The Evolve Mag Magazine, August 2020

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CONTENTS August’20


Malta Beefbar, the first of its kind, designed by Humbert & Poyet


How to Create an Inspirational Home Office


Global Kitchen Concepts | kathy ireland


Millie Bobby Brown Co-Designs New Pandora Me Jewelry



26 Blenders Eyewear brings the popular-style blue light glasses into the office 28 Aritzia to Launch The Super Puff Pop-Ups at Iconic Locations in New York and Los Angeles 30 Colorsmith Launches With Custom At-Home Hair Color For Men 32

Understanding Sleep | Treatment of Sleep Disorders

36 How Parents can use Storytelling as a Superpower


38 Who We Are in a Crisis Matters 42 Identify Your Values for A Purposeful Life


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Gokce Gizer


Innosance LLC




Gokce Gizer Kate Celenk Liz Galloway Libby Pecheu


Drew Colins Jeremy Thomas Sam Kolder Simon Clayton Retha Ferguson Andrea Piacquadio Angelo Pantazis Luizclas Francesco Tonelli Kinga Cichewicz Bekir Donmez Hue12 Photography

Cover, August 2020 Photo Credit: Pandora


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he New Normal. The phrase we keep hearing recently has become a core part of our lives and has eventually become our lives. While some of us went back to our places of work, the New Normal caused some others to stay put and work from home. I’m part of the latter group, and I’m doing my best to get used to it just like you. When I’m done with work and housekeeping, I find myself asking “What is next? Now what?”. I’m fortunate to find that the answer has been related to discovering myself and invest in myself. This may be a perfect time to do something I’ve been dreaming of doing, attend an online course to learn a new skill, download and play around with a fun and useful app, create a workout schedule, find new ways to improve my health. In short, my life during the New Normal turned out to be a more effective and efficient one, and I feel lucky that now, I can do more in 24 hours. From design to self-care at home, we covered very useful topics in this issue for our readers going through these challenging times. To celebrate the contributions of our authors, I’d love for you to join me as I refer to them as “Evolvers” going forward,

for sharing their wisdom, insights, and resources to help us all evolve. Based on the feedback we have been receiving from you, we are blissful to know that their content has helped many people evolve into the future, the New Normal, into new versions of themselves as they elevate their lifestyles. You will find many useful hints in the Well-Being section for self-discovery and development. As part of her “7 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success” series, Gokce Gizer offers an exercise to help you discover your values and priorities that you may not be clear, explicit, and intentional about. We covered the glasses of Blenders Eyewear in the Design section and I have personally tried these glasses in the last 3 weeks, and I have to admit that they have just become the perfect remedy for my eyes which are exposed to blue light all the time. Last but not least, we were excited to find out about Pandora’s new co-designer, Millie Bobby Brown, and feature the story with her as our cover guest. Selecting the pieces that remind her of memories, she had us think about how valuable to carry our memories and goals together. Hope you’ll enjoy reading this issue!

Kate Celenk Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

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CONTENTS August’20


Amanjanu | A New Hotel Brand Focused on Rekindling the Soul


The Mark Hotel Ranked Number 1


Wynn Resorts Named Best Hotel In Las Vegas


Enjoy Complimentary Daily Benefits and a Sixth Night Free at The Breakers Palm Beach


TOR Napa Valley Announces Four New Private Tasting Experiences for Summer and Harvest

60 ACME Fine Wines’ Private Tastings for Summer and Fall 62

A sip of the Season Savor Summer’s Real-Fruit beverages


Is the tide ebbing on removing single-use plastics?

68 WellsCare Offers Effective Pain Management

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Photo by Bekir Donmez

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Following their celebrated designs for Beefbar locations around the world including Paris, Hong Kong, Monaco, Dubai, and Mykonos - Humbert & Poyet’s newest design is Beefbar on the Beach in St Paul’s Bay, Malta. As the first beach club concept for the Beefbar brand, Humbert & Poyet drew inspiration from the sea, the island’s natural stone, and local craftsmanship, in order to create a space that echoes the essence of Malta. Humbert & Poyet chose a warm color spectrum with an emphasis on soft earthy tones. Occasional pops of bright canary yellow, tangerine orange, emerald green, and touches of black bring the space to life. An abundance of natural and raw materials - rattan, ceramic, plaster, and concrete - are used to decorate the interior. For the furniture, Humbert & Poyet opted for fine-textured fabric, with playful stripes and patterns. The space was created to be expansive and open, highlighting the sea line and the cascading rocks. Lush decorative vegetation is prominent throughout this project: the entrance, the lounge, the restaurant, the terrace, and the pool.

Almost all the elements of Beefbar on the Beach have been conceptualized just for this space, placing an emphasis on the craftsmanship. The emerald green ceramic tile tables situated in the restaurant are paired with custom benches and cord chairs. The benches are wooden with rattan and crimson-colored fabric. The space extends to an outside terrace with a pergola, from which handmade ceramic suspensions in terracotta are strung.

the quality of the restaurant, the lounge, and the natural environment of Malta. As the first Beefbar on the Beach concept, Humbert & Poyet has created a space that is inviting, elegant, and festive. Guests can dine, lounge, swim, and enjoy live music during the day and throughout the night.

The lounge space is designed to create a feeling of home, with large sofas, bespoke tiled tables, and ceiling fans, as well as ceramic and paper maché suspensions. Special attention is given to hand-made ceramics that decorate large library shelves behind the lounge bar. The lounge bar itself is striking in its design, adorned with a black and white tiled pattern. The pool overlooks the sea, lined with gazebos and sunbeds in yellow and navy-blue stripes. The result is both a vibrant and refined design that reflects

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How to Create an

Inspirational Home Office DESIGN.

With the trend for working from home looking set to stay, creating a comfortable home office space has become a priority on a global scale. Formica’s Design Manager, Nina Bailey is working from home veteran and we asked her what her top tips were for creating a motivational and inspirational space to work from, and here’s what she had to say.

1. Change Things Up

Rearrange the furniture in your spare room or living area to create a new home office environment. Changing the room around can give you a fresh outlook, perhaps even putting your desk closer to the window so that you can look up to see nature and the outside world.

2. Go Green

Gather your houseplants and arrange them close to you, always keeping greenery nearby. The scent and visual impact of nature really supports our wellbeing and can help us to focus our minds in these distracting times.

3. Let It Burn

Have a burning candle close, the smell of its aroma and the natural burning flame is calming and helps relieve stress.

4. Shine In

Natural light is key, as a designer, I am always working with samples and colors, so for me, the perfect natural light is neutral North facing. If you are a designer too I would recommend this type of light. If you don’t have access to that, then any natural light is always better than artificial.

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5. Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Your surroundings are important when you are working from home. There is nothing worse than being crowded by clutter and laundry, so even if there is mess around you and you don’t have time to deal with it, put it out of sight of your working space so as not to distract you and take over space.

6. Make Your Mark

Add your own touch, as one of the best things about working from home, is that you have all of your favorite items and belongings with you at all times. Why not use your teapot and special cup for drinking tea? Surround yourself with items that inspire you and maybe even rehang some pictures to make sure that your favorite is in view.

7. Power of Colour

Colour can have a huge impact on our work. Blue objects around you can help to keep you calm and focussed, while yellows can help boost creativity, perhaps you could even pop into the garden and pick yourself some daffodils to keep your creativity flowing. Whilst you’re working from home the Formica’s team is always on hand to help and their website offers a range of online resources such as the ability to download decor swatches for mood boards, brochures, technical documents, and more! Discover a wide range of colors, woods, patterns, and trueto-scale designs available in a variety of finishes, grades, and thicknesses in the comfort of your own home at

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Photos Courtesy Global Kitchen Concepts | kathy ireland®


Global Kitchen Concepts | kathy ireland, the largest independent seller of European kitchens in the country with sixteen showrooms nationwide and growing, has launched a new line of exclusive kitchenware and decor -- Kitchen Hacks. The announcement was made by Mayan Metzler, Chairman and CEO of GKC | kathy ireland.

“We are absolutely thrilled to expand the GKC | kathy ireland brand,” says Mr. Metzler. “Kitchen Hacks was designed to truly change the aesthetic and functionality of kitchen space simply by using various ‘hacks.’ By making simple changes, such as switching out the hardware on cabinets or adding a backsplash rack, customers can efficiently and effectively transform the entire look and feel of their kitchen,” adds Mr. Metzler, who is celebrated by Kitchen & Bath Design News as one of the country’s leading innovators in his field.

Kitchen Hacks by GKC | kathy ireland, offers consumers the best the kitchen world has to offer. Made by some of the world’s leading manufacturers, this new line gives customers the most up to date, finely crafted hardware, accessories, décor, and technology for kitchens, at affordable prices.

“Finding solutions for families and businesses is kiWW’s mission statement since the beginning, and we are delighted to bring the GKC | kathy ireland Kitchen Hacks to people’s homes,” says

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Ms. Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland Worldwide, a recipient of multiple awards including several Good Housekeeping Seals. “Great kitchens must not only look great, but they also need to be as functional as possible. With Kitchen Hacks accessories, it is possible to enhance your existing kitchen with the latest and greatest gadgets -- at affordable prices.” Kitchen Hacks includes a Kathy’s Essentials collection -- a personally selected line of accessories, décor and interior accents curated by the fashion icon, who is also listed as the 26th most powerful brand in the world by License Global magazine. In 2019, kiWW partnered with GKC

to establish sixteen branded designer kitchen showrooms throughout the United States. Chef Andre Carthen, kiWW Brand Ambassador, known as The Fit Chef, will develop the products in the program with Mr. Metzler, Ms. Michala Metzler, Ms. Ireland and Jon Carrasco, EVP and Global Creative Director for kathy ireland Worldwide. Stephen Roseberry, President and CMO for kathy ireland® Worldwide guides marketing for GKC | kathy ireland and will address the same responsibilities for Kitchen Hacks. The new Kitchen Hacks collection includes over two hundred must-have kitchen items, such as storage containers, drawer dividers, utility shelves, cabinet handles, décor and furniture, all uniquely designed to turn any ordinary kitchen into a high-end, functional space. The wide-range of designs in this collection are made to fit every décor style, while elevating any kitchen in a unique way. The collection also includes “hacks” such as backsplash racks; finely crafted plate holders; cookware designed by some of Europe’s finest artisans, including glass pots, silicone pot covers and removable pot handles; compartmentalized trash bins for easy recycling; cutlery, cutlery racks and cutting boards for the home chef and much more. All products in the Kitchen Hacks collection are uniquely designed to not only transform the aesthetic of a kitchen, but also for optimizing space. Kitchen Hacks is currently available at

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Photos Courtesy of Pandora

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Millie Bobby Brown CO-DESIGNS NEW PANDORA ME JEWELRY Brown collaborated with Pandora’s designers and creative directors to codesign four dangle charms and an earring sold as a single stud as part of the range of new Pandora Me jewelry, inspired by Brown’s vision of summer. A starfish, pineapple, flamingo, ocean wave, and sea turtle are the symbols Brown chose to bring to life in her co-creations. Brown said she loved the process of co-creating the bold and colorful charms for the Pandora Me 2020 range. “All of the symbols I chose are my absolute favorite parts of summer and each charm holds a fun memory or meaning to me.” Millie Bobby Brown’s co-created charms and earrings are limited edition and only available for six months, from July 2 until December 2020. “To be a Pandora Me ambassador means the world,” Brown said. “From a very young age, I’ve always been a very big fan of Pandora, so it’s a dream come true to continue to work with a brand that’s all about self-expression through style.” Pandora designers and VP Creative Directors Francesco Terzo and A. Filippo Ficarelli worked closely with Brown to transform a mood board of her summer vision to the Pandora Me jewelry collection.

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“Millie Bobby Brown has great energy; she is very spontaneous and has a clear point of view. She is a passionate young woman who loves to tell stories and has no fear of self-discovery. She perfectly represents all that Pandora Me is about.” Each Pandora Me charm, hand-finished in sterling silver with colorful cubic zirconia, can be added to Pandora Me bracelets, safety pin brooch, and a new Pandora Me necklace. Earrings in this collection are sold as single studs, allowing for dynamic styling and selfexpression. For more information, please visit #PandoraMe #PandoraXMillieBobbyBrown Local prices from $10-$175 USD | $15-$195 CAD.

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n an ever-changing world, Hublot stays true to its philosophy of being first, unique, different: unveiling a new Big Bang, christened Millennial Pink, designed in collaboration with Garage Italia and Lapo Elkann. A new approach to timekeeping, one which looks to the future, setting trends. More than a watch, it is a state of mind. Gender Neutral.

For some, it is powder pink or pastel; for others, a subtle blend of beige and salmon, apricot and grapefruit. Intriguing and undefinable, Millennial Pink takes its place today as a pink which is not in the exclusive realm of women, nor that of men, but truly a symbol of a completely new generation. This special hue marks a seismic shift which will change the status quo: established traditional values are being reconsidered through a lens of positivity. Pink – this pink – expresses a gentle, inclusive and confident approach to life. A fresh, young vision, full of substance, which redefines style. Its 42-mm case sets the tone: made from modern, lightweight aluminium, a unisex and monochrome material, anodised, satin-finished and through-tinted millennial pink. This technical feat has been made possible thanks to research undertaken by Hublot’s engineers. This highly specific colour is obtained by anodisation, a process which both protects and decorates a part, and which has the advantage of giving the case and its components the desired pastel shade combined with remarkable resistance to scratches and impacts. Its proportions ensure it sits perfectly on any wrist. Gender Neutral.

At Hublot, we are particularly proud of the Art of Fusion. But the list of things we cherish also includes the ability to innovate, to change, to be different, and, of course, our watchmaking expertise. This Big Bang Millennial Pink that we have created with Lapo Elkann from Garage Italia sits perfectly within this pioneering vision. Our expertise in materials technology has enabled us to create a unique colour for this watch, Millennial Pink, symbolic of the world available to us, in its constant state of flux. - Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of HUBLOT 23 T H E E V O LV E M A G A U G U S T 2 0 2 0


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The Unico chronograph manufacture movement, boasting a 72-hour power reserve, has a chronograph mechanism on the dial side and a column wheel. The highly versatile Big Bang Millennial Pink is supplied with two straps, easily interchangeable thanks to Hublot’s exclusive patented One Click system. Disruptive, creating new codes for traditional luxury, the Big Bang Millennial Pink produced in collaboration with Garage Italia will only be available in a very exclusive limited edition of 200 pieces.

At Garage Italia, we want to be part of a world where the character of every person is defined by their love of life and their inclusivity, rather than by their power or their superiority. More than simply a product, we want to create something which represents a positive change. - Lapo Elkann, FOUNDER & CREATIVE CHAIRMAN of GARAGE ITALIA 24 T H E E V O LV E M A G A U G U S T 2 0 2 0


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Photos Courtesy of Blenders Eyewear

Blenders Eyewear brings the popularstyle blue light glasses into the office

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lenders Eyewear today released its first line of blue light glasses, bringing fresh and fun styles inside to help people who are spending ever-longer days in front of a screen. In its initial foray into office style, “Blenders Blue Light” offers up two designs, each available in four colorways.

“There’s increased demand for fun office fashion that makes sense as we spend increasingly long hours in front of our screens - more now than ever. Bringing in Blenders for an extra measure of office safety at this moment falls right in line with our mission to live in forward motion and we’re stoked to open up more solutions for our customers,” said Blenders Eyewear CEO and Founder Chase Fisher. Blenders Blue Light styles are designed for fashionable office workers interested in an extra measure of protection for their eyes, or for anyone looking to minimize eye fatigue. Photos are available here. The L Series is a squared, lightweight frame and features Blenders signature bright colors with names including, “Social Cat,” “Data Daze,” “Smart Rebel,” and “Hustle Up.” The Coastal is a more rounded style with subtle splashes of color coming through on the arms in “Classy Attitude,” Money Meister,” “Project Whiskey,” and “Clearly Wild.” All styles are available for under $50. Blenders Eyewear was founded in 2012 by Chase Fisher in San Diego, Calif. Blenders produces a wide range of sunglasses and snow goggles. Driven by a companywide motto of “life in forward motion,” its products are predicated upon a bold aesthetic that emphasizes progressive colorways aimed at an active lifestyle. Now a talented team of spunky and spirited designers, photographers, and communicators, Blenders is one of America’s fastest-growing sunglasses brands. For more information, visit

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Aritzia to Launch The Super Puff Pop-Ups at Iconic Locations in New York and Los Angeles


ritzia, announces its best-selling puffer jacket, The Super Puff, is coming to prime locations in New York City and Los Angeles this fall through two exclusive pop-up boutiques centered around the brand’s highly successful Super Puff franchise.

In New York, The Super Puff pop-up will kick-off a long term lease of the former Dean & DeLuca space at Broadway and Prince in Soho. In Los Angeles, Aritzia will pop-up in the landmark building at Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard that was previously held by Fred Segal. Both boutiques will feature an aspirational retail environment and clean design aesthetic showcasing the full assortment of Super Puffs for both men and women. This marks the first time The Super Puff will be available in stand-alone shopping experience outside of Aritzia’s boutiques and online at

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The Super Puff is available in a range of lengths — from The Shorty to The Long — 66 colors and a variety of finishes. It is designed with maximalist proportions and engineered to deliver warmth to -30°C / -22°F.

Photos Courtesy of Colorsmith

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Colorsmith offers men a completely custom, personalized, and effortless at-home hair color experience with options for gray coverage on their terms. Colorsmith’s madeto-order men’s hair color is individually crafted by professional licensed colorists and is never premixed or premade. Every order comes with custom color, personalized, easy-to-follow instructions, coloring tools, and access to colorists who can help at every step. Colorsmith’s Gray Reduction Program is the first of its kind, designed for men who want to keep their salt and pepper look or gradually cover their grays over time. This new program helps men dodge questions like, “Did you do something different to your hair?” with natural-looking and subtle results over two to three applications.

“We’re thrilled to launch Colorsmith and help demystify the hair color process so that every man can color their hair with ease and confidence,” said Graham Jones, CEO, Colorsmith. “Every facet of Colorsmith was thoughtfully designed to give men a completely customized experience from start to finish.” In a study conducted by the brand, over 50% of men who color their hair do so every six weeks or less. 75% of men who dye their hair do so at home, either themselves or with help from a family member or friend. However, the study concluded that 57% of men are not completely satisfied with their current hair dye. Additionally, the majority of the candidates said that they were nervous their hair color would look unnatural. “Historically men have only had two options to color their hair: one-size-fits-all boxed hair dye from the drugstore or frequent visits to the salon. Colorsmith provides a solution to common hair color issues among men with a custom color that yields natural-looking results,” added Jones.

How does the service work? After creating a profile at, simply fill out a quick Color Quiz, which will help the brand’s colorists craft a unique shade. The individually dispensed formula and personalized instructions are then prepared, packed, and delivered discreetly to your door. Dedicated colorists are on-call to give advice and guidance throughout the entire process – from the online quiz to color application.

What’s included in the box? In addition to the custom color and developer, each Colorsmith order includes all the tools needed to apply color effortlessly, including personalized instructions, two pairs of non-latex gloves, an application brush or comb, shampoo, and conditioner packets, as well as stain guard and stain remover.

How much does Colorsmith cost? A single Colorsmith order costs $29.95. The brand’s Color Plan costs $23.95 per order and is autoshipped on a set schedule, with the option to skip or cancel at any time.

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Understanding Sleep Treatment of Sleep Disorders Special Interview with Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of dreamt

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I realized that as the number of hours I spent sleeping decreased the number of questions I had about sleeping increased. It would have been a rare occasion for me to get 5 hours of sleep, which in time turned into my regular routine. As I started the process of tracking my sleep through wearable technology and consuming teas and herbal supplements to help me sleep, I noticed that a lot of people had questions similar to mine. Exactly for that reason, I reached out to Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of dreamt, featured in our July issue, to ask all these questions for you I hope that Mitchell’s responses to these questions, based on her extensive knowledge and experience, captured so thoughtfully with such sincerity, will serve as your guides. In this interview, you’ll read about how dreamt plays a safe and critical role to achieve a sleeping routine, and what Mitchell emphasizes as the areas to pay attention in order to sustain a healthy sleeping routine. Enjoy!

How do we sleep? What's happening in our brains while we are sleeping? Wakefulness is promoted by various structures in our brain. These structures are known as arousal parts. Sleep is promoted mainly by one structure inside of the hypothalamus called ventrolateral preoptic (VLPO) nuclei. Close to bedtime, the VLPO sends messages to the brain's arousal parts and inhibits their activity. And vice versa when it’s time to wake up, the arousal structures inhibit the sleep-promoting part of the hypothalamus. The wake states are regulated by the neurotransmitters histamine, glutamate, acetylcholine, hypocretin, acetylcholine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. The sleep states are regulated by neurotransmitters gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and melatonin. Sleep in mammals comprises two distinct parts: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep. REM represents 20% to 25% of total sleep time and NREM sleep is usually 75% to 80% of sleep. REM sleep and deep sleep correlate with restful sleep. Non-REM sleep itself is divided into four stages: stage 1 is a transition from being awake, stage 2 is light sleep, and stages 3 and 4 are delta sleep also known as slow-wave sleep (SWS). Deep sleep represents from 25% of sleep in young adults to little or none in healthy older adults. The two phases of sleep (REM and NREM) repeat roughly every 90 minutes during the night. REM sleep episodes become longer, and deep sleep episodes shorter as the sleep period progresses.

Why is it so common to have a sleep problem? As you rightly mentioned, sleep problems are widespread and affect about a third of the general population. Around 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep loss, and this has been shown to naturally worsen with age. We can only guess that the prevalence of this has been on the rise since the beginning of COVID-19. Unfortunately, there is a cause and effect relationship at play here, with some of the symptoms of chronic sleep deprivation being a potential cause as well. Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with increased cortisol and decreased testosterone levels. A drop in testosterone negatively impacts the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and serotonin systems in the brain, which are linked to depression and anxiety. Increased serum cortisol levels are connected to depression, anxiety, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes type II.

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How can we improve our quality of sleep permanently?

low doses is the addition of other sleep-inducing and REM boosters like melatonin, valerian root extracts, terpenes, GABA, l-theanine, and licorice root.

There are a number of simple “sleep hygiene” techniques that can improve the quality of your rest.

Does dreamt or any other sleep products (teas, pills, etc.) make us addicted? For example, if we use it for a month and cut the treatment, can we still sleep without them?

• Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature • Stop screen time at least 30 minutes before bed and try to remove TVs, computers, smartphones, and other screens from the bedroom • Avoid large meals, caffeine, alcohol, and other stimulants before bedtime • Get some exercise during the day; this will promote restfulness at night

The root of addiction is the tolerance effect, which originates from the acquired insensitivity of the receptors. This means that a receptor (where a molecule binds and produces an effect) needs more of that drug to produce an effect. Some molecules lose their effect more quickly than others; therefore, they are considered “highly” addictive. The higher the tolerance, the harsher the withdrawal effect will be.

What are the differences between treatment methods? There are a number of widely used pharmaceutical drugs designed to increase our brains’ sleep-inducing molecules. However, a big problem with this method is the high tolerance produced by these drugs. This means that you need to ingest a gradually higher dose in order to achieve the desired effect. Another downside of this approach is that some molecules specifically increase one or two phases of the sleep cycle, but not the others. Alprazolam (Xanax) for example, decreases slow waves, increases fast waves, and directly reduces states 3 and 4 (deep sleep). It also reduces REM duration and REM frequency. Some of these drugs also produce unwanted side effects, with some zolpidem (better known as Ambien) users reporting unusual incidents or behavior.

Cannabinoids are not considered highly addictive. However, people can overuse them, creating an increase in tolerance. But if a person consistently uses low doses, they can prevent the tolerance effect. dreamt was designed to give the desired effect at the lowest dose possible to prevent any tolerance and withdrawal side effects. Additionally, none of the other ingredients in our formulations have shown any addictive effects according to the research.

What are the ingredients of dreamt? Our vape pen contains THC, CBD, melatonin, valerian root extract, cannabis terpenes, and terpenes from other plants.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), on the other hand, increases deep sleep but can reduce REM. Cannabinoids also have less probability of building tolerance, and the withdrawal from cannabinoids is not as harmful as with pharmaceuticals, particularly Xanax.

The dreamt tincture contains THC, CBD, melatonin, valerian root extract, cannabis terpenes, and terpenes from other plants, MCT oil, ethanol, natural flavors, green tea extract, and stevia extract.

How and when did you decide to unveil the dreamt?

How much dreamt should we use a month? What is its frequency?


We launched in December with our 45-night pen. Our first store was Atrium, a beautiful dispensary in Woodland Hills. They have a lot of older and medical consumers so the budtenders have to be very well informed about the products and fully understand the science behind them. It was the perfect store for us to launch with.

Depending on the administration method, we recommend the equivalent to 5 mg THC and 2 mg CBD for lowtolerance users, which will be about three inhalations on our vape or 2 ml of our tincture (we have a beverage and a gummy coming as well, by the way). What makes our products effective at

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Fast forward nine months and we’re in around 100 dispensaries throughout California. I have been to almost all of them to train the budtenders on the science behind our products, and cannabis in general. If customers are using cannabis to help them

Is there anything else you want to mention? There’s a lot of hype and misinformation in the cannabis industry, particularly as it relates to the products and the science behind them. Something we have encountered time and again is the claim that CBN is an effective cannabinoid for helping with sleep. The science doesn’t support the use of CBN as an effective sleep aid, but that hasn’t stopped companies making claims about the effectiveness of their CBN products, or the consumers inquiring about it. A mission of sorts for me and my company is to give cannabis consumers clear and honest information about the products that they are using. We are extremely proud of dreamt because the formula works, and the science supports that. As we introduce new brands aimed at pain management and anxiety we will take the same rigorous approach to ensure that our customers are completely confident with our products.



I was recently putting my daughters to bed with our ritual bedtime story. The written selection of the evening was Dr. Seuss’s You Are Kind, featuring the gentle and benevolent Horton the Elephant. My daughters are twins who just turned two years old, and regularly reading them stories has allowed me to see their curiosity and memory progress literally overnight.

our neighborhood in our New Jersey suburb. Before we are within earshot of neighbors and pedestrians, my daughters are shouting “hi!” and “hi doggy!” and “hey guys!” They address everyone as though they’re the most exciting person (or doggy) they’ve ever seen. When my husband and I first witnessed this, we laughed about it later and remarked at how social they seem to be. When I stopped to wonder what had shaped that behavior, I realized they had been watching their mom and dad say hi, stop to chat, wave, and smile at our neighbors since they were born. Without thinking about it, we have illustrated a story of connection and openness, albeit imperfectly, within our neighborhood such that our daughters have now inserted themselves into the story as active participants. Every element of their upbringing will continue to shape their behavior in this way.

There are countless studies supporting the importance of reading to our children to promote literacy and language, but what struck me as I read Dr. Seuss’s words of affirmation – “you are an amazing friend”, “you stand up for what’s right”, “you protect those who need it, no matter how small” – was the idea that storytelling in all forms can shape our children’s entire worldview. Beyond the colorful pages of our favorite children’s books, we are illustrating countless stories for our children every day – stories of our family, our neighbors, strangers, and friends. What are the affirmations in these stories?

When I consider the benefits of moving to a bigger house with a bigger yard on a quieter street, I have to consider what new narrative I’ll be inserting my children into through that choice and change. In evaluating what preschool to choose for them, I have to consider who will be teaching them from both a peer and instructor perspective. Will they be surrounded by children and teachers who look just like them? Or will they be in an environment where they are exposed to and celebrating differences in others? Will my choices for them align with and empower the stories I read to them every night? Or will the words from these books fade to white noise – an ignorable hum in the background – while my choices based on comfort (“this school is such a short drive from home!”), habit (“Let’s hang out with those neighbors, they seem similar to us”), or selfishness (“I hope the girls don’t say hi to the mail carrier right now, I’m not

What I realize more every day as a parent is that I am the most important storyteller in my children’s lives. I can read them the positive, uplifting, inclusive words of Dr. Seuss, The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein), Grace Byers (I Am Enough), and Maribeth Boelts (Those Shoes), but if the real-life stories I am illustrating and reinforcing do not match up with the ideals from their storybooks, my daughters will quickly be the products of my influence, not of Horton the Friendly Elephant’s. What recently brought this realization to life for me was a simple family activity. Several times a week, weather permitting, my husband, my daughters, my dog, and I take a walk through

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in the mood”) ultimately reveal to my children the story that I believe in? While I am all too aware of the ugly realities that our children will one day realize and experience, inevitably tainting their once bright-eyed innocence, research tells us that their ability to process and manage those realities will be based on the foundation laid by their caregiver(s). It is not enough to simply tell our children to be kind, brave, and curious; we must consciously and consistently labor to model the way for them. We are living in a time when the stories of others have never been more accessible- stories that have the power to shape and influence all of us, but particularly our impressionable young children. Let us be storytellers who invite our children into a narrative so compelling, so engaging, and so hopeful that they become grownups who are amazing friends, who stand up for what’s right, and who protect those who need it, no matter how small. About the author - Libby Pecheur: Libby is an organizational development consultant focused on organizational culture, group facilitation, executive coaching, and leadership development. With a cross-disciplinary background rooted in psychology, team development, client engagement, organizational behavior, and social justice, Libby continues to pursue opportunities that challenge a status quo worldview in order to implement meaningful change in her life and the lives of others. Her passion for designing equitable, creative, and empowering organizations inspires her in all of the roles in her life, including her role as a wife and mother. Libby resides in Morristown, New Jersey with her husband, Tim, twin daughters, Willow and Everleigh, and their rescue dog, Dobby.

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WHO WE ARE IN A CRISIS MATTERS There’s No Better Time Than Now to Find Out Who That is

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don’t believe in self-limiting. I believe in writing and rewriting my story many times over. Defining ourselves by our past seems to be a current topic consistently weaved into the mosaic of our lives. But being characterized by a framework of our past successes or failures can create a rigidity to growth. Who we think we are isn’t exactly who we are. Personalities are consistently developing and are reshaped through age, lifestyle, information, circumstance, even the areas we live in. I’m not the same person I was at 20, and if I’m doing it right, I won’t be the same person at 50. Accepting a predetermined description of ourselves is a bit elementary. It means we are not doing the work to unearth alternative ways of seeing things, including ourselves. So, what does that have to do with who we are in a crisis? Personalities and our stories are not fixed. They are mutable, like circumstances and crises. It takes adaptability to get us through hard times, not being anchored in one thought. When a crisis hits, everything is stripped bare. But many times, it is when we find ourselves shining the brightest. Clarity ensues, trivialities recede, and our strongest values and vulnerabilities help show us how strong we are. While a global pandemic and economic catastrophe unfolds around the world, we’ve seen it bring out unexpected things in people, maybe even ourselves. Looking at this as an opportunity to find out who we are may be more valuable now than ever.

Vision, Priorities, and Goals - What’s the Difference?

We generally view crises as dangerous, destructive, or detracting from “normal” life. They come in many forms from colossal environmental disasters to war, riots, or a family disruption or death. No matter the size or effect, when we are immersed in crises, they seem insurmountable. What they all have in common is they shatter our vision, priorities, and goals, leaving us untethered. Small gestures can help us stay focused on meeting our goals and ourselves on the other side of a crisis. Vision is the high-level view of what you want to accomplish and priorities are the clear steps from low to high you must take to reach your goal. Even when we are hanging by a thread one small step towards a goal can determine a different outcome. Psychology has shown that tracking measurable steps towards a result provides emotional benefit, which in turn can illuminate our path out of the darkness. Take that 15-30 minutes to exercise to reach a larger goal or plan that proposal for a new position. Small, attainable, measurable.

Embrace the Unknown

A crisis can dismantle long-held norms, beliefs, and processes. The good news? That is the good news. Those crushing changes can reveal new ways of doing things. So, the next time you find yourself standing in front of a huge mountain that feels impossible to climb--whether it involves your job, partner or business - give yourself a chance to see things differently. If you’re reaching for the unknown, remember why you started on your journey in the first place and resist the urge to give in to your standby habits. Widen your view, let go of biases, re-learn what you thought you knew. The more you do it, the easier it gets, just like exercise. People who lead in a crisis are often unconventional. Looking outside of normal routes and processes, because after all, that’s what creative solutions are for. People who lead in crisis often step up because convention is holding others back. Who we become in a crisis is about admitting the gravity of the challenge and still being willing to go forward. Positive change can often come from the darkest waters and the unknown. Sometimes only after we fail are better solutions revealed. Those are the leaders we can learn from or become ourselves.

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hat the Experts Say

Circumstance doesn’t determine our future. Circumstances are fluid. They are not locked in our DNA, and hardships at any stage of our life can be overcome. When I say who we become in a crisis matters, it’s because leaders and our best traits can be forged in crisis. So don’t be afraid to let difficult times allow the best in you or your company to shine through. As Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear... is fear itself.” Observable resilience is a trait studied in people who have chosen to overcome disastrous circumstances. Several elements have been found to contribute to resiliency: • Good reasoning and problem-solving skills • Close bonds with supportive family members • Confidence in themselves and seeing their skills as valuable • A conviction that problems can be overcome by their actions • Being realistic about future expectations • Autonomy/Impulse control • Sociability/Empathy • Seizing opportunity All things most of us can relate to and can watch unfold or be ignored in the current global crisis. Philanthropist and founder Sherly Sandberg says, “To fight for change tomorrow, we must build resilience today.”

But Did You Die?

We’ve all heard it before. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. What really matters about that statement is whether you believe it or not. We need to live with our choices, our failures, our challenges, and ultimately our wins. Whatever your goal, small steps are the best way to get there. We can flex our resiliency muscles through conscious commitment and action. When I felt at my worst, resigning from a job I’d worked years for due to family trauma, leaving a marriage, moving countries, and walking away from some of the closest people in my life who exhibited some of the most dysfunctional behavior, I had to embrace the unknown and find my path through the darkness like so many others. The feeling and purpose we get from accomplishing something we once thought was unattainable is a rarely replicated feeling. A mix of emotions. Ingenuity. Hope. A new way of life. Dare I say, forged from a crisis. Crises are not prerequisites for change, but they do have a way of designing an arch of growth that is measurable inside and out. Many of us have seen it. Many of us cannot deny it. Many of us have been forged by it and we are open to the future. Our lives are in constant pursuit of something. Don’t we want to see who we can be in the worst of times to bring out the best of us?

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Identify Your Values for

A Purposeful Life

Written by Gokce Gizer, Coach & Consultant

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our values not only define who you are but also serve as guideposts for you to make decisions with clarity and conviction toward a more purposeful life. Take a look at the major decisions in your life and you’ll pick up on themes of the driving forces that influenced those decisions. You may even notice that the more these forces align with what you “value”, the happier you are with the outcome and feel more at peace. When we reflect on our values, we can better understand and express what guides us, our actions, behaviors, and decisions. On our journey toward success, I’m delighted to share a little personal story and an exercise to help you identify and better understand your values.

I found myself struggling with an internal conflict between who I aspired to be and the version of myself trying to make it in New York - feeling rushed and overwhelmed, disconnected from my inner voice as I was getting distracted by all the amazing opportunities that came my way, and most importantly feeling that I was missing out on the important little moments being so far away from family and friends. As much as I loved my life in New York, it was a challenging environment for me because living there came at the expense of some of my core values. A simple exercise enabled me to explicitly identify these core values, so I could intentionally align my life and find a place that would be a better environment for me to live by them. I couldn’t feel more at peace and pleased with my decision to move to London - a dynamic professional ecosystem, the exciting challenge of being in a new city, the proximity to both New York and Istanbul, and the fact that I already had a small network of close friends here made it the perfect place for me to live by my values and be set up for a successful, fulfilling life.

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It had been a little over 7 years since I had moved to New York when this deep sense of restlessness crept up on me. When I reflected on that unsettling feeling, I realized that it was because living in New York no longer aligned with my core values. I had moved from Istanbul, leaving my family, friends, and my home behind to grow personally and professionally, to test my capabilities as an independent individual in one of the toughest cities in the world. I wanted to prove to myself that I had the knowledge, the skills, and the perseverance to create a new life, a network,

and a career here. The values that guided me in my late 20s were apparently related to self-development, challenge, and perseverance; slowly overshadowing my other values: kindness, connection, and positive impact.

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Try this simple (yet challenging) exercise to identify and be more explicit about your core values to lead a life with a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment.

1. Make a List Start by making a list of the ten or fifteen values that are most important to you. Think about your life, your personality, and what matters to you. If you feel stuck you can get inspiration from this list of common values: Achievement Family
















Independence Peace

Try this simple exercise to identify and be more explicit about your core values to lead a life with a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment.


2. Select Your Core Values From your list, identify the five that are the most important to you. This is the challenging part of the exercise because I know that all of the items on your first list are values you want to live by. In reality, when we have to make a decision or take action, some of these have to matter more to us than the others. So, what are the top 2-5 values that matter to you the most? Write them down!

3. Live by Your Values Now, think about the behaviors that support these values and the behaviors that get in the way of you fully living in your value. For each value, remember a time, an instance when you were fully living in that value, and reflect on the feelings and behaviors you displayed. Going forward, pay attention to these behaviors.

4. Share!

By identifying and defining your values, you become more intentional about living by them and having a deeper understanding of what influences your decisions. You’ll soon start to feel that this type of clarity and conviction allows you to lead a life with a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment. This article is part of the “7 Ways to Set Yourself Up For Success” series written by Gokce Gizer. Check out past issues of The Evolve Mag for the previous pieces.

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I encourage you to discuss this exercise and your values with your family, friends, and your colleagues so you could understand each other better and connect on a deeper level.

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amanjanu A NEW HOTEL BRAND FOCUSED ON REKINDLING THE SOUL For more than 30 years Aman’s constellation has stretched from the shores of Phuket to the mountains of Bhutan, and will soon reach the avenues of New York. Wholly committed to the experience of its devoted guests, whom it places at the heart of its brand, Aman continues to offer its coveted lifestyle in epic sanctuaries which offer sublime privacy, unparalleled service, and relaxed elegance. Building on this legacy, and following two years of research and development, the introduction of a new brand offers – like Aman before it – a pioneering new direction in hospitality. Welcome to Janu, the sister brand of Aman – a hotel brand that will deliver harmony through the dynamic balance of opposites. While Aman is synonymous with its Sanskrit translation, ‘peace’, Janu stands for ‘soul’; Aman is a sanctuary, whereas Janu is connectedness; Aman offers refined respite, whereas Janu offers an energetic vibe for those seeking greater purpose with inner contentment. Janu shares its DNA with its legendary elder sister but Janu strikes out on a complementary path where genuine human interaction, playful expression, and social wellness are at the core of the experience. Janu will create environments that nurture a purposeful connection to bring balance to the head and heart and allow creative expression. Finding balance in the frenetic pace of modern life is a challenge faced by us all. That constant striving to chase time, the juggle of daily chores, and the quest for optimum health in mind and body, meaning that the art of relaxation has been neglected. Night and day. Work and play. Yin and yang – there is a duality in all of life, and nowhere is this better expressed than through the philosophy of Janu, where the aim is to rekindle the soul by delivering harmony through the dynamic balance of opposites.

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Aman’s Chairman and CEO Vladislav Doronin said: “The overlap between Aman and its sibling is mutually beneficial; together they offer a total solution for the fluctuating needs and desires of today’s global travel cognoscenti. We saw a white space in the market, and we want to push the hotel industry into a new sphere. What with today’s modern fast-paced society, which has seen human connection and communication redefined by the digital world, we wanted to create a new hotel brand with a soul and with the aim of kick-starting human interaction again.” Janu launches with three forthcoming hotels that are already under construction: Montenegro (2022), Al Ula in Saudi Arabia (2022), and Tokyo (2022), as well as a robust pipeline of future hotels. Janu Montenegro will be the first hotel to incorporate the brands serviced residence concept, enabling guests to fully embrace the Janu lifestyle.

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The Mark Hotel

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Ranked "#1 City Hotel in the US" and "#1 Hotel in New York City" in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2020

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he iconic Mark Hotel, which reopened its doors on June 15th and is located in one of Manhattan’s most elegant and discreet neighborhoods in the heart of the Upper East Side, has been voted “#1 City Hotel in the Continental United States” and “#1 Hotel in New York City” in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for 2020. These prestigious rankings follow a long list of awards and accolades The Mark has received since its reopening 10 years ago after the property was reimagined by a team led by Izak Senbahar, quickly becoming the hotel of choice for a clientele of global power brokers after a bold renovation by designer Jacques Grange. “We are doubly honored to receive two major awards, namely Best Hotel in New York and Best City Hotel in the US – by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards of 2020. The Mark is the product of the continuous effort of many creative people and daily hard work of our professional, dedicated and most caring staff,” said Izak Senbahar, adding, “A special thanks goes to Jacques Grange and a large team of artists and artisans, curated by Pierre Passebon, who helped us design and create this timeless, iconic hotel. Our management team, creative team, staff, and collaborators, including Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, beauty entrepreneur Frédéric Fekkai, and master perfumer Frédéric Malle, are the very reason for our success.”

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ynn Las Vegas has been ranked the No. 1 hotel in Las Vegas on the Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards list honoring the top hotels, travel destinations, and companies worldwide, as rated by its readers. This year marks the first time that Las Vegas has received its own city-specific list in the Award’s 25-year history.


“We are honored that the discerning readers of Travel + Leisure consider Wynn Las Vegas to be the best hotel in Las Vegas,” said Marilyn Spiegel, President of Wynn Las Vegas. “To have the public recognize our commitment to providing unforgettable experiences, and to top the Las Vegas city list in its inaugural year, is very meaningful.” The 2020 World’s Best Awards were determined by votes from hundreds of thousands of Travel + Leisure readers, compiled through an extensive annual survey considered the be one of the most respected reader polls in the hospitality industry. Readers defined excellence in the “Hotels” category by evaluating criteria including rooms and facilities, location, service, food, and value. In celebration, guests are invited to experience Wynn Las Vegas with an exclusive vacation package that includes a two-night stay, $150 dining credit, $50 beverage credit, and a leisurely late checkout. As the world’s largest five-star resort, Wynn offers a full Las Vegas experience with everything conveniently and safely available under one roof allowing for the perfect getaway, including: • Two 24-hour casinos with a variety of table games and slots as well as the Race & Sports Book • Full portfolio of fine-dining restaurants, lounges, and casual eateries • Expansive resort pools with private cabanas • Wynn’s 18-hole championship golf course • Nightly entertainment at the Lake of Dreams • Three retail esplanades • Full-service beauty salons, barber shop, spa treatments, and fitness centers For the full list of World’s Best Awards honorees please visit To reserve a vacation package please visit

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ecognized as one of America’s most iconic resorts, The Breakers is an Italian Renaissancestyle hotel situated on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach, Florida.

atop of the resort. The property offers ten restaurants ranging from casual beachfront to stylishly sophisticated and a world-class private beach club with four pools, five whirlpool spas, 25 poolside bungalows and a variety of on-site watersports. Additional amenities include two championship golf courses, 10 HarTru tennis courts, a Forbes Five-Star spa, an indoor-outdoor oceanfront

The Breakers features 538 guest rooms and suites, including the ultra-luxury Flagler Club, a boutique hotel nestled

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fitness center, 12 signature onsite boutiques, and a Family Entertainment Center with an extensive program of activities for children. Along with being recognized as a AAA Five Diamond property, The Breakers has earned numerous accolades for its social impact on the environment, the community and team member well-being.

Summer Never Ends at The Breakers Palm Beach This legendary, oceanfront resort offers the season’s best investment with Complimentary Daily Benefits. Available now through September 30, 2020, rates start at $365 per room, per night, and feature an array of amenities including: • Signature breakfast for all guests • Meals for children ages 12 and under • Unlimited access to Ocean Fitness center, select fitness classes and tennis court times • High-speed WiFi throughout the property • Access to exclusive amenities: private beach, four oceanfront pools, two championship golf courses, a FiveStar spa, ten restaurants, 12 onsite boutiques, family programs and a selection of recreational activities • No resort fee Complimentary Daily Benefits may be combined with Sixth Night Free, which consists of a complimentary sixth night, when staying six consecutive nights, available through December 17, 2020. For reservations or more information, visit

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TOR Napa Valley looks forward to welcoming guests back to the Napa Valley with a variety of new private experiences and tastings for summer and harvest. All tastings and experiences will be exclusively private and by-appointment-

only, allowing guests the chance to visit some of Napa’s Grand Cru vineyards, walk amongst the vines, and experience TOR’s famed wines—following the CDC’s extensive health and safety precautions and measures.

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WHAT’S NEW FOR SUMMER AND HARVEST 2020 The Pritchard Hill Hike & Flight ($200 per person) Greg Melanson’s Pritchard Hill vineyard is prime real estate for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Perched approximately 1500 feet above the valley floowr. The vineyard shares august neighbors: across from Colgin and adjacent to Continuum and OVID. After either a heart-pumping vineyard walk or a leisurely stroll, enjoy a tasting of TOR’s Grand Dames Chardonnays, followed by three vintages of TOR’s spectacular Melanson Cabernets paired with small bites.

The Black Magic Experience ($750 per person) Only a select few can ever experience Napa Valley like this. The TOR Black Magic Experience is available on a very limited basis by-appointment-only. Limited to a tiny handful of guests, this is a true behind the curtains peek into the life of a vintner at the top of their game, and what goes into making 100-point wines at TOR. David Grega, TOR’s Associate Winemaker, will be the host for an exclusive tour of the haloed soils of the legendary Beckstoffer Dr. Crane. Beckstoffer To Kalon and Vine Hill Ranch. Guests will then have the rare opportunity to taste barrel samples considered for TOR’s next Black and Pure Magic wines, prior to relaxing over a delicious three-course lunch nestled in gardens beneath Vine Hill Ranch. With lunch, enjoy a selection of highly-rated TOR wines.

Al Fresco Wines Experience ($125 per person) Wheeler Farms’ 12-acre historic estate on Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena plays host to this al fresco tasting. Guests will enjoy a stroll through Wheeler Farms’ gardens and state-ofthe-art winemaking facility. Tastings feature five wines from a selection of Napa Valley’s First Growth vineyards, and the wines are paired with a cheese and charcuterie platter prepared by Chef Sarah Heller.

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St. Helena’s ACME Fine Wines, recently named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 50 Best Wine Retailers in America, announced that the boutique wine retailer will be open for private tastings. Proprietor Karen Williams and her sommelier team are looking forward to welcoming visitors and locals for the new in-person tastings, which are a terrific way for guests to expand their palate and wine knowledge, experience debut wines from superstar winemakers and learn first-hand the types of wines that ACME’s wine clubs offer.

Cult v. IPO Tasting

ACME is well known for helping to launch and promote micro-wineries and brands that achieve fame down the road. Internally dubbed “IPO” brands, these are debut projects carefully chosen by ACME’s dynamic team of sommeliers who are constantly scouting to bring the next big thing to their clients. This tasting features two cult wines (think brands like Harlan Estate, Screaming Eagle, and Scarecrow) alongside two soon-to-be-discovered IPO wines.

$500 per person, 90 to 120 minutes, four wines, exclusively for groups of four people. The Cult v. IPO Tasting is inclusive of charcuterie and cheese platter to enjoy alongside.

Under the Radar Tasting ACME has long been recognized as the source for what’s new and what’s next coming out of Napa, Sonoma, and beyond. This tasting features the ACME team’s recent favorite finds, well before anyone else knows about them. Examples include 2018 Belong Wine Co. Mourvedre, El Dorado County; 2017 Hudson Vineyards “Phoenix” Red Blend, Carneros; 2017 Sanguis “The Optimist” Red Blend Santa Barbara and 2017 West Pole Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast.

Kahuna Tasting Kahuna: the name says it all! The Kahuna Tasting focuses on luxury wines and features only the best of the best that the ACME team tastes. Examples include 2017 Kongsgaard Syrah, Napa;

2011 Levy & McClellan “Et Al” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; 2014 Immortal Estate “Impassable Mountain” Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County and 2017 Behrens Family Winery “Parts Unknown” Red Wine, Howell Mountain. $100 per person, 90 minutes, six to eight wines tasted

The Ultimate ACME Tasting ACME’s Ultimate Extended Tasting Experience will showcase an array of bottles from all four ACME Wine Clubs: Under the Radar, Pulse, Zippo, and Kahuna. Examples of wines featured in this tasting include 2019 Seabold “Adroît” Trousseau, San Benito; Benanti, 2017 Contrada Cavaliere, Etna Bianco, Sicily; 2017 Richard Peterson, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, and 2017 Patria “Avoyelles” Red Blend, Oakville Ranch, Napa Valley. $200 per person, 90-120 minutes, eight to ten wines. The Ultimate Tasting is inclusive of charcuterie and cheese platter to enjoy alongside.

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Peet’s Coffee, The Original Craft Coffee, announced its Summer 2020 beverage lineup inspired by the bright flavors of the season. The handcrafted offerings include the unveiling of six refreshing, hand-shaken iced tea beverages made with real fruit pieces and fruit puree. 62 T H E E V O LV E M A G A U G U S T 2 0 2 0


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The Sip of the Season Savor Summer's Real Fruit Flavors t is no secret that fruits are at their best when enjoyed at the peak of ripeness. From the fruit puree and real fruit pieces to vibrant, Instaworthy colors and global flavors, the Fruit Tea Shakers deliver on cold just in time for Summer.


“In celebration of the Summer season and as a representation of our commitment to handcrafted innovation, we are excited to launch a new iced tea platform called Fruit Tea Shakers,” said Patrick Main, Senior R&D Manager, Peet’s Coffee. “Consumers have developed a palate for beverages that combine both flavor and fun. We have showcased a diverse seasonal flavor portfolio of real fruit, including vibrant citrus, and ripe strawberries, to infuse effortlessly into our Mighty Leaf Tea. This smooth, refreshing blend results in an invigorating hand-shaken tea experience with each sip.”

Since July 8, Peet’s has invited consumers to share a photo or video of their Fruit Tea Shakers to Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter using the hashtag #ShakeitwithPeets for a chance to win a prize pack filled with Peet’s branded swag. For more information and to enter to win online, visit www.peets. com/shakeitchallenge.

“At Peet’s, we are always discovering unique ways to introduce fresh flavors into our favorite beverages,” said Main. “We took the distinctive aromas of the Japanese Yuzu citrus and the well-balanced sweetness of strawberry to create an indulgent spin on our cold brew beverages. A picture-perfect pair, the fusion of fruit flavorings and decadent cream makes it an anytime treat for the Summer season.” To learn more, visit or download the Peet’s app and order ahead.

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Years of effort to turn the tide on single-use plastics pollution of our planet appear to be under threat due to Covid-19. As the COVID-19 pestilence continues its onslaught on humankind, a consequence is a new plague following in its wake with vast amounts of plastic personal protection equipment from surgical masks to latex gloves now turning up as marine debris in our oceans. At the same time, several governments in Europe, and elsewhere, have put on hold their initiatives to limit the use of throwaway plastic bags, straws, and disposable containers. Multiple studies show that plastic particle is now so widespread in nature – in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink – that they are entering the human system from every possible source, from toothpaste to pasta to drinking water from the tap and supermarket bottles. A recent WWF study implemented by researchers at the University of Newcastle, Australia, suggested that ‘an average person could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week’ – which is the equivalent of a credit card’s worth of microplastics. A couple of years ago, tests carried out by the US lobbying organization Orb Media on several leading bottled water brands revealed most contained tiny particles of plastic. Single-use plastic bottles bear much of the blame for plastics pollution of our natural environments on land and sea, with most of the one million plastic bottles produced every minute ending up in the environment, landfill sites, or the world’s oceans, taking at least 450 years to fully degrade. An investigation by the Environmental Work Group EWG, an American activist group that specializes in healthy living research and advocacy, has found that PET plastics – the kind used to make plastic water bottles and marked with a “1” on the bottom – can contain dozens of chemical additives, manufacturing impurities, and breakdown byproducts. A 2019 report commissioned by Bluewater underlined why humankind cannot afford to lose sight of the consequences of plastics pollution as it battles the Covid-19 pandemic. In the report, one of the world’s leading specialists on hormones describes microplastic pollution as ‘the number one threat to humankind’ because of how it affects blood pressure, fertility, and immune systems and possibly sparks multiple diseases such as cancer.

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One example is The Open golf tournament, one of the world’s foremost golfing events. In July 2019, The Open became probably the first major global sporting event to successfully end the sale of singleuse plastic water bottles in a move supported by the UN. The Open R & A organizing body teamed up with Bluewater to deliver a pioneering new approach to supplying drinking water purified

and dispensed at source at a major event by using water refilling stations and reusable stainless steel bottles to provide pure freshwater directly to fans, players, staff and officials. The result saw 61,500 liters of chilled local water dispensed at The 148th Open, removing the need for 123,000 singleuse plastic water bottles. The Open success story blazed a purposeful message of the critical role world-class sporting organizations can play when it comes to leaving a cleaner planet for future generations by ending the need for single-use plastic bottles and polluting transportation. Once the world starts getting back to normal, our hope at Bluewater is that the sports community can continue to leverage its robust platform to influence how people think about drinking water and their own individual impact on the environment.

Photos Courtesy of Bluewater Group

Because of the plastics pollution, Bluewater has put ending the need for single-use plastic bottles at the very core of its business mission with a focus on developing water purification and dispensing alternatives that can replace plastic water bottles. That approach has already created a powerful platform enabling sports and other organizations to tangibly turn the tide on plastics.

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WELLSCARE OFFERS EFFECTIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT for affordable and convenient pain management at home.


IASO by WellsCare is a hands-free, cold laser therapy device that revolutionizes pain relief and can be worn while on-the-go. Compact, lightweight, and rechargeable, IASO makes pain management simple and convenient.

In September 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study that stated that over 50 million Americans (20.4% of adults) suffer from chronic pain. WellsCare recognizes this and understands that those who suffer from ongoing pain will be struggling even more with COVID-19, due to limited access to usual methods of pain management from doctors and

A new dawn for effective pain management at home has arrived with IASO cold laser technology, now available at a specially reduced price

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remedial therapists like chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, and massage therapists. As a result, WellsCare has launched a sales promotion on IASO to help provide timely and easily accessible pain relief. IASO is designed to aid people of all ages who may experience pain on a day to day basis. It may be placed on any part of the body and attached using the included adhesive patches or band accessory. The technology utilizes low-level laser

therapy, which is drug-free and non-invasive, to reduce inflammation and open up blood vessels, in turn, increasing blood flow to the affected area and effectively relieving pain. Dr. Shelby Simon, a New York City Chiropractor at The Well Manhattan Chiropractic, has been one of many medical practitioners who has worked with IASO in their clinic. She referred to the device as a “powerhouse” for reducing pain and inflammation for her patients. In treating one of her patients, she mentioned: “Back spasm relaxed and breathing improved after just one treatment!” A top celebrity makeup artist and fan of IASO mentioned how she enjoys how the device is ‘wearable.’ “I am so happy with my IASO units! They have provided me with so much relief! I have very painful carpal pain on my wrist, arthritis in my knuckles, and the occasional unexpected strains/spasms. I was so pleased with the results and thrilled with the ease and convenience of wireless targeted pain relief! I brought them to work and used it on my client who had a stiff neck, while I was doing her makeup - she loved it!” Another IASO enthusiast, Olympic finalist and British record holder Lorraine Ugen, mentioned how it has played a key role in her wellbeing, allowing her to perform to the best of her potential. IASO has aided in decreasing inflammation, strengthening damaged tissues, and easing pain in many areas on her body. “As an athlete, I personally use it after training for pain relief,” she says on her personal Instagram page as a self-advocate for the effectiveness of the product.

Amidst the current worldwide challenges, individuals who strive to manage their pain are now able to find relief from the comfort and safety of their own homes. IASO is a safe and powerful tool for at-home treatment, and its portable functionality makes it perfect for everyday use. “It is our mission to provide a practical, affordable, and compact pain relief solution in the form of the IASO cold laser device, says David Lee, the CEO of WellsCare. We want you to live a happy and pain-free life and have made it our personal mission to provide this for you.” For this reason, WellsCare is offering a specially discounted price to meet the need for easily accessible relief during this time. IASO is available at and For any questions, please contact

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