spotlight: aimee raupp

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When it comes to mind and body health, there is a clear relationship between both.  Which is why holistic tools like acupuncture can be super beneficial for overall wellness.  I met acupuncturist and herbalist Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc a couple of years back and although I’ve always been a believer, I was hooked after our first session.  I walked out of her office feeling a sense of calm and zen that I never experienced before – a natural high.  It felt as if my equilibrium was restored.  Finding my way to her after deciding to take a holistic approach in my thyroid health, and now seeing her regularly for optimal fertility health, I have never felt better.  She has provided me with a diet & lifestyle plan catered to my specific needs, and helps keep balance in both my mind and body in check.  A spiritual, emotional and physical practitioner, I know that I am in the best hands.

Aimee’s path began by receiving a Bachelors degree in biology at Rutgers University, followed by graduate school for neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego.  A natural born healer, when her grandmother was diagnosed with Altzheimers disease she started to evaluate alternative solutions to ease pain and find relief.  After exploring a workshop at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – something immediately clicked, and she decided to enroll.  What she couldn’t find in Western medicine, she discovered in Eastern.  Four years later she left with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine.

Wellness is programmed in Aimee’s DNA and she has dedicated her life to helping women bring balance and harmony back to their bodies by encouraging the body to function better and empowering patients to optimize their overall health.  Specializing in women’s fertility heath, “the end goal is always the same, and a women in optimal health should be able to get pregnant.”  Her second book, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: How to Improve Your Fertility Now & Into Your 40’s, (available now)combines her clinical expertise and personal experience helping scores of women — many of whom have been told they had poor fertility outlooks — to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and have healthy babies.”  She is a pioneer in a time where women are exploring themselves first, before diving into motherhood in their mid thirties and beyond!   Visit YesICanGetPregnant.com for more information and how to pick up your copy!  

In conjunction with her now second book on wellness (her first book, Chill Out and Get Healthy!), Aimee has also created a holistic skincare line, Aimee Raupp Beauty.  The entire line is fertility friendly, made of all natural ingredients that are free of endocrine disruptive chemicals.  They are even clean enough to eat!  I am personally obsessed with the organic nourishing face oil which contains ingredients such as certified organic coconut oil, sweet almond oil, sesame oil, rose hip seed oil and kukui nut oil and the organic butter eye cream.  All products are available on her site!  

Meeting Aimee has been a game changer for me.  What began as something that I thought would be a few sessions of needles, has unfolded into a life-long relationship with not only her, but my own well-being.  Aimee has provided me with an education in wellness, and has taught me diet and lifestyle tips that I use now and will forever.  Our time together is sacred and I am so grateful for the opportunity to bring awareness to such an unbelievable and inspiring practitioner.  Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Author, Beauty Expert & Spiritual teacher, this is a woman with plenty of soul and tons of style.  It was my privelage to find out a bit more about hers – so I asked, “Aimee, What is Your Soul Style?”.

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YSS:  What is Your Soul Style?  How is your personality reflected in your style?

Aimee:  I am pretty simple and casual.  A jeans and t-shirt kind of girl.  However I do like to have some subtle statements – so a big necklace or a scarf or a sexy pair of shoes usually goes with my ensemble.

YSS:  How do you describe your style?

Aimee:  Simple with a little flair of fun.

YSS:  What does your style say about you?

Aimee:  Exactly who I am –  simple with a little flair of fun.

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YSS:  Since you are in the wellness profession, is your style influenced by that?

Aimee:  Possibly.  I do think that the basis of wellness and health is approaching your life simplistically and with balance and joy.

YSS:  You just recently launched the book, “Yes! You can get pregnant”.  Hopefully to be followed by lots of interviews, TV appearances and book tours!  What are your fashion goals for the year ahead??

Aimee:  When doing media, I definitely like to bring my style to the ‘stage’ as well as my professionalism.  I just bought an amazing Lanvin dress with a bright green flair.  To me its important to present my message in a sophisticated and professional manner, with color and vivacity.

YSS:  What is your head-to-toe look on a typical day?  

Aimee:  These days it’s jeans or leggings, a comfy t-shirt or flowy blouse and my platform clogs.  And a colorful scarf. 

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YSS:  Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?

Aimee:  It’s been fairly consistent.  Although I have the most confidence now than ever, so I wear that proudly. 

YSS:  You’ve lived in NYC for quite some time. Where are your favorite places to shop?

Aimee:  Im a big fan of second hand couture shops like Second Time Around and INA.  And American Apparel.  

YSS:  Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

Aimee:  I just love women who look comfortable and fashionable in their own skin.  Women like Gwen Stefani and Christy Turlington come to mind.

YSS:  Do you have any style challenges?

Aimee:  Sometimes I am told that I don’t show off my shape enough.

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YSS:  Do you have a favorite fashion/style moment?

Aimee:  Who didn’t love the 80’s!  Side ponytails and leg warmers were my favorite!  Oh, and a Swatch watch as my ponytail holder.

YSS:  And your worst?

Aimee:  I had an awkward time post college where I didn’t know if I was still a college student or a ‘real adult’ and finding a style was difficult for me then.

YSS:  What is your advice to women on how to embrace their style from the inside out?

Aimee:  Love yourself and let the rest fall into place.

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YSS:  Must have item in your wardrobe?

Aimee:  Comfy sexy jeans from Paige or AG.  Easy slip on shoes like my new favorite clogs and a great scarf.

YSS:  Three things people don’t know about you….

Aimee:  Hmmm -

I still have and wear a pair of jeans I’ve had since college  
I mostly love my body, but I have times when I don’t  
I really don’t like to shop.  I’m more of a impulse shopper
 

Aimee is wearing, tank: ARITZIA // sweater: CLUB MONACO // jeans: PAIGE // clogs: KORK EASE // sunnies: RAY BAN // bracelets: prayer beads from monks in hong kong and bali // ring: grandmothers yellow topaz

Aimee Raupp is licensed by the State of New York to practice acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbology, and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  She is currently in private practice in Manhattan, the Hamptons and Nyack, NY.  Follow her along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for daily inspiration and visit her site here to make an appointment!  

 

home invasion

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Your home is an extension of you.  It’s somewhere to store your treasures, a safe zone from the crazy world outside, a place where your most intimate moments are experienced, and holds memories of times with the people you love.  Just like we express ourselves through the vehicle of personal style, our homes silently communicate our essence too.  Over the years, Dina and I have accumulated items both new and old, high end and affordable, gems from our travels, flea market finds, free props from work, the list goes on.  So much can be understood about us just by observing, and in any corner of the apartment there is a story to be told.  I’ve shared snaps here and there on instagram, but I want to invite you in for a deeper look and divulge a bit more.  Some things are still available if you care to purchase, and some have since been discontinued, but I hope to give you some ideas and inspire you to create your own home style story too.  xx jenny

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1 // Throw from Karma Living:  I scooped up this throw from the Union Square Bazaar that occurs every year during Christmas.  The Karma Living booth always lures me in with its international goodies from countries like India and Tibet.  In spite of not being able to travel to Asia every year, picking up imported items like this temporarily eases my fix.

2 // Gas Chair from Design Within Reach:  Looking for an office chair that we both loved took years.  We bought one when we first moved in, but always hated it.  It didn’t fit the small space appropriately, and aesthetically it just didn’t work.  Last year, we decided to invest into a new one.   Since we were willing to spend a little more money, we had to find one that we both would love for a long time to come, fit the space properly and was comfortable.  Believe it or not, this was no easy feat.  We finally found our dream chair at Design Within Reach and when the saleswoman told us the designer hails from Barcelona, it sealed the deal.  We both have an affinity for the city since our visit in 2009.

3 // Area Rug from Urban Outfitters:  Urban Outfitters has a fantastic (and elaborate) online home decor collection.  We needed a small area rug that would live under the desk, but didn’t want to spend tons of money.  When I came across this one that evoked a bohemian sensibility and was super affordable, I scooped it right up.

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4 // Clairemont Coffee Table from Crate & Barrel:  I wanted a coffee table that was glass and brass.  I also wanted a round/oval shape since the structure of our apartment is angular with sharp edges.  A round table will soften up a rectangular space.  I came across many modern styles, but finally found this unassuming, not overly detailed oval coffee table at Crate & Barrel.  It works with our bohemian/eclectic style today, but can also fit in other environments too if we decide to redecorate.

5 // 8 x 10 Area Rug from Overstock:  Large area rugs can be very pricey so I decided to look on Overstock since it has hundreds of affordable options.  I found this subtle yellow/ivory style that fit the overall aesthetic of the apartment and which didn’t break the bank!  It is super comfortable, and because of the color/pattern, stains and lint are not obvious to the naked eye.  I have loved it for years, but have recently been itching to spruce up the living room.  I’d like to start by switching out the rug because this small change can make a huge impact.  I have my eye on this one from West Elm.

6 // Moroccan Pouf from Neiman Marcus:  I knew I wanted a Moroccan pouf for the look and because it would provide extra seating.  Originally I had my eye on a metallic leather one, but couldn’t commit to such a statement piece.  We found this perfect luggage brown leather one at Neiman and it’s one of those pieces that will get better with age.  I’m sort of craving the metallic one again though.

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7 // Tarocco from Diptyque:  This room scent happened by default.  It was originally bought as perfume, but Dina didn’t love it on her body so it migrated over and became a home fragrance.

8 // Pomegranate Patchouli and Lavande candles from Voluspa:  As far as I’m concerned, a home could never have enough candles.  We light them endlessly and they immediately add a sense of coziness, calm and romantic vibe.  I also love incense and am always lighting Nag Champa.  I immediately feel zen when the apartment is filled with it.

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9 // Wooden Stool from West Elm:  We registered for this West Elm stool when we got married.  With all of the vintage and bohemian going on in the apartment, we wanted to incorporate some natural elements as well.  This white washed wooden stool was a perfect touch.  It’s stacked with all of my Elle Decor magazines (I’m a magazine hoarder).

10 // Peacock Chair from Horchow:  When I bought this apartment, I had yet to invest in furniture.  But as I made the move into home ownership, I decided to start spending a few extra bucks on items with longevity.  I found this peacock chair before anything else, had a love affair with it and after weeks of debating if I should buy (and it going on sale!), decided to pull the trigger.  It was the inspiration board for the entire apartment and I decorated based on its color palette.  I don’t love it today as much as I loved it five years ago, but it still works for the space.  It’s a forever piece and if one day we have a little girl, I will likely move it into that room.

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11 // Beaded boxes from Home Goods:  I’m a mega sucker for Home Goods.  Throw me into that store and I will get lost in the tchotkes and buy too many.  I definitely need to be regulated when it comes to putting too much “stuff” in our home.  I’d fill every corner if I could and then some.  These beaded boxes were a bargain though, had a Southeast Asian flare and held the odds and ends that always wind up floating around the apartment.

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12 // Throw from Sferra:  Montauk is one of my most favorite places in the world.  Each time I go, I take a lap around Gansett Lane which is filled with beach chic goodies that I decorate my imaginary dream beach house with.  When we first began to decorate, I came across this throw.  It was comfortable, subtle and we wanted to add hints of beachiness to our New York City digs.

13 // Painted Deer, free prop from work:  Working in the Visual Merchandising field, there are tons of random things that get stored in the visual closets from years of propping out the store.  When we decided to clean it out while I was working at Cole Haan, we came across this painted deer and I immediately knew I needed it in our home.  It was edgy, gold + bright, and it’s Jonathan Adler‘esque sensibility reminded me of our Parker Palm Springs wedding.

14 //  “J” & “D” pillows from Jonathan Adler:  A wedding gift from our dear friend Glenna and Brad, these pillows are so personal for many reasons.  They will be with us forever.

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15 // Faux Flowers & Vase, free prop from work:  This floral arrangement and vase is another item I snagged from a visual closet clean-up from my time at Ann Taylor.  I love keeping fresh flowers in the house, but it’s nice to have this one, which can live all year round with zero maintenance.

16 // Wallpaper City Guide books:  I love me a good coffee table book or travel guide.  These ones from Wallpaper give a quick “what to see, do & where to stay” snapshot to tons of cities around the world.  We’ve been to a couple of the destinations in our stack, and hope to visit the others.

17 // Wine Cabinet from Nadeau:  To fill an empty space between the desk and main wall, we needed a piece of furniture.  We decided to add this reclaimed wood wine cabinet and it provided us a place to a) keep our wine and glasses and b) give us a surface for housing spiritual items we brought back from India.

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18 & 19 // Praying hands & Buddha figure:  We went to India for our honeymoon and knew we wanted to bring back meaningful items that represented both our experience and the rich and spiritual culture.  I cherish these items whole-heartedly and they are a reminder to stay present and centered.

20 // L -O-V-E rocks:  These “L-O-V-E” rocks were a gift from a friend of ours who lives on Maui.  On the last day of our trip there, she gave us these found letters she collected from the beach.  Sitting with our praying hands and buddha figure, they are a reminder to always keep love in your heart and mind.

spring streetstyle

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There is what you always wear, what you would never wear, and what you want to wear, but don’t.  Today’s post contains inspired spring streetstyle looks.  Even if you don’t replicate full head-to-toe ensembles, pull elements and ideas and make it your own.  Live outside of the box this season and try something you wouldn’t normally do.  Keep things authentic, but reach beyond your domain.  You never know what you’ll learn and where you will land.  Happy Friday!  Have an epic weekend filled with tons of soul & style!  xx  jenny

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urban boho

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I told you that I’d be wearing this Topshop off-the-shoulder top and these Rag & Bone jeans endlessly, so putting them together is an obvious match made in (what I consider) style-heaven!  Topping it off with these urban boho accessories (and “Scarlet Begonias” playing on iTunes), this look is for the perfect modern streetstyle hippie.  These gladiator sandals which I scooped up from Ancient Greek are also a summer essential, worn with anything from denim, to maxi dresses to shorts.  And everyone should own at least one pair of aviator sunnies, if not these Raybans then try these from Asos, these from Stella McCartney or this affordable option from Topshop .  Peace out yo!

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summer white

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Fashion rules like “no white before memorial day” are silly since style is a representation of who you are, and however you wish to express that is acceptable.  You can do whatever, whenever and we should all stop listening to the naysayers.  With that being said, I wear white all year round – a creamier shade during the colder months and brighter during the warm.  Silhouettes and garment details change on a seasonal basis too.  White cozy sweaters become white eyelet tanks, white wool trousers become white flowy maxi skirts and a white body-hugging, long sleeve cocktail dress becomes a sleeveless breezy one.  I’d consider crafting my entire wardrobe in white.  It’s sexy yet demure, clean and fresh.  A few new ideas to add to your summer whites…

SHOP IT:  J.Crew panama hat // Topshop off-the-shoulder top // Rayban aviators // Tbags maxi dress // Clare V. flat clutch // Tibi silk cami // Isabel Marant dress // GAP boyfriend denim