Meet Erika Spring
ON HER MORNING ROUTINE
I’m a slow starter in the morning, but I try to greet the day positively by getting centered, setting my intentions, and giving thanks. My boyfriend gets up early so he always makes me breakfast and tea which is the nicest. I like to stretch and listen to music and let my mind meander a little bit before looking at my to do list.
on her musical interests
I’ve always been into music. When I moved to New York, I joined a friend’s band and then formed Au Revoir Simone with two other friends and started playing shows. It felt pretty normal at the time, like what I was supposed to be doing. I worked other jobs back then too, but the band was really the best thing ever.
We were being creative, having so much fun, meeting amazing people, and eventually traveling to Europe, Asia, and throughout North & South America.
on her favorite instruments
I have a lot of vintage synths that I love, but I’d say my favorite right now is my Mini Korg. My favorite instruments to listen to are cello, harp, and electric guitar.
on her shopping habits
I’ve been trying to use less, reuse, recycle and compost as much as possible. The amount of waste that is needlessly brought to landfills is incredibly sad so I’m trying to do my part. My friend Tennessee gave me the set of bamboo utensils and I have lost count of how many times I’ve been able to avoid using plastic because of them.
We also help each other remember to always bring a jar or reusable container for water or to-go drinks and food. It has really lessened and made me more aware of how much waste I personally create.
on learning new techniques
I’ve been studying with Pilates teacher, Jessie Zalla, since 2009. She is an anatomy expert and works with integrating the muscles, bones, fascia, blood flow and breath. I used to have pain in my shoulder and lower back issues but working out with Jessie every week and using the foam roller and foot wakers at home has helped a ton. It’s so easy for me to fall into the habit of ignoring my body, but it’s really rewarding when I tune in and try to learn from it.
On HER BEAUTY ROUTINE
I moisturize as much as I can, especially in the winter because my skin tends towards dryness. I always read ingredients and buy natural products, it’s just not worth it to ingest chemicals through our skin when our systems are so sensitive and there are so many great natural alternatives. I use Saffron Eye Ghee Eye Cream, Maison Louis Marie No. 05 Kandilli, Mermaid Conditioner, Bumble and bumble Bb. Pret-a-Powder, and Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hydrating Face Mist.
The makeup I wear is pretty light, my friend Hana gave me a tutorial recently and showed me how to use powdered RMS eyeshadow as eyeliner with an angled brush, and I love that technique because regular thick eyeliner pencils have never looked good on me. I also recommend Diorshow Lash-Extension Effect Volume Mascara.
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erika's favorite places in nyc
The Deep End Club in the East Village is an amazing shop and a headquarters for activism and information. I spend all of my free time there because it’s just so full of information and great people working on projects to make the world a better place.
Maha Rose for crystals, angel cards, books and healing workshops.
My favorite restaurant in NYC is Dimes.