Sticky Be Socks Blog

Bollare Boss Alle Fister
Now the head of her own communications firm, Bollare, Alle Fister got her start at well-known Shopbop before it was, well, well-known. When she began, it was a small business, and after helping it grow and learning the ins and...
Meet Tonic Method’s Matriarch Madeleine Hasulak
Tonic Method’s matriarch Madeleine Hasulak opened four high intensity Pilates studios in Colorado and has now moved on to bringing her unique fusion method to Utah. Even more impressive? She  navigated the shifting business landscape and two pregnancies…largely during COVID....
Back With Brian Varela: Entrepreneurship and Evolution
The last time SBS chatted with Brian Varela in January 2020, he was enjoying his thriving musical theater career, while also running HOTBOX Fitness and Training, including “Sweatbox,” his own CrossHIIT creation, and more. Two years later,  the Los Angeles-born,...
Happy Mother’s Day! Meet Super-Mama and Super-SBS-Staffer Joanie Bellamy
From handling the website and newsletter, to managing drop shipping, helping with design, problem solving and offering customer service, Joanie Bellamy is one of Sticky Be Socks’ most essential–and beloved!–team members. And as if that weren’t a full plate already,...
Salt, Sweat and Yoga With Cali Fave, Zoë Welch
Encinitas, CA-based yoga teacher Zoë Welch’s talent stretches past students: She also leads other instructors during their training as they learn the value, beauty and nuances of yoga.  Originally from Cambridge, MA, the sunny, soulful surfer grew up in Columbia,...
Classical-Meets-Contemporary for Fun Fitness at Lisa Mills’s Pilates Plus
Lisa began as an athlete but struggled to connect her fitness routine to the slowing of the mind that comes with a pilates practice.  She has participated in multiple sports such as track, softball, cheerleading and volleyball, where fitness and...
Individualized Clarity and Cleanses with Kristin Olenik
Kristin Olenik, model, cleanse practitioner and founder of Kristin Olenik Wellness, didn’t eat the healthiest foods growing up. But despite that, she always intuitively knew diet was the key to her overall health. And she was right. The Hicksville, NY,...
Dakini Lounge’s Christina Ionno Lets Us In on Her True Love Story…With Yoga and Meditation!
Even though her actual journey into instruction began during the pandemic, meditation and yoga practitioner Christina Ionno seems like she’s been teaching forever. Her unique blend of high energy, steady confidence and calm presence draws clients in both online and...
Ryan Daniel Beck Builds Balance With bodyART
Ryan Daniel Beck’s resume is a pop art lover’s dreamscape. A professional dancer for many years, the Southern California native performed with Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas and MOMIX, touring internationally. When he started to have shoulder and back issues, he...
The Superfood Success of Sophie Jaffe’s Philosophie
Sophie Jaffe started her company, Philosophie, with a singular goal: to blend superfoods together in one, convenient package, without having to run around LA finding all her favorite ingredients. But what began simply is now a booming brand and social...
Healing With The Heartbreak Coach, Claire Byrne
Try as we might to avoid it, heartbreak is a truly universal human experience, a crushing great equalizer. Dublin, Ireland, native Claire Byrne was especially familiar with it having trudged through more than her fair share. While dealing with a...
Thriving and Driving Online Business with Jeni DelPozo
When Jeni DelPozo first found dance, she loved performing competitively and professionally, not realizing it was “exercise,” simply because it was so much fun. She appreciated the discipline, as well as the special connection to her body and alignment. Later...
Andrea Speir Creates Community and Constant Fun at Speir Pilates in LA
At just 13, then-competitive dancer and swimmer Andrea Speir suffered a knee injury, her first encounter with the reality of how fragile our bodies are. But, the experience also fortuitously introduced the San Francisco native to Pilates. And that, it...
Kate Shannon Builds Grosse Pointe Body Burn Back Home
While working in finance in NYC, Kate Shannon religiously took megaformer classes at SLT. When the studio posted an audition for instructors, she made a snap decision to give it a try. That’s when her life changed, and she started...
From Musical Theater to Macrame With Fiber and Foliage’s Erin Chupinsky
Michigan native Erin Chupinsky has been booking gigs off-Broadway, in regional theaters and on national tours since she moved to NYC after graduating from Western Michigan University in 2005. She was successfully forging her path to Broadway after a childhood...
Hype and Hilarious Trainer Hannah Delmonte
Ask NYC fit-fans who love super energetic and educated instructors, and they’ll definitely mention Hannah DelMonte as one of their faves. The Cleveland-born personal trainer, HITT and boxing coach was always an active kid, running around her backyard. She started...
Kellie Carl: True Empathy and Experience in Pilates
Kellie Carl's own weightloss journey has made her even more empathetic when it comes to her teaching. Hear how this Michigan native weaves her own experience, passion and knowledge into her Pilates work at SCS Pilates Connection and beyond.
Yoga Growth and Gains With Erin Jacques
Everything about Erin Jacques tingles with movement. Growing up, a self-proclaimed “Air Force brat,” she moved multiple times before her family settled in Fairfax, VA. But even with that dose of steadiness, she remained in motion, running cross country for...
Music and Social Media Magic with Traveling Teacher Girl, Shannon Hara
If you were to meet Shannon Hara, you wouldn’t be surprised to find out she’s an early childhood music teacher: Her huge smile, engaging sing-song voice, plus a comforting, calming, knowledgeable vibe, make her a perfect fit to help kids...
Gail Rivas: Training at the Intersection of Consistent Hard Work, Unending Curiosity and Joyful Movement
Born and raised in NYC and a first generation Filipino-American, multi-talented and multi-faceted trainer Gail Rivas always knew the value of health, family and hard work. A tomboy who was obsessed with sports as a kid, she joined any game...
Style, Survival and Success with Stylist Gina Binder
With a sharp-dressed father and color-loving mother, Ocean City, NJ, native and LA-based Gina Binder always felt encouraged and inspired to pursue her love of fashion. Spending Saturdays shopping and being the friend that always lent out her clothes, it...