Jeans: Vintage Levi’s 505, 501’s and my embroidered Texas-related denim scores
T-shirt: Love my husbands thin hand-me-downs
Heels: MNZ - Olympia Wedge goes with everything; Vintage kitten heel thongs
Sneakers: Reebok Classics
Boots: Vintage Vaquero Boots
Belt: Obsessed with a Charro belt I got as an homage to my abuelo & tios; MNZ anchor belt that was glass-blown by Gennaro Pepe.
Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear - Bikini Vision in Crystal Kelp
Bag: SC103 links tote
Jewelry: Always wear my wedding ring created by my husband and dear friend Natasha (of Mondo Mondo) and my necklace with Guadalupe icon medallion and sacred Evil Eye amulet.
Fabric: Anything organic, textured, raw, lived-in
Color: I love all colors. I think the beauty of them is mixing and matching to create something unexpected & fresh.
Designers: Mother Earth
Store: Thrift & antique stores in small towns
Web shop: I’m an avid eBay, Etsy, and Depop-er
Style Icon: Björk
MY BAG OF TRICKS
Astrological sign: Sagittarius
Workout: 15-20 min. yoga; swimming; stretching before beginning ceramics work
Studio/teacher: Yoga With Adriene on Youtube
Experts in your corner: Brandi Jo Perkins of Ritual Union; Tess Seipp of Pretty Hole Collective; Tere & Irasema of Birth Comadres
Morning rituals: give thanks; brush teeth & hydrate face; drink water; light incense to welcome the day and put on some music or podcast; make smoothies for the family before we drop our daughter at daycare.
Evening rituals: face cleansing; brush teeth; stretch out any kinks using a foam roller; spray bed sheets with rosewater and close the day giving thanks.
Astrologist: Walter Mercado
Shower or bath: I love a lavender oil bath but generally only have time to shower.
Extrovert or introvert: Extroverted introvert. I honor both.
Stress management techniques: 11 minute meditation; mindful breathing throughout the day; water the plants; listen to the birds and elements outside
Tea or tonic drink: iced matcha latte (loving the CAP Beauty Matcha Sticks!) with oat milk
Always in your fridge: butter; oat milk and coffee creamer
Always in your pantry: avocados, bananas and oranges
Go-to dinner recipe: creamy cilantro pasta or shitake mushroom and veggie rotini pasta with tomato and basil sauce
Go-to dinner party recipe: blackened tilapia or shrimp tacos with baja slaw
Snack: caprese salad or a smoothie
Drink: water, cold press juices, mezcal, espresso martini or slightly dirty martini with a twist
Grocery store: Our weekly Farmer’s Market and we Texans also love our H.E.B.
Favorite flavors: tangy, smokey, spicy, sweet and savory, hazelnut, coconut
Spice: cracked peppercorn
Fruit: mango, watermelon, orange, avocado, lemons and limes
Cookbook: Casa de Luz recipe book; zines with recipes by Susan Cianciolo
MY MEDICINE CABINET
Lip: Nars - Velvet Matte Lipsticks; MAKE Beauty - Tangerine (which is sadly discontinued)
Perfume: Sandalwood oil as a base, then my mood determines either Mondo Mondo - Cowboy; Coqui Coqui - Coco Coco; or OLO - Darkwave
Hair stylist: Sara Ostovar at Modesty Hair Studio
Cleanser: Fat and the Moon - Earth Polish Cleanser
Serum: AM: Noto - Face & Neck Serum
PM: Ritual Union - Golden Kiss Regenerative Skin Serum; Éminence - Neroli Eye Serum
Moisturizer: Costa Brazil - Jungle Body Oil; High Sun Low Moon - Golden Oil; Éminence - Stone Crop Hydrating Mist
Mask: Aztec Secret, add apple cider vinegar or Fat and the Moon Oil & Masa Mask.
Beauty tool: Gua sha
Makeup: Noto Multi Benne Stick
Home: Elgin, Texas
Art in your home that you love: Nude by Emma Kohlmann; some paintings potentially by Chucho Reyes I found for cheap at the tianguis; Drawing/collage by Otis Blease; hand drawn postcards from my friend Sonya Sombreuill
Museum/Exhibit: Museo Anahuacalli; Casa Museo Salvador Dalí; any space Barragán touched; Casa O’Gorman built by Juan O’Gorman in 1929 for his father; MET Museum; Dream House by La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela; MoMA; the Girard Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art.
Pets: Our 14 year old maine coon, Babykitty
Pottery: Anything originating in México. One of my favorite finds is the sirena (mermaid) plate by the late, great ceramic artist, Dolores Porras.
Piece of furniture: I’m a “chairs person” – 1050 Chair by Nelson Smith & Malek Lazri; Pair of French Bobbin Rattan Corner Chairs found at Round Top; 70’s Italian lounge chair found at a garage sale
Furniture designer: Luis Barragán; Clara Porset; Charlotte Perriand; Ryan Preciado; WAKA WAKA; Muller Van Severen
Minimalist or maximalist: Minimal-maximalist, absolutely.
Dream dinner party guests: Mi Papa; Mi Papa’ñiel; Thich Nhat Hanh; Luis Barragán; Cesar Chavez; Maria Sabina; Nina Simone; Leonard Cohen; Malcolm X; Angela Davis; Bjork; Salvador Dali; Frida Kahlo; Viola Davis; Alan Watts; Eckhart Tolle; David Attenborough…
Most used kitchen gadget: Cast iron skillet
What do you collect: Folk art and interiors books
Restaurant: Justine’s Brasserie; Tetetlan; roadside taco stands in México with handmade tortillas
Cafe: Any tiny café by a body of water; where you can have a cup, read a book, and listen to the waves crashing against the rocks.
LIGHT MY FIRE
Inspiration: The Universe
Quote: recently, “Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” – Rilke
Beach: Bolinas Beach; Playa Carizalillo; Caló des Moro
Favorite place in the world: Way too many favorites to narrow down just one! México; Greece; Spain; Jamaica; Italy; driving next to the plains in France; driving in the Swiss Alps during snowfall; Krakow; Brussels; small villages en route from England to Scotland; road tripping the Pacific Coast Highway or the Southwest with your sweetheart…I could go on and on.
Soiree: David Mancuso’s, The Loft Party
Films: Oof…so tough, though I never tire of Best in Show or Goodfellas
Books: I listen to a lot of audiobooks in the studio and read in my spare time. I just finished Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo, and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Inner age: Infinity
Song in your head at the moment: The entire soundtracks to Coco and Turning Red, which my daughter, Paloma is currently obsessed with.
Apps: NTS Radio; Audible; IG; Depop; WhatsApp; Pinterest; Airbnb; Youtube
Podcasts: Brené Brown: Unlocking Us; The Daily; This American Life; Democracy Now; Radiolab