Nastia Liukin

The Liukin in black

The Liukin in black

NASTIA LIUKIN

Edition 3 -- September of 2016

ENTREPRENEUR, STYLE ICON, OLYMPIAN

CELEBRATING MOVEMENT: Our journey gives us the opportunity to meet many inspirational figures across fitness, fashion, and culture that embody #caraalife. We caught five-time Olympic medal gymnast and style icon Nastia Liukin fresh from her bout as NBC gymnastics commentator at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio to get the inside scoop on her victorious life.

Nastia is an inspiration. She effortlessly balances her career, health, and social life. How does she stay motivated to do it all? Her motto:

Never quit on a bad day.

Up by 5 am without fail, Nastia whips up an almond milk latte or eggs with avocado on gluten-free toast in her Boston home with her fiancé before getting in an early morning workout. She then travels with The Liukin in tow throughout her day, which consists of anything from a business meeting to on-air broadcasting at NBC. By night she enjoys relaxing with her family, dreaming up her next passion project in her journal, and learning how to cook.

EXERCISE & FITNESS

The Liukin in black, equipped with everything Nastia needs from office to gym

The Liukin in black, equipped with everything Nastia needs from office to gym

Living a healthy and active lifestyle has been part of my life since I was born and will continue to be forever.
Nastia's fridge is full of healthy snacks

Nastia's fridge is full of healthy snacks

Nastia knew she was destined to be an athlete since she was 3 years old. The daughter of champion gymnasts, she displayed an early aptitude for the sport and by age 18 she was on top of the world, becoming the Olympic All-Around Champion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since retiring, she has perfected a healthy lifestyle outside of the uneven bars and balance beam.

I love changing up my fitness routine after a lifetime of gymnastics. I make sure to do at least one active thing every day—whether it’s simply pushups, burpies, lunges, or squats at my apartment or taking The Liukin with me to a full gym workout or studio class. I especially love Pilates and Barre.

Typical pre-workout snacks include Lara Bars, green juices, almonds, or an apple with almond butter. Nastia balances a healthy body with a clear mind, finding time each day to either meditate or journal--even if it is just on her phone while on the go. Her biggest tip for staying healthy even when super busy? Making sure to drink lots of water and get enough sleep!

My mom has always told me to treat my body like an expensive car that deserves the highest quality fuel for its best results.
Nastia at home

Nastia at home

FASHION

The Liukin in navy outfitted for Nastia’s jetset excursions

The Liukin in navy outfitted for Nastia’s jetset excursions

I live in black leggings or jeans and a leather jacket with a pop of my signature color, pink. My style is simple: girly with a hint of edge.”

“I’m usually out all day, and I struggled for years to find the right bag that could keep all of my things organized and withstand my busy travel schedule. Fashion bags are too heavy for my active lifestyle and traditional gym bags are bulky and lacking in style. I was inspired to design The Liukin for Caraa to fill the void: the result is a bag that is luxurious, chic, portable, and smartly compartmentalized for everything from my laptop to an extra hair tie. I even included removable makeup and shoe bags so that I can dash from the gym to a meeting to dinner with my fiancé with ease. Every detail has been thoughtfully designed to help you get through your day at your best”

“I carry The Liukin with me on all my adventures, from New York City to Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles–it’s streamlined my life so I no longer have to sweat the small stuff. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
 
The Liukin in black

The Liukin in black

 
 
 
Hannah Hendler