Jet Set Chic: Have Faith Swimgerie designer Jennifer Stano

JENNIFER STANO

When it comes to designing glamorous poolside attire for the jet-set clique, model Jennifer Stano has definitely done her homework. When she isn’t taking jaunts to her homes in London, Switzerland and the Greek Isles, Stano returns to Beverly Hills, where she founded Have Faith Swimwear with her husband Alki David in 2010. Before making the move into design, Jennifer began her career as a fitness model and it was her keen eye for what enhances a woman’s best assets that inspired her to create the luxe leisurewear line. “I wanted to create a product that makes a woman look and feel like a goddess no matter the time or place.”

Q: Why did you choose to name your swimwear line ‘Have Faith’? How did the line come about? The line started from my background in fitness. I always trained to be competitive and never let myself get down if I didn’t win. The Have Faith line is about making any woman feel good about herself. She has to have faith in her beauty and feel confident.

Q: You have homes in Beverly Hills, London, Switzerland, and the Greek Isles. Do you find a lot of your design inspiration during your travels? I am greatly influenced by the diverse cultures of the world, and especially the glamorous life and style of poolside elegance. I believe every woman should be a chameleon, fitting in wherever she goes, whether stylish in St. Tropez, bohemian chic in Greece, or the life of the party in Las Vegas.

Q: What are some of your favorite pieces from the summer 2011 collection? I love the all over lace bikinis in coral and blue- the brighter the color, the more tanned your skin will look.

Q: Your popular blog features daily ‘mirror pics’ capturing your outfits – how would you describe your style? Do you work with a stylist? I love the store Intermix. I have a sales girl who knows just what I like, every time I walk in. I like to be youthful, yet classy and chic. My style is very young and fresh.

Q: Prior to designing, you were a professional fitness model – what are your top training and nutrition tips? Is fitness still one of your passions? While training, I do a lot of squats, lunges, and a ton of leg lifts and crunches for abs. I eat really clean, which means no sodium and no sugar. No whites! If I could stay in one place long enough, I would compete professionally again.

Have Faith Swimgerie designer Jennifer Stano

Q: What advice do you have for looking hot in a bikini? Oil for sure. I use a spritzer bottle to mist myself when it gets really hot. A simple pair of gold hoops always make a great style statement as well.

Q: What are your beauty must-haves? An eyelash curler, my Mac gel eyeliner and my Smashbox liner brush, and a good bronzer – I like Smashbox and Bobbi Brown.

Q: Your husband is a very successful businessman – what was his best piece of advice for starting your own business? And what’s the best and worst part about being an entrepreneur? His advice is ‘always do what you love doing and you will succeed.’ This was my passion. I’m designing things that I love and would actually wear. In regards to entrepreneurship, it’s a lot more blood, sweat and tears than I thought it would be… but the feeling of accomplishment is unparalleled.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working? I love to go to the beach when it’s warm and enjoy the scenery. Shopping is always an addiction I can’t fight. My weekends are meant for relaxation time and taking a breather from the work week. I enjoy working out and always make time every day to put in a couple hours for a work out.

Q: Will the Have Faith Swimgerie line be expanding? Are you working on any other upcoming projects? Yes! The Have Faith Swimgerie line will definitely be expanding. We have plans for a men’s line and an active wear line. We have just launched our bridal package for the new women’s collection. It includes a veil, a ‘booty veil’ that attaches to any bikini, and a garter belt.

The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino

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You have gorgeous skin – what is your typical daily skincare routine like? I tend to my skincare regimen twice a day. I believe in a 5-step skincare system: cleanse, exfoliate with the Clarisonic handheld, tone and moisturize, and of course, eye cream is a must. I feel that it’s equally important to hydrate and get enough sleep daily in order for your skin to look its healthiest. I know my skin shows when I’m not getting at least six hours of sleep each night.

What are some of your absolute favorite products we’d find in your makeup bag? I am a lip gloss girl! I always have a lip gloss on! My other must haves are a bronzer and a good powder! I’m a fan MAC, Chanel and NARS cosmetics.

“I also think the only true way to have a toned body is working out regularly. My exercise routine consists of a combination of spin, barre classes, yoga, and strength-training with light weights”

What are your secrets to keeping your hair looking so glossy and healthy? Do you wear extensions (if so, any advice you’ve learned from stylists on how to wear them best?) I have great natural hair; however, to get the length I want, I wear Great Lengths extensions. I believe that to protect your natural hair, you should wear the best extensions, as well as take really good care of them. I also believe in finding a hair stylist that understands your hair. I have been going to Angelic from Lucabella Salon in Anaheim, Ca for eight years now. She has taught me the importance of using good hair care products, a good shine product, and  a dose of a daily vitamin.  The Number #1 tip I must share — and it took me SO long to learn — is you cannot wash your hair daily. Your hair needs the natural oils to keep it healthy, especially, when you’re styling it as frequently as I am.

What’s your favorite way to stay in shape? Do you have any diet tips you stick to that work for you? I am a firm believer in doing everything in moderation; plus, a good old-fashioned workout! I do not deprive myself of treats, yet I will not splurge every day! I want to enjoy my life, which is something my husband helped me learn, and if I want a creme brulee, I will have it. However, I will be disciplined enough to eat healthy the next meal to balance it out! I also think the only true way to have a toned body is working out regularly.  Maybe, not every day, but a person should be healthy and active throughout the week!  My exercise routine consists of a combination of spin, barre classes, yoga, and strength-training with light weights throughout the week.

How would you describe your personal everyday style? Do you have any favorite pieces or accessories you can wear over and over? My everyday style honestly depends on what I’m doing! For comfort, I’m a sucker for a maxi dress, which you can find at www.everythingalexis.com.  I’m also a girl who loves her skinny jeans with a blazer! I have two pair of ‘go-to’ jeans – that is, my skinny AND flare leg Paige jeans.  My favorite purchase this year is my green silk Burberry trench coat.  I’ve been photographed in it too many times. I’ve worn it so much!

What are your tips for feeling confident and beautiful on the red carpet? Do you have any styling tips?  I truly believe I feel the most confident when I’m getting the right amount of sleep and eating healthy. It’s easy to get lazy with meals, or to stay up too late on a daily basis, but your body needs good nourishment and good rest to survive! My best red carpet tips are a spray tan two days before, glossy lips and a confident smile!

What’s your favorite way to shop – retail, online or personal stylist? Anytime I’m getting glammed up for the red carpet or other press, I have a personal stylist, to help me with selections. However my favorite way to shop is retail therapy. It’s good for the soul! When I’m in a store, I must try on each garment.  When shopping online, it’s too frustrating when that package arrives in the mail and you’re so excited to wear the new dress that day; but it doesn’t fit properly!

What inspired you to start your own line? What is your favorite part of the design process? I have always loved fashion. For many years I had been spending a lot of time and money at my tailor’s shop, altering and enhancing my garments, whether it was adding this, shortening that, moving this etc. Once I became a part of RHOC, I had a platform, and I decided to make my dream of starting a fashion line a reality.

Do you have plans to expand your line in the future? Yes, Alexis by Tal Sheyn is already in boutiques throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, and we have a Showroom in LA.  We are international as well.  Alexis Couture will be in boutiques by this summer 2012!  You can check out my Alexis by Tal Sheyn at http://alexisbytalsheyn.com/

Which star or model do you think has great style? Who would you love to see wearing your own designs! Oh, I can think of a thousand women in Hollywood with great style … from Angelina Jolie to Gywneth Paltrow to Halle Berry to Jennifer Lopez. But as a designer and tastemaker, I want to dress the everyday woman to look and feel her very best. If I can become a household name in the closets of “real housewives” across the country, that would be alright with me!

You got a lot of buzz after fans saw you have your nose corrected on the show – what advice do you have for women who have been thinking seriously about plastic surgery but are a little nervous or fearful about going under the knife? My advice is if you are a confident, mentally sound individual OF AGE, then you should do what makes you happy. If enhancing or changing something about yourself will boost your confidence a little more, then why not? However, I will tell you this: I was very fearful going into my sinus/rhino surgery, and rightly so. Surgery is a serious decision. Recovery isn’t easy, and complications can arise; so it’s important to consider all the pros and cons, and feel confident about the doctor who’s performing the surgery.

Ashley Tisdale’s trainer spills her bikini body diet & workout routine

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YOU WORK WITH CELEBRITY CLIENTS WHO OFTEN NEED TO GET IN SHAPE, FAST, FOR AN EVENT OR ROLE. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING TO QUICKLY DROP SOME WEIGHT? If you need to drop weight fast, the first thing you need to do is look at what you are eating. People tend to consume extra calories throughout the day and not even know it. That latte from your favorite coffee house has 180 calories and that little ranch dressing you just added to your salad is another 150. Cutting out liquid calories will accelerate your weight loss. Another emphasis should be placed on eating a green and leafy vegetable during every meal, even breakfast. Some examples include: broccoli, collard greens, kale, and spinach. These veggies are low in calories, low in fat, and high in dietary fiber which make them ideal for weight loss. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals to maximize the efficiency of your metabolism.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES YOU SEE GIRLS MAKING DURING THEIR WORKOUTS? The most common mistake I see girls make is that they don’t lift weights! It’s the same women on the cardio equipment, day in and day out, whose body does not change. Don’t be afraid to get out there and use a little extra resistance. Women have this notion that weights will make them bulky, but that is totally a myth. You can use weights to tone and tighten, streamlining and sculpting your body the way you want. By adding 2 lbs of muscle, your body can burn up to 100 extra calories a day! That’s 700 calories a week! That’s over 36,000 calories a year!  Keep the weight low and do more repetitions to tone up.

HOW DO I SLIM DOWN WITHOUT GETTING TOO MUCH MUSCLE DEFINITION? Find a good balance between cardio training and weight training. If you go to the gym 4 days per week, spend 2 days weight training and 2 days doing only cardio. The weight training will make your muscles strong while the cardio will prevent any unwanted weight gain.

TAKE US THROUGH A TYPICAL WORKOUT YOU DO WITH ONE OF YOUR FEMALE CELEBRITY CLIENTS? I want to burn as many calories as possible during our sessions and work on those troubling areas for girls (thighs, butt, arms, & abs).  The key is to get as much of the body moving as possible during every exercise. Take an exercise like a squat. You incorporate all of the large muscles in the lower body (quads, hamstrings, and glutes), but adding an overhead shoulder press after you complete each squat will bring the upper body into play. Now you have hit all of those problem areas and burned more calories to sculpt your body quicker. Isolation exercises, or exercises for one muscle group should be done toward the end of your workout.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR GETTING A FLATTER, TIGHTER STOMACH? You cannot reduce fat around just one part of your body. Get every muscle moving. The more calories you burn the slimmer in the waist you will get. To strengthen up the entire core, exercises like planks and side planks will effectively work those abs, but also the lower back and those saddle bag areas.

WHAT IS THE BEST FAT-BURNING CARDIO A GIRL CAN DO? Definitely interval training cardio! This will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. Interval training involves alternating between higher and lower intensities of exercise to raise your heart rate and provide enough rest to push a little further.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING FOR LEANER, SLIMMER LEGS? Multi directional lunges are the key: Lunge forward, out on diagonals, sideways, and backward to effectively work the entire upper thigh.  You do not need to hold any weights while doing these exercises.  Gravity will provide all of the resistance you need.

How Pilates & sushi get model Hope Dworaczyk photo shoot ready

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This savvy fashionista was a runway model & television host before bursting on the international scene as a Playboy cover girl. The striking Texan beauty just finished a stint on Celebrity Apprentice and is now making a name for herself behind the camera, writing and producing the makeover show, ‘Hope & A Smile’.

Q: What are your must-have beauty products? Illamasqua Lipstick in Obey, Osis “Dust It” for giving major volume at roots and YSL “Touche Eclat” to minimize dark circles and highlight my cheekbones and brow bones.

Q: What are your top hair care tips? Because I have naturally curly hair, my stylist tells me to let it air dry and avoid heat when I’m not working. I don’t color my hair so my damage comes from heat.

Q: How did you make the transition from modeling to hosting? Were you nervous about being on-camera, or did it feel natural to you? When I started hosting Inside Fashion I was still walking runways and would pull double duty by also interviewing the designers. I loved being on camera but learning to be good at it took time. I was very nervous when I started. I didn’t want to forget to ask someone like Diane Von Furstenberg an important question.

Q: How did becoming a Playmate in 2009 come about? Were you approached, or did you attend a casting? Holly Madison asked if I’d like to fly to L.A. and do a test shoot for Playboy. I flew out and then found out I was going to be on the cover with Seth Rogen.

Q: With all the editing that goes on for reality TV, were you apprehensive about being on Celebrity Apprentice? Were you happy with how you were portrayed? I’m not sure about other shows but we were all ourselves. I was the youngest one and I think I handled it with brains and class.

Q: You’ve said that you never wanted a ‘9-5’ job. Is your career as glamorous as it seems or is it a lot more work than you thought? I would never complain because I wake up every day and feel lucky that this is the life I get to live but it’s definitely not always easy. The traveling and being away from your family and loved ones is a huge sacrifice for me.

Q: After Playboy and other revealing shoots, you must be very comfortable in your own skin – or do you still get insecure sometimes when stripping off? I am comfortable in my own skin but actually very shy about my body. On a day to day basis, I tend to cover up and not want to be looked at. I always throw on a blazer and I hardly ever show cleavage if I’m not working or headed to an event.

Q: What beauty prep do you do before a shoot that other women could apply before hitting the pool in a bikini? You always look better tanned. Since the sun is so bad for skin I LOVE L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze Spray. It’s easy, you can do it yourself, and it never looks orange. Also, invest in Laser Hair Removal, especially for the bikini area.

Q: What makes you feel glamorous? Really big hair à la Sophia Loren and a smoky eye.

Q: In the lead up to a big photo shoot, what is your workout and diet regime like? I eat very clean most of the time – low carb & lots of sushi and greens. If I really need to lose fast before I shoot I’ll eat as much sweet potato as I want but nothing else for the days leading up to the shoot. I’ve worked out for ten years now and when I started doing SPX Pilates I saw my first real results. It was amazing.