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IMBY Inspo: Kara Ladd

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Kara Ladd
Partnerships Editor at Hearst Digital Media
Founder, Boundless Fashion
New York, NY

RIGHT NOW: WHERE ARE YOU, WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON, AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU’RE WEARING?

I’m currently sitting in the Hearst Tower art gallery finishing up some last minute touch-ups on a gallery for Redbook. I’m wearing a new, tartan, knee-length pencil skirt from Roseanna — it’s second-hand from The Real Real!

SUM UP YOUR STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE.

Basic silhouettes featuring loud prints and ostentatious hues paired with bold accessories.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?

Traveling to new places and talking to people about their lifestyle. It’s the best way to learn!

HOW DO YOU LIVE ‘MINDFULLY?’

It all comes back to being consciously present as much as possible and thinking about how your actions can impact the greater good. I try to live life “slowly” (even though I live in NYC), meaning that I focus on staying consistently engaged and curious, buy quality products to lead a sustainable lifestyle, and take the time for introspection in whatever form that may be (meditation, journaling, exercising etc.)

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP?

Wash my face with Honest Beauty’s foaming cleanser. It helps wake me up!

WHAT DOES YOUR MORNING ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?

1. Wash my face first thing
2. Make my bed
3. Drink a cup of warm lemon water (lately with ginger and apple cider vinegar because I have a pesky cold)
4. Meditate for about 2-5 min to set my intentions for the day
5. Stretch or workout if I have time — I try to think about a little gratitude list here.
6. Beautify (clothes, hair, makeup)
7. Make bulletproof coffee with collagen and turmeric — I’m obsessed
8. Brush my teeth — If I didn’t stretch or workout, I think about what I’m grateful for here
9. Attack a few emails and Instagram if I’m on time!
10. Out the door listening to a podcast

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO WORKOUT?

Yoga or pilates

WHAT’S THE ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING YOU WEAR THE MOST?

Lately, it’s been a basic white tee because I’ve been wearing a lot of statement skirts. I love Amour Vert’s or Groceries Apparel.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR LIFE (AND CLOSET!) A LEAN, MEAN, CLUTTER-FREE MACHINE? 

I have a square leather ottoman that has secret storage!

YOU’RE A BUSY BABE. HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK, HEALTH, AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS?

I really don’t believe in the word “balance” because my energy levels and passions consistently shift. Balance is something I am always striving for. Talking to my boyfriend and friends really helps gauge how I’m doing because sometimes I forget to check in with myself. When in doubt, I always create more “white space” in my calendar for self-care.

WHAT PODCASTS OR BLOGS DO YOU KEEP UP WITH?

I change all the time! I love The Balanced Blonde’s Soul on Fire, Katie Daleabout’s Let It Out, Sophia Amoruso’s Girl Boss Radio, That’s So Retrograde, Jess Lively’s The Lively Show… the list goes on.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?

Emma Watson just kills it at life. I love her.

FAVORITE SPOTS FOR A HEALTHY MEAL?

Dimes, Domo Domo, The Butchers Daughter

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

When I was an intern at Cosmo an executive editor told me to wear blinders while you work — AKA keep your head down, work your tail off until *you* are fulfilled, and don’t compare yourself to others. I think this is applicable to all parts of life.

WHITE HOT LIGHTNING ROUND– GO!

HEELS OR FLATS? Usually heels but I just had my tibial nerve removed so flats it is!

BUSINESS OR CASUAL? Casual

EARLY MORNINGS OR LATE NIGHTS? Early mornings are the BEST

NEW YORK OR LA? NY

COFFEE, TEA, OR MATCHA? Hello, I’m Kara and I’m a coffeeholic.

COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE: LIVING INTENTIONALLY MEANS… loving yourself and your life.

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