Tell us about yourself
Hi! I’m a writer and consultant based in New York City — I live downtown with my husband. My consulting work sits at the intersection of brand strategy, content, and marketing, which means I get to help brands tell stories about what they do, who they are, and why they matter. It’s so much fun, and I love working for myself, but I miss having coworkers.
Do you think the city you live in has an influence on your style?
Oh for sure. In New York you can walk out the door wearing literally anything (or nothing, for that matter, and no one will bat an eyelash. It’s really fun to get dressed in that kind of environment, which is just as conducive to anonymity as it is to standing out.
Your style slips over into your interiors too, how do you think your sense of dress influences your home and are there rules that you apply to getting dressed versus designing a space?
While my outfits are subject to change based on external variables — like bad weather, or a client meeting — my home decor revolves around my indoor habits and routines, which tend to be pretty consistent. Getting dressed is a great outlet for experimentation, which I think is why I really enjoy the way decorating a home naturally lends itself to a greater sense of permanence.
If you could only wear one thing ever again, what would it be and why?
Okay this question is tricky because I want to say something chic like “gray wool trousers with a ribbed turtleneck and silver ballet flats” but if I’m being honest I would probably choose a sweatsuit.
What is your first jewellery memory?
Making a pasta necklace in my Kindergarten classroom. It was a work of art — I wish I still had it.
Is there a piece of jewellery that is particularly special to you?
My mom and my sisters and I each have our own vintage articulated fish charm necklace. Our respective senses of personal style couldn’t be more different, but it’s special to me that this is something we all share, and whenever I wear my necklace I always imagine them wearing theirs too. It’s a comforting thought, like looking up at the moon and thinking about how all the people you love, no matter where they are, are looking at the same one. I know that’s corny but it makes me happy!!!
Who are women who inspire you in life?
My mom, definitely. She is my opposite in many ways (the extrovert to my introvert), but we both share an appreciation for beautiful old things and I’ve been the lucky recipient of her vintage sourcing knowledge over the years.
How would you describe your style?
Dogged. Haha. Maybe a strange adjective to ascribe to style, but I'll get an idea in my head about how I want something to look or feel, and once that happens I'm very determined to make it resemble that in real life — or at least come close. Since I prefer buying vintage when possible, this kind of obsession leads to a lot of dead ends before it leads anywhere promising, but that's what makes it extra satisfying if and when it all comes together. I also put a lot of stock in trying to have a sense of style that feels uniquely my own. I'm sure I'm not always successful, but it's something I think about a lot. I would always rather have my taste be a little different, even if that means it's sometimes a little weird.
When you think of Daphine what comes to mind?
The word “considered” comes to mind. Everything from the unique design choices to the fully recyclable packaging, it all communicates a willingness to take things slow in order to find the most thoughtful approach. I really appreciate that in a brand, and I know it isn’t always easy to pull off.
What are some of the lessons you have learned over the last year?
Stylistically speaking, I’ve learned there’s a lot of freedom not only in choosing to trust my instincts, but also in knowing I can, especially after years of getting swept up in the tides of different trends and algorithms. I’m not done evolving, though! I’m just done conflating evolution with lack of certainty. I’ve realized that they’re very different things.