INNERVIEWS

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INNERVIEW: KENDRA & ALEX

While working their corporate jobs, Kendra and Alex connected on their shared passion of bringing people together. When Kendra decided to quit her job to pursue her entrepreneurial idea, she knew having Alex on her team would be a great advantage. Kendra asked Alex to join in on her vision and together they created Spice & Spoon, a cocktail making class that comes to you.  A professional mixologist will bring shakers, mixers, fresh herbs, spices, fruit, bitters and botanicals for a hands-on class. You supply the liquor and he or she will teach you and your friends how to make seasonal beverages. Kendra and Alex walk us through how they successfully transitioned from corporate jobs to being business owners. They remind us that we grow the most when we are pushed outside of our comfort zone. #creatingbalance

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INNERVIEW: SEAN

One night during the economic crisis, Sean, an investment banker at the time, and a colleague had an idea. They thought, “what if we make wine?” Driven to get out of their unfulfilling jobs, they got to work and created their first vintage wine in 2010. After the success of his wine partnership, it became clear to Sean that working in investment banking was not his only option. Determined to make a mark in the beverage industry, he quit his job and partnered with his brother Ryan. After receiving a pre-hypertension diagnosis, Sean researched the health benefits of hibiscus tea and saw an opportunity to create something unique.  Sean and Ryan created TK Hibiscus, a line of bottled hibiscus teas that are not only refreshing and savory, but have proven cardiovascular health benefits. In this #innerview, Sean opens up about his journey and the hiccups along the way. #thehibiscusguys

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INNERVIEW: CRISTINA

Cristina recalls her fascination with the fashion world as a little girl. Equipped with pen, paper and sometimes her parent’s pay stubs, she began to give form to the gowns that she envisioned in her mind. While it was not surprising that she pursued fashion as a career, it was the discovery of what she loved about it that gave birth to her platform. The Fuschia Files is an online forum where the fashion enthusiast meets the modern day girl. Cristina offers styling services, which include an inspiration session and a wardrobe consultation. In this #innerview, Cristina, a stylist and creative writer, dives into her passion of tapping into a client’s larger vision of themselves and dressing them to that person. She talks about the importance of falling in love with our individuality and gives us an insight into how she came to embrace her own. #followyourfuschia

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INNERVIEW: BRYAN

Bryan, a fresh-faced, Syracuse University Newhouse graduate, landed a job as an MSNBC producer in NYC. As he sharpened his creative skills in media by day, by night, Bryan found himself exploring the beautiful city he resided in. The Atlanta native admired the architecture and the beautiful NYC skyline as he snapped away through the lens of his camera. Abandoned buildings, rooftops, helicopter views, old subway lines—you name it and Bryan has documented it. Bryan created what Thrillist claims is one of the top “24 NYC INSTAGRAMS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW RIGHT NOW.” In this insightful #innerview, Bryan talks about the importance of following multiple passions. He opens up about how pursuing photography has filled creative gaps in his life. He urges people to embrace the possibilities that may arise when you take the time to pursue interests outside of your primary career. #dontwait

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INNERVIEW: KARINA

Karina, a commercial real estate attorney, developed her organizational and event planning skills in law school. Having planned numerous events for organizations as well as some milestone celebrations for her network of friends and family all while in law school, she found herself a bit overwhelmed.  And then life happened. After bouncing back from a painful divorce, Karina decided to pick up where she left off and created bluGarden Events, a full-service event production company providing concept design, planning and production services. Having noticed her inclination towards working on Latino empowerment issues in law school, Karina set out to create what she felt was missing in the event planning industry, an event company that caters to the specific needs of the Latino community. Karina reminds us that we can always recreate our lives no matter what circumstances arise. #whenlifehappens

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INNERVIEW: GABRIELA

Having found her unique and personal style in the midst of her struggle with her identity and sexual orientation, Gabriela sought to help others. She started by creating beautiful, eco-friendly bow ties and ties designed for any gender but intended to free women from the bounds of society defined gender roles. Unbound Estilo was born out of a need for Gabriela, a 3rd grade teacher, to create what she felt was missing in women’s attire, a company that catered to women who preferred a more masculine look. Gabriela reminds us that if we find that a service or product is missing in the world, we ought to create it. #unbound

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INNERVIEW: NORA GARDNER

Once an investment banker at a prestigious investment bank, Nora Gardner noticed a real need in women’s fashion. Driven by the lack of variety she observed in her own workplace, Nora wanted to provide fashionable, professional and easy to wear options for working women. After extensive research, surveys and hours of advice from folks who had started fashion brands, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Nora Gardner the brand was born – The New Standard for Women’s Professional Work Wear.  Nora designs for “the woman who works with men who wear suits.” Nora walks us through her entrepreneurship journey and dishes out what she’s learned along the way.  #noragardner

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INNERVIEW: JULIAN

Motivated by a friend’s upcoming nuptials and the dread of being immortalized at his current size in wedding pictures, Julian wanted to change his lifestyle. He began by removing bad carbs from his diet and slowly incorporating workout routines into his day. Eventually, he started to run. Julian joined the WRU Crew, short for We Run Uptown. The WRU Crew, which meets at 8 pm every Monday night, is a growing group of runners seeking a lifestyle change who push each other to stay committed. 70 lbs later, Julian prepares for his very first marathon, the 2014 NYC Marathon. To qualify for the marathon, Julian has raised money for Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to the support and advocacy of autistic children and adults. #JulzrunsNYC

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INNERVIEW: IRAN & MAREANA

Iran and Mareana are the owners of Le Suite Boutique,
an urban chic fashion truck boutique. What was once an empty bread truck has been transformed into a beautiful store on wheels making daily stops in all New York City neighborhoods. The #lesuitegirls tell us all about how they turned this great idea into a reality and how they managed to deal with some of the fears and setbacks early on. 

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INNERVIEW: MELISSA

Melissa, a trained transformational voice coach and the founder of Melisma Coaching, teaches people how to sing in a way that helps them mine for and harness their own magic. In this video, she teaches us that freedom, as she has experienced it alongside her own students,
comes from emotional honesty with the self. Using the voice as a tool, Melissa guides her clients towards reaching emotional honesty and accessing true personal power through song. #melismacoaching

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INNERVIEW: IEASHA

Ieasha is a substance abuse therapist by day and a wardrobe stylist in the evenings and on the weekends. She finds that she needs both to bring balance to her life. Her career in therapy satisfies her desire to be of service to others while her styling career allows her to express her creativity. Ieasha reminds us that we can find a way of combining all of our interests in a way that truly works. #ataleof2loves

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INNERVIEW: FALOSHA

Shortly after enrolling in college, Falosha was faced with a dilemma; to stay in school or to follow her instinct and pursue what was really of interest to her, fashion. It's been 2 years since Falosha began Wardrobe to the People, a thrift store that comes to your doorstep. #misswardrobe

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INNERVIEW: OTTO

Otto left his job in technology and production to start his own business. In November 2013, Otto opened Otto's Tacos, an LA-inspired, grab-and-go taqueria in the East Village, NYC. He reminds us to do what makes us happy, to have fun in the process and to take it all #onetacoatatime

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INNERVIEW: JUAN

Juan recently left his finance job to pursue his passion, beer. After brewing for fun, Juan began to entertain the idea of creating his own business. He founded the Dyckman Beer Co. in 2012. His staple beer, the first craft beer of its kind, is inspired by the flavors, the people, and the culture of Uptown Manhattan and its surrounding neighborhoods. #dyckmanbeerstory

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INNERVIEW: LYNDSAY

Lyndsay has suffered from anxiety and depression since she was very young. She now uses fitness to cope and shares her experiences on her blog, Flawed and Fit, to encourage people that you can manage your fitness and still manage the rest of you.#crossthebridge

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INNERVIEW: RAMONA

Watch Ramona as she takes off her make up
for the first time since her vitiligo diagnosis in 2008. Motivated by her personal journey with her skin condition, Ramona co-founded the  BEAT BAR BEAUTY , a makeup service company that provides professional make up services and advice for women with conditions of the skin. #fearlessspots

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