Enlighten Mar 30, 2017

In Balance With: Ruth Kallens [Q&A]

In Balance With: Ruth Kallens [Q&A]

Ruth Kallens (RK) is the Founder of Van Court, a New York City nail care studio. Having worked with the biggest names in beauty (Vogue, Target, Estée Lauder, INTERMIX, and Deborah Lippmann) for over a decade, Ruth is a true beauty industry veteran.

Ruth’s dedication towards health and mindfulness, passion for the perfect polish, and love in creating experiences is what inspired us to learn more about her approach to finding beauty and balance!

Responses from the Founder and Partner of Van Court

I find balance in...

RK: Listening to podcasts. My current downloads are Fat Mascara, Microphone Check and Savage Lovecast.


In the morning I like to...

RK: Take my dogs, Roscoe and Midge, for a 45 minute walk. Or in the summer, go for bike rides around town and on the water.


Beauty obsession of the moment…

RK: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Chianti and Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30 Broad Spectrum wins product of the century in my world. It makes my face glow.


One piece of health advice you would give to your younger self?

RK: Let it go. Everything's going to be all right.


What makes you crack up with laughter?

RK: When Midge annoys Roscoe to play, and all Roscoe can do is give her the side eye.


Healthy habit you’d like to adopt?

RK:  Warm water and lemon every morning.


Your guilty pleasure...

RK:  Rosemary soy chicken nuggets.


What was the last song you sang in the shower?

RK: "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynn.

Van Court Images

I like to work up a sweat by…

RK: One-on-one training sessions with my personal trainer, Kole Hansen of TahKole Fitness. A high intensity, low-impact tabata-style workout is where it's at. Love being challenged by pushups, too.


My super power is …

RK: Sleep. I've always been a sleeper. When I have my proper 8-9 hours a day, I can do anything. Meditation and yoga helps me power through life. 


Cause closest to your heart?

RK: Women's empowerment on a grassroots level.


Netflix What? Chill with who?

RK: Nurse Jackie and Walking Dead. Chill with Paul, my business and life partner. He's my rock.

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