UsTrendy Trend Setter of the Week: Katie Dunlop

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetter of the week, Katie Dunlop is a fitness guru and personal trainer! With amazing style and awesome social media accounts to follow, Katie sure is an inspiration! Check out her exclusive feature with UsTrendy below! XO

What inspired you to start your fitness accounts?  

I began sharing workouts and motivation on my personal social media pages and had a great response. I realized that a lot of women could relate to where I had been and might be inspired by my story. Now being a personal trainer and instructor I had even more to share and decided to start Love Sweat Fitness.

How would you describe your own personal style? 

Growing up in a beach town has definitely influenced my style. I would describe my style as beachy chic. You will find me in bikinis, short shorts, tank tops and maxi dresses on most days

What are some of your current fashion obsessions? 

I absolutely LOVE crop tops paired with a mid-waist mini. Anything with lace detailing is a must and I can never have too many rompers!

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

I recently lost 45 pounds on my way to becoming a personal trainer! 

What’s your biggest tip for anyone who plans on starting a blog/ vine page/ IG etc.  

Be authentic! It can be hard to put yourself out there, but you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable. People will either love you for you and what you have to share, or they won’t, but if you try to fake it you’re wasting your time.

What is your favorite product from UsTrendy? 

Peach Sleeveless Dress with Lattice Open Back

Where do you like to travel? 

Everywhere! I love traveling and think there is something worth seeing in every place in world. Last year I visited Spain and want to go back to Barcelona so bad!

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

Flip flops. I love dressing up and wearing fun shoes, but nothing beats a pair of flip flops at the end of the day.

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UsTrendy Trend Setter of the Week: Kelly Brabants

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetter of the Week this week is Kelly Brabants! Not only is Kelly an amazing fitness trainer, she is also a fashion designer! Check out her exclusive interview below and her Booty By Brabants leggings! XOXO

What inspired you to start your fitness training and leggings line? 

I grew up dancing since I was three years old and have always loved fitness and working out. It was at Equinox (where I started as a personal trainer) that I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. Helping people and making them feel good about themselves is the best part of my job. Starting Booty By Brabants was a way to impact and reach multiple women at once. I wanted the class to be authentic and really show my passion and personality. The class was inspired by my Brazilian background and the beauty of a woman’s curves; embracing what you have and being proud to show it off.

This passion is what started the one size fits all workout legging known on social media as #BBBLeggings. I had been wearing these leggings for over a year before I decided to start the business. I never imagined I would have the ability to start my own clothing line, but sure enough it happened so organically. I reached out to a designer and manufacturer in Brazil to see if they wanted to work with me, and in 3 months we launched my online ecommerce website. As soon as the first 100 leggings were sold, the word of mouth around Boston drove our business, and we were sold out in a little over a month. Now I work full time for Booty By Brabants and also teach 14 classes a week. I truly believe now that anything is possible if your passionate and work really, really hard!

What’s your biggest tip for someone who wants to get into the fitness and design industry?

Be authentic! Don’t try and imitate someone else, be yourself and stay true to your vision. I strongly believe that when starting a business you have to love it like your own baby, and protect it so that no one can get in the way. When you have that type of passion, you will be successful no matter what. Also, work with people you trust and who genuinely want you to succeed; my business partners are my mom and dad.

How would you describe your own personal style?

I have two styles, laid back/sporty when I am working, and edgy/chic when I go out at night. I literally can go out with no make up on and a giant bun on top of my head or decked out in a crop top, stilettos, and fake eyelashes – It just depends on my mood! Haha

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

Current fashion obsessions are body-con midi skirts/dresses, body suits, and crop tops – basically all I wear. And I’m on a sunglass kick lately – I feel like they are the best summer accessory, right alongside fun and bright colored nails!

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

People might be surprised to hear that as much as I work to be healthy and fit, I don’t follow a strict diet. I enjoy food too much to not eat what I want (I love chicken wings, chocolate chip cookies, and pizza) but I enjoy these things in moderation.  If I know I’m going out to dinner at night, I’ll work out extra hard during the day and have a lighter lunch.

Is there someone out there who inspires you fashion-wise?

I will admit that I get a lot of my fashion inspiration from the Kardashian family, and especially Kylie Jenner.  I love the way she puts her outfits together.  I’m inspired by her edginess and how her style is kind-of “out there” – it keeps fashion fun for me, and that’s what it should be about.

What is your favorite product from UsTrendy?

 Obsessed with this summery two-piece set: http://www.ustrendy.com/bright-paisley-indian-print-twin-set-dress

Where do you like to travel?

Brazil is definitely my favorite place to travel but I am dying to visit Australia and the Amalfi Coast!

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

My family, a Starbucks venti iced americano, and my nail salon (“Amy’s Nails” in the North End)

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UsTrendy Trend Setter of the Week: Amanda Bisk

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetter of the Week is Amanda Bisk! Amanda has a background in yoga and fitness. Her amazing poses, videos and photos make Amanda an inspiration to all. We love Amanda’s style! Check out her feature below! XO

 

What inspired you to start turning fitness into a lifestyle shown on social media?

4 years ago I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue. I had to retire from elite athletics and stop exercise all together. After months and months of doctors and specialists, I decided to take charge of my recovery. I decided to document my journey back to exercise and all the health & nutrition information I was learning along the way :)

 

How would you describe your own personal style?

I definitely jump and change between styles a lot! At the moment I definitely mix in activewear to almost all of my outfits. I’m a big fan of beachy boho in summer too.

 

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

Sneakers. Love all the cool styles that are coming out! There are so many bold prints & colours that are great addition to make a statement.

 

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

I actually don’t own a lot of activewear. I have a few favourites that I wear but most of the time I pass on my activewear to friends and family.

 

Is there someone out there who inspires you fashion-wise?

@gypsylovinlight has an incredible fashion account! I love her style.

 

What is your favorite product from UsTrendy?

Love the White sleeveless dress with lattice open back. Such a great summer dress and perfect to layer with a jacket when it gets a bit cooler!

 

Where do you like to travel?

Europe is my favourite destination. There are so many unique & different places to see all in one continent! My parents are both polish so I think there is something so homely about traveling to Europe.

 

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

Lipgloss! Haha 

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UsTrendy Trend Setter of the Week: Alli Simpson

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This week’s trend setter Alli Simpson has style, beauty and talent! Allie is an Australian born LA based model, actress and singer. We love Alli’s trendy style. Check out her feature with UsTrendy below! XO

What inspired you to start your blog?

Being immersed in this world. The fashion, music, lifestyle world. I just decided to voice my voice! I love giving advice and sharing my own opinion on things. My main goal is to help people and make people smile.

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

Start dressing like you, and putting together fun outfits every day, also start styling your friends. That’s how I began to love it, my friends started liking my outfits, and then they began to ask me to pick their outfits for them.

How would you describe your own personal style?

If I were to describe my own personal style, I’d simply say “me.” I keep it very comfortable and classic, but I love the hippie, gypsy, free vibe.

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

Boots & hats.. also hang chains & arm cuffs
What is one thing that people would be surprised to hear?

I am very emotional and very much a normal teenager. I write in a journal every day.

Is there someone out there who inspires you fashion-wise?

My all time fashion inspiration is my mum. She has taught me fashion since I was young. Helped me dress in what suits me and my body shape, and to dress how I’m comfortable.

What is your favorite product from UsTrendy.com?

This is a tough one. Right now it would be the “baby blue bell sleeve crop top.”
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

My family.
Did you go to school for fashion or it’s just a hobby that you got into?

It’s actually just a hobby I’ve gotten into, only just recently. I grew up a sporty girl, and I still am, but I become more fashion aware. Now it’s a major love of mine.

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UsTrendy Trend Setter of the Week: Ali Baldassare

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This week’s UsTrendy trendsetter Ali Baldassare! Not only a trendsetter in her daily life, but also in the fitness world! Ali’s always been an athlete and has turned fitness into her passion and career! Checkout Ali’s exclusive feature with UsTrendy below! XO

 

What inspired you to start your pilates and fitness training? 

 

I grew up as a dancer and an athlete so fitness has always been a huge part of my life from a very young age. When I graduated highschool and began college, my career as a high school varsity basketball player (yes, hard to believe for some people!) came to an end and I didn’t dance has seriously or as much as I once did so the gym became an integral part of my daily life and I immersed myself in group fitness classes.  I found them to be extremely motivating and fun and then one day it just hit me that this is what I’m meant to do.  I want to inspire others, motivate others, and give them the tools, the experiences, the knowledge and the confidence to realize their potential and reach whatever goals they set.  

 

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

 

Seek out someone to talk to – a friend, a family member or your favorite instructor or trainer, who is already in the industry or may know someone in the industry and ask questions and get some insight on how or where to begin!  Having a mentor is probably the biggest tool in developing yourself in the industry.  Depending on which area of the industry you want to go into, there are different strategies to get you there. Keep in mind, that being on the “student” end of things is different then being the teacher whether it’s a trainer or instructor.  You might LOVE taking Pilates classes which may lead you to think “Hey, I could teach Pilates and get paid for it!  But taking classes and teaching them are two very different things so with that said, I encourage anyone who wants to pursue fitness as either a part time or full time career to go for it! It’s an extremely rewarding experience and there is no shortage of opportunity!    

 

How would you describe your own personal style?

 

I love experimenting with style whether its at the gym or outside the gym so I can be all over the map sometimes, but overall my style is simple sexy chic. Sometimes I love just wearing neutral, basic pieces – oversized sweaters or off-the-shoulder tees with jean shorts or leggings.  You’ll see me in a lot of black. That is my go to.  You have no idea how many black yoga pants I own!  Other times I love wearing color – bright, bold color!  I love to combine comfortable with stylish pieces so now that the weather is warmer and when I’m not in some sort of spandex or gym attire, I love wearing maxi dresses, high waisted skirts or shorts with crop tops and bold statement necklaces and lately, my favorite thing to wear when I go out is a bold pink or red lip.  Red lips can sometimes be the perfect accessory to complete your look.  

 

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

 

Cut outs, backless anything, crop tops, rompers and high waisted cut off jean shorts! I’m super obsessed with anything that can give a subtle hit of sexy without revealing too much.  All these styles can be super chic, feminine, flattering and versatile for casual day wear or a night out.  Also, since I teach fitness for a living, I pretty much live day to day in gym clothes and I’m a firm believe in looking good and feeling good in what you’re working out in.  Over the last few years, fitness fashion has become huge! Athletic companies are designing more “lifestyle” apparel and even high end designers are bridging the gap between fashion and fitness and creating pieces with an athletic influence.  The days of working out in a ratty T-Shirt and old gym shorts are long gone.  Nothing against those that still do, but today it’s completely normal to see fashion pieces inside the gym and gym attire out on a Saturday night.  Pairing yoga pants with a backless lace or floral top (another two of my fav trends), slapping on some heels and a red lip makes for a perfect outfit .

   

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

 

The one thing that I AM surprised to hear is that people think I eat kale and drink green juice all day long  I have no idea what would give people that impression, but I’m always surprised to hear people’s perceptions of me.  I think it comes with the territory of being a fitness professional, but some people might be surprised to hear that I EAT and I eat ALOT! For the most part, I always try to make healthy, clean food choices, and I do enjoy a kale salad and fresh pressed green juice but every so often, I thoroughly enjoy a cheeseburger and fries! Also, I am DYING to go skydiving even though I have a fear of heights.  I have two different color eyes and I already mentioned this, but I played 4 years of varsity highschool basketball and yes, I still have my varsity letter jacket sitting in a closet somewhere at my parent’s house.  I don’t think I EVER wore it! 

 

Is there someone out there who inspires you fashion-wise?

I don’t think I can pinpoint one particular person that inspires me — I have many. :-)

 

What is your favorite product from UsTrendy?

 

This one is tough.  UsTrendy has so many super cute pieces! For simplicity and sexy, I love the Black Open Side Sleeveless romper.  The Resort Style Pant is amazing as well as the Floral Crop Top with Open Center Back!

Where do you like to travel? 

I love to travel, but don’t get the chance to do it nearly as often! I love experiencing new places. Recently, I was just in the Dominican Republic, and over the years I’ve been to a few European countries, but I am dying to go to Paris, Australia and Greece! 

 

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

 Most people would say my phone, but Mascara for sure!

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