In my latest Well Being With Friends conversation, I chat to Josefina A. Theo - founder beautiful sustainable swimwear brand Casa Raki. I picked up some new insights in the world of sustainable fashion and manufacturing, along with other stories and suggestions for daily life and balanced wellbeing. From recent reads and favourite wellness apps, to travel memoirs and mantras to live by, I hope you discover a selection of new things to try and to apply to your own lifestyle, to assist and support your journey of self-development and prosperity.
Favourite or recently discovered Book:
Top wellness tip(s):
Do yoga every day!
Favourite or recently discovered Podcast:
I'm pretty old-school and still haven't gotten my head around to podcasts, yet.
Favourite or recently discovered App:
Vivino for wine ratings and reviews.
Favourite or recently discovered wellness guru, personality or website:
I’m a recent Goop convert, and love their amazing wellness tips.
Favourite or recently discovered Song:
Contra la Pared by J Balvin / Sean Paul.
Favourite or recently adopted daily ritual or habit:
Swapping coffee for decaf coffee.
Sustainable / eco beauty - your favourite beauty rituals and ingredients or products for good skin?
Gazelli Skincare.It's amazing.
Favourite or recently discovered Film / series / documentary:
Quicksand on Netflix
Something you've done recently where you felt super present, content and grateful:
A picnic I had last weekend with my best friends at the top of Col de Vence, the most beautiful natural setting, with the best company and the best food and wine. I felt very grateful for life in that moment.
If we were to try just one thing for our wellbeing, what would be your one tip:
Yoga changed my life, I would honestly recommend practicing it regularly, It's not only great for the mind, but it's a game changer for the body as well.
Favourite or recently discovered sustainable fashion brand:
I would say my own as I'm the biggest fan of our mission, but If I had to pick another one it would be Patagonia. They've been championing sustainability for almost over 50 years and are way ahead of the curve. They should be an inspiration to all sustainable brands starting out today.
Favourite pieces from that brand:
Weirdly I would say their wetsuits, they are amazing quality and they last a lifetime. I grew up surfing in them Punta Del Este.
What are your core values when it comes to sustainability and sustainable business and fashion? What are the key practices within Casa Raki and why do you do what you do? How do you evolve the business ethically whilst keeping up with trends and larger more commercial brands?
As a business we try to be as sustainable as we possibly can. We always pick a sustainable option for our production if there is one available. It is challenging for a young business to do, as recycled materials, organic cottons, etc are usually more expensive than the ordinary options but the options are readily available and of equal if not better quality. I don’t just want aspects of the company to be sustainable, that is no longer enough. I want the whole company to be sustainable; from our fabrics, supply chains to the way we treat our workers while passing on a fair price and wonderful product to the end consumer. I decided against trends because I believe it encourages an unsustainable consumer behaviour, so we are going against the grain with reasonless, timeless styles that are not trend-driven.
Favourite or recently visited country or city:
My favourite country of all time is Brazil. I would highly recommend everyone to go and explore the north of the country, especially. There are some amazing natural hidden gems and I am constantly finding inspiration for the new collections there.
A story from your favourite or recent travels:
Swimming with sharks on our honeymoon! So scary but exhilarating!
Favourite or recently discovered wellness product or tool:
Jade Roller, a bit late to the party, but wow what a great gadget!?
Favourite piece of advice, quote or mantra:
Take it easy and don't be too hard on yourself! My mother keeps repeating this to me weekly.
Your favourite remedies for illness:
My sisters tip: raw garlic! It's incredibly healing.
Tips for better sleep:
Eye masks! I’m a recent convert.
Favourite or recently discovered place or person for ultimate chill:
The Rectory Hotel in England; a lovely place for a city escape.
Favourite or recently discovered healer:
Acupuncture is awesome, I recently discovered it and it has helped a lot with anxiety and stress for me.
Favourite or recently discovered wellness cafe, restaurant or store:
Milk Beach in Queens Park.
Favourite healthy food or drink:
My old time favourite, Acai.
Advice for that work / life balance:
Switch off as soon as you come home, leave your phone and computer in your bag.
Business advice for business owners, self employed or anyone keen to start their own business:
Never give up! There's a lot of obstacles on the way, but don't let them bring you down. And always have a solid business plan in place first. Unfortunately, good design is not always enough to keep a business stable.
Favourite thing for instantly reducing stress:
Take three. deep. breaths.
First thing you do every morning:
Last thing you do every evening:
Read a book.
Walking our dog in the park.
Complete this sentence. What works most for me is:
Doing a lot of Yoga weekly and enjoying being present. Spending as much time as I can with all my close friends and family who make me happy every day just by being there.