31 Questions for Zella PRO and Nordstrom Model Missy DeWalt

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness–information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

What happens behind the scenes on a typical Nordstrom catalog shoot? Well, that’s a subject for another day because our recent Zella shoot was anything but typical. It was inspiring, motivating, captivating, beautiful and about as peaceful and Zen-inducing as a photo shoot can be.

Credit Missy DeWalt with a lot of that. Our Mission Viejo Zella PRO is as gorgeous as she is strong and centered. Watch her in the video here and see if you don’t agree—and then check out her expert tips on leading a healthy, fun and well-curated life.

Born: Orange County, California
Raised: All over—Ohio… Kentucky… California
Lives: One city over from where I was born
Favorite everyday fitness studio: Pure Barre
Favorite field trip fitness studio: West Hollywood’s Aura Yoga Studio
Favorite outdoor workout: Pirate Coast Paddle for stand-up paddle boarding—the definition of a fun workout!
Favorite secret workout: La Jolla’s Trinity Yoga Studio for aerial yoga classes on the rooftop with views of the ocean
Favorite healthy lunch: True Foods

First memory of really loving fitness: Ballet. I was 6.
When exercise became a way of life: Fitness wasn’t a mainstay in my life until I found Pure Barre. I used to say, “I don’t like to sweat!” but now I love it. I just ran my first half marathon too!
Hours per week spent training: 22
Favorite thing to do with remaining hours: Go new places, try new things. I’m a big baker and I love museums. I also write a blog called Live Happy Live Pretty.
Best workout regimen for post-holiday wellness: A mind-body “diet” of yoga classes, meditation and trying new types of workouts.
Favorite slogan: “Someday is not one of the days of the week.”
Best soundtrack for working out: House music with a sprinkling of Beyoncé
Best post-workout treat: Coconut frozen yogurt
Best pre-workout fuel: Water. Hydration is key for me to keep going.
Favorite splurge meal: Donuts!! Especially from Sidecar or OC Donut Bar.
Favorite smoothie ingredients: Bananas
Protein or carbohydrates? Protein
Kale or spinach? Both
Best life-hack workout: Practice good posture, do ab work or squats during commercial breaks and always take the stairs.
Best book on healthy living: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Best documentary about fitness or healthy living: Fed Up
Three always-on-hand beauty items: NARS Tinted Moisturizer, Sara Happ Lip Slip, CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre
Three words to describe your workout style: Feminine, street-chic, transitional
Three words to describe your style outside the gym: Classic, feminine, fun
Essential Zella pieces: Live-in mesh capris, my high-neck cross-back tank and the All Shirred Up pullover.
Best Zella pieces from the Nordstrom catalog shoot: The asymmetrical French terry hoodie, Pure Energy seamless bra and the hot-pink print legging.
Best thing about the Nordstrom catalog shoot: The people, hands down. It was amazing to see how many people it takes to put a shoot together. And everyone was so on point in their roles. I left with a new friend, JQ the yoga director. She kept me grounded. We really bonded, and now we take each other’s classes!
Funniest or weirdest behind-the-scenes moment: The dance party at the very end to get the perfect hair-flip shot.