August 28 2014

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Hannah Bronfman’s Beach Body Secrets and Top “Gym Selfie” Tips



When I spotted Hannah Bronfman in Lisa Marie Fernandez’s Resort ’15 lookbook, I went straight to the source to get to the bottom of her enviable bod. In addition to the DJ and girl-about-town’s workout and nutrition tips, I also discovered that Bronfman is launching a fitness addition to Beautified (an app that helps you book same-day beauty services) next week, which will allow users to snap up last-minute spots at studios such as Flywheel, Physique 57, and Barry’s Bootcamp. It should come as no surprise, seeing as she’s the reigning queen of the gym selfie and counts Broadway Bodies‘ Beyoncé workout among her favorite ways to break a sweat—even acting as a guest instructor for the intense, hip-hop cardio class. But booty shaking aside, here’s how Bronfman stays in swimsuit-ready shape.

I’ve heard a lot about the Beyoncé workout, and I’ve noticed on Instagram that you’re one of its toned, twerking followers.

Yes. It’s so fun. It’s amazing. And that’s not my workout by any means, it’s just one thing that’s really fun and you get to sweat and use body parts you don’t usually use at the gym. My whole thing is all about muscle confusion. I think it’s really important to work out different muscle groups all the time. My body gets used to certain workouts pretty quickly, so I try to really mix it up. I love boxing and Pilates. I also love to throw in things that I don’t always do all the time, like a class at SLT, Barry’s Bootcamp, or this new studio that just opened up called The Movement—they have this really cool resistance yoga class. I’m very much into exploring and looking at classes and trying to find places that offer [atypical] things. Bari is really great. They’re in Tribeca and they do trampoline and resistance [training]. They’re all about plyometrics, which is the idea of explosive movement. Body by Simone is great, too.

Sounds like you’re really all over the place.

Yeah, I really am all over the place. The most exciting part of my week is being able to map out what class I’m going to take on what day. If I could work out five days a week, that would be ideal, and doing something different every day is my ultimate [goal].

It’s pretty impressive that you hit the gym five days a week.

I try. It’s hard because I have to be at the office at 9, and not every gym offers ideal times. So half the time I’m just going to Equinox and getting on the treadmill or something boring. I work out either every morning or every afternoon, but five days a week.

So, how hard is the Beyoncé class? I would think rhythm would be a prerequisite.

It’s really not that hard. I do come from a dance background, but there are a lot of girls in the class who don’t and are so coordinated. You have to have a little bit of rhythm, but the instructor takes it slow—he’s not just throwing you in there. He shows you the steps. We do [each sequence] multiple times before moving onto the next count of eight. And I’ve actually had the pleasure now of teaching one of the classes.


No way! Sign me up…and put me in the back.

Yeah, I think I’m going to try and do it again. In which case, I’m definitely going to be telling some of my industry friends, because they’re the ones who are like, “You gotta take me to a class!”

It sounds like you could fill in as a backup dancer for Beyoncé’s On the Run tour.

Oh, my God, I would die. I’m begging my 13-year-old sister—she got tickets to the concert. I’m literally bribing her to take me. She’s like, “You’re so not cool.”

Whatever you’re having, I want to eat it, too, because your body looks pretty amazing in that Resort lookbook. Do you have a favorite summer snack?

I’m obsessed with Quest Bars. They’re incredible. They’re the one bar that I’ve really found on the market that has so much protein and barely any sugar, and I think that they’re so delicious. Their Cookie Dough one is insane.

Are you into juicing or cleanses?

I actually am not a cleanse or juicing kind of girl. I find that juicing leaves me pretty bloated, and there’s a lot of sugar [in juice], so I’m actually obsessed with smoothies. Smoothies keep all the fiber, and I find them to be more filling. When I was first wrapping my head around smoothies, I actually bought a book by a trainer named Harley Pasternak called The Body Reset, and I really think it works. I wasn’t doing it to lose weight; I was kind of doing it to aid digestion. And it was amazing. When I’m sick of my green smoothie that I’ve been making for months on end, I’ll just go and open the book—he’s got really good seasonal recipes.


What is your favorite smoothie for summer?

[Pasternak] does this peach-ginger [smoothie]. I think another really good one is a cucumber-mint-chlorophyll, which is really refreshing.

Do you make these recipes at home?

Yeah, I’m addicted to my Vitamix.

Since you seem to have mastered the concept, what is the key to taking a good workout selfie?

The key is to get in a position that you think is impressive, and then snap a good angle. I like to sit on the exercise ball on my knees so my core is super-engaged and I snap a pic in the mirror. I’ve seen plenty of treadmill selfies, too!

About how many tries does it take to get the perfect shot?

I can usually get the shot in three snaps, but it never hurts to hit the burst button on the iPhone and pick the best one.


Who is the person who takes your videos and photos for your Instagram account?

Brendan Fallis, my partner in workout crime, takes my videos and photos. I do the same for him—his videos are a bit more impressive than mine! My little sister Bettina is becoming quite the iPhone photographer as well.

What is the key to a good booty shot? You have quite a few flattering ones on your account!

It’s about light and angles, but you just need to feel confident and have fun with it! Instagram is full of inspiration for photos.

Why did you decide to expand into fitness with Beautified and how is your approach different from other apps out there?

Expanding into fitness is a natural progression for Beautified. Working out and staying fit is [obviously] a big passion of mine. My partners, Annie [Evans] and Peter [Hananel], and I feel strongly that beauty and wellness go hand in hand. We’ve partnered with the best fitness studios in the city, including Barry’s Bootcamp, Body by Simone, Flywheel, Bari, and Physique 57, to name a few. We approached fitness the same way we have beauty: to provide the easiest way for our users to find and book last-minute classes while on the go. We are very selective with our partners and do our homework to ensure that only the top studios are on Beautified.

Yes, I can tell you haven’t been cheating on your homework…or skipping P.E.


Photos: Courtesy of Lisa Marie Fernandez; Instagram

Beauty 411: Jessica Gillin


jessicaBesides being a much-loved and -lauded hair phenom herself, Marie Robinson has, since opening her sprawling flagship salon in Manhattan’s Flatiron District a few years ago, also proven to be quite adept at spotting talent. And stylist Jessica Gillin is the best evidence of that. The gifted hair pro has bided plenty of time backstage alongside Orlando Pita and Danilo; contributed to Vogue, W, and Town & Country editorials; and tended to the crops of Michelle Williams, Vera Farmiga, Mary-Louise Parker, and fashion inner-circlers like Tory Burch, Jennifer Fisher (“She has the coolest jewelry in the world!” says Gillin), and Dani Stahl, whose hair I myself always had ample chance to admire while sitting a few desks away when we were on staff together at Nylon. Here, one of Robinson’s star players shares some of her own beautifying (and beyond) hot spots.

“I have been doing a combination of Barry’s Bootcamp, Flybarre, and Pilates classes lately. Barry’s is great for a hard-core workout. It’s high intensity, and I shoot for doing it three times a week. It makes me feel really strong and also improves my pace for longer runs outdoors. I think Flybarre is the hardest barre class in the city. I leave there literally shaking. The instructors are great at correcting your form, and all the little pulses really tone your body. I love my Pilates instructor, Karen Lord, most of all! I stand for at least ten hours a day and lug my kit up and down the subway stairs. My job is really physical and it takes a toll on my body. Karen kills my core, but also realigns my back and releases tension in my shoulders. She’s super-intuitive and amazing at healing injuries. She is opening a huge new studio in Tribeca this month and I’m so excited for her.

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“I love Le Labo’s Santal 33. It’s pretty masculine, but I don’t care. I like to combine that with a custom scent I had made by Julia Zangrilli. Her studio, Nova, is based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She creates one-of-a-kind fragrances and offers perfumery classes. The whole experience is so awesome. After your initial visit, Julia sends you all these little trials that you test on your skin. You have to try them out because they smell differently on everyone. It has something to do with pheromones. I think she sent me seven different testers before she was happy with it.”

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THE HAIR TEAM: Angela Haight and Allison Woodruff at Marie Robinson Salon
“I have worked with Marie for nine years, but when she opened her own salon and had a baby, I couldn’t ask her to stay late and do my color any longer. I have had everyone at Marie’s salon do my color—I’m lucky, as we truly have the strongest color department of any salon I’ve ever worked in. Angela has been doing it lately. She is so talented. She recently took me super-blond and I have zero breakage. Allison cuts my hair. She is a good friend of mine and gives the coolest cuts.”


THE BROW TAMERS: Landy Dean or Joette Balsamo
“I have really light eyebrows, so I color them darker. It’s so crazy when I do it because my eyebrows are so light that you don’t really notice them. Post dye job it’s like, “There they are!” Then Landy or Joette tweeze all the little hairs you couldn’t see before. I wish I had naturally dark, thick eyebrows, but Landy and Joette both totally fake it for me.”


“I don’t really get facials—I’m really low maintenance in that department—but I’m strict with my skincare regime. I use Radical Skincare exfoliating pads at night; they make my skin really bright. I also use its eye cream. I wash my face with Tracie Martyn’s cleanser and use her moisturizer. I take my makeup off with coconut oil. I use that and oil of oregano for everything. Oil of oregano is a natural antibiotic. I take it in capsules when I feel like I’m getting sick, and I use it topically, mixed with coconut oil, for sore muscles. If I get a breakout, I use Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, and it works overnight.”

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“In Williamsburg my go-to is Bird. I get anxious in big department stores and prefer shopping in a smaller, well-edited environment. Bird has everything I’m looking for. I also love scarves from this company called Upstate. They hand-dye raw silk in this Japanese tradition called shibori. They’re so beautiful!”

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“I’m a vegetarian, and my boyfriend is a really picky eater. Everything at Mogador tastes amazing, and it offers items we both can enjoy. It’s a really beautiful restaurant, too. The back is totally enclosed in glass so you feel like you’re outside—makes for a great mood booster in the winter.”


THE DATE NIGHT: Nitehawk Cinema
“My boyfriend and I both work long hours, so I used to hate wasting a date on a movie. Nitehawk changed that for me. It’s the only way I go to the movies now. You sit in these little theaters where there’s a table between the seats with a tiny light. You write down drink and food orders, and the waiters pick them up throughout the film. It’s genius.”


“I learned a lot of makeup tricks from working with Berta Camal. She introduced me to Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation, and I am obsessed with it. I mix it with moisturizer and it’s so sheer that it keeps my skin looking fresh. I also use Guerlain bronzer in Blonde because it’s not too dark or shimmery. For lipstick I like Rebel or Lady Danger by MAC. I also love RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer and “Un” Coverup. Rose-Marie’s products are 100 percent organic, so you could sleep in them if you wanted. I put the Luminizer anywhere I want to draw light to—cheekbones, inner corners of the eyes, etc.; it’s so subtle but it really brightens up your face. And the “Un” Coverup is great when you don’t want to wear makeup but need a little coverage.”

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THE NAIL SPOT: Tenoverten
“I like this place when I want a relaxing manicure and pedicure. They do a super-meticulous job, and it’s so clean.”


THE HAIR REGIMEN: Oribe and L’Oréal Paris Elnett
“I color my hair really blond, so it tends to get a bit dry. Oribe shampoo and conditioner for moisture and control keep it soft and strong. The Supershine Moisture Cream keeps it from looking frizzy and the Dry Texturizing Spray is my favorite thing in the world. It creates volume in your roots and prevents your hair from getting greasy. Elnett will always be my favorite hair spray. You can spray many coats of this on your hair and still brush though it. It is the finest mist in the world, and it never goes on wet or gets sticky.”

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THE GETAWAY: Deer Isle, Maine
“My family has been going to Deer Isle since I was a child. It’s this little island off the coast of northern Maine about a ten-hour drive from New York, but you can fly to Bangor in half an hour. I go a few times a year. My grandmother has a cabin there on the water. I’ve done a lot of traveling, but I still think Maine is the most beautiful and peaceful spot in the world. It’s the only place where I feel completely relaxed.”