I've been wanting to get my W.E.L.L. Summit recap up on the blog but with moving right when I got back, it's been a busy week!
First off did I mention how cool our Airbnb was? It had 3 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms. Kind of amazing considering it's NYC! I stayed with Lisa- This Organic Girl, Molly MaisonPur, Jessica- BareBeauty. Plus, Lisa's college buddy Cat came and my sisters ended up staying with us for two nights too! I also got to see my friend Sammie from Hullosam. Definitely the highlight was getting to connect with these babes!
We ended up hitting up the Athleta party Thursday night. One of the sponsors of W.E.L.L. Summit. It was a fun time getting to connect with other bloggers, meet speakers of the summit and just mingle. We even got to hear from the founder of W.E.L.L. Summit Gianne Doherty. Her smile and energy always change any room you're in.
After the Athleta event we hit up HuKitchen. This organic hot spot has got it going on! It was founded by a brother and sister who were on a mission to bring real food to the table. Well they certainly accomplished that! From smoothies, organic coffee selections, grassfed meats, pastured eggs and organic veggies, you can't go wrong dining at HuKitchen. I even ate there several other times during my trip because they accommodated AIP so easily.
Friday morning my friend Lisa and I hit up Sunday's Nail Parlor. This clean nail parlor is everything dreams are made of. The decor is streamlined and chic and the service wonderful. I loved how peaceful and serene the environment was. We just got to chat it up while we had our toes expertly attended too. They even have their own polishes! If you're in NYC, definitely hit them up for a mani or pedi- they even do gel!
Friday we checked in and got to hear from Dr. Drew Ramsey. He really is on the cutting edge when it comes to helping people take a holistic approach to depression. We listened to him talk as we ate our boxed organic lunches. I got a salad that was divine! It's rare to actually find something on AIP I can have that is already made, but this salad checked all the boxes. Oh and I can't forget about getting my nails painted by Tenoverten. A serious treat! They had manicurists stations set up for the VIP's as we got there.
Once the VIP session ended we all gathered together and listened to a variety of speakers. It was nice to just sit back and listen. Often in my life it's go, go, go! Especially with two small children. I loved how W.E.L.L. Summit really challenged me to look within and take a minute to evaluate life- so important. The Beauty as Self Care Panel was one of my favorite sessions that day. It really helped me to look at beauty in a different way. It's all about redefining beauty. Love the whole concept!
Saturday you get to choose your breakout sessions you want to attend. I love how you can customize this part of your W.E.L.L. Summit experience. One particular breakout session I signed up for was Phoebe Lapine Ferment-Me Not: How to Use Probiotic-Rich Foods to Grow Your Gut Garden & Heal Your Body. I had met Phoebe at the Athleta event and she was just as sweet as I had imagined. I was really looking forward to Phoebe's session for a number of reasons. One she also has Hashimotos and has learned to live a full life in the midst of her diagnosis. Second, who doesn't want to learn how to ferment their own foods?! Finally, I couldn't wait to snag her new book released last spring. I read a good portion of the book on the airplane home and it was so good! I highly recommend you all snatch it up!
Another session that really spoke to me was Cyndie Spiegel's How Women Can Embrace The Power of Asking More Now. Let's just say it was off the hook in her session! If I only came for one thing from W.E.L.L. Summit it would be this. She really had everyone participate and forced you to look at your own life and where you settle. We make things complicated but really all you have to do ask for what you want- what's the worst can happen? They say no.
I also loved hearing from Dr. Sarah Villafranco from Osmia Organics. The girl knows her stuff when it comes to skincare. Not only is she a former ER doctor but also the founder of Osmia Organics- an organic skincare line. I loved hearing her perspective on skin issues, and what she recommends. Plus, she's witty and just so real!
On Sunday I got to hang with one of the best- Lisa from This Organic Girl. We hit up Credo Beauty, Follain and Springbone Kitchen. It was fun to see Credo and Follain up close and personal. And can I just take a moment to dish on Springbone Kitchen? It was literally the best bone broth I've ever had! I had the Chakra chicken broth- it has sweet potato, turmeric and garlic puree in it. SO good! If you're in NYC do yourself a favor and hit it up- you won't regret it.
The whole experience forced me to look within- something everyone should do at least a couple times a year. I challenge you to attend next year! It's such a fun experience to even share with a friend too.
Have you thought about attending W.E.L.L. Summit?