June SHADE Muse of the Month

INSPOKyra Mueller-Yamamoto

The June is everything but the gloom when you have this incredible woman in your presence. Steph Armijo is an incredible inspiration of a goal digger and big dream achiever. We look up to her in more ways than one! 

Steph Armijo is a yoga instructor based in New York City. She first moved to NYC from San Diego two and a half years ago to teach yoga in the sports industry. This summer she will be teaching a yoga class on the outfield grass at Citi Field which is an absolute dream come true for her. Steph also just became a lululemon athletica ambassador and will be collaborating on fun yoga events in the city this summer! 

Who is your style muse?

I don't have just one style muse. I'm always inspired by strong, confident women who wear clothes that work for their bodies (and NYC is full of them). You can see distinct style in different neighborhoods in NYC & it's fun to spot new styles/trends. 

What are the five must-haves in your purse at all times? 

Lip gloss - current favorite is the Estee edit from Estée Lauder. It has a subtle bluish tint which gives an extra sheen 

Metro card - I'm on the trains back and forth all day long

Lavender oil - for Savasana and random NYC situations

Keys - I have the keys to several yoga studios on my keychain, and I'm starting to feel like a janitor. 

iPhone charger - my iPhone is over a year old, meaning, it won't hold a charge all day. #blameitoninstagram

Motto to live by? 

"Every 'no' brings you closer to a 'yes' "

Favorite things from SHADE?

I love everything that Kera brings in to SHADE - it fits my lifestyle perfectly. The yogarxclothing tanks are super cute and everything by Spiritual Gangster & Goodhyouman! 

How does a typical day usually look like for you? 

I teach yoga all over the city. Every morning I teach a group class or private at 6:45a. I have a 4:45a alarm. Coffee, breakfast, and teach. Right now I'm teaching yoga to the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, so I'll head over to their training facility and teach them a post-workout session. Lunch in Brooklyn and then I make my way to East Harlem, where I teach yoga to 1st graders. I grab an acai bowl and teach an evening class in midtown. I usually eat dinner out with friends or if the Mets are in town, you can find me at Citi Field. 

How would you describe your personal style? 

Simple/Sporty. I wear yoga pants every day and I usually pair them with a muscle tee or a super soft tee. I'm constantly on the lookout for the softest tees to layer. I wear a baseball cap every day. The 7 Line makes Mets hats that I love.  I prefer small dainty jewelry (tiny midi rings!)- I have a shark tooth necklace from Diament Jewelry that I wear every day - reminds me of my family in FL. And of course a pair of Nikes for all the walking I do in the city. 

March SHADE Muse of the Month

INSPOKyra Mueller-Yamamoto

March is the first sign of spring, a season full of sunshine, happiness, and a life full of color. What a better month to nominate my dearest friend Alia Lamborghini as our March SHADE muse; a woman who is like a fresh burst of spring air. She's an incredible woman role model not only as a loving wife and mother to two sweet boys but also her outstanding career accomplishments. Some of Alia's is obsessions include her roots in Massachusetts, horses and her two sisters and two brothers. Alia is a perfect SHADE muse with her laid back and natural fun style. We couldn't wait to pick Alia's brain and find out what makes her, her. 

Describe yourself in 3-5 words

Busy, happy, loving 

What does a typical day for you usually involve? 

Wake up around 5:30/6am to do a little reflecting on what I need to do that day, snuggle with my kiddos when they wake up around 6:30am, get breakfast moving for everyone and in the shower/out the door by 8ish, work til 6, home to hang with my kids and husband and get some outside play time before dinner/bath/bedtime at 8, collapse on the couch and finish up the work I didn't get to earlier in the day while half-watching a show with my husband, bed by 11:30pm. 

How would you describe your personal style?

Colorful, thrown together and once in awhile I pull off something that looks cool, completely on accident. Monday through Friday I'd call it "busy working mom uniform" which consists normally of jeans, heels and a jacket. 

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

Being a really good mom to my two little boys. Harry and Teddy, 2 and 4. 

Favorite place you've traveled and why?

Barcelona. Such a great culture, warm people, awesome food, architecture for miles, ocean and mountains all wrapped into a really walkable and manageable city. 

Things that make you happiest?

Anything HOT PINK (sneakers, post-its, hair ties, pillows, you get the idea)

Favorite SHADE must haves?

My hot pink Subtle Luxury cashmere sweater and my ATF Dinosaur sweatshirt- my boys love it! 

My hot pink Subtle Luxury cashmere sweater and my ATF Dinosaur sweatshirt – my boys love it! 

January SHADE Muse of the Month

INSPOKera Van Huizum

Our January muse of the month is Kyra Mueller-Yamamoto, a girl with sweet energy who we believe embodies SHADE style. Kyra is down to earth and has a wondrous free sprit about her always looking to her next adventure. Ironically, as we write this with Kyra she is traveling abroad in Central America and anxious to share her travels with us.

Spending the day snorkeling on Big Corn island of Nicaragua 

Spending the day snorkeling on Big Corn island of Nicaragua 

Tell us where you are and what you’re doing right now…

I have spent the past month traveling around Nicaragua and the Corn Islands. My boyfriend Stephen and I will continue on into Costa Rica and Panama for the next month before ending our trip at the Envision music festival. Pretty amazing!

Sitting in a treehouse overlooking the Volcano Concepcion on the island Ometepe 

Sitting in a treehouse overlooking the Volcano Concepcion on the island Ometepe 

What is your travel style like?

Lots of color and easily packable things. I’ve learned with traveling to pack as light and as little as possible. My suitcase consists of a bunch of funky dresses, yoga pants and a swimsuit to clothing ratio that is 5:1.

How would you describe your overall style?

Minimal, meaningful, funky, and flowy. If it’s not black, it’s psychedelic.

What are your SHADE must haves?

All things teeki and all the jewelry Kera has in the shop is to die for!

Describe your perfect day from sun up to sun down?

Wake up and have the most amazing Superfood Smoothie along with a cup of local coffee. Hike or head on a long beach walk followed by a yoga class in the afternoon. Take a book to the beach and thrift shop with my friends followed by a huge framily dinner. Last night I had huge dinner with a group of fellow travelers that included people from Scotland, Amsterdam, Canada, Australia, Argentina and London! One of the many incredible things that comes with backpacking to foreign places.

What would you be wearing on your perfect day?

Ideally I would be barefoot but Rainbow flip flops and my swimsuit underneath a flowy “dress” which is usually a men’s old t-shirt. My travel collections include jewelry from wherever I am so I usually am adorned in one piece or another. 

December SHADE Muse of the Month

INSPOKyra Mueller-Yamamoto

Leah Vacher is our December SHADE muse of the month. Some of you have probably met Leah at SHADE or caught her teaching one of her yoga classes at Buddhi Yoga. Leah is one of those people who you are immediately attracted to her sense of joy for life and overall love for others. Not only is she someone who you'll instantly start laughing with, you'll become captivated by her unique colorful style. Leah is someone who isn't afraid to mix crazy prints, patterns and textures. She rocks the effortless California bohemian vibe tied closely with her passion for yoga. We were curious what Leah thought about her own personal style.

Leah's two babies; Benedict & Pookah ...


How would you describe your style in five words or less? 

Loud, bohemian, yoga pants (as a second skin).

What are your five daily must haves? 

Burts Bees, yoga pants, cell phone (charger), a Beaming smoothie (Leah recommends the Mint Chip!) and her two fur babes; Benedict and Pookah 

Favorite tunes to teach yoga to? 

Anything Deep House or STS9! 

Describe your ideal day from sun up to sundown (outfits included):

Wake up. Automatically put on my teeki (yoga) pants, whichever I happen to grab first along with a Free People cardigan and head off to take or teach a yoga class. I usually will then take my two pups to Dogs Beach in OB. If i'm not studying or working I will probably be getting ready to have a fun night out. My perfect outfit I've been obsessing over lately is ripped boyfriend jeans, black ankle booties, a black crop top and some funky earrings. 

Outside of teaching yoga what are some of your favorite activities? 

I am currently a student working towards a career in dental hygiene so I have been studying for classes related to that. My boyfriend is also in a local band called AJ Froman, going to their shows are incredible energy! I love dancing so any shows or musical festivals and camping is a newly discovered favorite of mine. 

Favorite SHADE pieces? 

Teekis!! All of them and Spiritual Gangster. 

You can catch Leah teaching at Buddhi Yoga Saturdays at 4pm! 

November Muse of the Month

INSPOKera Van Huizum


A SHADE muse is more than stylish. She's more than a fun loving adventurous babe. She's definitely more than a good shopper. A SHADE muse embodies softness and elegance - not only in her looks- but in her persona. Someone who watches and listens carefully - not only in what is said, but what is unsaid or unseen. Someone who cares fiercely about those she loves and would do anything for those lucky enough to be in her inner circle. She is Beth Fulks. A confidant of over 15 years and a constant and active inspiration for SHADE, Beth lives life looking ahead and constantly evolving and learning more about herself so that she can be the best mother, friend, daughter, sister, and friend she can be. 

Beth knows exactly where to look online for great ideas on outfits and what styles are right for her. Where as I may know exactly what I like and my style has not changed much over the years, Beth has a natural and evolving love of fashion, an impeccable eye for flattering pieces and mixing her current wardrobe with new items, and knows when to embrace and trend... and when to run. Beth's epic wardrobe, unique taste, and her ability to stay on the cutting edge of trends without appearing trendy make her the ultimate SHADE muse.