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Katie Sands

Founder of the successful lifestyle blog, HonestlyKate, and the name is definitely not a coincidence. She is all about authenticity stating that being honest entails sharing brands that align with her core values that she finds meaning in.

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“I feel more confident in the mission and purpose I am putting out daily, but the bigger the brand grows the more work I am taking on. I am finding the balance between it all while trying my hardest to enjoy the ride.”

Katie Sands’ brand is all about being honest, to be honest about her journey as a young woman navigating the in and out of New York City, staying true to who she is and what she values no matter what kinds of obstacles show up along the way. She is the founder of the successful lifestyle blog, HonestlyKate, and the name is definitely not a coincidence. She is all about authenticity stating that being honest entails sharing brands that align with her core values that she finds meaning in. 

Though Sands has achieved great success, it didn’t happen overnight. She says, “it was and still continues to be an uphill battle with little fires that have to be extinguished along the way. I feel more confident in the mission and purpose I am putting out daily, but the bigger the brand grows the more work I am taking on. I am finding the balance between it all while trying my hardest to enjoy the ride.” We had a chance to chat with Katie about her daily routine and other aspects of her life that make her the person she is.

“As an entrepreneur, I have to constantly remind myself of the core reasons why I started to blog: my love for fashion and my passion for helping people be their truest selves. As long as you’re true to yourself and your ambitions, you will always be authentic”

First off, what is your go-to breakfast?
I am a big foodie and I am that person that wakes up starving. I usually start my day with a packed spinach smoothie and if I’m still hungry, I’ll make either sunny side up eggs or avocado toast. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with Shakshuka and have been having so much fun with it. Head to my What I Eat In A Day Video for more ☺

What is your go-to workout routine? 
My weekly workout routine consists of two to three days of Pilates and one day of either dance cardio or hot yoga. I have been taking private Pilates lessons with Gina de Pool at Flex Studios and it has really changed my life. I feel stronger, leaner, and more grounded mentally. I love to do workouts that not only move you physically but mentally as well. I am starting a series called “Moves For Your Mind” on my IGTV that will really focus on the movements you need to combat stress and anxiety.

Do you use supplements? What supplements and why?
I recently started to take supplements, but I am always on the fence with them. I am currently taking Tula’s new balanced beauty gummy vitamins for strong hair, skin, and nails. Every morning I always add a teaspoon of Spirulina Powder into my smoothie for a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory immune boost. I’m a big fan of CBD oils. It might be a total placebo effect but either way, it works for me to calm my energy and center my focus.

What are some of your favorite hair-care products? What are some hair-care tips for blondes?
I love this question because I recently went through an entire hair evolution. I have always had blonde hair but as I got older, I wanted to continue making it blonder and blonder…you know the drill. In any case, I have spent the last few years bringing my hair back to it’s healthier roots (pun intended) and have found products that work well in keeping my hair healthier, longer, and stronger. I only trust Aveda salons when it comes to any sort of color treatment or gloss. I love their products because they are natural plant based and don’t break my hair. For shampoo & conditioner, I have recently been using the Act+Acre products as I am trying to transition to a cleaner cleansing routine. For blondes, it’s important to use very little shampoo and ONLY ever condition the ends because a little goes a long way, and can way your hair down in a negative way. I also think with blondes it’s important to never stray too far away from your eyebrow color. I have and always will have darker brows, and when I went too blonde it was too big a contrast that it looked crazy. Now that I am closer to my natural color, I don’t worry about the maintenance of keeping up with coloring and I think I look a lot more relaxed and less forced overall.

What are some skincare products you cannot live without?
Where do I even begin? I absolutely love the First Aid Beauty Coconut Primer to put on either as a moisturizer, alone, or to set my makeup. I’ve been lathering my entire face with Sunday Riley’s C.E.O Glow, a vitamin c serum great for brightening the skin in the dead of winter. I have also been getting really into taking baths and I love all the J.R Watkins new line of bath and body washes. They smell incredible and I feel the immediate effects on my muscles.

People say that an outfit can really help boost confidence, what are three outfits in your closet right now that really boost your confidence?
Let’s face it, we all want to look good whether we’re on the subway, at a job interview, or just out for the night with our closest friends because you never know who you’ll run into. From the beginning, it’s been my goal to inspire girls to curate their own futures and let them in on my fashion and beauty secrets along the way. And what better place than New York to do it all?! The three outfits that really help put me help to brighten my mood are a bold colored power suit, I’m currently loving this pink set I have from Alice & Olivia. There is something so empowering about a suit set that makes me want to ring the bell at the NYSE all day long. The second outfit would be a long maxi dress paired with a leather jacket and biker boots. There is something so intriguing about a girl who dresses like a ballerina pop star, don’t you think? And my third and my go-to look is always a white t-shirt and high waisted Levis for anytime I need to feel like Kate Hudson in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

What are some of your favorite restaurants and spas New York City?
Restaurants: JG Melon for the best burger in NYC, Mezzaluna for my all-time favorite Italian, and Raoul’s for a spicy date night. Spas: I love Tracie Martyn’s spa for a great facial, I also love WTHN and ORA for acupuncture, and for a mani/pedi you can always find me at GlossLab’s flatiron location.

What projects are you working on next?
I’m so excited to finally announce that I am moving back into hosting starting with Amazon Live, Amazon’s live streaming show. Hosting has been such an incredible way for me to mend both my love for fashion with my passion for theater. It gives me that outward energy and immediate adrenaline rush I so love and miss in the theater community while also giving me the opportunity to “play” myself and connect with my audience on a more authentic level.

Photos: Aline Velter

Tinamarie Clark

Tina and the Shift Stirrer Method

Yeah babe, she’s got it

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“My grandmother always told me that I was born wanting to be a model. From childhood, this was always my way of expressing myself and finding a place in the world”

A daughter of a single mother, Tinamarie was the youngest child and grew up in public housing with two older brothers and has always been the tough type, the kind who wears armor in order to hide their insecurities. She attended a number of different schools and was what some call a “problem child.” Her bad-girl past could have inspired a Gerry Ross film and also could have led in a quite different direction if it hadn’t been for her pursuit of a goal that changed her life – the desire to become a model.

Perusing the gorgeous pictures of Tinamarie Clark on social media, it’s hard to imagine that she’s had even a single bad day in her life. Gorgeous, blessed with a cover girl’s smile, a career as a model, a comfortable life with husband David Rosenberg, and two kids – Maximus and Lexington – her family poses amidst the beautiful backdrop of their Bridgehampton property. But before getting to this moment, the model had to free herself from a lot of baggage.

When the opportunity to become a model came along, Tinamarie almost lost it all because of her temperament. She was warned that no one would want to deal with a professional who didn’t know how to behave like one. The possibility of missing her big chance was what led her to put her aggression aside and look inside of herself, in an effort to understand what made her act so impulsively at different moments in her life. So, she became invested in the current wave of Mindfulness. It was in this way that the “Shift Stirrer” method began to develop, without her even realizing it:

“For at least 10 years, these are the practices I applied in order to get where I needed to, all without having the faintest idea that I was even applying some kind of method. The goal is to be able to smile in a way that is real and calm, not in an effort to hide a world of anxieties and insecurities”

When some difficult emotions came up, I recognized the feeling, let it just happen, and tried to be comfortable with something that I wasn’t naturally comfortable with. Afterward, I would reflect on it, understanding what was really happening with my mind and my body, and identifying the good and bad feelings that were coming up.

With effort, I was able to free myself from bad energy, recognizing the distortions that we create for ourselves in certain situations. After I would share everything with someone who has my complete trust – could be my mom or a friend. In the end, I processed the change I achieved and celebrated it since it really was an amazing achievement. This entire mechanism that Tinamarie created as a survival strategy, this pursuit of self-care and self-knowledge, became a method that she went on to promote almost two years ago.

Her desire today is to share this technique worldwide so that everyone can have a chance to deal with challenges and day-to-day questions better while searching for a more full and balanced life. Still, she claims that it’s important to remember all the steps each day. It’s all about a constant fight with her own ego. “The application of all this is simple, but still pretty difficult,” she says. “You need to know what your triggers are and recognize when something bothers you.

As soon as this happens, what are you going to do to protect yourself and feel better? In the majority of cases, these natural reactions are not good and don’t reflect who you are. They’re defense mechanisms. But if you look inside yourself and go through this process, you become free to act intentionally and not on your automatic triggers. ” This way of organizing thoughts and seeing life quickly became Tinamarie’s main engagement and mission.

Tinamarie has lectured, developed a workbook from the Shift Stirrer Method, and has looked for ways to share her life lessons. With this knowledge the model has given us, we may be able to see social media photos in a new light. It takes willpower to fill our pictures with meaning, such that they are really a projection of our internal feelings.

The willingness and joy with which Tinamarie Clark told us her story prove that her daily struggle has resulted in something great and that there is nothing better than sharing one’s journey of self-knowledge with everyone.

Photos: Aline Velter