Meet Nada Alic
on her morning routine
On a typical morning, I’d wake up at 7:30 AM and try to decode the meaning behind a particularly unnerving dream I had, like why I survived the tsunami and my high school teacher James Franco did not, and what that meant about my emotional state, if anything at all. Then I would Google image search “James Franco” and eventually find myself on his little brother, Dave Franco’s IMDB page, and at that point, I would be late for work. In all seriousness, I truly hate mornings, so I’ve designed a pretty fool-proof routine each morning that involves Starbucks instant coffee sticks, Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk and a quick and silent cry.
on becoming a writer
I studied journalism in University and spent much of my early days doing freelance music journalism. I always considered my writing to be an afterthought to the message I was trying to convey; like a little tortilla chip vessel for information. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started writing fiction, which was born out of boredom during one uniquely terrible Toronto winter. It felt like life had this monotonous precision to it, everything repeated itself so eerily each day. It was so joyless to me. There was a lot of nothingness, and in that nothingness was me, observing the subtle vibrations of everything and everyone: the people on the subway train, in the gym, at the mall. I started writing stories about these things that were so banal that they were somehow hilarious. Hilariously boring. I hoped to reconstruct them, and give them a new life through stories. I’ve always had a strong desire to live in a universe that is full of meaning, even if that means I have to create it myself.
on her writing process
My approach is obviously more strategic when it comes to writing and editing for Society6: I’m speaking to a specific demographic, so the kind of content I’m producing is designed with specific business and brand goals in mind. That said, it is still my voice, but I recognize that I am playing more of a supporting role in that capacity. Writing fiction requires a completely different part of my brain. My writing voice is so neurotic, self-indulgent and somewhat sexual that I can only really write that way in the privacy of my own home. I am living a double life, essentially.
nada's favorite books
How Should A Person Be by Sheila Heti, You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman, Being Bodies by Lenore Friedman and Susan Moon, Weird Fucks by Lynne Tillman, No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
on her personal projects
I work on the Future You series with my best friend Andrea Nakhla who creates all of the artwork for the books. I love getting to see her visually interpret my stories, because she’ll often pull things from it that I didn’t realize were even there. The visual component gives it an extra depth. So I would say art, specifically her art, is a critical aspect to creating a more immersive experience.
on her beauty routine
I’ve been using the same Revlon foundation since 6th grade, which is both deeply sad and so funny to me. I don’t know what I’m doing with my face. I know there are YouTube tutorials out there but I’m not ready for them yet. I wash my face twice a day with whatever is in my cabinet, which could be anything from SW Basics cleanser, $4 Apricot Scrub from Vons, or a sample of something I got from a door greeter at Sephora. Is there a book I can read about this? Someone help me. I also recommend Benefit They're Real! Lengthening Mascara, Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter, Medicine Mama Bee Magic All In One Healing Skin Cream, Bad Moon Rising Bath Salts, Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Gel Eyeliner Pen, Cover Fx Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment, and Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel.
on her shopping habits and style
I’ve always been pretty aesthetically-minded in my approach to clothing. For the most part, I’ve kept a consistent uniform of all-black everything, always and forever, amen. In recent years I’ve started to incorporate other non-threatening colors such as white, beige and the occasional peach. My mind is so chaotic that dressing monochromatically calms me. For whatever reason, this rule does not apply to my vintage pieces: I own so many insane sequin shirts, silk kimonos, legging bodysuits, and velvet bomber jackets. I guess I like to wear one artsy piece over an otherwise blank canvas.
nada's favorite movies
nada's favorite places in la
My favorite vintage store in LA is Squaresville in Los Feliz, they always have the best stuff and it’s pretty affordable.
If I want to give myself a panic attack, I will go to the Rosebowl Flea and beeline it to the vintage clothing section, covering my eyes when I pass the Moroccan rug section whispering “you don’t need this” quietly to myself, over and over again.
Sometimes I will just stand inside Mohawk General Store just to feel what it would feel like to be able to afford their clothes. I think they know.
The best date spots are Figaro (feels like Paris, all of the waiters have real French accents or very impressive fake ones), Good Luck Bar (feels like the inside of a sexy fortune cookie), Sonny’s Hideaway for great booths and cocktails, and Kombu Sushi (it’s cheap and Pauly Shore is almost always there so you can talk about him when you run out of things to talk about)
The best places to cry are Sunset Blvd at night (it’s your best defense against getting murdered - no one wants to deal with an already-hysterical woman), Echo Park Lake (no one will be able to see you from your paddle boat), Silverlake Reservoir Dog Park (dogs can sense sadness and they’re fun to watch from a safe distance), and Hollywood Forever Cemetery (you’ll feel very LA)
Photography by Claire Donoghue