A good day starts with a good morning… but what does that even mean? There are as many ways to start a great day as there are people on the planet, so finding your ideal routine can be a trial and error process. Some prefer to start the day with a yoga mat and affirmations, while others go for a kick ass playlist and private pajama dance party. So what’s your flavor? I’ve called upon some of the inspiring women in my own circle to share their morning routines with you today. Get inspired, and let me know how you’re starting your day…
Anastasia Nevin, nutrional therapist and yoga instructor here in NYC, avoids the chaotic noise of email and social media first thing in the morning by keeping her phone away from her bed. Instead, she burns sandalwood incense and prepares a morning tonic. “Recently I made a tonic to soothe Vata which includes triphala, cinammon, ginger powder and lemon,” she told me in an email. Also on her morning menu? Yoga, meditation with mala beads, and her tongue scraper. Get inspired at Anastasia Health.
Shelley Thomas, an incredibly talented Brooklyn-based vocalist, focuses on being present in her body after waking. “I observe my surroundings with my five senses, and feel the beautifully healing effect of fresh sleep washing over me.” Next, she puts on music (usually the Jose Gonzales pandora station). Coffee prep involves a white and red floral-printed pot that she’s had since childhood, and once the sans-sugar caffeine fix is taken care of, she grabs her calendar and dives into emails. She whips up a daily to-do list, usually involving a trip to the gym, as well as music and language training.
But most importantly? “I really try to practice gratitude, and start the day with a positive attitude. It makes a huge difference and allows the energy of abundance to flow towards you! It is a beautiful life we have, and we can choose to enjoy every moment of it or torture ourselves with negativity. Being aware of our choices empowers us, and there is so much happiness to be found.”
Aparna Dasgupta, startup marketing & business strategist (and founder of LifeStylistNYC), starts her morning off by hitting the snooze button. Sound counter-productive? She begs to differ. “My daily routine begins during the snooze. It’s a time of immense focus. Before my eyes open, I’ve had no visual distractions at all and it’s easy to think very slowly. I use this time to troubleshoot challenges that lie ahead. Problem solving is usually 90% thought and 10% execution, so I get my planning and challenge-tackling mostly done before I even open my eyes.” While her breakfast is similar each day (“I was allergic to routine much of my life but now I’m its biggest fan. Routine frees up mental bandwidth for bigger and better things”), her work from home schedule follows a natural progression. She never crams in a lineup of tasks during the first waking hours.
“Running my own business, I work from home in the mornings, and use the calm, productive flow to get right to the day’s to-do list. I use natural stopping points to do yoga, shower, etc This yields optimal productivity, minimal stress, and energizes me for meetings and events later in the day.”
Lauren Jobson-Ahmed, “artivist”, researcher & youth advocate, says mornings are a time to reset her mind and begin a new day with intention. Whether she wakes by alarm clock or her cats biting her toes, her first thoughts are of gratitude for life, health, and the day ahead. After feeding her cats, she consciously prepares breakfast. “I am really aware of the first thing I put in my mouth: my first consumption of the day. I avoid external distractions. No phone until I’m on the subway, (but once I’m there, I read my horoscope and organize my emails). If I can remember, I write my dreams as I wait for my coffee to brew. I savor each sip.” After breakfast? “Sometimes I listen to music in my headphones while my husband is asleep, and dance as I get dressed, or iron an outfit. Sometimes I’ll be a grab anything that’s clean and run out the door like a cartoon character.”
She tries to make a wish and set an intention in the mirror each morning. “If it’s going to be a rough one, a personal favorite is, the answers are all there. If I’m feeling down, I remind myself that I got this, and if I don’t, I’m going to learn the f*ck out of today.”
How about you? I’ll be working on my own new-and-improved morning routine as well. For more ideas, check this out.
So we’re officially a week into November, and I’m really starting to enjoy this chilly weather. This morning I’ve got my mug of green tea, my favorite candle burning, and some brand new slippers on my feet. This is the stuff fall weekends are made of!
While I can reminisce about sunny summer days and tropical prints all day long, there’s no denying that fall fashion is a different kind of addicting. In November we transition from the boho-tastic earth tones and ponchos of September and October into the glamorous metallics and party dresses of December and January… which means this month you can get your hands on all of the above.
Here are 5 outfits that are perfect for November to get you inspired.
Above: 1. Bauble Bar Violet Meteor Drops 2. Rag & Bone Mila distressed cut-off denim shorts 3. Topshop Double Layer Sheer Solid Sweat 4. J.Crew Diamond Dot Tights 5. Rupert & Sanderson Leather Parnassus Ankle Boots
Above: 1. Donna Karan Oversized alpaca, silk, cashmere and wool-blend cardigan 2. AUDEN Lenox Bib Necklace 3. Topshop Jacquard Swing Slip Dress 4. Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle 5. H&M Cable-knit Knee Socks 6. Dirty Laundry Tall Tales Lace-Up Tall Boots
Above: 1. Topshop Freedom Found Collection Engaved Disc Bracelet 2. Topshop Outline Detail Cuff 3. Free People Hybrid Strappy Leather Bootie 4. APIECE APART striped woven alpaca-blend poncho 5. Rick Owens Stretch leather and cotton-blend leggings
Above: 1. Leif Gem Collector Beanie 2. Nars Nail Polish in Schiap 3. Rick Owens ‘Nasha’ ankle boots 4. Diane Von Furstenberg wrap style jumpsuit 5. Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Atmos chunky-knit wool-blend cardigan
Speaking of shopping… I just learned about the Amazon universal wishlist button, which lets you build a wishlist on amazon.com from any other retail sites on the web, including marketplaces like Etsy, and then share it. It’s perfect for the holiday season—you can tell your family and friends to set one up, so you can get a glimpse at what they want this year. *wink wink*
Time to play dress up…
Babes, I’ve tried to deny it, but it’s no use. Chapped lips season has arrived with a vengeance! The cold, windy climate of NYC around this time of the year calls for the perfect combination of saturation, lest you wander the streets with sandpaper lip syndrome. Ouch.
That’s why I couldn’t have been happier to receive a package from Flickable—a super cute new lip gloss brand that packages their gloss in lollipop shaped jars and boasts something you’ll definitely appreciate: a total lack of “sticky feeling” on your lips.
These pop color glosses come with a healing punch of vitamin E and avocado oil, which feels every bit as delicious as it sounds. They’re also cruelty free, made in the USA, and long lasting. I wore mine to meet a new freelance client this week and after a lengthy meeting and a latte, my lips were still bright red. Mmm.
P.S. Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
Ah, Wildfox. The ultimate brand of PYTs hasn’t stolen my heart since the fall 2014 runway, but the latest lookbook arrived just in time to get me daydreaming about long hair, legwarmers, and all-girl champagne parties.
Complete with a recipe for homemade cocoa and a how-to on frying the perfect egg, this snow day celebration has all the pink roses, blonde highlights, and sultry smizes you’ve come to expect from a Wildfox lookbook. It makes me want a huge snowstorm, a big old farm house, and my best girlfriends at my side. So much cold weather goodness. Bring it on, winter!
If you’re officially craving extra layers of cozy knits and a snowball fight (and maybe a few hours to scrawl a romantic letter on some antique paper), you’re not alone… Welcome to the world of Wildfox.
See the full lookbook—including the aforementioned recipes.
A few snaps from last weekend, including a mask I made for a friend who plays in a super rad band called Consumata (I’ll post the story and inspiration behind the mask up on the BM blog soon), some new bracelets from Rancho Alpino, wild parties, desktop shrines, ceviche dinners, and Halloween fanfare. From the Hudson Valley to Bushwick, here’s what I’ve been up to…
And finally, pre-Halloween costume selfies! My actual Halloween photos were all taken on an old disposable camera, so I’ll be posting those up… whenever I get around to dropping them off at one hour photo. Remember that? Ha!
See more on my Instagram.
I hope your week is progressing delightfully!
It’s Monday, and you know what that means… time to get crafty! For this week’s DIY, I did a little bit of t-shirt surgery. The finished product is a tie-dye cut-out crop top, made from a previously existing top that I picked up at a Salvation Army store in Brooklyn. Wear this over a knit turtle neck in the fall or pack it away for your next vacay. Instructions below.
Step 1. Put the top on to measure where you want the cropped hem. I like the front a little bit higher than the back hem, to create a draped effect. Cut while laid flat.
Step 2. Cut semi-circle shapes from the shoulders. Start small and try on the top a few times to determine how much to cut (remember, it’s easy to cut more, but you can’t add fabric back).
Tip: If your fabric is fray-resistant, a rough edge will be fine. If not, you may have to turn in the edge and do a straight stitch to keep things in place.
Step 3. Cut a triangle (or whatever motif you’re into) from some contracting fabric. I chose a pre-interfaced gold faux-reptile skin material that had a bit of stiffness and was easy to work with. Position it on your top, and pin it down.
Step 4. Whip stitch the applique in place. A thick, contrasting thread can create an interesting visual accent. Need some help? Learn to whip stitch here (it’s super easy).
That’s it! The key to making this one super cute is selecting a cool print, and a colorful fabric to create the applique.
I gifted this top to one of my amazing gal pals. It’s an easy and unique gift idea if you have an occasion coming up too.