Miss Amanda Frealy is an artist.
My first encounter with this absolute babe was at a house party shortly after I moved to Springfield. She was wearing a pair of beautiful bohemian print palazzo pants and is the first and last person I’ve ever seen successfully pull them off.
It’s not always a flattering look you guys.
She and bestie Hannah Mendelson had started a hula hooping business together and I was in awe of their creativity and quick witted entrepreneurship.
Two independent women who were a little bit Kate Hudson, a little bit Janis Joplin.
Frealy and Hannah would buy the materials and create their own one-of-a-kind hula hoops themselves. The hoops were sturdy and built for both performance and strength training. They taught classes and spent weekends churning out hoops and meeting a growing demand for the now super trendy workout and performance art with a plan to grow their business.
Where I could only keep a hoop around my waist for like, a seriously short length of time, Frealy would turn basic hooping into a complicated dance, throwing it and twisting it in air.
We couldn’t resist pulling out a vintage blue and red parade costume we knew would be perfectly flattering on our favorite performer.
Naturally, we were inspired to style her in something classic and soft that would compliment her poise. We admit it. We’ve had this dress hanging patiently in a closet since the conception of Gritty Luxe.
We just needed the perfect model. Check.
Frealy radiates an inner light and positivity making her a perfect yoga instructor.
She teaches at Yoga Studio 72, a local studio that offers a variety of classes for beginners all the way to the more experienced yogi. The only people we want giving us yoga lessons are happy people.
Happy, bendy people.
Frealy is seriously channeling silver screen icon and fashion inspiration, Audrey Hepburn, with a sleek black top and pencil skirt paired with long pearls and a pair of nude pumps.