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Wellness finds to live better, not perfectly

I’m so stoked to have a guest on the newsletter this week. Leslie Price is the co-founder of Gloria, a weekly newsletter for and by women who aren’t “young” but also aren’t “geriatric,” featuring expert interviews, fashion and shopping stories, curated recommendations, and more.

Leslie has more than 18 years of experience in the women’s lifestyle space. She started shopping website Racked (which was later acquired by Vox Media) with the goal of democratizing access to the fashion industries. She was also one of the first bloggers at New York Fashion Week shows. On top of that, she’s served as the web editor of Lucky Magazine and digital director of InStyle Magazine.

In other words, you can trust her to make educated and approachable recommendations, which we value a lot over here. So we asked her to put together a list of some of her health and wellness favorites for us! It’s not all shoppable links, either. Some of these are simply cool, free culture and follow recs. These are all things she has used and loved (no spendy aspirational links here). And nothing is prohibitively expensive, either. If something does creep into the three-digit price point, it’s a tried and true long-term investment.

Find out what Leslie’s latest favorites are in today’s First Sightings, below.

Melanie, editor at Nessie Sightings

Leslie’s First Sightings 👀

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Zara’s thin cotton tees have become my go-to for workouts. They’re affordable ($10.90!), the perfect weight (not tissue-thin, not too thick), and fit so nicely. I have both the basic crewneck tee and the V-neck tee. They’re great for layering under sweaters, too

Since cutting back on coffee, I’ve become a real all-day tea drinker. But when I’m craving a coffee-like hot beverage I turn to Rasa’s cacao, which you brew like loose-leaf in a French press. The company touts a lot of benefits thanks to its mix of adaptogens, but I drink it for the flavor. Unlike other coffee alternatives I’ve tried, this one actually tastes good

I can’t stand meditating, which is definitely a sign that I desperately need to do more of it. It’s just so hard. This book is helpful in developing the practice, and offers low-key activities for each season

I’m constantly surprised by how many compliments I get in these Nike Crater Impact sneakers in pink (maybe because the color is such a surprise in a sneaker?). I wear them when I do HIIT, and they’re very comfortable

One of the very few silver linings of the pandemic is that my very favorite New York yoga studio, Kula, finally began offering online classes. Kula describes its unique approach as a combo of the “breath based flow of Ashtanga and the precision of Iyengar,” but I’d describe it as interesting, intellectual, and always better than what I’d expect out of a yoga class. It’s not the same as being in-studio, but now I can do it wherever and whenever I want

My new morning routine starts with a long walk. I usually listen to a podcast or two to pass the time, and one of my new favorites is the extremely well-produced All There Is with Anderson Cooper. It’s all about grief, which sounds like a downer, but he’s so good at what he does that it’s just really peaceful to listen to. My favorite episode thus far is his conversation with Stephen Colbert

I’m lactose intolerant, which means I’m always searching for great dairy-free alternatives. This coconut yogurt by Coconut Cult has been my go-to for a few months now. It’s expensive, so I use it sparingly, either to dollop on top of smoothies or as the base of a parfait. It’s thick, just tangy enough, and extremely delicious

Honey Hi, a tiny cafe on the east side of Los Angeles, is one of my favorite places to eat, period. I don’t live in LA anymore, but I use their Instagram account as meal inspo. The smoothies are also top-tier; I make the “marriage milkshake” often when I need a little afternoon pick-me-up

You’ve got mail 💌

I wanted to share a few of my favorite newsletters right now. Some are wellness or wellness-adjacent newsletters. Others simply bring me some joy or teach me something new that betters my life and the way in which I navigate the world. I hope you find something you like, too.

Eat Voraciously by G. Daniela Galarza, She’s a Beast by Casey Johnston, The Wild by Casey Schreiner, After School by Casey Lewis, Fitt Insider by Anthony Vennare, A Thing or Two by Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, How To Cure A Ghost by Fariha Róisín, Humans Being by Jordan Calhoun, and Some Things by Ngaio Parr. (And of course Gloria!)

At Nessie Sightings, we’re always interested in learning more about what you’re loving in your inbox. What are some of your favorites?

-Melanie

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Caregivers are the pillars of a healthy, functioning society. And we define a caregiver as anyone dedicating service to our most vulnerable populations. You might be a nurse, or take care of a sick family member, or volunteer at an animal shelter. (To name a few!)

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