Movement Monday With These 2 Fit Boss Babes, Part 2

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You wrap your hair in a pony, lace up your favorite tennies, and eat a banana (or two). You step outside, put your earbuds in, and play your favorite song. As you begin your run, you notice the way your body moves and touches the Earth; a rhythmic melody of muscles and bones as they fly through the air and meet the ground. During this moment, you allow yourself to train, to grow and learn. And even though you may stumble or fall, and feel utterly exhausted halfway through, you find the strength to pick yourself up and sweat through the fear and keep on moving.

For the second and final installment of Peony Boss Babes, we connected with two fitness queens who know a thing or two when it comes to finding their personal strength. Scroll below to hear their stories and how they define their own fitness journey.


When you meet someone like Emma Lovewell, you can’t help but be drawn by her energy. This newly-planted west coast fitness instructor has been helping women through their own journeys by training and teaching classes across the country. While she has a super top secret project happening soon (seriously, it’s so good), we’re already super stoked about the fitness platform she has already created.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Gym hair – Top knot or braid:

Top knot

Describe your fitness journey in three words:

Live, learn, Lovewell 🙂

Workout playlist:  

Jay-Z – f*ckwithmeyouknowIgotit

Jax Jones – House Work ft. Mike Dunn, MNEK

Pull Up The People – ALESIA x M.I.A

Wellness goals for 2017:

Integrate meditation into my everyday [routine]. Drink more water, eat less sugar.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

How do you define “personal strength”?

Personal strength can mean many things. Strength is physical, it is mental, it is emotional. It can be shared, it can grow, it can dissolve. When I hear the term “personal strength,” I first think of our own mental and emotional strength. Being able to handle all the ups and downs that life throws at us. It’s when we want to give up, but we find that determination [from within] that keeps us going mentally and physically.

As a Boss Babe, you probably have a lot of cool things going on. Tell us about your current projects!

I recently relocated to the West Coast so for me it is [about] continuing to build my fitness platform not just on the East Coast, but also out west! I have a cool opportunity coming up to bring my classes and personal training to a major tech company in Silicon Valley. I am also traveling a lot, teaching fitness classes all over the country.

With social media and blogs being the main platform to help share your journey, what message do you hope to get across to your followers through your story?

Live your life with love! I encourage traveling, adventure, taking risks, and let yourself be a student, always. We need to stay curious and treat ourselves with kindness. Whatever kind of journey you are on there will be some bumps in the road. Some minor, some major and life changing. So we need to build our strength and our communities from a loving and supportive place. This journey shouldn’t be a lonely one. Live, learn, Lovewell.

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Peony was created for the woman with a spirited lifestyle. How do you make sure to maintain an inspired fitness routine while keeping a busy social calendar?

As long as my social calendar is full of active things, then it becomes a lot easier to keep my fitness routine. So, [a lot] of my meetings or friend dates involve being active! Hiking, yoga classes, bike rides that lead to coffee/brunch dates. Obviously, not every meeting or social activity is physical, but it’s about balance. If I know I have a week coming up that doesn’t seem to be [filled] up with physical activities, I find holes in my schedule to fit in a workout or class. And it’s funny that the busier I am the more likely I’ll be able to fit in a workout. It’s when my schedule is empty that it’s the hardest to motivate to get to the gym.

Any tips on how to effortlessly transition your style from work to workout or workout to night out?

I [almost always] dress casually. So that is pretty easy for me. It’s all about having comfortable, versatile, and cute sneakers I can work out, walk around in, and then wear with a nice pair of jeans for a night out.

What advice would you give to other women who are looking to begin their own fitness journey?

Find and create your fitness community. We aren’t meant to go at this life all alone, so find your friends who are like-minded and who support you. Let your fitness journey also be your social journey. It’s more effective, and it’s WAY more fun.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Emma is wearing Secret Garden Print LeggingsEvil Eye Print LeggingsContrast Stitch Active TopEvil Eye Print Sports Bra.


Jocelyn Steiber is a chic and sweaty Boss Babe… in the best way possible. Through her blog and Instagram account, she helps inspire and motivate women to live their best lives. As a former ballet dancer, she incorporates dance in her fitness routines all while managing her own social media company, Jost Media, producing documentaries and TV shows for Stick Figure Productions, and posting a few dance photos. Honestly, not a bad life to you ask us. 

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Gym hair: Top knot or braid:

Braids. I have short pieces of hair in the front that drive me crazy when I work out.

Describe your fitness journey in three words:

Playfulness. Diversity. Yoga/Dance (sorry 4!)

Workout playlist (3 songs):

The beat in most hip-hop songs really helps motivate and get me moving. Kendrick Lamar and Fetty Wap are at the top of my playlist at the moment.

Wellness goals for 2017:

My goal for 2017 is to repair any lingering injuries from the past. I have a few issues with my hips from dancing that I’m working on with a trainer at NYSC. I’ve come to realize how important it is to take [the] time to re-learn proper form — especially if you work out every day. Doing movements, even slightly wrong, can cause damage, especially over time. I’m also always working on sticking my elusive Yoga handstand — that is happening one day! I would also love to go on a yoga retreat to somewhere exotic – it’s great how much the wellness space is expanding into travel.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

How do you define “personal strength”?

To me, personal strength is confidence. I believe that stems from finding what you love, what you are passionate about and doing it every day. It’s exhilarating that I get to share my discoveries and passions in the health/wellness world every single day. It certainly doesn’t feel like work.

As a Boss Babe, you probably have a lot of cool things going on. Tell us about your current projects!

I have ongoing partnerships with New York Sports Club and Barre 3. I shot a Dove commercial that’s running now — I love their all-women campaigns. I’m working with Stick Figure Studios on their documentary DANCER about the controversial ballet phenom, Sergei Polunin, and in discussions with Lineage Interactive to represent some of the bigger influencers in the athleisure/wellness space to help them develop and expand their business and have more engagement with brands.

With social media and blogs being the main platform to help share your journey, what message do you hope to get across to your followers through your story?

It’s almost indescribable how much my self-image and state of well-being has been elevated through exercise and proper nutrition [in] the last few years. I hope I am demonstrating that taking care of yourself physically is a crucial step to emotional and spiritual well-being. But that is not to say that my life is about restriction, it’s about enjoyment. I eat and drink what I want (although my choices are more often than not on the healthy side) and if I ever really don’t feel like exercising, I don’t.

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Peony was created for the woman with a spirited lifestyle. How do you make sure to maintain an inspired fitness routine while keeping a busy social calendar? Any tips on how to effortlessly transition your style from work to workout or workout to night out?

I usually work out early in the morning. I feel better starting my day after a good sweat and stretch. High boots are my work to workout life savior right now. Leggings under them (especially liquid ones) look chic and put together and I can go straight from my workout to meetings (with the help of dry shampoo and wipes of course!) I also swear by my Vegan Leather baseball hat — this

is perfect to transition my messy yoga hair to work meetings or breakfast with a friend.

What advice would you give to other women who are looking to begin their own fitness journey?

Put your sneakers on and just get out there. With the proliferation of boutique fitness options these days, it’s easier than ever to try a variety of workouts. Find something that maybe doesn’t feel like “work” and rather makes you smile the whole time (you should see me at Hot yoga classes or Barre3 — I’m smiling the whole time!)

Photo cred: Vanessa Granda

Jocelyn is wearing Knit Print Leggings and Knit Print Sports Bra.


This post was in collaboration with Peony 

Written by Raven Ishak

Photography via Vanessa Granda

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