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The April List

Each month we share with you what we have been reading, doing, cooking and more. We hope you will enjoy it and don’t forget to share your monthly inspirations in the comment section below! Happy April!

In case you missed it, Gwyneth Paltrow now has her own podcast and I have been loving it! In the first episode, she interviews Queen Oprah herself. I really enjoyed listening to their conversation about the 'Me Too' movement, building their careers, and the importance of intentions over actions. The podcast also shows a really down-to-earth side of Gwyneth Paltrow as she explores different themes like mental health, positivity and diet with the help of experts and physicians.

I love spas but usually only frequent them during a vacation or before an important event. Most of the time, getting a spa treatment requires planning and can be a bit intimidating. That was before HeyDay, which now has locations all over Manhattan. HeyDay offers a fully customized facial in a 30 or 50-minute session starting at $60. You can book your appointment online on their super user-friendly website. They also use mostly natural products with clean formulas. I booked a 50-minute facial and as soon as I walked in, the vibe was relaxed and super friendly. My aesthetician took the time to examine my skin, asked me questions about my routine and the entire experience felt really personal. A few hours after I left, I got an email from her with personalized morning and evening routine and product recommendations including ingredients to look for in products and those to avoid. Unlike at a typical spa where aestheticians push products on you at check out, this felt really refreshing!

Safia Minney is the founder of People Tree UK and a pioneer in sustainable and fair-trade fashion. In “Slave to Fashion”, she raises awareness on modern slavery in the fashion industry. She brings the stories of women and children caught in modern slavery, making clothes for fashion brands in the developing world. The book also profiles best practice and designers within the fashion industry. More than a description, it empowers consumers to make more conscious decisions by providing very practical tools that when taken up by even just one person, have the power to make a big difference.

We all know how important it is to eat seasonally and locally. It’s better for our health and better for our planet. However, it’s not always easy to find local and organic vegetables. This is why I have been loving the farm share boxes from Fresh Direct. There is no subscription, so you can order it when you want and it allows you to experience a diverse selection of the best organic, local and seasonal produces from a local farm. Each box contains one dozen eggs, one block of cheese and approximately 4-5 assorted seasonal vegetables. With every box, you also get a note from the farm, detailing the content of your box and some cooking recommendations. There is no better way to eat better and to support your local community!

 

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