Mind, Body & Style
Lauren McBride dishes on wellness, athlesuire and everything in between.
By Emily Glynn
Photo by James Patrick
Stop by the Kaleidoscope Juice bar at The Madison Improvement Club any day of the week and you’ll likely stumble upon a Luon®-clad Lauren McBride, Skype-conferencing with her online clients and drafting nutrition plans that would make Gwyneth Paltrow proud.
Since earning her certification as a holistic wellness practitioner in 2010, the lifelong fitness enthusiast and model/actress has made some impressive headway. Aside from launching an online business as a nutritionist and fitness and life coach, McBride has authored several e-books, welcomed a precious baby boy and strengthened her modeling portfolio, all while maintaining an effortless sense of style.
“Because I play so many roles, I have to keep my wardrobe versatile,” she says. More often than not, she’ll opt for a pair of black leggings, which transition well from auditions to heated yoga classes.
When life calls for something a little swankier, McBride simply follows her intuition. “When I wear something that doesn’t match my mood, I feel off all day,” she says. “As long as you’re wearing something that makes you feel like you, then you’ve got on the perfect outfit!”
You’ll never catch me wearing… a handbag that could pay my mortgage. I spend my money at Whole Foods before [indulging] in designer brands! A beautiful handbag can be a powerful statement piece, but it’s just not me. Which summer trend are you looking forward to? Bikinis! I live in them in the summer. I’m so excited for the new super strappy, geometric, cut out styles that are in right now. What’s in your gym bag? Hair ties, Not Vodka water bottle, ear buds, hand towel, Blum Naturals cucumber face towelettes, Origin’s ginger essence natural perfume, Drop Dead Gorgeous dry shampoo for brunettes, Tarte Amazonian clay BB tinted moisturizer, Sky Organics eucalyptus mint lip balm, hair brush, curling iron, an extra pair of socks and an outfit to change into.
By Emily Glynn
Photo by James Patrick
Since founding Urban Farm (www.urbanfarm.org) in 2001, Greg Peterson has been getting down and dirty, transforming the global food system and inspiring people to embrace their inner greenness through community events, online courses and in-person lectures.
“I have a choice every day … to make a difference in the world,” he says. “I’m very passionate about being an urban farmer [and] building new things that create a positive change.”
It’s an ambitious yet invaluable mission, one that demands perseverance, faith and a closet full of Levi’s in a rainbow of different washes.
Though he spends several hours each day on the Urban Farm – planting, cleaning and primping – Peterson’s work as an entrepreneur and educator does require him to clean up from time to time.
“I wouldn’t be caught away from home in my ratty farm clothes,” he laughs, referring to his collection of well-worn T-shirts and battered shorts. “My go-to for a speaking event is a pair of slim cut [Levi] 501s. [Add] a nicely pressed Alfani dress shirt and I’m all set.”
What is your most prized possession? Two things: My relationship with my sweetheart, Heidi, and my mission and vision in life. If you’re looking for something tangible, I’m pretty attached to my home, the Urban Farm, and my 1985 Toyota pickup. You’ll never catch me wearing … Plaid – I’m game for pretty much everything else! What would I be surprised to find in your closet? A pair of ASICS running shoes. I’m a Legacy Runner for the P.F. Chang’s [Rock ‘n’ Roll] Half Marathon. What advice would you give to someone who’s just getting the hang of his or her green thumb? Gardening in the desert is a great big grand experiment. In 42 years of growing, I have killed more plants than most – not on purpose, of course. Each [day] is a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes, but most of all, learn.