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HYPEBAE INTERVIEW: Adrianne Ho Reveals 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Her

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How much do you know about Sweat the Style‘s Adrianne Ho beyond her 2,000-plus Instagram photos? A model, an entrepreneur and now an adidas Originals ambassador, the globetrotter has always been active on social media but it isn’t often that she talks about herself. Between her travels to China and New York, she took a pause to chat with us on everything from her fitness routine and skincare regimen, to her favorite kicks and food.

Read on to learn 10 things you didn’t know about the streetwear darling, and peep the SoHo-shot editorial as well. She’s seen wearing pieces from Supreme, Noah, Alexander Wang, Acne Studios, adidas and more.

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1. Her love for food was actually what first got her into fitness:
Having a French mother and Chinese father, I was raised on rich food. So once I started modeling, I needed a serious regimen to offset all the food I love to eat. Energy in, energy out. I started seeing a personal trainer who would create workout routines that we would do not only in the gym but also all around Downtown Toronto. It was really inspiring for me to see how he could turn any setting into a fun place to work out, and how much better I felt and looked from training. At that point, I became addicted to working out and fell in love with the lifestyle. Today, I’m still motivated because there is still so much to learn and new workouts to try.

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2. She made her debut as a television host this year with her show, Sweat the City:
I’ve always believed that everyone has something to teach you. Throughout the series, I meet with experts and leaders in food, fitness and culture from NYC, LA and Toronto. I’m hoping the audience can learn and be inspired by every guest on the show and be able to apply that knowledge to their daily life.

3. For those who’re curious, this is what Adrianne’s weekly workout routine looks like:
My routine is always a little different depending on what city I’m in. When I’m home in LA, I see my personal trainer Micah McKinley about three times a week at his Phys Ed studios in Silver Lake and Echo Park. We focus on total-body circuit strength training and high-intensity interval training. On other days, I get my cardio from Barry’s Bootcamp, Aerospace, SoulCycle, tennis, hiking and running.

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4. Her new favorite travel destination isn’t where you’d expect:
One of my most memorable trips was visiting Chengdu, the capital city of the Sichuan province, China. There’s so much culture there with a rich blend of traditional and contemporary. I stayed at an incredible hotel called The Temple House, which is modern, luxurious and built into what looks like an ancient temple.
On the first morning, we trekked the countryside to a conservatory where I got to meet and sit with a giant panda. It was a very special moment. That afternoon I had my first traditional Chengdu-style hot pot that was delicious and mouth-numbing. I had posted that I was staying at The Temple House on social media, and by the time we got back there were huge crowds of people waiting for me outside. People printed photos they wanted me to sign, one person even had a copy of my baby picture. It was really sweet and humbling meeting so many fans from Chengdu, everyone there was so nice and happy. Later, I got a chance to watch the Sichuan Opera where the actors’ masks unexpectedly change throughout the show. I would highly recommend anyone interested in travel, food and culture to visit Chengdu. I can’t wait to go back.

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5. Her go-to sneakers at the moment:
It always changes but right now I’m really into what adidas is doing with its BOOST technology for performance. For something more lifestyle, its classic Gazelle OG and collaborations with Raf Simons are what I’m into lately. I’ve also been wearing some high-fashion chunky runners a lot in NYC and China. Acne Studios and Balenciaga have some really nice ones that I love. I also have my eye on the new Louis Vuitton ones.

6. Her number one tip for taking a good selfie:
Nice, even light and a bright smile.

7. No surprises here. Her favorite way to relax and unwind is, of course, over food:
I love to cook, so I’ll usually unwind in the kitchen preparing some healthy treats at home. If I’m traveling, I love sharing a delicious meal with friends and family at new restaurants. I went to abcV almost every night during fashion week. It’s amazing!

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8. So this is how she achieves flawless skin:
I keep a pretty clean diet and drink lots of water. I travel with Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Baby Soap, COOLA Sunscreen, Eminence Organic Exfoliating Peel and Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum.

9. On what’s next for her after landing her deal with adidas:
There are a lot of big things happening that I can’t announce just quite yet. I’ve been fortunate to work in so many avenues from fashion to fitness and the rest of the year will take things to another level. You can follow me on social media to see what I’m up to on the daily.

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10. It’s no secret that Adrianne loves xiao long bao and pho. If she could only have either for the rest of her life, she’d choose:
XLB from Din Tai Fung all the way!

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Adrianne Ho Summer Feature With H&M

cq5dam-2.web.1920.1280You know those healthy-lifestyle-Instagrammers who only make you feel bad? The ones who make you secretly wish they would choke on their chia pudding? Model and fitness fashion entrepreneur Adrianne Ho is not one of them. She actually manages to promote an active lifestyle in a way that only makes you feel inspired. Inspired to sweat, inspired to eat yummy food, inspired to wear all the coolest streetwear styles.
JUNB1-16-GIF-Adrienne-HoFounder of sweatthestyle.com, a website and brand dedicated to ”natural beauty and positive health,” Adrianne Ho is now expanding her brand into television – she is currently filming season one of Sweat the City, where she interviews leaders in the food/fitness/fashion community. We asked Adrianne to join our cast of smart, inspiring girls and model our favourite swimwear for summer.cq5dam-1.web.1920.1280

What does being fit mean to you?
Being fit is when you find that balance when you eat food that you love, which tastes good and is the best quality possible so that you nurture yourself – and when you find an activity that you love. Being fit is about living a life that you enjoy. Your goal should be to have fun, feel active or get better at something instead of working out just to lose five pounds – because that is the worst feeling in the world.

Was it hard to stay body positive when you started modeling?
It was, in the beginning, for sure. In the industry they really measure the inches around your waist, your hips… it is a lot about genetics. So it’s difficult. But lately I find that with social media, with Sweat The Style, I can put out images of myself that represent who I am, more than just the measurements on my comp card.

Social media is such a great opportunity for people to get their voice out there. Ten years ago you had to jump through all these hoops that the industry created. Now you can create your own brand, make your personality shine through.cq5dam-3.web.1920.1280When do you feel the most beautiful?
After a workout. I am sweating, the endorphins are kicking in, and I am really proud of accomplishing what I wanted for the past hour.

What do you love most about your body?
What’s cool is how much your body is capable of. You don’t realize how far you can push yourself, and then you’re like – ‘wow, I can really do all these things!’ Or how your body can heal really fast, build muscle or just adapt to whatever you put it through.

How do you want to feel when you put your swimsuit on?
I just want to feel confident. Having to try on bathing suits is always a little bit nerve-racking. The best feeling is when you don’t even think about being in a bathing suit, you’re just in the moment, having fun.

What’s your favorite summer memory?
I grew up in Toronto, and it’s usually so cold. So when summer comes, everyone goes out, celebrating. I remember just being so happy that I could finally wear shorts. So just that – riding my bike around the city in Toronto.

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Rose Petals Rosewater Spray

AdrianneHo_Supreme_Levis_ForalDenimJacket-5 Imagine your skin feeling refreshed, dewey, and radiant within a few seconds…
SweatTheStyle_HeritageStore_RoseWaterRose Petals Rosewater Spray does this and much more! Aside from being able to experience the amazing floral scent of real roses anytime, Rosewater is truly versatile. Use as a perfume, body splash, all natural toner, or add to your hair rinse or bath water.

You can also combine with therapeutic oils to make your own unique complexion formula. Rosewater helps maintain the skin’s pH balance and controls excess oil that can sometimes be caused by different climate changes. A few sprays throughout your day is guaranteed to help you look and feel calm naturally while reducing skin inflammation and refreshing your make up.

Rosewater can also be very beneficial when it comes to traveling. It helps hydrate, revitalize and moisturize the skin giving it that refreshed look as flights can often cause your skin to become dehydrated. Throw this spray in your gym bag or beach bag to ensure your skin stays happy everyday this summer!

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City Rose

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T-shirt: Alexander Wang
Shorts: Tommy Hilfiger
Sneakers: Supreme x NikeLab

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Emily Oberg And The City

SweatTheStyle_EmilyOberg_9They say everyone should live in New York City once. The birthplace of the most culturally important movements of our generation, the amount of creators that have walked, painted, skated, pounded and run its streets is both daunting and impressive. But the island can be a crowded lonely place. New York City is a test for most… Not easily passed. Magnetic, electric, alluring, and merciless. What was once a creative’s playground is ever-evolving and changing with the times. The OGs reminisce about the old New York. The new generation wonder what they missed. Hence the cycle that is culture and inevitably life. But nostalgia is for yesterday. The youth will always rise up and find a way to break through.

With the explosion of the digital age, the Internet and social media being the most prevalent tool in youth culture history, we took a stroll through the city streets with one of New York City’s newest personalities, Emily Oberg to get a taste of the new New York as well as sweat some style.

SweatTheStyle_EmilyOberg_47Emily Oberg represents the new generation of Sweat The Style girls that think and live just a little different than New York newbies of the past. More into lunar soles than stiletto heels and rising early for a sweat than chasing the night away. Getting a green juice at Summers, plant shopping at Sprout Home, and checking out some furniture at Two Jakes; the Canadian spoke with us about how she stays healthy and active in one of the busiest cities in the world. While overcoming new challenges of being new to the new New York and what it takes to shine in the brightest city in the world.

SweatTheStyle_EmilyOberg_23Where were you born?
Calgary.

Where did you live before you moved to New York City?
Vancouver for about 2 years.

Why did you move to New York City?
I got a job offer and I always wanted to live here, so it worked out perfectly.

Once you arrived was it what you imagined it to be?
No it wasn’t, I was actually quite lonely and sad when I first got here. I guess because I had just left everything I know. New York was so unfamiliar in a lot of ways, but I had dreamt of it forever so I was also overjoyed to be here. People were not as nice as I imagined them to be, and the city was huge. It was overwhelming but I enjoyed it all and I never second guessed coming here.

Was it difficult to get acclimated?
It took me some time to find my way around, even still I get lost sometimes! New York is huge, and I’m often alone so I can’t rely on someone else to know where I’m going. People in Canada are so nice and it’s so the opposite here, which is why I’ve reinforced the idea of “Being Nice is Cool” so much. I never want to lose that niceness about myself. The lifestyle is also very different, always on the go and always something to do or be done. But I try to lay low and I enjoy staying home, I should really explore more though!

What are the differences in the mystique and the reality of living in New York City day to day?
People probably think it’s glamorous and you’re always going somewhere fancy but it’s not like that, not my life at least. It’s a lot of working and a lot of commuting. It’s also really hard to meet people, unless you can offer someone something they really don’t care to have anything to do with you.

As a young creative professional do you think being in New York City is as important as it once was now that the Internet and social media have become so dominant?
I don’t think so because it’s so easy to be connected because of technology. But, it can only go so far. There are some things you just need to be in New York for. It depends on what job you want really, everything will always be in New York and it will always be the centre of the world and the centre of fashion/music/art. There are other places to explore but you must come here at some point during your life. If you want to get into any of those worlds. Make your connections, establish yourself here, and then move on.

Do you feel a sense of support as a young creative in the New York City community?
My very close friends support me and I get a ton of support from people online who don’t even know me. But the majority of everyone else doesn’t really support each other. People are so selfish and insecure that they aren’t happy for each other’s success. They don’t understand that the world is so big there is room for everyone. Because they are so small and narrow minded, they are so self-involved and they think the world revolves around them and no one else can have a piece. Competition is healthy but we all need to support each other. It’s sad and it sucks, but people like that will only go so far. So you have to make peace with that and only deal with the people who are truly down for you.

In the past so many cultural and counter-cultural movements started or blossomed in New York City from hip-hop to street art. Do you feel that is still the case or has the Internet changed the importance of geographical location?
I feel like New York is no longer the centre for that, and that other parts of the world are becoming much more interesting. Maybe it’s because I live here… but I just think that New York has gotten so big it’s pushed all of the super talented people out and they’ve found a home somewhere else. Europe is really having a moment, so is LA. New York has become so overexposed that the real, interesting art isn’t here anymore.SweatTheStyle_EmilyOberg_30

Do you find it hard to maintain a healthy active lifestyle in one of the busiest cities in the world?
At first it was hard, but I’ve learned how to. Things are so convenient in New York. A healthy meal is so easy to find, and you’re constantly walking so you’re getting some form of excercise everyday. Also, there are gyms everywhere and great places to run, so living here makes it fun to be active.

Tell us about your daily regime?
I get up at about 6:45 and leave my house by 7 to make a 7:30 morning class. I take different classes to mix it up, but they all focus on cardio, strength endurance and toning. After that, I’ll go to the steam room and shower and get ready, I love getting ready at Equinox it’s so luxe haha. Then, I’ll go to our cafeteria at work and get egg whites with toast or sweet potatoes and a side of peanut butter for some protein. I’ll get to work around 9:30 and check the internet for any music or style news, I’ll see if a new album or tape dropped and then I’ll listen to that all day. I’ll write my first story and tape it, do a second and then I’ll get lunch with friends. Chopt is usually the place I go to everyday. I’ll come back and work on another story and shoot it, then I’m done with News videos. If I have time, I’ll work on other projects and then I’ll go to the gym again, I usually do a cycling class in the evening because mornings focus on muscle training. I’ll go home and make a salad and then go to bed.

What are some of your favorite spots to maintain a healthy lifestyle in New York City?
Equinox and Soul Cycle 4-5 days a week twice a day. I love Juice Generation. I also love Chopt for the salads and Sweet Green! Easy, quick and healthy meals that you never get sick of eating.

What kind of music do you sweat to?
I like rap or house music. Sometimes R&B but it has to be really up tempo.

What are your favorite places to dine when you have a bit more time?
Cafe Mogador, it’s so simple and healthy, I take everyone from out of town there. I also love Samurai Mama for udon and sushi. Mr Chow is great luxe Chinese food. And I also love Diner for their burger.

What are your favorite places to shop?
I don’t shop much. I have a few of the same pieces of things that I love and I just rotate those. But I do love Maryam Nasir Zadeh, Creatures of Comfort, Aritzia, Modells for basics, Stella Dallas for vintage Levis, and Dover Street Market of course!

How would you describe your personal style?
Sporty & Rich! A mix between athletic wear and luxury. I love minimalism, and I love solid colors. Phoebe Philo (Celine’s creative director) is my biggest style muse, she nails it every time. Lady-like with a nice pair of trousers or a dress shirt, while also keeping it young with sneakers or a high pony tail.SweatTheStyle_EmilyOberg_33

Has New York City affected the way you dress?
Definitely, I am much more laid back. My style has also become more athletic than it was because you need to be comfortable here or your day is just ruined. You walk around so much, the weather changes constantly, so being comfy is a must. I also work so much that I’m not able to take a lot of time to get dressed, so having a solid uniform makes getting dressed easier.

What are your favorite things to do on your days off?
I love to just stay home and stay in bed all day long. I work, but I do it leisurely and I take breaks in between. I’ll listen to music really loudly all day long, and the light is so nice in my room that I don’t even want to go outside. I start my day by going to get a juice or something healthy to eat, and then I’ll get some work done, I always have a lot of side projects going, so weekends are for that. Since it’s gotten warmer, I have been riding on my friend’s motorcycle which is one of my favorite things to do! I’ll go for dinner with friends to somewhere in my neighborhood and I’ll go home and go to bed early when everyone else goes out, I really don’t enjoy being out and I never have a fear of missing out so, I just don’t ever go!SweatTheStyle_EmilyOberg_20

What’s your advice for young girls moving to New York City for school or work that aspire to follow in your footsteps?
I would say just figure out what you’re good at and what you have a talent for, and go hard with that. Also, since social media is so important and a big part of how I got to where I am, try to develop a presence on it. Be selective and careful of how you choose to showcase yourself but also be expressive and show people what your aesthetic and taste is. They’ll gravitate toward you because of it.SweatTheStyle_EmilyOberg_8

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Any tips or tricks you’ve learned to incorporate being healthy and active into your busy lifestyle?
Going to the gym early, because sometimes your days are so busy and you get exhausted or something comes up and you might not be able to go later on. So to get it over with is the best thing to do. Also, eating small meals throughout the day and snacking so you don’t over indulge when you do have time to have a meal. I would also say doing a juice cleanse every few months just to reset your system and get some vitamins into your body quickly. Plus they make your skin look amazing almost instantly. I would also say that it helps to prioritize your health before anything else. It’s hard, but it needs to come before your work and before your social life. That takes practice, but once you have it down, it just becomes habit and a part of who you are.

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