We are delighted to share our second GRACE Quiz alongside our favourite cheeky knitwear label, Lingua Franca, from their feature - "It Takes A Village," (photographed by our favourite NYC photographer, Yumi Matsuo, no less).
The series (you can view the full collection here) features a range of diverse, inspiring women and their children, all in their home of New York City. Wearing Lingua Franca’s signature personality-filled cashmere sweaters, it was a match made in aesthetic heaven.
Today for The GRACE Quiz, we are featuring the remarkable Shamara Bondaroff. “Brooklyn-native, Shamara is the Founder of SB Skin, a prominent NYC microcurrent studio. Shamara incorporates all she has learned in her skin care practice, taking a holistic approach that best serves her clients’ skin and lifestyle .She is funny, smart, and full of warmth. In early 2019, Shamara gave birth to her first child, Glory.”
Here is a little taste of the amazing Shamara …
I wouldn’t say I have a mother crush on anyone, but I get it now since having a baby. I have an all-new respect for all moms, including my own mother. I appreciate having mom chats with friends and random moms. It was a secret club I almost didn’t get into. I use to think, “Ugh, I don’t want to go to dinner with so and so because all they want to do is talk about mom life…” Now that is me and I am not sorry for it!
Favourite night time ritual?
Cleaning my apartment (I will literally be on my hands and knees washing the kitchen floor, putting everything back in its place, vacuuming, hand washing everything of Glory’s), doing a workout video and ending it with a long hot bath.
Sleep training or go with the flow?
A little of both. Each night is different. She basically sleep trained herself and me.
Go-to workday outfit?
It’s been tough since the baby – I still haven’t lost all the pregnancy weight. So what worked pre-baby isn’t fully working now. As we are getting into fall, it will be black high waisted jeans as always but instead of a tucked in fitted shirt – it will be a blouse knotted at the waist.
Dress up a look with … ?
Red lipstick always… And then a vintage Chanel bag.
Top beauty product?
I mean, I can write a list longer then these questions, but my top few go-tos are… Honey Girl eye and face cream for nights, Elemis eye masks for a quick boost. Nouri hydrating face masks, True Botanical vitamin C, Supernal face oil and my face ice roller… Then of course, weekly microcurrents in my office.
Greatest wellness activity?
Lymphatic massage, infrared saunas or a good hot bath.