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Tank tops and es­sen­tial oils help Teddi McEwen tran­si­tion from the gym

Teddi McEwen

>> Oc­cu­pa­tion: Fit­ness in­struc­tor, mother of three >> Res­i­dence: Kailua

As a fit­ness in­struc­tor and a mom, Teddi McEwen is ac­tive by trade and on the homefront. She starts her day at 5:45 a.m. with 15 min­utes of med­i­ta­tion be­fore mak­ing break­fast, pack­ing lunches and get­ting the kids off to school (daugh­ter Kiana is an eighth-grader, son Kody is in high school and older daugh­ter Kelsey just moved away for col­lege). McEwen then slips seam­lessly into the roll of fit­ness in­struc­tor.

In ad­di­tion to teach­ing classes in vinyasa yoga and Zumba at 24 Hour Fit­ness in Ka­neohe, McEwen can be found sev­eral times a week lead­ing a class of her own de­sign called Zumba & Zen — a fu­sion of power and fit­ness dance — at Kalama Beach Park in Kailua. She also is the in­struc­tor for a pri­vate Aqua Zumba class Thurs­day morn­ings for “a great group of ladies.”

In her down­time, McEwen runs on the beach with her hus­band, Kane, and surfs with Kiana.

Given her ac­tive life­style and com­mit­ment to well­ness, she fa­vors sleek and com­fort­able styles fea­tur­ing breath­able fab­rics that can tran­si­tion from ath­let­ics to mom du­ties and are cool enough for Kailua sum­mers. Af­ter her work­outs, McEwen re­freshes with a spritz of es­sen­tial oil blends and pu­ri­fied wa­ter.

McEwen touched base via email to fill us in on her go-to goods.

Fit­ness fa­vorites: “Teeki leg­gings, Pualani bathing suit top and a loose tank. Some­times if it gets too hot, lay­ers have to come off, so the bathing suit top keeps things func­tional and fash­ion­able dur­ing a work­out.”

Post-gym re­fresher: “Es­sen­tial oils help me shift from adren­a­line mode to fo­cused, mommy mode. Pep­per­mint, basil and laven­der are my fa­vorites and I carry them with me all the time. … It really helps me get through my day.”

Fa­vorite out­fit for a night out: “A cute romper with wedges. My fa­vorite one came from the Mahina bou­tique in Kailua.”

Heels? “No, I love slip­pahs! But wedges are what I wear for a night out. They give you a lit­tle bit of height but you can still walk in them.”

Wardrobe MVP: “I’d have to say my tank tops. I layer them and that works well. A light cardi­gan on top really makes the look. I also really love my lo­tus neck­lace from Ocean Queen in Haleiwa.”

Sum­mer style: “Pualani bathing suits lay­ered un­der a loose tank. I’m on or around the wa­ter so much it just makes sense to be in a bathing suit.

“My Pualani bathing suits are my one ar­ti­cle of cloth­ing that I can’t live with­out. I love how they are made. They last a long time with daily, sun, surf, sweat.”

AT LEFT Black romper ($50), from Mahina; lo­tus neck­lace ($60), Ocean Queen, Haleiwa


ABOVE Good Vibes tank ($20) from Nord­strom Rack; Teeki New Moon hot pant leg­gings ($72), teeki. com; yoga bag ($10), Ross Dress for Less; Nec­tar yoga pil­low ($20), cus­tom made, email deb­skailua@ya­

Pualani sports-tie bathing suit top ($69), pualani­

AT RIGHT MIO Al­pha 2 heart-rate watch and ac­tiv­ity tracker ($119),

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