LIVING SEXY IS... Being Yourself

When you hear people talk about people who light up a room when they walk in, they're referring to people like Kat Schamens. Not just "people like" but simply Kat Schamens. Dressed in sparkly, colorful clothing, Kat is utterly unafraid of what people might think. She is herself, through and through, and such truth and freedom shines upon everyone who lays eyes on her.

It was so easy to visit her where she teaches aerial yoga and produce this shoot because she's always on board for playfulness, fun and genuine connections. And speaking of genuine connections, she gave class to JAKE GYLLENGHAL! Listen to the interview to hear all about it! He might be the sexiest man in Hollywood right now, so the fact that I now have one degree of separation to him makes me a bit more giddy than my boyfriend would like to accept. 

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Back to Sparkles, as many call her. While putting together a new special project for mothers and daughters that I'll soon be offering, I started thinking of how important relationships between girl friends are at an early age. Think about it. Who were you friends with while growing up? What are your memories like with those gal pals? Whether good or bad, they're certainly impactful and meaningful. During my interview with Kat, we touched a bit on what she was like growing up, and I couldn't help but wonder if we'd be friends. Knowing what I now know and realizing the importance of positive role models and uplifters in life, I'm 100% confident that Kat is the type of girl that every girl needs to know.

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Just by being around her, she allows me to feel loved, to be myself, to be silly, to be confident, to be real, to feel worthy and to feel special. And I know I'm not the only one who feels this way, because I've heard the coldest of people express how much they love her. It's so ironic - and yet maybe not at all - that she created a line of glittery yoga apparel called "Katasana Apparel" that encourages people to "stay true to their inner sparkly self." It's ironic because that's what she demands of people regardless of what she's wearing, simply with her presence.

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Whether you live in New York or not, where fashion choices have no guidelines, take this as a formal invitation to find your sparkly self - and then stay true to it. Again, living sexy and living with your truth have nothing to do with what you wear, it's 100% how you carry yourself, so be true to YOU, because, as Kat says, that's really the only thing we're meant to do on this earth. 

If you or a friend might be interested in going through this beautiful journey of shooting with me and creating photos and a video together, subscribe to the blog and get in touch with me!!! There are many, many new projects that I can't wait to share with you, and I'm reaching out to all my sweet subscribers first to go through this experience together :) I honestly can't wait to tell you all about it and connect with many more people through these upcoming ventures.

Until then, stay beautiful, my friends, and don't be afraid to shine bright.

With love,

Tutti

 

Check out this colorful video!

 

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Styling: Katasana Apparel

Location: Om Factory NYC

Video Music: A Common Goal, Pacific Horrific

LIVING SEXY IS... Finding Your Voice

There’s no lack of beauty surrounding these two powerhouse goddesses. They’re a spoonful of sugar and spice with a mellow finish. Meet Krissy + Chloe, co-founders of one of New York City’s most serene and diverse yoga studios - Sky Ting Yoga, located in the heart of China Town amidst exotic fruit stands and pungent fish shops. They’re the real deal not only in the yoga world, but in the world in general. 

Chloe Kernaghan and Krissy Jones of Sky Ting Yoga

Chloe Kernaghan and Krissy Jones of Sky Ting Yoga

The Living Sexy Questionnaire! 

I’ve been wanting to feature them on this “Living Sexy” column for a long time because I want you to get to know two women who exemplify living with grace, humility, self-respect and curiosity. Following their journey on social media as they hop from island to island and fly from coast to coast, it’s easy to believe they live a perfectly beautiful life. And to a certain extent they do. What I love about Krissy and Chloe though is that they’re just in it like the rest of us. They’re blessed, successful and popular, but what sets them apart is the quick way in which they’re able to bring their feet back to the ground rather than continue floating upward in an air balloon (which admittedly sounds like a lot of fun). They keep each other in check and keep things real.  

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From the time I met them while getting my Yoga teaching certification to the moment I sat down with them at their bright and serene studio and chatted about this, I’ve loved Chloe and Krissy because their way of being is super disarming - in the best way possible. They’re both quirky, cute, gorgeous, funny and ridiculously smart, and they allow you to be yourself.

When I asked Krissy about advice she’d give her younger self, she first said "to be yourself,” but as she kept rolling with it, she added a valuable nugget of wisdom that so many of us forget often. 

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MAKE YOUR PERSONAL TENDENCIES YOUR STRENGTHS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO HIDE BEHIND THEM. 

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Have you ever taken a moment to think about what your strengths are? We all tend to focus on our weaknesses and often obsess over how to overcome them, but there is so much more power and wiggle room when you prioritize what’s already within you! I remember reading about this in Tom Rath’s StrengthsFinder book.  It says, “all too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths."

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Krissy Jones

I’m definitely guilty of it, and it certainly takes a rewiring of the brain to start focusing on my innate abilities rather than my innate weaknesses, but it’s simple math really: “do what you’re good at = find success; focus on what you’re not good at = struggle with success.” 

For Krissy and Chloe, their talent for expression, teaching, inspiring and building a community is evident with the reputable brand they’ve managed to build with impressive speed. From concept to creation, Sky Ting Yoga is a tangible example of how two individuals are able to hone in on what they’re meant to do and DO IT. I’m just so incredible happy for them. 

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Of course, their continued success and countless blessings don’t discount the hard work and efforts they’ve made along the way, but their gut instincts have kicked in at the right moments. Chloe admits self-trust is something she’s had to work on (and if you’ve ever tried yoga, you know trust is one of those concepts that trickles in at any given moment through the practice as well, not just life!). Here’s Chloe’s pearl of wisdom that she continues to affirm herself with,

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For me, allowing trust to come through, trusting the impulse, trusting the life choices that were already decided for me, and going with them as opposed to being afraid.

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I can’t speak highly enough of these two women. They’re incredibly passionate about yoga, their studio, their students, their minds, their practices and their communities. If you’re in the New York area (or would like to travel on one of their exotic retreats) I urge you to look them up and give them a try. Their realness will strike you, in the best possible way.

With so much gratitude in my heart for being so generous with your time and knowledge, Krissy and Chloe - THANK YOU. You’re both a blessing to the world and an inspiration for dreamers!

Continue spreading your light.

With love,

Tutti

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As always, here's a fun video of our shoot! 

THIS WEEK --- The {Lovely} Ladies of Sky Ting Yoga!

I'm beyond excited to share this teaser video of my shoot with Chloe Kernaghan and Krissy Jones of Sky Ting Yoga! We had such a fun time talking about life, yoga, inspiration, beauty and traveling and it's all being featured this week, so make sure to subscribe to the blog (right there on the right!) to be notified when it's out. In the meantime, below is a behind-the-scenes video for you to witness just how gorgeous and real these two are. 

BONUS: As an added bonus and in the spirit of the upcoming Springtime blooms, I decided to offer a killer boudoir deal (see below) that'll hopefully give birth to many new relationships with lovely, like-minded people like you - if you're reading this, we already have a lot in common :) Regardless of whether or not you've ever considered a boudoir photo session, just get in touch so we can chat about some fun details. I guarantee it's even more fun and much less scary than you could ever imagine!

Thank you to Krissy + Chloe for making this shoot and interview so, so fun, and for your bountiful words of wisdom, both in and out of the yoga space. 

Stay tuned for their feature in a couple days. In the meantime, here's the video - you'll want to turn the volume up!

Sending you all lots of sunny + warm love,

Tutti

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