Alexis Stein and Gigi
Artist, Equestrian, and Self-Proclaimed African Explorer, Age 23
Alexis is one of those old friends who you can only keep up with by serious Facebook stalking and a lucky encounter if momentarily in the same city. Between her career as a singer and equestrian, she splits her time between New York, Florida, Europe and volunteering/safaris in Africa- Oh, and an occasional trip to Disney in-between (her Disney obsession is represented with matching Mini and Mickey Mouse tattoos behind her ears). The epitome of effortless, Alexis possesses the same ‘cool’ found almost indescribably in idols such a Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler- Rocker-chic, perhaps? As we sat down, she kicked off her black flip flops into the dry Florida grass and her pomeranian, Gigi, joined us as she shared with me her ’5 Things Your Mother Should Have Told You’.
1. Lavender Oil - “I love essential oils, and lavender is my go to. I use it for so many things. It clears up scars in weeks. It is also so relaxing. I always carry it on airplanes with me, and when I travel overnight, I put a few drops on my pillow to help me sleep.”
2. Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion - “Baby lotion is my everything! I became a huge fan a few years ago when I asked a waitress at a restaurant I frequented what she used on her skin. I had never seen such beautiful, porcelain skin, and when I found out how old she was, I was in shock. After two children, she looked about 27, with not a wrinkle in sight, but was actually nearing 40. She said all she used on her skin was Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion, AM and PM. While I use other products as well, it is always a great “in case of emergencies” light moisturizer for the face and body. Plus, I absolutely rely on it to take off my eye makeup at night. What’s even better, drugstores carry teeny tiny versions of it in the same miniature pink bottles, which not only are adorable, but great to throw in your purse, car, everywhere!”
3. Scarves - “I adore scarves…expensive, cheap, silk, linen, anything! My absolute favorite scarf is the one I purchased in Zimbabwe two years ago for $5, and it is without a doubt the one I get the most compliments on. I love the versatility scarves give, they can dress up, or down any outfit, and have a million and one practical uses besides keeping you warm on a chilly night. I love using them at the beach and when I’m volunteering in Africa. They’re great to tie around your face to protect you from the sun and the dry, dusty African weather! Tie them up like a little chic turban, use them as a sarong, or after a morning of cleaning out the lion enclosures, I’ll throw my scarf down and take a nice nap with the cubs! Keeping items versatile is key for me.”
4. In the kitch - “Recently, I’ve become obsessed with cooking. While most of my meals come out of the oven loaded with carbs, cheese, and cholesterol… Just ask any of my friends, my favorite restaurant is McDonald’s! But, I do have moments where having 8 cheeseburgers can become a little obsessive. That being said, I think it is super important to keep a list of “healthy snacks.” That way, whenever you feel like it is time to grab something good for you, you know exactly where to head. In the past, I used to say to myself, “I want to eat healthy today, but there’s nothing to eat, oh well! On to the Lunchables!”, but over time, I realized what snacks I like that are healthy, and now I never find myself caving. I love making a little plate of some sliced turkey or chicken breast (super easy to purchase from the market already roasted), slicing up a few red peppers, and some tomatoes. Even keeping some frozen veggies in your freezer is so easy! You can steam them in the bag, throw on a little garlic powder, and voila! Make a list of snacks that you know you can always count on when you need a little pick me up. Oh, and if you’re boiling anything on the stove, did you know that if you lay a wooden spoon on top of your pot, it won’t over boil? How cool is that?”
5. Habits to change, and habits to keep - “Without a doubt, there are certain beauty regimes that should stay consistent, and some that should change. For example, I think it is super important to change your skin routine about once a year. I used to have very troublesome skin, but I’ve found a few good brands that really help keep my skin in check, and I like to rotate them whenever I feel like it is “time.” I love Dermalogica, Naturopathica, and products from my dermatologist, Dr. Orentreich. Things I would never change? My sunscreen (once you find a brand that doesn’t clog your pores, stick to it!-I use a mineral based suncreen by MD Solar Sciences), my chapstick (Rosebud Salve or Carmex), and my perfume (I’ve been wearing the same one for years–whenever I see a friend I haven’t seen in a while, that is their favorite thing, they love that it is so familiar to them).”