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4.09.2021

kai conversations with... sarah goldberger, founder of lord jameson

as we kick off the first full month of spring and gear up for spending more time enjoying the outdoors with family & friends, we think about our furry loved ones as well! this week we are beyond delighted to bring you a very inspirational and fun kai conversation with our very dear friend and long-time kai devotee, sarah goldberger, the owner and founder of lord jameson, which is a dog wellness company that offers 100% organic dog treats made with plant-based proteins and superfoods. sarah founded the lord jameson company in 2016, which is named after her incredibly sweet & amazing cocker spaniel named jameson! lord jameson's offerings are nutritious and loaded with super healthy ingredients such as blueberries, oats, sweet potatoes, carrots, coconut, chamomile and hemp seeds. the vegan and gluten-free treats not only taste delicious (and can be enjoyed by humans too!), but they also help ease mild anxiety in dogs, as well as support better digestion and overall health improvement for dogs. like kai, lord jameson has a strong charitable mission and a portion of proceeds from each sale benefits animal rescue organizations including service and therapy dog groups because as sarah wholeheartedly explains, "no dog should be left without a human to love and feed them." also similar to kai, lord jameson believes that the cleanest, purest, and highest quality ingredients are the only ones that should be included in their offerings. sarah truly embodies the kai "breath*life*flow" way of life as shown in lord jameson's instagram feed and in the interview below. we hope you enjoy the wonderful chat with sarah, and we highly encourage you to check out lord jameson to treat the furry loved ones in your life! 

xo,

gaye. 

how are you taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this time? are there certain things that are proving to be sources of motivation/ inspiration? if so, please feel free to share. 

the past 12 months have been a time of immense gratitude. my 5-year-old son and i were both diagnosed with COVID last april. he had a very severe case and had to endure 6-weeks of treatments with inhalers, nebulizers, and steroids. it was harrowing watching him struggle to breath. he is a warrior and pushed through it without a single tear or complaint. he just kept saying, "mommy, i am okay. are you okay?"

our family is forever changed from this experience. nothing in the world will ever matter to me as much as my family's health and wellness. he is the inspiration for everything we do. 


how do you embody kai's "breath*life*flow" lifestyle? 

i embrace the glow of uncertainty. as a twenty-year devoted yogi, i have spiritually learned how to sit with intention and allow the universe to present the best path forward. i firmly believe in the power of positivity and manifesting your own destiny. timing in life, and in business, is everything. working hard to allow the foundation of your dreams to grow is imperative. but trusting the universe to present the right time to grow, or the right time to hold back, is a learned trait that i instill in my personal and professional life. 


what's the best advice you've ever received? 

the  best advice i have ever received is to fail fast and fail hard. people often look at failure as a negative experience. for me, it's positive. it's a time to learn, to innovate, to grow, to change, to become your best, and to disrupt the path everyone else is on. to be different and unique, you must overcome obstacles. it's so important to get back up and keep going. you must not be afraid to fail if you want to fly! 


what's your beauty secret? or must have beauty product? 

my must have beauty products are Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask, Kai Body Buffer, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum (it's a must!). 


what color nail polish are you wearing right now? 

i am obsessed with Butter London's Her Majesty's Red. i have been wearing this fabulous nail polish for almost 3 years and never get tired of it! 


how would you describe your personal style? 

very SJP! i love taking feminine pieces and adding an edgy spin to make them more unique. i love dresses and heels and would wear them everyday if i could. i am obsessed with vintage jewelry, handbags and accessories.

what do you love most about where you live now? any secret spots you love to go to? 

since the pandemic began last march, we temporarily left our NYC apartment and moved to our weekend house in Sagaponack, NY. what i treasure most about living outside of the city are the sounds, smells, and sights of nature. the things you just can't get in a concrete jungle! we are surrounded by farms, horse stables, and beautiful gardens. my son is obsessed with finding sea glass so we made a list of top secret beaches to collect sea glass out East!


ultimate getaway? 

anywhere in the South Pacific. my husband and i have traveled to most of the islands in Polynesia and Melanesia and have such a fond place for the people, the land, the cuisine, and the culture. the islands are gorgeous and let you truly escape life. what draws me most is the incredible clear warm water and soft white sand beaches. 


favorite food? 

japanese.


guilty pleasure? 

Hu Kitchen's dark chocolate covered almonds. i am obsessed! 


kai obsession? 

everything! i have been a kai consumer since the brand was born and treasure every single product the company has made. kai scents are so uplifting and make my day so much better and brighter! 


morning person or night owl? 

i am a morning dove through and through! i wake up at dusk and love sipping my first cup of coffee as the sun rises. i get a morning workout or yoga flow in before my boys (husband, son and beloved dog) wake up. it is my most sacred time of day. 

currently craving? 

sushi from my favorite NYC Izakaya restaurant called Juban. the food is incredible. 


ideal way to relax/ unwind? 

i have an innate love of water. the best way to relax is to submerge my entire body in a pool, hot tub, ocean, lake or even a bubble bath! there is an elemental magic about water that puts me into a complete state of bliss. 



thank you... sarah! 

3.25.2021

kai conversations with... fortune dushey

as we commence our celebration of women's history month over the coming week (although we wholeheartedly believe women should be celebrated all year long!), we could not be more excited to bring you this week's kai conversation with fortune dushey, the founder of fortune inspired, the uniquely amazing fashion & shopping blog. based in nyc, she is also an exceptionally talented fashion influencer, who has an inspiring and eye-catching instagram feed sharing her exquisite style & beauty expertise and her fabulous life as a wife, mother of three, people lover, and travel lover. fortune describes her own personal style as a mix of "mostly classic, a bit preppy, and a bit edgy," and her fashion blog was created with the aim to inspire the modern woman who appreciates the value of an upscale wardrobe and lifestyle. 

fortune very much embodies the kai "breath*life*flow" philosophy, as shown in her blog and instagram posts, and the interview below. we also love that she says that the quickest way you can change a look is with a smile. that optimistic attitude typifies fortune's sunny philosophy of life. while she loves style, she finds that happiness and humor are what really complete a look. we've had the great pleasure of knowing & supporting fortune as a dear friend and longtime kai devotee for several years now, and we highly encourage you to check out her blog and follow her on instagram. you will fall in love with her too! additionally, please stay tuned for a special giveaway collaboration with fortune dushey to be announced soon.

xo,

gaye.

how are you taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this time? are there certain things that are proving to be sources of motivation/ inspiration? if so, please feel free to share. 

self-care has been a great source of comfort during this time. i've made it a priority to meditate and journal in the morning, and i most recently began using a sage smudge stick and palo santo to set the mood and create some positive vibes. when i start the morning off with intention and some me time, it truly does set the positive tone for the day. i've also been working out more often and more consistently - it definitely helps to get my ya ya's out! i found that having routine during quarantine gave me comfort as it offered some predictability during these unpredictable times. the way i take care of my loved ones is by being available to them - i.e. lend an ear when someone needs to talk, release whatever anxieties they may be feeling, or just talk about whatever is happening. 


how do you embody kai's "breath*life*flow" lifestyle? 

a few months ago, i bought an intentions journal which has helped me to be more mindful of the areas in my life i'd like to improve, including more things/experiences that bring me joy, and release what is no longer serving me - a work in progress of course :).


what's the best advice you've ever received? 

be gentle with yourself and others.

always try and give the benefit of the doubt. 

it's ok to say no and it's ok to change your mind.

surround yourself with people who make you feel good.

your mind and body are the most important things you can invest in and that goes for my kai body cream


do you have a mantra that you live by? 

this is constantly changing depending on where i am in life. today it's "i am good enough." 


what's your beauty secret? or must-have beauty product? 

my must-have beauty product is kai body lotion. i have gone through more bottles than i can count and purchase them in 3's. that's how addicted i am. i apply it to my body both morning and night and people always ask me what scent i am wearing. it's always kai. 


go-to lipstick color? 

i haven't purchased lipstick in a while but i was just gifted a red lipstick called Scandal by Valerie Beverly Hills and i'm obsessed. 


what color nail polish are you wearing right now? 

i am wearing Modern Love by Deborah Lippman.


who is your role model?

i have many role models. my mom, Vivan Dayan, has always been there for me, any time of day and night, and whose family has always been her priority. i am in awe of the way she single-handedly took care of my elderly and ailing grandparents. my aunt Roxanne Assoulin, a successful jewelry designer who is a boss babe. my husband, because he is so kind and never sweats the small stuff. i admire all the health care workers who put their lives at risk to care for others. and anyone with a positive upbeat attitude. i recently asked my doorman how he was and he responded, "life is great because i have my health and my job." the list goes on... 


how would you describe your personal style? 

i can go in so many different directions. in the winter, i dress more classic and preppy but with an edge. i also happen to be obsessed with western-style - i think cowboy boots, cowboy hats, and lots of denim. in the summer, i am more bohemian. i love wearing pastels, floral prints, and overall, i have more of a feminine, flirty, vibe. 

what do you love most about where you live? any secret spots you love to go to? 

i live in a peaceful residential area that's a close walk to central park and some of my favorite coffee spots. no secret spots because i love to share everything. i love an iced matcha ginger turmeric latte from Chacha Matcha. Ralph's coffee makes a great chai tea. McNally Jackson is my favorite bookstore. i can spend hours browsing through books. i also love the Westside Boutique for casual clothing. i always feel like i've gone on a day trip to LA when i visit. 


describe your perfect day. 

wake up to relaxing music

meditate - lately, it's been in the form of Qi Gong

journal

hiking - my favorite activity 

an iced coffee with eggs and avocado toast from Sant Ambroeus

lunch with my daughters, mom and sister 

a walk around soho or reading a few pages from a current novel

dinner and a glass of wine with my husband while watching The Crown.


favorite date spot? 

we don't really do date nights but i love the idea of it. maybe we should haha. some of our favorite neighborhood restaurants are Sant Ambroeus, Fleming, and Le Charlot. 


ultimate getaway? 

capri and spain in the summer, aspen in the winter. 


favorite food?

too many! artichokes prepared any which way, sushi, i love a good ole cheeseboard any day, i love any and all salads except for beets and i always love summer bbq's.


guilty pleasure?

spaghetti al nerano, key lime pie or an apple tart tatin. 


kai obsession?

obsessed with the kai body lotion in the original scent and the kai body glow - especially on vacation! 


morning person or night owl? 

morning person. 

currently craving? 

a turkey sandwich with chipotle aioli and pickles. 


ideal way to relax/ unwind? 

crossword puzzles, listening to relaxing music, lighting a candle or a glass of red wine. 


what book are you reading currently? 

In Five Years. 


what's the most adventurous thing you've done? 

walked barefoot on hot coals at a Tony Robbins weekend retreat and participating in a ballroom dancing competition. 


fortune dushey 

www.fortuneinspired.com 



thank you... fortune! 

 


3.11.2021

kai conversations with... veronika payne, designer & founder of ora ana jewelry

as we continue to celebrate women's history month, we are absolutely thrilled to bring you this week's kai conversation with veronika payne, the designer & founder of ora ana, a gorgeous line of eye-catching, statement-making jewelry that is plated with 18-karat gold and silver, and is 100% hypoallergenic. designed in new york city by veronika herself who imagines and conceptualizes each and every piece, the full range of ora ana jewelry has an old hollywood glamorous look & feel and truly speaks to every woman. veronika is a brooklyn native and a long-time kai devotee, who has also had an impressive career as a fashion model, designer, and influencer. in the past few years, utilizing her remarkable talents and unique eye for creating simple, bold, next-level jewelry designs, veronika has been wholeheartedly focused on building the ora ana collection, which we've fallen in love with and we highly encourage you to check out. 

in complete synergy with the kai "breath*life*flow" way of life and brand mission, the ora ana mission is "to remind women that they are worthy of appreciation now and not when. aspirations drive us; however, this moment of our journey is worth celebrating." what a perfect message not only for women's history month, but for how women should be celebrated always, at all times. congratulations to veronika on the success of this incredible jewelry brand and company mission! in the interview conversation below, you will get to learn more about what an amazing woman and entrepreneur veronika is. please enjoy and stay tuned over the coming weeks for a special giveaway collaboration with ora ana + kai! 

xo,

gaye. 


how are you taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this time? are there certain things that are proving to be sources of motivation/ inspiration? if so, please feel free to share.

i meditate every morning - gratitude is the highest way to raise your frequency. i normally speak with my family once a day but recently it has been twice! i try to stay super connected to my friends - House Party halloween get togethers, Zoom book clubs, anything that promotes human interaction. i am keeping in the back of my mind that eventually the world will resemble the place we once knew and i want to have spent this time becoming a better version of myself . i try to share the things i am doing to help keep it together on my social platforms - mostly twitter and instagram stories - with the hope that they will also help someone else or inspire someone to find their own routines. here is the meditation i most frequently use in the AM. 


how do you embody kai's "breath*life*flow" lifestyle? 

i do my best to take care of myself inside and out. by taking care of my body with skincare routines, healthy diet and exercise and my mind by reading, staying close to the people i love and always being a student of life. i prepare myself for the things i can control and understand there's so many things that i can't prepare for. gratitude for the small things is huge for me. we are all works in progress and we deserve to celebrate ourselves for even the smallest steps in the right direction. 


do you have a mantra that you live by?

"be impeccable with your word. don't take anything personally. don't make assumptions. always do your best." "you create what you believe" "i don't need to be what i am not".


what's your beauty secret? or must have beauty product? 

keeping your face clean! right now it's my mix of Trentinoin and Clindamyicn cream which kills any acne that might even attempt to creep up. i wash with an exfoliating spin brush using Cerave moisturizing cleanser and Agent Nateur Brightening Acid Wash cleanser.

go-to lipstick color? 

"Russian Red" by MAC - i also love "Warm Me Up" by Maybelline or "Taupe" by MAC both with "Chestnut" (used to be "Bittersweet") lip liner also by MAC.


what color nail polish are you wearing right now? 

mostly clear - chipped nails are a huge eye sore for me and i am avoiding the salon due to covid. but i've even started having fun with press-on nails, which have actually improved drastically since i was 11. 


what do you love most about where you live? any secret spots you love to go to?

i've recently moved and am lucky enough to have my own babe cave and office. i love reading by the fireplace in my lush cave & i also love the feeling of being so into my work that i have to be dragged out of my office, and really i LOVE that these are two separate places. 


favorite food? 

if there are plantains, i am eating them. 


ultimate getaway? 

anywhere new. i love to travel and learn about/see new things. i do love Nice, France. 

guilty pleasure? 

i love working on my jewelry brand, Ora Ana and binge watching MTV's "The Challenge."


kai obsession? 

body buffer and body glow, i love soft glowing skin. 


morning person or night owl? 

i try so hard to be a morning person but currently i am a night owl.


current craving?

travel & nightlife.


ideal way to relax/ unwind? 

reading, with a blanket and the kai reed diffuser.


what book are your reading currently? 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.



thank you... veronika!