What’s In Your Purse?

By AFM Staff – March 1, 2015
photography by Brian Fitzsimmons

What staple items do you always carry in your purse? My iPhone, a small notebook and pen (preferably a black Le Pen) for jotting down ideas, bareMinerals lip gloss, ginger Altoids, blotting papers, hand sanitizing wipes from Honest Co., and my Clare Vivier wallet with cash and cards. If my 2-year-old is in tow, I always carry an extra diaper and a snack bar. If I’m location scouting or traveling, I’ll toss in my Sony RX1 camera. When I’m headed out to dinner, my bag gets scaled way down to a tiny clutch that holds my lip gloss, keys, credit card, and phone.

If your bag somehow caught fire and you could only save one item, what would it be? My iPhone! 

What is the latest makeup or beauty product you purchased and what do you like most about it? Since I’m 6 months pregnant, I’ve been trying to take really good care of my skin using all organic products. I love Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask—I’ll slather it on at night and in the morning my skin looks instantly more radiant.

What is your favorite go-to pampering pick me up? I love a great massage. Since I spend so much time in front of my computer and carrying around my daughter, nothing feels better than getting all those knots in my shoulders worked out.

Go-to workout? Every morning, my husband and I take our daughter for a long walk around our west Austin neighborhood (those hills are killer!). I also love the spin classes at Ride.

What motivates you? I’m inspired by the energetic and positive people who surround me. I feel so fortunate to work with some of the most creative people I know on a daily basis. Of course, my brilliant husband and sweet daughter are always my greatest sources of inspiration and make my life so fun!

Favorite quote/mantra you live by? “Find joy in the ordinary.”

Who do you admire or look up to as a role model? My mother. She has always taught me to enjoy the little things in life and find a way to always do what I’m passionate about. Also, to always sit up straight!

Favorite fashion style trend you’re loving right now? All the fashion-y sneakers that are out right now! I can throw on a pair with skinny jeans and a blazer for a chic, comfortable look that takes me from morning meetings to afternoon play dates at the park.

Go-to guilty pleasure? I wish I wasn’t such a late-night snacker, but I always have to end the day with something sweet! If I’m out, I love the brioche donuts at laV and the “fried milk” at Uchiko.

If you could give our readers one entertaining tip to always try and follow, what would it be? My number one party hosting tip is to just be yourself and have fun. When a host is comfortable and laid-back, guests soak up those vibes and everyone ends up having a great time. 

One fashion tip? Don’t be afraid to find a signature piece that you love and feel amazing in…and then wear it all the time.

The best entertaining playlist… It changes a lot, but right now my playlists always seem to include something by Imagine Dragons, Sia, Calvin Harris, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. I like party music that’s fun and high energy.

The thing you love most about Austin… The sunshine-y weather and the equally sunny people who live here!



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