The Los Angeles based stylist shares her feelings on beauty.
Q: What is real beauty to you?
A: I think real beauty springs from kindness, knowing who you are, and loving unconditionally.
Q: What is your morning or evening routine?
A: I use a microcurrent device and red light therapy a few times a week. In the morning, after washing my face with warm water, I apply AYOND Amber Elix Face Oil to my face, neck, and décolletage followed by spf 30-50, and very simple makeup.
In the evening I wash my face with AYOND Metamorph Cleansing Balm, followed by the AYOND Amber Elix Face Oil and moisturizer.
Q: How important is the relationship of design and its environmental impact on the world to you?
A: It is important to me, so I am grateful for those who offer a product designed with low environmental impact so I have more opportunities to choose the least harmful option.
Q: What does resilience mean to you?
A: To me, resilience involves a lifelong cycle of factors, choices, redemption, healing, forgiveness, and responsibility. I think it goes hand in hand with having good character.
Q: What is your idea of a healing space?
A: When I can’t easily access a lush verdant forest on a tropical island, I resort to my own head for a good old fashioned attitude adjustment. I’ve worked hard to build a decent toolbox for that.
Q: What was one defining moment for you, in your life?
A: I kept a secret of a traumatic experience for decades. I was a child and didn’t understand the experience the way I would later in life. Understanding it came in stages, and over many moments of revelation as I matured and my awareness deepened . I carried it in silence to protect the people the women I loved most in my life. Only this year did I begin to put together how I still repeat certain patterns to this very day. I have come to believe that I redeemed that trauma for a good life. And I like the person I am. I appreciate how it shaped me. I can be of good counsel to myself, I am skeptical and cautious, I have developed a rich inner world, and I feel a sense of responsibility and protection to my creative community, even if from a distance. I don’t define myself by my trauma though, but by my authentic self and my character which were unearthed by that moment, only understood over a lifetime, and surely to be understood with greater depth and clarity throughout my remaining time on this planet.