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Five Travel Secrets to Kyoto

While Kyoto is home to many famous attractions and UNESCO world heritage sites, it’s also rich in hidden treasures, many of which are easily overlooked. No matter how many times I visit Kyoto, I discover something new about the city’s little-known secrets. Here are a few of my favorite tips for exploring this ancient capital city.


“a shrine to beauty in the heart and the body”
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The Heart of Back to School

To me, “back to school” season has always represented a fresh start. As Alea enters first grade, I think of parents, students and teachers around the world readying their school supplies and lessons. It makes my heart swell to imagine their eagerness and excitement.

Education is one of the most powerful gifts that my mother gave me, and that I can pass down to Alea. That is why I am honored to announce that thanks to you, together we have funded 737,000 days of school for incredible girls through our partnership with Room to Read.

“this motivates me to work harder and with more heart every day”

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Coming Clean about Summer Skin

I love the lingering sunsets and brightness of summer, but I’m also ready to let the season melt away. After all the travel and adventure, it’s a welcome relief to come home and give my skin a fresh start. The dryness of an airplane cabin, extra time in the sun and too much air conditioning can take a toll on skin. Here are some of my favorite ways to feel refreshed and recovered after summer fun. 

“exfoliation is the key to recovering from a sun-filled summer”
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How to Channel Your Inner Geisha

Synonymous with “art person” in Japanese, geisha are the epitome of style and grace. I’ve long been fascinated by their mesmerizing beauty and poetic movements. A part of their allure is that they’re a bit unknowable. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with geisha of all ages and they’ve taught me so much about life and beauty. I believe that we all have a bit of geisha in us, we just need a little help bringing it out.

“I asked a geisha friend to share the secret to being a great geisha

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Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Indigo

From the shores of Okinawa Island, to the ocean’s deep is a natural wonder: a gradient from white-sand shores and translucent waters to a midnight blue. This stunning sight inspired our newest treasure, the Ruri Okinawa Indigo Scarf. Hand-dyed by artisans who harvest Indigo in an untouched part of Okinawa, the Indigo Scarf has fascinating ties to its tropical provenance and a history of Japanese Indigo. I was surprised to learn these fascinating facts about the Indigo dyeing process.

“the transformation remains a captivating mystery”

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