You know those girls who are super fit and hot, and on top of that, they’re holding down an awesome job AND a family, and on top of THAT, they’re actually genuine, nice, and fun?
It’s like, are you human?
Well get ready to meet one in real life: Cara Weaver, Witty + Pretty’s newest contributor, will be posting regularly on all things fitness and health, like the rights and wrongs of basic exercises (don’t worry, we have pictures), what the hell certain fitness crazes are about (Prancercise, anyone?), healthy eating habits (and ones you can realistically accomplish), the best tunes for your workout playlist (she knows her sh*t), workout gear no-nos (visible crotch sweat is never a good look), and much more. But before we jump into all that juicy goodness, check out her Q&A and get excited for more to come from this fierce female!
You have a rockin’ bod and we’re going to learn a lot more about how you maintain it, but in short, what’s your health mantra? And please don’t say “good genes.” Obviously, you have that going for you.
I believe in finding what works for YOU and finding a way to make it become a habit so you stick to it no matter what life throws at you. There are tons of great diet books and plans, workout classes, philosophies, and programs to adopt but until you really understand what your body needs and how it works on a basic scientific level, then those become a crutch that won’t hold up when you get busy or bored…which we all do!
So true. Luckily, I have found a workout I love and you just so happen to be an instructor! What’s your favorite part of being a Flywheel AND Flybarre instructor?
It’s the best job in the world…helping people get sweaty and feel really great about themselves physically and mentally! I also really love to dance and listen to music so it is a perfect combination of my favorite hobbies.
I know you drink (or we probably wouldn’t be friends). Share your stance on booze.
I don’t take down Jager bombs or frozen daiquiris but I do love to socialize with a beverage in hand (or not socialize with a beverage in hand). I stick to red wine most always, but I like a cold light beer (in the bottle only because I’m a snob) and a clean tasting (not sour) margarita on the rocks every so often.
That’s what I like to hear. So you consult and health coach people. What is the main issue you see people struggle with the most?
Most people are just tired of not knowing, not understanding what to eat or what “healthy” is anymore with all of the information and philosophies out there. It’s daunting! They have tried tons of books and programs but always find themselves back to their default way of eating because it is what they KNOW! I have found that once I help them change what they know, their default way of eating becomes healthier and change naturally happens. This is the first step!
Can’t wait to get into that more. But speaking of eating…what’s your weakness?
I have a huge weakness for granola, chocolate chip cookies, and cereal. I can and will eat the entire bag/box in a day if it’s in my house.
Mmm, cookies. What’s on your playlist right now for working out?
I do love all types of music from oldies to hip-hop or house, but when it comes to motivating people to get sweaty, pop, hip-hop and dubstep get the room fired up and the energy booming! Right now I am listening (and teaching) to Imagine Dragons (“Radioactive“), Bruno Mars (“Treasures” remix), Skrillex, Baauer, Ludacris, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Rihanna of course!
*Check out Cara’s Spotify playlists!
Love all of it. Switching gears–what’s your favorite body part of your own?
I love my shoulders and arms, and I say that proudly after many many years hating on them (like we all do for some part of our bodies). In high school, I had a guy tell me I was “jacked” and the weight-training coach tell me I should think about being a body builder…and I was 16 or 17! That very day, I stopped bench pressing with the boys and didn’t touch a weight again for seven years. I hated how muscular I was and didn’t embrace it as beautiful until my mid-late 20s.
Well you have the best arms and shoulders in town so I’m glad you embraced them! What are the main foods in your regular diet?
Every three days I hit the grocery for the following items: Lettuce, tomatoes, chicken or turkey, green pepper, rice chips or crackers, salsa, and red wine (not a food but something that requires the trip to the store and sometimes the only thing I need more of!).
It’s a necessity for sure. Aside from Flywheel/barre, what other workouts do you do?
I believe in variety, shocking your body so you don’t hit a plateau, so I try to get into as many classes around town as I can with my limited time. I opt for yoga at Atlanta Hot Yoga, Fast Twitch at The Forum, and running on the BeltLine with my dogs.
I love Fast Twitch and BeltLine running, but I’m still scared of hot yoga. Last question–I know you’re low-maintenance, but do you have any beauty product must-haves?
This is sadly a hard one for me! My go-to is just Bare Minerals powder foundation and mascara (any brand you throw at me because I have NO idea what I am looking for). I love to get pretty, but walking into a Sephora or a beauty department for me is like a beauty queen with an overflowing Caboodle walking into the weight room for the first time; I don’t know where to start!
We can help with that.
Stay tuned for Cara’s first post next week. And Atlanta friends: She is doing an awesome health teaching Wednesday, June 5 ($20 drop-in) if you’re interested in educating yourself and learning about how to get healthier in a casual, non-intimidating setting. Click HERE for the details.
*Second photo courtesy of Lululemon Athletica.
Who better to chat beachwear with than a designer of one of the coolest, most celeb-beloved, flattering lines on the swim scene? Pooja Kharbanda is behind the to-die-for suits, coverups, rompers, dresses, etc. of 6 Shore Road, which means she has major style and expertise on what looks hot in the heat. Get to know her, her drink of choice, must-have beauty products, and more. Plus, she shares which suits look best on your bod…
You’ve lived and traveled all over the world. What is your favorite coastal locale?
Panama–Isla Grande beach. Amazing clear water, underdeveloped beach shacks, and local pineapple mixed drinks.
Um, I’m about to get on a plane right now. Speaking of drinks, what is your cocktail of choice?
Starfruit and coconut margarita on the rocks.
I’m a Ray-Ban gal myself. So, how do you pull off “resort wear” in a city that’s NOT by the water (ahem, Atlanta) without looking stupid?
I love to pair platforms with the Malay romper or booties with the Isla Verde mini dress. Or throw on a baseball cap and wedge sneakers with the Angelfish pants and a tank. The Monsoon maxi is so easy to wear at the beach and in the city.
Well, what do you know, I happen to own the fab Malay Romper ($115) and was thinking it would pair perfectly with platform wedges.
(PS, I don’t know how you fashion bloggers do it. I could barely keep a straight face long enough to “model” for these pics in Everything But Water.)
What are some of your favorite pieces in this season’s collection? Any you’ve found to be EXTRA flattering on women?
Bocas swimsuit–flattering for gals with boobs or flat-chested. And the high-waist bottom hides the little tummy pouch. Juju bikini–the embroidered band under the bust adds a little something special and accentuates the upper body, and the low rider string bikini elongates your body.
If you have hair, this applies to you. If you live in the L.A., San Diego, San Fran, Scottsdale, Dallas, NYC, or Atlanta areas, this is even more major. We’re about to get inside the
head hair of Alli Webb, founder of Drybar—the blowout sanctuary where lovely ladies go to get serious, movie-star-style hair around a “bar” in a chic, high-energy salon (wine/champers included, duh). It’s where you’ll have mixed emotions of “OMG, I look so F’ing good” and “Well damn, now I want to look like this every day (frowny face).” If you’ve been, you know what I’m gushing about. If you don’t have a Drybar nearby, I’m so sorry, girl. Comment on this post or tweet at Alli and let her know your tresses are in distress. But first, read this:
First things first. What is your favorite style of Drybar blowout?
Depends on the day. I think I am a Mai Tai girl at heart, but I can happily rock a Straight Up!
I’m a Mai Tai girl, too. Do you get blowouts at Drybar a lot or do you do it yourself?
I get blowouts at Drybar all the time. In a pinch, I will do it myself. However, I much prefer to get it done at the shop. I live for our Floaters (10 min scalp massage).
I want one right now. So tell me about the worst hair failure you’ve ever had.
Oh man, I decided I wanted to go back to my natural color (brown) last year… then I wanted it blonde again. The back and forth did a bit of a number on my hair. But after a bunch of L’Oréal Professional shots, my hair is recovering nicely.
Speaking of hair color, give me your history.
My hair has run the gamut of hair colors. I’ve been bright pink (in my early 20s), red, copper, black, brown, and many, many shades of blonde.
Do blondes have more fun?
I have to say I feel my best blonde, so yeah maybe blondes really do have more fun.
I think I might have the most fun in bright pink! So what is your secret weapon for great hair (aside from a Drybar blowout, of course)?
L’Oréal Professional Sublime Twist is great for texture. I also love cocktailing a cream pomade and light oil to great some definition and piecey-ness.
Great tip! What is a hair trend that appalls you?
Not much appalls me when it comes to hairstyles. I love seeing new, creative twists on hair. It all inspires me. At first, I didn’t love the partially shaved side of the head thing that some girls are doing these days, but I came around to it and think it’s kind of cool now.
I think so, too! Not that I’d do it, but still cool. What is one of your favorite hair trends?
Big, messy hair. I never like hair to look too done…
Agreed–the bigger the better. Now on to beauty. What is your can’t-live-without makeup product?
It’s a toss-up between my Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Color in hot pink and my Urban Decay 24/7 black eyeliner.
I swear by Urban Decay eyeliner as well. What’s your fitness regime?
Lately I have been going on 45-minute walks in the morning. I take Coop [my Chihuahua] and walk up a bunch of hills, listen to my favorite music and check email. I’m a total multi-tasker! I also recently discovered Bikram yoga–it’s intense, but really amazing for the soul!
Awesome. Favorite place to pamper yourself?
Carasoin Day Spa on Robertson in West Hollywood is a favorite.
Ahhhh. Now back to hair. What female celeb(s) has the best tresses?
I personally love Leighton Meester’s and Blake Lively’s hair.
I couldn’t agree more.
Gossip Girl Ashley
Here we go! The very first Witty + Pretty Q+A just so happens to be with my favorite author and all-around witty and pretty gal, Emily Giffin (I know. This is a big deal). Read all about her beauty must-haves, tricks, indulgences, and disasters, and don’t forget her sixth novel, Where We Belong, comes out this July!
What is your can’t-live-without makeup product?
Diorshow mascara and La Mer lip balm.
Tell me about a total beauty fail you’ve had.
A very layered haircut while I was living in London—in the vein of one Posh Spice. Halfway through the Saturday morning haircut, I realized that the stylist was still drunk from the night before.
Yikes! Speaking of, what is your secret weapon for great hair?
Louis Licari. Definitely. I live in Atlanta, which has wonderful salons, but I only get my hair cut and colored at my favorite New York salon. I go to Dana Fiore for my cuts.
She must stay sober on the job. What’s a guilty pleasure of yours that you feel is completely acceptable for all females?
Amen. So, you hung around a lot of stars with Something Borrowed the movie. Did you pick up any red carpet beauty tricks?
Hair clip-in. I have my own set now. My hair doesn’t become longer but it looks twice as thick.
Ooh, I may have to look into that. What’s your fitness regime?
I have a trainer, Jeff MacFarland, who has completely reshaped certain body parts. I also take a circuit-training class called Fast Twitch. Both are at the Forum Athletic Club at Lenox Mall. I just started yoga as well. I’m horrible—as flexible as your average grandmother.
Ha! What is a beauty trend you are loving right now?
Spray tans. Healthy and now, they look so natural. Especially with Laura Underwood at Ecobel Day Spa!
(Click here for W+P tips on spray tans).
What about a trend that appalls you?
Well put. Who’s your celebrity girl crush and why?
Jennifer Aniston. She is perfect.
If you had to choose…who is the wittiest and prettiest character in all of your books?
Darcy [from Something Borrowed and Something Blue].
Agreed. Last question–favorite place to pamper yourself in Atlanta?
Therapeutic massages with Amor Largo at Robin Stiles Salon. She is, hands down, the best masseuse I’ve ever gone to—and you feel the benefits for days afterwards.
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