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A Fashionable Q&A with…
Author Sophia Ruan Gushée

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In NewsWhistle’s weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of the world’s top influencers and finds out more about their lives and careers.

This week, Clara speaks with author Sophia Ruan Gushée, whose first book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures will be released on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Her book was conceived as a reference manual that offers a science-based overview of the toxins that surround us — information that should be readily available to everyone.  She presents the book now as a guide for individuals and families to become more informed about our toxic environment, and she gives easy tips to reduce our toxic exposure and improve our health and wellbeing, as well as that of the planet.

Gushée is a mother of three who, upon leaving a career in investment management to spend more time with her children, began a journey to build the healthiest and safest environment possible for her family.  This mission to become a truly conscious consumer led her into five years of research on the many toxins we are exposed to and the possible effects of these substances on our lives.

For more information on Sophia Ruan Gushée, visit: www.nontoxicliving.tips and to purchase A to Z of D-Toxing, visit: http://amzn.to/1OhEjpM

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Sophia Ruan Gushée

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1. What prompted you to write A to Z of D-Toxing?

My own need and desire for a manual that could guide me as head of a growing household. While there are books on nontoxic cleaning and books on toxins in beauty products, a head of a household buys products from many more categories. I wanted an overview of key issues I should know about, in regards to threatening exposures in our households, and a comprehensive list of tips from which I could formulate my own strategy. At the same time, I wanted 10 key ideas to focus on, to frame perspective on high impact goals.

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2. What is the most important lesson you want readers to take from the book?

That we should consider our toxic, or potentially toxic, exposures as often we think about what we eat.

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3. If you could meet anyone in the world, who do you want to meet? And why?

Oprah Winfrey. She has been a remarkable pioneer in many arenas. 

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4. Who influences your personal style?

I love classic and preppy but with a twist. Personal styles that have always intrigued me include those of Caroline Bessette Kennedy, Ali MacGraw’s style in the 70s, Sienna Miller, and Kate Moss.

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5. Proudest career moment?

When I have been brave enough to honor my instincts and fight for a less popular business strategy, which later proved to be a great decision.

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6. If you were not the author of A to Z of D-Toxing, what would you want to be?

A more serious student of yoga, nutrition, cooking, and aging with contentment and comfort.

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7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to have an established positive influence on my children and in my community.

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8. Any advice for others entering your profession?

Be brave enough to listen to what truly interests you, especially if it’s not popular. Take risks to nurture your sincere curiosities and passions.

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9. Best international dining experience you’ve ever had?

A tapas bar that we randomly wandered into in Barcelona, Spain.

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10. Favorite vacation spot and hotel?

My ultimate vacation spot is our home in Bridgehampton. Kids and adults are all completely decompressing amid a slower, more natural pace of life, while genuinely engaged and relaxed. We all sleep great too.

Favorite hotel is Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, CA.

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11. Three items that can always be found in your purse?

iPhone, credit card, and sunscreen.

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12. What song can you listen to on repeat?

“The Melody Of A Fallen Tree” by Windsor For The Derby

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Images Courtesy of Sophia Ruan Gushée