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Friday Feature – Fashionably Fit Lara Yunaska

Happy Friday, this week for our ’Fashionably Fit’ series, Style to Envy got a chance to chat with Lara Yunaska, Story Coordinator at Inside Edition, executive committee member of Eric Trump Foundation, former pastry chef, personal trainer and fitness inspiration.  This beautiful New York transplant is a southern girl and went to high school and college with our own Val and she is indeed Fashionably Fit.

Take a look at what we chatted about:

Q: How do you stay active on a constant basis?
A: To me, working out and staying healthy is a priority. I wake up during the week at 5 am in order to make sure I get in my exercise! (And trust me, in the dead of winter in NYC, that is NOT fun!) I always feel better afterward, so, it’s a MUST!

Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: My personal style takes cues from a few different places – I really enjoy mixing styles.  I’m a big fan of mixing high-end and very affordable –  Target skirt or jeans with an expensive blazer or blouse.

Q: Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
A: I would like to say that my biggest fashion influence has been my friends. I have some very well-dressed friends and acquaintances! It’s also about knowing your body and what works. I have an athletic physique (especially my legs!), so, sometimes the skinny-cut Capri pants just DON’T work!

Q: Who or what has been your greatest fitness influence?
A: My greatest fitness influence has probably been my dad. He’s 65 and still manages to play 3 hours of basketball and go to the driving range EVERY DAY. Growing up, physical fitness was very important in our house and I attribute my love for sports to that!

Q: What is the exercise you ‘love to hate’ the most? It works you but you HATE every second of it!
A: Sometimes I workout with my boyfriend’s trainer and he makes me do these crazy jump squat drills – I want to DIE the whole time, but I know it’s working

Q: At the gym, are you fashionable or non-fashionable in your fitness attire?
A: Well, I’m obsessed with Lululemon, so, I guess that would qualify me as “fashionable”! I will say that I don’t EVER wear makeup when I work out (that’s a great way to clog your pores!).

Q: What’s your eating/diet habits (paleo, eat clean, cheat day)?
A: I’m pretty good most of the time. I grew up (thanks, mom!) eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies, so, that’s naturally what I gravitate towards. I’m not a huge meat eater – my favorite food is probably sushi. If I’m going to cheat, you will catch me with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon – YUM!!!

Q: Biggest fitness accomplishment to date:
A: I think my proudest moment was finishing my first marathon – there’s nothing quite like the high you have after it’s over!

Q: Favorite food treat (clean eating) and naughty splurge:
A: My favorite “clean” treat would have to be these carob and peanut butter-covered rice cakes that I get at an organic health food store. If I’m going all out, I’m eating Reese’s! (Yes, all about peanut butter – told you!)

Q: Fill in the Blank: People would be surprised to know that _____________________
A: I love escaping the city on the weekends; New York City is an amazing place to be during the work week, but, there’s nothing like waking up on Saturday morning in the country – I love it!

Lara is surely the picture of health and fitness and with her jammed pack schedule she makes fitness a priority and always looks elegant and chic.  To learn more about Lara and her healthy lifestyle, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.  To learn more about The Eric Trump Foundation benefiting St Jude Children’s Hospital like the Facebook page.

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Friday Feature – Fashionably Fit Maria Kang

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Happy Friday, this week we are excited about our ’Fashionably Fit’ series, Style to Envy got a chance to chat with Maria Kang, mother, wife, business owner and fitness inspiration.  We stumbled upon this California based fitness guru on Facebook and she is indeed an inspiration to all.

Q: How do you stay active on a constant basis?
A: I make it a priority to train intensely 5-6 days a week and complete it in the morning. If I need motivation I take a spin class, if I need more ‘fun’ I take a dance class, if I don’t want to go to the gym, I run on my home treadmill.  I have a lot of options.

Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: In terms of workout clothes my favorite brands are Lululemon for capris and Nike for workout tops.  I love bright colors and to feel comfortable and fit to be flexible in my clothing.  In terms of regular clothes, I usually wear Miss Me jeans with a fitted top. In the summertime I love dresses. I’m very much a ‘girly girl’ I love flowers, lace, and hearts! (my engagement ring is even a heart!)

Q: Who or what has been your greatest fitness influence?
A: My mother first motivated me to exercise because she was in poor health when I was young. However, my biggest influencers were my first fitness manager, Jesus Sandavol and former boyfriend, Paul Hornick. They were both instrumental at a point in my life when I first started in the industry and had faith in my abilities as I was developing a passion for fitness.

Q: What is the exercise you ‘love to hate’ the most? It works you but you HATE every second of it!
A: I love/hate deadlifts and pushups. It’s a tie!

Q: At the gym, are you fashionable or non-fashionable in your fitness attire?
A: I would say I’m fashionable I like to stand out.

Q: What’s your eating/diet habits (paleo, eat clean, cheat day)?
A: I try to eat a whole foods, non-processed and somewhat raw diet. I consume 5 small meals a day and limit my carbs at night. I have a couple cheat meals on Saturday – sometimes on Wednesday also.

Q: Biggest fitness accomplishment to date:
A: Being fit after having 3 kids born in 2009, 2010 and 2011!

Q: Favorite food treat (clean eating) and naughty splurge
A: Clean Eating: Egg Whites and Black Rice – Naughty: any dessert

Q: People would be surprised to know
A: That I don’t use deodorant. I never have. I really don’t have a negative body odor!

Maria is surely the picture of health and fitness and always gives an encouraging word on her blogs and Facebook page.  To learn more about Maria and her tips for a healthy lifestyle, stop by her official website and like her Facebook page.

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Friday Feature – Fashion Designer Fotini

Happy Black Friday Everyone!

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For our first Friday Feature, Style to Envy got a chance to chat with NYC/Canada based designer Fotini who just showed her Spring 2013 collection at Fashion Houston last week. This designer is fashionably inspirational coming from a career in finance and marketing to truly living her longtime dream of being a fashion designer. Her collection speaks for not just one woman but every woman.

Take a look at our Q&A with Fotini:

Q: What made you make a career change from finance and marketing to fashion?

A: Fashion was always my original dream plan, but I decided to follow in my father’s direction of finance and marketing. It actually taught me the fundamentals of business, especially how to be strategic in business. My dream has always been fashion so I decided to pursue it.

Q: How long has Fotini the designer been in the fashion business?

A: I started in 2008 so my line has been around for 4 seasons. I spent about three years in Italy studying the construction of corsetry beside old world ateliers in Bologna, Como and Bergamo thinking that maybe the path in fashion I would like to take. I learned so much from living in Old World Ateliers, a lot of what you see in my collections. I even consisted having my business in Milan but decided to have it based in Canada and NYC since I’m frequently in both places.

Q: What type of woman or audience does Fotini create for?

A: I design for women who are confident, strong and embraces being a woman. A woman that loves being sexy and feminine.My woman can range from a CEO to a socialite to pageant girls and so on because my woman is every woman.

Q: So you just showcased your Spring 2013 collection here in Houston last week, what was the inspiration behind your collection?

A: My inspiration for my Spring 2013 collection was French inspired by the Gardens of Versailles. I was inspired by feminine prints, impressions and watercolor paintings that spoke of romance in France.

Q: What made you unveil your collection at Fashion Houston 2012 in your first full runway show?

A: In New York, I’ve only done presentations during Fashion Week, but Houston reached out to me about showing during Fashion Houston. They loved my brand’s aesthetic and wanted me to be a featured designer here to showcase my new collection. It was a great opportunity because the Texas woman is the woman I design for; she loves colors, being feminine and sexy while on the go. It was a great opportunity and I received a great response from my collection.

Q: What iconic designers or people have impacted your fashion career?

A: A designer that has truly impacted my fashion career would have to be Tom Ford, he has been a huge inspiration to me. Also, Victoria Beckham is a huge inspiration to me as well as others.

Q: Any words of wisdom for anyone chasing a dream or career change?

A: Nothing worthwhile in life comes without sacrifice. If you believe in it, it can happen. Just never give up on what you believe is meant for you.

Fotini is surely a designer to keep an eye on with her refreshing aesthetic to bring romance and femininity back into fashion. To learn more about Fotini and her collections, stop by her official website and follow her on Twitter.

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