Meet Laura Brown
ON HER MORNING ROUTINE
My mornings are usually rushed! Sometimes I manage to get up early to work out or make breakfast at home, but most days I just grab a coffee in my neighborhood and eat breakfast at work—they have a well-stocked kitchen.
on shopping and style
I’m hesitant to buy clothes and objects that “make a statement” because I’m more likely to grow tired of them when my taste changes or when the trend that they belong to runs out. I like things that approach some sort of platonic ideal of whatever the thing is. This translates into owning mostly pretty plain clothing. I’m more into the subtle elements that can make an item interesting, like the texture created by the way it’s knit, the cut, the pattern—but never all of those things at once—than in being bold.
her haircare and skincare tips
Apple cider vinegar, like Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, is good for your hair and your skin. Sometimes I add some to the water if I take a bath, or mix it with my shampoo. I also recommend Kiehl's Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Fruit Pak, Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo, and Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner.
ON her turtles
I volunteered to look after the turtles while my friend was away for a couple weeks, back when they were cute babies. I was secretly hoping that they would just become mine, and they did. Little did I know they’d grow to be this big.
on spotting good finds
I spent a long time searching for the perfect chelsea boot. I happened to find a pair of Ferragamo chelsea boots on eBay for $200, but there were no photos other than stock photos. The seller accepted returns, so I took a chance on them thinking I’d get a refund if they were beat up. They turned out to be brand new at less than half their retail value. I still gloat about it.
ON Her favorite books
Draw It With Your Eyes Closed is a compilation of art school assignments sourced from artists who teach at or attended art school. Some of the contributions are very straight-forward and instructional, some are more anecdotal. Some, including my favorite piece, are cautionary tales about assignments that went horribly wrong.
The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of essays written by Yale graduate Marina Keegan. The book’s title essay, written for the Yale Daily News for her class’s commencement, gained a lot of currency. Days after commencement, she was killed in a car accident. The essays are mostly pieces she wrote in school, both fiction and non-fiction, although some of the fiction could easily be someone’s reality. I didn’t expect to be so strongly affected by her writing, but some of it really hit home for me.
laura's makeup recommendations
I recommend MAC Lipstick, Kiehl's Stylist Series Silk Groom Serum, Clinique Almost Makeup SPF 15, Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Moisturizer, NOW Lavender Essential Oil, and Kiehl's Since Silk Groom Serum.
laura's favorite books
Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Draw It With Your Eyes Closed Edited by Paper Monument, The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi, Data Space by Kyle May, La Peste by Albert Camus, Room of Rhythms by Cevdet Erek, Adult Magazine
laura's favorite places in nyc
Marietta for Brunch