Airyka: Architecture, perpetual produce at the farmers markets, dramatic clouds, walking to all the amenities, and the light, be it sun or a foggy gauze over the valleys.
Favorite quote or personal mantra.
Airyka: The emotional life of the toddler by Alicia Lieberman & Fioretti, a book of poetry by my best friend Rachel Corry.
How do you approach wellness/self-care?
Airyka: Urgently, then as slowly as possible.
Kelley: I worked for several years with an acupuncturist who impressed on me the importance of a healthy liver. In Chinese Medicine the liver is the leader in charge of “strategic planning.” Without a plan your body doesn’t know what to do with the rest of itself. If something feels off, I visit the office of “strategic planning.” Self-care is a balancing act, between my mindful-self and my goal-oriented-self – it’s a constant negotiation.
Airyka: Eyeliner. Breastfeeding my baby in bed. Being barefoot. Herbal tea, any temperature. List making. Cooking.
How do you stay creatively inspired?
Airyka: I look carefully, & often, toward flora & fauna, interior design, recipes, foreign films from bygone eras, and try to keep replenishing friendships with people who I admire for the ways they live artfully & resourcefully.
Airyka: Reading, taking hot baths, cooking, picnics, searching for vintage delights for my home & closet, laying in the sunny window seat, making foraged greenery/floral arrangements.
Airyka: Hearing my baby’s laugh, & seeing his face take in the world with a gorgeous combo of total seriousness, tenderness & curiosity.
Airyka: In the city: Soak at a no frills Korean spa then have a scrub & oil massage, dress slowly, don a silk dress, meet Kelley for an early, long dinner at my fave SF restaurant The Progress, then am transported home instantaneously to watch a film while eating chocolate mouse with fresh raspberries from my mom’s garden. In the country: Have a leisurely, bee-free, delicious Mediterranean picnic & lots of pink & orange wine with Kelley and a small array of our friends, then realize it’s a full moon and end up skinny dipping in a nearby, blue green lake at sunset. After that we’d all get warm and cozy and wind down the night talking in a textile and pattern-filled mid-century modern house, until it’s just Kelley and Lollino and I in a sleepy pile by an indoor, roaring fire while old blues & occasional ragas play.