the connection

the connection documentary

A few weeks back Dina and I were fortunate enough to catch the viewing of a new documentary called, The Connection, a film “about how frontier research is proving that there is a direct connection between your mind and your health.” I know there are plenty of cynics out there, some of them my very own close friends and family, but I have spent much of my life attuned to the mind and body relationship, and learned very early on that instead of co-existing, these are two components of the same larger system, working and feeding off one another. If one is compromised, so is the other. Your Soul Style’s mission was founded on this very philosophy. It pertains to everything we do from our emotional health to the clothes we wear. We are one being and the mind’s experience is just as impactful as our physical one.

Think about the traditional Chinese or Indian cultures where practices like acupuncture, natural herbs and yoga have been used for centuries to heal disease, and achieve overall balance and wellness. The American culture on the whole is much further behind and we have created a system that has grown accustomed to treating the body without considering the mind. In Western medicine, science has taken the lead and while I am grateful for the advancement of technology in the medical field, it’s just as important to pay attention to mindfulness based techniques which have now been proven (by Harvard doctors, no less!) to be equally as effective. “The film features scientists, researchers, writers, and doctors, as well as remarkable true stories of people adding mind-body medicine to their healing toolkit to recover from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility, cancer and multiple sclerosis”, along with many other examples on the power of positive thinking. Australian filmmaker and producer of the documentary, Shannon Harvey who herself was faced with an autoimmune disease at age 24, tried everything from drugs to alternative therapies and anything in between, but recognized that regardless of how aggressive she was in her treatment, the more stressed she got, the worse she felt. And was not getting better. It was here when she set out on a quest to find answers, interviewing specialists from around the globe in the field of mind-body medicine.

This film is transformative. Whatever doubt I had (if any) in the power of the mind-body connection, it is now gone, and I am working towards adding even more mindfulness based practices into my daily life. Especially since I am going through the fertility process, and living with the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto. Whether you’re a cynic, a believer, open or closed, doubtful, set in your ways, or someone that is already engaging in these behaviors, this film is for you. A mind-expanding experience that provides critical insight with factual data to support it, this film is crucial for everyone to see. This film could change your life.

Tomorrow will be a rainy one here in NYC so do yourself a favor, cozy up on the couch and educate yourself through watching this film. Click on over here for the preview, and here to purchase/stream.

xx jenny

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WRNY – contemporary dresses

new york magazine

I haven’t experienced my own pregnancy yet, but I can definitely relate to a changing body. Getting dressed can seem daunting while your body is in flux, however strategic styling and shopping techniques can accommodate the changes beautifully. My latest contributing style post on Well Rounded NY offers mamas-to-be a few suggestions on which silhouettes work for your baby-bump and tips on how to avoid the maternity section, making your dollar go way further! Head on over to Well Rounded NY to check it, and shop it…

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home style

home adore

We spent much time at home this weekend, engaging in really mellow days, taking it easy and just resting. We cooked warm meals, juiced, watched a few films, and I did one of my first DIY projects ever, making homemade whipped body body butter which came out awesome! I am definitely a homebody at heart, and while I enjoy being out and exploring the city, I equally enjoy cozying up too. It felt really good. Naturally, when I spend extended time around the house, I think about our next space, and the environment we’re going to create. I think about details like lot’s of light, high ceilings, an airy space and personal touches such as chevron, bleached wood floors. I did some pinning over the weekend, and continued building my home inspiration board and although these spaces are likely much larger then what we will ever have here in NYC, there is always an opportunity to pull ideas and interpret them in your own way which I certainly plan on doing. Can’t wait! Have you started your vision board(s) yet? Start manifesting your dreams so you can make them a reality! Happy Monday! xx

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hair-anoia

big hair don't care

I don’t know about you New Yorkers, but I had the biggest hair crisis last week due to the stretch of unseasonably warm and humid weather. I’m thankful that its finally turned brisk (if not for the hair, right?), but then the rain totally screwed up my run of frizz-less days. I’m pleased to be back breathing fresh, crisp air and of course have my curly mane start to somewhat behave, but you never know when precipitation is going to rear it’s ugly head again. And the hair-anoia continues…

I’ve disliked my hair for the majority of my life. It all began in childhood when each morning after dousing myself with a bottle of No More Tangles, I still wound up with a frizzy mess. My mama did her best to tame the mane, but it was tricky. And at that point, I just wanted hair like my best friend(s) and Barbie dolls. Fast forward twenty-five years later, after keratin, haircuts, hundreds of products, diet changes, vitamins, acupuncture, etc., and I’m still working on accepting what others deem an asset. Simply put, it’s never going to be what I had wished. It’s never going to look like my peers, or women in magazines, or the girls on my “Hair Envy” pinterest board (Yes, I have one). Or Barbie. 

We are constantly being taught to go against our natural grain. Be it through the media, our parents, teachers or friends – there are cultural norms considered ideal, and we expend much of our energy trying to fit into them. Curly girls go straight, curvier women spend hours at the gym to downsize god-given assets, we make our dark hair blonde because clearly they have more “fun”, we buy clothes because they are “in-style”, we become lawyers and doctors because our parents want us to be “successful”, we even go as far as going under the knife in effort to become more “beautiful” or younger-looking.  In one way or another, we are all victims to falling down the rabbit hole of conformity, myself included. I, just like you, continue to work towards undoing my own perception of myself that has been pre-programmed by someone else’s standards in an effort to uncover my authentic self.  Work in progress, always!

I’ve been on the fence for some time now about a major change – a big chop, which will take the locks I’ve been growing for months into a shoulder length, wild and crazy, side-parted, long bob. Something like Beyonce’s do from the 2013 MTV awards. The last time I made a dramatic cut, I had recently undergone a keratin treatment so wasn’t too worried. But now, it has grown out, and I’m dealing with the natural texture which can be a bit unruly. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal to most, but getting a haircut is my worst possible. I chalk it up to a bad move in college, when I cut it to my shoulders (you should know it was ridiculously long), started blowing it straight daily which totally destroyed it, and am since convinced that its never been the same. Truth. It’s also tricky because curly hair takes double as long to grow. When the response from a friend to my proposed haircut is, “it’s hair, it’ll grow”, I’m not sure they are fully taking into account the lengthier commitment. I’ve been wanting to embrace this change for quite some time though, and as I learn to embrace my hair (that will never be as long as I want), instead of fighting nature, why not just go with it. It’s curly. And it’s big. It breaks. And it’s frizzy. And that is OK. In fact, it’s better then ok. I think a shorter, confident and edgy style will be the perfect fresh update. I’m kind of over trying to manage my hair to a standard that I didn’t even create. There is something completely freeing about giving yourself permission to just accept who you are.

With all this being said, and as I continue on my quest for hair salvation, I’ve solicited some expert advice on how to deal with unruly frizz from the incredible hair stylist Janet Waddell, who will be styling the cut for me when the time comes (Stay tuned for a follow-up “after” post, even if it comes in a year from now, but don’t hold it against me if I opt out. Ha!). Hailing from the UK, Janet Waddell has an international resume that includes running the Vidal Sassoon in San Francisco to working with one of the most prominent and prestigious hair stylists in NYC, John Barrett, as the Education Director and Senior Stylist in his Bergdorf Goodman location. After 8 years with John Barrett, Janet left to open her own studio here in New York, which has grown exponentially in a short amount of time. In addition to her epic hairstyling skills from an artistic perspective, Janet has also “introduced a very special private Health and Wellness area, dedicated to helping women experiencing hair loss. She offers beautiful solutions to issues such as alopecia, trichotillomania, and hormonal hair loss/thinning due to the effects of chemo.” When her and I met for a consultation, she guided me towards a style that would work specifically for my hair, that wouldn’t defy nature, and would coincide with my personal style. A testament to who she is as a person, her goal is to always empower women to feel their best and be the most beautiful version of themselves. A woman after my very own heart.

As a special promotion for Your Soul Style readers, Janet is offering 20% off for new clients, either with her or one of her lead stylists, Thea Derecola. Just be sure to mention Your Soul Style when you make your appointment. Thank you, Janet! You’re the best! In the meantime while I continue to hem and haw about making the cut, some tips on how to achieve a frizz-free mane.

Have an epic weekend!

TIPS TO FIGHT FRIZZ, by Janet Waddell

  • Moisture with a super emollient  shampoo and conditioner
  • Towel dry gently and apply a cream based styling balm from roots to ends ensuring even distribution of product
  • Never brush or comb hair when it is dry
  • Don’t over wash hair, once or twice a week is better
  • Reactivate product in the hair by spritzing with a water spray in the morning
  • Longer hair can be braided before you sleep to avoid excess frizzing that can happen overnight
  • Avoid hot styling tools that damage the cuticle. A damaged cuticle not only accentuates frizz , it eliminates any shine.
  • Use natural oils like coconut oil or vitamin E, frizzy hair is thirsty hair!
  • Don’t run your fingers through frizzy hair during the day. The less you handle it, the better it will be.

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well rounded ny: giveaway!

rachel drori

There are two things I think we can all agree on – our love for food and our love for shopping. Am I right? I’m super excited to bring you guys some fantastic information today that will satisfy your appetite for both (or either)! My friends over at Well Rounded NY teamed up with first time mama-to-be Rachel Drori, founder of a new organic, ready-to-blend smoothie delivery service Daily Harvest, who rounds-up her favorite spots to grab a snack on-the-go in NYC. Hu (short for Human) Kitchen tops her list, which is one of my favorite go-to local food spots too, with a paleo menu to die for (you gotta try the chicken soup)! Head on over to Well Rounded to peep what else she included on her cravings crawl around NYC.

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While she hopped around town, giving us the tour de food, I couldn’t help but notice her adorable head-to-toe ensemble from Old Navy. Old Navy is one of the best for baby-bump days because the price is so affordable while your body is in flux, but Old Navy is also perfect for scooping up key pieces no matter what state your shape is in. I’ve currently got my eyes on this buffalo plaid, this ivory cable sweater dress (i’d size up and wear it oversized), this popcorn knit sweater, and this bucket bag.

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Saving the best for last, Well Rounded has got a pretty kick-ass give away going on where you can win a $100 gift card to spend on all the Old Navy goodies you’re checking out! Anything to use towards maternity clothes, leggings, basics, whatever makes your soul style heart go pitter patter. Click on over to Well Rounded NY for the super easy details! All you need to do in order to win, is sign up for their newsletter and tell them your fave fall fashion item from Old Navy in the comment section. It’s that simple! Giveaway ends on 10/26. Enjoy!

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SHOP RACHEL’S LOOK (all Old Navy): jeans // t-shirt // blazer // booties // bucket bag // scarf // felt cap

photos via lindsey belle