Wear The Pants / Eve Lynn Kessner / Cycling Instructor + Motivational Muse

Give us your bio in 144 characters or less. 

I am who I am. No more, no less. And I wouldn't want to be anything else.

What are two items to do on your bucket list?

I’ve never been to London.
And I’d really love to learn how to surf!

How do you motivate others?

I motivate others by figuring out what motivates me. Inspire through action. In the end, people are really similar. It is the simple truths that move us. I give reminders and do my damn best.

What's the best compliment you've ever received?

Recently, after one of my classes, one of my riders told Richie (my husband) that he loved my class because I was real, no bullsh*t. It made me smile. And it made me feel proud.

What are you most proud of? 

My two gorgeous daughters.

Tell us a TMI moment / Tell us something that's TMI.

Very little actually grosses me out, Mommyhood did me in to that end, but around my period I am a raging lunatic. Ups and downs galore. Moody as hell. Steer clear. Immediately after the world is fantastic again. But those damn 5 days!

Teach us how to do something.

http://www.lovelifeandlollipops.com/paleo-brownies/
*YUM*

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Model Behavior / Caroline Ervin / Stuff Mom Never Told You

GIVE US YOUR BIO IN 144 CHARACTERS OR LESS.

Former journalism nerd, perpetual word nerd, massive proponent of ladies.

 

WHAT ARE TWO ITEMS TO DO ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Travel the world and write a book.

 

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? 

In my personal life, the best compliment was probably from my dad, telling me how proud he is that I’m not afraid to take charge and do what needs to get done to accomplish my goals. Professionally, being told I’m the best editor someone’s ever worked with is enough to set me up on a cloud for at least, like, five whole minutes.

 

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PERIOD? WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?

In the bathroom right off the kitchen – while my parents were both eating breakfast mere feet away. Technically, they both heard it at the same time when I screamed “MOM!” from said bathroom. Dad just kept eating his cereal.

 

WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN?

Repeat as often as possible: Not my monkey, not my circus. It’s helpful for my inner control freak.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

I’m not inclined to let anything stand in the way of happiness and fulfillment. I’m not talking short-term hedonism; I mean long-term life satisfaction. I transferred to a new college and then quit a job with nothing lined up – all in the pursuit of living my best life.

 

TEACH US HOW TO DO SOMETHING.

To get the perfect melty marshmallows for s’mores, set them on fire for a bit.

 

 

WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU IDENTIFY AS A FEMINIST?

I’ve always known I identify with feminism. But I’d say it wasn’t until college that I used the actual word – not out of fear or reluctance but because I don’t think I had the language. No one taught me about feminists or feminism when I was growing up, but, of course, everything about it makes sense to me!

 

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE RELUCTANT TO IDENTIFY AS A FEMINIST?

It’s OK. Take your time and learn not only about feminism, but about how the world works. Learn about your peers who are different from yourself and develop that empathy muscle. Intersectional feminism’s a beautiful thing, and you’ll appreciate it so much more once you’ve done some reading and living and empathizing. And, like me when I was younger, you probably already are one!

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WORD HYSTERICAL?

I just see floating uteruses. On strings, like balloons, making us all crazy. My serious answer is that understanding the origins and connotations of the word ‘hysterical’ help us understand the way society has viewed – and oftentimes still views – women, our health, our emotions and our abilities. Use of the word allows people to dismiss us. But mostly the shiny, floating uterus thing.

 

CHOOSE THREE WOMEN FROM HISTORY WHO HAVE HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT IN ADVANCING WOMEN'S RIGHTS WHOM YOU WITH YOU COULD INTERVIEW. WHY THEM?

Gloria Steinem: Cristen and I heard a lot from her when we attended the Makers conference in 2014, but I want more! Everything that comes out of her mouth is so mindblowing but so simple and straightforward. Her presence itself is validating. She so strongly believes in supporting other women. I just want us to kick off our shoes and have an hours-long conversation in a meadow somewhere.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett: She was an amazing African-American journalist and suffragist who earned fame/notoriety when she refused to give up her train seat to a white man. And she knew the power of the press. In 1913, the National American Woman Suffrage Association told black women they couldn’t march at the front of their parade in D.C., and Wells was having none of it. She left the parade site, then stepped right into the front of the march as it passed. The press coverage was huge. I visited her museum in Mississippi last year, and it’s a fascinating place to stop if you’re passing through Holly Springs. I’d love to get her take on intersectional feminism today.

Cecelia Payne: She was the first person to earn a PhD from Harvard’s astronomy department, and her thesis rocked the astrophysics world in the 1920s. She demonstrated that the Sun’s makeup was very different from that of Earth’s, basically blowing everybody’s minds at the time. But she suffered from imposter syndrome! Even though her work laid the foundation for our understanding of stars’ composition! She was a genius, and she paved the way for other women in STEM, but she was still made to feel less-than. I’d want to hear her take on the state of women in STEM today, but I’m also so curious about what it was like in her field at that time. Plus, who wouldn’t want to hear her explain her own thesis? 

 

TELL US SOMETHING THAT'S TMI.

Now that I’ve switched from birth control pills to an IUD (which I love), at 31, I’m experiencing mood swings and acne for the first time. I mean, I had acne as a teen, but this grown-up-lady hormonal stuff is no joke!

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Model Behavior / Cristen Conger / Stuff Mom Never Told You

GIVE US YOUR BIO IN 144 CHARACTERS OR LESS.

Writer. Podcaster. YouTuber. Feminist rabble-rouser.

 

WHAT ARE TWO ITEMS TO DO ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Write a book and learn how to swim freestyle (maybe partially a little bit so I can work out like Olivia Pope).

 

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? 

You’ve made me a feminist.

 

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PERIOD? WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?

At my house (thank goodness!). My mom – who then told my sister, and I was mortified!

 

WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN?

If you can read, you can do anything.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

Creating Stuff Mom Never Told You.

 

TEACH US HOW TO DO SOMETHING.

To nip procrastination in the bud, eat your frog  first thing in the morning . Aka: you know that thing that you really aren’t too interested in doing and is thus perennially on your to-do list? Do. It. First. Eat the frog!

 

 

WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU IDENTIFY AS A FEMINIST?

It really began to crystallize in college. Once, for instance, I was working at the campus newspaper, and a sexual assault was reported at a particular fraternity house, which was met with a startling amount of victim-blaming. I wrote a column calling it out and was later confronted members of the same fraternity. I’ll never forget the hateful looks on their faces.

 

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE RELUCTANT TO IDENTIFY AS A FEMINIST?

Do you enjoy things like voting, attending college, pursuing career aspirations and wearing pants and swimsuits without fear of being arrested? Then you’re probably more into feminism than you realize.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WORD HYSTERICAL?

Part of me loves the idea of my anthropomorphized uterus causing all sorts of ruckus because it needs a baby so badly. If that were the case, I’d totally name it. Maybe Brenda. Brenda the Hysterical Uterus. Heck, I’d even set her up with a Tinder account and just see what happens.

  

 

CHOOSE THREE WOMEN FROM HISTORY WHO HAVE HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT IN ADVANCING WOMEN'S RIGHTS WHOM YOU WITH YOU COULD INTERVIEW. WHY THEM?

- Ida B. Wells because she took no crap, suffered no fools and made a place for herself even as other suffragists of the day tried to elbow her out for the color of her skin. I want even an ounce of that moxie.

- Ruth Bader Ginsberg so that I can tell her thank you for so many of the rights I probably take for granted.

- Amy Poehler because she’s my ultimate ladycrush, and I once dreamed we hung out and had a ball.

 

TELL US SOMETHING THAT'S TMI.

I don’t really get a period anymore, thankyouverymuch IUD!

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* Uterus drawing credit to Susan Chein.

Model Behavior / Zoe Travis / Actress

GIVE US YOUR BIO IN 144 CHARACTERS OR LESS.

My passion? Theatre for social change. Worked on Czech memory plays & theatre 4 women in Afghan prisons. Next target: film industry in LA.

What are two items to do on your bucket list?

Master an instrument & join a roller derby team. 

What are you most proud of?

Having an idea, creating it, and finishing it.

What's the best compliment you've ever received? 

"You're fucking funny"- random guy after my first improv show. 

Where were you when you got your first period? Who did you tell first?

Sixth Grade.

Home Ec. class.

New, white corduroys from Limited Too. 

It was messy.

My mom.

Teach us how to do something.

How to Walk on Stilts: 

Acquire stilts (or make your own!)

Find a really high ledge, stoop, or stool and sit.

Strap feet into stilts and have a buddy pull you forward and up. 

While holding their hand, take grand steps, not short ones!

Keeps your eyes forward and keep moving.

When you have a steady pace, let go of their hand, and use your own arms to balance yourself and you're off! 

Soon enough, you'll be stilt-dancing! 

Tell us something that's TMI.

When I was younger and my sister was a preteen, I wanted to do everything I could to be as mature as her. I would secretly "dress up as her," which meant walking around my room with her retainer on and drawing dots on my face for acne. To me, that was the epitome of cool. 

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Model Behavior / Ty Alexander / Gorgeous in Grey

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GorgeousInGrey.com is a beauty and lifestyle site dedicated to inspiring women to embrace their authentic selves.

What's the best compliment you've ever received? 

When people compliment me on my thunder thighs!

Where were you when you got your first period? Who did you tell first?

I was at home and luckily my mother was there too. I freaked because I was only 9 and we hadn’t had “the talk” yet. 

What are two items to do on your bucket list?

Zip lining, learning how to swim!

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my move to NY. I quit my job and decided to becoming a writer. I’m still can’t believe I actually did it. Like, this life I love is my job. 

 

Teach us how to do something.

I’ve been called the selfie queen. It’s only because I cannot resist a moment in the mirror. I know every angle of my face and body. So, for better selfies send a few moments in the mirror each morning. Make silly faces, smile really hard, do your sexy face—and repeat. This way you are never caught off guard when taking selfies.

Tell us something that's TMI.

My feet stink because I like to wear the same socks. I should probably buy more socks huh?

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Wear The Pants / Tiffany Pham / Mogul

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Founder & CEO of MOGUL, a platform for women worldwide to share information. Film producer. Book author. Arts philanthropist. Graduate of Yale & Harvard Business School.

What are you most proud of? 

Starting a company that has the potential to create a significant impact on women worldwide.

How did you come up with the idea for Mogul? 

My grandmother inspired me. She herself was a mogul, running newspapers across Asia; and she was beloved for her efforts in helping women. I promised myself that I would follow in her footsteps.

Who's this cute pup you're with in the office?

This adorable pug is named Dusty. He is my favorite!

What are two items to do on your bucket list?

Travel to any country I've ever wished to. Write a children's book for girls.

What's the best compliment you've ever received? 

Everything that I do, I do well. 

Funniest thing that has happened in the Mogul office? 

We honestly laugh every day throughout the day -- and it usually does involve Dusty. Watch this (link) as an example.

Teach us how to do something.

If you make an "OK" sign with both hands, your left hand will be in the shape of a "b" and your right hand will be in the shape of a "d." This will help you remember the correct etiquette rules: your "bread" should be on the left side of your plate, while your "drink" should be on the right.

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Model Behavior / Emily Turner / SoulCycle

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Emily Turner is a lover of life and all things fitness. As a senior instructor at SoulCycle, a private trainer in New York City, and co-founder of Friendspire Fitness, Emily spends her days spreading positivity through movement. She believes that we are all equal parts dreamer and realist and that exercise is the best channel with which to uncover our fullest potential. From as early as childhood, Emily has always been happiest moving to music - first as a dancer who turned into a yogi and now as an accomplished marathoner, triathlete, and fitness professional, she finds joy inspiring those around her to find a zest for living life to the fullest. Through her years of experience in the fitness scene in NYC, Emily has developed a unique mindset in her classes that inspire her clients to find themselves through movement, dig into new strength, and smile while doing it. When not teaching or training, Emily can be found traveling the world, diving into her new passion of cooking, and believes if you can "just be you" that’s always enough! 

What's the best compliment you've ever received? 

Honestly, I think it came a few weeks ago. I was teaching a charity ride at SoulCycle for the amazing organization, BuildOn. A girlfriend of mine bought a bike and then ended up needing to go out of town for work, so she sent a friend of hers in her place. It was her friend's first class and our first time meeting one another. After class she called my friend and said that I was her new spirit animal. I've never thought of myself as a spirit animal before, but it sure did make me feel good!

What are two items to do on your bucket list?

I still have yet to take a cross country road trip across the continental US, so that's definitely on there! I also want to travel to Southeast Asia. That is a part of the world that is a total mystery to me. I want to submerge myself in a completely new culture and experience how people in that part of the world live. 

What are you most proud of?

I'm most proud of how I've overcome my personal issues with food and self image. Growing up a dancer, I dabbled in anorexia and suffered from pretty serious body dysmorphia. I didn't like myself, and I was constantly trying to change something about me. Over the last seven years, I've taken control. I threw my scale out, found a form (now forms) of exercise that I loved vs slaving away on the treadmill, and taught myself how to cook - whole, real food. I'm happy to say that I've never been more at peace with my body and who I am. Sure, it's always a work in progress and that's not to say I don't have "off" days like everyone else, but I've come a LONG way. Needless to say, saying yes to a photo shoot in my undies was a big step for me. So, thank you, Dear Kates! 

Teach us how to do something.

As of late, I've become obsessed with cooking. It's my stress reliever, my time to connect to friends + family, my time to be creative, and most of all, my time to make delicious things that are not only delish, but also nutrish! So here's how to make my infamous (and simple) burgers...

1 cage free egg

1 package organic ground turkey (or chicken)

1 bunch organic cilantro (chopped finely)

1 handful baby portobello mushrooms (chopped)

1/2 red onion (chopped)

3 garlic cloves (minced) 

1 handful slivered almonds

cracked pepper and cayenne pepper

Bring above ingredients together in a bowl and form into burgers the size of you liking. Next, cook in a pan w extra virgin olive oil over medium heat until the meat is cooked thru. Serve w homemade sweet potato fries and enjoy! The flavor should be rich enough that you don't even need a bun :)

Tell us something that's TMI.

Hahah oh boy! This year when I ran the NYC Marathon, I never ended up stopping to pee. While I was running, I'm pretty sure I just peed a little bit along the way. When I was finished, I had an empty bladder! Gross, I know, but comes with the running territory. I definitely plan to run in Dear Kates undies next year ;) 

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Wear the Pants / The Classpass Team

Tell us your favorite thing about being on the ClassPass team. 

Danielle: Working with such a great group of smart and inspiring people!

Kelly: Getting to try new classes and of course wearing work out clothes to work everyday.

Kate: Working with amazing, inspiring, and kind hearted people everyday. Getting to work at 8am has never been so fulfilling.

What's your favorite workout? 

Cait: Dance and barre are my top picks.

Kelly: PatriciaFit

Danielle: I love spin classes but I also really enjoy barre classes!

Kate: Tie between a 45min Peloton ride with Lisa and Exceed: The Workout

What are two items to do on your bucket list? 

Kate: Skydive and write a book

Kelly: Run a marathon, go on an African safari 

Cait: Kick boxing class and traveling to Greece.

What's the best compliment you've ever received?

Cait: Someone recently complimented me on my yoga practice and that felt pretty good. 

Wear The Pants / Liz Barnet / Fitness + Nutrition Coach

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Sweat.Eat.Sleep.Repeat. is my mantra. Consistency is key, as is having fun. In fitness, food + life, focus on progress, not perfection.

What's the best compliment you've ever received? 

When a client tells me that my class helped her rebound from a bad day, or makes her feel stronger + more accomplished, I truly feel grateful beyond measure.

Favorite health food? Favorite junk food?

I'm not just saying this, but I truly love me some kale. It's my preferred green and I'll enjoy it raw (make sure to massage with acid + salt!) or sauteed with eggs, sweet potato and hot sauce. (ALWAYS hot sauce.)

I tend to follow a paleo-ish diet because it allows me to perform + feel my best. However, I could never give up really good pizza. There's this amazing place near my apartment that makes a perfectly crispy thin crust pizza topped with bacon, prosciutto, sliced green apple, arugula and balsamic that it the bomb.

What are two items to do on your bucket list?

My mom was born in Germany and her family is from Hungary, so I'm really aiming to visit both places in the next couple of years. German was my first language but I've lost it over time; I'd really like to be at least conversational.

This may not be "bucket list" worthy, but something I've been procrastinating FOR-EV-ER and really must get on top of is starting my own blog. I'm very active on social media, but I have a lot to say :) The hardest part of starting anything new, whether a workout plan or blog, is taking that first step and just doing it! (Thanks, Nike.)

What are you most proud of?

I'm proud of taking a leap and making a serious career change a couple of years out of college. Fitness had always been a passion and I taught group classes on the side. But my demanding job in branding + design that was reminiscent of "Devil Wears Prada" really forced me to look at what I loved most. I went from a high salary with great perks to working the floor at Equinox getting paid minimum wage per hour. Every day I'm grateful for what I do and the people I work with.

Teach us how to do something.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm a fiend for perfectly cooked sunny, runny eggs. I always prep a batch of sweet potato hash or cubes at the beginning of the week. I heat up some frozen pre-cooked breakfast sausage (I like Applegate Farms organic) in some ghee or grassfed butter on medium heat, add the cooked potatoes until warm, and then toss in some kale. Once the kale is wilted, I put everything to the sides of the pan and crack two eggs in the center. I turn down to low and cover with a lid; keep an eye on them, but once the yolks are set you'll be good to go.

Tell us something that's TMI.

The favorite topic of text conversations between my best friends and I is poop. We even have a nickname for it that comes from college days that is much more PC. Sometimes, I'll just get a text full of poop + happy face emoticons; then I know it's been a good day. All jokes aside, consistent movement + a nutritious diet will help keep things happy in the GI department. It used to be so taboo to talk about, but with so many women suffering from digestive issues, it's time to talk poop!

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Wear The Pants / Tara Victoria / Graphic Designer & Blogger

Why we love this gal: 

Tara Victoria is a Graphic Designer and Blogger from Alberta, Canada. When she’s not running her design studio Hatch & Harbour, you can find her curating content on her blog taravictoria.com: a fitness + design blog about simplicity, living authentically, loving yourself, journey and all things inspiring. We're swooning over the photos she shot in the Canadian Rockies wearing our yoga pants (the special blue-stitching Kickstarter edition!).  

What are two items to do on your bucket list?

I want to go to Iceland… like tomorrow! It’s so beautiful and I’m constantly inspired by photographs I’ve seen and spots there to visit. It’s definitely become a serious must for me. A second would be cat skiing (snowboarding), ever since I started snowboarding that has definitely been something I’ve always wanted to do.

What's the best compliment you've ever received?

“You inspire me”. For me, that is the highest compliment and the best feeling in the world. In whatever context I’ve received it, whether it’s my design work or something I wrote on my blog - it brings tears to my eyes every time. Inspiring someone because of something you’ve shared: that’s the best part about being vulnerable with your story.

Where were you when you got your first period?

If I remember correctly, I was at home - was going pee when I looked down at my underwear and was seriously alarmed then super excited once I realized what was happening (weird, I know).

Who did you tell first?

Definitely my mom. She made a big deal out of it for me and my sister since we were “becoming women” and that made me excited. Then I got it and was like “why was I stoked for this?!”

What's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten?

So many gooders to choose from, but right now the first thing that pops into my head is something I saw written on a Pinterest post recently that has now become a bit of a mantra for me. “Your soul is rooting for you.” I’ve always been an optimist and a really positive person, but for some reason I struggled with positivity when it came to self-talk. That quote was a total aha! moment for me, realizing the universe is not out to get me and if I believe it (like really believe it) I can do anything I put my mind to.

What are you most proud of?

My family. They are truly amazing people that constantly amaze me and bless my life.

Teach us how to do something.

Take your left arm, cross it over your chest and grab your right shoulder - keep it there and take your right arm, cross it over your chest and grab your left shoulder. Now squeeze tight and tell yourself how awesome you are and that you love you! Release and repeat daily.

Tell us a TMI moment / Tell us something that's TMI.

Having thick, long hair, my hair sheds SO MUCH! At our old place which was mostly carpeted, my boyfriend would randomly run his hand along the carpet and pick up a ridiculous amount of hair. Thankfully our new place is mostly hardwood! I shed more than a dog, no joke.

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