Tuesday, November 27, 2012

HBIC Volume 2: Yoga in Heels

We're Getting Physical with Yoga in Heels

When Donna Burke steps out in style it's often in something that she just stepped out of the gym in - but you'd never know. As the founder of YogainHeels.com, a fashion blog dedicated to keeping you cute while wearing your workout garb in or out of the gym, Donna shows readers how to keep the black yoga pant versatile and glamorous - just ignore the sweat. 

How did you get started being so awesome with Yoga in Heels? 

HBIC, Donna Burke
It was a fluke, I swear!  In 2011, I started posting “Fashion Friday” posts on Atlanta Yoga Scene to promote my sister’s store, Atlanta Activewear, to the local yogis.  All of a sudden, the editor of the site told me they were the most popular pages so I started my own blog, YogainHeels.com.  It blew up overnight. I’m still shocked and sometimes still think only my granny reads it….until someone mentions how funny they think my wardrobe malfunctions are.

Why Yoga in Heels?

I do it because I love writing it.  Yoga in Heels combines everything that I love: fitness, fashion, styling, social media, and writing.  Give me an excuse to wear stretchy leggings and rhinestoned heels so I can write funny stories about them and I’m there.

How do you stay inspired?

I randomly get ideas all the time and have lists upon lists everywhere I turn.  I keep a book in my handbag and have notes on my iPhone. I jot ideas down everywhere I go.  A lot of the time I get ideas from street style or people in the gym and want to turn their outfits into something bigger, better, and more functional.  I’m inspired by my own “Bridget Jones Moments”; moments that were supposed to go fantastically right but ended up going unbelievably awry. 

What advice do you have for people who want to get into the blogging? 

It’s not all sequins, high heels and runway shows.  If you want to be a blogger find a niche that you love, make it authentic, don’t sell yourself short, and be ready to become addicted to your iPhone. Blogging is a major time commitment;  a single blog can take over 6 hours to create between styling the look, hair, makeup, photo shoots, photo editing, writing, linking, promoting via social media, etc.  It’s hard to fit in, especially when you have a full time job and work on the weekends.  Also, be ready for criticism.  Not everyone will love you and that’s a hard pill to swallow.

You're on a desert island - what 3 things are you bringing?

iPhone...I should just have it surgically implanted. Sunscreen because I’m the palest person you know. David Beckham because you didn’t tell me I couldn’t. 

What are your top Atlanta finds and favorite places?

Your only stop for fitness fashion is Atlanta Activewear.  Noche Tapas and Tequila bar for good food, fun and $5 margaritas.  Vanquish Lounge for a night of dancing!

What’s next for Yoga in Heels?

Leopard harem pants, need we say more?
I’m hosting a Vintage Glamour party at Whiskey Park at W Midtown on December 8th with My Style Vita and The Fashion Lush.   It’s going to be quite the bash! 

Give us some words of wisdom:

Never leave the house in sweats.  A woman must be prepared to meet a dashing stranger or an old enemy.

What’s the craziest thing that happened to you since you started Yoga in Heels? 

Someone came into Atlanta Activewear while I was working, stopped dead in their tracks and yelled “OH MY GOD! YOU’RE YOGA IN HEELS!” I had no idea who they were, so it was my first celeb moment. 

We love you, do you love us?

Duh. You share in my love for ROGIANI leggings, Raw Bronzing spray tans and margaritas!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This is how EXCITED we are about the Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular

It's all happening! This Saturday and Sunday, November 17 & 18, at Ambient Plus Studio from 11 - 6 PM the Indie Craft Experience's Holiday Shopping Spectacular! Eat, drink, shop local, and get your 'fa la la' on. Here's how excited we are - and let us forewarn you - it's about to get real jolly up in here:




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

HBIC Volume 1: CommonCreativ ATL

CommonCreativ ATL Are TCB
And working overtime - work out.

To say the way Caroline Cox and Muriel Vega have developed CommonCreativ ATL as part online magazine, part blog, part cheerleading squad for the Atlanta art scene is 'awesome' would be an understatement. We're so pumped to present these Atlanta loving ladies (women after our own heart!) as our first installment of HBIC - our new blog series highlighting some seriously amazing women doing some seriously amazing things in Atlanta. Read on to learn more about CommonCreativ ATL and prepare to get inspired.

Caroline Cox & Muriel Vega, HBIC style.
How did you get started (being so awesome) with CommonCreativ ATL?

Muriel: Thanks! Well, we did not start CommonCreativ. We took it over earlier this year from two awesome ladies who did a great job putting together this publication about 2 years ago now. We really just wanted to highlight the creativity that's happening in Atlanta right now. 
Caroline: It started as a website and print magazine, then evolved into just a website, then it went dormant for a while. We took the reins and revived it! It’s been almost a year since we took over the site and it’s been a blast.

Why CommonCreativ ATL?

Muriel: This city has so much potential and these artists, writers and organizations are rising to the occasion. But we all lead busy lives, and it's hard to find the time to keep up with the current art scene. We wanted a publication that can tell you what's happening, where you should be this weekend and let you know about artists that are on the rise right now. 
Caroline: It’s not easy running the site by ourselves, especially since we both also have full-time jobs. But we love the local art scene—it’s so inclusive and welcoming. There are so many talented artists and creative professionals here that deserve recognition. They make our city beautiful and keep it thriving, so CCATL is how we give back to them, by exposing them to our readers.

How do you stay inspired?

Muriel: Talking to creatives around Atlanta, walking around the city and seeing art installations in a park or a mural in an otherwise ugly tunnel, attending events and just overall, trying to help this city love itself. It's our home.
Caroline: I love talking to artists about what inspires them and what they love about Atlanta. Going to openings and events and immersing myself in the local arts culture is continuously inspiring.

What advice do you have for folks who want to get into blogging?

Muriel: Well, I'm by no means a blogger, but I do read a lot of blogs and the main thing I see is passion. Passion for what you do is important and it will yield just best work. If you have something say and you need a creative outlet, whether it is a fashion blog, a portfolio of your work or maybe just a collection of photos, get it out there. Not for the audience, but for you. 
Caroline: There are a million and one blogs out there, so find a niche. Write often. Promote yourself as well as others, if you care about clicks and all that good stuff. Interact with other bloggers who write about similar subjects. Be thorough and honest and candid. 

You're on a desert island - what 3 things are you bringing?

Muriel: LCD Soundsystem's This is Happening CD, my dog Jack and a Kindle full of books.
Caroline: My cat Sid, my computer and plenty of sunscreen.

What are your top Atlanta finds/favorite places?

Sid: Yogi Style.
Muriel:  The Atlanta Beltline, definitely. I'm a huge fan of the Atlanta Food Truck Park and of Tough Love Yoga (Hi Neda!). Her Metal Yoga class made me appreciate yoga in a different way, plus she's awesome and definitely one of those people who's making Atlanta a better place.
Caroline: I feel like I am forever talking about Metal Yoga (that’s how I got Muriel to start going with me!), but it’s seriously one of the best parts of my week. I love exploring Highland Row Antiques, getting coffee at Joe’s in East Atlanta, sitting on the patio at The Midway… the list goes on!

What’s next for CommonCreativ ATL

Muriel: We are pretty excited about the New Year and bringing new features and giveaways to the site! 
Caroline: We’re also talking about throwing a party early next year, so stay tuned!

What’s the craziest thing that happened to you since you started 
CommonCreativ ATL?

Muriel: Craziest thing? I don't know. I think that most exciting thing is seeing people share our stories and reading how excited they are about it. We have this little project and we do it by ourselves, but then people like it and they share it—it's a huge deal. We really celebrate the little things.
Caroline: Yeah, I mean, having people like you ladies at BOFC and Scoutmob recognizing what we do is pretty amazing to us. We don’t take any of it for granted.

Any words of wisdom?

Muriel: I think the best advice anyone has ever given me is to always have something in your life that you love doing. Whether it's your job, a side project, a hobby... something that makes you fulfilled and happy and keeps you going. And of course, follow your gut no matter what.
Caroline: I strongly believe in working really hard for what you want, no matter what it is. Don’t wait around for opportunities—be proactive and create them for yourself. 
We do!

We love you, do you love us?

Muriel: DUH. Will you marry us? Also, here's a cat gif because I love you guys. 
Caroline: What Muriel said. Us go-getting girls gotta stick together!

Check out CommonCreativ ATL here

Monday, November 5, 2012

New Blog Series! HBIC - Atlanta!

We're so excited to announce the launch of our new blog series - HBIC: Atlanta Edition!

We're taking a look at some of the most creative, driven, innovative, artistic and unique women this city has to offer and picking their brains apart until we figure out how we can become as cool as they are. We promise we aren't going to go all "Single White Female" on you...

First up, the beautiful and talented ladies of CommonCreativ ATL. Check back here tomorow to read about how Caroline Cox and Muriel Vega took the up and coming magazine and relaunched it into the awesome online resource for creatives that it is today.

Also, you might see some cool stuff like this: Cool Stuff.

See ya tomorrow!