“As a child, I was very interested in fashion and writing and I loved magazines. One of my pioneering memories of the summer camp is that I asked our advisors to smuggle magazines back for me after they returned from CVS. In high school I was president of the student council, I was a sea captain and I wrote for the Philly newspaper. I definitely see it as a time in my life when I had a lot of support and privileges and was able to thrive and find out what could make me happy.
During my senior year of high school, I volunteered for Obama's main campaign in Pennsylvania – in the end, I was in charge of college public relations for the state. That was an early seed for me when I felt a little more entrepreneurial. I could see that if I showed up every day and proved myself and worked my way up, I was very rewarded and had a lot of say. It was a formative experience for me. But when I graduated from high school, I went to school in Northwestern and studied journalism and gender studies. I love not only reading women's magazines for the pictures, but also finding out how they talk about how to be a woman and what it looks like. At the time, I was very curious about what that meant.
I think I have always striven to get to the next phase of my life for better or worse. I was always in a hurry. I practiced with Teen Vogue in college and it was a really great experience. I remember they told me to run Twitter – it was a time. On my last day, I knocked on Naomi Nevitt's door, who was the web editor at the time, and said, "Hey, there are elections ahead. Our average age is 22, we are not dealing with anything political, and I want to write something here." me that they were considering hiring a feature editor for the site, and although I was finishing my last year, I applied and got the job, it was 2008, but I had to be a one-woman show I wrote, I produced, I edited.
After I graduated, I moved to New York for this job and finally found a tiny apartment on MacDougal Street. The food there felt pretty depressing, so I decided to get to know the city through food. At the same time, I read about all these male cooks. It was strange for me that we were at this highlight of the celebrity chef and all of us were men. The student of gender studies in me was really interested in it and in the end it occurred to me that [writing food] was actually a career path. I sent a couple of cold emails, one of which went to New York Magazine, and a few months later I was called for a role. I profiled chefs on Grub Street and did a lot of food rounds. I felt like I had a key to the city. Once I wrote a story about the best birthday cakes and ate cake for a week. I also had to find out who we illuminated: I worked a lot to profile confectioners, most of whom are women. I was there a little over five years and it felt like food was exploding as that cultural force at that time. And it was fun to have the feeling of being on the cutting edge.
After a while I started to think, "What's next?" I wanted to take my home cooking more seriously. The first step was to get new pots and pans, but although I had access to chefs and cookbook authors, I still found it so confusing and uncomfortable. I also wanted something that spoke to my sense of design and style and couldn't find anything.
It felt like food was exploding as that cultural force.
Maddy [Moelis] is my co-founder [Great Jones] and we have known each other for years – we met in the summer camp. I told her about some problems I had and she was very excited. At that time she worked at Zola and always wanted to be an entrepreneur, just like I always wanted to be a journalist. We had many privileges in our network. Maddy had worked for Zola and Warby Parker, I interviewed entrepreneurs for New York, so I sat down with Nick [Jammet] from Sweetgreen and a few other founders to find our first steps. We met a man and woman design team and really clicked, and I was able to show our vision that they were interpreted to design the pieces. We raised money with friends and family, and a couple of these commitments made me feel like I was leaving New York magazine. I left in late January 2018 and Great Jones started in November. In addition to our products, we really try to remove obstacles to cooking. One of them is to find out what you need in your kitchen and why. This year we started a technical service that gives you advice and suggestions for recipes.
I said that I have a "startup face" which is just a deep exhaustion. In the morning I protect my routine very much and I wake up and look forward to it, but at night I was guilty of just falling asleep. I'm going to fall asleep everywhere now – friends' parties, inappropriate places in my own house. Washing my face already feels like a hurdle at night. I cut my hair recently – first, don't cut your hair and see little women! I just felt like I was a ghost in my own body, that my body was something that guarded me from place to place. I wanted to cut my hair to shake things up and feel more aware of myself.
In the morning I just wash my face with water. I have dry skin and occasionally have hormonal breakouts. I would also get a lot of stress outbreaks when we started – the start pimple. After washing my face I use the P50 1970 from Biologique Recherche – I don't know what it actually does, I just know that my skin has been better since I started it. And then I usually apply one of these Cosrx essences, the Galactomyces or the Advanced Snail. Then I use a vitamin C serum from Drunk Elephant or Timeless Skincare that I read as a good scam. I also like this La Prairie Crystal Serum, which I got as a free sample from my time in New York, and I use Dior Redness Soother Serum all over my face because I definitely blush. Then this Protini cream from Drunk Elephant, which I love. I've experimented the most with face creams, and some of them break out of me, but they definitely don't. It brightens up and it's the right amount of moisturizer without being too heavy. Then I applied Futuredew all over my face – I definitely like this wet look. I usually try to apply sunscreen. Or I applied Laura Mercier tinted sunscreen moisturizer. This Eve Lom Dynaspot is what I use to treat my startup pimples. It is amazing. My biggest skin care problem is that I have dark circles. I use Elensilia CPP eye cream because I read about it on the internet, even though I honestly commute between eye creams and didn't find one that was super great.
In an ideal night routine, I would clean twice with the Living Cleansing Balm and then with Milky Jelly – but that's desirable. I usually just choose one or the other. Then I use Drunk Elephant's glycolic night serum, followed by Tatcha's silk cream. I think it's great that the Drunk Elephant Serum contains active ingredients – it feels like a peeling. The silk cream is a little heavier. And then I use the Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil – it just seals everything. It's funny, I hate the word detox for everything culinary, but for some reason, marketing really works for me. I feel like I'm detoxifying New York from my pores. Or sometimes I use the Drunk Elephant face oil. I also like the Goop peeling mask – it takes my blackheads and dry skin off my face – as well as the Masque Vivant from Biologique Recherche. I really love this smell, it makes me feel like I've achieved something. It feels really brightening and it feels tight, my skin feels more elastic. All of this has a strong mental element. And for facials, I go to the rescue about every four months and see who is available.
I said that I have a "startup face" which is just a deep exhaustion.
For haircuts, I go to Whittemore House, which is conveniently close to my apartment, but I left before I lived here. I now see Larry, the owner I love. He just did that punch and held my hand through it. I straightened my hair forever and only in recent years have I started to wear it naturally naturally curly. I remember meeting my current husband and the first time he saw me with straight hair and one day I showed up without straightening it and he really liked it and I never looked back somehow. I mean, I blown it out today, but I rarely do it.
I wash my hair every other day. I use Christophe Robin – I try to get more volume, so I bought her voluminous shampoo, although sometimes I also use Oribe's volumetric shampoo and used the Olaplex conditioner because I had rather dry ends. When I get out of the shower, I twist my hair into one of these little towels. And then I take a few Iles Formula Serum and chop it up to make waves. I naturally let it dry and when I wake up in the morning I add more serum to give it some texture. I try to wash my hair less often, but I like the feeling of being squeaky clean.
I really don't like the feel of makeup on my face. Even if my skin is not perfect, I would rather recognize correctly than apply a lot of make-up. I started using Clé de Peau to correctly recognize after I recently bought it at the Barneys sale. It covers differently than anything else I've ever had, and it doesn't pill.
I go to Sanias Brow Bar for brewing every three months – I think it's great. And I also use her pencil. I use that and Boy Brow and then try to apply a little blush – Chanel's Pink Explosion or Nars & # 39; sexual content [Ed note: discontinued] – or a little bronzer. I switch between Chanel's bronzer and Nars Laguna. For the lips, I switch between Nar's lip oil in orgasm – it's very moisturizing – and there's a Chanel lip gloss color called Énergie that I love. It is very moisturizing and light and gives me a little color. It's simple enough that I don't have to look in the mirror to use it. Sometimes I make a full red lip at night with Nars & # 39; Mysterious Red Lip Pencil, but I eat so much that a red lip is very difficult to maintain.
BODY + FRAGRANCE
There's this Hudson-based company called 2 Note that makes body wash, scrubs, and oils, and does the nicest job. They do everything there and I love the two women who own it. I use their sugar polish, body wash and oil, and I love that I can go in and choose the essential oil that I like. It is a very personal experience. And for the fragrance, I love Wendy Nichol's Potion No. 1. It's a little unusual. I also like Diptyques Dans L’eau. I usually switch between them, but I don't wear fragrance every day.
One thing I'm trying to do is take care of my cuticles and hands. I reach for my fingers – that's one of my stress mechanisms. I use Jurlique's cuticle oil and I try to be part of my routine no matter what.
Another thing I like to do is jaw massage because I clench my jaw. I'm going to this place called Body Mechanics on 34th Street. Every time I go I think I should go every week, but I probably do it every three months. It is the best in the world.
My fitness routine was the first thing that got cut back when I started getting busy, so I recently bought The Mirror. It just takes the barrier of not wanting to go to the gym when it's cold. I try for at least 15 minutes every day. I know people get energy when they train near them, but I never really liked that. I am sensitive to what people shout at me. "
– as ITG said
Sierra Tishgart photographed by Alexandra Genova in New York on February 12, 2020.