Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wellness: Norma Kamali Cafe

When I think of Norma Kamali, I think of the sleeping bag coat and versatile jersey pieces, garments fit for an active lifestyle, so it seemed fitting when I learned about Wellness Wednesdays at Norma Kamali Wellness Cafe.

A couple weeks ago, I attended an event with acupuncturist and spiritual counselor Abdi Assadi. Hearing him speak made me feel guilty about my stressful lifestyle, which was a nice reminder to take better care of myself. He spoke a lot about how stress is almost always rooted in ego, and he shared some helpful tips for calming the mind. He suggested taking five minutes a day to plant your feet on the ground, feel your hands and breath from your stomach rather than your chest. Most of us are shallow chest breathers.

From the event, I picked up a small bottle of olive oil and bar of soap. I won't lie; I was a bit skeptical. I wasn't sure a clothing designer had any business selling olive oil. Turns out Norma Kamali is quite the expert! Every season she picks a new harvest from different orchards. Having used the olive oil for a handful of meals over the past couple weeks, I have to say I'm totally in love! The best olive oil I've ever had. It made every dish taste better. Here's a video of Norma herself talking about her olive oils at The Wellness Cafe.

Norma Kamali Wellness Cafe is located at 11 West 56th Street between 5th & 6th Ave (212.957.9797 x111), and for those who can't visit the cafe, her olive oils and selection of wellness solutions are available online at thewellnesscafe.com.

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