Top 5 Wellness Speakers to Learn From at W.E.L.L. Summit 17

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Hey Guys! Can you believe there are less than 100 days left in the year? One event I’m looking forward to attending in November is W.E.L.L. Summit 17 in NYC! There will be an abundance of wellness industry leaders speaking daily in large panel discussion groups. They’ll be sharing knowledge of their field while providing you will realistic and simple tips on how to live your healthiest life. Here are the top 5 wellness speakers to learn from at W.E.L.L. Summit 17!

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yoga, holistic health, holistic healing depression, holistic nutrition, IIN, intergrative nutrition, W.E.L.L. Summit, well summit 17, sunkissalba, albaramos, latham thomas, koya webb, phoebe lapine, osmiaAre you frustrated and overwhelmed with trying to understand ingredients in your skincare products? Osmia founder, Dr. Sarah Villafranco, will be leading “Separating Skincare Fact from Fiction – An MD Explains What Really Makes Sense in Your Quest for Glowing Skin.” This workshop will provide some common-sense guidelines for achieving healthier skin, backed with just the right amount of data to put your best face forward!

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W.E.L.L. Summit 17 is a little over 30 days away! Don’t miss out on what’s already shaping up to be the biggest wellness event of the year. Speaking from first hand experience, you will walk away having gained so much! Purchase your tickets here!

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Wanderlust 108 Yoga Festival Recap: Brooklyn, NY

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Yogis, yoga enthusiasts and pretty much anyone passionate about health and wellness gathered on the lawn in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park yesterday for Wanderlust 108 Yoga Festival. It was my first time attending and here’s my recap!wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruit

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My best friend & godmother of my sons. She’s literally down for ANYTHING I want to go to!

The day started with a mindful triathlon which included a 5K run and cool down with yoga & meditation. I didn’t participate in the 5K First but I did join my fellow wanderlusters in a historic attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people doing yoga in pairs. Everyone who participated in attempting to break the world record received a red Adidas t-shirt to wear during the yoga session. As you can see above, the lawn was a sea of red..lol. It’s NYC so of course we rocked it and broke the record! Next, I hopped on my mat for THE BEST 90 minute DJ powered yoga flow I’ve ever experienced! The lawn was FILLED with over 300 people doing yoga and it was a flow to remember!

The crisp breeze and blue sky really helped set the tone along with the music by DJ Drez. There were yogi’s from beginner to advanced on the lawn so I didn’t feel intimidated at all. The pace & flow were faster than I’ve done in the past but the poses were repetitive every 5-10 minutes.wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruit wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruit I got the hang of it after about 5 or 6 tries and took breaks when needed. This session really worked my core, thighs, arms and more. I have that “hurt so good” feeling this morning which I low-key love!..lol. This flow called for relying on our partner and fellow wanderlusters for support in every aspect. I walked away from this session feeling calm, centered, grateful and with a sense of clarity.

I meditated for about 15 minutes and then my best friend and I decided to walk the lawn and scope out the booths and tents. Adidas is the official sponsor of Wanderlust 108 so we headed to their tent 1st. wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruitI purchased an official Wanderlust tank and Adidas “Performer High Rise Tights”. I also purchased “The Heart of the Revolution” by Noah Levine. This book focuses on the Buddha’s radical teachings on forgiveness, compassion and kindness. I can’t wait to start reading this week!

We tried samples from our favorite plant-based brands like Health-Ade Kombucha, Rebbl and Kite Hill. One new vendor we tried as plant-based snack company “Nothing But The Fruit”. They make the most delicious healthy fruit bites and provided LOADS of free samples. Check out the super cute booth they had set up! Their backdrop and props were PERFECT for taking pics! wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruitThey also had a tasting station where you could combine healthy toppings with their bites to experience flavors on a different level. I ended up loving the Rasberry Chia Fruit Bites the most. Just think fruit roll-up without all the junk and preservatives!.lol.

I signed up for Wanderlust super last-minute so I wasn’t able to sign up for many of the workshops. There are two options for tickets: 1) Free ticket: Bandana + Yoga & Meditation only. 2) $55 ticket: allows you to participate in the 5K run, access to unlimited workshops, goodie bag, bandana and guarantees you a mat on the lawn by the stage for yoga & meditation.

Now that I know there’s a Wanderlust chapter in my area I’m totally there for next year’s festivities!wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruit Have you ever been to Wanderlust Yoga Festival in your city? I highly recommend attending at least once!

Namaste

Healthy Hair To Toe <3

 

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I Took My Non Vegan Family To A Vegan Diner (Champs Diner Review)

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Hey Guys! As a vegan, I always run into two major issues when dining out. First is extremely limited options. Second is usually lack of taste with the options given. I usually end up loading up on carbs or eating a bland salad which is NO FUN. To avoid this, I’ve been eying a few 100% or mostly vegan eateries throughout New York that I can suggest when dining out with loved ones. My family and I paid a visit to Champs Diner in Brooklyn last weekend & here is our review!Champs Diner Review, Champs Diner, Vegan Food Review, NYC Vegan Restaurants, Vegan Family Friendly Restaurants, plant based diner, plant based restaurants, nyc eats, vegan eats, essence eats, healthy hair to toe, gluten free, soy free restaurants, food blogger, health blogger, holistic nutrition,Champs Diner Review, Champs Diner, Vegan Food Review, NYC Vegan Restaurants, Vegan Family Friendly Restaurants, plant based diner, plant based restaurants, nyc eats, vegan eats, essence eats, healthy hair to toe, gluten free, soy free restaurants, food blogger, health blogger, holistic nutrition, vegan donuts, dunwell donuts

Customer Service

We experienced awesome hospitality from Champs Diner. Our wait time for a table was 15 minutes which wasn’t bad at all. You know how most diners give kids 2 or 3 of the “not so cool” crayons and a sheet to color? Well Champs gave our oldest son a 24ct box of Crayola crayons with 6 huge coloring sheets to pass time! Y’all know this is a huge deal! Crayola crayons blow those lame, faded, break in 0.2 seconds crayons out the water any day!..lol. Champs Diner is definitely very family oriented, kid friendly and BABY friendly. Our server checked on us enough times and was extremely attentive. She also gave us great tips and recommendations when ordering our food. This can be beneficial to 1st timers to vegan cuisine.

The Food

Taste? Delicious. Option? Endless! Champs Diner had menu choices that would even the biggest carnivore couldn’t turn down! FYI Their burgers & steaks are seitan based. I ordered a Philly Cheese Steak which came with a side order of salad or fries (I opted for the greens). Between the crunchy yet tender filling and chipotle mayo, my belly and taste buds were in heaven!Champs Diner Review, Champs Diner, Vegan Food Review, NYC Vegan Restaurants, Vegan Family Friendly Restaurants, plant based diner, plant based restaurants, nyc eats, vegan eats, essence eats, healthy hair to toe, gluten free, soy free restaurants, food blogger, health blogger, holistic nutrition, Champs Diner Review, Champs Diner, Vegan Food Review, NYC Vegan Restaurants, Vegan Family Friendly Restaurants, plant based diner, plant based restaurants, nyc eats, vegan eats, essence eats, healthy hair to toe, gluten free, soy free restaurants, food blogger, health blogger, holistic nutrition, vegan donuts, dunwell donuts, vegan mozarella sticks My appetizer was their vegan mozzarella sticks which were MY FAVORITE!!! I have been seeing Champs Diner post them on their Instagram page for months so I was dying to try them!

My husband ordered a classic burger and fries. He said it tasted great but he was shocked a small to how full he felt afterwards. Our oldest son had their vegan mac and cheese. He ended up eating off Dad’s plate..lol. My only con was that the mac and cheese was a tad bland. It would’ve use a bit more garlic, pepper and a pinch of sea salt. We ended up taking the mac and cheese to go. I ate it next day and seasoned it my usual way. The taste was much better. We…ahem, I took their last 4 donuts home. They were DIVINE!Champs Diner Review, Champs Diner, Vegan Food Review, NYC Vegan Restaurants, Vegan Family Friendly Restaurants, plant based diner, plant based restaurants, nyc eats, vegan eats, essence eats, healthy hair to toe, gluten free, soy free restaurants, food blogger, health blogger, holistic nutrition, vegan donuts, dunwell donuts Overall, the food was delicious and we were very satisfied! We didn’t end up eating dinner that night because we were so full!..lol.

Price

My husband and I seem to differ in opinion. I found Champs Diner prices to be reasonable for the amount of food we ordered. My husband feels the prices were a bit higher than traditional diner prices but nothing too crazy. To give you a clear picture, our bill came to about $67, not including tip. We ordered 3 entreès, 1 appetizer, 2 beverages and 4 dessert items. Since all of their food is 100% vegan I felt this was a very reasonable bill. Just keep in mind that Champs Diner only accepts cash

Location

Since we live on Long Island, the first thing we kept in mind was location, location, location! Traveling with a newborn & preschooler on top of us being hungry (Mom and Dad) meant we needed to get there quickly. Although in Williamsburg, we were shocked to find Champs Diner is fairly close to us!

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Without traffic the drive would’ve only taken us 35 minutes! The restaurant is also accessible by public transportation. Slow downs put our drive at about an hour but it was definitely an easy find!

Final Thoughts

Our experience at Champs Diner was overall positive! The atmosphere was very laid back and family oriented. The food was very tasty with plenty of options to choose from. The only thing I would advise is if you are driving be prepared to search for parking. We were lucky enough to score a spot right in front of the diner. We spotted a few L & J subway stations within close proximity to the diner as well. Now that Champs is off my bucket list where should I go next? We are definitely much more open try more vegan spots as a family this summer.

Have you ever eaten at a fully vegan establishment? Have you ever done so with a non-vegan loved one?

Until next time!

Healthy Hair To Toe <3

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3 Reasons You Should Attend W.E.L.L. Summit 2017

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Last Fall, I attended the W.E.L.L. Summit in New York City. Beauty bloggers, wellness professionals and health enthusiasts alike came together with one common goal in mind. We all wanted to learn more about green & non-toxic beauty, clean eating, fitness, self-care and sustainable living. I definitely got more than I bargained for while attending the Summit. If you’re wondering if you should attend this year, think no more! Here are 3 reasons you should attend W.E.L.L. Summit 2017!

W.E.L.L. Summit is Not An Event, It’s An Experience!

When you attend the W.E.L.L. Summit ’17, there will be an abundance of wellness industry leaders speaking daily in large panel discussion groups. They will be sharing knowledge of their field while providing you will realistic and simple tips on how to live your healthiest life. My experience was filled with laughs, great vibes and so much learning! I finally met fellow green beauty blogger Alba Ramos (@SunkissAlba, read more below!).

She was an absolute sweetheart and so down to earth! We spoke about our boys, swapped beauty tips, our journeys, etc. She even took time to record a shoutout video for one of her biggest fans, my 13 year old niece!..lol.

VIP Access

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Photo credit: W.E.L.L Summit 2016 held in NYC.
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Photo credit: W.E.L.L. Summit. Panelist & Beauty Vlogger Alba Ramos (@SunkissAlba) seated with Brandie Gilliam (@ThoughtfullyMagazine) and more during W.E.L.L. Summit’s Clean Beauty Panel discussion in NYC.
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Photo credit: NYC W.E.L.L. Summit 2016 attendees networking, enjoying laughs, great vibes.

W.E.L.L. Summit provides attendees with intimate access leading wellness professionals through small breakout sessions as well. You can take this opportunity to ask all the questions you want! The sessions range from clean beauty, nutrition, fitness, self-care to career. I attended an intimate breakout session with Alba Ramos (@SunkissAlba) on “Clean DIY Beauty Tips”. The 2nd breakout session I attended was with Dr. Gabby Pelicci on “How to Create Your Dream Career In Health & Wellness”. It was life changing! At the time, I was at a crossroad with my passion, job and dream career (hopefully that makes sense..lol). I participated in highly engaging and unique group activities that allowed me to gain a better understanding of myself and the direction I wanted to go with my wellness career. So many of us were networking and swapping business ideas which was so refreshing!

Swag on FLEEK!

Y’all, the swag bags that you receive from the W.E.L.L. Summit are GAME CHANGERS! Just make sure you get there early because they run out pretty quick. I had serious FOMO everyone else post their swag bag pics underneath #WELLSUMMIT16. Luckily, I was able to refuel in Recharge Lounge & score some goodies there! The pic is worth 1000 words.

I just realized that my love affair with Go Macro Protein Bars started here! I was introduced to so many healthy beauty & lifestyle brands (some not pictured). Food, beverage, perfume, makeup and even home items were up for grabs all at a discounted rate!

Living a clean and healthy lifestyle from hair to toe has been a passion of mine for years. It is the reason I created HealthyHairToToe.com. I left the W.E.L.L. Summit empowered and inspired to make more of an impact in my community both online and offline. If you’re looking to do the same, JOIN ME at New York City’s W.E.L.L. Summit on November 4th & 5thEarly bird tickets are on sale now so you should get them now before prices go up on April 28th!

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Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo Recap

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On October 23, 2015 bloggers from all over the country descended upon Dallas, Texas for the 1st Annual Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo.

Expo creator and host, Julian Addo, wanted to create an event that would highlight the rich culture of the natural hair community while bringing accessible and resourceful hair education to North Texas and the surrounding areas. Addo also wanted to create an environment in which industry leaders, brands and bloggers could network and build long lasting relationships.

Black Excellence Dinner

1st on the to do list was Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo’s “Black Excellence Dinner”.  The industry’s first premier black tie-gala was hosted by beauty and natural hair blogger @ShineStruck as well as recording artist @_ChrisClassic. I was alongside my fellow bloggers and several industry experts for the evening. Expo creator & host Julian honored creatives of the natural hair community while providing a platform for fellow bloggers to meet natural hair community leaders and network at a high level.

My fellow bloggers and I at the Bella Kinks DFW NHE  Black Excellence Dinner.
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Black Excellence Dinner @NYLO Hotel in Las Colinas, Texas.

 

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Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo Creator Julian Addo.
Beauty Blogger @ShineStruck & I at the Black Excellence Dinner.
Myself alongside CURLS Educator Janelle Sands & CURLS CEO & Founder Mahisha Dellinger.
My fellow bloggers turned Curlfriends: Left to Right – @Naturalista86, @EugeniaSays & @TexturedTalk.

 

PhotoBooth fun at the Black Excellence Dinner.

Headed to the Grapevine

The following morning we all attended the 1st day of the Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo at the Grapevine Convention Center. A wide variety of brands and vendors were on hand to educate attendees about healthy hair care, beauty and confidence.

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My niece Jenae and I at the Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo.

 

CurlBox CEO & Founder Myleik Teele and I at the Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo.

I really enjoyed attending Curlbox CEO and founder Myleik Teele’s “My Taught You” workshop. Myleik spilled the tea about everything from her humble beginnings to business, love, natural hair & how she has been able to defy the odds and create a multi-million dollar empire from pennies in her pocket. I literally gasped when I introduced myself and Myleik responded, “I know you from Instagram. I’ve seen you online”.

Another amazing workshop that took place was a step by step tutorial on “How to Achieve the Perfect Perm Rod Set” held by Physician Assistant and Natural Hair Blogger Lianne aka @Chronicurls.

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“The Perfect Perm Rod” Workshop by @Chronicurls
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Lianne aka @Chronicurls demonstrating to attendees how to achieve the perfect perm rod set.

Ultimate Bloggers Lounge

Later that evening, The Ultimate Bloggers Lounge was held at the NYLO Hotel in Las Colinas, Texas. This event was held as a means to allow the blogger community to mingle and get to know each other in a much more laid back and intimate atmosphere. The Ultimate Bloggers Lounge was sponsored by CURLS. Additional sponsors included Mop Top Hair, Hip Fits, Carol Daughter, Creme of Nature and Ugly Betty Boy Crush.

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Ultime Bloggers Lounge Host & Blogger Helicia aka @IKnowLee.
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Ultimate Bloggers Lounge Sponsor CURLS. Additional sponsors included Mop Top Hair, Hip Fits, Carol Daughter, Creme of Nature and Ugly Betty Boy Crush.
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Naturalista staples: CURLS Blueberry Bliss Control Paste and Twist & Shout Cream.
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Ultimate Bloggers Lounge @NYLO Hotel in Las Colinas, TX.
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Bloggers galore!
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UBL Host @IKnowLee taking a “Us-sie” with fellow bloggers @ShineStruck & @TheNotoriousKia.

 Vendor Spotlight

I was very impressed with the amount of vendors that were present during the Expo! There were various clothing, accessories and natural hair vendors. It was refreshing to see brands I haven’t come across yet.

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Just My Style Fashion Boutique.
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Shades of Color “Loc Soc”.
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Shades of Color “Loc Soc”.
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Curly Chicks Natural Hair Apparel.
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Tre Luxe Hair Care.
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Tre Luxe Hair Care.
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Celebrity Hair Stylist Felicia Leatherwood performing an installation demo of Curlkalon Hair Collection.
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Celebrity Hair Stylist Felicia Leatherwood performing an installation demo of Curlkalon Hair Collection.

Final Thoughts

North Texas was hit by very heavy and dangerous rain storms as well as the reminants of Hurricane Patricia during the weekend of the Expo. This significantly hindered many flights and travels for numerous bloggers. Depsite the circumstances we still came together for what became an unforgettable experience. Not only were we able to network with numerous brands but we were able to meet and interact with one another face to face. Many of us traveled from out of state & probably would’ve never met if it weren’t for this Expo. The bonds and friendships that were created with these amazing women that weekend is something I will always hold near and dear to my heart. Special thanks to Expo creator Julian Addo for hosting such an amazing and uplifting experience. I can’t wait to see what the Bella Kinks DFW NHE will bring to the table in 2016.

Click below to watch a video recap of more photos, hair demos and interviews!

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