A Natural Way to Ageless Beauty

Chatting with Friends: John Wood

Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:00:27 AM America/New_York

We're thrilled to partner with Room to Read, a nonprofit that works in the developing world to build lifelong learning through children’s literacy and gender equality in education. To support Room to Read’s mission, Restorsea will donate 5% of sales from every product to the organization’s Girls' Education program, empowering girls to complete secondary schooling and succeed beyond school. Our goal is to educate 100,000 girls by 2025. Room to Read founder John Wood recently provided us further insights into the organization's mission and his passion for education:

What inspired you to start Room to Read?

As a global marketing executive responsible for significant sectors of Microsoft’s international business in 1998, I was constantly traveling and lived abroad for long stretches of time; I loved my job but was burnt out.  I took a three week vacation, the first in nine years, trekking through the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal. One morning, I met a man who was a resource director for several schools and he invited me along to visit a local Nepalese school. Once there I was shocked to see the students had no books, only a handful of old paperbacks left behind by travelers, and even these were kept under lock and key. After noticing my surprise the headmaster turned and uttered a sentence that would change my life forever, “Perhaps Sir, you will someday come back with books”.  At that moment the seeds were planted for Room to Read. Initially I was inspired to organize a book drive, which resulted in me and my father hauling thousands of books up the mountains to the same school a year later, but it soon became something much more substantial. It became a personal mission to bring about sustainable change in these remote areas of the world.

How did your career at Microsoft influence the creation of Room to Read?

I took a lot of the principals I learned at Microsoft into the nonprofit sector— being results-driven, thinking big, keeping overhead low and scaling with quality. I decided early on that one way I could differentiate Room to Read was by frequently updating our results and I have taught our teams all over the world that we are accountable for outcomes. I also took the practice from Microsoft of being a data-driven organization.  It’s not enough to know your numbers on a daily basis - you have to know how they compared to last year.  Also, we have never referred to Room to Read as a “charity”, from day one it was referred to as an organization.  We don’t give a hand-out, we give a hand-up and we only work with motivated communities.

How did you develop such a passion for gender equality in education?

I owe my love of reading to three strong female role models in my life—my grandmother, my mother and my older sister—and have seen the positive ripple effect of educated, empowered women on communities around the world. In a world in which tens of millions of girls woke up this morning and did not go to school, it is incumbent on all of us to be part of the solution to this social injustice.

You also teach graduate and business students. What do you most hope to impart to them?

I talk about how bold goals attract bold people, and how we need to make sure that is true in the philanthropy arena, as well as business. Also that the world today is more connected than ever, so while business globalizes, so should our philanthropic footprints.  Finally, I try to remind them that we’re amongst the luckiest people on earth because we have all gained great educations. The moral challenge is quite simple – will we use our wealth and our business skills to help others to climb that same ladder?  

Tell us about how Room to Read and Restorsea connected and the future impact the relationship will make.

I was introduced to Patti Pao by a very close mutual friend, and we hit it off instantly as we both began talking about the importance of education in our own lives, and the role it played in our success in the business world. Patti instantly began talking about how she wanted it to be built into Restorsea’s business model that each and every sale would help girls across the developing world to gain the lifelong gift of education. Talk about instant synergy – she had me at that point.  

From that quick “hand-shake deal”, our teams began to iron out the details.  I am thrilled and honored that Restorsea is committed to donating 5% of its sales every year to support Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program, which ensures girls will succeed in secondary school and beyond through financial assistance, tutoring, mentoring and life skills training. Restorsea’s vision, with the support of its loyal consumers, is to help Room to Read educate 100,000 girls by 2025.

How can people get involved with Room to Read?

We are always looking for passionate individuals to join our movement – this is definitely a team sport!   More information on joining our volunteer chapter network can be found on our website www.roomtoread.org.  We also have tools available to create personalized fundraising campaigns or host events to support our work. We’ve seen many supporters turn their passions—long distance running, baking, even wine tasting—into channels to change the world through Room to Read.

Also, we hope that companies like Restorsea who are looking to align their corporate values and culture with a cause that is making an impact on communities and the world, can join forces with us to establish programs to meet that need such as employee giving plans, cause marketing initiatives or staff led fundraising events—a great way to inspire philanthropic action in the workplace.  Room to Read is proud to have attracted an army of talented individuals who are passionate and action oriented, but we need to grow that team further, since every day we lose in the battle for global literacy is a day we can’t get back.

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Did you miss our exclusive interview with Tina Craig + Kelly Cook? Take a look at what they had to say about beauty, life, careers, and Restorsea!

Who Are They: Tina Craig and Kelly Cook are the fabulous founders/chief editors of Bagsnob.com. If you’re a connoisseur of all things fashion like we are—this is the place to get all the best information.  Tina and Kelly are some seriously fashionable and business savvy mothers, being pioneers of fashion related social media platforms.


Restorsea: What is the craziest beauty remedy, product or service that you have tried?

Tina: I've tried lots of really crazy treatments and products. Sitting in a pool with tiny fish that nibble off the dead layer of your skin, digital acupuncture needle treatments where your face is punctured by electronic acupuncture needles 2,000 times and eating chicken butts because my grandmother told me it would make me pretty when I grew up. 

Kelly: The ODonna skin treatment uses ground up sea urchin spikes to cut through the surface so that the very powerful ingredients, Ultraquin LC, KojiLac acid, and copper peptides, will penetrate the skin. You leave this mask on all day, so you look like a freak with this yellow paste on. When you wash it off in the evening, the stinging and the abrasion is so severe you will cry. Then comes the aftermath, for 3-5 days, your entire face will peel and your face is flaming red. But once all that is done, you have baby soft skin that is so incredible you will, for a moment, feel that all of it was worth it.


R: What was the inspiration for your website?

T: Our love of bags of course!

K: A lifelong obsession with bags and fashion that needed an outlet before I drove my husband crazy with incessant talk about subjects he cared nothing about.


R: Who are your personal style and/or beauty icons?

T: Tilda Swinton. Whenever I see her in structured Haider Ackermann suits, I want to marry her.

K: I love Jennifer Lopez even though my personal style is totally different; I'm very casual and sporty. I like women who are not afraid to show their personalities.


R: What would you be doing if you weren’t creating content for your site?

T: I'd be creating content and shopping for my friends. I've been curating things for friends since the 3rd grade and telling people what to buy. The blog is just an extension of what I've always done, except now I'm doing it for hundreds of thousands of women (and men!) around the world. 

K: I would pretty much be doing the same thing, the only difference would that none of it would be published. I think what our readers relate to the most is the fact that we are living our lives and sharing the style, fashion and lifestyle we are actually experiencing.

R: What are your favorite magazines or other online publications?

T: Who What Wear, Business of Fashion, Fashionista and Style.comVanity Fair, Vogue, & Bazaar

K: I love reading gossip sites for the snarky writing and fashion clad celebrities. It is highly entertaining on different levels


R: What are you most looking forward to over the next couple of months?

T: Summer vacation with my son! We have plans for Mexico, Taiwan, China, Hawaii and Europe!

K: We have so many exciting projects in store. We are launching our new site, Snob Essentials, at the end of the month. It will be all of our channels on one aggregated site. The layout and look is amazing and will be the platform for even more exciting things to come.


R: What would your readers be surprised to find out about you?

T: That I'm a total bookworm and homebody (I only go out when I have to attend events or traveling. At home it's movies, videos or legos with my son most weekend nights). I don't watch TV in real time and only watch Hulu.com about once a month to catch up on what my friends tell me I'm missing out on. I much prefer curling up with a good book and a glass of champagne.

K: I am an excellent cook and even though I sound awful, I love to sing.


Photo Courtesy of WWD

We are pleased to introduce you to Stephanie Shalofsky, a Professional Organizer & Productivity Consultant at the Organizing Zone, a Restorsea Office Administration Consultant, and the mastermind behind Restorsea’s former precise and orderly home office (as seen above). She was even featured in the Spring is the Perfect Time for a Closet Cleanse segment that aired on WABC-TV News in last May. We checked in with her on the best tips to maintain organization, her future plans, and a very unfortunate bad hair day that lasted for six months!

Restorsea: What would you be doing if you weren’t working for Restorsea or as a professional organizer?

Stephanie: This is a really difficult question as being a Professional Organizer in NYC has been a dream job. It has enabled me to combine my passion for helping clients’ achieve their goals with having my own business and further honing my project management and organizational skills. When I work with clients like Restorsea, I have the opportunity to help them maximize space and create systems which increase productivity. If I wasn’t a Professional Organizer in NYC, I would probably have pursued an opportunity in operations in a consumer products’ company as my skill set would be a perfect fit.

R: What would be your #1 tip for staying organized?     

S: Maintenance…maintenance….maintenance! This is the one tip as a Professional Organizer in NYC that I share constantly. It is really essential to recognize that getting and staying organized requires that new habits be formed. It is very easy to get caught up in the organizing process and invest the time to clear the clutter that has accumulated on your desk or in your closet.  However, if you don’t include scheduling time to maintain the space at regular intervals as part of the process, your piles will start collecting again and another large chunk of time will have to be devoted to addressing them. Taking 5 minutes at the end of each day to put away files, discard unwanted papers or to hang up that day’s clothes can have a significant impact on keeping your space organized.  

R: What are your favorite magazines or other online publications?

S: Most of my reading time is devoted to organizing magazines like Real Simple or books by organizing and productivity experts like Throw Out Fifty Things which I am currently reading. When I am sitting captive in the hair salon, I peruse In Style, Vogue, and Self and the like to catch up on the latest fashion and lifestyle trends.  And… I have to admit that I do find time to scan through People to see what the latest celebrity buzz is all about. 

R: What are you most looking forward to over the next couple of months?

S: My husband and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary next spring and have decided that we would celebrate with a trip to Italy. In order to make this trip a reality, our goal is to start planning the trip over the next couple of months. We need to determine whether we will book an all-inclusive tour, lock in the actual travel dates, and make a list of the other advance planning tasks that need to be addressed (this is the organizer in me!). This question is well timed as we need to get started on this project and putting our vacation planning intentions in writing will not only get us focused on it but also makes me accountable to all of you who read this blog post!


R: What is the craziest beauty remedy, product or service that you have tried? 

S: I have never tried making my own facial concoction or putting mayo in my hair to condition it. However, when it comes to my hair, there was a time when I had a bad hair day that lasted 6 months. I had gotten a perm and looked like I was wearing a bad wig…my hair was a frizzy, style-less mass of curls. I counted the days until it grew out enough (almost 3 months) so that I could have my hair cut/re-shaped. Then it went from bad to worse…. the stylist layered my hair using a razor! I was more tempted than ever to don my sunglasses and baseball cap each time I ventured out.

R: Who are your personal style and/or beauty icons? 

S: The person who has most significantly influenced my personal style is my grandmother. She always kept tabs on the latest fashion trends and would have insightful suggestions when discussing an outfit that I needed for an upcoming party or family event. In addition, she always had on her lipstick and earrings even if she wasn’t expecting any company. I lost count of the number of times over the years she told me to “fix my face”. This was code for put on lipstick.  It took me years to appreciate the underlying message…the lipstick could enhance my appearance by drawing attention to my eyes.

R: What would readers be surprised to find out about you?

S: I really enjoy cooking and entertaining. This is a perfect combination as I can experiment with new recipes and have my friends and family critique them. Being of Jewish and Italian descent, my real challenge is managing what I like to refer to as the “double curse”. If I don’t have any leftovers at the end of a meal, I didn’t cook enough. This is rooted in leaving holiday dinners at my grandmother’s and mother’s with enough food for several meals

A Natural Way to Ageless Beauty

Chatting with Friends: Justine Bateman

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:00:51 AM America/New_York

Justine Bateman may be forty-seven, but she doesn’t let that stop her from continuing a higher education at the University of California Los Angeles. We caught up with her, chatting about her sophomore year, new blog, and surprisingly strong opinion on Apple TV.

Restorsea: What are your current 5 must-have items rights now?

Justine Bateman:

1.    Rejuvenating Day Cream

2.    Maybelline Cool Effects eye pencil (hard as hell to find anymore except online)

3.    My running shoes

4.    Rombauer Chardonnay

5.    Breaking Bad episodes. The best-directed TV on the air right now.

R: What is the craziest beauty remedy, product or service that you have tried?

J: Honey Body Treatment. It was fantastic.

R: What was the inspiration for your website?

J: A couple of my husband's work associates asked me why the hell I didn't have a blog about my college experience. I started GetACollegeLife just as a place to keep a personal diary of the process. I'm surprised at the big response to it. I'd thought the blog would be way too boring for anyone to pay much attention to.

R: What is your favorite local spot?

J: Doger Stadium

R: Who are your personal style and/or beauty icons?

J: Flat-chested 70's models and Carine Roitfeld. 

R: What would you be doing if you weren’t creating content for your site?

J: You mean, if I weren't going to UCLA? Running Apple TV and turning it into something entirely different.

R: What are your favorite magazines or other online publications?

J: Circa (news app). I used to love, love fashion magazines, but I think they blew it when they caved into society's morbid obsession with "celebrities" and started replacing models with actresses in the photo spreads.

R: What are you most looking forward to over the next couple of months?

J: My sophomore year starting at UCLA.

R: What would your readers be surprised to find out about you?

J: I can turn my tongue upside down.


A Natural Way to Ageless Beauty

Chatting with Friends: Naomi

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 8:00:54 AM America/New_York

Restorsea: How did you get into meditation?

Naomi: I was lucky that in the very beginning of my yoga practice 12 years ago, the studio I was going to offered classes that always included meditation at the end, as well as full meditation classes. At the time, I was more interested in the physical aspect of yoga so I didn't appreciate what a special experience it was to have meditation included in the class.

My journey with meditation went even deeper while I was India last summer. Deeper in the sense that I was away from all of my everyday surroundings and distractions. I was staying in the mountains of Coonor and meditating everyday surrounded by fields of Darjeeling tea, which definitely made it easier to tune in. The real challenge is to find that deeper place where ever you are. I too am still practicing with this.

R: How long have you been a meditation instructor?

N: I've been sharing meditation for 5 years.

R: What are the benefits of meditation?

N: In my experience I feel like meditation finds you. Either your body or your mind is saying, “Hey I need you to calm down and ssshush for just a moment.” We often don't listen to that radar but we somehow find a way to do something meditative when this happens. Something as simple as taking a bath, or doing a mundane task like washing the dishes can count as meditative and can have many benefits in balancing the nervous system.

Meditation also brings us back to a harmonious state, connecting the mind, body, and breath to a peaceful place. Balancing our nervous system, most find themselves in the sympathetic our state of flight or fight mode and the parasympathetic system that restores the body is completely turned off.  

R: How did you meet Patti?

N: I had the pleasure of meeting Patti when I was working for Zero + Maria Cornejo. I assisted her at the shop in the West Village. At the time I was at the crossroads of taking the leap of leaving the cushy job to pursue my passion in teaching yoga and meditation. We stayed in touch and I'm currently teaching her meditation.

R: What is your favorite form of meditation?

N: A walking meditation. It can be so powerful. As you are walking at your natural pace (obviously not a New Yorker’s pace), but as though you were on a hike or walking down a beach, you breathe a tune into the body, starting at the feet and moving the awareness to the top of the head.

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