What do you think about when you get dressed in the morning?
What I am going to eat for breakfast, lol. Usually I go for coffee with my love, then head to the gym. Afterwards I look at my schedule and style according to the day. I’ll ask myself: Do I have meetings? Am I going to be on the go for most of the day or on conference calls? What events and after parties do I have to attend or is it date night? Those are the things I consider, which is why I love transitional pieces that take me from day to night.
Do you follow any rules?
I have no unbreakable rules; I just wear what feels right to me. I do have a bit of a conservative element in my style and definitely abide by the top or bottom rule: if you show your gams then the top area of the ensemble should have more coverage and vice versa. And I make sure that when I walk up stairs and I’m wearing a skirt there is no view of my lady bits, lol. There is nothing cute about that walking around in New York.
Do the pieces you choose to wear aim to say anything specific?
Just that I have arrived! All jokes aside, nothing specific, I just wear what feels and looks good. I find my best creative flow in styling when I go with what just feels right with little regard for fashion faux pas.
What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself? Why?
Nothing aesthetically makes me feel like me. That is definitely an internal emotion that I worked long and hard for, so no piece of clothing is going to take the credit for that. But I do have one piece that I’m attached to due to its sentimental value, and that is my mother’s cropped leather motorcycle jacket. My mother was in an all-girls band during her teenage years and her style was everything I adore today.
At what point in your life did you really start to come into your own in terms of personal style?
The more confident I became within, the more my personal style evolved. There is a certain freedom that comes with transforming insecurities into self love. Once I tapped into it I became uninhibited in everything, including my wardrobe, and found a style I would never have dared to wear years ago.
Does your Instagram/social media presence play a role in you get dressed?
Social media plays no role in dictating how I style my wardrobe. Maybe in my youth I would have been concerned with or entertained by what others thought of my choices, but those days are long gone. (Thank goodness.) I absolutely love my audience — they’re my virtual family — and for the most part they’re all complete love bugs and are proof that women are very supportive of each other. Of course you get those who put too much focus on your endeavors and project their insecurities onto you in a disrespectful way, but I really don’t have time for it.
My view has always been that you don’t have to love an individual’s style to appreciate their personal journey in finding it. Showing your style can in a way make you vulnerable; it’s basically showing complete strangers a piece of yourself. I’m very passionate about all of us supporting each other’s differences.
You’ve been traveling a lot: how do you pack without panicking (or do you?) and what’s your number one pack-for-travel tip?
Pack items you can mix and match regarding day to night, casual to dressy — this will help you pack light. That said, my twin sister calls me Mary Poppins, she is always amazed at how much I can pack in a small carry-on.
What are your favorite three places on the Internet to get inspired?
1. Dezeen.com (an architectural, design and interior website)
2. Nowness.com (a global video channel on art, culture, fashion, beauty, music and food)
3. Instagram (for all my travel, food and fashion obsessions)
Have you discovered any fashion brands lately? What are they if so?
What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned in the last week?
There is a place in New York that makes all cookie dough desserts. I am a HUGE foodie, so this is definitely the coolest update of the week.