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My days start at 8 a.m. After meditation and yoga, I hop into the shower and use Sapor’s Ghanaian peeling bath sponge – this baby cleans your body like nothing else – with Dr. Teals Shea Butter & Almond Oil Shower Gel. Marché Rue Dix in Crown Heights sells a Whipped Body Butter with castor oil, aloe vera and mango butter that I apply after a shower. It’s perfect as I’m very oily by nature and many products overdo it. When I take photos, I have a six-minute session with my Panasonic spa-quality nano-ion facial steamer. It awakens my skin and gives it the perfect glow. I like to follow this with a mask – I’m currently using Gleamins Vitamin C Clay Mask with turmeric. Beauty routines change depending on what I do and wear, but LA Girl’s HD Pro Concealer is a staple. I’ve always felt like you had to buy the most expensive concealer, but this one is great for photo shoots as it doesn’t dazzle. The Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm by Fenty Beauty is a classic – it feels so good and supple. I don’t do a lot with my hair in everyday life. My stylist likes to use the Conditioning Gel from Ampro Shine ‘n Jam with additional hold and the Black Castor Oil Serum from Ro Hair Essentials, which strengthens, moisturizes and stimulates growth. I love the scent of the Santal 33 by Le Labo. I feel like everyone started wearing it right after I found it. I usually combine it with essential oil to make it more personal – I have a set of Anjou and I choose one based on my mood. Nails are always fun. Of course, when I wear gels they don’t change that often, but I love neon.

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The Bathhouse Spa in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is an urban sanctuary in an unusual location: the former Dr. Brown’s Soda Factory. Designed by Jennifer Carpenter, it opened in 2019 and features three thermal pools, three heated marble hammams, two saunas, a steam room, and a restaurant with a seasonal menu from Eleven Madison Park alum Anthony Sousa. The latest treatment is a 30-minute full bath ($ 95) in a private room that was once the factory chimney. “When we first saw it, the chimney was visually inspiring, verging on the imagination,” said Jason Goodman, co-founder of the spa. “Before Covid, we had dreamed of a treatment like this and used the closure and reopening as an opportunity to perfect the treatment and put the finishing touches to the design of the room itself.” A local herbal pharmacy, Anima Mundi, helped create three blends of essential oils and herbs that target specific needs, from dull skin to muscle regeneration. After half an hour of soaking, the skin is soft and ready to be exfoliated.

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The childhood wardrobe of fashion designer Rejina Pyo was a world away from the pastel-colored confections of her 80s colleagues. “My mother is fashionable and dressed me in vintage clothes – knee-high leather boots with brown linen clothes or leather shorts,” she explains. It’s a tailoring experience that has been formative: “In a way, it taught me that it’s okay to be different.” But when it came to dressing her four-year-old son Luka, she was puzzled: How to source sustainable clothing that suits your tastes without being too expensive or overpriced. “I realized there weren’t that many options,” she says. But the pandemic-related break in the fashion shows allowed her to find her own solution: a collection of generous and gender-neutral clothing for children. These include trouser suits made from recycled cotton twill, spacious shorts and T-shirts, as well as dresses with animal and shell decorations that take their voluminous silhouettes and prints from the designer’s main line. Everything falls into Pyo’s fun and artistic aesthetic without being too small or small. From around $ 54

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When gallery owner Alex Tieghi-Walker was growing up, his grandmother had a collection of mugs that were forbidden to anyone she didn’t trust (including him). Now that he has his own collection – several hundred, by his estimate, gathered on his extensive travels – he likes to do the opposite, serving whoever passes his Los Angeles home with whoever best serves him fits. This ritual inspired the first of a new series of individual group commissions from his contemporary folk art gallery, Tiwa Select: 10 pairs of mezcal mugs (known as copitas) made by 10 Tiwa artists in collaboration with mezcal brand Yola Mezcal. including Vince Skelly, Simone Bodmer-Turner and Jim McDowell. Tieghi-Walker was drawn to the copita because of its simplicity and spontaneity: “They were originally made from small pumpkins and put them in your pocket so that when you met someone you could have a mezcal with you. “He says. They were also porous, so they could absorb the taste of any mezcal they contained.” I appreciate objects that are constantly evolving, “he says. The project itself is taking on a new shape: originally conceived as a one-off , Tieghi-Walker will make limited editions of Skelly and Matt Fishman’s mugs available on its website, followed by quarterly explorations of other items such as teapots and plates to be enjoyed among friends.

“I often have the feeling that we all already know everything, we just forget it,” says Berlin-based author and interdisciplinary artist Grada Kilomba in her video installation “A World of Illusions” (2017-19). In the work, Kilomba, a trained psychoanalyst originally from Brazil, tells three classic myths that are essential to Freud – Narcissus, Antigone and Oedipus – to explore the colonial violence that haunts the present. Kilomba, who is of West African descent, describes her role in the film as that of a griot, a storyteller of the African oral tradition, while an ensemble of black actors dance and mime and act out the stories in silence. The meaning of memory is a thread running through the artist’s first solo show in the US, Heroines, Birds and Monsters, which marks the inaugural exhibition at Amant, a new art complex in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that opens this month. Before becoming an artist, Kilomba was a psychologist and scientist. She became known through the publication of her book “Plantation Memories” (2008), a collection of stories about black women’s experiences with everyday racism in Germany. In 2013 she adapted the book to a staged reading. From there she continued to make her writings accessible to the public through multimedia performances and installations. In the fall, Amant will show a filmed reading of “Plantation Memories” and moderate a live conversation between Kilomba and the sculptor Simone Leigh. Heroines, Birds and Monsters will be on view from July 10th to October 31st at Amant, 315 Maujer Street, Brooklyn, New York,

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