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What’s your most treasured personal ritual?

It would have to be meditation first thing in the morning. I have been doing it for years and I can feel a very clear difference when I do not; my whole day is different without it. Even if I oversleep or need to get somewhere early and can’t get the full 20 minutes in, I will still sit for 10 or even just 5 minutes because it makes my day better, and I’ll feel better. I am also in the routine of a large glass of warm lemon water right before the meditation. It’s like a mini cleanse that hydrates me and shifts my energy into awake mode.

The most dramatic sunsets and sunrises?

The best sunsets that I have experienced are in Nosara, Costa Rica. Dreamscape, otherworldly, holy moly. These sunsets remind me of Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tatooine. There is a pink sheet that covers the sky, and on some evenings both the sun and the moon are across from one another, as if to meet one another for a shared moment. I can only say that it reminds me of the extreme beauty and wonderment of this planet. It fills me with humility and immense gratitude.



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Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman is the president and creative director of her self-named, sustainability-focused clothing company that creates and presents colorful collections in celebration of women. She is an active member of the CFDA and serves on the boards of artisan-focused nonprofit Nest, community organization Glam4Good, youth empowerment charity ArtStart, and Fashion Fights Cancer.

Hisham Akira Bharoocha Illustrator

Hisham Akira Bharoocha is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York, working across various mediums including large-scale murals, paintings, drawings, collages, audio/visual installations, and performances.


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