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Amanda C.Taylor


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Origin Magazine Issue 12

Conscious Culture: Yoga, Eco + Humanitarian Issues, Music, Art. conversations that matter.

The Purist
Five Pillars Yoga Pop-up Goes Permanent - The Purist

By Amanda Taylor Brokaw Five Pillars Yoga has offered yin, vinyasa, and restorative yoga classes at a pop-up studio in Water Mill for the last two summers. Though Karen Mehiel and Olga Palladino, who co-founded Five Pillars' flagship on the Upper East Side, originally planned a summer-only run, they've decided to keep the business open after Labor Day.

The Purist

Erica Gragg and Escape to Shape

Where to Have a Luxe Family Vacation This Winter

The holiday season is a time for slowing down and reconnecting with family, outside of hectic day-to-day responsibilities. While many travelers opt for domestic destinations to be closer to loved ones, this time of year is a great opportunity to head out to a far-flung locale, as it's not traditionally a peak season for international travel.

9 Best Luxury Family Travel Destinations

From sailing the Italian Riviera to scouting out the northern lights, these family adventures will bring everyone together-without driving anyone crazy. Depending on your children's ages, interests and need for structure and/or attention, the summer months can either feel endless or fly by.

Tory Burch Wants to Change the World-But, No, She Isn't Running for Office

It always seems to be a perfect spring day in Tory Burch world-and Tuesday's Embrace Ambition Summit, hosted by The Tory Burch Foundation, was no exception. After months of grim winter weather, sunshine finally poured into Alice Tully Hall and onto a sold-out audience of Burch enthusiasts, decked in bold-colored prints and Reva flats.

What Should We Do™
Town & Country's Stellene Volandes Keeps it Contemporary

Spending an hour with Stellene Volandes in her sunny, well-appointed, and comfortable office is a bit like spending an hour curled up on a lounge chair on vacation reading Town & Country , the magazine she's been running as editor in chief since 2016.

What's Holding Wall Street Back From Having Its #MeToo Moment?

Sallie Krawcheck and Alexandra Lebenthal are passionate advocates for women on Wall Street, but they're also realists when it comes to being a woman in a male-dominated field. "For the most part, we like to look out for each other and be nurturing," Lebenthal said, "but unfortunately, you do have to be out for yourself to a certain extent if you're going to make it up the ladder."

Milan Insider J.J. Martin: How to Summer in Style

Fashion editor and Milan insider J.J. Martin is bringing fresh energy to the world of vintage with her lifestyle brand La DoubleJ. Beloved for bright colors and retro patterns, the collection has grown to include womenswear, swimsuits, housewares and girls' dresses.

Spike Lee Picks a Movie to Sum Up 2018 at the Gordon Parks Foundation Gala

At Cipriani 42nd street last night, legendary figures from the worlds of art, music, film philanthropy, media and design collided to celebrate the legendary man who worked across all these genres, and present some awards in his name, at the Gordon Parks FoundationAwards Dinner and Auction.

What Should We Do™
Jill Kargman talks New York

Swap out Miranda, Samantha, and Carrie for a trio of adorable kids and you might have someone a lot like writer-actress Jill Kargman. The native New Yorker, who has also been likened to a "female Larry David," isn't afraid to bring viewers into her world in the hilariously satirical Odd Mom Out-its third season premieres on Wednesday, July 12, on Bravo-and in her bestselling books Momzillas and Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut.

Oprah's Devotion to the Arts Helped Raise $3.4 Million for MoMA

"The last time I won an award, I somehow, accidentally, ended up running for President," Oprah Winfrey joked to a crowd of Museum of Modern Art supporters at the Ziegfeld theater ballroom on Tuesday afternoon. "So, I'm going to choose my words very carefully today."

Fighting Cancer With Cookies? There's a Charity For That

Back in December 2017, OXO PR director Gretchen Witt embarked on a pretty ambitious baking project when she whipped up a batch of 96,000 cookies with the help of her two-year-old son, Liam. At the time, he was in remission from neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of the nervous system and the family was looking for a way to pay it forward.

What Should We Do™
NYT Fashion Photographer Landon Nordeman

As well known as the likes of André Leon Talley, Anna Wintour, and Diane von Furstenberg are behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, so is the man photographing them all (with a droll wit), Landon Nordeman.

What Should We Do™
Cold Reality: My 3 Minutes of Cryotherapy

So what do I, a middle-aged, Upper East Side mom, have in common with Michael Jordan, the Victoria's Secret Angels, and Jennifer Aniston? Well, not much, honestly...except that, like them, I have actually paid money to dance in front of a perfect stranger-wearing only my swimsuit, mittens, and tube socks-in a phone booth-like chamber set to minus-250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cycle for Survival Is More Than Just Another Spiritual Spin Class

Anyone who's ever been to Stacey Griffith's SoulCycle class on a weekday morning knows that half the battle is just getting in the door. If you aren't a "SuperSoul" member willing to pay $70 a class, you won't be able to register early or even get priority on the waitlist.

What Should We Do™
Chris Wisniewski: A Lesson in the Arts with Studio in a School

Legendary arts patron Agnes Gund saw a need for incorporating visual arts into the classroom at a time (1977) when city- and statewide budget cuts were threatening the existence of art education programs in public schools. In response, Gund created the nonprofit Studio in a School.

New York Society Swans Flock to the Museum Party

"Just beautiful and not too much. It's always so elegantly done," sighed Lucia Hwong Gordon. The socialite wasn't commenting on the work of the Upper East Side's most talented plastic surgeon, but instead on the décor at Cipriani 42nd Street, which was dressed up for the 33rd annual Winter Ball, hosted by the Directors Council of the Museum of the City of New York.

Q&A with Danish Countess Maj Britt-Scherer

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What Should We Do™
A Preview of TEFAF at the Park Avenue Armory

Wouldn't it be cool if you could walk into one of New York City's many fabulous art museums and actually buy the stuff on display (dibs on the bronze at the Met!)? That's kind of what you get to do at the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) this fall at the Park Avenue Armory.

Blind Athlete Griffin Pinkow Sets Sights on Helping Others Get Active

Foreseeable Future Foundation Founder Griffin Pinkow has run four marathons: New York City, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. He also competes on the cycling circuit at a national level, despite only picking up the sport two years ago. He's competed in World Ultra Timed Trial Championships in San Diego, riding over 150 miles in 12 hours.

What Should We Do™
Soul Cycle's Stacey Griffith

During the Summer of 2012, I embarked on a 100-minute journey at SoulCycle's Barn Studio in Bridgehampton. I took this on because my favorite instructor, Stacey Griffith, announced that she was leading it at the end of one of her other (shorter!)

Hamptons Magazine
Wendy Whelan is a "Restless Creature"

Interview with Prima Ballerina about Restless Creature, a documentary about the end of her career at the New York City ballet

The Purist
Five Pillars Yoga Pop-up Goes Permanent

By Amanda Taylor Brokaw Five Pillars Yoga has offered yin, vinyasa, and restorative yoga classes at a pop-up studio in Water Mill for the last two summers. Though Karen Mehiel and Olga Palladino, who co-founded Five Pillars' flagship on the Upper East Side, originally planned a summer-only run, they've decided to keep the business open after Labor Day.

What Should We Do™
The Sisters-in-Law behind Fashion Brand Veronica Beard

Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard are sisters-in-law who launched their brand in the fall of 2010. Miele Beard cut her teeth in the finance industry for a long while, while Swanson Beard previously worked in fashion, with positions in sales at Narciso Rodriguez and Alberta Ferretti.

Yoga Gives
Yoga Gives

Yoga Gives is a community and a resource for those interested in being of service through yoga. Working together with non-profit partners focused on health, wellness and education, we produce yoga-related benefit classes and events that introduce a new audience to great causes, while also introducing the supporters of various non-profits to the practice and teachings of yoga.

What Should We Do™
Popping Up Pretty! - Saks Fifth Avenue Wellery

Fit fashionistas and their male admirers packed the house at Saks Fifth Avenue to get a first look at the Wellery, Saks's pop-up wellness center/fashion boutique for well-heeled New Yorkers in the market for the latest health, fitness, and beauty trends.

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