From that day on, she was always on my first-call list for vendor collaborators. Friendships formed, and since starting CosmoMuse, she has become one of my nearest and dearest. You know that any shoot she participates in, is going to be elevated and refined with her instinctual understanding of color, texture, composition, framing and context around prop and model interaction. She will always show up with extra items and isn’t scared to speak up when things aren’t making sense.
On a personal and social level, Lauren’s just fun to be around, possessing equal measures of poetic depth and raunchy silliness. We have lots of project in the cooker and some new ideas for pop-up events stewing. I’m looking forward to many more years of collaboration with this rising star in the styling world and am excited to see her career explode.
A) Capricorns are one of the hardest working signs in the Zodiac and I certainly fit the definition. I love pouring my heart and soul into my work and I have for as long as I can remember. I generally find myself in jobs that are aligned to a creative field: A motion picture camera assistant, a photographer, a barista, an actress, a printmaker, an event designer & planner, a stationer and a prop & photo stylist. I have run multiple businesses for myself and others, each and every one of these, during whatever time they were in my life, I dedicated myself to perfecting the skills that come along with them. I become successful in my field, I do not fain from long hours, and I welcome the challenges that come with them. I thrive in making long lasting connections by creating relationships with clients and customers. Most importantly, I feel satisfied in the experiences that I have created.
A) As a Capricorn, I put a lot of care and thought into all of my choices. I believe in the truth of objects; that they have a voice and story to be told. It is in the small and unexpected details that brings this story to life! Through texture and color comes emotion, and like any art, it’s visual and contextual components will affect you and create an experience. It is incredibly important and satisfying to me, that the viewer connects to the images that I am creating. I feel that it is the culmination of my life experiences that has influenced this in me.
Q) Is there anything in particular that is a constant source of inspiration to you? Or ways in which you consistently seek inspiration?
A) In true Capricorn fashion, my source of inspiration is more often than not, found by climbing a mountain top. I am most connected to things when I am surrounded by nature; it fills my soul to the brim.
A) A friend once asked me—as we were sitting at the Café de Paris outside the steps of the Casino de Monte-Carlo— “What is your idea of riches?”. My answer was simple: Sitting at a dinner table with my friends and loved ones, connecting over conversation, food and drink.
We had this discussion while drinking espresso, affirming my belief that a lifetime of moments happen around the comfort of a cup: Friendships are formed, support is given, habits enjoyed and love is realized.
It’s where conversation connects us, nurtures us and brings us together. This is why I love coffee so much and why I love events. I am a born hostess, and LOVE to create tip-to-tail, one-of-a-kind experiences in all of the events that I produce or vignettes that I create. It is incredibly satisfying to connect to my client’s personalities and produce an event, or image, that allows them to connect further with their friends & family or clients. In turn, I gain a great sense of satisfaction through the ephemeral experiences that I have created, knowing that they will last a lifetime through the experience of others.
A) I think this touches a little on earlier questions as to what inspires me! Collaboration!!! I often joke that my best suited job would be to sit in a room with other creatives and generate idea after idea. One of my favorite things about the styling process, is the collaboration with every key party involved. We are the collective voice of the client: The photographer, art director, graphics designer, styling and photo assistants—all contributing an integral part to the process.
Q) Paint us a picture of your ideal day-off, with no tasks or responsibilities to attend to.
A) Indulgence in solitude! To a fault, Capricorns do not know when or how to stop. I have to force myself to. This day would start indulging in the waking hours, staying in bed, quiet with my thoughts, snuggling with my cat. Following said indulgence, comes coffee! It is why I go to bed at night! I love everything about the process; the brew method, the equipment used, the bean I grind, and of course enjoying it. This would be paired with a few hours of reading, writing letters, catching up on my favorite shows or listening to music. I would then head to the mountains for a three to four hour hike or jaunt over to the Cliff Lodge Day Spa to relish in the views, meditate poolside and enjoy the benefits of soaking in mineral water. My evening would begin with a yoga class, then with a mind and body refreshed and renewed, I would return to the comfort of my home to enjoy a dinner to myself, with my favorite fur-ball of a friend at my side, and say goodnight to the world.