The founders of the very chic wellness site unpack their gym bags.
A stylish life and a healthy life are all but one and the same these days, and nowhere is that more apparent than Bonberi, the online food, fitness and lifestyle guide founded by Vanessa Packer and Nicole Berrie. The New York-based duo feature an eclectic mix of models, DJs, gurus and chefs, presenting wellness as something to strive for while seeming totally effortless and sophisticated in so doing. "Giving yourself that release [through exercise] everyday is as important as brushing your teeth, eating wholesome foods, and getting enough sleep," says Packer of her fitness philosophy. "You make it part of your routine and it becomes something you need to complete your day." To prepare for their hot Vinyasa, dance cardio and body sculpting sessions, Packer and Berrie turn to these stylish essentials:
Adidas by Stella McCartney bag
"I love it because it's a really smart design. It has many pockets and compartments and fits everything but it's compact enough to carry around and not feel like I'm lugging a duffle bag."
Track & Field leggings
"I discovered this Brazilian brand's shop uptown and have been hooked. Their leggings look like liquid leather but they're so light and airy. I can't wear anything else." - Nicole
"I alternate between Nike and Asics depending on what type of workout I'm doing. The Nike Air Pegasus are the most comfortable sneaker I've ever owned so I've been using them a lot. However, the Asics offer a lot of ankle support which I need when I'm running or doing a high intensity workout." -Vanessa
dBerrie iPod playlist
"My brother is a DJ/music producer and I always keep his high-energy EDM songs on my iPod for high-impact cardio, particularly dance cardio. I just imagine I'm at the club. There's nothing more motivating!" -Nicole
Sunwarrior Protein Powder
"My new post-workout obsession. It's organic, raw, vegan brown rice protein powder that I mix in with my post-workout green smoothie. Great for muscle recovery and satiating after a big workout." -Vanessa
Christine Chin Pollution Solution Mist
"The perfect refresher post-workout. It alkalinizes my skin and balances the pH after sweating a lot. It also helps neutralize the effects of smog and other airborne pollutants with a blend of seaweed and plant extracts." -Nicole
Nelsons Pure and Clear cleansing wipes.
"They are all natural wipes I buy from Whole Foods that have Tea Tree oil to prevent breakouts. I love using them because they make my skin feel so fresh and clean after a sweaty workout, but they are non drying, which is very important." -Vanessa
Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Body Wash
"This product is all-natural and has a gazillion uses from brushing your teeth to cleaning your unmentionables. I love it for the cool freshness it gives you after a hot workout." -Nicole