Meet Nicole Hokayem
ON HER MORNING ROUTINE
A morning is something that I am lacking in my life. My call times are pretty early which leaves little time for anything beyond the basics. I brush my teeth, floss & mouthwash, (try to) tame my hair & find matching socks while chugging a cup of water. Don’t have time for breakfast at home but eat a Fage yogurt at work or make up for it during family meal.
ON HER family
I’m first generation American & grew up in a very food-centric Lebanese household. My dad traveled the world studying food before settling in NYC as a Chef. I was pretty much raised in a restaurant & totally spoiled.
On Personal Style
I like high waists & interesting shapes. I’m afraid of too many colors sometimes so like to play with textures; simple, comfort and minimal effort. I often play with mixing tight and loose silhouettes.
I really enjoy wearing white but always seem to manifest Cholula spills when I try to pull it off at work.
On Her haircare routine
I don’t shampoo. Just condition & brush. That’s it really. When the season changes and my scalp gets dry I apply olive oil to my scalp before showering.
I’m super inspired by Lebanese cuisine and eating a lot of seasonal veggies. I tend to cook in a mezze-style (a lot of hummus, pickles, radishes, olives, cheese, savory yogurts, lentils stews & fresh veggies.) Olive oil, lemon, garlic & z’ataar are my go to. I like mushy things.
I always assume I haven’t made enough so I tend to be gluttonous with my portions and force feed people - and then have an anxiety attack when I realize I’m turning into my mom.
ON HER ideal day
An ideal day would entail waking at a decent time, watering my plants, drinks 3 personal french presses, have people over for shakshuka + zaatar pita, go for a little bike ride with buddies, play tennis, stretch & drink a negroni in bed doing some evening reading.
Nicole's Favorite Books
Nicole's Favorite Places
Best Middle Eastern Brunch: Cafe Mogador’s
Best Ramen: Chuko Ramen
Best Cheap + Vegan Ethiopian: Cafe Bunna
Best Thai: Pok Pok
Best Oysters: Rockaway Raw Bar
Best Tennis Courts: Myrtle Willoughby Rec