Jeans I’ve yet to find jeans that feel comfortable
T-shirt White Hanes boys tank in medium
Heels James Rowland heeled sandals
Sneakers Salomon XA-PRO Fusion Advanced in black
Boots Vintage Stuart Weitzman
Sunglasses Céline Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses
Watch Vintage s.t. dupont watch
Sheets Parachute Brushed Cotton in White
Bag Moroccan market bag
Designers Lemaire, Low Classic, Priscavera and Baserange
Lingerie / underwear Great Eros, Noo, and Out From Under has some great high waisted underwear
Online shopping site Maimoun or bust.
Style Icon Sarah-Linh Tran and Forough Farrokhzad
MY BAG OF TRICKS
Astrological sign Sagittarius Sun, Capricorn Rising and Moon
Morning rituals I wake up around 7am to the soothing voice of Jeff Spurgeon from WQXR. I’ll doze in and out of sleep with classical music playing in the background but really start waking up around 7:30am when Jeff plays Morning Bach. I then reach for my dry brush and slowly brush my entire body and ease into consciousness. Once out of bed, I open my curtains, and make my way to the kitchen to make myself some hot lemon water with a dollop of honey. I’ve recently upgraded my cups and bowls to ceramics from Shino Takeda and it’s made the whole experience more of a ritual since.
Evening rituals I cleanse with Mater’s Rose Bar, wash it off with a muslin cloth, spritz some rosewater then put on a serum and finish off my routine with a face oil (Pai Rosehip Face Oil). Refreshed, I make my way to bed and put on an ambient album to fall asleep to, my go-to lately are this playlist from passerbuys and this one hour loop of the Fishing with John opening theme.
Astrologist Fariha Roisin
Shower or bath Bath
Extrovert or introvert Introvert
Stress management techniques Listening to Tool
Tea or tonic drink I like trying new herbs and usually buy in bulk from Flower Root in the East Village. My go-tos are Sage, Yarrow, Genmaicha and I’ve recently been into Burdock Root. I can’t really do without caffeine and while I was a huge coffee drinker for years, I was often advised that my high anxiety as well as digestive issues might be one of its side effects. I’ve since switched to matcha, and the benefits are pretty unreal, I highly recommend the switch.
Salty or sweet Salty
What’s always in your fridge Lemon, Hemp Milk, Eggs, Labne, Goji Berries, Flax Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Spinach, Spinach, Fennel, Celery, Dijon Mustard, Anchovies and Tart Vinegar
What’s always in your pantry Olivar de Luna olive oil, Rustichella d'Abruzzo pasta, peanut butter, raw honey, sourdough bread, basmati rice, couscous, popcorn, dried herbs and spices.
Go-to dinner recipe Grilled sumac salmon with labneh, parsley and lemon, served with a fennel salad dressed with olive oil, salt and lemon.
Snack It’s been hard to let go of my goûter since moving to the States, so when the clock strikes 4pm, I like to have something sweet, this either takes the form of a chunk of dark chocolate, or an expedition in the neighborhood to find a pastry or piece of cheesecake.
Drink Red wine is definitely my vice, but I only drink low-intervention wines as it’s easier on my body. I love anything that Georges Descombes puts out, and typically get my wines from Discovery Wine.
Grocery store Trader Joe’s, Eataly, Union Market and Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket
Spice Sumac, Zaatar, Turmeric, Fenugreek, Cinnamon, Cumin, Gomasio and Furikake
Herb Parsley, Cilantro, Basil and Mint
MY MEDICINE CABINET
Perfume or Cologne ORMAIE Les Brumes
Hair stylist Dlala Salon or Maria’s Hair Salon in Greenpoint (haircut is $25)
Shampoo Giovanni Hair Balancing Shampoo
Hair Oil Balmyard Beauty Siren Hair Oil
Cleanser Mater’s Rose Bar Soap and Bioderma Solution Micellaire
Toner Heritage Store Rose Water
Serum Face Reality 5% l-mandelic serum
Moisturizer Dr. Bronner's Organic Coconut Oil, Drunk Elephant’s Protini™ Polypeptide Cream. Aurelia Cell Revitalise Night Moisturizer, and Pai Rosehip Face Oil
Mask Sheet masks from Sunrise Mart
Beauty tool Black Obsidian Gua Sha and roller
Makeup La Roche-Posay SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen, Drunk Elephant O-Bloos Rosi Drops, Guerlain Terracotta (light), TooD Beauty Sister/Brother Color Creme
Home East Village
Pets My crested gecko sci-fi <3
Furniture designer Marcel Breuer, Poul Kjaerholm and Le Corbusier
Minimalist or maximalist Minimalist
Dream dinner party guests Forough Farrokhzad, Abbas Kiarostami, and Shirin Neshat.
Most used kitchen gadget Black & Decker Chopper
LIGHT MY FIRE
Inspiration Going to the cinema
Quote "The plants are very psychic but they can express it only by silence and beauty."- Sri Aurobindo
Films A really tough question as I don’t want to take over an entire paragraph (or page potentially) but you can find some of the many films I loved here.
Albums Again, another tough one, but I’ll plug in some albums I’m currently listening to:
Black Metal 2 by Dean Blunt
Ekizikiza Mubwengula by Don Zilla
Cybernetic Defiance and Orgasm: The Essential Henry Kawahara
The Heart Sutra by Susan Alcorn
Sounds of The City by Maria Teresa Luciani
Books Conversations with Kiarostami by Godfrey Cheshire, A Social History of Iranian Cinema Volume II by Hamid Naficy, Douleur Exquise by Sophie Calle
Computer bag Building Block Brown Bucket Bag