Category Archives: 5 Questions

5 Questions: Jeannette of ShuttheKaleUp

11353024_1578526512413022_1633012863_nAt some point in January Instagram made the best following suggestion ever when it brought me to a user named shutthekaleup. There were only a few snaps to look through at that point, but still, I knew I had found someone special. A yoga instructor on the west coast and health enthusiast, I was instantly drawn to Jeannette’s humor, honesty, and frankly, her taste in food (i.e. Pressed + Justin’s). In such a short matter of time, Jeannette has built something very special and it’s immensely excited to see what she’ll do next!

1. How did you come up with #shutthekaleup? It’s so clever! I wanted to come up with something catchy. It honestly took me a good week to finally land on something I really liked. One night I was on the couch and yelled, “shutthekaleup!” and immediately knew that was it.

2. One of the many unique things about what you do is that you’re not a blogger, you’re entire online following is based on Instagram. Is this something you set out to do, or was it an evolution? And HUGE congrats on hitting the 10k mark (in under 6 months!)—what was that like? Thank you so much! I didn’t think much of it to be honest. I just wanted to show people that balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle. I never expected to get any following let alone reach 10k in such a short amount of time. I’m just grateful for my followers and everyone that has helped me along the way. A blog/website is something that I’m working on at the moment. Stay tuned!

 3. You’re honest and unapologetic about your food/eating habits—how did you develop such a healthy relationship? About a year and a half ago, I had an eating disorder. I used to starve then binge, starve then binge. I was on every diet/juice cleanse you can think of but I’d always go back to unhealthy eating habits. I never knew what balance meant. After being laid off from a job of 7 years, it was like all bandages were off. I got into teacher training for yoga sculpt and didn’t look back. Fast forward to today – I have found balance and confidence in myself, something I never thought was possible. 11137764_1543495062578463_1044945391_n

4. When you’re not teaching, spending time with family, or just generally kicking ass, what do you enjoy doing? I enjoy hiking and traveling ANYWHERE. Seeing the world is something I’m very passionate about.. Especially if there’s good food involved.

 5.  What’s one thing that your followers might be surprised to find out about you? All I want after a long day, isn’t the gym.. it isn’t to go hiking or eat dinner at True Food Kitchen (one of my favorite restaurants in this whole world). A perfect night to me is as follows :

1. Yoga Pants ✔️

2. Snacks (ALL the snacks) ✔️

3. Netflix ✔️



5 Questions: Jeanine of LOVE & LEMONS

I’m absolutely thrilled to reintroduce one of my very favorite features, 5 QUESTIONS. As a naturally inquisitive person, this series is definitely indulgent. To kick us off, I’ve interviewed my absolute favorite online personality and food blogger, Jeanine of LOVE & LEMONS.You’d be hard pressed to find a site as well-designed, well-written, and purely enjoyable as this. Each time I visit the site to see a new recipe, I end up scrolling through archives and drooling to no end. Limitless inspiration abounds from this site, and I’ve made numerous recipes myself! There’s just a certain ease to LOVE & LEMONS, where you feel like you’re cooking and enjoying with a close friend. It’s gotten to the point where my mom says, “Right, the one with our kitchen!” because it’s always open on my computer…Having followed Jeanine and Jack for something like three years now, this is truly an honor. Enjoy!


1. Originating from Chicago, what was your perfect snow day like? And what weather allows you to play hooky in Texas?Ha, well I remember there had to be at least 3 feet of snow on the ground in order for the schools to close. Whenever I’d wake up to blankets of snow out the window, I’d run downstairs (fingers crossed!), that our school district would be listed across the morning news. When it was, my sister and I would jump up and down, call our neighbor friends and put our snow pants on. We’d spend all day making snow angles and building forts. Later we’d head in for hot chocolate, leaving a puddle of boots and wet scarves buy the door. In Texas – my favorite thing is when we get a really warm day in, say, January. We head to a Mexican restaurant for margaritas on the patio. I’ll sit in the sun and usually check the weather app on my phone to see just how cold it is in Chicago!

2. I’m visiting Austin (only in my dreams), what are three things I shouldn’t miss? 

This is a tough one to narrow down – there are a lot of great restaurants but I always take visiting friends to Taco Deli and La Condessa. On a nice day, go for a hike around the Town Lake Trail, or if it’s too hot for that -  head to Barton Springs.

3. Your recipes are amazing! How do you constantly find inspiration to create something so delicious?

Aw, you’re so sweet. I’m inspired by what’s seasonal and pretty. I usually load up on veggies at the farmers market and figure out what to make later based on whatever other ingredients I have around my kitchen.

4. Where is your dream vacation spot? 

Definitely Italy.

5. What is your favorite pastime?  Playing around in my kitchen, of course :)

5 questions: carly, the college prepster.

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having been an avid reader of the college prepster for some time, as well as a fan of her style and smarts, it was a real pleasure for me to interview carly, the girl behind all of the splendor. amidst the excitement and chaos of jetting off to scotland shortly, carly answered a few of my silly questions. enjoy!

how would you describe your perfect snow day?

getting to stay in bed extra late with a cup of coffee and a book and then a movie marathon on netflix. (seamless delivery, not optional).

if you could live in any movie, which would it be and why?

grease–poodle skirts and spontaneous singing? i’m in!

what’s at the top of your stack of unread books? what have you read lately and loved?

an abundance of katherines, the invisible bridge, the art of fielding, and reconstructing amelia are all on my to-read list! just finished catcher in the rye and loved it!

you recently wrote a very heartfelt post about teddy, your toy poodle. what is the most endearing thing about him? 

his personality–he’s funny and cuddly, but also super playful!

what is your quintessential new york city moment?

zipping between meetings in cabs or on the subway always feel so “new york.” there’s always traffic or something slowing me down and i constantly feel the adrenaline from rushing to and from and making it to the meeting in the nick of time!

image courtesy of the college prepster 

5 Questions: Nikki of Adriana Trigiani Tours

One of the highlights of the summer was my internship for Adriana Trigiani Tours, as Nikki and Gina were so responsive to any ideas I had and created a constructive work environment. Once I have my semester in full order I hope to continue the work I was doing for them, but for the time being, let me introduce you to Nikki!

 If you were the third sister on Charmed, what would your supernatural ability be?

I never watched Charmed! But assuming I could have any special ability it would be useful to be able to influence the mood of a room/group of people.

 What area have you yet to travel to but can’t wait to visit?

South America- particularly Argentina.

 How would you describe a perfect NYC day?

Wandering around the Village, stopping for lunch in a restaurant with a back garden, and ending with some window-shopping in SoHo.
 What is your favorite movie theater snack?

Lemon heads.

 Do you have any fall traditions, and if so, what are they? 

 Switching out the summer clothes for my fall clothes in my closet (a seasonal ritual!).