Do you ever think the universe just works in funny ways sometimes? A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a lovely little blog that was simple, honest, and most of all so relatable! Rose, the lady behind the Healthy Hipster is a captivating young writer who walks the fine line between hipsterdom and a healthy lifestyle guru. Healthy Hipster has a refreshing take on living clean, and knows the truest meaning of being fit. When I found out she was right in my own back yard, I knew I had to pick Ms. Rose’s brain. I recently asked her a couple questions about exercise, the fashion of fitness, and finding balance in the big city.
FTPilates: What are your top tips when transforming your look from workout to real life?
HH: At the gym I’m pretty consistent, I twist my hair up into a messy top bun, throw on Lululemon black cropped leggings and a grey Power Y tank and I’m good to go. Afterward an oversized knit sweater or loose fitting top plus my favorite suede eternity scarf and vintage lace up boots do the trick of masking my gymwear. I don’t use much makeup, but I freshen up using facial cleanser wipes I keep in my bag, and always reapply on my signature Lady Danger lipstick from MAC. Hair is the trickiest part but when I don’t have time to shower I’ll bring dry shampoo and rub it into my roots until I get that messy-on-purpose look. A little trashy but it works in a pinch!
FTPilates: What would you say is the hippest way to move your bod right now or your favorite exercise trend?
HH: While I’ll try anything once I usually avoid fitness “trends” because I tend to favor regular, consistent exercise over fad classes that may not be offered 6 months from now. Cardio hulahooping, anyone? Ahem… That said, a few months back some friends convinced me to take a hot hatha yoga class with them and I ended up really enjoying it. I don’t know if I’d be as into a higher intensity flow class but I loved what this one did for my flexibility. I also trained as a dancer for the better part of my life so I’m a total sucker for any fitness class that incorporates hip hop, ballet, latin dance, etc. Although I caution anyone interested in pole dancing that they better start working on their upper body strength now because those poles are no joke! ME on one of those poles, however, was quite hilarious….
FTPilates: What’s your favorite song to get you moving right now?
HH: I can listen to Ritual Union by Little Dragon on repeat forever. I also still love Milkman by EMA (seeing her play in Toronto in March!) & Oblivion by Grimes.
FTPilates: You seem to have a good balance between being a young socialite in the big city, and living a clean, healthy lifestyle. If you had to say what the biggest key to balance is what would it be?
HH: For me finding a balance between health and social life came down to one very simple…but not so easy solution. Stop caving into peer pressure and DRINK LESS. This. Changed. My. Life. It may feel like a sacrifice at first but remember we aren’t talking about sobriety here, just moderation. And trust me when you cut back on drinking magical things happen. You have money to spend on experiences like art galleries, plays, concerts & roadtrips. You get creative about activities to enjoy during daylight hours like farmers markets, hiking trips, rock climbing, tea dates, matinees, stitch & bitches, reading groups & (my favorite) photography adventures to a new neighborhood/area of the city. You can still have fun when you go out just try to go to events that don’t entirely focus on drinking like comedy nights, concerts or dance parties. And of course…you can have more fun when you go out and do drink because you’re doing it on your terms.
FTPilates: You’re quite open about the pressures to be overly thin, especially in the hipster world. How do you keep your head on straight in a world filled with “emaciated American Apparel workers?”