Inside Out Feature by Nina Faulhaber

Enjoyed talking to the talented Alison Beckner about her fun questions about my “genesis story”, a lot of the original inspiration for ADAY and whom I admire (Yvon Choinard @ Patagonia, obvs):

Hey! I'm Nina. I believe in abundance. To me this starts with an abundance mindset where we strive for increasing the pie rather than competing for it. It’s all about the attitude and every micro-action can have positive impact. So in short this means I like to smile at strangers and strive to leave every person I touch feeling more positive than before our encounter.

I'm also passionate about a more conscious, minimal way of living. From the clothing I wear, to an essentialist attitude of planning my time.

I deeply care about making a contribution to a beautiful future in which we’re happy, live consciously and in symbiosis with planet Earth.

I’m equal left brain + right brain and love to stimulate the visual sense as much as numbers. With ADAY I'm doing what I'm here to do as an ex-gymnast with a passion for creating a brand that impacts people.

Read the feature here xx

Fast Co’s 9 big design trends of 2019 by Nina Faulhaber

Got to contribute a trend to Mark Wilson’s big 2019 design trends <3

PEOPLE (AND PRODUCTS) WILL DO MORE WITH LESS

“Fueled by the recent IPCC special report, natural disasters demonstrating the severity of human-caused climate change, and a lack of action by the U.S. government, apparel brands and consumers will take action. Consumers will be more aware of the negative effects of overconsumption and more people will aim to reduce their wardrobes to fewer items. Brands will design better products and invest in sustainability and circularity. Patagonia and H&M are just two examples of that.

“Product design will become more conscious, and designers will design for quality and longevity, as opposed to trends. Consumer insights will be leveraged to design with the customer in mind from the get-go in order to reduce overproduction. A focus on functionality, comfort, and great design will provide garments with greater versatility. Apple has led the way in technology in simplifying products while increasing their performance, and similarly in fashion, companies will focus on simplicity and removing excess details, while increasing the poetry. Beautiful design will give customers a feeling of delight and joy for the fewer pieces they own. In spite of owning fewer things, individuals will do more, and so will the clothing they wear.”

Mark Wilson’s full article is here

Cartagena, Colombia by Nina Faulhaber

This January I spent a few days remote working from Cartagena. I stayed with mi Colombiana favorita Juliana whilst waiting for my US visa extension. It wasn't my first time there and I will confess that I'm mildly obsessed and I would go back tomorrow. I didn't make it out to the islands this time around (but if you're going for the first time the islands are a have to do when in Cartagena)

RESTAURANTS

La Cevicheria - everyone who has been to Cartagena will know La Cevicheria. Well, there's a reason for it. I don't know why or how but the ceviche is extraordinary. Different kinds of ceviche inspired by Latin American fruits + quisines. I recommend to get "super" size if you're as much into Ceviche as I am.

Carmen - love everything about Carmen: a cute courtyard, stylish bar and amazing kitchen. The coconut ceviche is completely different from La Cevicheria but extremely interesting and therefore the dish of choice for me at Carmen as well. Evenings at Carmen are vibe-y, lunch is absolute zen heaven. I showed up with my laptop in the afternoon and had the courtyard and good wifi for a few hours to myself

Mulata - Caribbean comfort food: Fesh seafood, plantains, avocado, coconut - all the good stuff I love so much. Huge portions for little $. It's normally packed so go early and really much more about the food than the vibe (it's not chic). I loved it.

Boheme - Didn't actually make it to eat but loved the courtyard so I would recommend to check it out


WIFI w/ STYLE

Working remotely is a treat for productivity + soul. In 2018 I'm upgrading the coffee shops experience so here are my fav Cartagena spots

Carmen - as per above, excellent wifi, dreamy scenery and amazing food whilst writing marketing plans
Hotel Cappello - my friend Michelle Reeves recommended me this beautiful hotel w/ pool, cocktails + wifi
Hotel Santa Teresa - super central and vibe-y. The wifi could be stronger but amazing spot for getting some work done whilst still feeling the crowds.
Hotel Santa Clara - didn't go back this time around but I remember it to be a green heaven. Call to double check the wifi is public.
Cafe Central - more of a classic 'wifi spot' so you won't be the only one working away

Cusco, Peru by Nina Faulhaber

Here are some of my personal favs from my recent trip to Cusco, Peru <3

HOTELS

Hotel Palacia Manco Capac - tiny boutique hotel w/ serene garden
Quinta San Blas by Ananay Hotels - great location right in San Blas, simple + pretty + well priced
Hotel Belmond - the spot, although personally prefer the boutique spots above
Sol y Luna - in Urubamba

RESTAURANTS

Huacatay - this gem is in Urubamba and was my absolute fav if you get a table outside. Must try everything, trout dishes, veggie dishes, everything is fresh and amazing
Cicciolina - try the black Linguine and the mushroom and beets-filled Ravioli
Green Organic - this was Emily's favorite, she loved the trout. I had the curry.
Organika - healthy healthy healthy. The salads are to die for, also order anything with trout.
Green Point - bigger portions, more comfort food style. I enjoyed the tacos, ask for less onions.
Shaman Restaurant - well well, quite the spot! only for hard core vegans and yogis :)

COFFEE

Qura - cute spot in San Blas with Acai Bowls and good wifi
L'Atlelier by grid - little café on the upstairs of a very cute shop with views on Cusco

WORKOUT

Healing House Yoga and Therapies - 9AM class was ~2 hours and a real treat

Hong Kong by Nina Faulhaber

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Warning: I'm a first time visitor, not a resident, and not a fixer (= local producers for videoshoot crews, people who are "in the know", learnt this word this week on our Asia travel video shoot with Cathay Pacific + Furthermore (Equinox) :-)

VEGGIE / VEGAN FOOD
Mana Slow Foods
Grassroots Pantry
Pressed Juicery

WORKOUT
Bowen Road (8k running route with beautiful views over the city)

GALLERIES
Lightspace (minimal hip gallery by the one and only Kalina King - available to rent, too)

COFFEE SHOPS
Corridor
Peel Street Espresso Bar
Cupping Room (wifi)
Common Ground (wifi!)

DRINKS
Duddell's 3rd floor (afternoon hang)
Sevva (sunset)
Ping Pong (night)

BOUTIQUES
Grana Fit Room
Love Brunch
IT

AREAS
Sheung Wan
Soho
Tin Hau
Causeway Bay (didn't love that)
Take the ferry over to Kowloon

HOTELS
Upper House
Tuve Hotel
Mandarin Oriental

HIKES
(yet to do these:)
Victoria Peak
Dragon's Back
The Twins

The new kind of minimalism that magically frees up time by Nina Faulhaber

Im subscribing to a new kind of minimalism: One thats fun and focused on creating more time and space, to use it for stuff that’s really important.

One of the things that inspired this was MARIE KONDO'S MINIMALISM THAT SPARKS JOY. For those who haven’t read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo advocates a rigorous method of getting rid of all the clutter we store in boxes, wardrobes, shelves and basements. Her methodic approach leaves you with a minimal selection of all those items you actually love, in a delightful and easily retrievable order. Clutter removed, your heart is filled with joy and your mind can think freely. Reading the book put into words for me what I had intuitively been working on. Splitting time between London and the US throughout 2014/15 without yet having a home in the US, taught us how to live out of suitcases. I found that I didn’t really need much of the stuff I had left in my wardrobe in London even after all the stuff I had given away over the past few years. At ADAY, weve put a huge focus on creating staples that work in any situation, so you dont need a ton of stuff.

We don’t want to clutter our spaces to free our mind, so equally we then don’t want to clutter our mind. A book thats influenced me here was The Organized Mind by neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin which taught me that we are actually hopelessly bad in multitasking and instead ought to pay our fully focused attention. It also encourages outsourcing a lot of decision for better focus on what’s really important. Now I try to think less and more effectively, it’s a journey I’m telling you. The book also inspired me to apply the OBAMA APPROACH TO DRESSING, and for four weeks I rotated a total of 5-6 garments. The author - like our friend Stacy Tarver who ran the 'wearing the same thing every day' experiment during her MBA at Columbia - advocates that wearing the same thing every day is a recipe of successful people to eliminate the stressful morning decision ‘what to wear’, leaving space in your head for more interesting decisions. Whilst granted I will never fully adopt the method because I love more than 5-6 pieces in my wardrobe (and I don’t find the decision that stressful), it did give me an extra 20 minutes every morning. This has been wonderful because I find time is the most valuable resource.

In 2015 Ive done a couple of other habit tweaks reinforcing this minimalism: I’ve deleted Facebook from my phone (huge time saver), I've become pescetarian (easily halves every menu), I kicked #fomo out of my life, I started to (irregularly) journal, and I have a majorly improved my (still imperfect) meditation habits.

Now I finally feel like I have headspace. To start the year I want to keep things minimal, and work on reinforcing the new habits I started creating. The one thing I will focus on, it is to dedicate this newly won headspace and time to add positively to the life of others.