W.E.L.L. Summit Recap

W.E.L.L. Summit Recap

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?

 

W.E.L.L. Summit 2017

W.E.L.L. Summit 2017

If you aren’t signed up for W.E.L.L. Summit 2017 this Nov. 3-4, then it’s time to book your ticket!  I’m heading there with some blogger friends and I’m literally counting down the days.  There are so many reasons to attend W.E.L.L. Summit just from a self development perspective.  Who doesn’t want a weekend focused on health and wellness?!  Sign me up!  However, as a blogger and influencer I’m also looking forward to the connections I will make with other industry leaders.

What is W.E.L.L. Summit?

You may be reading this and have no idea what I’m even talking about- allow me to explain.  W.E.L.L. stands for Wellness, Empowerment, Learning and Luxury.  Imagine a two day event that focuses on self improvement.  From living well in your health, beauty, professional life, and taking some time to focus on you-this is W.E.L.L. Summit.  Experts in their fields take the stage and you get to glean from them wisdom and nuggets.  Not only will you get to hear them speak, but get up close and personal during break out sessions.  To say you’ll leave inspired would be an understatement!

Here are all the deets-

  • Check out the full list of speakers here
  • There will be complimentary Tenoverten manis at the W.E.L.L. Party Saturday night
  • Summit dates Nov. 3-4, 2017 (Friday & Saturday)
  • W.E.L.L. Summit takes place in NYC
  • Grab a W.E.L.L. Discovery box-a special curated box filled with favorite W.E.L.L. brands.  An over $80 value for only $39.95! Snag your box here!

*Tickets:

Friday Ticket- $199

Weekend Ticket-$349

VIP Ticket-$549

*VIP Ticket-(only 75 tickets available)includes VIP gift bag, overall a $150 more of free loot, VIP mentor session lunch Saturday, VIP lunch on Friday with tenoverten manicure bar, First access to register for breakout sessions on Saturday.

Check out the schedule here.

A lot of people may wonder if they should attend as a green beauty blogger or influencer- my answer is YES!  Keep reading to see the 5 reasons you should come!

5 Reasons You Need to Attend W.E.L.L. Summit as a Green Beauty Blogger/Influencer:

  1. Connect with other like minded influencers/peers- Have you ever been so passionate about something and want to find others who are just as jazzed about your passion as you are?!  W.E.L.L. Summit is the perfect opportunity to meet individuals who are wanting to grow and learn just like you.  Connections are so important in any line of work.  They help you grow as a person and challenge you. Collaborations often come as a result of meeting others in your field.  These are crucial in today’s blogging world.  They get you before audiences you might not have had the opportunity to get before in the past, bringing a whole new set of eyes to your work.  Not too mention, you get to meet some really cool people!
  2. Connect with brands and leaders in your field- Often I hear people say, if I could only meet this person, or I wish I could hear them speak in person.  Well now’s your chance!  You get to come face to face with industry leaders that are creating change.  As a green beauty blogger myself, I’m so excited to get to hang with Josh Rosebrook, Sarah the founder of Osmia Organics and Kristine Keheley, co-founder of Vapour Organic Beauty.  These individuals are leading the charge in green beauty!  To be able to learn from them, talk in person and connect is so cool.  Meeting brands in person helps to put a face to your name and really sets you apart.  This helps to build your relationship and connect with them on a deeper level.  I’ve had so many brands recommend me to other brands just because they had met me and we had a relationship beyond just email.  Meeting brands set you apart from other bloggers in your sphere.
  3. Your audience looks to you for the newest information- As a blogger or influencer you have an audience that is looking to you for the latest and greatest when it comes to information.  Putting yourself out there and attending the W.E.L.L. Summit sets a standard in your career that you’re willing to invest in yourself and want to learn more.  It shows you are wanting to grow.  People will look to you even more as an industry leader and as an authority on your subject, because they know you are evolving as a leader.
  4. You have so much content to share after attending W.E.L.L. Summit- The summit is a jam packed two day event !  You will learn so much.  As a blogger or influencer that’s so much content you’re able to share with your following when you return.  You’ll have exciting stories to tell about what impacted you, your favorite sessions and what your greatest takeaway was.  People will be so excited to hear about your exciting adventure in NYC too!  It will be such a hot topic and people will want to hear all about it.  They will love hearing your experience.  One more way to connect with your audience and let them into your life, all while learning about what connected you to them in the first place.
  5. Changes things up and builds excitement- Often it’s easy to do the same things as a blogger or influencer.  Sometimes your audience can get bored.  A trip helps keep things fresh and exciting!  You can help build up anticipation before you leave for the summit.  Your audience will be just as excited as you are to be on the journey too.  You can share where you’re eating, staying and cool places to check out while you’re in NYC.  This helps create a whole experience out of it.  People connect with experiences and will not only love seeing your trip, but may just want to book a trip to W.E.L.L. Summit next year after seeing how much fun you had!  As you talk about it they will anticipate the event and want to know all the details.  It keeps you on your toes and creates some movement as you try something new!

Still on the fence about attending?  Well, I’ll be there and would love to meet you!  Not too mention my good blogging friend Lisa from This Organic Girl.  You will already have two friends in us and we love having a good time!  It’s events like this that not only help build connections but friendships that last a lifetime. Grab your tickets here!

Will you join me??

All About W.E.L.L. Summit 2017

All About W.E.L.L. Summit 2017

I’ve been itching to share all about W.E.L.L. Summit 2017!  It’s in less than 3 months and will be here before we know it.  I really wanted to share with you guys about the event and ask you to join me for this special two day summit.  Many people never take time out for themselves, I know this because as a mom, I’m the first offender.  This event will help you take a step back and look at Wellness in every aspect of your life.  When do you get to take two days and focus on yourself?  Hardly ever.  Grab some friends and join me!  Curious what it’s all about?  Keep reading to get the full scoop.

So what is the W.E.L.L. SUMMIT and why should you go?  Great question!  W.E.L.L. stands for Wellness, Empowerment, Learning and Luxury.  Imagine a two day event that focuses on self improvement.  From living well in your health, beauty, professional life, and taking some time to focus on you-this is W.E.L.L. Summit.  Experts in their fields take the stage and you get to glean from them wisdom and nuggets.  Not only will you get to hear them speak, but get up close and personal during break out sessions.  To say you’ll leave inspired would be an understatement! If you want to check out another blog post I wrote all about W.E.L.L. Summit, the schedule, and what I’m excited about- check out my post here.

Here are all the deets:

  • Summit dates Nov. 3-4, 2017 (Friday & Saturday)
  • W.E.L.L. Summit takes place in NYC
  • Grab a W.E.L.L. Discovery box-a special curated box filled with favorite W.E.L.L. brands.  An over $80 value for only $39.95! Snag your box here!

*Tickets:

Friday Ticket- $199

Weekend Ticket-$349

VIP Ticket-$549

*VIP Ticket-(only 75 tickets available)includes VIP gift bag, overall a $150 more of free loot, VIP mentor session lunch Saturday, VIP lunch on Friday with tenoverten manicure bar, First access to register for breakout sessions on Saturday.

Speakers:

There are so many amazing speakers lined up- literally can’t wait!!  There are a couple I wanted to highlight.  Phoebe Lapine is a wellness speaker, chef, and writer.  She wrote the book The Wellness Project.  It talks all about her journey through hashimotos and balancing it all.  As someone who has hashimotos, I’m fascinated to hear her speak and glean wisdom on how she makes it work in a fast paced lifestyle.  I also can’t wait to hear from Kristine Keheley, the founder of Vapour Organic Beauty.  One of the first makeup companies in the green beauty world.  Can’t wait to hear her story!    I also have my eye on Ksenia Avdulova.  She has her own blog where she posts amazing food recipes, wellness tips and travels.  As a fellow blogger, I love hearing from others who have chosen similar paths- so fun to learn how they do it!  There are so many more- take a look at the whole line up of speakers here! 

I also interviewed my friend Lisa from the blog This Organic Girl about her experience the last two years going to W.E.L.L. Summit.  She’s sharing tips and advice as a veteran, where to eat, and places to check out while in NYC.  Plus, why she thinks everyone should attend!  Keep reading for all the deets!

1. Having attended W.E.L.L Summit 2 years already, is there something you look forward to every year?

I attended W.E.L.L. Summit on a whim two years ago. I saw something in my Facebook feed about a “Wellness Summit” in Boston and I asked around if anyone had heard anything about it. Because it was W.E.L.L’s inaugural event – I didn’t get any feedback about it but I just felt a pull towards this event for some reason. Like my own personal gravity was kicking in and was drawing me towards attending. I was on the fence about going because I didn’t have anyone to go with and I didn’t want to risk social equity by asking a friend to come with if it was a bust. So all of this to say, I went. Alone. And the most beautiful thing happened. The spirit of the W.E.L.L. Summit took over me. Conversations with strangers ignited like wildfire. Presenters looked me in the eye. People invested in me. I invested in others. Generosity overflowed. Grace took centerstage. It was a 12 hour experience of open minded learning + sharing. It was a personal and professional exchange like none I’ve ever experienced before. I was taken in and taken aback all at once. So needless to say I went back the following year. And here I am back for a third time. I look forward to all of this again and again and again.

2. What advice would you give to a newbie, that hasn’t attended W.E.L.L. Summit?

Okay, good question. I have a few pieces of advice.

  • Record the speakers for your personal notes. This really helps me because it takes FOMO off my plate and I can just really relax, engage, listen and participate without being distracted by my notepad.
  • Bring your own coffee packs to make coffee in your room. I found myself on NYC time real quick which made for late nights and rushed mornings. The coffee lines were either too long or folks had to walk to a coffee shop – sometimes in the rain for a cup. Just sayin’.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk and get ready to listen. Meaning, YOUR agenda? Leave it behind and see where the summit takes you. You never know. The conversation you had with that girl while waiting in line for 4pm tea? That could end up being your game changer. Come with an open mind and let fate take the reigns.
  • Take advantage of NYC! There are so many healthy and amazing places to eat plus fun things to do. I can’t wait for a meal at Hu Kitchen, a ride at Peloton, a sesh at Y7 and maybe a walk on The High Line down to Chelsea Market.
  • If you are wondering which days to attend, do both if you can. But if you can only do one, it’s Saturday ALL THE WAY!

3. What speakers are you most excited for?

Okay, you are breaking out the big guns now. So, this is always the hardest part of W.E.L.L. Summit. So many speakers, so little time! Attendees are given the opportunity to choose 6-7 speakers to listen to during breakout sessions. BUT there are often over 20 presenters! I mean, what is a girl to do!?

This list will change because new speakers are being confirmed as we speak. BUT I eat gluten-free and live with an auto-immune disease so I am REALLY excited to see Phoebe Lapine; gluten-free chef, culinary instructor and author speak. Also, being a woman and a small business owner I love following along with Cyndie Spiegel, she is all that and a bag of chips and I missed her sesh last year so maybe this is the year I will get to sit in on her talk! I saw they just added Rachel Pojednic, assistant professor of nutrition at Simmons College which is totally peaking my interest, not to mention Kristine Keheley!? Founder of Vapour Organic Beauty – um yeah, that’s happening. I mean my list runeth over!

4. The Summit is a two day event. Do you think attendees should come a day early or stay a day later to help enjoy the experience more? And if so, any suggestions on things to do?

Do. It. All. Like, whatever you can afford, just go all-in! If you can come early take advantage of the city, see the sights, walk the city – NYC is so beautiful in the fall. Ground Zero, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Naked Cowboy – have fun being a tourist! That way you are freed up to be spontaneous when the summit starts and are mentally free go to lunch or dinner with new or old friends without feeling the pull of – oh shoot, I didn’t get to do “that”! If you can stay a day on the other end it is nice to have a chance to debrief with a friend – or just sit with yourself and your own thoughts. It’s a long two days emotionally and it really helps to talk about what you learned, experienced, how you were impacted, how you want to apply what you learned or just how things resonated with you. THAT’S the take away – the verbal processing. At least for me it is.

5. Since you’re a veteran of W.E.L.L. Summit, why would you encourage someone to attend?

Um, see questions 1-4!? Ha ha! YES! Come! Suzi and I are so excited about attending this event together and we want to see you there too! If you come make sure you introduce yourselves to us! We want to meet you!

W.E.L.L. SUMMIT 2017

W.E.L.L. SUMMIT 2017

So excited for the third annual W.E.L.L. Summit!  After hearing all about my girl Lisa’s(This Organic Girl) experience the last two years, I could hardly wait to attend this year with her!  If you haven’t read about her experiences, be sure too here.  As a mom, it’s easy to put yourself on the back burner.  There’s always something to be done, and it never includes taking a few moments for yourself.  However, I’ve learned how important it is to take time for yourself-mom or not.  Not only do feel refreshed but better at life.

So what is the W.E.L.L. SUMMIT and why do I need to go?  Great question!  W.E.L.L. stands for Wellness, Empowerment, Learning and Luxury.  Imagine a two day event that focuses on self improvement.  From living well in your health, beauty, professional life, and taking some time to focus on you-this is W.E.L.L. Summit.  Experts in their fields take the stage and you get to glean from them wisdom and nuggets.  Not only will you get to hear them speak, but get up close and personal during break out sessions.  To say you’ll leave inspired would be an understatement!

Take a look at last year’s video!

Here are all the deets-

  • Confirmed speakers so far are Kathryn Budig, Sara Divello, & Ksenia Avdulova
  • There will be complimentary Tenoverten manis at the W.E.L.L. Party Saturday night
  • Summit dates Nov. 3-4, 2017 (Friday & Saturday)
  • W.E.L.L. Summit takes place in NYC
  • Grab a W.E.L.L. Discovery box-a special curated box filled with favorite W.E.L.L. brands.  An over $80 value for only $39.95! Snag your box here!

*Tickets:

Friday Ticket- $199

Weekend Ticket-$349

VIP Ticket-$549

*VIP Ticket-(only 75 tickets available)includes VIP gift bag, overall a $150 more of free loot, VIP mentor session lunch Saturday, VIP lunch on Friday with tenoverten manicure bar, First access to register for breakout sessions on Saturday.

Friday – November 3, 2017

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm — General Admission Check In Pick up Nametag, Gift Bag and enjoy bites from our lunch partners: Inday
  • 11:30am – 1:00pm — VIP Lunch
  • 1:15pm — Official The W.E.L.L. Summit Kick off
  • 1:30pm – 6:00pm — Speakers & Panels
  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm — LIVE W.E.L.L. Party: tenoverten Manicure Bar
  • 10:30pm – 11:30pm — Tea Time Chats

Saturday – November 4, 2017

  • 7:30am – 8:30am — Check In
  • 8:30am – 9:00am — Saturday Morning Kickoff
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm — Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm — VIP Mentor Lunch Sessions
  • 1:15pm – 5:15pm — Breakout Sessions
  • 5:15pm – 6:00pm — Closing

 I love that the Summit focuses on not just one aspect of living well but a well rounded approach.  It’s often easy to just focus on one aspect.  However, living well is so much more than just one area.  If I’m not nourishing my body with the right foods, then my body can easily suffer and no magic product can cover that up, no matter how many beauty products I use.  I want to live W.E.L.L. in every area of life!  We are not separate entities, what we do and how we do it affects are whole body.

The W.E.L.L. Summit is a Curated Conference Promoting A 360° View of Wellness

This may sound like a far off fairy tale to some but to me it can be your reality.  Often times we go about life and never really stop to ask ourselves the hard questions.  Why not take a weekend to de-compress, focus on you, and hear what that inner voice inside is saying.  There may be a dream or two that come rising up, or some clarity on the path you should take.  Or it could be as simple as relaxing and having someone do your nails and listen to you talk and you don’t do dishes all weekend!  Make the experience what you want.

What are my expectations of the event?

  • Connect with like minded people
  • Learn from top experts about living well in their niche
  • Relax and Rejuvenate
  • Discover new wellness brands
  • Get pampered
  • Excited to learn how to build the greatest acai bowl with Ksenia Avdulova

It’s easy to think the W.E.L.L. SUMMIT is for somebody else.  But let’s be real, it’s for you.  There’s always going to be an excuse of why you can’t go but the truth is you should be there.  To take a few days and just soak up wisdom on health and wellness and get pampered in the process-who doesn’t want/need that?!  Plus, I would love to meet you!  This wellness journey is all about coming together and making each other better.  We need one another and community.  Meet me there and let’s live it up for two days in NYC!  Grab your tickets here!

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