UsTrendy Trendsetter of the Week: Margot Moore

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With Margot Moore’s love for fashion, food, and life, we immediately knew we’d get along just great. Her life in Melbourne, Australia only serves to spike our interest more. Her passion for health and fitness speaks volumes in her writing.  Margot’s originality, and creativity allows for her to give only the best fashion advice out there! She provides us with warm, down to earth responses as we delved deeper into who she really was.  Here’s what we learned!

  • What’s your favorite blog topic to write about?
    I like writing about things that I am genuinely passionate about. I think this is because I find that writing comes so easily when you are passionate about it – words just seem to flow, and I definitely feel my writing is more articulate when everything is flowing naturally. Health and fitness would probably be my favourite topic, not only because it’s something I love personally, but also because I think unfortunately many people, especially young people, are very misguided by popular culture and get swept up by fad diets/products that are usually only causing them detriment to succeeding in their health and fitness goals.
  • How would you describe your writing style?
    I definitely have satirical tone throughout a lot of my work. I like to keep it funny yet articulate and witty. I believe in writing smart, not lengthy – that’s always been my motto. I like to keep my style really conversational as well, so that people can imagine that they are sitting opposite me and visualise my body language, emphasising my words.
  • When did you start writing? Have you always been passionate about it?

I’ve always loved writing since I was in school. English was my best and favourite subject, and I used to write additional essays in my spare time to improve my skills, even though it was not required by my teachers. I think my vocab was at it’s peak when I was about 18! Unfortunately life gets in the way and I don’t have as much time to learn new words and how to use them. Reading and writing regularly is definitely the way to enhance your abilities when it comes to writing.

  • Where do you get your ideas for blog topics? What inspires you most? Have you ever had writers block?

I don’t tend to get writers block when blogging. My full time job is actually in marketing and communications, so if ever, it will be at work that I experience that. When blogging, I’m always choosing what to write about, so understandably, words come quite naturally without too much thought going into it. Generally, I get ideas from my life in general; what am I loving right now, things that might be on my mind, and then of course, things I can help people with like skin care tips and so on.

  • What’s the coolest beauty/fashion advice you’ve been given recently?
    Hmmm, I wouldn’t say I seek out too much advice when it comes to fashion or beauty – I tend to figure things out for myself first!! But something I learned a few months back that has really changed the way I do my makeup, is that I use a lighter pressed powder under my eyes and my upper cheekbone over my concealer which enhances the brightening function of the concealer – there’s no point using a dark powder over concealer because you basically contradict its purpose.
  • What was the moment/turning point you realized you had become a successful blogger?

I don’t really think of myself as a ‘successful blogger’. I guess most of my success comes from other social channels; more specifically, Instagram. I guess the thing I go by most of all is the engagement my content gets. You definitely have to think really carefully about the content you post anywhere and that it is remaining appealing to your audiences and followers.

  • What trend do you hope stays around forever or makes a comeback?

I really love the off the shoulder trend. I think it is so feminine and sexy, but without showing off too much skin. So I hope this stays around!

  • What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
    Definitely my phone. Unfortunately it practically houses my life so I’d be lost without it – I have slight addition which is not good! I do try to stay away from it when I don’t need to be near it. Other than that it would be skin care!!!
  • What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
    As I mentioned above – off the shoulder. Also love turtle necks, long coats for winter and sneakers. I love that girlie tomboy looks at the moment. So jeans with sneakers and then a long coat. It’s like that very well put together looks that is also super casual.

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UsTrendy Trendsetters of the Week: Aiko Cunanan

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Aiko Cunanan’s perseverance and dedication allowed for her modeling and acting career to flourish. She knew she was born for the creative world and sought to fight for her passion. Her love for fashion and travel serves inspiration to us as she continues to inspire women with her words of wisdom. Grab a quick insight in Cunanan’s fashion tips and inspirations!

  • What trend do you hope stays around forever or makes a comeback?

I hope that the off the shoulder trend stays forever because I have yet to see an off a shoulder item that I do not like. I am obsessed with them!

  • What inspired you to start your blog and social media accounts?

My blog started off as a hobby about a year ago when I moved to Los Angeles. Living here all by myself and going from audition to audition, I wanted to find an outlet that I could constantly work on during my free time. Being a model and already doing photoshoots for clothing lines, I decided to start a blog to share my passion and connect with others.

Since then, I have been passionate about this craft and constantly learning the business side of things. Each day is something different, but it’s always so fun and exciting!

  • What are a few of your favorite spots in Los Angeles?

So many! I love to eat and drink lots of coffee and thankfully L.A. has a number of places to do that. My favorite coffee shop is Alfreds, and my favorite restaurant is KazuNori. When I am not busy stuffing my face, I love to hang out at the beaches in Malibu.

  • What is the one thing you could go back in time and tell yourself?

If I could go back in time and tell myself something it would be, to start building your dreams RIGHT NOW. In the past, I definitely put off a few big goals because I was afraid to take risks and be different from my peers.

– Who is your favorite social media personality?

Sincerely Jules because her style is so effortless, her photos are amazing, and I love her message “dream, believe, achieve”.


– What was the hardest challenge you faced getting to where you are now?

I think the hardest challenge for me was definitely time management. I didn’t realize how many different things I was juggling between acting, modeling, and blogging. Eventually I went on a publishing and shooting schedule and began to get the rhythm of finding balance between the three.

– Your background seems to lack any family creative background, you choose that path on your own – was it hard to do? Where do you get your perseverance and determination from? How did you know you were meant for the fashion world?

From when I was a little girl, there was something in me that told me that this was the right choice for my life. I used to spend summers in Los Angeles when I was in elementary school because my auntie would always ask my parents to fly me over from Seattle to visit her. I remember my auntie taking me to the mall and seeing actual models for the first time. Since then, I knew I wanted to be in the field of fashion. I’ve honestly been working towards it since then and the passion and excitement has never went away. Each day, I get my perseverance and determination from my family and the fact that I get to do something I’ve dreamed about my entire life. When things get tough, I love thinking back on the times when this was only an imagination and from when I booked my first gig.

  • What your hopes/future plans for your blog/social media influence/work?

Eventually I would love to travel the world more and share my experiences with my readers. I would also love to start and design a line (bag, clothing or accessories) in the future.

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UsTrendy Trendsetters of the Week: Katie &Ashley Hess

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‘Sharing genes and jeans since 1992’, these trending twins Ashley & Katie take on the fashion world together. A true bond between the two warms our hearts as our eyes fawn over their cool, savvy taste. Currently residing in our beloved, Boston, the girls bring their fun, edgy, and creative spin to the streets. Their chic style and witty spirits only leaves us wanting to know more. Here’s what we found about these partners in crime!

Rarely do you hear of twin sisters working so closely together, what’s your relationship like? Do you guys get along well? Are there times where you get annoyed with one another?

A+K: You know in The Notebook, when Ryan Gosling (Noah) tells Rachel McAdams (Allie) he wrote her 365 letters, one everyday for a year, and she asks, “You did?” and he says, “Yes, it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.” That’s what it’d be like if one of us ever really became upset with the other. So in short, yes, we get along very well. Almost too well, sometimes forgetting the other is not just an extension of ourselves. We’re best friends, but without the polite bullsh*t. Business partners, but without the weird formalities.

What’s your biggest tip for someone who wants to get into fashion industry?

A: Don’t expect anyone to do anything for you or for things to just “happen.” In an industry that’s so dependent on the constant creation of new content, you have to be totally proactive 100% of the time.

K: Yeah, you also have to be comfortable with putting yourself out there and remaining authentic while doing so.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

A: Katie

K: My laptop. I’m kidding, Ashley’s probably more reliable. At least, in terms of her battery life.

Any cool hobbies we should hear about? 

A: I have this real neat bug collection…. No, trust me, you WANT to see it! I’m kidding.

K: I think what Ashley means is that we have an interest in comedy, in any way we can get it, which is usually but not always through film, television and writing. But if you want to talk about COOL hobbies we have only about a million, on which we blame being Gemini’s. We shoot hoops weekly at a small court in our neighborhood. I paint, mostly oils but also water color. We both spend an inordinate and straight up silly amount of time looking up mostly useless information on the internet. Ashley is a secret Hypebeast, with an absurd amount of knowledge on streetwear, sneakers, sports, and hip-hop culture. We also work out as if we’re training for a marathon we’ll probably never run.

What is one thing that people would be surprised to hear? 

A+K: We grew up in the South, specifically Arkansas. Don’t worry, we ditched our accents a looong time ago, ya’ll.

Any cool places you’re traveling to soon/any destinations you’re hoping to visit?

A+K: After living in Paris for 6 months and traveling around Europe, we’re both absolutely positive that Australia and Southeast Asia are next on our list. Plus, we have some friends in both areas of the world who could potentially show us around like the non-tourists we try to be.

Where do you find your muses/inspiration?

A+K: Photographers from era’s past and modern photographers and filmmakers inspired by era’s past. A few of our favorites are: Glen Luchford, Brydie Mack, Sofia Coppola, the ever-mentioned but never-exhausted Slim Aarons.

We love our fellow Bostonians, what’re your favorite spots?

A+K: For shopping, The Tannery is our go-to. For drinks, we’re keen on Committee and Yvonne’s. For eats, we’re into Row 34 and Tiger Mama. For a night out, you can find us at the Envoy Rooftop or Alibi.

What are your hopes/future plans for your blog/social media influence/work?

A+K: This one’s admittedly boring, but we can’t fight the truth. At this stage, we hope to continue growing our brand and influence in Boston first, then nationally.  Long-term, however…We’d tell you but then we’d have to kill you :)

What are some of your current fashion obsessions? 

A+K: EVERYTHING Gucci. Alessandro Michele is the creative director, but “director” should probably just be replaced with “genius” at this point. Everything is gold.

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Trendsetter of the Week: PMS Bites

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PMS Bites is a fellow start-up based in Boston, and what it has to offer certainly relates to an even more massive clientele. Any woman around the world can agree the company’s delicious treats are the answer to their long-awaited prayers. The “gluten-free, vegan, and all-natural” delights are created specifically for that pesky time of the month when cravings for just about any type of food-as long as it’s covered in sugar, of course-are at an all-time high. Ingredients range from yummy pecans, almonds, and coconut. We kid you not- a business idea so genius that it even made its debut on Shark Tank! Get to know more about PMS Bites below, and check out what else they’re helping cure!

-What was the motivation behind this killer business idea?

Since I was 11, I would get horrible PMS, and I just accepted it as a way of life. I didn’t realize just how much it affected me until I started to record how each day was going. When I did that, I noticed a consistent trend: most of my bad days were around my PMS time. I looked for multiple remedies, but cravings were the worst. I started to experiment in my kitchen and make a healthy dessert that was just for me during that time.

-What are your hopes/future plans for the business?

PMS Bites are available online for women and delivered to our door the week we need it most. You can customize it! I want women to have a little sweet relief each month.

I am expanding products and product lines as well. My parent company name is: Everything Bites. Product lines include: Nausea Bites, Insomnia Bites, Stress Bites, Hangover Bites, Diet Bites, and Menopause Bites.

-If you could go back and give your teenage self advice, what would you say?

Stop second guessing everything. Believe that you have the power to design your own life, understand what you want, and go get it.

-Any cool beauty/fashion advice you’ve been given recently?

Yes! Women of all ages and sizes have cellulite. It drives us all nuts. Every morning I wake up and dry brush my skin in circular motions up to my heart. Then I jump into a cold shower and then alternate it from hot to cold. I take a loofah and again rub my legs and arms in circular motions toward my heart. Then I moisturize with grapeseed oil. I also hear that eating gelatin helps!

-What has been the highlight of your business venture so far?

Airing on the season 7 finale of Shark Tank! It was by far one of the best experiences of my life. So many amazing opportunities and sales have come from it, and I am forever grateful.

-Do you have any cool hobbies/other organizations that you are apart of?

I weight lift at Beantown Bootcamp and box at Title Boxing North Station.

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UsTrendy Trendsetter of the Week: Squeeze Juice Company

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It’s not a coincidence that your Instagram feed is filled with gorgeous, toned models displaying their designer handbags on one hand and juice smoothies on the next. Juicing has rapidly become one of the hottest trends and for obvious reasons: they are detoxifying, energizing, and the unique recipes ensure you do not get bored of the same old thing. Fulfilling every Bostonian’s juice and smoothie needs is Squeeze Juice Company, a new venture that is keeping you healthy with their delicious drink formulas. They even have killer Acai bowls -must we say more! Squeeze is now conveniently located in more than four places all over the city with no plans of slowing down. We caught up with the owners to find out how they started the business and what keeps motivating them every day-besides their amazing treats, of course.

What inspired you to get involved with nutrition?

Sasha-One motivating factor is that my father struggled with controlling his diet and weight his entire life, part of which contributed to his cancer and passing 4 years ago, so when I had the opportunity to get involved in a business that gave people access to healthy alternatives in a way that they could enjoy, it was a perfect fit.

Raquel-My inspiration first began with food. Being 100% Portuguese, food is the center of our culture. It always intrigued me (and sometimes made me gag, ha) that my mother and grandmother had all of these concoctions of home remedies from how to relief an upset stomach or a sore throat to curing a cold and other ailments. I truly believe that food is medicine and the quality of food consumed not only directly influences your health, but your state of mind, emotions and consciousness.  Eating clean and making whole foods a part of your every day lifestyle will help you feel better, look better and simply be better. That positive self-image will shine through no matter what you wear. “Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear” and I find that to be so true.

 What is the best nutrition advice that you have been given?

Sasha-Don’t eat anything if you can’t read or understand what’s listed in the ingredients.

Raquel-I would say the philosophy about food that I learned while taking my health coach certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).  It’s the notion of primary and secondary foods. Everything we consider as a source of nutrition is a secondary source of nourishment. The foods you eat are secondary to all the other things that primarily feed you. Relationships, hobbies, career, spirituality, your movement/exercise…are the things IIN calls primary foods. What we consider today as nutrition is just a secondary source of energy.  Of course, the quality of food we consume is very important for many reasons but it’s also important to look at other facets of life that “feed” you.

What is the mission behind squeeze?

Raquel-We exist to design thoughtfully crafted, great-tasting, nutritious, juices, smoothies, acai bowls and other light bites from premium ingredients that you can pronounce; developed with integrity, passion and purpose for the lives we live. We’re about promoting health as a lifestyle rather than a quick fix fad diet.

 Are there ways for people to have a healthy diet in an affordable way?

Sasha-It’s about living within your means. It’s important to put more value on nutritionally dense food rather than foods that act as fillers with little to no nutritional value.

Raquel-I think so. It may require planning and budgeting but there are definitely ways. Planning meals and cooking at home more often is not the reality for many people therefore if there is a place you frequent, chat with them about any specials, discounts and/or a customized snack or meal that meets your nutritional requirements and your budget.  For example, if someone has $6 to spend on a smoothie, we could customize one to fit their needs.

What are some cool things that are ahead in terms of product offerings?

Raquel-I would say the light bites we make in house. We’re making superfood truffles and energy bites with almond meal left over from the almond milk we make in house. What was once tossed is now being utilized for a nutritious and pretty tasty snack.  People seem to love them so that makes me very happy.

 Why Squeeze?

Sasha-We have a great relationship with Equinox and their management therefore a few years back when they needed an operator to manage their juice bars, it worked out. Coming from the hospitality industry and having a passion for quality food and craft beverages, we figured we could bring a great culinary experience to this space.

What is the biggest challenge you face in creating products for squeeze?

Raquel-This is a tough one.  I love creating so product development really excites me.  I don’t really perceive it as a challenge but I will say that I do need to be mindful of ingredient costs.  It’s very easy to create very expensive smoothies, juices and acai bowls.

 What advice would you give for aspiring entrepreneurs in the nutrition field?

Sasha-Make sure you have a plan before starting a business.  A great idea is starting point but not necessarily enough to be successful.  You need to proceed with patience and a great team because success takes time and it’s very difficult to do things alone.

Last words?

Raquel-I’m really excited about the future of Squeeze. We currently operate 3 locations in the Boston area within Equinox and plan to open at least 5 additional locations outside of the gym setting.

Sasha-We’ve been ramping up over the last three years and have plans to come on strong in 2016 so watch out for us!

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