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I’ve never been the type to make overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe in taking time to reassess, set intention and recommit to taking care of myself. Easier said than done. So this year, I’m focusing on things I can do even when I’m running short on time. It sounds cliché, but squeezing some self-care into my daily routine makes a significant difference in how I feel, especially during the darker winter months. Here are some things that are working for me this season.

Artful Living | Publisher's Take: Winter 2023

I love infrared saunas to reduce stress and help with restful sleep. The HigherDose Infrared PEMF Mat takes those benefits to the next level, with the warmth of infrared and healing benefits of PEMF therapy and negative ion–producing crystals. Even a few moments on the mat combined with some breath work is calming and rejuvenating. My skincare goal would be to get regular facials, but my reality is that there are only so many hours in the day. The Hanacure All-In-One Facial provides incredibly efficient results at home, giving my skin an immediate luminous glow in under 30 minutes. It’s perfect for before a special event, pre-travel or, in my case, after my toddler is asleep. Speaking of sleep, I don’t think I’ve slept through the night since becoming a mom, so now I add half a teaspoon of Sun Potion Lion’s Mane to super charge my first cup of coffee in the morning. This adaptogen is known for its wide range of health benefits, like improved memory and concentration. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Balm B5 is an ultra thick multipurpose cream that protects the skin barrier by locking in moisture. I use it on my hands and face during winter and pre- and post-flights. (It also doubles as a diaper cream, so we love that.) Women-owned Swedish clothing and accessories brand House of Dagmar caught my attention in 2019, when it launched its Good Choice label. This indicates that a garment is produced using exceptional manufacturing processes of at least 50% sustainable materials along with other important considerations like GOTS-certified organic cotton and FSC-certified viscose. By January, the novelty of my favorite knits and outerwear has worn off, so I’m integrating a few key pieces from Dagmar to refresh my winter look with high-quality materials and low environmental impact. Cheers to the New Year, taking care of ourselves and good things to come in 2023!

My very best,



Emma Cutler Velez, Publisher

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