From The Editor: Inside The July Issue

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JUL_cover_finalWe might not have mountains or the ocean, but the Midwest has plenty to offer when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors. From the many rivers and lakes within driving distance of St. Louis to our state parks and award-winning trails (Missouri was named Best Trails State by the national nonprofit, American Trails), there are plenty of ways to get active in and around St. Louis.

But our Health & Fitness Issue goes beyond ways to stay physically fit. In our “Live Better” feature, we take a holistic approach to healthy living in St. Louis, uncovering all of the ways to feed your mind, body and spirit for a healthier, happier you. It didn’t take us long to get out and start exploring, and once we did, we realized that 101 ways to live well in St. Louis only scratched the surface of what our fair city (and region) has to offer. From the top spots to get out and enjoy nature to the savviest ways to eat healthy (and local), not to mention countless tips for achieving balance and Zen in your life, our pages are packed to the brim with local tips and resources to help you get there. With so many great ideas, we’re continuing the conversation online with our #31DaysofMovement campaign (we hope you’ll join us!), where we’ll be sharing a new tip, activity or inspiration each day for an entire month.

Speaking of inspiration, I don’t know many others who embody the word quite like local fashion designer Amy Johnson. The eternal optimist, who whole-heartedly embraces the idea of living well, is approaching her one-year mark in her journey to beat cancer. While some would consider the 13 juices, three large vegetarian meals, 60 natural supplements and more that Amy consumes each day as part of her alternative Gerson Therapy a challenge, to say the least, Amy has come to see it as an opportunity to inspire others to eat healthy and live authentically. The now cancer-free designer has taken up gardening as a new hobby and plans to start seeing clients again, returning to her first love: fashion.

I don’t think there’s a sentence in local style influencer Sarah Stallmann’s vocabulary that doesn’t involve the words “love” and “fashion”—which is why the ALIVE team is thrilled to introduce her as our new Fashion Editor. Sarah brings nearly 10 years of fashion industry experience and expertise to the ALIVE team, where she will continue our mission of sharing the latest news, trends and talents on the local fashion scene and beyond. Some in the community know Sarah for her many creative collaborations with designer Michael Drummond—and as the person who has lent her talents to countless area fashion shows and projects with local artists. Others have tapped her for her fashion retail expertise as the former assistant buyer/manager at Ziezo. Even more have followed her work on ALIVE’s Style Notes blog, as well as her personal style outlet, The Wicked Wallflower, and popular pop-up shop series by the same name. In short, there’s no better person to bring you anything and everything related to fashion, style and shopping in St. Louis. Follow her daily coverage on our Style Notes blog—and meet her in person at our next event—and you’ll understand why.

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