heads and make a bold fashion statement, Socialite also provides users with a sense of security by allowing them to send a distress signal to loved ones in times of potential danger. By tapping on Socialite, one can send a discreet text message to their pre-approved list of contacts, along with optional geolocation and sound/video recording of their surroundings. Whether you’re going for a morning run before sunrise or walking through an empty parking garage at midnight, Socialite gives you the power to do it with confidence.
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  9. I want to… spend more quality time with family and friends. Undoubtedly one of the most important resolutions everyone should strive to make. Life moves fast, and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of things. To state the obvious, it’s important to make time for your family and friends no matter how hectic your schedule may be. Again, in this age of digital distractions, it’s become increasingly common to see families replace the company of each other in exchange for their smartphones. We admit: it can be rather painful to sit through dinner without picking up our phones at least once. Socialite’s “de-teching” features help alleviate this problem, with the absence of a distracting LED screen and vibrating mobile notifications. By filtering out unnecessary noise, these features helps you lose the screen, not the moment. Yet, you’re still able to stay connected to the people and things that matter most. So make an effort to get rid of your phone and any other digital distractions in proximity, and live in the moment.

 

9 Practical Gifts for the Woman Who Has It All

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With officially less than three weeks left till the holidays, you’re running out of time to get the perfect gifts! By “perfect”, we mean gifts that won’t be indifferently re-gifted to someone else or stored in a closet/under a bed for the next decade. When it comes to gifting, it just so happens that women require a bit more time, effort, and strategy – especially those who have just about everything. Whether you’re shopping for your mother, sister, wife, girlfriend, or co-worker, our gift guide will help you find something that’s practical and fitting for her. Enjoy!

 

1. WiseWear Socialite Collection, $299.95. You’ve never seen a luxury wearable like this before. Armed with advanced features such as activity tracking, mobile notifications, and distress messaging, Socialite is ideal for any modern day woman on-the-go. Created with a fashion-first approach, each bracelet has its own unique design, is made of brass, and coated in precious metals such as gold and palladium. Such high-quality materials offer water resistance, antimicrobial properties, and extreme durability. What’s even better? All bracelets in the collection are interchangeable with one another, so she can mix and match different styles as often as she’d like. Learn more about the Socialite Collection by exploring our blog topics such as Getting Down to Specifics and Feel the Difference with Socialite. Available in three different styles (Calder, Duchess, Kingston), in either gold or silver.

 

2. Tory Burch Robinson iPhone 6/6S Case, $65.00. With smartphones attached to our hips (or in our hands) on a regular basis, we can pretty much consider them an accessory. Why not make it pretty with a designer phone case? Any gal will find this gift useful because it protects the one thing they can’t live without. We can all do without the unnecessary scratches and scuff marks! Even if she already has a phone case, give her the luxury to change styles every so often.

 

3. Lancôme Beauty Box Set, $59.50. This makeup value set is perfect for both barefaced beauties AND beauty queens! It comes with 11 of Lancôme’s best-selling products in full sizes, plus a deluxe skincare sample, cosmetics bag, train case, and artistry guide. Lipsticks, blushes, mascaras (in universally flattering colors)… all of the beauty necessities a girl could ask for. There’s no doubt this box will last her for a few years. A $308 value for only less than $60! What are you waiting for?

 

4. C by Bloomingdale’s V-Neck Cashmere Sweater, $158.00. When’s the last time she bought herself cashmere anything? This classic V-neck sweater is a real treat that goes a long way and will remain a closet staple for the years to come! Whenever the occasion calls for something special, this versatile sweater will always come in handy to the rescue. She can dress it up or down, and pair it perfectly with denim, slacks, leggings, skirts – you name it! Not to mention, this luxe material has a “wear-forever” endurance.

 

5. Michael Kors Alex Travel Continental Wallet, $168.00. Keep it all together with a luxuriously chic wallet that’s big enough to fit 10+ cards, cash, and a smartphone or tech accessories. Designed with 10 card slots, three inner pockets, one zip pocket, and an ID holder, this ultimate wallet will give her an organized peace of mind and prevent excessive purse rummaging (how frustrating!). It comes with a removable wrist strap, so she can use it as a wallet or wristlet. Either way, it’s perfect for everyday on-the-go use or travel. 

 

6. Kiehl’s Travel Ready Delights, $45.00. Who doesn’t want super soft, smooth, and silky skin + hair? Since 1851, Kiehl’s has specialized in premium skin, hair, and body care products, using the finest, highest-quality ingredients. This travel-ready kit celebrates New York designers, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra (a.k.a. “lumberjacks of fashion”), and illustrates their vision of feminity and romance. This set includes travel sizes of Kiehl’s best-selling shampoo, conditioner, body cleanser, body moisturizer, hand salve, face cream, and night serum. She can toss these beloved essentials in her purse or suitcase! 

 

7. Loft Faux Fur Infinity Scarf, $59.50. A luxe accessory that’s so velvety soft and plush, she’ll never want to take it off! This faux fur piece is just as cozy as it is chic. It instantly adds a fun dimension to any outfit. Not to mention, it will keep her warm all winter long! Don’t be surprised if you catch her sleeping with it. 

 

8. Birchbox Subscription, $10/month or $110/year. Ah yes, the gift that keeps on giving. Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that sends its subscribers a pretty little box with 4-5 select samples of makeup or beauty-related products. For only $10 a month (or save $10 by purchasing a year-long subscription), she can discover new products and stock up on tried-and-true cult favorites. Each subscription is customized to the subscriber, so you can select her preferences to make sure she loves what she receives. The best part is getting to unwrap a box full of surprises every month!

 

9. West Elm Organic Sateen Sheet Set, $138-$168. One of the best luxuries in life is getting to slip into a soft, cozy bed. Make her feel like a million bucks with these oh-so-silky, 350-thread count, organic sateen sheets. Available in soft, elegant colors, these sheets will add an element of luxury to any bedroom. You can even get them monogrammed with her initials for an additional $9.00!

 

Style with Socialite: The Calder

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  1. WiseWear Socialite Collection: The Calder in Gold, $299.95
  2. Trina Turk Delaney Long Wrap Trench Coat in Fawn, $449.90
  3. Parkhurst Reversible Faux Fur Vest in Black/Tundra, $158.00
  4. Alice + Olivia Hailee Cowl Sweater Dress in Cream, $298.00
  5. Tory Burch Marion Hobo in French Gray, $475.00
  6. Alexis Bittar Lucite Elongated Drop Earrings in Grey, $145.00
  7. Nine West Nadya Almond Toe Pump in Dark Red Suede, $98.95
  8. Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Cosmopolite, $27.00

 

With the holidays and new year just around the corner, it’s no surprise that many of us are scrambling to put together a few outfits that will truly make a statement. Whether it’s a holiday office party or an unexpected end-of-year celebration, you’ll be looking your absolute best with our #StyleWithSocialite inspiration. This week, we paired the crowd-pleasing Calder (in gold) with a creamy white, cashmere-infused wool sweater dress, a pair of luminous drop earrings, and a versatile hobo bag. We added a dash of color to the neutral palette by including a comfortable pair of dark red suede stiletto pumps, plus a pretty swatch of deep berry red nail polish. To top it off, stay warm with either a classic wrap trench coat OR cozy faux fur vest. Soft, elegant, sophisticated – this ensemble is perfect for the more formal and rare occasions.

 

Style with Socialite: The Kingston

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  1. WiseWear Socialite Collection: The Kingston in Palladium, $299.95
  2. Truth & Pride Luna Leather Moto Jacket in Green, $749.90
  3. Trouve Silk Blouse in Grey Dapple, $74.00
  4. Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Hillier Hobo Bag in Faded Aluminum, $428.00
  5. Vince Camuto Ponte Knit Ankle Pants in Heather Grey, $74.00
  6. Alexis Bittar Miss Havisham Encrusted V Pendant Necklace in Silver, $105.00
  7. Vince Camuto Bodell Lace Up Pump in Grey Suede, $128.95
  8. NARS Fantascene Killer Shine Lipstick in No Shame, $29.00

 

Back in the 80s, “power” suits were deemed as appropriate attire for the working woman. Coming in a limited array of boring, flat colors, adorned with bulky, padded shoulders, with an utter disregard for the feminine figure, suits were seen as uniforms that would help women climb the ladder in the professional workplace. Fortunately nowadays, the modern day woman is still able to make her way up to the top, minus the lackluster ensemble. Let’s just say – we’ve come a long way.

This week’s #StyleWithSocialite features an outfit you can don with the utmost confidence when walking into (or out of) the office. For starters, if you don’t have a staple pair of black slacks, then it’s safe to say that your professional wardrobe is lacking! Find a pair that fits comfortably at the waist, with a tapered leg that falls perfectly in place alongside your ankles. We chose a flowy, silk blouse to match on top, giving perfect hints of feminine and professional. Complement the blouse’s V-line with a crystal-encrusted V-shaped pendant to add a modern interest to your look. Lastly (and most importantly), nothing screams “lady boss” more than a standout pair of pointy, lace-up pumps. Throw on your Kingston, toss your essentials in a generous hobo bag, swipe on some bold, dark plum lipstick, and you’re ready to go!

Breaking Through at TEDMED 2015

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Last week, we had the honor and pleasure of attending TEDMED 2015 in Palm Springs, CA, along with 1,000 other delegates from 147 different countries. Needless to say, it was an eye-opening experience to collaborate with innovators from every field imagined. From self-made billionaires to mad scientists and the U.S. Surgeon General (a.k.a. “America’s Doctor”), we feel fortunate to have exchanged ideals with some of the brightest people in the health and medicine community. At the end of the day, we felt inspired to continue innovating, creating, and collaborating with those who share the same passion as us. If you missed TEDMED this year, have no fear – here’s a quick recap of our time spent at this special event!

 


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10 Ways to Stay Happy & Healthy

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Happy and healthy – a combination universally desired, but seemingly difficult to achieve while juggling our crazy busy lives. The relationship between the way we live and our health & happiness is a strong one. Some never come to realize that what you do entirely affects the way you feel internally. Even the simplest choices, that seem completely unrelated to your health, can affect the way you feel physically and mentally.

Instead of waiting for the new year to jumpstart your resolutions, get ahead of the game and start incorporating these 10 simple habits into your daily routine for a happier, healthier, and more successful life.

1. Get more sleep. Aim for at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. For you millennials, think about your body’s fuel as your smartphone’s battery – you need a full night’s charge to last all day. Realize that while you’re sleeping, your body is still hard at work, repairing your heart, blood vessels, cells, and internal organs. Lack of sleep can increase your appetite, slow down your metabolism, and dramatically increase your chances of becoming overweight. It also decreases your productivity, stalls your immune system, and causes you to feel fatigued, moody, anxious, and more likely to be depressed over time. Not to mention, lack of sleep also affects your appearance, giving way to more breakouts, premature wrinkles, and dark under eye circles.

2. Stay active. Try to complete at least one form of physical activity every day, whether it’s 30 minutes on the treadmill, a cycling or yoga class, or a walk/run around the neighborhood. Listen to your body and determine whether you’re a person who enjoys working out in the morning, afternoon, or evening… and stick to that routine! Morning workouts are a great way to start your day and jumpstart your metabolism. Afternoon workouts are great to boost your productivity and brainpower, especially if you have to return back to a desk job. Evening workouts are an excellent way to relieve a day’s worth of stress, giving way to a good night’s sleep.

3. Stay hydrated throughout the day. This is one crucial habit that most people tend to overlook. Hydration is key to a happier, healthier you. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. If water is too bland for your taste, try substituting with coconut water (which is even more hydrating, packed with simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish your insides). Understand that water makes up more than half of your body weight, and also helps every cell, tissue, and organ work correctly. Staying hydrated throughout the day will keep you energized, help you think more clearly, and make you feel oh-so-good on the inside. Did we mention that it’s also the secret to glowing skin and beautiful hair?

4. Love yourself and what you do. Focus on the positive things about yourself and your life. Take time to find your passion and pursue it. If you’re not crazy about your job, don’t be afraid to make the jump and find something that you truly enjoy. Learn to love who you are and own your potential. Trust in yourself, work hard, and you will undoubtedly see results.

5. Show gratitude. Give thanks to yourself and the people & things around you. Gratitude means, “thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive.” A chance to live is the greatest gift. Don’t take it for granted. Showing gratitude will strengthen your relationships, improve your health, and reduce stress. It’s a win-win for everyone. Show gratitude for the people who love you, the people who challenge you, the people who serve you, the people who work with you, and most importantly, for yourself.

6. Be social. Surely, there’s a little introvert in all of us. Oftentimes, we shy away from social gatherings when we’re flying solo or are unsure of the crowd. Let go of those fears and spread your social butterfly wings! Studies show that social connections are so closely related to our well-being and personal happiness. Connect with people and network often. You’ll hear stories and learn things you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Every interaction is unique in its own way, and you’re bound to gain something from it.

7. Maintain your relationships. Make time for the people and things that matter most. For the people that you interact with on a day-to-day basis, pay attention to the way you communicate. Be a good listener, communicate clearly, don’t let your emotions dictate your behavior, and avoid assumptions. Let people know that you sincerely care about them and what they have to say. Be present in the moment and take time to build your relationships.

8. Make down time for yourself. Life moves fast, and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of things. Amidst your busy schedule, be sure to make time for yourself – to unwind, relax, and create a balanced lifestyle. Making yourself a priority is critical to your happiness. Whether it’s a bubble bath or an hour at the gym, be sure to set aside a block of time to focus on yourself. One simple tip – “de-tech” yourself and get rid of any communications (smartphone, tablet, computer).

9. Create a simple schedule and follow it. Building a schedule for yourself can actually boost your productivity, energy, and creativity. Try to start the day early so you can take time to wake up and find some peace within yourself in the A.M. Schedules will enable you to accomplish the things you really want to do and help narrow down what’s truly important. It can also help create a balance between your personal life and work life.

10. Set attainable goals and deadlines for yourself. Set them by the day, week or month — as often as you think you need to. Studies have shown that setting goals and making progress towards them directly correlates with improvement in well-being, satisfaction and happiness. Measure your progress and take comfort knowing that you are getting things done! An awesome tool to track your progress is iDoneThis. It’s also helpful to complete a monthly personal review with yourself. Assess your success and make sure you’re on the right track. Make a list of your proudest accomplishments throughout the month.

 

Style with Socialite: The Duchess

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  1. WiseWear Socialite Collection: The Duchess in Gold, $299.95
  2. Rag & Bone Ashby Ankle Booties in Granite, $525
  3. Vince Camuto Slub Knit Drop Shoulder Turtleneck in Smoke Heather, $59.90
  4. Yves Saint Laurent Monogramme Textured-Leather Camera Bag in Black, $995
  5. Trina Turk Geo Cutout Drop Earrings in Gold, $88
  6. High Waisted Ribbed Sweater Pencil Skirt in Olive Green, $49.90

 

Looking for a pop of color to turn your outfit from drab to fab? Hit a home run with the Duchess! You’ll be sure to make a statement with this Socialite. This week’s #StyleWithSocialite features a gorgeous deep olive green pencil skirt to accentuate your curves in all the right places, and a neutral slouchy turtleneck to keep your top portion more voluminous (and less fitted) to balance the whole look. If you’re feeling bold, swap the turtle neck for a fitted blouse and leather jacket. Throw on a classic pair of heeled ankle boots to add some height and elongate your stems! Then, finish off your look with some fun accessories, including gold geometric drop earrings and a rather understated compact bag to hold a few of your basic necessities. Say hello to chic and sexy! 

 

 

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