Reebok made waves in the sports bra industry today with the unveiling of the Reebok PureMove Bra:
Reebok made waves in the sports bra industry today with the unveiling of the Reebok PureMove Bra: a first of its kind, the technologically advanced sports bra that uniquely responds and adapts to the movement to provide women with a customized amount of control and support, exactly where and when they need it.
For too long, consumer insights have identified frustrated female consumers who feel unsatisfied with their sports bra options, raising flags with alarming stats including one in five women are still avoiding exercise because they don't have the right sports bra. Determined to change the status quo, Reebok embarked on a journey three years ago with one clear mission: change industry standards for the sports bra and reset the bar. Now, just over forty years after the first sports bra came to market, Reebok is proud to debut a first of its kind product featuring the brand's new proprietary Motion Sense Technology.
Reebok's Motion Sense Technology is the result of treating a performance-based fabric with STF (Sheer Thickening Fluid) – a gel-like solution that takes a liquid form when in a still or slow-moving state and contrastingly stiffens and solidifies when moving at higher velocities. This fabric technology adapts and responds accordingly to the body's shape, the velocity of breast tissue, and both the type and force of movement. The end result gives wearers a bra that stretches less with high impact movements while providing the comfort and light support that one would desire during rest and lower intensity activities. To learn more on PureMove's development click here.
"We could not be prouder to come to market with a product that breaks down barriers in a category that has dissatisfied consumers for far too long, lacking any true technological advancements. Innovation has always been in Reebok's DNA and placing an emphasis on transforming and improving one of the most important fitness garments for women is no exception," says Barbara Ebersberger, VP Performance Apparel at Reebok. "The release of PureMove marks the first step of a very exciting new era for us."
Integral in PureMove's three-year development process, was Reebok's work in the lab, testing breast movement and product variations with the University of Delaware. Here, the two joined forces and upped the ante on industry standards for breast biomechanics that would inform both PureMove's final design and Reebok's full sports bra collections for FW18 and beyond. Until now, industry standards for breast biomechanic testing typically included an average of only two to four motion sensors on the chest area to track bounce and support, but Reebok and the University of Delaware utilized 54 unique motion sensors on this area during its rigorous testing process and used this data to ensure every detail was covered and accounted for in PureMove's development.
The end result is a second-skin like design that creates a barely-there feel. Key performance features of the PureMove Bra in addition to the reactive fabric technology include:
- Breathable Perforations: Perforations in front and back to keep you cool and comfortable, no matter the physical activity.
- Natural Shaping: Molded front panel and free cut edges for a minimalistic, second-skin fit so you can move freely without distractions.
- Minimalist Construction: Comprised of only 7 unique pieces of fabric that mold to the body for a seamless fit.
"Many would assume that the more support a sports bra gives would equate to the more fabric, straps or hooks it's comprised of. However, by utilizing our Motion Sense Technology, PureMove's design is quite deliberately the opposite," says Danielle Witek, Senior Innovation Apparel Designer at Reebok. "The minimalist design of the bra may seem deceiving when you first hold it, but you should not confuse this for lack of support or technology. Every single detail is intentional and directly informed by years of our testing and research."
At launch, the PureMove Bra will be available in an extended range of 10 unique sizes, aimed to specifically address consumer feedback around the industry's lack of solutions for those who find themselves in between standard sports bra sizing, The PureMove Bra debut size range includes: XS, XS/S, S, S/M, M, M/L, L, L/XL, XL, XL/XXL, designed to help ensure a more tailored fit for wearers.
The Reebok PureMove Bra will be available exclusively on Reebok.com starting August 17th for $60. Followed by worldwide-distribution in key retailers starting August 30th. Additional sports bras from Reebok's FW18 Hero Bra collection are available today at Reebok.com/HeroBraCollection.
For more information please visit www.reebok.com
Rachel Zoe, known globally for her red-carpet styling and bohemian yet glamorous designs, has created a limited-edition fall capsule for Macy’s, Zoe by Rachel Zoe. This exclusive, ready-to-wear collection has everything the multi-hyphenate woman needs to transition her look from a day at the office to a night out on the town. Zoe by Rachel Zoe adds glamour to feminine suiting with bold floral prints, metallic shoes and rich fabrics and patterns. Fans can shop a sneak preview of the collection now on macys.com and in select stores starting Aug. 15.
Available for a limited time, each head-turning item will make this fall the most sophisticated and glamourous one yet.
"The mission of the Rachel Zoe brand has always been to empower women to live a life of style. I am beyond excited to introduce this exclusive collection for Macy’s designed to reach even more women and inspire them to look and feel their best,” said Rachel Zoe.
A staple of the Zoe by Rachel Zoe collection is the juxtaposition of feminine pieces with structured designs that offer women the freedom to mix up their everyday look. Houndstooth prints and tweed textures take form in tailored pants, chic dresses and modern blazers. Flowing dresses with metallic stripe detail and delicate blouses pair perfectly with metallic platform sandals. A crisp shirt with an intricate neckline and a simple silhouette flatters a woman’s curves and boosts her confidence. The exclusive collection by the top stylist and designer caters to the power woman looking for effortless and versatile fashion.
“Rachel Zoe is a favorite among our customers and celebrities for a reason – she delivers on glamour and sophistication, but also femininity,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s fashion. “This fall, she has created a limited-edition collection exclusively for Macy’s that embodies female empowerment while remaining true to her signature style and design. From every day classics to statement pieces, every Zoe by Rachel Zoe item promotes confidence and style.”
Working with Riley was such an enjoyable experience! He was very down to earth and easy to talk too. I love how real and open he was during our conversation. He was humble and sincere about his views and feelings on what it’s really like to be in the entertainment industry. He’s got A LOT going for him--a music career, a new series coming out on FOX, and moving to Chicago! Riley DEFINITELY is one of the “Good Men.” Grab your cocktail and find out for yourselves!
For me, trusting your gut and intuition has always been the most significant and most important thing.
In my closet
Usually, it’s a Levis denim jacket. I have five of them in almost every color. I’m almost always wearing a Levis jacket. There’s also these Red Wing Boots which I have seven pairs of. They are from Red Wing, Minnesota which is in the midwest where I’m from. They are supposed to be work boots, but now they are hip and cool. I always have these on with a denim jacket (laughs).
Elvis Presley. I would drink whiskey, and we would eat fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches (laughs). I would ask him about life and everything about him.
If you spent a day in the life with me... we would play music.
I’m about to start working on a new tv show for FOX called Proven Innocent by the co-creator of Empire (Danny Strong) and written by David Elliot.
What is it about?
It’s about a group of lawyers who represent wrongfully convicted people. It’s kind of about the Innocence Project. I play a guy named Levi Scott. The show centers around Levi and Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre) who plays my sister. We get falsely imprisoned for ten years for a murder that we didn’t commit. The show is really about how that affects people who finally get out of prison after being wrongfully accused. They never get out of that shadow. During the process of that, my sister starts a law firm to represent people like us--wrongfully convicted felons. It’s about trying to set the truth free.
Talk to me about the process of booking that role. Was it an audition? Was it an offer?
I had not auditioned for a very long time. I had been getting offers, but this one was for a network that I had not worked with in a while (FOX). I was told that I would have to go read for the director and producers. I was ecstatic because I loved the role and I knew that I was going to be right for it. I literally said to my manager, “I’m going to have to do it if I’m going to get it so I might as well do it now.” I went in and read, and I knew it went well. They called and said they wanted me but they had to get the sister first because she was the lead and I had to make sure I matched her. It took them a month to find Rachelle. In that month, I kept passing on other pilots, and I knew I just had to trust the process because this was the role I wanted. It was the first script I read, and I knew I just had to be patient and wait. I left L.A. during pilot season and went to Nashville and recorded seven new songs. I told my manager, “call me when they find the girl, and if I don’t match the girl, then I’m not going to do a pilot this year.” It was either this one or none. He called me on a Friday twelve days later and said, “get your ass on a plane back to L.A. they found the girl, and you look like her. You might have to screen test on Monday.” I flew back to L.A. immediately and then, sure enough, they called me the next day and offered me the job. They were like “how soon can you get on a plane to Chicago?” I just landed from Nashville, and I did my laundry, re-packed my bags, and flew to Chicago that night. It all worked out, and the show got picked up. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Everything lined up.
Who was the first person you called when you found out that you booked the role?
My mom is the first person I call every time.
Can you share a time in your life where you trusted your intuition? So we can encourage people to believe their own inner voice as it can lead you in the direction you are meant to go in.
For me, trusting your gut and intuition has always been the most significant and most important thing. My experience with Proven Innocent was the icing on the cake. By trusting your instincts, you’re making the right choices, and it all paid off. That would be the prime example. I was on a show called Life Sentence this past year, and they had not been renewed yet, but they had not been canceled either. They were up in the air, and something in my gut told me that I need to see what else is out there for me. I didn’t know where they were going with my character’s storyline. No one was really saying anything to me, but in my gut, I just felt something wasn’t right. Everyone on the show was like, “you’re crazy, they love you, and they are going to write for your character next season." Even my managers and agents said, “they just signed you to a big deal, why do you have these feelings?” After the very last episode, I went to the creator, and I said: “would you let me out of my contract?” They were very cool about it, and they didn’t have to be. I owe them a lot of gratitude for allowing me to trust my instincts. It ended in a very significant way for everyone. Everyone was very gracious. It ended perfectly for me (laughs) because I got the other show.
Another one would be--one time I was switching managers about twelve years ago. It felt like I met with every management firm in the city. I narrowed it down to two, and they were both great. One of them gave a razzle-dazzle-- “promised me the world” type of speech. The other company was very down to earth, honest and made no promises. I walked out of that meeting and looked at my agent and said: “that’s where I want to go.” She was like, “are you sure? The other place is offering the world. They gave such a good pitch.” It was almost too good, and something in my gut just tells me that I need to go to the place that is more honest. I went with them, and it was the best move I ever made. I’ve been with them for twelve years.
This is a challenging industry to be in. Was there ever a time you felt discouraged? How did you overcome that? What advice would you give to others based on your own experience?
Jacket: All Saints / Shirt: Lucky Brand / Jeans: All Saints / Boots: John Varvatos / Sunglasses: Les Specs / Blazer: Lucky Brand
I have had moments where I felt really down. It was interesting because I was going through an age change--I wasn’t playing a kid anymore. I was in between ages, and I had my own identity crisis. I was trying to figure out who I was and who I was going to become. Everybody in the industry was trying to figure out where I was going. I kept saying to people around me (my managers and agents) “I’m not doing anything different.” I just have to keep trusting the process and doing what got me this far--not trying to jump ship or change the game plan. I mean obviously, the only way you are going to get better is by accessing and tweaking and always molding yourself to be better. However, there is something to say about trusting your gut and the game plan. I feel that a lot of people in this industry that move to this city are chasing what they think they are supposed to be or how are they supposed to act all the time. They are constantly reinventing themselves, and they are just throwing darts trying to be whatever they think is the right thing. The first thing my manager--my very first manager-- told me when I moved to L.A. from Iowa was, “what separates you from everyone else is that you’re from Iowa. So don’t change and don’t become like everyone else. Stay unique and true to who you are.” I think that’s the best piece advice I ever got because I did listen. Here I am, to this day and still wearing my cowboy boots (laughs). I’m a blue-collar midwest guy, so there was no reason for me to be something I’m not to please other people.
Imagination is a preview of life coming attractions. What do you see yourself manifesting for yourself in the next six months to a year?
It’s funny because the name of my corporation is a Tabula Rasa Productions. I wanted something that meant fresh starts and new beginnings, and that’s precisely what tabula rasa means in Latin. I literally googled it, and that’s what came up. In the last three years--almost every year for me--I’ll get a show that will last for one season and then it will go away for one reason or another. Every reason is different, and then you have to start all over again. It’s like getting knocked down in a fight, but you just get back up and keep punching. This is the third year in a row that I’m getting on a show that has been picked up for thirteen episodes. Right now I’m trying to manifest and visualize this new beginning, a fresh start, original character, a new network and going back to Chicago which is around my home area. I grew up three hours from there, and I have a lot of friends and family in that area. I’m really manifesting it to last(laughs). I keep saying, “third time’s a charm”--this one is going to be longer than one year. I would really like to settle back down in the midwest doing what I love to do. I want to continue to grow as a man, become a better person--human being and that will come across in my work, and I just want to be happy.
The first summer edition of the New York Television Festival (www.nytvf.com) is a wrap! The 14th annual Festival was the most successful yet, with a record-breaking 620 development meetings taking place during the week between independent TV creators and industry executives, up from 600 last year. In fact, 75 companies were represented at the Festival this year – including executives from leading networks, studios, agencies and digital platforms who networked with and/or took pitches from the creators, writers, producers and directors invited to be Official Artists.
On the final day, the Festival held its annual awards reception at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space, where winners of NYTVF’s pilot and script competitions were announced – along with recipients of deals from NYTVF’s development partners. (See below for a full list of winners.)
With 59 pilots showcased throughout the week, NYTVF’s flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) wrapped up by recognizing top projects across 16 categories. “Best of the Fest” honors and the NYTVF Critics Award were presented to Hammerhead.
In its third year, the NYTVF Scripts competition featured 21 selections, with The Curse and Granted tying for Best Comedy Script and Ticker winning in the Best Drama Script category.
"Independent television hasn’t only arrived – it is stronger than ever," said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. "Each year, I am floored by how much the quality of the work submitted by the independent television community continues to improve – having received more than 3,300 submissions for the third year in a row. I’m honored that our partners have embraced the Festival as a go-to venue for new and diverse stories, voices and talent during their development process, and proud to be part of an incredible team that has brought opportunities to indie artists by arranging nearly 2000 networking and pitch meetings between them and industry execs over the past three years alone."
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In addition to the above meetings and awards reception, several events took place throughout the week at Helen Mills and the SVA Theatre, including: screenings and creator Q&As, keynote conversations, panels, networking events and parties. This included special events for new truTV original series Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters and Paid Off with Michael Torpey; new HBO series Random Acts of Flyness; and events hosted by Audible, BYUtv, FKKS PC, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Red Arrow Studios, the Television Academy, Topic, WGA East.
The Festival kicked off with an opening weekend that featured the new Creator Bootcamp, presented in partnership with CBS Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion on Saturday, and the returning NYTVF Writers Room, keynoted by Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly, former co-head writers of Saturday Night Live and writers and executive producers of Comedy Central’s The Other Two.
2018 WINNERS – INDEPENDENT PILOT COMPETITION
Overall Best of the Fest Award:
Hammerhead – Created by Dean Imperial (New York, NY)
An ambitious, driven, and deceptively cunning young man with a deformed forehead leaves his father's home after graduate school determined to climb the ladder of success in New York City.
NYTVF Critics Award:
Hammerhead – Created by Dean Imperial (New York, NY)
Best Animated Project:
Omega House – Created by Marc Sloboda (Chicago, IL)
After surviving the nuclear apocalypse, four mutated frat brothers set out on a journey across the wasteland to figure out what the heck happened.
Best Comedy Project:
Smüchr – Created by Niccolo Aeed and Marina Tempelsman (New York, NY)
Emily, a customer support representative for an online dating company, will make all the lonely people in America couple up like penguins – or she'll die trying.
Best Drama/Dramedy Project:
Paint – Created by Michael Walker (New York, NY)
Three young artists live in Brooklyn, struggling to make it, not only in the art world, but in life.
Best Short-Form Comedy Project:
susaneLand – Created by Susane Lee and Andrew Olsen (Los Angeles, CA)
A dark comedic anthology series revolving around the awkward and surreal misfortunes of a young Asian American woman.
Best Short-Form Drama/Dramedy Project:
Avant-Guardians – Created by Alesia Etinoff (Los Angeles, CA)
When the woke-ish Guardian Angel to the future 3rd Black President goes a little off her rocker, she's mandated by God to visit a no-nonsense Therapist Angel.
Best Unscripted Project:
Rooftop Kings – Created by Carmine Famiglietti and Peter Fragliossi (Queens, NY)
An inside look at a subculture hiding in plain sight on the rooftops of New York City: This is Goodfellas, with pigeons.
Best Actor in a Comedy:
Ryan Harrington and Isaac Himmelman in Brooklyn Moving Company (New York, NY)
Best Actress in a Comedy:
Tessa Hersh in Smüchr and 2some (New York, NY)
Best Actor in a Drama:
Sam Gilroy in Hammerhead (New York, NY)
Best Actress in a Drama:
Deja Harrell in Seeds (Chicago, IL)
Best Direction Drama:
Midnights – Directed by Alvaro Donado (Paterson, NJ)
Best Direction Comedy:
The Passage – Directed by Kitao Sakurai (Los Angeles, CA)
Ghost Girl – Edited by Alexandra Gilwit and Charlotte Prager (New York, NY)
Alive in Denver – Written by Michael Levin (Los Angeles, CA)
2018 WINNERS – NYTVF SCRIPTS
Best Comedy Script (Tie):
Granted – Written by Alison Barton and Bonnie Dennison (Los Angeles, CA)
Annie, an insecure astronaut, mistakenly summons a genie (named Jinnie) whom she can't stand. The two are bound to each other until Annie can find true fulfillment or Jinnie can find true love. Two nearly impossible tasks... even with unlimited wishes.
The Curse – Written by Jesse David Fox and Halle Kiefer (New York, NY)
Alex has the perfect life on paper: a cool new job in New York, awesome friends, and, most importantly, a mature long-term relationship. In other words, it’s just about the worst time to find out that her family is under a century-old sex curse.
Best Drama Script:
Ticker – Written by Connie O'Donahue and Jeremy Nielsen (Rivertown, WY)
In a future where people sell years off the end of their lives for money and corporations decide who lives and who dies, a rule-following paramedic and his impulsive partner struggle to save society by overthrowing the system.
2018 NYTVF DEVELOPMENT DEALS AND NETWORK AWARD WINNERS
Audible Pitch Deal:
The three below will receive a development grant to further develop their concept with Audible:
● Don P. Hooper for “BK Time Skippers”
● Kaitlin Fontana and Carolyn Bergier for “Peace”
● Gordon Rayfield for “Boomer”
Comedy Central Development Deal:
Omega House – Created by Marc Sloboda
Red Arrow Studios Development Award:
The Gary Gold Story – Created by Greg Ash
TOPIC Pitch Deal:
Damian Gomez for “Hyphenated”
truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative:
We Don’t Want to Scare You, But… – Created by Tessa Greenberg and Moujan Zolfaghari
WE tv Pitch Deal:
Richard Knight, Carrie Jean Knight, and Anna Boyter for “Now Serving Seconds”
In addition to the above, New York Women in Film and Television awarded a platinum membership to Martha Williams in recognition of her work on Run for Your Life, and the Hollywood Radio and Television Society Script Competition winners – Tara Tomicevic for Bianca (Drama) and Julia Monahan for Teej & The Explorers (Comedy) – were recognized at the Festival. Winners of the Hulu Pitch deal and OneX Comedy Collective Alumni Initiative will be announced at a later date.
“Summer, summer, summertime – time to sit back and unwind”, sings the fresh prince Will Smith in his 90’s hit. Pool parties, barbecues and going to the beach - remember those breezy summer nights, holding a mojito cocktail, gathered around the fire pit with some friends? Don’t forget to maintain that holiday tan, too! Here we list some important steps and products to help you take your summer look way past august…
2in1: Cleanse & exfoliate
This goes particularly for the face but it is an important step in one’s routine. Use a product for sensitive skin, something that will not strip the dermis of its natural nutrients or one that will dry it out. Make sure to use a cleanser or a face foam that contain organic ingredients, such as argan oil, lavender, honey, almond milk or wild berries.
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Exfoliation is also an important stage in the summer skincare routine. Clean the skin out of its dead cells using a soft loofah or a gentle cloth. In addition, we recommend using a gentle body wash- avoid harsh grainy products and use a nourishing oil or a body cream, instead of a drying gel or body scrub.
Protect it! Enhance it!
Make sure to also moisturize – a lot! Well hydrated skin does not only look good, but it feels good. Sun exposure can be a factor in the faster development of wrinkles and blemishes on the face, so apply a regenerating cream to avoid this.
Going more and more into fall doesn’t mean ditching the sunscreen. On the contrary, sunscreen is important to protect the skin from UV rays not only in direct sun exposure but even when it is cloudier. Some skincare experts claim that using sunscreen after the summer months will significantly improve the skin’s anti-aging effects.
Another way to keep up with that golden look after august has passed, is to use one simple trick – bronzer! While there are so many bronzers on the market, the key is to go for a more natural one. Reserve the shimmery and glowy powders for the hot summer eves, and apply a more natural, skin-toned bronzer to complement the cheeks and forehead. In terms of technique, make sure to apply it with light strokes, as if the tan is naturally fading, but still visible.
Lastly, to maintain that summer glow from within, don’t forget to treat yourself. Every little thing counts! If you feel like going away for the weekend in September while it is still warm, go for it. Paint your toenails in bright colors – this year’s hits are milky pastels and shimmery gold shades. Show off your tan lines with a cute top and a bralette underneath. To accentuate the décolleté, apply a highlighter on the collar bones and a bronzer around them to create that subtly shade.
It’s the end of summer, but ahead of us are more beauty trends and we cannot wait to discover and share them with you!
Photo by Christopher Campbell
Nigerian-American actress Pepi Sonuga has moved mountains, or countries, to do what she loves. Actor, singer, and dancer, Sonuga loves to perform. Although a newcomer in the industry, she can be seen on Freeform's popular drama, "Famous in Love" portraying pop star Tangey Turner.
My motto is “let my work speak for itself.”
I absolutely adore the Mario Badescu drying lotion. I don’t have a severe acne problem, but I have a scarring problem. Which means if I get one tiny pimple, it could leave a scar for months. So it’s critical for me to kill the pimples before they take full form and this product is perfect for that.
I don’t have a favorite cocktail, I just tell the bartender “sweet but strong.” HA! I do love Moscato though.
Since I was very young, I’ve wanted to entertain.
I’ve been in plays and dance recitals, and I have been singing, dancing, and acting since I can remember. My family still teases me about how confident I used to be about my future, even as a child and even in Nigeria miles away from Los Angeles. But when I migrated with my mother to the States, all my dreams were suddenly within reach, and I think that sent my ambition into overdrive. My mom used to love entertaining, and she would tell me stories of talent competitions and shows when she was in high school. So when she became aware of my dreams, it was only natural for her to be 100% supportive. She never pursued a career in the industry but loved every part of it. This made her the perfect mother to raise a child like me because she was never cynical or trying to “live through me,” she was able to be supportive and happy for me without attaching her own dreams to mine. My mom is definitely the main reason why I went for my goal, because she held my hand through it all and made it feel possible, or at least worth a shot. We sometimes joke that God sent me directly to her because very few Nigerian parents would’ve been as liberal as she was. LOL.
It really does take a long time to become an overnight success
That’s important to know for anyone who has any kind of dream. There have been many moments through my journey where I felt discouraged, crazy, and wanted to give up. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure of what I was doing. When I began in the industry, my worries changed, but I still persisted. You worry if you’re talented enough, if you’re pretty enough, or if you’re too pretty and should rough up a bit if you’re smart enough… there’s so much to worry about if you let yourself. What helps me keep fighting is reminding myself of how far I’ve come. I always tell myself “you haven’t come this far only to go this far.” I’m also aware of how different each of our paths can be, and I try never to compare myself to the next person. What is meant for me can never be taken away from me and I believe that with all my heart. In general, I’ve learned that there will always be a new set of problems. You’re either praying for your first audition to come, or for your show to get picked up to series, or your multi-million dollar budget movie to be a box office hit. As soon as you reach a new level, the bar just keeps getting higher, so I figure it’s easier to just enjoy the ride.
My motto is “let my work speak for itself.” I believe if you show up on time, give it your best shot, put your heart out there for the role, are polite, attempt to be an anchor on set for the crew, and try to have some fun… you can never go wrong. Everyone likes working with their friends, so just become someone that people like being around. This art is a personal one, but the business is a very social one. I’m not saying to make yourself uncomfortable in order to mingle (some of the most brilliant artists were introverts), but instead be a positive and collaborative addition to any environment you find yourself in.
It's important for young kids to have vision and hope. A child has to be able to envision a world bigger and brighter than the one they currently live in. That’s what made my childhood so colorful. I saw the world as my playground even before I had ever left my home… each country an experience waiting to happen. People say “stop dreaming” and "stay on the ground, be realistic.” But sometimes dreaming saves you. You must never stop dreaming about your better future. Hold onto that image tightly and never let anyone take it away. That will get you through hard days. Just remember to put in the work after you’ve woken up because a dream without action will remain just a dream.
When life throws you lemons, just add BEAUTY, COCKTAILS, GIRLTALK. Life obstacles can weigh heavy on your mental and physical wellbeing. How do you stay uplifted, motivated or even inspired to push through and maintain your happiness?
Daydreaming is the biggest thing that keeps me motivated. A daydream is like saying a prayer, meditating, and watching a film about your future... all at once. It’s entirely spiritual if we’re being honest. When I feel down, what gets me up are glimpses into my future. I made a vision board that’s divided into 3 sections: the life I want regarding my career, the life I want personally, and some vague ideas of who I want to be after 50yrs old. It’s filled with photos of Oprah, fancy old Hollywood parties, films I wish I were in, charities I want to start, Beyonce (of course), dream houses, travel destinations, Rihanna magazine covers (of course), and various African superstars. Whenever I start to lose a sense of myself and the reasons I do what I do, I just look at this board, and it’s an instant mood booster. Also, it sounds silly, but when I feel deficient, on my saddest day, the only thing that makes me feel better is watching a cartoon or an animated film, preferably one with a female lead who fights against the odds to achieve her dreams: Mulan, Zootopia, etc. It might seem immature, but I don’t think I’ll ever get over cartoons; they’re so inspiring… why are they only for kids?! Adults need to stay motivated too! We should also believe anything is possible! That message shouldn’t be exclusive to children! shaking my head
Girl you betta go...
Because I’m Nigerian, I would encourage everyone to visit at least one African country of their choice (preferably Nigeria hehehe). Culture, food, people, THE MUSIC!! It’s an adventure, that’s for sure.
Popcorn & Cocktails
“Friends” is always my go-to. I loved “The Game,” it had well-written characters, and the main couple is so cute! I also love “Sex and the City” of course. Right now I’m on a mission to read classical books. You know.. All the books that we were all supposed to read in school but used Spark Notes for that book report instead? I’m now playing catch up. Some on my list are The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye and The Odyssey. My favorite book is “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston.
What do you have to say to those aka (men) who say we are too sensitive, emotional, or sarcastic?
I say: everything you condemn about my femininity is actually my superpower, so stay mad! LOL. Women are magic, and I won’t even spend too much time answering this question because I believe that deep down, every man knows this to be exact
100 pairs of shoes and only 2 feet! What was the last thing you bought for yourself?
The previous thing I bought myself was one of those “Love Boats” at sushi restaurants, the ones with a little bit of everything, which are meant to be shared on a date or something I GUESS. Yup. Enjoyed that. I deserved it.
Guilty Pleasure: If your cable package supplied one channel, what channel would you choose and what would you watch?
Hmm probably Freeform because I’d want to watch my show lol
Moschino occupies an important position on the international fashion stage, thanks to its own history, consistency and continuity.
The Moschino, Boutique Moschino and Love Moschino collections make their mark by expressing its creativity that makes irony and elegance its strength through the reinterpretation of the classics.
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I don’t believe in coincidence.
I was listening to this really great talk between Oprah and Wayne Dyer. Wayne Dyer was talking about how there is no such thing as a coincidence.
If you could have cocktails with anyone living or dead, who would it be, what would you drink and what would be your first topic of conversation?
It would be Maya Angelou. I’ve been going through a lot of transitions in my own life this past year. I’ve been finding a lot of comfort and support through her books and poems. What was surprising about her was the fact that not only was she so wise but she had such an incredible sense of humor. The way she “preaches,” doesn’t come across as preachy. She comes across as so real and conversational that she seems like the kind of person you would be able to have a drink with and go back and forth with. She never came across as she was “better than” or as if she had it all figured out. Even when she died in her late seventies or early eighties, she still had this attitude that she was on her journey and was processing everything. I just believe her to be real and authentic. I think I would want to have the most sobering moment possible with her (laughs). I wouldn’t want to forget a minute of it. She seems like the kind of the girl that would definitely have some alcohol, so I’ll have what she’s having.
Congrats on the hit series Reverie!
Congrats on the hit series Reverie! It definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. Can you talk to us about the process of how you landed the role? Did you audition or was it an offer? Who was the first person you called when you found out you landed the role of Mara Kint?
It was a phone call. It came to me at a point where my father had just passed. It was a few months before I got Reverie. I didn’t really have much of a relationship with him. He was an addict and my mom and I were in and out of women’s shelters. When he died, I was really surprised by how much the grief overwhelmed me. I felt like I couldn’t even put one foot in front of the other some days. Then I felt like, “well if I couldn’t have a relationship with him down here, maybe I can have one with him up there. “ Whether I was creating it or it was real, I felt like I started seeing him and feeling him. I became convinced that there was a lot more to this world than what our eyes can see. Pretty soon after that is when I got the script for Reverie, which was the story about this woman whose sister and niece had died. She was an addict and trying to overcome the loss of her family and then she was traveling back and forth between these two different universes. I felt like “oh my gosh” I have to tell the story of this character because it was so similar to my mine. The fact that I was going to get to be in business with Amblin Entertainment (Steven Spielberg)...I felt like I was dreaming because I had grown up worshipping his films. I thought, “I can’t believe this is all happening," to be surrounded by people that are not only talented but also authentic and practice what they preach. They are just beautiful human beings and great collaborators. You don’t always get that with people in Hollywood- actually, you hardly ever get that with people in Hollywood. So, it was such a dream come true when they called me to work with them and then to be able to do the project with them.
Who was the first person you called when you found out that you were going to be doing Reverie?
My mother (laughs). We’re very close, and she’s my first call for anything that is good or bad.
If Reverie was a real game, where would you go and what would you be doing?
There’s a memory that I have of my dad from when I was a little girl. I remember we were by the lake, what the air smelled like, and I remember the wind blowing in my hair. I was probably about three years old. We were in Texas, and there was a country song on the radio. I would probably go back and relive that moment with him. It was one of the best memories I have of him. If I could relive that moment in present time and hold onto those memories a little longer and a little deeper, I would probably pick that one.
Talk to us about what a typical day off looks like for you?
I am the most careless looking person you’ve ever seen. I don’t shower, I don’t change my clothes, and I have my oily lotion on my skin. I’m in my bed all day long with potato chips and french fries all around me. I have two remote controls in my hand, five books on my bedside table and then I have the Uber Eats app open and ready to go at any minute (laughs).
You post a lot of positive messages on social media and your spirit just seems to beam positivity and light! You are also very much in tune and open about your beliefs. Can you share a time where you had an experience that you consider to be a “spiritual” type of lesson? This can be related to your career or personal life (whatever you feel comfortable discussing). Some experiences aren’t always fun as we know, but they help us to continuously grow and evolve.
I don’t believe in coincidence. I was listening to this really great talk between Oprah and Wayne Dyer. Wayne Dyer was talking about how there is no such thing as a coincidence. The word itself started out as a mathematical term meaning to coincide. When two lines coincide, they form an angle. We’ve taken something that means when two things happen on purpose to create something and we’ve redesigned at as two things that happen accidentally to create something. With that said, I think there is a reason for everything.
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The other thing that I’ve learned through my journeys, good or bad, losing people, whether it’s death related or people that leave your life because of a bad fight or however that is--in my opinion, our souls only purpose is to grow. That’s the only thing that is sort of definite in this life is change. We are going to change. Our soul's highest purpose is to evolve. I believe that we sometimes attract certain situations to us to stimulate that evolvement and that growth. With anything wrong that has ever happened to me, whether it has been a relationship, a work situation, or the loss of my dad, it was definitely something that looking back I can say, “oh wow, I grew from that in a way that I wouldn’t have had that not happened.” The kind of grace, humility, or lessons learned from that situation I would have never learned if I had not drawn from that horrible situation to me as awful as that sounds. When you look at it from that perspective, it helps you say,
When life is up and high, you have to laugh as much as you can laugh. When life goes down, sometimes the only way to get back up is to cry. You have to cry as hard as you can, and that’s okay. Just be forgiving of yourself and the different things that you go through. I think we’re so obsessed with this idea of being happy all the time. It’s a great thing to be, but I think sometimes we have to allow ourselves to feel the pain because that’s the only way we can feel better. In between those ups and downs, there is a whole lot of boring. You have to find something to celebrate every day in that “boring” (laughs) because as that saying goes, “this too shall pass” and the next thing you know you’re back on that roller coaster again.
We all face times where we are..
discouraged especially in an industry like this. What was your experience like when you first started out in Hollywood? What are some things you wish you knew going into it? What would you like to tell others who are pursuing this career path?
There are a few different things. I feel like I’m at the very beginning of my education in some ways. I’m still searching, and there’s a lot of things that I want to do that I feel like I haven’t done. As cliche as it sounds, just be yourself. Hollywood is tough because everyone is trying to fit into the flavor of the moment. You’re always trying to change yourself and fit into someone else’s idea of what you should be. The thing that makes us unique and makes us stand out is the stuff that makes us different. Now that I’m in my thirties, I can understand that differently whereas I didn’t before. I think we should embrace what makes us different. I believe that is important to tell somebody when they are starting out. You might feel like you need to be the next Lilly Collins or Jennifer Lawrence, but how about you just be you? That Dr. Seuss saying says it perfectly, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
I also realized something about the audition process. I treat every audition as if it’s a job. I go in with the idea that I’m going to shoot something. When you’re in the room, those are your five minutes. In my opinion, don’t leave until you do what you want to do in that room. Don’t leave thinking, “oh man, I should have done this or that.” Take those chances because that is your soul speaking to you. You should honor those little voices as much as you can.
What is your definition of empowerment? How do you think people can practice this more in their daily lives? This goes for both women and men.
I think my definition of empowerment is to walk towards your fear no matter what that looks like. It doesn’t matter if it is a professional situation or a personal situation. I think that is impossible to go through life without any kind of fear or insecurities. To be able to say, “I’m in charge,” is power. Even though you may feel these things, you say “no, fuck it, I’m going to walk towards this fear, and I’m going to handle this situation anyway.” To be able to feel that free with yourself and not get in your own way.
I’m getting ready to go do a movie in Seattle which I’m really about excited about called, "Language Arts." It’s about a family that falls apart because of their son's autism. It’s pretty heavy. Between Reverie and this movie, I’m getting characters that are really deep and going through a lot. It’s an exciting time for me, and it’s great because it serves as my therapy. I just finished this other movie called, "Judy Small," and that was nothing but light and fluffy for my character. It was with Haley Joel Osment, Rob Corddry, and Alicia Silverstone, so that was fun, and thank God I got to laugh. Other than that, doing the school runs, camp, and getting the kids ready for pre-school.
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Dancer, choreographer, and creator, Louis Van Amstel is a star. Initially, on Dancing with the Stars, Van Amstel has branched into business as a co-creator of LA Blast. His motivation consists of following his gut and bettering other's lifestyle, both nutritionally and physically.
You’ve had a tremendous amount of success working on “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance”! You started dancing at the age of 10. Did you always know you wanted to pursue this as a career path?
No, I did not always see myself wanting to pursue dancing. The first two years I did it to please my grandparents and my mom who were both dancers. I did it for them, but then when I did the first competition, I liked how it felt. Growing up I dealt with bullying; I was a binge eater, an emotional eater-thank goodness for dance. It’s kept me from the chopping block of not just being overweight but fat.
People now don’t believe me, or they think “What? You were bullied for being fat?” Dance became therapeutic for me. So far, twenty-five years later, I have a mission with LA Blast. It’s not just about doing a workout. There is so much more depth to it. Most people that are bullied are emotional eaters. Most people that are obese or heavily overweight-there is a reason or a story behind that. Often, bullying and self-esteem issues as a kid are the culprit as to why later in life people will not go to the gym or a dance studio. I want to change that and I know it’s a significant and challenging mission, but if I don’t try, I will never know.
You have a dance fitness program called La Blast Fitness! Congratulations! Give us the deets.
I started LA Blast nine years ago with Lisa Rinna. It was after Season 2 of Dancing with the Stars when we went on tour. The pros go back every season, but the celebrities don’t. Lisa was so addicted, and she said, “Louis, you have to start a class.”
Well, nine years later it’s a worldwide brand. We have three formats: Fitness, Line Dancing, and Splash. Our newest venture is LA Blast Online, so we could reach people in rural areas, people that do not want to go to the gym either because they don’t like to workout or because they are too embarrassed to go out in public because of self-image issues. With our online program, we want to promote an exercise for people that generally would not go to the gym but still would love to learn how to dance. Of course, with Dancing with the Stars, which has been on the air for thirteen years (25 seasons) there are millions of people that would love to learn to dance, and that’s what LA Blast is all about, all the dances we do have been on Dancing with the Stars.
Congratulations! That’s so exciting. So anyone can sign up?!
Anybody can sign up. It is mainly for people that think they can’t dance, people that believe they are uncoordinated. I wanted to create it in a very logical way. We keep it very simple so that anyone can feel successful. I have yet to find someone who says “I’m bored.” People become better at it and more involved. We have two sides to our online program: Silk Side and Shape Side. It’s really for everyone, even professional dancers who are retired and are in their fifties or sixties that would love to dance but will never go to class with twenty-year-olds. This is for anyone who would like to learn to dance and use it as an exercise.
Can you share a few fitness tips with us to staying in shape no matter what time of year it is?
I have a lifestyle that allows for having fun with food and eating whatever I want. However, I am conscious of it. I believe in conscious eating-not in dieting. You can eat whatever you want, but you are accountable. When I go on a three-week spree between December 15th and January 8th, I will eat whatever. I already know, that in my mind, I am in the gym or LA Blast for that matter. I am creating tours where I do nationwide master classes because I know that I’m going to burn so many calories. This year what I did was I consciously planned between December 19th and 22nd, fifty master classes of an hour each. Each hour I probably burned nine hundred calories. I did that on purpose because I know when I go into the holidays I can eat whatever I want. I have it planned where there would be weeks you are going live a disciplined workout lifestyle. If you do that for six months, you are going to be so unhappy with yourself and then what happens is everything you’ve done in the past six months goes down the drain. If you say, “let’s do a few weeks here and then a few weeks there” where you are disciplined and you are making a plan. There is a beginning, middle, and an end. It’s similar to a project.
My advice is to stop dieting and start becoming aware of what you eat. Ask yourself, “are you eating for emotional reasons” or “are you eating it because you are craving it?” If you really want it, then eat it. It’s the difference between “am I eating my emotions away” or “do I emotionally crave chocolate?”
LA Blast Challenge:
We have a weight loss challenge for LA Blast. One lady who is obese lost thirty pounds. I’m telling her to “calm down” because it’s been less than two months. I’m happy for her, but I don’t want her to do it for the wrong reasons. It should be about a lifestyle change and do a little bit at a time.
When People Join...
It’s $9.99 a month, and they get new workouts every month. They get nutrition and health advice. There is recipes, no diet, and they are just healthier versions of what you would eat. We also have a Facebook form only for LA Blast online members. I’m personally on there every single week asking how things are going. People share things that are lovely to see, and it feels like we are building a community with our online presence.
If you could have cocktails with anyone, who would it be? What would you drink? What would be your first topic of conversation?
I do like my Diet Coke (laughs), and then I would drink a lot of water. It would have to be with my husband. Lately, the topic has been adoption. We are going to adopt within the next two years.
What feels right as the creator is when you positively affect someone’s life. We do that now with our company. It has a very noble mission of helping others. Getting people certified is one of them. It's great when they can start teaching locally in their area, or they can even do it online. We want to take this a step further. There are so many children out there who have been born into this world who might be drug babies or alcohol babies or then there are couples who thought the child would help their relationship, but then these children became orphans. We would love to become parents to kids like that. I can’t wait and then twenty years later to see them thrive. I’m looking forward to that challenge-to become a grandparent and to say you know what “we left a good message behind and we did our part to make this a better world.”
Can you share a time in your career or life where you felt you had a hit “a bump in the road” or felt like giving up? How did you overcome this? What advice would you give to others based on your own experience?
I’ve had my share of burnouts. What I learned when I was a kid is that “movement when you dance” is not only about the physical body. It’s the physical, mental and emotional self. We had to develop the physical side, the athletic side, and then the mental side-understanding, gaining knowledge, cognitive behavior. Then it was about experiencing that-the emotional self, the spirit, and the soul. As a dancer, I was developing this. When I was about twenty years old, I started emotionally feeling, “I am not in control over my life anymore.” At the time, my partner and I were third in the world. We just had to wait one or two more years, and we would become world champions, but for some reason, I knew what I didn’t want that anymore. I took a leap of faith and followed my gut. I stopped, and the whole dance world was against me, my teacher was upset with me and so was my partner, but rightfully so because ballroom dancing is a partner dance form. I couldn’t do it anymore though because I was unhappy. This was when I realized with LA Blast in the last ten years that there are so many people who are in that place where they stay in something whether it’s a marriage or career. They are doing it but “aren’t in it” anymore. I felt blessed that at that moment I followed my gut because I went back six months later and I was a new person. When I made that decision to stop at the time people had told me, “your career is over.” In 1994, I was back with the same partner, and we became world champions in 1994, 1995, and 1996 back to back.
My message to the world is, follow your intuition-follow your gut. Your gut is always right. The gut feeling is a balance between the physical, mental and the emotional.
I decided in 1997 to move to the United States, and it came out of nowhere. Twenty years later, I look back, and I have made my best decisions in life intuitively.
What is a mantra/quote that you live by?
Stay in your lane. Don’t be affected by other people.
Fast forward one year from now: “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions (Albert Einstein).” What would you like to see manifest in your life a year from now?
Manifestation: My company is at a point where we can officially start the process of adopting children.
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Style Verified had a chance to catch up with celebrity fitness trainer Alec Penix in LA! Alec shared some tips on how to get those abs for the summer! Umm...yes Alec, tell us how...?!
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Spanish designer Carlota Barrera presented today, Thursday July 12th 2018, a few hours ago, her first collection for men with the title "The Matador and the Fisherman", as part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid Summer 2019.
Inspired by the confrontation of the man against the beast, the collection questions which of the two embodies each role: on one hand, through the Spanish tradition of bullfighting, and on the other with the work of fishermen who fight against storms and marine beasts.
A dialogue between the purpose of beauty in the matador costume with its marked silhouette in contraposition to the practicality of fishermen’s attire. The concept of masculinity and beauty is exalted with a certain erotic component, and both worlds merge in the detailed embroidery, representing flowers, corals and seaweed. It’s a love story between the matador and the fisherman, and also between the old tailoring and the new techniques of design and making.
Carlota Barrera's love for craftsmanship it’s proven with the use of different manual techniques in the collection. It’s a way of stating the important role of these crafts in the Spanish tradition, nowadays in danger of disappearing. Appling embroidery, natural fibers and leather work in this collection, have updated these traditions with a contemporary vision. Artisans such as Steve Mono, with shoes made of Ubrique leather, Javier Sánchez Medina, with natural fibers, and Anónima by CM, with hand embroidery, have contributed to this collection.
The colors of the soil and the sea impregnate a collection of 20 looks that combine beauty, strength, craftsmanship and avant-garde.
About Carlota Barrera
Born in the northern Spain, Carlota Barrera is a mens fashion designer trained at the prestigious Central Saint Martins and Instituto Europeo di Design schools. She has recently completed her studies with the Master in Menswear at the London College of Fashion. Carlota developed her professional expertise working with the renowned designer Carmen March.
With her first collection, Carlota Barrera intends to establish her own brand focused on a male audience interested in contemporary design and art.