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1.21.2021

kai conversations with... madi serpico whalen

we are absolutely thrilled to bring you this week's kai conversation with madi serpico whalen, who is a professional triathlete, as well as a runner, yoga instructor, vegan, model, and wife to former miami dolphin and oakland raider, griff whalen. not to mention, she is also a long-time kai devotee and most exciting of all, she is a brand new mama to beautiful daughter baby isabella whalen who is just over one week old! we first learned about madi a few years ago through her incredibly inspiring, beautiful, and super fun to read instagram feed, @madifastpants. madi captures beautiful scenes from her life, travels, athletic and work experiences, as well as her loving family moments. she is a wonderful photographer and story-teller, and madi wholeheartedly captures the "breath*life*flow" way of life as shown in her instagram posts and in the interview below. we strongly encourage you to check out her feed, and hope you enjoy this interview with madi below! also, please stay tuned for an exciting giveaway collaboration with @madifastpants 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.

this past year has been so challenging for so many. the ground beneath us continues to shift with so many unknowns. through this though i have been able to appreciate all of the precious gifts life has to offer. being pregnant for most of 2020 has been even more of a self discovery journey then normal as i am seeing the changes not only in my body but in my heart and soul as my baby girls grows, thrives and as we get ready for this new precious life, a reminder that self love and self care are first and foremost. being connected to nature, practicing yoga and connecting with family virtually and energetically has been a true gift.


are there certain exercise routines or types of workouts that have been favorites for you during the pandemic? if so, please feel free to share.

having been a professional athlete for over 10 years, i had to do a real shift when i became pregnant as to the level of intensity that i was used to. i was able to shift with covid and lockdown to mostly virtual. i do online virtual bike classes and virtual yoga. a lot of power walking and open water swimming in the summer. i set up a training area in my garage. i was grateful to connect virtually for my training. 


can you also share how kai helps you stay feeling good during your pregnancy and beyond?

i am so fortunate that my pregnancy has been relatively uneventful and smooth. i enjoyed so much of it. i felt very calm and centered throughout. i attribute much of that to what i put into my body as well as what i put on my body. i ate a plant-based diet and i only used lotions and fragrances that were clean like kai. i loved to use it when practicing yoga and breathwork. it heightened all my senses and was very calming.


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

whole body breathing has brought new meaning over the last nine months as i share my breath and energy flow with this new life. i have always been a free spirit and been able to adapt and change in new environments which is the essence i believe of the "kai lifestyle." i love the freshness every time you apply it to your skin as it reminds me of new life, new adventures and open possibilities. 



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

you can only be your best version through self love and selfcare. lead by example. be of service. surround yourself with people who inspire you to do better and support your growth.


what color nail polish are you wearing right now? 

clear polish with a hint of sparkles on the tips.


how would you describe your personal style? 

very boho california, hawaiian girl. i've always dressed that way and so will our little girl. 


favorite date spot? 

Cafe Gratitude in LA. that was my husband and i's first date and we fell in love instantly.


favorite food? 

italian pizza - my nona's homemade. 


kai obsession? 

i'm obsessed with the kai body lotion. the smell is amazing. reminds me of being on the beach by the ocean in malibu or hawaii. 




morning person or night owl? 

i'm a morning person for sure. i've been a pro athlete for 10 years and worked out early in the morning pretty much all my life and now about to become a new mom.


currently craving? 

green juice all the time. (kale, lemon, celery, green apple)


what book are you reading currently?

Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp M.D.


thank you... madi! 

1.07.2021

press check

here's a look back at 2020 in words and pictures. i am always so grateful for each review and feature. we can't wait to see what this next year holds and looking forward to sharing it with you!

xo,

gaye.




12.17.2020

enjoying a beautiful holiday season at home: kai gift guide 2020

with the holiday season looking a little different this year due to the pandemic, our team has put together some clever ideas for gifts that encourage loved ones to embrace this special quality time at home and indulge in some great pampering within their own cozy surroundings. here are our top picks to help make your holiday gift shopping experience easier this year. also, when looking to purchase some of these offerings in time for the holidays, don't forget to visit our store locator and be sure to support your small local businesses.

wishing you all the best of the season ~

xo,

gaye.


winter skin pampering

signature body buffer + signature body butter

these are two of oprah's favorite things, so you can't go wrong gifting these for anyone on your list! the buffer is a hypo-allergenic, exfoliating sponge infused with palm, coconut, and olive oil that when activated by water in the shower or bath, releases kai-scented foaming bubbles! follow with the nutrient-rich kai body butter and skin will feel softer and more supple than ever. 



home sanctuary

reed diffuser + room-linen spray 

kai's light intoxicating signature fragrance of a gardenia top note wrapped in white exotics was created by gaye straza and inspired by the scent along the beaches of the hawaiian tropics. with the holidays at home this year, the reed diffuser and room-linen spray transports anyone (even if only in their minds) to this "vacation in the tropics" vibe.  



at-home spa

bathing bubbles + signature skylight candle 

for us, there's no better way of kicking off some relaxation at home on a cozy wintery day or night than drawing a bath with the bathing bubbles, lighting a skylight candle, and putting on some favorite tunes to set the mood. the ultimate gift of relaxation for anyone needing a little at-home self-care and self-pampering. 


classic kai gift

signature eau de parfum + rose eau de parfum 

or signature perfume oil + rose perfume oil

kai's iconic fragrances offered in the eau de parfum spray and the perfume oil roll-on are sure to be a hit for any scent lover. kai's signature scent has been celebrated by allure magazine as one of the best fragrances of all time and the kai*rose scent has also been praised by allure editors. pair signature kai in the spray with the *rose scent in the perfume oil (or vise versa) for a delightful duo-gift of these intoxicating complementary scents that layer beautifully. 


stocking stuffer

signature hand cream + rose hand cream 

let's be honest, hand care is on everyone's minds this year more than ever. with the extra hand washing and sanitizing we are all doing to keep safe and protected, our hands are demanding some extra love and moisturizing. kai hand cream is crafted with an amazing formula that includes a shea butter base, aloe vera, apple extract, sunflower, and safflower oil along with kai's signature (or *rose scent) leaving skin feeling soft, silky smooth, and invigorated. the ultimate 2020 stocking stuffer for anyone (and everyone) on your list.