In this series we are speaking to inspiring modern women and having them share their morning rituals and secrets with us. Meet Laura, a creative director living in LA, and see how she creates calm for herself in the busy city.
I am originally from Lousiville, Kentucky and in 2008 I moved to Los Angeles, California. Since living in LA, I’ve worked in fashion for the past 4 years as an Art Director. Currently I am Creative Director at Jane the Jock.
What time do you wake up in the morning?
My alarm is set for 6:30am but I usually wake up around 5:30am. Los Angeles is an extremely stressful city in itself, so waking up before the sun and before the daily grind makes me feel like I can find peace in such a hectic city. Every other day I’ll go to the gym for light cardio and weightlifting. After, I’ll have my vanilla latte and breakfast (which is typically eggs & bacon) and answer emails. I set my intentions for the day and try to meditate before I shower for the day.
What’s your coffee / coffee drink of choice?
I have a Nespresso machine and they make a mint chocolate flavored espresso, which is truly amazing. I’ll use two of those and steam some whole milk and vanilla creamer. It’s hard not to have seconds…
What’s been a favorite or coveted place of yours to enjoy a cup of coffee?
It’s usually pretty chilly in my apartment (even for LA), so I’ll cozy up next to the heater with my puppy on my lap and latte in hand.
What’s the last thing that inspired you?
I recently purchased this lifestyle book for my coffee table, “The Outsiders, New Outdoor Creativity” (by Gestalten) and there’s a quote in the book that really stayed with me: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. In a world full of ‘followers’ and ‘fans’, I think we could all use a little off-trail way of thinking.
What’s a favorite morning beauty, food, or get moving tip you may have?
Even if I don’t exercise I make a point to drink 16-ounces of water before breakfast. It’s a great way to get in 1/4 of the water you need for the day and it feels like a sort of ‘mini cleanse’ to help start the day.
How do you relax/take time for yourself daily?
It’s definitely hard to ‘unplug’, but after I put down the gadgets and read a few chapters in whatever book it is I’m reading at the time (currently Lena Dunham’s, Not That Kind of Girl). I also find myself cooking dinner and tuning-out. I love to cook, so it’s nice to turn on Pandora and chop away at veggies
What does your ideal day of rest look like?
Rest days are the best day, you can find me lounging in my cozies and hanging with my pup, River. It’s pure bliss.