When did you get into wellness? What aspects drew you into it?
I have very sensitive skin and a desire to take good care of it led me to clean skincare and clean living in general. When I was 25, I lived in Los Angeles for eight months and that environment inspired me to really start paying attention.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up and check emails while I make tea. That kind of rolls into a morning routine of my skincare regimen which I do while tidying up. Then I take my dog for a walk, usually without my phone, and that’s a nice time of the day. If I have time, I’ll go to Modelfit or NY Pilates. Then I’ll meet Rachel (my partner) to go through priorities for the day and then we divide and conquer. We make a great team and have a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline that we’re working on together. I wrap up with her around 6pm and maybe meet a friend for a quick catch-up before heading home around 7:30pm to make dinner for me and my boyfriend, which is another favorite time of the day. The start and the end are always the best.
How do you stay grounded when life gets hectic and stressful?
I try to stay grateful. We did a capsule collection with La Colombe this past winter, and the day before it launched, I was running around wild with pens and paintbrushes sticking out of my hair every which way. At the time it was just me and our intern Lisa, and I was joking with her that despite my frazzled appearance we were “blessed to be busy”. She was laughing and that helped us remember what we were there to do. I think having a sense of gratitude with a bit of humor goes a long way. I also try to remind myself that things are going to be hectic, but that’s a good thing, it means you’re growing or learning, usually both.
Do you have any daily practices? How do you incorporate these practices into your everyday life?
I drink tea every morning and light sage often. I like to say small prayers. It’s a quiet practice recognizing everything good and bad that I’m either appreciative of or concerned about and it’s centering. I just try to stay present and that’s as close to meditation as I’ve come.
Can you tell us a little bit about your self care rituals?
I’m a big believer in a hot bath. I read years ago that Liv Tyler takes Epsom Salt baths and she’s always been a beauty icon to me so I’ve incorporated that into my routine ever since. I sometimes add dried lavender or rose petals and other times it’s just some ginger salt to detox physically and mentally.
Do you find yourself taking more of an inside out approach to beauty? What are your methods for doing so?
I find cooking to be an important aspect of my self care. Knowing what I’m putting into my body and researching spices like turmeric to understand its anti-inflammatory benefits for example, you start to develop a more holistic understanding of beauty and wellness that goes beyond applying serum before your moisturizer.
What’s your go-to healthy meal to throw together when you have nothing in the fridge?
I do a water based soup that simmers for hours with onion, garlic, spare vegetables and udon noodles for a chicken pho-style meal or a sautéed tofu stir fry with vegetables and spices tossed with spinach and roasted chickpeas topped with a light vinaigrette.
What does beauty is wellness and wellness is beauty mean to you?
Being happy and healthy is the definition of beauty to me. If you’re not enjoying your journey, no matter how symmetrical your face is, it’s never as beautiful as someone who’s truly happy both for herself and for others.
What are your 5 top picks from CAP?
Laurel Organic Serum is one of my favorite products that I’ve ever used. Like I mentioned my skin is very sensitive and this product was one of the few that I used every day and actually finished,which doesn’t often happen.
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence was given to me for my birthday by my girlfriend Meika has become a part of my daily routine.
EiR Cooling Lip Balm is so soothing and moisturizing. I take it everywhere.
Leihlani Mermaid Mask is perfect after beach days and helps to restore my skin while still being gentle enough to leave me feeling relaxed and refreshed.