By Emily Glynn
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Photo taken at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
For Jacqueline Howenstine, everything hinges on the right outfit.
“It’s less about what the piece is and more about how it makes you feel when you put it on,” says the Yelp advertising sales rep of her style philosophy. “It might be a top that’s six years old, but when I wear it, I feel [on top of the world]. If you feel good, you perform better.”
When she’s at the office, turning noes into yeses and skeptics into believers, Howenstine unabashedly sticks to a casual dress code, living in dark jeans, wedges and edgy tops.
“For a long time, I was a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl,” she confesses. “I still love that, but I appreciate dressing up way more now and enjoy doing so.”
When the mood hits, she pulls inspiration from Jackie O and Twiggy, fusing the nuances of two classic icons to create a look that is entirely her own.
Off the clock, you’ll find the newly certified yoga instructor slaying sun salutations and practicing Sanskrit in sleek, curve-hugging athlesuire.
“I am a yogi, but not one that thinks yoga clothes are appropriate for every occasion!” Howenstine laughs. “Although I do love my Lululemon. The Align pant is a game changer.”
Walk us through your beauty routine. I wear sunscreen every day! Our skin – and our health – is not something we can switch up like an outfit, so I try to take care of it. I moisturize [my entire body] with coconut oil every night to keep my skin smooth and supple. Favorite way to break a sweat? Yoga is my preferred physical activity. It has been great physically in terms of building strength and flexibility, but has also taught me mindfulness, patience and just meditative ways to let go of the small stuff. I collect … SHOES. I have a whole closet in a spare bedroom dedicated to shoes. MiuMiu ballet flats, the ever-comfortable Prada loafers, and, of course, I love my man Jimmy Choo – I wore a Swarovski Crystal nude pump for my wedding last year.
By Emily Glynn
Photo by James Patrick
When he’s not captivating audiences for the digital agency PUBLICpr, Samuel Harwit can be found cultivating his own following through The Frenchy Toast, a blog he created after noticing a general lack of male fashion and lifestyle influencers.
“It starts with thinking about who you’re targeting and determining what types of content will be most appealing,” Harwit says. This simple strategy, coupled with a background in marketing and public relations, has earned him nearly 150,000 style-hungry Instagram followers, all eager for a glimpse into his quirky world.
“Fashion is at the center of every single day,” he says. “People look to me for guidance and to inspire them to look great and feel better about themselves.”
Ironically, prior to founding The Frenchy Toast, Harwit admits to being a bit of a style copycat, rummaging through the virtual closets of his favorite influencers for personal inspiration. Since then, the blogger has come into his own, with his current look less about following trends and more about selecting designs that resonate with his simple aesthetic.
Most days, this translates to monochromatic streetwear with a modern twist. Harwit’s signature uniform – a T-shirt, high-quality denim and major statement shoes – never falls short, even without an Instagram filter.
Follow Harwit to see for yourself at @samuelanthony.
Why “The Frenchy Toast”? Frenchy comes from our two French bulldogs and the name just came to me while [my partner and I] were conceptualizing the brand. Is there any special meaning behind your body art? Every tattoo on my body has a significant meaning to me. I would be happy to walk you through them, but it would be a very lengthy response, given that I have so many. Which brands do you love? My top three brands are always Louis Vuitton, Cartier and YSL. I would love the opportunity to collaborate with all of them.