spotlight: moses nadel

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When a friend of yours is a leather maker and designs the clutch of your dreams, there is no other choice than to tell the world about it.  I fell in love with this bag on sight.  A blend of boho and edgy, it has major style crossover appeal, and can take your most basic ensemble up a notch.  An obvious eyebrow raiser, one of those items where you will easily hear a steady stream of, “Where did you get that bag?”.

While the industry is shifting back towards the craft of “making”, emerging designer Moses Nadel is ripe for the picking with his line of leather pieces.  Each carefully constructed by hand, Moses pays attention to detail and uses the finest hides and fabrics.  His product, not only beautiful and with an impeccable design sensibility, is also durable, well-made and sturdy.  I’m holding the Emblem Tassel Clutch which can be customized, Moses adding personal details that will make it unique.  Anything you want, he can create it for you and bring your vision to life.  Investment pieces are built to last a lifetime and the leather will only get softer and better with age.  My other favorites from the line are the Bleeker Cinch Backpack and the Greenwich Excursion Tote.

There is something really special about owning an item that is crafted from someones blood, sweat and tears rather then a machine.  So much of American manufacturing has leaned on mass production for maximized profitability, but the quality of an item both on an emotional and tangible level cannot be beat when it comes from the creative soul of someones two hands.  Getting back to our roots, we are in an exciting time of reigning the industry back in and Moses Nadel is part of that revolution.

I had a Q & A with Moses because I wanted to hear more from the man behind the brand.  Check out the interview below and head over to Moses Nadel to view the full line.  Mention Your Soul Style when placing an order and receive 15% off!

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YSS: How would you describe the Moses Nadel style/aesthetic?

MOSES NADEL: Our work is defined by an original classic aesthetic as well as considerable attention paid to the details of design and construction. Our materials are individually selected as much for subtle imperfections as for exceptional quality and beauty as part of a design process that involves extraordinary attention to elemental purity, aesthetic simplicity and an exquisite level of custom detail. So in essence, each piece we create is made with love and built to last a lifetime. 

YSS: Who is the Moses Nadel customer?

MN: The Moses Nadel customer has an appreciation for originality. They are motivated to explore beyond mass market, understand the value in custom work and limited edition collections and enjoy supporting and discovering smaller up-and-coming designers and artisans.

YSS: How did you get into leather making?

MN: I was out in the southwest and I started sewing and exploring sculptural work using recycled awnings and different materials. Being completely self-taught and loving to work with my hands, there were a lot of avenues to explore. For me, leather seemed to be the obvious evolution. I was interested in an art form that’s product was functional and I also wanted to work with materials that had inherent characteristics and beauty. Nadel in German means needle, so in retrospect, my path couldn’t be any more appropriate.

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YSS: How long is the process of making a leather item by hand?

MN: Designing and making are totally different. Having a creative vision and refining an item to meet my desires can take any number of hours. Making an item that’s already been defined has it’s own challenges, but generally takes as much time as I have to give and as much time as it takes to meet my standard of quality.

YSS: Who/What inspires you?

MN: I’m inspired by my day to day experiences, the people I meet, the places I have been, and most importantly, where I am headed. The unknown can be scary, so remembering my mantra “Carry what you love… and love will carry you” inspires me to stay in the moment and enjoy the creative process.

YSS: Who are some of your favorite handbag/leather designers?

MN: I dig Wendy Nichol. She has it all worked out. She has a beautiful workshop, a beautiful product and a killer formula. I love classic Louis Vuitton and I also love finding vintage leather — some of the more obscure pieces that carry a lot of stories.

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YSS: Who would be your dream collaborator?

MN: I have done some amazing collaborations in the past with other artists and boutiques. I always look forward to co-creating. I’m confident that the right people and the right things come into your life at the right time, so I am open to whatever is around the bend. 

YSS: What is your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

MN: I loved making the “Cotton King.”  This bag really marked a pivotal step in my evolution. National Geographic had a cover story that featured an Incan mummy shrouded in cotton, wearing a feather headdress. I embellished the concept of the mummy and paid homage to a divine story. The intensive hand-tied net combined with the elaborate appliqué and waxed hemp made such a great statement about my love of detail and material and past and present techniques. I unearthed my vocabulary.

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YSS: If you weren’t a leather maker, what would you be doing?

MN: I was having a lot of fun traveling around the world working as an archaeological photographer, so I could still be doing that and living in the southwest if I hadn’t fallen in love with leather, bags and sewing and the prospects of NYC. 

YSS: Where do you see the brand in the next 5-10 years?

MN: We make really beautiful things, try not to create waste and are always evolving. There’s nothing like spending time with something well made. I love the durability of leather, the limitless nature of design, and the life long refinement of technique. Staying true to these key pillars and continuing to reach clients, will hopefully help to grow the brand. At this point our audience is very small and we’re using technology as a tool to curate a bigger audience. I envision a more diversified collective with accessories, outerwear and home, a band of talented and eager employees with an appreciation for craft, and loyal customers that we trust to guide our expansion. 

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To see the full line and to place an order, head over to the Moses Nadel site.  Be sure to follow along on Facebook, TwitterInstagram & Pinterest for updated information and your daily dose of inspiration.

Wearing, camisole: ARITZIA // pant: ZARA // shoe: J.CREW // sunnies: RAY-BAN // clutch: MOSES NADEL  

photos via Jeff Thibodeau  

spotlight: miles borrero

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When you’re in the presence of greatness, you can feel it.  The energy engages you unknowingly and there is an automatic connection and sense of relatability – and then you become open.  This is what occurred when I met yoga teacher, Miles Borrero.  Meeting you where you are, she looks in your eyes when she talks, listens contently when you speak and her words are spoken with an authenticity and a realness that is rare.  The comfortability she feels in her own skin is contagious and makes you want to do better yourself.

Miles (birth name Camila), was born in Brazil, raised in Colombia and came to the states at the age of seventeen. While professional acting was the original goal, yoga pulled her in a direction that more appropriately aligned with who she was at the core.  The practice allowed for progression, growth and acceptance – values that Miles had always incorporated in her personal life and ones she struggled to find in acting.  Yoga was a natural fit for her – loving everything from the physical aspect, to the philosophy, to the dharma and the chanting.  As a competitive horseback rider beginning at age four, Miles innately understood the concept of patience, connecting and tapping into another creatures’ needs and desires.  More then anything, yoga provided Miles with a space where she could feel a sense of community and give something back.  She eventually decided to leave acting for good, completed 200 hours of yoga training, and began to teach.  Her classes are rigorous and creative, but with a lot of heart.  What she gains from her own practice she aims to inspire in others: to stay in check, balanced and honest.  In addition to daily classes at Pure (East & West) and Kula (Tribeca), she teaches regular workshops and holds retreats twice a year in locations like Jamaica and her upcoming 2015 trip to India. All details can be found on her site.

I had originally sought out an interview with Miles, particularly because I was intrigued by her recent shift from Mila to Miles – a profound transformation even if it only involving a couple of letters.  When I asked her why she explained that it was about having a name that matched who she was inside.  Miles says, “I don’t think of it as a name change.  It feels more like a nickname shift.  I was feeling like a part of me was craving more space.  It’s not a statement, and really doesn’t change much of what was already there to begin with.  It’s something I’ve been playing with for a little while and have enjoyed greatly.  Like clothes, our names say a lot about us.  It seemed like an obvious extension.  And my favorite aunt has always called me Miles.”

Becoming your authentic self takes courage and Miles Borrero is the epitome of a woman who embraces hers. She so effortlessly represents the perfect balance between the mind and body experience, and it is obvious why she inspires her students on and off the mat.  Her openness allows the space to remain true to her core, true to her spirit and true to her soul style.  So I asked her a bit more about hers.  Here’s what she had to say…  

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YSS: What is Your Soul Style?  How is your personality reflected in your style?

MILES:  My soul style has become very simple, over the years.  Mostly I worry about my carbon footprint and minimizing it, so my soul style had begun to reflect that.  I wear things for many, many years because I don’t want to own a lot of stuff and worry about what happens to it after it leaves my hands, so things tend to look very worn and cozy.  In some ways it makes it so that I am so far out of vogue, that I have caught the cycle as it has come back and made me in vogue again.  I love this idea in the Japanese culture, kintsukuroi, where they repair pottery with gold when it cracks or breaks.  The idea is that the piece becomes more beautiful when it has been broken.  Clothing feels the same.  I have this shamelessly holy sweater, and by holy I mean it has a ton of holes in it.  It has recently gotten to the point, after ten years, where I think it may not be going out in public any more, but I wore it with holes and everything till recently and loved it.  Now I will just love it at home, I think.  It may have crossed over to the land of no return.

YSS: How do you describe your style?

MILES: Low key, comfortable.  If it is not comfortable, I won’t wear it.  I ride a vespa type scooter, and a skateboard and am very active, so I have to be able to move freely, in case I need to cartwheel or something spontaneous.  You never know. 

YSS: What does your style say about you?

MILES: That I am elegantly disheveled.  That’s what I hope it says about me.  Cares, but is care-free.

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YSS: What is your definition of style?

MILES: Style is how you put yourself together.  How your insides become your outsides.  It moves the art piece that is you on the inside into a more visible platform.  We all have it, even if we think we don’t, because ultimately we all visually put forth something into the world and that is an action in itself.  

YSS: Since you are a yoga teacher, is your style influenced by that?

MILES: Yes, in that often times I don’t carry or wear real people clothes.  The clothes I teach in are different than the ones I practice in though.  I feel good walking around in them in the world.  I’ve perfected my teacher look to be comfy for movement but still look professional.  But I love the days when I don’t wear any yoga clothes and then I usually really go for cute with a fedora and my Chucks and things that have more character.  Maybe even suspenders.  Since I don’t have many clothes, I find a small accessory can add a lot.  A tie clip, the gages in my ears, things like that. 

YSS: What is your head-to-toe look on a typical day?

MILES: Drop crotch pants pulled up half way to the shin.  Some cute t-shirt that I may have picked up on a trip with the name of a place or a plain v-neck that has a nice color to it.  And my Rod Laver Adidas that are green and white, which are the best shoes in the world, or my Chucks.  I like my arms being bare so I can expose my tattoo, too.  So loose tank tops are also a favorite.  Especially when it’s warm.

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YSS: Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?  

MILES: I’d say it’s evolved over time.  I grew up going to a school that had a uniform, a blazer and tie type thing, and then I would go horseback riding after school.  So I would basically move from my uniform into my jodhpurs,  Other than that I only had one pair of jeans and some t-shirts for the rest of life.  When I started going to college, I had to figure out what to wear and it felt like I had never really thought about it.  It took me a long time to understand that I could be creative with that.  But I’ve always been a simple dresser.  And now that I can wear anything I want, I mostly wear men’t clothes because they feel right and make me feel handsome.  

YSS: You’ve lived in NYC for quite some time. Where are your favorite places to shop?  Any favorite designers?  

MILES: I really don’t shop that much.  When I do, I like to treat myself to things I really love and have a bit of a flare.  I love All Saints because it has things that are just a bit unique, but still basic and simple.  Their stuff makes you look a little special though.  I’m not sure you would consider them a designer though.  And I love the way G-star pants fit me.  I’ve also been a big supporter of street artists and their t-shirts.  I love some of the silk screens of Brooklyn bridges and water towers, and there is this guy in union square who works with dragons that is amazing.  I still have two of his shirts from years ago and have no idea if he’s still around.  I’m not sure I really own any designer designer clothes other than a Marc Jacobs pair of shorts I bought because they were red and I was tired of wearing black and the truth is they are a complete bust because I can’t really practice yoga in them. They completely become a droopy mess if it is even remotely warm out. 

YSS: Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

MILES: I don’t have one icon in particular.  I’m always looking at everything, people in the subway, magazines, stuff on the internet… I love seeing how people piece themselves together.  And I love love love photographs, so I’m always stealing from what I see when I like something.  People can be really beautiful and unique in how they combine their style and I can really appreciate it though I tend more toward the simple side of things.  I do like adding a little flare though.  I love it when people combine unseeingly things together, when there is a paradox pull – big heavy boots with a cute dress.  Or men that have a bit of a rough look with lots of hair but a pink shirt.  I like the play on androgyny, gender, and soft versus hard.

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YSS: Do you have any style challenges?

MILES: Sometimes the biggest challenge is convincing myself to buy something even if I love it.  I have to be sure that I will wear it.  I don’t like having things that are not being used in my closet.  If they are not being used it means I don’t love them. So it feels sometimes like a big decision and can take me a bit to make the plunge. 

YSS: Do you have  favorite fashion/style moment?

MILES: I like dressing up for important occasions like weddings.  Bow ties make me very happy.  On the flip side, the less clothes the better, swim trunks and a tank top and I am the happiest and fullest version of myself I can be, but I’m not sure that fits into style.  I would dress like that all the time if I could.  I should have just been a beach bum. 

YSS: And your worst?

MILES: OMG! Yeeesssss!!!!  Lots of those.  When I still lived in Colombia, where I grew up, and the only jeans you could find were what I call butter jeans.  The kind you had to use butter to get into.  I had this scraggly long hair and would throw on a huge t-shirt over the pants because the pants freaked me out.  Also, when I was an actor and felt I had to be really girly and would wear high heels and tight tops and skirts to an audition.  I’d throw on a little make-up. It may have been scary, and may have been the reason for work being slim.  It just wasn’t me. The worst part about it was that I was completely dressing for other people so there was no way for me to make it look good because it wasn’t starting from me or from a strong sense of self.  I also had my hair long and looked like I hated it, which I did!  The only time I liked my longer hair was when it was in two little Bjork buns.  That, I thought, was cute!

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YSS: What is your advice to women on how to embrace their style from the inside out?

MILES: I think women are so beautiful.  As people, when we embrace ourselves and love ourselves, it shows.  At the same time, when we are self conscious or feel overwhelmed, that shows too.  I am not sure what you wear matters much in the end.  It is how you wear it.  Feel beautiful and you will look beautiful.  I think that the things I feel the best in are generally the things people seem to think I look good in.  Because feeling good is contagious.

YSS: Must have item in your wardrobe?

MILES: Cool sneaks. I love nice sneakers.  And good cologne, must have a light aroma of awesomeness.  Just enough to wake people’s noses up.

YSS: Three things people don’t know about you….

MILES: That I’m bilingual.  That when my hair is not spiked I can’t think as clearly.  That I have a crazy chai addiction – I allow myself one in the morning. 

Miles is wearing, t-shirt: ELEMENT // shirt: MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO. // pants: LULULEMON // sneaks: ADIDAS ROD LAVERS // sunnies: CLASSIC SPECS // mala beads (neck): India // mala beads (wrist): handmade by student and photographer, Joey Sbarro

For all retreat details and class schedule, head on over to Miles site.  You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram for daily inspiration, information and updates.

spotlight: aimee raupp

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When it comes to mind and body health, there is a clear relationship between both.  Which is why holistic tools like acupuncture can be super beneficial for overall wellness.  I met acupuncturist and herbalist Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc a couple of years back and although I’ve always been a believer, I was hooked after our first session.  I walked out of her office feeling a sense of calm and zen that I never experienced before – a natural high.  It felt as if my equilibrium was restored.  Finding my way to her after deciding to take a holistic approach in my thyroid health, and now seeing her regularly for optimal fertility health, I have never felt better.  She has provided me with a diet & lifestyle plan catered to my specific needs, and helps keep balance in both my mind and body in check.  A spiritual, emotional and physical practitioner, I know that I am in the best hands.

Aimee’s path began by receiving a Bachelors degree in biology at Rutgers University, followed by graduate school for neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego.  A natural born healer, when her grandmother was diagnosed with Altzheimers disease she started to evaluate alternative solutions to ease pain and find relief.  After exploring a workshop at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – something immediately clicked, and she decided to enroll.  What she couldn’t find in Western medicine, she discovered in Eastern.  Four years later she left with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine.

Wellness is programmed in Aimee’s DNA and she has dedicated her life to helping women bring balance and harmony back to their bodies by encouraging the body to function better and empowering patients to optimize their overall health.  Specializing in women’s fertility heath, “the end goal is always the same, and a women in optimal health should be able to get pregnant.”  Her second book, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: How to Improve Your Fertility Now & Into Your 40’s, (available now)combines her clinical expertise and personal experience helping scores of women — many of whom have been told they had poor fertility outlooks — to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and have healthy babies.”  She is a pioneer in a time where women are exploring themselves first, before diving into motherhood in their mid thirties and beyond!   Visit YesICanGetPregnant.com for more information and how to pick up your copy!  

In conjunction with her now second book on wellness (her first book, Chill Out and Get Healthy!), Aimee has also created a holistic skincare line, Aimee Raupp Beauty.  The entire line is fertility friendly, made of all natural ingredients that are free of endocrine disruptive chemicals.  They are even clean enough to eat!  I am personally obsessed with the organic nourishing face oil which contains ingredients such as certified organic coconut oil, sweet almond oil, sesame oil, rose hip seed oil and kukui nut oil and the organic butter eye cream.  All products are available on her site!  

Meeting Aimee has been a game changer for me.  What began as something that I thought would be a few sessions of needles, has unfolded into a life-long relationship with not only her, but my own well-being.  Aimee has provided me with an education in wellness, and has taught me diet and lifestyle tips that I use now and will forever.  Our time together is sacred and I am so grateful for the opportunity to bring awareness to such an unbelievable and inspiring practitioner.  Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Author, Beauty Expert & Spiritual teacher, this is a woman with plenty of soul and tons of style.  It was my privelage to find out a bit more about hers – so I asked, “Aimee, What is Your Soul Style?”.

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YSS:  What is Your Soul Style?  How is your personality reflected in your style?

Aimee:  I am pretty simple and casual.  A jeans and t-shirt kind of girl.  However I do like to have some subtle statements – so a big necklace or a scarf or a sexy pair of shoes usually goes with my ensemble.

YSS:  How do you describe your style?

Aimee:  Simple with a little flair of fun.

YSS:  What does your style say about you?

Aimee:  Exactly who I am –  simple with a little flair of fun.

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YSS:  Since you are in the wellness profession, is your style influenced by that?

Aimee:  Possibly.  I do think that the basis of wellness and health is approaching your life simplistically and with balance and joy.

YSS:  You just recently launched the book, “Yes! You can get pregnant”.  Hopefully to be followed by lots of interviews, TV appearances and book tours!  What are your fashion goals for the year ahead??

Aimee:  When doing media, I definitely like to bring my style to the ‘stage’ as well as my professionalism.  I just bought an amazing Lanvin dress with a bright green flair.  To me its important to present my message in a sophisticated and professional manner, with color and vivacity.

YSS:  What is your head-to-toe look on a typical day?  

Aimee:  These days it’s jeans or leggings, a comfy t-shirt or flowy blouse and my platform clogs.  And a colorful scarf. 

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YSS:  Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?

Aimee:  It’s been fairly consistent.  Although I have the most confidence now than ever, so I wear that proudly. 

YSS:  You’ve lived in NYC for quite some time. Where are your favorite places to shop?

Aimee:  Im a big fan of second hand couture shops like Second Time Around and INA.  And American Apparel.  

YSS:  Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

Aimee:  I just love women who look comfortable and fashionable in their own skin.  Women like Gwen Stefani and Christy Turlington come to mind.

YSS:  Do you have any style challenges?

Aimee:  Sometimes I am told that I don’t show off my shape enough.

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YSS:  Do you have a favorite fashion/style moment?

Aimee:  Who didn’t love the 80’s!  Side ponytails and leg warmers were my favorite!  Oh, and a Swatch watch as my ponytail holder.

YSS:  And your worst?

Aimee:  I had an awkward time post college where I didn’t know if I was still a college student or a ‘real adult’ and finding a style was difficult for me then.

YSS:  What is your advice to women on how to embrace their style from the inside out?

Aimee:  Love yourself and let the rest fall into place.

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YSS:  Must have item in your wardrobe?

Aimee:  Comfy sexy jeans from Paige or AG.  Easy slip on shoes like my new favorite clogs and a great scarf.

YSS:  Three things people don’t know about you….

Aimee:  Hmmm -

I still have and wear a pair of jeans I’ve had since college  
I mostly love my body, but I have times when I don’t  
I really don’t like to shop.  I’m more of a impulse shopper
 

Aimee is wearing, tank: ARITZIA // sweater: CLUB MONACO // jeans: PAIGE // clogs: KORK EASE // sunnies: RAY BAN // bracelets: prayer beads from monks in hong kong and bali // ring: grandmothers yellow topaz

Aimee Raupp is licensed by the State of New York to practice acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbology, and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  She is currently in private practice in Manhattan, the Hamptons and Nyack, NY.  Follow her along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for daily inspiration and visit her site here to make an appointment!  

 

spotlight: katelin sisson

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On the first day of spring in downtown NYC, I met Katelin Sisson at the cool and cozy restaurant, The Smile for a coffee and some chat.  Waiting outside, I spotted her walk down Bond Street looking relaxed yet super stylish.  Her 8.5 month baby bump was barely noticeable.  A testament to Katelin’s wellness and balanced lifestyle, she looked radiant.  After catching up on typical baby and mama-to-be talk, we discussed yoga, Katelin’s long-time commitment to the practice and her yoga retreat based company, Yoga for Bad People.

Katelin joined the Jivamukti yoga training program in 2006 out of a passion to further understand the mind and body connection and support her already established relationship with sports.  She has been a dedicated athlete her entire life.  With yoga’s foundation rooted in mind and body, she was hooked immediately and recognized how athletics and yoga effectively compliment each other, producing results that nurture both inner and outer selves.  Her focus is on helping others through physical ailments, connecting them back to mental and emotional issues.  “Katelin’s classes work to combine the mechanics of an athlete and the grace of a yogi.”

In 2012, Katelin and co-founder Heather Lilleston whom also trained at the Jivamukti school, launched Yoga for Bad People (YFBP).  Unlike typical retreat programs, YFBP  “seeks out locations around the world that lends itself to quiet time and reflection as well as a multitude of physical activities, athleticism and nightlife.”  The goal is to provide a retreat with no strict set of rules, less rigidity and one that, “our friends are actually going to want to go on”.  The structure of a yoga retreat exists, but without the extremes.  Katelin and Heather are both very “of this world”, recognizing that although yoga is the focus, individuals have their own method to achieving balance in the mind, body and soul experience.  If after taking a yoga class, you’d like to kick back with a margarita while discussing mindfulness and awareness, so be it.  No judgements on this retreat.

Katelin is especially flexing her mind and body connection these days since her first baby with fiance Marcus Antebi, founder of the popular NYC based company Juice Press, is due on May 2nd.   Embarking on the biggest adventure of her life, Katelin’s commitment to a healthy and balanced lifestyle has left her oozing with beauty, strength and grace.  While her body has been going through changes over the last nine months, I wanted to know about her soul, her style and how the relationship between both have been affected by her entrance into motherhood.  Here’s what she had to say…

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Katelin, what is Your Soul Style?

Though I have lived in NYC for a bit of time now, I am a New Englander through and through.  NYC has certainly helped me to evolve in terms of my personal style, but I like to keep my childhood and family traditions (blue collar meets the  beach) alive, as well as my background in athletics.  I am a pretty even keeled person but my twelve years in New York has allowed me to gain a healthy edge for lack of a better term.

How do you describe your style?

I think I would describe my personal style as a combination of high fashion mixed with the ever evolving street style. Because of my profession, I am constantly wearing more performance based apparel.  I think the trick is finding the balance between all those different avenues.  So all of that combined?  Mostly I like high quality, comfort and class.  Usually pairing up classics with something new to keep it fresh.

What does your style say about you?

I think it says, “she is laid back, but she cares”

 
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Since you are a yoga teacher, is your style reflective of that?  Does yoga influence your style?

Gosh, I hope not.  Just kidding.  By that I only mean that I try hard not to.  I do like a fair amount of high quality athletic gear and if I have to teach multiple classes in a day it’s helpful to have a very versatile outfit so I don’t have to completely change my clothes ten times per day.  My business partner (Heather Lilleston) and I have been talking about and working on developing a line of day to night, work to dinner yoga gear.  It gets old walking around in black stretch pants all day long. Time to reinvent the “yoga uniform”.  Mostly you have to become a master of layering.  But not it in the weird draping cotton/spandex blend kind of way.  I guess that’s what I meant by, “Gosh, I hope not”.

Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?

Of course all things evolve.  Earlier in my life I was influenced by my musical tastes, as well as regional relevance (New England winters can be harsh).  But now that I have come into my own here in New York, I think my style has really stayed consistent, depending on the season of course.

You’re expecting a baby in the coming months.  Has your style changed while your body has transformed?

I have actually really enjoyed working my pregnancy into my look.  I feel like the trends worked in my favor.  Cuffed ankle slacks (basically fancy sweatpants) are everywhere.  That said, my style was never very restrictive to begin with (meaning I don’t wear a ton of tight clothing) so I don’t really feel like I have had to change it up too much.  Towards the end, all your shirts, even the long ones become belly shirts so that was/is something to work with, but totally manageable.  I never had to dig too deep into the maternity fashion world.  Though there are a couple decent options.  Hatch is great.

 
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Any advice to women on how to embrace style throughout a pregnancy?

Stick with what is comfortable and don’t be afraid to show that you are pregnant.  That does not mean wear clothes that are too small, but it is certainly no reason to wear a tent!  Have a few things on hand that make you feel great and lock down your shoe game for whatever season you are dealing with.

You’ve lived in NYC for quite some time. Where are your favorite places to shop?

VEDAReformationCreatures of Comfort.  American Two ShotJ.crew and Zara for basics.  And online.  I love some online shopping.

Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

I generally get inspired by what I see in the streets, from the construction workers to the Upper East Siders (UES).  For me confidence goes a long way.  My brother Grahm is inspirational as well.  He has a certain ease about his style (he actually is the style example of construction worker meets the UES).  In terms of style icon, I say I don’t have one, but am lucky enough to have very successful friends in the fashion industry, so I tend to wear what they are coming out with – lucky for me.

Do you have any style challenges?

I would say that liking high quality, well made clothes has it’s price, along side the cost of living in a major metropolitan city.  But the good stuff lasts longer. The ole verbiage ” you get what you pay for” rings very true when it comes to clothing and accessories.  Honestly, the greatest challenge is keeping up with the ever evolving fast fashion culture in New York while remaining true to myself in terms of what works for me.

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Do you have  favorite fashion/style moment?

I honestly can’t remember my favorite moment or most amazing outfit.  But I do think there is a specific feeling that comes when you are wearing something that suits you perfectly on a particular day, in a particular moment.  A feeling of confidence and comfort.  That is the style moment I aim for. 

And your worst?

That day when all you can think about is going home to change your clothes.  And the year of my life that I wore raver clothes, oops.Must have item in your wardrobe?My VEDA leather sweatpants.  No brainer.  And my black slip on vans. 

Three things people don’t know about you….

I am a soccer (football) super fan.  Manchester United, specifically.  I am also really looking forward to the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

The girliest thing about me is that I get my nails done without fail, once a week.

I am extremely competitive no matter what it is, a road race or controlling the TV remote, I like to win.

 

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Katelin is wearing, sweater: VINCE // leather pants: VEDA // jacket: ZARA // hat: SOFIA CASHMERE // scarf: MADEWELL // sunnies: ILLESTEVA // sneakers: VANS // bag: J.CREW

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spotlight: fe noel

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There is nothing more inspiring to me than an ambitious young woman who’s pursuing her dreams.  Someone who radiates with creative energy and has the courage to bring their art to life.  Felisha Noel, owner and designer of the clothing line, Simply Intricate, is exactly that girl and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her for a feature post.  Fe (pronounced “Fee”) is a born and bred Brooklynite who came into the fashion industry in a pure and organic way – her skills were learned through application and hands on experience.  While going to school and working towards her degree in finance, she began by opening up a clothing boutique in Crown Heights, Brooklyn called “The Wagon”, which carried high end vintage mixed with some trendy pieces.  The shop remained open for four years and after closing its door, Fe took with her a desire to develop her own line, one that would combine the beat of New York City streets with high end luxury.  Simply Intricate was born in 2011.  “Defined by simple silhouettes, plunging necklines and comfortable fabrics, each design exudes an innovative mix of sensibility and sensuality. Created for the uptown downtown gal who is not afraid to be chic and daring, the brand also curates a lifestyle for the young and fearless.”  Fe is dedicated to not only the pieces that she designs, but the emotional experience she can provide for her clients.  Just like Your Soul Style’s philosophy, her goal is is to enhance what’s already inside of you.  Through the lens of Fe’s vision, the line continues to grow and evolve, keeping things feminine and classic while also staying true to it’s foundation of refined sexuality.  The Spring 2014 collection is inspired by old school mob movies – think menswear pastel suits, tailored to the silhouette of a women.  I visited her studio out in Brooklyn and we had a chat about Simply Intricate and personal style too since they are one in the same.  Here’s what she had to say about hers…

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Fe, what is your soul style?

My soul is alive and curious.  I’m always yearning for something different, something new.  For me, monotony is a nightmare.  This reflects in my ever-changing and evolving style.

How do you describe your style?

My style is very feminine, fearless, and sexy.  I love everything about being a woman, especially one that takes risks.  I’m such a dreamer so what I wear depends on how I feel and the role I want to play for the day. Ever since I can remember playing dress up has always been my thing.

What does your style say about you?

My style says, “You see that girl? She has personality and oomph!”  To stand as an individual and create your own style takes courage.  I like to have fun and be daring, but I have high regards for class.

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Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

My inspiration comes from sultry, classy women both fiction and non-fiction.  I love old school movies where the women are irresistible and powerful.  One of my all time favorite characters is Elvira played my Michele Pfeiffer in Scarface.  I also take inspiration from the men in my life – my male family figures are very tailored suit and tie type of guys and my boyfriend and his group of friends are really into that Brooklyn high fashion street culture.  For me, mixing those two together is perfection, best of both worlds.  Ultimately I feel like inspiration is all around, it’s just that some days I take the time to actually notice and acknowledge it.  I wouldn’t say I have one particular style icon, but rather a full pot that I mix together.

Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?

My style is continuously evolving.  When I sit down each season to design for Simply Intricate, I realize how much my tastes have changed.  The older I get, the more refined I’m becoming.  I’m into dressing for the occasion and making sure the fit is right for me.  My look always has to reflect how I’m feeling.  I’ve learned over time how to appreciate quality fabrics and well-made pieces and to skip the trends.  My ideal closet will start with Banana Republic and Ralph Lauren and end with Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford.  Crazy, right?  Sounds like two different women.  I guess you can say I’m the epitome of a Gemini woman.

Do you have any style challenges?

I love fashion, but I’m very aware that it is also a very expensive habit.  I have to keep myself balanced and focus on being a creator and not a consumer.

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Do you have a favorite fashion/style moment?

My favorite style moment is when everything it just right from my outfit, shoes, makeup, accessories even down to the event.  I hate feeling like I’ve wasted an outfit, so the event I’m attending has to be perfect as well.  There is nothing more exciting than walking into the perfect place with the perfect outfit.  That feeling that overcomes a woman when she knows she looks good.

And your worst?

My awkward teenage years.  I definitely grew into my look.  Actually my favorite story is the ugly duckling, and of course my favorite part of that story is when she turns into a beautiful swan.

Must have item in your wardrobe?

Everything! (just kidding).  My Chanel riding boots and vintage army green coats with my fur stole. I can survive with just those two items if I had to!

Three things people don’t know about you?

I’m obsessed with Mob Movies
I’m afraid of the dark and still sleep with my lights on
I hate the word “diva” & “fashionista”

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