How Food Affects Your Sleep, With Nutritionist Kelly LeVeque
Home Improvement / April 26, 2018

Los Angeles-based nutritionist Kelly LeVeque boasts a client roster that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood: Jessica Alba, Chelsea Handler and Molly Sims are just a few of the stars who have Kelly on speed dial to talk health and recipe-making. Between promotional tours for her first book, “Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever,” we caught up with the wellness guru to learn more about how food affects your sleep, the best ways to unwind before bed, and what her go-to late-night snacks are. So tell us: How does food affect your sleep? Research shows that consuming food close to bedtime can disrupt sleep and increase the likelihood of weight gain. Also, there is a natural cleansing of the brain that happens during sleep, and it needs a certain amount of blood flow to do that. It’s a preventive way to avoid things like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. When you go to sleep on a full stomach, your body redirects a lot of the blood flow to your digestive system. It’s important to completely digest your food to ensure a good night’s sleep, prevent neurodegenerative diseases and avoid weight gain. What should we be eating for breakfast? I like to start my…

Why Plants Improve Mornings, With The Sill
Home Improvement / March 22, 2018

Not everyone is a morning person – and that’s okay. However, there are a few things you can do to embrace the early hours (and we don’t just mean crushing a giant mug of coffee). Did you know the presence of houseplants will improve even the toughest mornings? Not only are they beautiful to behold, but plants also make you happier and healthier. What House Plants Do Source: Thomas J. Story/Sunset House plants improve air quality by naturally converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. They filter out toxins that accumulate in stagnant air (such as formaldehyde), which are released by synthetic building materials. As if cleaning your air wasn’t enough, indoor plants also boost your mood, reduce your stress and increase productivity and creativity – hello, best friends. Plus, plants are super therapeutic to care for. No matter which plant you pick, adding them to your space – and your morning routine – is well worthwhile. While your cup of coffee brews, give your plant a quick once over. Monitor it for signs of growth and general well-being, and then reflect on your own. Meditate on its natural beauty, breathing deeply and appreciating the clean air it provides. Give it a little water and remind yourself to hydrate this morning. Acknowledge your gratitude for its…

#MyParachuteHome Makeover: Ariel Kaye’s Home Refresh
Home Improvement / February 17, 2018

Minimalist decor, a neutral color palette and natural materials characterize Parachute Founder and CEO, Ariel Kaye’s, Venice Beach bungalow. With the help of interior designer, Orlando Soria, Ariel refreshed her home with comfort and easy entertaining top of mind. Watch Orlando incorporate elements from both the desert landscape and ocean nearby to create the ultimate retreat for our bustling entrepreneur.  Tips From Orlando, Interior Designer Guest bedroom; Source: Tessa Neustadt/Parachute Ariel gravitates toward neutrals, while your style is very colorful – how do you accommodate a client’s preference and also infuse your personal touch? Ariel loves simple, elegant and modern, while I gravitate towards color and bold accents! I was able to bring in playful touches with the sofa from Sixpenny in the living room and the amazing Block Shop Textiles prints in the guest room. Trust me, it is possible to achieve a minimal look while incorporating interesting art, accessories and texture! One of Ariel’s top priorities for the refresh was to create cozy spaces for friends and family to relax. What are your tips for adding more comfy seating to a home? Ariel and her husband, Trevor, expressed interest in being able to have people over for movie nights, so we added items…