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This month Parvati Magazine spoke with Derrick Emsley, CEO of tentree, an outdoor lifestyle brand that plants ten trees for every item purchased. By combining social and environmental consciousness with lifestyle apparel, tentree allows consumers to have a direct impact on the environment and communities worldwide. Parvati Magazine: Congratulations on reaching the milestone this August of planting 15 million trees in your first five years of business. This is a great demonstration of your vision to protect and give back to the environment. How does that commitment translate into theRead More
Brené Brown is a storyteller, proud Texan, professor and researcher turned TED talk star and sought-after speaker. For over a decade, she has been evangelizing the importance of courage, vulnerability, empathy and the high cost of shame. Already the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers, Brown prepares to jump up the bestseller list again with her most recent offering Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. In it, Brown defines true belonging as “the spiritual practice of believing in and belongingRead More
The ridiculous amount of cold and wind and rain that suddenly arrived on my Edmonton doorstep this fall inspired me to peruse the latest releases on Netflix instead of taking a trip to the theatre. And so, this month, I watched First They Killed My Father. The movie is based on the memoir by Loung Ung and her experience as a child during the Cambodian genocide under the rule of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Directed by Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie, herself an adoptive mother of a Cambodian child, oneRead More
This modern world is so fast-paced, we have become conditioned to expect instant gratification. If a website does not load in two seconds we move on. If a song does not grab our attention in the first few bars, we skip to the next. If the news doesn’t capture our attention, we flip the channel. Conversely, there is nothing fast about The National. They started releasing albums in 2001 and it’s been a slow build. They started to find their way to the charts almost nine years later with theRead More
Amy Kellestine, Book Editor: I first stumbled upon The Work, conceived by Byron Katie, approximately six years ago. To say it has been life-altering would be a gross understatement. In her latest literary offering, A Mind at Home with Itself, she collaborates with her husband, the poet and translator Stephen Mitchell, who has published modern translations of works such as the Bhagavad Gita and Tao Te Ching. A Mind at Home with Itself brings a fresh perspective on her approach and philosophy by providing reflections and commentary in response toRead More
We live in an age where people’s attention is the most valued currency. Amidst the constant noise of sound bites, video memes and text bites it’s not easy for any band to hold attention for long. So how does a band that has been off the radar for over four years manage to do it? For James Murphy, and his band LCD Soundsystem, it seems effortless. After a vocal retirement four years ago, LCD Soundsystem is back with a new album, an arena tour and plenty of buzz. When askedRead More
Just when you thought you couldn’t handle another romantic comedy, along comes The Big Sick to prove you wrong and redeem your faith in this worn-out genre. The film is based on a real-life story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon (who, coincidentally, wrote the script together). Pakistan-born comedian and uber driver Kumail (played by himself) and grad student Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) navigate the modern-day challenges of dating in ways that are both heartwarming and hilarious. They form a romantic attachment after she “woo-hoo”sRead More
Joy Elkayam, Fashion Editor: Recycled products such as plastic bottles and alike are not new to eco-fashion. But new to me were Vivobarefoot’s new shoes, made of algae. Behind their eco-friendly practices, Vivobarefoot particularly stands out from mainstream shoe companies due to their philosophy to create shoes that mimic the feel of barefeet. This month, I interviewed their founder, Galahad Clark, about their outlook on bare feet, shoes, and algae. Parvati Magazine: Different from mainstream shoes, Vivobarefoot does not have thick cushiony soles or support. Instead, you create thin andRead More