Health is the new wealth as more and more people focus on what matters most. We polled top experts in Dallas for an inside look at how they stay in top form.
For founder and CEO of SculptHouse (sculpthouse.com) Katherine Mason, fitness and fashion go hand in hand.
With fitness always being a top priority for Mason, she found a way to incorporate her love for fashion into her work as well—sourcing unique finds from around the globe. PHOTO COURTESY OF SCULPTHOUSE
Esseutesse leather fringe sneakers are some of Mason’s go-to looks to help keep her feeling stylish as she takes on the day SNEAKERS PHOTO COURTESY OF SCULPTHOUSE
Tell us a bit more about SculptHouse. What was your ultimate goal?
Creating a place that empowers our customers and our employees. At SculptHouse, our mission is to help our clients lead healthier, happier and more confident lives through fitness and fashion. We embrace individuality, personal style and turning potential into possible. We are not about comparison but rather helping our clients become the absolute best versions of themselves to move confidently through life.
Green Energy smoothie with a Hot Shot from The Juice Bar is part of this fitness guru’s everyday morning routine. A few other must-haves? “The TNS activated serum from SkinMedica (sold at Oveme) is a skincare product I can’t live without!” she shares. “Glow Recipe’s watermelon ultrafine mist is also a must-have in my purse. I mist this on my face right before putting on makeup and right when I am finished with my makeup. It is also the perfect way to keep your skin plump and moisturized during the day! This formula is packed with a juicy blend of 84% watermelon, hyaluronic acid and hibiscus AHAs to refresh skin and enhance makeup.” GREEN JUICE PHOTO BY JAN SEDIVY/UNSPLASH
The most amazing thing to happen since launching SculptHouse is…
Growing our concept to Dallas, our e-commerce growing by 230% in 2020 and receiving national recognition for our concept and athleisure assortment are a few of the highlights.
Any teasers for what’s next?
We have a lot of exciting things happening in the boutique this year. Make sure to be on the lookout for special collaborations, limited-edition capsules and lots of new lines! We are constantly working to curate the best in lifestyle and athleisure so that SculptHouse and sculpthouse.com can be a one-stop shop.
Where did your love for fitness begin?
I started playing sports as soon as I was able to. Running races and going to sporting events with my family has always been a special part of my life, so working in the fitness industry feels natural. My grandparents were very ahead of their time with fitness, and my family was very athletically focused, so I think that rubbed off on me at an early age.
What (or who) keeps you motivated each day?
My family’s future. My grandparents and parents have shown us how hard work, determination and a can-do attitude can create opportunity and experiences for your family. Traveling, living life to the fullest and constantly challenging ourselves to experience new things is so important to me, and I work hard so that we can do those things with our kids one day.
In 2021, athleisure style is all about…
Combining comfort and style. Athleisure is absolutely not going anywhere, and people want to express themselves while staying comfortable on the go. Matching activewear sets are huge and don’t just have to be for working out. Matching loungewear sets and fashion sneakers (like our cult-favorite fringe sneakers) are also all the rage and will be huge for 2021.
Having recently touched down in Dallas to spearhead Exxir Hospitality’s newly opened studio, Jungle, Lululemon ambassador JJ Pepper (@pepper.movementandstuff) is just getting started.
Pepper starts his daily routine with a solid 30 to 60 minutes of tasks and accomplishments that will feed the entire day, including breath work, movement and meditation JJ PEPPER PHOTO BY JON KING
Tribal All Day Cafe carries his go-to juice JUICE PHOTO BY ONAIRJIW/ISTOCK.COM
When did you develop a passion for what you’re doing? Though I was involved in sports throughout my early life, I did not love fitness and was no jock. It wasn’t until college when I learned that fitness was about giving back to yourself, and the gym really helped me during stressful times— so much so I switched my major from communications to kinesiology and went all in on understanding the biomechanics of movement and the psychology behind exercise and helping others find healthier perspectives on fitness in their lives.
This health guru’s must-have product on the shelf? “Garden of Life protein and meal replacement shake mix,” he says. “I’d have probably fallen apart without this magical, healthy and nutritiously dense mix.” CUPS AND SPOONS PHOTO BY SARAH GUALTIERI/UNSPLASH
Daily mantra? Live to learn and learn to live and share everything I can.
In 2021, fitness is… Balance, harmony and longevity. Breaking things down and developing skills, health and consistency from the ground up. That function and being able to truly control yourself is the most beautiful of aesthetics.
Daily routine? What I can really say has worked for me is a solid morning routine. With the nature of this beautifully chaotic world, I cannot account for the entire day and need to be able to adapt quickly and flow with different situations, so I set aside some time before everything gets going.
What’s on the horizon for you? Building Jungle and the community up as well as I possibly can. Pouring my energy and heart into this and providing stability for my clients, employees, coaches and the culture. Also, to provide myself enough stability to really be able to think even bigger in regard to business and health as well as about starting a family of my own.
For shoes, Pepper is all about Lane-Eight footwear.
As the premier skincare specialist for Patrick O’Hara Salon (patrickoharasalon.com), Louise Franklyn takes a holistic, European-based approach to skincare.
Louise Franklyn uses the Yon-Ka Paris massage candle, which offers notes of pine and a touch of citrus. PHOTO COURTESY OF PATRICK O’HARA SALON
PHOTO BY: BRAUNS/ISTOCK.COM
How did you first find your calling?
My love for skincare began at 13 when my mother took me for my first facial in Sussex. I even remember [the facialist’s] name: Isabel. I just loved the soothing power of touch and scents and knew then that was what I wanted to do and went on to study beauty in London in 1980. In those days there wasn’t much choice for products outside of Elizabeth Arden, and so normally an esthetician made her own masks and products from various ingredients including French green clay, a natural exfoliant, or azulene, an extract of chamomile to soothe the skin.
PHOTO BY: JELENA IRIKOVA/ISTOCK.COM
Daily best practices?
Awaken each day with a gentle cleansing routine: I like a foaming gel cleanser like the Yon-ka Gel Nettoyant with nourishing amino acids, which strengthens your skin. I use it in the shower alternating with my guarana scrub three times a week. The best rule is layer ‘thin to thick’—which means, after washing your face, the first product you apply is the thinnest. Once your skin is cleansed, toned or spritzed, apply your serum; next, your day moisturizer; and last, sunscreen. I keep my eye cream in my handbag and apply various times during the day and around my lips. I also spritz constantly.
Mantras you swear by?
Because skin represents our lifestyle, diet is obviously important, and our daily routines should include some form of exercise. Finding time each day to nurture yourself—even if it’s simply taking time to breathe deeply—can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and slow heartbeat. I always have probiotic-rich foods in my fridge, and there are many: kombucha, kefir, yogurt and kimchi. Probiotics have been shown to be helpful in cases of psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and acne.
What can always be found in your kitchen?
My fridge is always stocked with kombucha—a fermented tea known for its probiotic benefits.
What’s next for you?
I love what I do, and I believe it shows in my hands. I still feel, after 41 years, the joy and pride of seeing transformation and being part of the advancements in skincare and technology. I just never stop learning— beauty has come a long way since my first facial at 13!
Photography by: Tatiana Timofeeva, Sculpthouse, Onairjiw, Sarah Gualtieri, Patrick O'Hara Salon, Brauns, Jelena Irikova,