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Tammy Stokes Tammy Stokes

Atlantans Who Feel Good, Look Good & Do Good

Locals share their healthy habits, fitness tips and beauty secrets

tammy-stokesTammy Stokes

Tammy has spent over 20 years in the fitness industry developing a unique, dynamic method of shaping attitudes, designing bodies and changing lives. Her background includes spokeswoman for a leading international sportswear company, author, educator, director of fitness for a multi-million dollar agency, lifestyle and fitness consultant, and fashion designer. She is the owner of West Coast Workout, which has several locations around the city.

Describe your everyday style:

My everyday style is sporty due to the time spent in my two Atlanta studios. When I am running around the town, I wear what many refer to as "California casual." And on the few occasions that I dress up, I go for "sexy chic."

Describe your holiday style:

Because I am most often dressed down, I enjoy going for a bit of bling during the holidays. I am attracted to shine and shimmer. Things that sparkle look good in photographs.

Where do you go in Atlanta for:

Hair care: Bobby V. He is amazing for blondes.

Skin care: Sweet Samba. I love that they use natural, botanical products.

Makeup: My secret weapon is Honeybee Gardens Pressed Powder Geisha for quick fixes on the go. Another beauty staple is Bill's Bees Chapstick from the LA farmers market. I buy it by the dozen when I am there.

Nails: Sugar Coat.

Fitness: West Coast Workout, of course.

Relaxation: The private rooftop terrace of my home.

Fashion: I like a one-stop shop experience. I can always find what I need at Neiman Marcus at Lenox Mall and DEKA if I am looking for sportswear.

How do you stay fit and healthy over the holidays?

West Coast Workouts, my healthy immune-boosting soups and eight hours of beauty sleep. The sleep keeps my moods and emotions in balance, the food keeps me nourished and energized, and the workouts shape my body without overbuilding it.

Most memorable holiday moment?

Twenty years ago when my husband proposed to me on Christmas.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community?

Each year in October and November, West Coast Workout does two donation-based candlelight yoga events. This month's event on November 20 is dedicated to Hosea Feed The Hungry. Guests bring canned goods to donate to Hosea.

 

doug-gradyDoug Grady

Doug is a professional speaker, musician and president of High Achievers. He has been studying and teaching the pathways to personal potential for over 20 years and is the author of "The Ripple Effect." Doug gives a significant portion of his time and money to local and global causes. He has been on several mission trips, including to Ecuador where he was part of a 12-man team building homes for the poor.

Describe your everyday style:

This past year my mantra was "More jeans, less suits!"

Describe your holiday style:

I grow a beard and grow my hair longer for the arctic sub-50 degree Atlanta winter.

What is the one staple in your bathroom?

One comb.

Where do you go in Atlanta for:

Hair care: My friend Jill Holcombe.

Fitness: YourDay Playground.

How do you stay fit and healthy over the holidays?

I do Muddervation Boot Camp every Tuesday night, and twice a week workouts with the YourDay trainers. I play the "YourDay Balance Game," and do daily stretching and conditioning. Every day I eat salad and drink a gallon of alkaline water.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

My father reading from St. Luke 2.

Most memorable holiday moment?

My girlfriend Allison cooking her first turkey last year.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community?

For the last four years I have been contributing time and money to mission work in Ecuador through Peachtree Ironmen and Hogar de Cristo. Even though I was not physically there last year, proceeds from my book, "The Ripple Effect," paid for a home in which a family is currently living.

 

randi-layneRandi Layne

Randi has a multifaceted career as an actress, model, choreographer, correspondent, fashion coordinator, spokeswoman and philanthropist. She is the owner of Catwalk Productions, one of the nation's largest fashion production companies. She has also served on the board of directors of The Screen Actors Guild, ANZACC and serves as the president of The Chelko Foundation.

Describe your everyday style:

Eclectic, Haute Hippie, Pucci, ETRO, Helmut Lang. Brands that are less traditional work best for me.

Describe your holiday style:

I use brighter lip colors and deepen the eye makeup for a little drama.  Fabrics with shine or beading make for a more festive holiday statement.  Adding the unexpected scarf, statement jewelry or pair of boots for a twist on the traditional is the way I like it!

Where do you go in Atlanta for:

Hair care: Carter Barnes.

Skin care: Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Affiliates. My beauty staple is Epicuren skincare.

Nails: Jazmin Spa.

Fitness: Urban Body.

Relaxation: Blue MedSpa for a great massage.

Fashion: Tootsies.

How do you stay fit and healthy over the holidays?

I exercise daily, limit cocktails at parties and stay away from the dessert table!

Most memorable holiday moment?

When I think of the holidays, I am reminded of my dad, his generous spirit and willingness to give of his time and resources. Many Christmas mornings were spent delivering gifts to families in need. Those are the bittersweet moments that will live in my heart forever.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community?

I have a deeply rooted desire to help young women become a more powerful voice in the world. Working through The Chelko Foundation, I see firsthand how the commitment of an organization can truly change the circumstances in which women find themselves. The Foundation is a platform that creates opportunities to amplify my cause. Through it, I am serving as a mentor for the junior company at Moving In the Spirit, enabling young girls to see themselves as beings in charge of their own bodies and destiny. Additionally, The Chelko Foundation funds an endowment at SCAD, partners with Eve Ensler to end violence against women and girls, as well as contributes to The Human Rights Campaign in an effort to end gender bias. Furthermore, the Foundation makes numerous humanitarian and artist grants throughout the year.

 

David-LeonardDavid Leonard

David currently serves as the associate publisher of NCI's Atlanta Home Improvement magazine. He and his partner have been together for over nine years and are looking forward to getting officially married in the next several months. They have a beautiful four-year-old daughter who just started at Drew Charter School where David enjoys volunteering with the PTA. When David is not working or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his family and their newest addition – a rescue puppy, Jasper.

Describe your everyday style:

Casual chic.

Describe your holiday style:

I add velvet and I love the plaid. I just wish I could wear my fur hat more often, but it needs to be colder.

What is the one staple in your bathroom?

Cologne. My favorites are Allure Sport by CC and AMBER by Prada.

Where do you go in Atlanta for:

Hair care: Adore Hair Studio in Decatur.

Skin care: Aveda.

Fitness:  Kick in the Fit and Sweet Life Yoga Studio.

Relaxation:  The dog park, walking and yoga.

Fashion:  I range from Banana Republic to Sq Feet in Decatur.

How do you stay fit and healthy over the holidays?

Limit those carbs and work out indoors doing yoga and Crossfit Rx.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Getting the house all set up for the holidays. My partner loves to go all out, and it is so much fun to watch him turn into Mr. Christmas.  Also watching "A Christmas Story" on Christmas Eve and all the other classic cartoons throughout the holidays.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community?

I love working and playing with dogs and look for ways to give to such groups as Animal Action Rescue and New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue. This year, however, I'll be donating to The Nicky Fund for Canine Cancer Research at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine because of the institution's stellar work with my family this year.

 

Ellen Ector

Ellen, the owner of Gymnetics Fitness and The Bodi-Guard, has been a fitness expert for over 20 years. She started her own business in Ohio and, in 2000, brought her talents to Atlanta. One of her proudest moments is being honored by the state of Georgia for creating a walking program for adults with disabilities that resulted in an overall group weight loss. Ellen is currently continuing her work in the effort to end childhood obesity and training children in track. She also enjoys the success of Gymnetics Fitness along with her partner and daughter, Lana.

Describe your everyday style:

My style is very athletic since I'm usually working most days. Nowadays, it's become very common for people to wear fitness gear all day long.

Describe your holiday style:

[I turn to] my daughter, Leah Taylor. She is a fabulous stylist and my go-to girl for the holidays.

ellen-ectorWhat is the one staple in your makeup bag?

I don't wear lots of makeup, but eyeliner is my one staple piece in my makeup bag.

Where do you go in Atlanta for:

Hair care: Jazz Stockman for my funky looks and Krissy Kimble for my more conservative styles.

Skin care: Water, water and more water is great for healthy, radiant skin. Dr. Stephen Kraus is an excellent dermatologist.

Makeup: We use Javetta White.

Fitness: I love any place where I can run, swim or bike.

Relaxation: Amelia Island in Florida always relaxes me. There's nothing like watching the sun come up on the beach.

Fashion: I'm currently wearing clothes from my daughter's fitness line, Gem Wear. Lana's designs are chic and very comfortable.

How do you stay fit and healthy over the holidays?

By staying fit all year. The holidays are my time to cheat, so I work hard the rest of year so I can indulge a bit during the holidays.

Most memorable holiday moment?

When I worked with adults with disabilities, watching their smiles as they opened their Christmas gifts really brought me joy and warmed my heart.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community?

I love to run road races that are in tribute to different charities and organizations like Susan G. Komen and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. It's a fun way to participate and give back at the same time.

 

Lana Ector

Lana is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist who specializes in weight loss and group training. She fell in love with her mom's dream to open up a private fitness studio for women in Atlanta. She has competed in over 30 road races and is currently training to compete in her first marathon. She serves as Gymnetics' co-owner and in-house nutritionist.

Describe your everyday style:

My style varies. I can go sporty, casual or chic.

Describe your holiday style:

Garments that shimmer usually put me in the holiday spirit. I like to incorporate those types of clothing items in my wardrobe during the holiday season.

What is the one staple in your makeup bag?

My St. Germain lip gloss by MAC Cosmetics is one product that I keep on me at all times.

Where do you go in Atlanta for:

Hair care: Tamme Lemieux of The Firm.

Skin care: Dr. Stephen Kraus.

Makeup: We use Javetta White. She is an amazing makeup artist.

Nails: Nouvelle Nail Salon.

Fitness: Our private women's gym, Gymnetics Fitness Studio, of course!

Relaxation: JeJu Spa.

Fashion: Bill Hallman Boutique is one of my favorite places to shop.

How do you stay fit and healthy over the holidays?

I stay committed to my workout regimen because I know summer is always right around the corner!

Most memorable holiday moment?

My most memorable holiday moment was making cookies for Santa and waking up to see the presents under the tree.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community?

I think it's important to strengthen our communities, so I focus my attention on giving back to those that are less fortunate right here in the city of Atlanta. One of the places I volunteer is the Atlanta Food Bank.