Editor’s Letter

Sunny days in Southampton. Photo by Arthur Elgort

This has been a year of firsts for me. I launched the wellness-minded PURIST; created a thought-provoking ideas festival, Connect 4, at Bay Street Theater; hosted PURIST’s first yoga retreat at Casa de Campo, led by my favorite Sag Harbor yogi, Erika Halweil; opened a monthlong wellness-themed PURIST pop-up in Westfield, LA; and finally put my money where my mouth is by having South Fork Peak Savers make my home energy efficient and switching to nontoxic cleaning and beauty products through switch2pure.com. I should be exhausted, but I feel exhilarated and more motivated than ever to continue my search for ways in which we can care for our planet and improve the quality of our lives.

With the promise of summer, we shift our city life to the infinite beauty and brightness of cornfields and beaches, and capture that in the happy yellow-themed pages in the issue. We feature a bright light, actress and producer Rachel Weisz, a seeker of mindful nourishment in the form of authentic and brave women to bring to life on the silver screen. Her latest film, Disobedience, takes us on an emotional journey through tradition, sexuality and faith. As if we need another reminder of how impressive she is, her real-life pregnancy at 48 years young (with husband, James Bond, I mean Daniel Craig) is a testament to her commitment to her health and her strength of body, mind and spirit.

Further on in the issue, the ultimate empowered woman, Oprah Winfrey, who never ceases to amaze us with her generosity of spirit, interviews another great woman and the modern face of courage, Malala Yousafzai. The future is brighter thanks to her advocacy of girls’ education in places around the world where it still does not exist. It is one of the best interviews I have ever had the privilege of running in any magazine.

So, our mission remains true: We hope our shared wellness treasures inspire positivity in your good lives.

Read on.