A Fresh Take on Fall

By Rhonda Wilkins

Executive Editor of Graceful Living, Rhonda Wilkins, shares her favorite recommendations for improving wellbeing, from a sojourn to a unique beach getaway in Malaysia, home to one of the world’s most luxurious wellness centers, to items for the mind, body, and soul that will help you create a peaceful retreat and healthier living space within your very own home.

1. Luxury in the Rainforest

This beachside retreat, nestled amidst the lush rainforest on Malaysia’s Langkawi Island, has been designed to blend seamlessly into its surroundings. Made of timber from elephant-felled trees, The Datai Langkawi is guided by a sustainable ethos built literally into its core. This thoughtful approach extends to the resort’s Spa and Wellbeing program, which embraces the ever-expanding healing found in the rainforest with its age-old traditions and philosophies of the Malay culture known as Ramuan.

2. The Healing Power of OM

While I always advocate for finding time every day to unplug, to put away the smartphones and devices, there is an exception to the rule: the award-winning Calm app featuring meditation techniques for stress reduction and sleep is an example of smartphone-based technology that can actually improve focus and relaxation. I have found it to be the perfect antidote for anxiety and life’s hectic moments.

3. From Studio To Street

I absolutely adore Alo for all yoga wear and accessories. Their clothing is wear-tested by yogis for best fit, but doubles perfectly as everyday, casual activewear.

4. Tools for an Enlightened Life

These expertly hand-woven, 100% cotton blankets make the perfect gift. Designed for yoga practice, they are also beautiful enough to use as throw blankets. PRITI founder, Joanna Feldheim, went on a quest to India to source materials from talented weavers devoted to manufacturing eco-sustainable textiles. The company supports India’s farmers who are in a GMO pesticide crisis and actively supports the emerging fairly traded and organic cotton trade, with all blankets woven under the Global Organic Textile Standard. Priti Handwoven Blankets

5. Clean Skin

Skin is the largest organ of the body—it is imperative we take care of it! I absolutely recommend Odacité’s All-Embracing Watermelon and Hibiscus Serum. Not only is this lightweight and silky formula packed with antioxidants and natural mild acids, promoting a fresh, radiant complexion, and anti-aging powerhouse vitamins A, B, and E, it is infused with the protective crystal energy of Amethyst, known for its ability to calm mind and body, rid negative energy and instill inner peace.

6. Grapefruit Coconut Scrub Recipe


1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup granulated sugar

6 to 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil

Zest from 1 grapefruit


First, soften the coconut oil by placing the jar (make sure the lid is on tight) in a sink or large bowl filled with hot water. Then, in a large bowl mix together the coconut oil, sugar, and essential oil until well combined. Zest 1 grapefruit to the mixture and stir again until well combined. Et voilà!

Photo of Rhonda Wilkins

Executive Editor of Graceful Living, Rhonda Wilkins, is a former Senior Executive at Balmar Printing & Graphics in the Washington D.C Metro area and the wife of the late former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, C. Howard Wilkins Jr. Rhonda brings a wealth of knowledge in the fields of style, design, entertaining, travel and healthy living. Rhonda currently splits her time between Palm Beach, Florida and Europe.


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