I can’t believe how much our worlds have changed in the last week. Right about now, I would have been enjoying a mocktail on the beach and soaking up some much needed sun on our babymoon. We, of course, cancelled everything and instead have been adjusting to our new way of life. But it’s okay—my husband and I have each other and our cockapoo, Carly, and I am so grateful for the extra time we have together. As we navigate how to practice social distancing while also looking out for our mental health, I've learned it’s more important than ever to flex our mindfulness skills. There are so many wellness practices I’ve picked up over the years and so many virtual tools at our fingertips that are really coming in handy right now. I hope these practices will help encourage your own wellness routine from the inside out during this unique moment in time, as we all navigate how to live our lives indoors.
Affirmations and Meditation
Now that I’m working from home, I find it super important to establish a routine and set daily goals. I still set my alarm for 7 a.m., cuddle with Carly for a few minutes and then make my bed. I eat my usual breakfast—warm lemon water to alkaline my system, almond butter toast, fruit, and a cup of coffee—and then sit on the sofa and take time to prepare mentally for the day.
It can be so tempting to turn on the news or scroll through my phone, but I find I’m much calmer and focused when I set my daily intentions by listening to an affirmation or by meditating. I’m also currently in my third trimester of pregnancy, and as part of my hypnobirthing classes, I listen to a daily affirmation to mentally prepare me for labor.
I’ve always struggled with turning my brain off while in complete silence, so I find guided meditations to be really helpful. My favorites are by Gabby Bernstein, which are about 10 minutes long and her voice guides you through the entire practice. Deep breathing and visualizing each part of your body as it relaxes does wonders for your nervous system and helps me start my day on a positive note.
Minimalist Beauty Routine
Normally, my at-home uniform is Alo Yoga sweats or Blanqi maternity leggings with an oversized sweatshirt, but I find getting dressed in a proper outfit, especially for those days when I’m on one video conference after another, has really helped keep up my productivity and focus. This also applies to my beauty routine. I’ve never been one to spend more than 15 minutes on my routine, and I like to keep my look pretty effortless.
My current routine is all about lashes and glow. I start off with Wander Beauty’s Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil in blonde. I’ve always said I never leave my house without my brows done, but now I never stay in my house without my brows done either! The micro tip mimics the shape of hair, which dramatically improves the shape of my brows and gives me a much more youthful look. I could stop there, but I can’t live without mascara and I religiously use Wander’s Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara. I love how the brush lifts and curls my lashes and the formula lasts all day without flaking or smudging. Next, I quickly conceal any blemishes or redness with our Dualist Matte & Illuminating Concealer. I love this concealer because it’s two formulas in one: a full coverage matte stick, plus an illuminating liquid which together work perfectly to conceal and brighten any complexion for those “no-makeup” makeup days. I finish off my look with Wander Beauty’s On-the-Glow Blush & Illuminator. I pop a little coral rose blush on my cheeks, eyes and lips to warm up my complexion and then finish off with highlighter on my cheekbones and nose for a healthy glow. Just a few steps and I’m ready to video conference with my team!
When working from home, I find it mentally healthier and much more productive to separate my work and living space. This requires a bit of creativity in a NYC apartment, so I decided to create a temporary zen office space in our soon-to-be nursery. I ordered a foldaway desk online, which is able to double as my photo studio, and I can store it away when not in use. Some of my favorite zen items that I keep at my desk are my aromatherapy diffuser and True Botanicals Calm Nutrient Mist enriched with blue chamomile, an ultra calming ingredient known to reduce redness in the skin. When I’m photographing content, I like to turn on a podcast, and I’m currently loving The Happiness Lab by Dr. Laurie Santos. She’s an expert on the science of happiness and her class at Yale is the most popular in its history. Each episode she has different guests that share practical tips and inspiring ways to increase happiness every day; I.highly recommended if you’re looking for a new podcast.
At the end of my workday I schedule in at least 30 minutes of movement. I recently hosted a wellness weekend at the Shou Sugi Ban House in the Hamptons with a group of friends. We had Bec from Sweat with Bec™ lead a class with her signature booty bands and I fell in love. There’s so many ways to use the bands to tone your legs and booty; best of all you can use them anywhere, so they're really coming in handy now! I’ve also found so many virtual workout options to replace the yoga and pilates classes I regularly take. A couple of my favorites are Obé Fitness and Ballet Beautiful. Obé has a variety of workouts, everything from dance cardio to meditation and prenatal yoga all designed to be done at home. Ballet Beautiful has been a workout I’ve loved since my days on the runway. I love the way my body looks with these lengthening and strengthening exercises. Her variety of streaming workouts target specific areas of the body so you can train like a ballerina on your own schedule in your living room.
DIY Spa Treatment
After a long day of video calls, there’s nothing better than taking a long shower, cozying up on the sofa while indulging in the finest reality TV, and treating your skin to a DIY facial. After cleansing my skin, I massage Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum all over my face. It’s a multi-correctional serum enriched with 22 active botanicals to nourish and heal the skin. I love how easily it absorbs, and a little goes a long way. Then I apply Wander Beauty’s Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks, which are enriched with hyaluronic acid to treat fine lines and aloe leaf juice that soothes tired eyes. The gold foil seals it all in and gently warms as you wear, which helps the ingredients penetrate deep into the skin. Finally, I take Georgia Louise’s Freeze Tools and give myself a lymphatic massage. Her freeze tools are like getting a professional cryo facial right at home. They help to increase circulation and are perfect for calming inflamed or puffy skin.