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Friday Feature – Fashionably Fit Nicole Perry

This week for our ’Fashionably Fit’ series, Style to Envy chatted with Nicole Perry, a young professional, and blogger living in Boston.  We found Nicole one day on Twitter, checked out her blog, tried a quick at home workout and after working up a good sweat contacted her for the feature.  This series is literally a perfect fit see her story below and our Q&A.

I grew up in Martha’s Vineyard and now work as an Editor in Boston.  I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English.  In March of 2011, I started Pumps and Iron as a way to share my love for fitness, cooking, and fashion.

Q:  How do you stay active on a constant basis?
A:  I find exercises and activities I enjoy doing.  High-intensity interval training is great because I can fit it in no matter how busy my schedule is right at home. Plus I’m a morning person and have plenty of time to go for a run before the sun even comes up.

Q:  How would you describe your personal style?
A: More on the trendy side than classic, mixed with a bit of boho.  I look for unique, standout pieces—especially shoes…six-inch, ankle-breaking, outrageous heels :)

Q: Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
A: I’ve always loved supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for events – polished and elegant, yet still sexy, and for casual days they are effortlessly put together.  Thanks to Pinterest, I am looking more to fashion bloggers for style inspiration, Pink Peonies, Seams for a Desire and Cheyenne Meets Chanel are fabulous.

Q:  Who or what has been your greatest fitness influence?
A:  Zuzana Light – I discovered her workouts back when I was in college and facing the difficult challenge of losing my freshman 20.  Her quick, brutal, at-home workouts were unlike anything I’d done prior and I was instantly hooked.

Q: What is the exercise you ‘love to hate’ the most? It works you but you HATE every second of it!
A: To say I despise yoga would be the understatement of the century! The amazing physical benefits of it are undeniable and I always feel great after. I want to like yoga but ten minutes in I’m bored silly and counting down until the class is over.

Q: Biggest fitness accomplishment to date:
A: I ran my first half marathon in October and finished in under two hours despite tendonitis in my Achilles – I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to do.

Q:  At the gym, are you fashionable or non-fashionable in your fitness attire?
A:  It’s not my main priority to be fashionable, but when I feel good about the way I look, I have a much better attitude about working out.  I do a lot of at-home workouts, so the occasional fashion faux pas can stay my little secret. ;)

Q: What’s your eating/diet habits (paleo, eat clean, cheat day)?
A: I focus on eating wholesome, clean food and avoiding items that are highly processed. I do almost all my own cooking and eat 5-6 small meals a day to keep my metabolism cranking.  A pint of ice cream every once in a while is good for the soul.

Q: Favorite food treat (clean eating) and naughty splurge:
A: I’ve recently become obsessed with roasted seaweed, it’s packed with nutrients and it’s extremely low in calories. My naughty splurge Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun’s ice cream –  the main ingredient has got to be tiny bits of Heaven.  But it can be hard to find and multiple times I go to the website and to track down a pint.

Nicole decided in college to embrace a healthy lifestyle and finds time to stay active even from the comfort of her home.  To learn more about Nicole and get some great workout ideas, visit her blog, follow her on Twitter, Instagram and like her Facebook Page.

Interested in being featured? Please contact us via email styletoenvy@gmail.com and we would love to share your story.

With Style,

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