I am so excited to welcome one of my dear friends Krista Tarantino to the blog today. Krista has been an inspiration to me for a few years now and I love how passionate she is not only about her personal health and well-being, but also around bringing more of conscious and informed lifestyle + information to others. As a nurse and the co-creator and co-owner of American Weekend, a beautiful vintage online store, Krista's definition of living a wellness lifestyle expands well beyond what is on her plate.
I hope you enjoy Krista's interview and take on well-being. And without further ado... here is Krista!
Welcome, Krista. Would you introduce yourself and tell us a little more about American Weekend?
My name is Krista Tarantino I live on the Central Coast of California with my husband and two sweet cats. I am a nurse and co-owner of American Weekend, a curated vintage shop my sister Jenny and I started 2 years ago. We created American Weekend because of the joy we get piecing together amazing outfits with our one of a kind vintage finds. We enjoy searching to find the best vintage we can to fit modern day trends and aesthetics. We have discovered that it is completely possible to dress in head to toe recycled threads while still looking fresh and current.
In a world where being healthy means so many things to so many people, what does being healthy mean to you?
Being healthy has meant different things to me at different points in my life. Right now being healthy means balance and gentleness. Learning to be in tune with my body has been one of the most valuable things I have learned. I know what it feels like to be out of balance in my life and I know what it feels like to be in balance so I am constantly adjusting things in my life to keep that balance. I have been learning to be gentle with myself by doing what feels good and right.
How does the mission of American Weekend coincide with living a healthy lifestyle?
After starting American Weekend, we realized very quickly that the world doesn’t need anymore brand new clothing. Being a part of American Weekend has opened my eyes to the importance of supporting sustainable fashion. Knowing the human and environmental impact fast fashion has on our world, we would like to be a part of the change. To me, living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean taking care of your physical body but also being conscious on how your contributing and impacting the planet and the community you live in. If we are lucky enough to have the option where we buy our clothing, we should choose a kind option.
What are your favorite ways to care for yourself?
I love picking fresh flowers from our yard and putting them in vases all over the house. Cooking great dinners with seasonal ingredients with my husband. I feel best when I’m getting a good balance of exercise in. Recently swimming, walking, hiking and yoga have been feeling good on my body but when I’m tired, I rest. When I need to jump in the saltwater, I surf. My diet is pretty consistently plant based foods and a little fish because that’s what makes me feel best. But I also don’t deprive myself of treats if I want them.
What are some books or people that have made a big impact on your life?
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. Another book that comes to mind is one my mom gave me called Sastun. It’s about an American Herbologist who moved her family to the jungle of Belize to apprentice with one of the last surviving, and most respected, traditional Bolivian healers. My husband and I were lucky enough to stumble upon one of his medicine trails when we visited that beautiful, lush country. I also am continuously being inspired by all the strong women in my life. Collaborating with creative women has been one of the most rewarding parts about American Weekend.
Coffee or Tea?
Both! I like lots of beverages in the morning. Water with lemon, tea, green smoothie, coffee. Usually in that order.
I have been practicing meditation in the mornings and this quote is something I try to recite to myself: “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion” - Thich Nhat Hanh
Where can we learn more about you and American Weekend?
You can learn more about American Weekend by following us on Instagram (@american_weekend), visiting our online shop (www.shopamericanweekend.com), or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be hosting a pop-up shop at Pierce Vineyards tasting room in Monterey on July 29th from 12-4 in the backyard.
Thank you so much Krista for all of the amazing work you are doing. You are truly an inspiration!
Who is inspiring you this week? Reach out and tell them how they inspire you. Xo