Meet our latest Muse, Ann Kim. A talented artist and the founder of Andy Heart, a lifestyle blog that began with fashion and has since grown to include art, design, travel, and more. Ann spent years as an art director, but as of late has returned to her roots of painting. Dive into Ann’s minimalist approach to style and design that creates a timeless feel.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into painting?
As a child I remember watching my grandfather work on his paintings and Korean calligraphy. We sketched and painted whenever we were together and I learned a lot from him. After high school I attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena then started my career as a graphic designer. After a decade of working as Art Director I left branding to start painting again.
Where do you find your style inspiration?
My style is inspired by how I approach design. Design should be functional yet have an aesthetic, focus on the details, and feel timeless.
How does life in Los Angeles influence your work?
I grew up near the beach in LA, being near the water has had a lot of influence on my work and how I paint. When I’m swimming, surfing or watching the water I feel present and immersed in the moment.
What has being an artist taught you or brought into your life?
Art has taught me how to be in the present moment.
Are there any artists that you are influenced by or look up to?
Joan Mitchell is one of my favorite painters.
Any tips on creating captivating and engaging content?
Post what you love and inspires you—good composition is also a plus.
What is your style advice for packing on vacation?
Pack less things and choose versatile pieces.
Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
5 must have wardrobe essentials
Black dress, a suit, white button-up shirt, classic pair of jeans, and tee.
Best piece of advice for fellow female entrepreneurs?
Learn from failures and mistakes, they will be your best teachers.
What is your favorite Marysia piece and how would you style it?
During the summer I don’t need my wetsuit for surfing so this rashguard (currently out of stock, but returning soon) has been a favorite.
Our friend Brittany Daniel, a Delray Beach native, is a talented photographer who recently took us around Palm Beach, capturing all the beauty along the way. From stunning beaches, charming hotels, must-try restaurants, and more–Palm Beach is a lively and unique place that’s perfect for quick weekend getaways or long summer stays.
where to stay
155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480
This pink-hued hotel has the most beautiful interiors and is located steps away from the beach and historic Worth Avenue. I could stare at the Degournay wallpaper all day—it is simply stunning! Swiftys by the pool is a a great spot for lunch or brunch with the best ambiance and people watching. To top it all off, The Colony makes getting around easy with the cutest pink golf cart that shuttles you around the island.
280 Sunset Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida 33480
This Nantucket favorite just opened up a Palm Beach outpost. Its black and white striped awnings and terra-cotta roof tiles make for a simply charming atmosphere. The hotel’s restaurant, Lola 41, serves everything from sushi to east coast oysters and burgers. My favorite thing on the menu is the poke “nachos” (so good!).
where to eat
There are so many good spots on the island! I seriously don’t think you can go wrong.
245 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480
I love Le Bilboquet for date night. The courtyard offers a lush setting for dinner, and the nickel-top bar offers unique and tasty cocktails.
Pizza Al Fresco
14 Via Mizner, Palm Beach, FL 33480
A great spot for the whole family is Pizza Al Fresco. It offers simple but delicious lunch or dinner with lots of outdoor seating in their beautiful courtyard, just off one of the many vias. The cutest little gelato shop is conveniently right around the corner. We never miss the opportunity to stop at Piccolo Gelato for a sweet treat. They have THE best homemade waffle cones!
350 South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480
If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Buccan. The menu features lots of small plates made with fresh ingredients that are consistently delicious. And I always finish dinner with their warm chocolate chip cookie. Their sister-spots, Imoto and The Sandwich Shop, are right next door and just as fantastic!
where to shop
251 Worth Avenue Palm Beach, FL 33480
Worth Avenue is the quintessential Palm Beach experience and offers the best shopping from both big-name brands and local boutiques. I love to stop into Aerin for a mix of her line and other chic brands. Leta Austin Foster Boutique is my go-to for the most beautiful selection of children’s clothing. As you walk west along the avenue (with the ocean behind you) you will start to see “vias” leading you off the main avenue and toward more shops and restaurants. These quaint, pedestrian-only Mediterranian-style alleyways are one of my favorite elements of shopping in Palm Beach.
The Church Mouse
374 South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480
A gem on the island is The Church Mouse. I have found so many treasures at this beloved thrift store over the years. Everything is donated by the island’s chic locals, and sales benefit Bethesda-by-the-Sea.
Royal Poinciana Plaza
340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480
The Royal Poinciana Plaza is just a short drive from Worth Avenue. It features shopping and dining around a beautiful green space and garden. Beachcarries my favorite swimwear from Marysia. I love the hand-embroidered cashmere sweaters from Lingua Frances. Zimmerman is a great place to grab beautiful dresses for your vacation. And during season, there is a Soul-Cycle PopUp which offers outdoor spin. Celis Produce (all locally sourced) is a great spot to enjoy a smoothie or juice post shopping or spin.
where to play
201-291 Ocean Ter, Palm Beach, FL 33480
The beaches, of course, are gorgeous. At the end of Worth Avenue and right around the corner from The Colony, you will find the iconic Flagpole Beach. For a more quiet and peaceful beach, I recommend the dune beaches at the North End.
Palm Beach Lake Trail
S Lake Trail, Palm Beach, FL 33480
The Lake Trail is the perfect way to see Palm Beach. It goes around the entire island and along the intercostal waterway. You can bike or walk, but my favorite way to get around is to rollerblade while my kids ride their scooters. Sprinkles is a Palm Beach staple for ice cream that we often visit after riding around the trail.
Summer is the perfect time for quick weekend getaways to the beach. My girls and I stayed at The Colony Hotel, a boutique hotel and landmark in the heart of Palm Beach. We enjoyed the sun, the pool, and great food all while wearing our Marysia favorites.
Meet the inspiring Germán Serrano–an artist, entrepreneur, and the founder of Tucca Towels. The vision of Tucca was born after Germán discovered a solution to the discomfort of windy, sandy beach days. German was able to add functionality into his sustainable, uniquely designed towels by including pins that fix into the sand and can be connected to other Tucca towels. Get to know more about German and his journey.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I studied Psychology and worked for multinational companies in HR for over eight years. I quit my job to start up Tucca, despite having many other business ideas. Curious and imaginative by nature, I am passionate about the sea, gastronomy, art, enjoying my friends and music. I am the singer and songwriter of the band “Gentleman Clef”.
What inspired you to start your brand?
The concept was born after identifying the need to solve a problem that we have all experienced: the discomfort caused by the wind blowing at your beach towel, making it nearly impossible to simply lay flat and clear of sand.
It was clear to me that “discomfort” and “beach” were two words that should never go together. That was the trigger to get down to work and design the best way to fix the towel to the sand.
We also thought about people you enjoy your beach days with, the ones you prefer to keep close “without sand in between”. Since we tend to set towels close to each other, why not connect them to create a bigger, more communal space? This is how our strongest concept was formed: to connect. Not only physically connecting the towels but connecting with the beach, with yourself and the ones you love.
How does your brand practice sustainability?
For us it is very important to raise awareness about sustainability, not as a marketing concept, but as a matter of vital importance for the conservation of our planet and therefore of our own life. We must protect what we love.
We only use 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton, we do not use any plastic in the packaging, and the bags that we include to store the Tucca pins are made from recycled plastic bottles. We are also working on some partnerships with different NGOs to donate part of our profits to clean the ocean and our beloved beaches. There is so much to do… and a little goes a long way.
What sparks your creativity?
Everything that surrounds us can be a perfect setting to awaken your creativity. In my opinion, the key is not in things, but in the eyes with which you look at them.
Having a curious and imaginative attitude is key to conceiving new ideas. But it is difficult to imagine and generate connections between ideas by “being on the couch all day”. You have to go out, experiment, meet people … live.
That said, music has always been a huge source of my creativity. My ideas and thoughts often take the form in songs that I write and perform.
Tell us about your new Moon collection…
The collection is inspired by four coral species that are considered endangered. Danai, Crassa, Florida and Mayeri, are the four species that give name to each of the designs. Corals are full of life and color, but when they die they lose it. The designs of the new collection are inspired by that contrast: the balance of our cyclical ecosystem and the vibrant colors that inspire us to breathe life. Also, with this collection we wanted to create a thin towel, so it is lighter and more practical
What makes Tucca towels so unique? Do you have a favorite towel design?
What mainly sets Tucca apart is the pins system to fix your towel to the sand so it doesn’t get blown away by the wind. Also, the possibility to connect two or more towels without sand in between linking the designs. This is something that surprises people and something we wanted to achieve from the very beginning; for people to go to the beach and connect towels with each other.
In addition, our quality and design is what makes us unique. It was curious to walk along the beach and see hundreds of people with brand name swimsuits all the while noticing that there were no beach towels that corresponded to their look.
What does the start and end of your day look like?
I’m not really a person until I have coffee, so that’s the first thing. Then a little sport to start the day with energy and a lot of work until nightfall. I love being able to enjoy a healthy and nice dinner as a reward for the day. I finish off the day either playing the guitar or relaxing with a book.
Any advice for fellow entrepreneurs?
I would say:
- Building relationships is key. Helping, receiving help and sharing experiences is vital to grow.
- Do your best to cultivate a curious, positive, and very active attitude. All the brilliant people I know have this in common.
- Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Enhance the positives and surround yourself with people who support your weaknesses.They can help you overcome them.
- There is always a solution to a problem. When you can’t find the solution, don’t get overwhelmed. Take the time to look for it because it’s out there.
Favorite vacation spot?
A beach with waves, not so many people, nature and sun. Could be anywhere.
Your 5 essentials for a warm weather getaway?
My ukulele, swimwear (marysia’s on for example:), a book, one Tucca and a good friend!
one. MARYSIA Montauk Pants, $339 at marysia.com
two. MARYSIA Palm Springs Maillot, $379 at marysia.com
three. KHAITE Puglia Sandals, $880 at khaite.com
four. RENNA JEWELS Thread and Shell Bracelet, $2,450 at marysia.com
five. CESTA COLLECTIVE Raffia Tote, $575 at marysia.com
one. MARYSIA Crochet Sleeveless Dress, $620 at marysia.com
two. MARYSIA Antibes Bikini, $312 at marysia.com
three. BOTTEGA VENETA Raffia Slides, $1,020 at matches.com
four. LOEWE Raffia Bag, $490 at matches.com
five. THATCH JEWELRY Mina Anklet, $50 at marysia.com
one. MARYSIA Molluscs Dress, $565 at marysia.com
two. JANE POPE JEWELRY Mar Cuff, $11,088 at janepopejewelry.com
three. BOTTEGA VENETA Square Heels, $890 at matches.com
four. RENNA JEWELS Bitsy Bean Diamond Stud, $415 at marysia.com
five. LOEWE Shell Bag, $2,750 at matches.com
one. MARYSIA Lucera Top, $230 at marysia.com
two. MARYSIA Borgo Skirt, $389 at marysia.com
three. CESTA COLLECTIVE Citron Floral Bag, $495 at marysia.com
four. THATCH JEWELRY Guiding Star Link Necklace, $250 at marysia.com
five. THE ROW Ginza Sandals, $790 at matches.com
one. MARYSIA Venus Dress, $399 at marysia.com
two. CELINE Square Acetate Sunglasses, $460 at matches.com
three. MARYSIA Water Bottle, Complimentary with sport orders over $500 or more at marysia.com
four. LOLA HATS Raffia Visor, $179 at marysia.com
five. LOEWE Ballet Runner Trainers, $590 at matches.com
one. MARYSIA Bumby Palm Springs Tie Maillot, $139 at marysia.com
two. SCANDIBORN Float Bands, $16 at scandiborn.com
three. MARYSIA Bumby Rashguard Onesie, $149 at marysia.com
four. TUCCA Florida Towel, $115 at marysia.com
five. MARYSIA Bumby Boy Shorts, $108 at marysia.com
six. PALOROMA Gentle Hand Wash, $18 at paloroma.com
seven. SCANDIBORN Beach Set, $44 at scandiborn.com
Meet the fearless Shannon Vaughn–a mother, entrepreneur, and the founder of Pursoma. Pursoma is our newest addition to our clean beauty selection and aims to help others reclaim healthier lives by detoxifying, rejuvenating and soothing the body from the inside out. Take it from someone who took 325 baths just last year–the Pursoma ritual “bathtime to bedtime” is the ultimate way to cleanse, rest and recharge.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I am an aspiring millennial who is really Gen X and just envious of the tech skills of all millennials. I own a female-founded and operated beauty wellness brand, Pursoma. I took 325 baths last year which kept my anxiety at bay. If i don’t meditate daily, I probably should not be around the human race. I love homemade green juice, nature, being an entrepreneur, and finding solutions to live a healthy, happy life in a modern world and LOVE sharing that with others. I am curious to a point that it becomes dangerous, and I am willing to try any wellness trend that will help me avoid getting lines at rest (aka wrinkles). I want to age with ease, stay fully hydrated, and teach others how to do the same.
What inspired you to start your brand?
I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that was affecting my reproductive system and was facing future failure to be able to have a healthy pregnancy. I really wanted to feel better and know that I could have the opportunity to be a birth mother. I felt that medication and the sad look from the doctor who just said that severe monthly cramps, cysts, and a host of other issues were normal were just not enough for me, so during a 45-day cleanse I discovered detox bathing. This was an important component of my physical healing, but it also calmed me, helped me relax, reduced my anxiety and gave me a full and deep night’s sleep. Bathing for me is the equivalent of soaking away the day’s problems – getting out of the tub gives me a feeling like I have been reborn.
How does your company practice sustainability?
The first and primary focus for Pursoma’s sustainability program or as I have always referred to it – “our eco vision” – was to source our ingredients from natural sources so that when we grew we would not disrupt the ecosystem of that ingredients’ environment. Knowing we could harvest as much natural sea salt and clay as we needed and it would not hinder the natural production cycle of the material or the people that were harvesting it was a win-win. The goal was that it would improve the lives of everyone associated with our growth (e.g. provide jobs and not impact the farms, seabeds, or people negatively). I find so much green-washing around this topic and it’s disturbing that some brands focus a lot on one topic of sustainability but overlook the larger issues, like their supply chain. Additionally, we are moving to compostable packaging as well as a refill model over the next few years, taking each step in a thoughtful way so that we can make changes that we can adhere to even as we grow and expand.
What is the Founder Sourced Ingredients Initiative? And what impact do you expect it to have on the beauty and wellness industry?
I want the owners of businesses to be in touch with their farmers and suppliers. Removing the middleman/middlewoman will 100% give the customer a better experience because if you don’t see and touch, smell and feel something it’s very hard to assure your customer that what is in your product is what you are actually selling them. Beauty is almost 0% regulated; it’s not like the food and drug industry, and there is no one actually checking regularly on your ingredients so it’s best if the founder is responsible for that. FSI was started by Pursoma to provide consumers with traceable, identifiable, and transparent beauty wellness products that represent social responsibility and originate from natural sources for the ultimate consumer experience. Here’s a link to the initiative overview.
FSI VERIFICATION GUARANTEES:
- All products are Founder Sourced.
- All product and packaging ingredients are safe, non-toxic, and free of toxic-processing and manufacturing.
- Business is done under the Fair Trade standards established by Fairtrade International FSI will bring light and resources to little known farmers, harvesters, their ancient practices around the world and their families and villages.
- Shipment, storage, and packaging of ingredients are sharply regulated to ensure the maintenance of product integrity during shipping.
What is your daily wellness routine? How do you plan on staying committed to it this summer?
I get off track just like anyone else whether it’s from the change of a season or a holiday. I try to keep a few core rituals: drinking 3 liters of water per day, exercising 45 minutes, taking a bath. The world around me often makes me drained and If I take a bath, rehydrate and rest, I can stay up later and have some spontaneity and fun but not feel run down by the end of summer or after a holiday.
How do you recommend creating a relaxing space to rest and recharge in?
I love this question. I would like to start by saying that the size of your living space does not matter! I believe that the bathroom and bedroom are your sanctuary space. They are not for the public or random guests, and you should only use them for yourself, your family and someone you love. The energy in those spaces should be sacred. I feel the “bathtime to bedtime” ritual is a true Pursoma trademark. It is everything we stand for in claiming your own time and space in order to cleanse, rest and recharge.
What is your bath time ritual?
I fill the tub with super hot water (106 degrees to be exact) and I use a floating thermometer (they only cost around $4.00). I fill my water bottle, then go into the bathroom and turn off the notifications on my phone and turn on a Pursoma Spotify playlist. I dry brush my body for 3 minutes, soak in the tunes, then get in the tub and soak for 20 minutes. Afterwards, I wrap up in a robe for 10 minutes and lay down and continue to sweat while my body cools down and my heart rate goes back to normal. My last step is to apply body oil or body butter and go to sleep.
Which bath soak can’t you live without and what makes it so special?
Resurrection it is the ultimate detox treatment – a full serving of detox, hydration and rest. It leaves you feeling resurrected from whatever has worn you down. It has French grey sea salt, French green clay, seaweed and algae. It is magical…
Any tips on keeping a healthy balance between work and personal life?
This is a struggle for me. I would say… keeping a healthy balance with yourself is first. Maintaining healthy levels of sleep, exercise, nutrition and spiritual practice will help you work more efficiently and effectively and this will set you up for a more well rounded and balanced life between work and home.
Best piece of advice for fellow female entrepreneurs?
If you are raising a family, it’s always going to be harder for you. If you are raising money it’s always going to be harder for you. We are trying to balance the scales on how men run businesses versus women and it’s improving but there are some things that won’t change. For instance, I wanted to go back to work 8 days after I had my daughter but I also wanted to breastfeed. No equality law is going to fix that for me. It’s a choice and it’s important that you have support, both emotionally and logistically, because it’s very hard. I would say that you should never resist following your passion because you are a woman – just know that it’s important to have a strong support system.
Meet the female leaders behind Thatch Jewelry, Amy Olson Goin and Laura Laing. Based in San Diego, Thatch Jewelry is an attainable yet luxurious, made by hand collection of jewelry. A few months back we introduced their stunning pieces to our website and have been in love ever since. Get to know more about the women behind Thatch and their journey.
What inspired THATCH jewelry to come to life?
THATCH was created with the philosophy that a quality, made by hand collection should be accessible to more women. We like to think of ourselves as attainable luxury for the everyday girl.
Tell us a bit about how you got started with the brand & your roles at THATCH
Laura was a part of THATCH from the very beginning, as the only trained metalsmith of the group – she could make anything our heart’s desired as the team set out to make a fresh jewelry collection. Amy came in later as an early consultant to the brand, having relocated from the busy NYC showroom scene to California. Together, they grew the small brand and were able to evolve and expand with it.
Does your company practice sustainability ? If so, how?
Sustainability is a very important part of our company goals…we try to incorporate repurposed metals whenever we can, and in 2020 we were finally able to eliminate plastics in our shipments and created biodegradable, recyclable and re-usable packaging.
Tell us about your SPRING ’21 collection! What was the inspiration behind this collection?
The brand launched with our signature constellation collection, and has since grown to encompass a strong assortment of pendants with meaning, guidance, luck and protection. We are always inspired by the stars and the energies the universe has to support us.
We also fell in love with these tiny freshwater seed pearls – and being beach girls, we created a tiny capsule highlighting these natural beauties.
What is your favorite THATCH jewelry piece at the moment ? How would you style it ?
Amy is in love with the GUIDING STAR link necklace…it looks amazing with a white t-shirt and jeans, or a beachy sundress – she has been wearing it since it launched !
Laura’s favorite piece is the Alchemy necklace, she loves the simple geometric design and the reminder that the universe is vast and how important it is to remain balanced with the powers of the planets. The lariat is perfect and you can wear it at different lengths which can be styled with virtually anything – from sleek summer tank tops, dresses and of course a simple t-shirt and jeans.
What is a typical day in San Diego like with the THATCH team?
We all live in different parts of the city, but I would say we are all early birds, and walks on the beach with our dogs, or the hillside trails are a common way we start the day. We have a fluid work day and some come in early, while others stay late – but normally we all have at least one coffee break together in the studio where we catch up on all things, work related and otherwise. We are such a small team, and all very close…we also love food and where to grab lunch or talking about new favorite restaurants is a common topic of conversation.
How has working for a female-founded and female-led brand empowered you?
This is a great question – and it is easy to answer. We feel like we are in control of our days, and have the flexibility to work from home, care for our children or pets, practice self care and manage our days to work for us. We feel there is so much trust in us and love sort of infused in how we work together. There is a lot of room for personal freedom here – and we can’t help but think that comes from the feminine energy of our team x leadership.
Any tips on keeping a healthy balance between your work and personal life?
It’s all about balance. Trying to prioritize our well being over success is one thing. Making time for ourselves, and being sure to leave the cell phone behind when we are out in nature. We make sure to shut down the entire operation for several weeks a year so we can all truly great a break. It’s a great thing when you know your entire team is resting, you can actually rest, too !
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received ?
Be authentic, lead with integrity, don’t take yourself too seriously….those are just a few of many ! Also, a dip in the sea cures just about anything….