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Center of Attraction

Lawrence Elizabeth Knox and Sarah Rufca Nielsen | May 1, 2018 | Feature Features National

These four Houstonians are at the top of their health, beauty and fitness careers. Here, they share a few tricks they learned in the trade, as well as a few of their secret weapons for staying fierce, fit and fabulous.

Claire Siegel

Houston native Claire Siegel has long been an advocate for healthy living, delicious recipes, fitness tips and more on her blog, The Petite Professional, which she founded after a semester abroad in Spain. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, the 5-foot-3 dietitian returned home to work at healthy food chain Snap Kitchen, spearheading menu development and recipe analysis. Her nutritional philosophy extends well beyond her occupation, however: The 26-year-old is also a certified Whole 30 coach whose eating habits are almost solely paleo. “I really do believe that health and confidence are things that you can create,” she says. “For so many of us, we think of health as this drudgery, but it doesn’t need to be that. It can be something that fills you with joy, and makes you feel nourished, whole and confident.”

1 “I put this in my coffee and smoothies every morning, and have noticed a serious difference in the growth and quality of my hair and nails.” Collagen Peptides, $43,

2 “I stumbled upon this perfume in a little boutique during a solo trip to Portland, Ore. I’m obsessed with its sort of androgynous, musky, vanilla scent.” White Musk, $35,

3 “This bag looks polished and professional, but it holds up to everyday wear and doesn’t stain. It has a pocket for everything, so I can find anything quickly.” Signature Collection Classic Tote, $245, by Dagne Dover at Nordstrom, in the Galleria

4 “This is my everyday power lip. I love the subtle color of Glossier’s Generation G lipsticks, and the [silkiness] makes me feel extrafabulous.” Generation G lipstick, $18

Dan Strange

As a member of the Coast Guard, Dan Strange is no stranger to fitness. He does yoga, CrossFit and, now, he’s into what’s quickly becoming the nation’s latest workout craze—indoor rowing. This summer, he and his wife, Marcia, will debut the first Houston location of Alabama-based rowing studio Crew Fitness (715 W. 22nd St.), in the Heights, offering 45-minute high-energy classes with state-of-the-art Concept2 indoor rowers. “Intervals on the rower mixed with strength training is my favorite way to sweat,” Strange says. To keep his body healthy and in top physical shape, Strange, who grew up in New Braunfels, Texas, also maintains a well-rounded approach to rest and recovery—replenishing nutrients with supplements, refueling his muscles with natural foods, counting macros using MyFitnessPal and, of course, savoring the occasional cheat day—aka brunch.

1 “At Crew, we use Concept2 rowers to get a full-body, low-impact workout.” D Indoor Rower, $900

2 “I use the hydrate and recovery supplements to help after tough workouts.” Vega Sport Recovery, $40

3 “I like Harry’s razors paired with Kiehl’s shave cream and after-shave lotion. The cream lathers well and keeps me from getting razor burn.” The Truman razor, $9

4 “This watch does it all. It has a GPS that is great for runs, heart rate to track your workouts, and a variety of smartwatch capabilities like texting and news alerts.” FÄ“nix 5 Watch, $550, garmin.‌com

5 “These [shoes] are great for elevating my casual style.” GrandPro Spectator Sneaker, $170, Cole Haan, Highland Village

Jentry Kelley

Jentry Kelley took her first makeup class at 14 years old as part of the Page Parkes modeling school program, and just like that, she found her calling. After years working at the Clinique counter at Neiman Marcus, a job that put her through college, Kelley eventually struck out on her own as a makeup artist. In 2011, she launched her eponymous brand, starting with lipstick and lip gloss, and in the years since has grown it into a full skincare and cosmetics line with an impressive $4 million in sales. Last fall, she opened a flagship retail location in Boulevard Oaks, complete with her own billboard—face and all—overlooking Highway 59. “We’re stopping traffic because we’re so cute,” Kelley jokes. What’s next for the makeup mogul? She’s just started writing her second book, about life behind the makeup counter. “The things that I have seen... you would not believe.”

1 “I really like this scent: It’s very musky and kind of unisex with sandalwood and bergamot.” Oud Wood eau de parfum, $230, by Tom Ford at Sephora

2 “This treatment helps with redness and melasma. I’ve been doing it for the past five years, and my skin looks 10 times better and I look 10 years younger—all my dark spots faded.” IPL Laser Skin Treatment, $199, clearstonespa.‌com

3 “People always ask me about anti-aging skincare products, but I’ve tried them all and don’t believe any of that hoopla. If you want results, go get Dysport—it’s like Botox but it gives you more movability and looks more natural.” Dysport, from $1,320,

4 “This is the product I can’t live without. It has a luminous look but no pearlescence or shimmer. It’s our No. 1 best-seller because every single person who sits in my chair buys it.” Brow Lift-Light, $34, by Jentry Kelley at Jentry Kelley Cosmetics

Jonathon Larson

Katy-raised Jonathon Larson never planned to be an entrepreneur. After graduating from Texas State University, he was working as a personal trainer and health coach for his brother, Ryan, in Austin. In attempting to optimize his and his brother’s diets, Larson found himself spending far too much time searching for dietary supplements made from clean, whole foods, instead of whey—a dairy-based no-no for those who follow paleo or Whole 30 diets—but the options were stuffed with emulsifiers and artificial sweeteners. “At the time, there was nothing available,” Larson says, so in 2012, he came home to H-Town and launched Oriya Organics. Now, the product line has been picked up by Whole Foods, and Larson’s going full-steam ahead with his misison to help clean-eating athletes—and normal folks too!—spend less time deciphering labels and more time achieving results.

1 ”I do a lot of cardio, and Brooks is the running shoe brand I have been using for years.” The Glycerin 15, $150, by Brooks at Fleet Feet, Rice Village

2 “This is a company out of Austin, and the all-in-one body wash has a eucalyptus and peppermint scent that’s really soothing.” Hydrating Body Wash, $13,

3 “Our protein powder is made with spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass and barley grass, the four most nutritionally dense products out there. I take it first thing in the morning and the nutrition lasts all day.” 100% Greens, $36,

4 ”For fitness gear, I really like the company Rogue. Lately, I have been using their weighted jump rope a lot for training.” Bare Steel Heavy Rope, $45


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