Hillary Phelps

Her most prized possession is an Ironman medal. Meet Hilary Phelps, the woman behind the medal.

I like my girlfriends smart, successful, and beautiful inside and out, and I am lucky to be surrounded by many that fit this description. Hilary Phelps, Founder and Creative Director, GJ Media and HilaryPhelps.com is a perfect example. I am forever indebted to Andrea Kremer for having introduced the two of us. Andrea knew Hilary and I would get along because we share owning our own businesses, a love of football (although we root for competing teams…), and a no nonsense outlook to life. And, go figure, neither of us love crowds!

AP: What city were you born in? HP: Baltimore, MD.

AP: What city to do you live in? HP: Arlington, VA.

AP: What is your middle name? HP: Kristin.

AP: What is your astrological sign? HP: Pisces.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? HP: I don’t like crowds.  I spend a lot of time in them, be it a reception, a party, a networking or sporting event, but I don’t particularly like them. I prefer small groups and one-on-one interaction.

AP: What is your most prized possession? HP: The medal I was handed as I crossed the finish line at the 2010 Lake Placid Ironman 140.6.  When I registered for the race I had never ran a marathon, didn’t own a bike and hadn’t swam a lap since I hung up my goggles post-college — and the race was 8 months away. It proved to me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to achieving.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? HP: My boyfriend of 5.5 years — I treasure the time we spend together, one-on-one.  Or Albert Einstein. I’ve always been fascinated by his achievements, oddness and intelligence.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. HP: Tailored, minimal, classic.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? HP: Yes, Shinola, The Runwell 36mm.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? HP: Diamonds in my ears and pearls around my neck.

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? HP: Drink water and wear sunscreen.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? HP: Coco Chanel or Burberry.

AP: Botox or not? HP: I haven’t had it to date, but I’m not against it and would consider getting in the future.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? HP: Natural.

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? HP: Eat as close to the source as possible and don’t eat anything that has ingredients you can’t pronounce.

AP: What do you do for exercise? HP: Unless I’m training for a race (triathlon or running), I like to mix it up: Zengo (indoor cycling), Yoga, Pilates reformer and mat, Dancing, trampoline…

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? HP: Eggs, kombucha, almond milk.

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? HP: Sparkling water with lime — I don’t drink alcohol.

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? HP: I love what I do, so for me, it’s just life.  I do try to unplug during the weekend and detach from my phone. I read a great piece in WSJ on Ivanka Trump about how she unplugs for an entire day during the weekend and spends it with family.  I admire that. Family, friends and loved ones are the most important things in the world.

AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? HP: Maybe 10,000; I do a lot of my travel to New York and I take the train.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? HP: Drink water, pack a snack and pack anything you will need for an overnight stay in your carry-on.  I’ve had bad luck recently on a few trips where I checked my bags and learned the hard way to keep a few necessities in my carry-on.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. HP: Taylor Swift “Shake it Off” Jay Z “Run this Town” and Darude “Sandstorm.”

AP: What book are you reading right now? HP: The New Healthy Rules by Frank Lipman and The Art of Conversation by Catherine Blyth.

AP: Quote to live by. HP: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Change starts and ends with ourselves — this quote is a good reminder of that.

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? HP: When people take up two parking spots. I lived in DC for years and am in the city a few times a week, so it drives me crazy when I’m looking for a parallel parking spot and someone pulls right in the middle of two, so no one (other than a tiny smartcar) can fit in front or behind. Very frustrating!

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? HP: I go to bed between 10-10:30pm and wake up around 6am. I need a solid 8 hours of sleep to function, it’s just the way I’m wired. If I get less, it throws me off and affects mood. I love my sleep!

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? HP: The way putting on lipstick can literally lift your mood

AP: Least favorite thing. HP: Information overload. Not knowing how to decipher what ingredient does and whether or not I really need it to help nourish my skin.

AP: Who is your mentor? HP: I have a few across a variety of networks/career paths.  I’m grateful for women who have helped me and I truly hope that I can pass that along to the younger generation.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. HP: Never give up. Don’t quit before the miracle happens. Right when you’re ready to give-up is when something really great happens. Trust me. Stick with it.

Kelly Collis

You think you know Kelly Collis, Co-Host, Tommy Morning Show 94.7 Fresh FM & Publisher, CityShopGirl… but do you know what her pet peeve is?

It is past 10 pm in the nation’s capital, so Kelly Collis, Co-Host, Tommy Morning Show 94.7 Fresh FM and Publisher, CityShopGirl, is probably asleep. She has to be, given that she wakes up before 4 am for work every day. If you listen to her show, you know a lot about Kelly – she is very open and personal on air. You know she is from DC through and through. You know about her contentious divorce, her engagement, and her upcoming wedding. You know about her two amazing kids. You know she is funny and can be intense. And you know she is amazing at what she does (sometimes I think her show should be called The Kelly Show… sorry Tommy!). She is also an amazing friend and has given by far the best answer to the question about her “favorite thing about the beauty industry” (keep reading).

AP: What city were you born in? KC: Washington, DC.

AP: What city to do you live in? KC: Washington, DC.

AP: What is your middle name? KC: Margaret (but I am thinking of adding my fiance’s last name to my middle name because I am NOT changing my last name!).

AP: What is your astrological sign? KC: Capricorn.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? KC: I have a BA in Economics and had aspirations to have a political career.

AP: What is your most prized possession? KC: I don’t really own my 2 kids but they are my greatest creation. Prized possession is my quilted leather Chanel purse.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? KC: Jackie Kennedy.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. KC: Black Denim High Heels.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? KC: Cartier Panther Platinum.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? KC: Diamonds.

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? KC: I can’t do just one! A flat iron and pedicures year round.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? KC: Tom Ford, Jasmin Rouge.

AP: Botox or not? KC: Botox.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? KC: When gray hair appeared, absolutely color.

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? KC: Moderation.

AP: What do you do for exercise? KC: Yoga. I just discovered Solidcore which will kick your butt, and when I don’t have time for a class I love Barre 3’s online classes.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? KC: Club soda, champagne, and milk (for the kids).

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? KC: Red wine.

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? KC: There is no such thing as balance and I am ok with that…sometimes I am really good at life and bad at work and vice versa.

AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? KC: I have no idea.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? KC: Always have a charger pack or 2, lip balm, moisturizer and hand sanitizer in your carry on.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. KC: Beast of Burden from 50 Shades soundtrak, I Bet My Life by Imagine Dragons, FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna, Kayne and Paul McCartney.

AP: What book are you reading right now? KC: If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

AP: Quote to live by. KC: “A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn’t let them get her down.”

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? KC: When people say ” I am so busy.” We are all busy it doesn’t matter what you do or what is your situation.

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? KC: I wake at 3:30 am, I am live on the air ay 5 am. I am good with 4-5 hours at night and try to nap at least 20 minutes in the afternoon (if I plan it right I can get 90 minutes).

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? KC: Ada Polla. (Editor’s note: WAA!!! Most amazing answer ever!)

AP: Least favorite thing. KC: Over-priced lipsticks

AP: Who is your mentor? KC: I worked for Congressman Tom Davis in my mid-20s and he was great mentor about life and career. He was always extremely patient, very loyal to his team and a role model of how to be a great mentor and manager. I still keep in touch with him to this day.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. KC: Work hard in your youth so you can have career options when you are older.

"You come to work, to work" and other wisdom from Sarah Gibson Tuttle, Founder, Olive & June

There is nothing I love more than the story of a woman succeeding in corporate America (in this case on Wall Street) and then having the courage to leave to pursue her passion. In particular if that means following dreams of entrepreneurship. And even more when those dreams lead to the beauty industry. This is the story of Sarah Gibson Tuttle. After a career at JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, she moved from NYC to LA, and opened Olive & June, the “drybar” of nails, named after her grandmother and great-grandmother. Today, with her first location is cash flow positive, she is looking to open a second one. And more after that. And she is pregnant. Not surprising, when you know her quote to live by is “Anything is possible”!

AP: What city were you born in? SGT: Stamford, CT .

AP: What city to do you live in? SGT: Los Angeles, CA.

AP: What is your middle name? SGT: Gibson. My mother’s maiden and my favorite part of my name.

AP: What is your astrological sign? SGT: Libra.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? SGT: Candy is my favorite food group.

AP: What is your most prized possession? SGT: My wedding ring.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? SGT: My husband. We never see enough of each other!

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. SGT: What feels good.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? SGT: Yes, a vintage gold Rolex.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? SGT: Diamonds.

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? SGT: Sunscreen.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? SGT: I like to change it up but right now my favorite scent to wear is Tata Harper’s Revitalizing Body Oil.

AP: Botox or not? SGT: Not yet, but not ruling it out.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? SGT: Whatever makes you happy! For me, that’s covering my greys.

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? SGT: Finding something sweet that satisfies my sweet tooth, but is still healthy. It’s so hard!

AP: What do you do for exercise? SGT: Tracy Anderson and yoga.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? SGT: Greek yogurt, pineapple and bottles of champagne to bring to parties for the hostess!

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? SGT: I am pregnant, so right now it’s this amazing Apple Ginger Coconut juice from Beverly Hills Juice Club in LA.

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? SGT: Prioritizing what is important. Sounds simple, but it’s a hard thing to actually do.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? SGT: Tons of soft cozy layers, yummy snacks and TSA precheck.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. SGT: Taylor Swift’s entire 1984 album. Ed Sheeran. J Lo’s Jenny From The Block (it just doesn’t get old!).

AP: What book are you reading right now? SGT: Bringing Up Bebe

AP: Quote to live by? SGT: Anything is possible.

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? SGT: Arrogance.

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? SGT: 7am, 5hrs of sleep on average.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? SGT: The way beauty products make women feel.

AP: Least favorite thing. SGT: When companies lie to us about the ingredients.

AP: Who is your mentor? SGT: I am lucky to call a few people mentors, but one of my former bosses was especially motivating. He worked harder than anyone else, never missed a day, refused to complain, just got it done every day. I remember he said, “You come to work, to work.” That was one of the most impactful things anyone has ever told me because it’s simple and true.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. SGT: Work as hard as you can, never shy away from a challenge and keep learning. Read any sort of book, magazine, online article or take a class – stay fresh and engaged!

What it takes to be the Medical Director of Forever Laser Institut… Violette Parzin Gribinski tells all

Violette Parzin Girbinski, MD, is an amazing woman for many reasons. Not least of them, she has recently joined the team of Forever Laser Institut as Medical Director, the first to take this role and embrace this position since my father started our medical spa. It takes a woman of character, talent, excellence (medical and otherwise), and patience to lead, innovate, and enhance Forever Laser Institut. I could not be happier to have her join our team!

AP: What city were you born in? VPG: Teheran, Iran.

AP: What city to do you live in? VPG: Lausanne, Switzerland.

AP: What is your middle name? VPG: I don’t have one…

AP: What is your astrological sign? VPG: Cancer. Which means I am kind, intuitive, family-oriented, and do not like conflict…

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know?  VPG: I love to paint!

AP: What is your most prized possession?  VPG: My twins. They are my life.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? VPG: Angela Merkel. She is such a strong leader.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. VPG: Classic chic.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? VPG: Yes always! And always Jaegger Lecoultre.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? VPG: Both – why limit yourself?!

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? VPG: I sleep a lot.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? VPG: Private Collection by Estee Lauder.

AP: Botox or not? VPG: For sure! I use it, and I recommend it to my patients.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? VPG: Not.

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? VPG: Never diet!

AP: What do you do for exercise? VPG: I swim. It combines cardio and muscle development and the water is peaceful and quiet.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? VPG: Milk, cheese and eggs.

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? VPG: Martini Rosso on the rocks. Just sweet enough. Do not confuse this with “a martini.”

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? VPG: Organization.

AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? VPG: Not enough.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? VPG: Don’t eat on the plane, sleep, and smile to the customer service people at checkin and to the flight attendants on the plane.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. VPG: Anything by Avishai Cohen, an amazing Israeli Jazz bassist.

AP: What book are you reading right now? VPG: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman… we all need to know more about this subject.

AP: Quote to live by. VPG: I live by quotes… too many to quote!

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? VPG: Snakes – and anyone who loves them!

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? VPG: I wake up at 6:30 am and have to sleep a minimum of 8 hours… it’s my beauty secret, remember?

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? VPG: It changes all the time and new technologies come out all the time.

AP: Least favorite thing. VPG: It changes all the time and new technologies come out all the time. Meaning I can never master it fully!

AP: Who is your mentor? VPG: My father.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. VPG: Persevere. Never give up. Never take no for an answer. You can do it!

 

BeautyView: Karen Terranova, General Manager, Great Jones Spa

I met Karen Terranova, NYS licensed aesthetician and General Manager of Great Jones Spa, at a tradeshow in New York City in 2006. I had been to Great Jones Spa, one of the best spas in the Big Apple, and of course pitched Alchimie Forever to her. This summer, she added my products to her skin care assortment. During the 8 years in between, we got to know each other, speaking often about ingredients (what she likes the least about the beauty industry is also what I like the least about the beauty industry), about the benefits and challenges of both organic and medical skin care formulations, and about family business. We became friendly, then friends, and now are finally working together. And still on my bucket list… experiencing a Karen Terranova facial!

AP: What city were you born in? KT: Beechhurst, NY.

AP: What city to do you live in? KT: Bayside, NY.

AP: What is your middle name? KT: Anne.

AP: What is your astrological sign? KT: Virgo.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? KT: I am a Reiki Master, Crystal Practitioner, and when my schedule allows me, I study Botany at the New York Botanical Garden.

AP: What is your most prized possession?KT: A small curio cabinet that holds treasures of the past from my parents and grandparents.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? KT: My Mother.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. KT: NYC Black, Casual, Chic.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? KT: Both – why discriminate!

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret?KT: Exfoliate, mask, moisturize.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? KT: Since 21 I have been wearing Quelques Fleur by Houbigant, I have recently purchased Elie Saab and love it!

AP: Botox or not? KT: Not.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? KT: Some of it is natural and some of it is not.

AP: What do you do for exercise? KT: Cardio, weights and dance.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? KT: Arugula, fruit, and a yummy french cheese.

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? KT: Lately, Vanilla Martini.

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? KT: Reiki and meditation.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. KT: Album ” Mai Dire Mai” by  Anna Tatangelo.

AP: What book are you reading right now? KT: Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber, MD.

AP: Quote to live by. KT: “When the student is ready, the master appears” Buddhist Proverb.

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? KT: Being late.

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? KT: Rise and shine at 5:20 am. I usually get 7.5 hours of sleep.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? KT: Overwhelmingly, I hear how people in this industry want to help others; there is such passion and compassion towards humanity.

AP: Least favorite thing. KT: Misinformation regarding ingredients in products.

AP: Who is your mentor? KT: My Mother and my Grandmother.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today.  KT: Be patient, listen and learn from everyone.

BeautyView: Molly Schrader, Owner, Retro

How can I not love a woman who likes champagne as much as I do (maybe even more) and believes the best diet is never to eat anything that comes in a package? Her beauty phislosophy is to always make an effort – and I can attest that she does. She always looks fabulous, a combination of Marilyn Monroe and Amy Winehouse. Meet Molly Schrader, owner of Retro. The best salon ever not just because they carry Alchimie Forever, but because in addition to offering hair and skin services, they also offer champagne.

AP: What city were you born in? MS: Houston, TX.

AP: What city to do you live in? MS: Southern Pines, NC.

AP: What is your middle name? MS: Lee.

AP: What is your astrological sign? MS: Aries.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? MS: I absolutely LOVE Bossa Nova music.

AP: What is your most prized possession? MS: My super hot husband!

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? MS: My maternal grandmother. I never had the chance to meet her but I heard she was fearless, wild, and beautiful.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. MS: Glam. Rock. Chic.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? MS: I have cursed wrists. Bracelets and watches look terrible on me.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? MS: Diamonds! A girl needs to shine!

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? MS: Always make an effort. No matter how tired you are. Style your hair, put on some lip gloss, get a manicure.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? MS: In the daytime, Pure Grace by Philosophy. At night, Coco Chanel.

AP: Botox or not? MS: I haven’t yet but my girlfriends who do it LOVE it!

AP: Hair color: natural or not? MS: Not! I love to change my hair color. It’s like being reborn!

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? MS: If it comes in a package, you probably shouldn’t eat it.

AP: What do you do for exercise? MS: Running and squats. Lots of squats.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? MS: Coconut milk, champagne, veggies

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? MS: Champagne of course!

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? MS: When at work, focus on work. When your at home, focus on you. It’s important to find the seperation.

AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? MS: Between 6-8,000 miles

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? MS: 1. Always look nice. You never know who you will meet while traveling. 2. Make a playlist. Music sets my mood. It’s essential to get my head right for the next adventure. 3. Bring your own toiletries. Hotel products are not catering to your skin type!

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. MS: All the rage back home by Interpol; Desperate youth by Santigold; and Love is to die by War Paint.

AP: What book are you reading right now? MS: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

AP: Quote to live by. MS: “Shut up, and put your big girl panties on.”

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? MS: Panty lines!!! The worst!

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? MS: Probably around 9 hrs. My cats send me hate stares if I’m not up to feed them by 8:30.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? MS: The amazing products and how they can change a person’s life.

AP: Least favorite thing. MS: I want to take home everything.

AP: Who is your mentor? MS: My former boss, Michelle. She’s a woman of beauty, dignity, and strength. I learned a lot from her.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. MS: DO NOT expect to be handed anything. You have to WORK for it. Once you have it, work harder to keep it.