JAN 16, 2020

Take your lifestyle to the next level in the Year of the Rat with tips from wellness maven and Caelum Greene founder Charlotte Tsuei.

The New Year is all about introspection. It’s a time when you can reflect on how far you’ve come, as well as set new goals for the year ahead. Whether you’re hoping to eat healthier, be more mindful or shop more consciously, making incremental changes to your everyday routine can help you grow and thrive in the long run.

For extra motivation, we caught up with eco-conscious entrepreneur Charlotte Tsuei, who founded her sustainable athleisure boutique Caelum Greene in 2016 as the culmination of a diverse career in the fashion industry. As a poster child for all things wellness, Charlotte shares her personal New Year resolutions, favourite athleisure brands, and tips for being a more conscious consumer in the Year of the Rat:

How would you describe Caelum Greene’s ethos?

CT: Style evolved. It is our mission to curate products that are stylish, functional and sustainable. Before bringing brands on board, we thoroughly evaluate the business’s impact on their community, how they source materials, as well as how each product has been produced and packaged.

Charlotte wears her silky soft Joah Brown cardigan everywhere

Did you make any wellness resolutions for the new year?

CT: I’m taking resolutions even more seriously this year, given the start of a new decade and a new cycle in the Chinese zodiac! In 2020, I hope to be able to get back to a daily meditation and gratitude practice. I’d also like to challenge myself to maintain a plant-based diet at least three to four days a week.

What's your current workout routine?

CT: I start the day with some gentle stretching for 10-15 minutes – even before I brush my teeth – just to wake up and connect with my body. From there, my fitness routine currently consists of weight training and boxing two to three times a week. My husband and I also try to go on a family hike or walk on the weekends with our daughter.

MICHI’s Inferno bustier is feminine and functional.

What’s your go-to sustainable athleisure brand?

CT: Joah Brown – I basically live in this athleisure brand. Made using the softest fabrics, every piece is a wardrobe staple that you can throw on and look effortlessly chic, particularly their relaxed-front button cardigan.

MICHI is one of my favourite brands to exercise in because their performance fabric holds up even in the most rigorous of workouts. I love wearing my MICHI Inferno Bustier sports bra – the elegant design and mesh detail make you stand out.

Invest in a beautiful HYDY waterbottle this year.

When traveling, which accessories help you maintain your healthy habits?

CT: My HYDY “CinCin” water bottle in pink gold-dusty rose immediately jumps to mind. What I love about this water bottle is that it’s vacuum-insulated to keep drinks hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours – and it works. I also love my Sugarmat travel yoga mag. Made from 100 per cent natural rubber, synthetic suede, water-based ink, and zero toxic materials, this piece of art goes wherever I do.

You’re already a highly conscious consumer. How will you step it up in 2020?

CT: I cut fast fashion out of my life completely in 2016, but there’s always more that can be done to reduce my environmental footprint. This year, I’d like to continue to curb consumption and, when I do decide to splurge, I want to invest in pieces that are created sustainably or in wardrobe essentials that I’ll wear regularly.

It’s easy to bring a Sugarmat with you on the road.

I have been eyeing Daquïni’s sculpting Pulse leggings and gorgeous Grace bra with a cut-out design and high neckline, Filippa K’s lightweight Shimmer windbreaker, as well as MICHI’s Rise Bustier and Stellar leggings with compression fabric and contrast paneling. Daquïni and Filippa K are both sustainable brands, while MICHI was awarded the Butterfly Mark in 2019 for their measurable impact and company-wide commitments to sustainability.

Cool down in Filippa K’s lightweight Shimmer windbreaker.

If we had to choose one lifestyle change for a healthier, greener year ahead, what would you recommend?

CT: Invest in a reusable water bottle. Water bottles are one of the easiest ways to reduce plastic use in your everyday life. Plus, you’ll also stay more hydrated, which is essential for your body, skin and overall health. I never leave the apartment without my HYDY water bottle!

Visit Caelum Greene at LANDMARK for more athleisure, wellness and sustainable inspiration. Or check out Style Concierge to reserve your favourite products:

Caelum Greene: Shop 304-305, 3/F, LANDMARK ATRIUM, 5530-2524