Our Little Tip for Keeping our Energy and Motivation Up: Crystals

 

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Happy New Year Ms Fits!  We wanted to share our unique tip to help keep you motivated toward reaching your New Year goals….Crystals. Crystals have been used throughout history for their healing and energy capabilities and were considered sacred in many ancient civilizations. It would take the span of many books to cover crystals, the hundreds of different types, and their many uses, roles in traditions and rituals, place in healing and meditations, history, and the many different beliefs that surround their “powers,” so for simplicity I am just going to share a few of my favorites types (specifically the ones that just may help support new goals for 2016).  Wearing or carrying crystals is a very simple tool for adding a little positive boost to your energy and motivation!
I have had quite a few impactful experiences with crystals and now they are always around me. In the years since incorporating them into my life, I seem to continually meet many new “crystal people” and healers, and it is so fascinating what I have learned from them, specifically how differently people’s reactions can be to different stones. For example, some people will feel a heat, others will feel a coolness, vibrations, exaggerated heaviness, etc.. I even met a woman from New Zealand whose crystals shattered after they were done “doing their job” of removing negative energies. Many healers claim the crystals choose you, not the other way around. There is even a crystal for increasing fertility, like the chrysanthemum crystal (I have given this one to so many of my friends trying to get pregnant. Warning: So far, all have had babies).  I have also heard this many times, crystals seem to have a way of disappearing or moving on to other people that need them.

 

Crysanthemum Cyrstal

Crysanthemum Cyrstal

I know this might sound a little odd or new age to some, but crystals are simply known to have higher vibrations that work to boost energy, heal, increase spiritual connectedness, and help release negativity. My house is covered in them, I wear them a lot, I always seem to have a few on me.  I also have a crystal essence that was made for me by a dear friend that I spray everywhere. I use them in hopes to surround my family with positivity and create a space in my home with a healing “pure” energy. You can easily create this by placing quartz crystals in the four farthest points in your home (creating a energy parameter).

There are hundreds of crystals, but here are just a few for healing, to boost energy, motivation, and help release negative energy:

Carnelian Stone

Carnelian Stone

Carnelian Stone –  This is a power and motivation stone. Increase physical energy, ambition, and drive.  Said to bring a surge of life force and boost creative energies.  Supports courage, strength, vitality, increases enthusiasm. Helps to awaken one’s talents and aids in moving forward on a new path. The carnelian stone is considered a career stone and great to carry on you during interviews. Also protects against negative energies.

 

Golden Apatite

Golden Apatite

Golden Apatite – Increases motivation and builds up energy reserves. The yellow Apatite crystal is used for mental clarity, improved will power. Also said to increase creativity, confidence, aids in manifestation of one’s dreams, and even used to stimulate the metabolism for weight loss.

 

red-jasper

Red Jasper – Increase physical energy, vibrancy, and vitality. Said to enhance strength and energy and useful in generating muscle tissue, can enhance the effects of exercise. Overtime, Red Jasper can increase the amount of Chi, or energy force, in one’s energetic field.

 

Sun Stone

Sun Stone

Sun Stone – This is another energizing stone, stimulating leadership and will. It carries the light and happy energy of the Sun. Physically said to increase metabolism, digestions, and vitality. Sun stone can kindle the fire of leadership within those who carry or wear it. It is also a very healing stone of personal power, strength, and to bring in blessings.

 

Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz

Quartz (clear) – Amplification of one’s intentions, used for healing, cleansing, clearing of negative energies. Can assist in any type of healing, and generating prosperity. Also used to amplify the energies of other stones.

xxJ

New Ms Fit Feature: Christina Kotseas of Kotseas Concierge

As we approach a new year, we thought that sharing our fondness for our newest Ms Fit, and her totally unique company would make for the perfect feature. I know we have so many new year’s resolutions, so many things we think we’ll definitely get to once a new page is turned and honestly, I think when we actually get there, we think to ourselves, how in the world did I think I could pull all of this off? Enter Christina Kotseas and her business, Kotseas Concierge. Sometimes a little help with even the smallest things is what we might need to help us get through the day, and that’s exactly what they do… need help with party planning or organizing a family trip, anything? They’ll be right there to get it all done for you so you can focus on everything else.

Let’s see what’s keeping founder, Christina Kotseas busy these days…

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WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS:
Holiday organization! I have been gearing up to prepare all of my clients for their holiday celebrations. We are gift shopping, gift wrapping, finalizing home decor, sending out holiday cards, planning cocktail parties, and getting organized for any winter travel.

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WHAT ARE YOU LOVING IN FITNESS AND FASHION RIGHT NOW?
I’ve recently become a fan of ClassPass and am milking that $119 per month for all it’s worth! I am the Maid of Honor in my sister’s New Year’s Eve wedding this year so am trying to be diligent with my workouts. Having a strong inventory of cute workout clothing like the Lulu lighten up bras help to keep my fitness game on point. I am wishing I had one for each day of the month! I love to wear them with open backed tops to show off all of their fabulous color options.

Tell us about your business, how you got started? Is this a service for everyone?
My business essentially started after I decided that my background as an executive assistant, nanny, yacht stewardess, and Red Sox event planner should really be combined into one role. As a personal assistant and concierge for many bustling Boston households, I​’​m able to apply my experience gained in each of these unique roles to my everyday work. This ​is​ definitely ​a service ​​for​ everyone! Any busy mom, household, executive, ​student, ​etc. can benefit from a few extra hours in their week, right? We can bill hourly if only a short amount of time is needed, or clients can purchase a package for 20, 30, 40 hours and use the time over the course of six months. This way, there is no stress to come up with projects day to day. People love to utilize the hours at their leisure, when it is most convenient for them. ​We’re now offering​ gift certificate​s​ for those hard-to-shop-for family members and friends!

HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH?
​You can visit us on our website or Facebook.

You can also email me directly at ckotseas@gmail.com.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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New Ms Fit Feature: India Hicks

India Hicks, Designer and Founder

India Hicks, Designer and Founder

Every time I think of India Hicks, I think of that Elsie De Wolfe quote, the one that you may have run across once or twice on Instagram that says, “I am going to make everything around me beautiful-that will be my life.” That is exactly what India Hicks, her fragrances, gifts, accessories, style, and most importantly herself represents… so much beauty.  It is not always easy to express concepts like, the essence of relaxed yet luxurious island style, through digital images or social media,  but a quick browse around the India Hicks website and peek into any of her videos and you’ll see that is exactly what she has succeeded in doing.

I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet India twice! And yes, she is so stunning and stylish, has so many fascinating and worldly, and of course Royal stories (having been a bridesmaid of Princess Diana) that she explains are so much a part of the inspiration behind her lifestyle brand and the design of her products which includes jewelry, bags, accessories, and beauty products (we can’t wait for you to check them out!).  India is also so down-to-earth cool and hysterically funny. Both times, she had rooms full of people thoroughly enjoying themselves and laughing. India is also very accessible and caring. It is therefore no surprise that she is growing her successful direct sales business through building relationships with 600 style ambassadors. She also gives back in many ways, one way is creating a special series which shares inspirational stories about people leading impactful lives called, Extraordinary Lives. I am still pinching myself that India has included me and my experience recovering from a stroke on her list!

We are so grateful to India for taking a moment during this busy time of year to share with us, and become our newest Ms Fit!

India's last trip this Fall to Boston with Designer Daniela Corte

In Boston this fall with designer, Daniela Corte.                                                                              (image from Boston Common Magazine)

 

WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?

Being in partnership with 600 extraordinary women who have joined hands with me in an exciting opportunity, together we are building a direct sales business with a fresh and modern take.

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING IN FITNESS AND FASHION RIGHT NOW?

Yoga pants, terrible isn’t it? The men in our lives are appalled; they want us to dress like Grace Kelly and we wear yoga pants. However, I am not into yoga, took a one-on-one the other day to remind myself how much this is not for me. I’m a runner, I need to be pounding that pavement or pink sand.

 

SO MANY OF YOUR ITEMS MAKE SPECTACULAR GIFTS, ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR OUR HOLIDAY SHOPPERS?

Where to begin, we can offer stocking stuffers from $20 to a serious $420 bag with lots of attitude!

HERE ARE JUST A FEW INDIA HICKS ITEMS THAT WE ARE LOVING FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS:

 

Agra Tassel, Leather Key Fob with Tokens.

Agra Tassel, Leather Key Fob with Indi Pendant Rockstar Token.

 

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The Carmen Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beetle Bag

The Beetle Bag

 

 

 

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION?

Mince Pies…..hot and homemade, but not by me.

 

HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH AND LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU?

One way we want to keep inspiring people is through our online videos.

www.indiahicks.com

India Hicks On Facebook

India Hicks on Instragram:

India Hicks on Twitter:

 

 

 

New Ms Fit Feature: Sarah Combies

So thrilled that Sarah Combies, owner of Charlestown Cycling Club (CCC) took a moment out of her busy schedule to share with us and be as our newest Ms Fit. Sarah not only founded, teaches, and runs CCC she is also a tax accountant. It has been so fun watching Sarah grow her amazing cycling club these past few years ,including growing into her new and bigger location in City Square. More and more I hear friends, locals, and my barre students rave about her classes and that invigorating cardio rush one can get from this type of workout.  Congratulations Sarah for your accomplishments and thank you for helping our community continue to get healthier! If you haven’t tried a class at CCC, go for it, your first class is free.
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Sarah Combies, Owner, Charlestown Cycling Club
WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?
Work, work, work, no play….almost! Currently I balance my responsibilities at the studio with a full-time job as a tax CPA at RSM US LLP. Thankfully everything is in Charlestown and I’m a good multi-tasker. I am really excited for the holiday season, my favorite time of year, and want to focus on having fun and healthy community events at the studio to recognize our loyal clients, promote other local businesses and charities, and overall have a little bit of fun in betweem the craziness that this time of year brings!

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING IN FASHION RIGHT NOW?

Slip-on sneakers anyone? These look great to and from the gym with tights or crops and also look cute and sporty with skinny jeans. Slip-on is key when you’re always on the go and the prints, fabrics, and options are endless so hoping to build up my collection this fall. Also very excited to wear plaid scarfs and cute knit hats with the big fur pompoms as the weather gets colder! They look adorable on everyone!
Charlestown Cycling Club

Charlestown Cycling Club

HOW DID YOU BECOME A SPIN INSTRUCTOR AND WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR OPENING  YOUR OWN  SPIN STUDIO?
I started spinning in college almost 10 years ago. It was the first time I was really exposed to it. I loved the intensity and the high energy of the classes and continued being a student until 2012 when I finally got certified. My best friend at the time was an instructor at another boutique studio in Boston and after going there for a couple of years I realized it was something I thought I could be good at. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to coach others and see the work that your students put into every class. That satisfaction motivated me to open here in Charlestown, a neighborhood I have known since 2006, and bring more health and fitness options to this growing neighborhood. I am an entrepreneur at heart and never thought I’d get to live my passion for fitness everyday, but CCC and the awesome Charlestown community has made that possible!
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW  SPINNING AND NEW TO YOUR STUDIO?
Go. At. Your. Own. Pace.   Spinning has such a stigma for being hard, intense, and advanced, but the best part about it really is that is completely accommodating to ALL fitness levels. Everyone should definitely try it at least once and see if it’s for them.   Whether you shed 100 calories in class or 1,000, we are here not just for the burn but also for the community.
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HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND FIND YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE:

New Ms Fit Feature: Shana Novak

Shana Novak, still life photographer and founder of The Heirloomist

Shana Novak, still life photographer and founder of The Heirloomist

The concept of The Heirloomist is just so cool! And so is the photographer behind it.  I met Shana in college and was lucky enough to get to spend a semester with her in London our junior year. When I think back and remember her at that time, my memories of her are with a camera in hand, or around her neck. Always and at all times. It is so awesome to see how she has turned her life passion into her work, becoming a well known  still life photographer in New York City, and now the founder of this amazingly unique company, The Heirloomist. The concept behind The Heirloomist  is to give people the gift of turning cherished heirlooms into beautiful fine art.

 

WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?

Growing The Heirloomist into a meaningful and useful brand is front and center right now. I also have publishing and advertising commercial clients for my still life photography business that get my full attention, too. I wish I could clone myself.

Heirlooms into art

Heirlooms into art. Shana’s grandmothers silver table setting.

 

What exactly is The Heirloomist  – watch below:

http://theheirloomist.tumblr.com/post/129144136522/get-to-know-the-heirloomist

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING IN FITNESS AND FASHION RIGHT NOW?

I like that there is a focus on mind, body, soul instead of protein shakes and body mass building. Also, personally, my apartment in New York has a new gym on the rooftop…one of the treadmills has a direct view of the new World Trade Center–it’s such an inspiration to run at the sight of that.

My favorite thing is happening in fashion right now!! Athletic luxury. I have always loved wearing clothes that breathe, that move, are comfy… now I can find things that look put together and are technologically thought out. All the big brands are doing it and I hope it never goes away.

Family History into Fine Art

Family History into Fine Art

 

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY? WHAT INSPIRED THE CREATION OF THE HEIRLOOMIST?

Photography is in my DNA–both of my mothers’ parents were photographers. My Grandmother started me loving the stories behind family objects… The Heirloomist was invented to be the vehicle to explore the stories visually.

HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH AND LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND THE HEIRLOOMIST?

Visit www.theheirloomist.com. Follow me on Instagram:  https://instagram.com/theheirloomist, Like me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/The-Heirloomist-1651027435112101/timeline/?ref=hl.

 

New Ms Fit Feature: Caitlin Milbury

 

Caitlin Milbury, manager of Exhale Spa, Barre and Yoga Instructor

Caitlin Milbury, Mind Body Manager of Exhale Spa, Core Fusion and Yoga Instructor,  and brand ambassador for Crane and Lion.

 

Alisa and I met Caitlin at a charity event for the Boys and Girls Club almost a year ago.  The three of us were like a little Fitness-Fashion team that day getting ready for the event and ended up spending quite a few hours together. From the very start I felt like I had known Caitlin for years. She is one of those ultra-cool, laid back, but obviously very ambitious, hardworking types… and to top it all off very funny and a lot of fun to be around. It is therefore no surprise she is an amazing fitness instructor at Exhale Spa. Caitlin has a great way of inspiring and connecting with her students to make her classes ultra-challenging and fun at the same time.  I make it to her classes whenever I can and I highly recommend giving it a try.

 

WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?

My fantasy football team! This is my first year participating in a league with my family and things are getting very competitive. I’ve also been doing some more reading (I still believe in the good old paperback book!), which I find incredibly meditative.

 

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WHAT ARE YOU LOVING IN FITNESS AND FASHION RIGHT NOW?

I’m loving Crane and Lion! I’ve just recently been named their newest brand ambassador and I’m absolutely loving rocking all of their Fall items. I especially love the “moto jacket”.

In fitness, I am loving exhale’s newest class offering, Core Fusion Extreme. This class is a high intensity interval class that will leave your heart rate pumping and your new outfit drenched in sweat. While I love teaching barre and yoga first and foremost, it has been so fun to integrate this new class into my regiment.

 

 

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WHY DID YOU BECOME A FITNESS INSTRUCTOR AND WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR BARRE BEGINNERS?

Growing up I found myself the captain of most of my sports teams. It has always sort of been in my nature to love motivating those around me. Once I started working at exhale and got the shakes in thigh work in my first class, I was sold. My passion and dedication to Core Fusion allowed me to become a candidate for the teacher training program. I have since then moved into managing the mind-body program at exhale Battery Wharf. It’s a gift to love your job.

My best advice for Core Fusion/barre beginners is to leave all expectations and judgements at the door. The number one concern for new students is that they are afraid they will be the one uncoordinated person in the back who everyone is staring at. The good news is, nobody is looking at you! Barre is a mind-body method that encourages each guest to focus inward and prioritize alignment over reps. Your teacher is there to help you learn and progress safely and your peers are there to create a sphere of positive and encouraging energy, not to judge you.

 

HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH AND FIND YOUR TEACHING SCHEDULE?

my schedule is at www.exhalespa.com;

My facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/caitlin.milbury?fref=ts

Instagram- cmilbury123

 

New Ms Fit Feature: Melina Olivia DiPaola

Melina DiPaola, founder of Ride North End and E.T.C Juicery

Melina DiPaola, founder of Ride North End and E.T.C Juicery

 

WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?

 Everything!! Haha! Teaching about a dozen classes a week, and also trying to keep up with my own fitness goals and lifting regime. I am working on my unassisted pull-ups, handstands, and arm balances. In addition to the teaching itself, finding new music, creating new playlists and choreography and keeping things fresh and interesting for classes. The day-to-day operations of the studio- from member relations to social media to scheduling and taking other teachers’ classes is also quite the endeavor! We are working on the final touches to open the e.t.c. juicery and smoothie bar side of the business as well. Developing smoothie recipes, establishing the product line, and working with the vendors is super fun, yet time consuming.
WHAT ARE YOU LOVING IN FITNESS AND FASHION RIGHT NOW?

In fitness, I love, and always have loved, burpees. Crazy, I know. In my iron ride class that I teach (part ride, part exercises off of the bike mixing bodyweight, kettle bells, and med balls), we often end up doing 75-100 burps in a class. They do it all- cardio, strength, conditioning. Pragmatic fitness at its best. I also love anything and everything involving a kettlebell. I am also working on some more strength and skill-based goals these days in addition to the usual aesthetic goals. Now that I’ve pretty much nailed the headtsand, I’m experimenting with mastering the skills mentioned above that require great bodyweight strength.

For fashion, I am almost exclusively in workout clothes all of the time. Lululemon has always been my #1, because their clothes allow me to dress for fitness without looking unkempt. This weekend my mom, little sister and I stopped at the Newbury Street store and I picked up the Train Tough Crop in a kind of camo print (I love the styles that they come out with that have any kind of mesh cutout), and the vent-it-out crop in this amazing red snakeskin print. Super eye-catching, yet flattering, and perfect for teaching!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR  NEW STUDIO? HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH CYCLING?
Ride North End

Ride North End

Ride is my vision of what I always wanted in a cycling/fitness studio. The decor is both mellow and enlivening, with cedarwood walls, high ceilings (the studio itself is a former garage), and invigorating sultry lighting. We offer ride classes as well as iron ride, which is a hybrid cardio and strength training class where we use any modality from bodyweight to kettle bells to med balls. To me, strength and muscle building was always that missing link in most group fitness regimens that held people back form getting the full results they desired. One of the coolest things about ride is that in a few weeks it will be combined with my first baby, e.t.c. juicery. So the studio will be a one stop shop for health enthusiasts, covering your fitness and nutritional (and caffeine) needs.

All of our instructors have different styles, choreography, and musical tastes, but the intention is always the same: to give you the opportunity to destress and get a good hard sweat session. My personal style is an amalgam of everything I’ve observed, liked, loved, despised, and picked up over 14 years of taking hundreds of classes, as well as my knowledge of fitness in general. I like to plan a workout that is not only pragmatic and intense, but that also appeals to the mind/psyche and releases a certain vibe of invigoration and positivity.

 

HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU
Visit our website for our schedule and to sign up for classes at www.ridenorthend.com.  Take advantage of our new client special: 3 classes for $50.
Instagram and Twitter: @ridenorthend @etcjuicery
Spotify: northendride , Melina Olivia DiPaola
personal:
Instagram @melouwho7
Twitter @melinadipaola

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New Ms Fit Feature: DANIELA CORTE

We have been wanting to do this feature on the talented, stylish and gorgeous, Daniela Corte for almost as long as MsFit has been around. We are so thrilled that day has come, especially now that DC is including fitness pieces in her expansive collection. You know we love everything and anything that ties fashion and fitness together, and Daniela is a MsFit through and through!

We had a MsFit “dress-up” day at DC Studio last week and jaws dropped, eyes bugging out, loved seeing the collection made of brightly colored maxi dresses, painted print skirt and top separates and even bathing suits, just to name a few… and you may even recognize some of her pieces which were recently featured in Sports Illustrated and modeled by Gigi Hadad! Her pieces are unique, beautiful, and made with such great fabrics and cuts, she has an item for every occasion! We both were wowed by how her collections included so many different types of pieces that truly anyone can wear at any time and at any age. Not only is Daniela a fashion expert, she is so warm and kind, has such contagious energy, and just so fun to be around. She even managed to make trying on bikinis a lot of fun! We obviously wanted to take the whole collection (and Daniela) home with us but we chose a few beautiful gems that we can’t wait to rock this summer!

We can’t wait to see what she’ll create next. Thank you Daniella so much for sharing with us!

xo A&J

Daniela Corte, I’m president, design director, creative director, founder, and chief bottle washer of Daniela Corte.

Daniela Corte, I’m president, design director, creative director, founder, and chief bottle washer of Daniela Corte.

 

WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?

Life!!! Everything!!! My kids definitely keep me on my toes. But my husband, my family and my friends are also a huge priority! And every other free minute is spent on my business! The second I finish designing one collection, it’s time for the next one, but I love it!!! Play hard, work hard 🙂

 

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING IN FITNESS AND FASHION RIGHT NOW?

Fitness is my therapy. I love my trainer and friend Ildiko Varhelyi, she comes to my house and is the best way to jump start the morning as well as running on the Esplanande at the crack of dawn with my best friend! My latest fitness addiction is Anna Kaiser! She makes me want to dance! I just tried her treadmill workout. That was different and fun.

Daniela Corte with celebrity trainer and founder of AKT in Motion, Anna Kaiser.

Daniela Corte with celebrity trainer and founder of AKT inMotion, Anna Kaiser. Both in Daniela’s new fitness line.

Fashion is my passion. Even though, I, along with the whole city of Boston waited so long for summer, I’m now laser focused on fall and for the launch of my new fall collection. I’ll be pleasantly distracted from all these fall thoughts by my swim photoshoot in the next week.

Daniella Corte Swim, Scuba top and shorts

Daniela Corte Swim, Scuba top and shorts

The fashion item I love this week is my new denim rocker jacket. It is unlined and a prefect layering piece!

Daniela Corte Denim Rocker Jacket

Daniela Corte Denim Rocker Jacket

HOW DID YOU START DANIELA CORTE DESIGNS? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE FOR SUMMER?

Gosh, it’s a long story!! I started in 2000, in a tiny upper flow studio far down Newbury Street. At that time, it was all custom clothing made right there in the store. As time went on, we kept moving to bigger and bigger studios, growing the business one season at a time. Now we have a floor at 211 Newbury Street and although we still make some of the clothes in our Newbury Street operation, most of our production is manufactured in NY, LA, and Argentina. And although we still do some custom work for our VIP customers, the business is mostly our ready-to-wear clothes, and most of the sales are done by various small boutiques all over the globe.

My favorite summer pieces are my jumpsuit, maxi dresses and silk and cotton scarves.

 

Daniela Corte Magestic Maxi

Daniela Corte Magestic Maxi

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW FITNESS LINE…

I’m getting a lot of love for it!! It’s crazy to sacrifice being sexy for being fit. And with our new fitness line you don’t have to.

Daniella Corte Fitness

Daniela Corte Fitness Line

HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH AND LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR DESIGNS?

My Website: danielacorte.com, my studio (617-262-2100), my instagram and twitter feed: danielacorte
and in specialty boutiques around the world!!

 

Daniella Corte's paint splattered jean. These are custimazable and you can also bring in your own jeans to get the DC treatment.

Daniela Corte’s  custom paint splattered jean.

 

New Ms Fit Feature on the Booty-Beautiful, Kelly Brabants:

Kelly Brabants, fitness instructor and founder of the Boston based fitness and fashion brand, Booty By Brabants

Kelly Brabants, fitness instructor and founder of the Boston based fitness and fashion brand, Booty By Brabants.

 

Ms Fit for Society loves everything Fitness and Fashion, so when we heard about Kelly Brabants, we had to learn more! Kelly just embodies Fit-Fashion (literally). We love the fit-lifestyle brand she is creating and her glowy- healthy energy. Thank you so much for sharing with us Kelly!

WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?

Busy would be an understatement when it comes to my life right now,  but I could not be happier! I am now working for my business full time as well as teaching my “Booty By Brabants” classes & boxing classes at BFX Back Bay, Equinox Franklin St, and The Club by George Foreman III. I am teaching 14-15 classes a week right now and I LOVE it! I am so grateful to be able to work at 3 of the most amazing fitness studios in the city! My classes are my passion, teaching and motivating others is what I love most about my job! When I’m not teaching I spend my time working on growing my business & my brand, whether it be through social media, trunk shows, fitness events, meetings, I am taking every opportunity I can to learn and grow as a business owner and fitness professional. I am very lucky to have my family working with me to keep the business running. my dad and my brother do all of the shipping and handling, and my mom is in charge of the inventory. The whole Brabants clan is involved and on board with the booty business!

WHAT ARE YOU LOVING IN FITNESS AND FASHION RIGHT NOW?

Right now I am loving the new BFX studio in Back Bay. I love the facility and the classes are killer! I also LOVE boxing, I try and take at least 2 boxing classes a week. Boxing is definitely a great stress reliever for me. Fashion wise, I love my Booty By Brabants apparel, of course. My go-to- outfit is usually a bright colored BBB legging, my  BBB sports bra and a tied up oversized tank. I’m also a huge sneaker junkie, I can never have enough Nikes! How I dress directly effects how I feel, so it’s super important for me to always look cute at the gym (hence why I started my BBB Workout line).

 

Kelly in Booty by Brabants

Kelly in Booty by Brabants

 

 

TELL US  ABOUT HOW YOU STARTED YOUR COMPANY AND A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOUR PRODUCTS?

I started my business with the intention of it just being a workout. When I decided to start my own brand, I had been personal training at Equinox on Franklin Street for 2.5 years. I also have 15 years of dance experience. I wanted to create and teach my own class that was 100% designed by me. When creating my brand, I was inspired by the Brazilian booty (my mom is from Rio de Janeiro), and I love the Brazilian culture! I designed a 60-minute high intensity booty-shaping workout with unique moves derived from my dance and fitness background. I wanted this class to be fun and innovative, and really give women real results! The class started growing rapidly.  I was constantly getting asked about my clothes/style– it took a couple of months before I realized the huge demand for fun and sexy fitness apparel in Boston. So I reached out to a designer and manufacturer in Brazil to see if they wanted to partner with me. In December 2014, I launched my legging line known on social media as #BBBleggings.

While my leggings are without a doubt flattering, the Booty by Brabants brand is still based off of working out, and keeps exercise in the forefront of all things. To get the booty you desire, you need to work out and put the time and effort in. In return, these leggings will showcase your hard work. When I teach classes now about 80% of the girls are wearing BBBleggings, I still can’t believe it sometimes! (side note/this happens all the time: I was in whole foods the other day and two girls were wearing my leggings and I almost stopped to take a picture, but then my boyfriend called me a creep so I walked away. I swear it will never get old!!!! (Hahaha)

 

BBB Leggings

BBB Leggings

 

HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU?

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Jessica’s Studio Style & Music for Barre and Boxing:

No matter where I’m going to workout, I’m somehow always layered. I love layering! I always have an easy-to-throw-on sweatshirt or tee over a workout tank, even in the summer. I also love layering because I usually have somewhere to be right after class and this allows for quick transitions between workout to day or evening wear.

Here is what I am wearing and listening to right now during my two favorite workouts:

 

TO THE BARRE:

 

1. The Modern Classic from Gwenyth~ I have one in every color! It is the perfect top to wear to Barre and really everywhere. I love the ballet style and adjustable fit. I love how I can tie the sides up while I am teaching and then pull the sides down post class and pair with a sweater or cardigan to meet friends for coffee or run errands. It’s effortless!

Gwenyth's Modern Classic in Ballet Pink

Gwenyth’s Modern Classic in ballet pink

2. Firedaughter Clothing’s off-the-shoulder Big Huge Heart Sweatshirt~ Anything off-the-shoulder is my favorite and Firedaughter has definitely perfected the off-the-shoulder look.  I have a collection of these types of inspirational tees and sweatshirts… and this is the perfect layer!

 

Firedaughter's Big Huge Heart off the wide shoulder sweathshirt.

Firedaughter’s Big Huge Heart off-the-shoulder sweatshirt

 

3. The perfect leggings~ For Barre, I’m usually wearing either the Splits Tendu grip tights or the Nova Capri legging from Splits59. I love the Tendu grip tights because of the grips on the bottom of the feet that work perfectly for helping hold that stretch at the Barre which means you don’t have to wear Barre socks. I also love the Nova Capri because they have the best fit of any legging I own.

 

Splits59 Nova Classic Capri

Splits59 Nova Capri

 

Splits59 Tendu Grip Tights

Splits59 Tendu Grip Tights

 

4. Nike Wedge sneakers~ I am so thankful for the wedge sneaker! I am obsessed! It is the perfect fit-fashion invention. Throw these on with your workout outfit and immediately you can carry your workout look through the rest of the day. I always feel like I look better with a little height and they’re perfect to wear to a Barre workout because you actually do the workout in socks or barefoot.

Nike Dunk Sky High Sneaker.

Nike Dunk Sky High Sneaker.

5. Take your Barre look to dinner with Daniela Corte’s off the shoulder Ballet Top. As I said, I love everything off the shoulder. I just bought this top. I can throw it on with my workout leggings and I’m all ready for post Barre class fun.

Daniela Corte Ballet top

Daniela Corte Ballet top

TO KICKBOXING:

1. My prize possession. These were a limited edition item from Alexander Wang‘s Objects collection two years ago. They are 12 ounces of pure leather perfection!

Alexander Wang boxing gloves.

Alexander Wang boxing gloves.

 

2. The “Edgy” Legging~ I love these Daniela Corte Tracy Capri leggings in Python. They are the perfect legging for looking cool while you’re kicking butt.

The Daniela Corte Tracy Capri

The Daniela Corte Tracy Capri

 

3. The Ashby Tank and Loren Bra~ If you know me, you know there is a 75% chance I’m wearing at least one item that’s Splits59 at all times. And for kickboxing, it’s often the Ashby tank. It fits perfectly and I find that in workouts where I am sweating more like boxing or spin, the Ashby doesn’t get uncomfortable.

 

Splits59 Ashby Tank

Splits59 Ashby Tank

 

 

Splits59 Loren Seamless Bra-Painted

Splits59 Loren Seamless Bra-Painted

4. Crane & Lion’s long sleeve tee. I love the fit of this and the tee has great ruching in the back for an even slimmer fit.

 

Crane&Lion Longsleeve Tee

Crane&Lion Longsleeve Tee

5. Divert Jacket by Koral Activewear~ Perfect to complete the look and easy to throw on over everything.

 

Divert Love Sleeve Hooded Jacket

Divert Love Sleeve Hooded Jacket

 

6. Liteweight sneakers~ For kickboxing, I like a very lightweight sneaker such as these Nike Free TR Breathe.

 

Nike Free Sneaker

Nike Free Sneaker

MUSIC:

Nothing motivates me like great music. Here’s my latest playlist for music I’m playing in my Barre classes and listening to while I workout on Spotify.

 ~J