When I was in college, all of my friends would have dinners weekly. You always had to bring a dish. It carried over when I started to live alone. Now it’s definitely a hobby and a passion of mine. When I was younger, I was raised to be a vegetarian. I kind of just devoted myself to expanding my palette. That’s what I’m trying to explore.
A good, substantial dinner. Either a quinoa eggplant Parmesan, or a spinach lasagna without sauce. I do a lot of baking. I bake mostly with gluten-free flours. I even make a raw cheesecake that’s gluten-free and dairy-free.
I definitely have a sweet tooth. And I love chocolate. I’ve found a way to make a healthy chocolate pudding with avocados and cacao powder. It’s amazing. The texture is so light and fluffy, and it tastes exactly the same.
When you’re shopping, try to stay away from processed foods and white flours. Going gluten-free isn’t for everyone. Try to understand what you’re eating and what types of oils are being used. It’s not that great to cook with olive oil at a high heat because it releases toxins. I mostly cook with coconut oil.
It was really nerve-wracking! Totally scary. But it was awesome. My mind was completely blank when I walked out there. I was just praying I wouldn’t fall. My mom was there, and she was super stoked.
Beautified was created because I'm a girl on the go. I’m working and deejaying and doing a lot of different things and needed to utilize the daytime hours a little better. I constantly found myself on a street corner, calling around, Googling, Yelping and trying to figure out what salon I could pop into at the last minute. Beautified was born in that frustration.
I researched a lot and found there was nothing on the market like it. My cofounders Annie Evans and Peter Hananel and I got together, and were really inspired by Open Table, Seamless and Hotel Tonight. Now, we have a living, breathing app. We’re in three cities: New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
There are things every single day that come up that you don’t anticipate, like a crash. Before we launched, it was about building and how we’re going to mold the user experience with the actual functionality. Once we launched, it was a whole new bag of tricks. The life of a startup is very much a roller coaster.
I don’t think I really understood what I wanted to do with my life, which is why I’ve put my hand in many different things. I have a love and passion for wellness and food. When I was in college an opportunity came to me, and I went for it. That opportunity turned out to not be the best for me. That led to another investment in a different restaurant that has been really amazing to be a part of. It's all about not taking my failures lightly and learning from them. That's what brought me to where I am today.
Hannah Bronfman is so serious about beauty she launched an app dedicated to making the process easier. Beautified makes it a snap to book last-minute appointments for a haircut, wax, facial, mani and more at nearby salons.
“I'm working and DJing and need to utilize the daytime hours a little better. I found myself on a street corner, calling around, Googling, Yelping and trying to figure out where I could squeeze in a last-minute appointment,” says Bronfman. “Beautified was born in that frustration. My co-founders Annie Evans and Peter Hananel and I got together….and now it’s a living, breathing app.”
Of course, some beauty remedies are as close as your makeup bag. We asked the girl-on-the-go for her top product recommendations. From a classic mascara to a must-have CC cream, see all of Bronfman’s favorites below.
As any fan of her Instagram account can attest, she’s really into cooking and clean eating. “I normally love to cook a good dinner. Quinoa eggplant parm, or a spinach lasagna without sauce,” she says. “I do a lot of baking mostly with gluten-free flours. I make a raw cheesecake that’s gluten- and dairy-free.”
And when it comes to advice, she suggests tips that are basic and sensible. Get rid of processed foods, forget white flour and start cooking at home. For a few of her fail-safe recipes, check out below.