Hannah Bronfman Curated

co-founder of Beautified

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  • What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?

    You will face so many obstacles – you just need to know who to ask for help. You won’t know everything, and you’re not expected to. Continue networking and don’t ever hesitate to ask questions. You’re not in this alone. CEO’s are only as successful because of their teams, right?

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  • You never leave home without…

    My Lucas Pawpaw Ointment for dry skin. I’ve been battling a cold lately and my skin is so dry. From my face to my hands, this stuff is magic.

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  • From runways to the locker room — what’s in your gym bag?

    My bag always includes my hairbrush, post-workout face wipes (no matter how much I wash my face, these things always make me feel 100%), a pair of Under Armour underwear – seriously try a pair – and lipstick. I love when I have a post-workout glow, and a quick swipe of lipstick makes me feel glam.

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  • What’s your Beautified vice? What treatment can you not go without?

    A massage! I have such a hectic schedule, I’m always running around and I never know when I’ll have a free hour, but when I do, I’ll book a massage. It’s my indulgence that I cannot live without.

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  • We hear your beauty routine starts with food. What do you eat to keep your skin glowing?

    I start my day with a homemade “shot” made with fresh lemon and lime, fresh aloe juice (scraped from an aloe leaf), ginger, garlic, salt, olive oil and water. The lemon and lime are good for your liver, the aloe aids in digestion, ginger and garlic support your immune system, olive oil benefits your gut and salt can cure adrenal fatigue. I’ve finally nailed down the ratio of ingredients so my boyfriend and I each get a perfect serving without wasting anything!

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  • Your instagram not only inspires us to get moving, but it also makes us hungry. What’s your favorite pre and post workout food?

    If I workout in the morning, I usually do so on an empty stomach. If it’s later in the in the day, I’ll make a protein shake at least two hours before I hit the gym. My favorite shake is frozen kale or spinach, protein powder, almond milk and almond butter. Post workout, I usually have two hard-boiled eggs, half of an avocado and some kimchi. I’m all about the kimchi lately – it’s low in calories, helps boost metabolism and contains digestion-boosting probiotics. If I workout at night, I’ll always have a protein shake afterwards and drink that as I prepare a big salad. I’ve been making this Mexican salad kick – pulled chicken, mushrooms, peppers and spicy avocado dressing. I’ll probably be making it after tonight’s Flywheel class!

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  • Who is your dream music collaborator?

    There are so many amazing producers out there. I would love to do a live performance with Banks or collaborate with DJ Cassidy.

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  • Aside from the Flywheel X Beautified event, what has been the coolest DJ performance of your career so far?

    I had the opportunity to DJ at the Balmain Paris Fashion Week event held at the Hôtel Le Marois a few weeks ago. It was the coolest thing I have ever done! And, just last week, I DJ’d at The Pink Agenda’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness gala at the IAC building in NYC. It was an amazing event that included a silent auction. I was anxious because one of the prizes was a workout session with me. I wasn’t sure if someone would bid on it, but they did at the very end! It was a beautiful night and I was happy to support a good cause while doing what I love.

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  • What’s on your fitness bucket list?

    I love adventures and new challenges. I REALLY want to try free-base rock climbing and this looks scary and exciting all at the same time. I would also love to try a crazy group obstacle course race, like a Tough Mudder!

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  • Favorite place to travel?

    Anywhere I haven’t been.

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  • Do you have any recipes in your book that you make the most?

    That’s really hard! My braised chicken with apricots and olives or the one with lemon. That braised chicken is just one of my favorite go-to recipes, and I make it with different flavor profiles. The sweet potato fries are also one of my favorite things to make, especially when I’m in the mood to snack on something. For beauty, I love my hydration mask, and I’m obsessed with all the bath concoctions in my book. Those are things I truly love to indulge in. I know it’s hard (not everyone has a bathtub!), but that’s a savior for me, especially in a busy week.

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  • What is the best wellness advice you’ve ever received?

    To tune into my body. I feel like we’ve all been in a situation where our body is telling us something about our health. When you listen to your body, you can start to understand what it’s signaling to you. We live in a society where it’s easy to mask anything. We always want a quick fix but these things take time and discipline if you really want to create change. If I get a pimple, I ask myself where it’s coming from. Is it hormonal? Is it something I’m eating? I think about that stuff a lot. If I’m really tired after I eat something, I don’t just assume my adrenals are fatigued. I consider if it’s something I ate or an outside factor. For someone [like me] who’s really interested in living in a way that enables me to optimize my body and my mind, it’s important to have these tuned-in moments.

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  • What’s your personal favorite routine?

    I love my hydration routine. It helps keep me on track, especially now during such dry, cold weather. In the morning, I’ll usually have a tall glass of water, around 17 ounces, and then I’ll drink throughout the day. I always make sure to drink 45 minutes to an hour before and after I eat [but not in between]. It’s important that I have that separation between eating and drinking because it allows me to understand when I’m thirsty and when I’m hungry. It’s helped me so much with my digestion, elimination, and making sure I’m not feeling bloated.

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  • What was working on your book like and how was it different from other creative projects you’ve worked on?

    The process of writing this book was really different for me. I worked with a co-writer who was amazing and it was very much like a therapy session. We met for 4.5 hours every Wednesday for a year. Then we went through the editing phase and did photo shoots once we had a stronger idea of what the layout would be. It took me back to my school years a bit. When I was studying fine arts in school, my thesis was an installation. I started without fully knowing how the themes and elements would come together to make one cohesive story but I got there over time – the book felt similar to that.

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  • What does a day in the life look like for you lately?

    Lately is the keyword. There’s a lot going on! Every day is different but today I woke up, went to a breakfast for a new beauty product and talked to the founders there for a bit. I do a lot of investing so I love meeting with founders of new startups. After that, I went to my publisher’s office and signed copies of my new book before hopping on calls. Then I’m filming an episode of HB Fit TV with a female WOC founder who I know will facilitate some great discussion. After that, I’ll head to my office for a couple hours before going to a workout event this evening. I’m hoping to get home by 8:30.

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  • When did you realize you’d find a career in the wellness world?

    At first, I was just posting to showcase my healthier lifestyle. I didn’t really understand that I’d be able to make it a career until I started to see a lot of positive interactions on Instagram when I first started posting about it. It just became a very sticking conversation that I was having with both friends and people I didn’t know. I realized that there was room for more discussions and more investigating on this topic. That’s when I started HBFIT, a lifestyle website I made for millennial women looking to discover everything there is to know in the health, beauty, and fitness worlds. Seven years ago the wellness conversation was just starting and nobody was really having it on Instagram. Now it’s amazing to see what the world of wellness has turned into in that time. I’m so grateful I was on the front end of it, and that I’ve been able to make it my career path.

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  • How did you become passionate about wellness?

    Well I was living a pretty unconventional and unsustainable lifestyle – I was deejaying nightclubs for almost three years and felt very burnt out because I wasn’t treating my body correctly. Because of this, I decided to do a full lifestyle overhaul and switch things up. Now, I’m still a DJ, but I moved into a more corporate environment, which allows me to focus on my health more. That, coupled with my grandmother’s death after a lifetime of suffering from anorexia, really opened my eyes to the significance of wanting to live as the happiest and healthiest version of myself.

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  • Besides Beautified, what are your favorite apps?

    VSCO cam, Uber and Evernote.

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  • You’re well known for your inspiring #HBFit Instagram photos. Which is your all-time favorite?

    Thank you! My favorite so far was the one of me doing a headstand on the surfboard. I really didn’t think I could do it so when I finally got the shot I was super excited! Make sure to tag me in your workout posts and visit my new website HBfit.com

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  • It’s no secret that you’re the gal everyone wants to DJ their party. What are your 3 favorite songs that aren’t already on every playlist?

    1. “21 Questions (SNBRN Remix)” by 50 Cent ft. Nate Dogg 2. “ATM JAM (Kaytranada Edit)” by Azealia Banks ft. Pharrell 3. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Mother Earth

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  • What are the three biggest lessons you have learned from Beautified in your first year?

    1. Nothing meaningful happens overnight. 2. The grass is green where you water it. 3. Sometimes, saying no is more important than saying yes.

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  • Any advice for someone just starting out on their fitness journey?

    It’s really important to not be intimidated. Every day is gonna feel different. Some days are gonna feel challenging, some days are gonna feel awesome and it’s totally normal to have all of the feels. There’s no better day to start than today.

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  • Why do you like to mix up your workouts?

    It’s really easy to get distracted when you are used to a routine, so switching it up all the time keeps me sharp. It has a better effect on my body because it’s in a constant state of muscle confusion. It’s constantly being worked in different ways, not the same way over and over.

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  • What is your favorite way to work out?

    To mix it up. A great week is if I’m doing something different almost every single day. Monday is Pilates, Tuesday is boxing, maybe Wednesday is cycling, Thursday’s a dance class and Friday’s maybe working out in the gym.

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  • How has fitness changed for you throughout your life?

    I grew up as a ballerina. I danced for almost 15 years and then went into team sports. After college, I had to figure out how to incorporate fitness into my own everyday adult lifestyle. So, I love fitness classes. The group atmosphere is inspiring and helps me keep going.

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  • How does fitness play a role in this happy, healthy version of yourself?

    The sweat that I get from working out allows me so much mental clarity. It helps me feel strong, independent and in tune. I’d like to think I work out every day, but in reality, I don’t. I do fit it in whenever I can and it makes me feel great.

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  • How did you go from DJing to the fitness industry?

    I was DJing straight out of college and it became taxing. Being up all night and sleeping during the day made me lose touch from what made me happy, which was living a healthy lifestyle. I realized that my lifestyle wasn’t sustainable and I needed to make a change. I stopped DJing nightlife and moved into corporate DJing. It was better hours, better pay and ultimately let me regain my quality of life. That’s when I decided that I was going to live my happiest and healthiest version of myself.

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