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Name: Cheyenne Adler 

Location: Brooklyn, NYC

Age: 25

 

Tell us a little about yourself…

I’m a curly-haired Capricorn on a mission to make the most out of every day I’m given! I dream of moving to Bali or Tulum (give me all the tropical sanctuary vibes) and love ending the day with a bit of cannabis and a cocktail. 

Can you describe your skin type? 

I have combination skin that tends to react to seasonal and hormonal changes so I do like to switch up my products based on what my skin needs!

What are your skin goals?

I’m all about the glow, baby! My definition of skin goals is clear, hydrated, glowing skin.

What do you look for when creating a skincare routine? 

I’m super low maintenance so I really love it when my routine is streamlined and every step or product is targeted to meeting my skin’s needs! I’ve been making the move to all clean products this year and I’m really excited about that! 

First thoughts when trying the Bodycare Regimen

BEFORE

The first thing I noticed after using Goldfaden MD for a week was how soft and smooth my skin felt. I typically forget about exfoliation in my routine, but after using the Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub, I don’t think I’ll ever stop exfoliating regularly. There’s a noticeable difference in the way my skin feels after cleansing with the Pure Start and mixing that with a bit of the Doctor’s Scrub. My face feels clean and physically lighter (bye bye dead skin!). 

2nd week… We’re seeing magic happen! I’ve always been pretty insecure about my dark circles and any small discoloration that comes from blemishes in the past so I am so excited to see how well the Wake Up Call and Bright Eyes have worked with my skin. After applying the two products at night, I wake up not only feeling refreshed but looking like I got a full night’s beauty sleep. My eyes are less dark and puffy and the discoloration on my skin has definitely brightened up. It makes me so happy to have products that really do the work! 

AFTER

3rd week… It’s like night and day from when I began this skincare routine! My skin texture is smooth and hydrated with my pores tighter than they’ve ever been! Hallelujah! What I love most about the results of the Bodycare Regimen is that I can see AND feel a difference in my skin. My skin tone has evened out and is brighter than ever. I’m feeling more confident with the appearance of my under eyes and I’m so excited that I’ve found clean products that really work. 

Is clean beauty something that you feel passionate about?

Definitely. I think you can really tell a difference in how your skin feels and responds to clean products. In these past few years (my post-college years lol), I’ve started caring more about what it means to be “healthy” and have good overall “wellness” and ultimately, it all comes down to caring about what you’re putting into AND onto your body. Your skin is the largest organ in your body so we’ve got to give it only the best of the best and when it comes to skincare, that’s clean beauty. 

What else do you feel passionate about?

I’m extremely passionate about mental wellness and destigmatizing the occurrence of mental illness in black women. As a recovering work-a-holic who lives with daily anxiety and depression, I know what it feels like to not understand what’s happening in your brain and wish more than anything that there was someone who looked like you to hold your hand and say everything is going to be OK. I’d really like to be that person for other people. 

How do you stay focused and motivated throughout the day?

I try to schedule my day in productivity blocks so that I know when I need to focus on certain things, but also have time to decompress and let my mind rest between switching projects. As someone who mentally switches between multiple projects and type of work daily, I’ve learned rest is crucial to staying motivated without burnout. 

What are some of your favorite foods that keep your skin healthy?

I love avocados in all contexts: guacamole, smoothies, salads – if it has avo in it, i love it. 

What’s on your WFH playlist?

Currently, I have ‘WAP’ by Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion on repeat! 

Fill in the blank:     Living life without a plan     is underrated.

 

What do you think about, creatively, when you’re designing your Fall Collection?

It’s never the same. I can’t control when I get an idea or am feeling creative. I just wait for those moments, whenever they are, and work off of them.

Where do you find inspiration?

All over. A lot of old books and movies, vintage clothing and art. Interiors.

What cities are on your travel bucket list?

Kenya is at the top of my list! Also, Lake Louise in Alberta.

Did you always want to be a clothing/jewelry designer?

Not at all. I always knew I would work in fashion, but truly never thought as a designer.

Background on your phone?

Favorite photo of me and my dad.

What are your go-to daily beauty products, and why?

Always start with the Pure Start cleanser, I love the gentle consistency and gets my skin ready for the day. Then I mix Vital Boost with Mara Universal Oil for my moisturizer and top with Saie Glowy Super Gel. Perfect combo for a natural glow.

Why is clean beauty important for you?

Not only are clean product better for you, but I have also found they work better for me/my skin as well.

How do you de-stress?

Walks with my dog and laying by the fire.

Favorite mood-boosting meal?

Sushi!  

What is your daily mantra? 

Do your best and make your loved ones proud.


Lunya
is reinventing sleepwear for women, by women. Their collections are made up of advanced fibers that some specific sleep problems – hot sleepers, cold sleepers, etc. Each piece is designed to work together and meet the individuals sleeping needs. We love everything and the fabric just melts you. We sat down with founder, Ashley Merrill, to find out more about her inspiration and what it’s like to balance work, life and kids.

GFMD: Why Lunya?

Ashley: I could relate to the problem because I was someone who was wearing my husband’s shabby old clothes in an effort to be comfortable, so I was passionate about solving it.  I had a strong vision for what I believed was possible and felt there could be a great business to be had in solving it well. 

GFMD: Where does your inspiration come from?

Ashley: We’re inspired by women.  By who they want to be, what their lives look like, how they live, etc.  Our designs celebrate women’s bodies by trying to make them comfortable in thoughtful ways (smooth seams, stay put straps, etc), flatter them (as women we always put on the clothes and make sure we FEEL our best with them on prior to releasing them), and that work with how they live (cell phone pockets so you have your hands free, clothes that can transition in and out of the home as needed, etc).

GFMD: What does your typical Beauty Routine look like?

Ashley: Arcona face wash, Vintner’s Daughter Serum, and Skin Clinical Lotion on top, essentially i use a mild cleanser and try to lock in vitamins and moisture.  As for makeup Im pretty minimal.  In a big day I will softly line my eyes with dark brown shadow and I will top with Benefit They’re Real mascara. 

GFMD: How do you balance work, mom, wife, life (tips / rituals)?

Ashley: I try to think about life in the macro vs on the day to day so I don’t make myself crazy – though I still do lol.  I look at my whole life as a pie graph of time and goals.  I think about how much I want to give to the different slices and realistically when that needs to happen and then I try to allocate my time somewhat in that way.  When I think about buckets like: travel, kids, relationship, friends, career, and community, I can evaluate what really matters and make decisions from that place.   As an example, my husband and I travelled a lot prior to kids and we will get lots of that later in life but kids and career are timely and at this point in my life they dominate my time.  I think this is ok and it gives me some peace about saying no to friends and other things that I would be interested in for the short term.  Balancing between husband, kids and career is a moving target and I wish I knew the right balance.  There is no perfect solution but I do my best to correct when things feel off.

GFMD: What was the last book you read?

Ashley: I wish that I could say some fabulous Historical Fiction because I love those but generally I dont have a lot of time so if I do read it tends to be business related.  I recently read Insanely Simple and found it to have some killer marketing insights.  I loved the metaphor they used for clairity of message…. If someone throws one ball at you then you catch it but if they throw you three balls at once its hard to catch any.  It was  powerful point about being simple with your message.

GFMD: Perfect day…is?

Ashley: Waking up to two kids in great moods.  Heading to work and feeling the energy and passion of the team when they are in sync and working well together.  Then I would workout at lunch… maybe even go for a run along the beach (we work close to the beach).  Then I would work a little more and then pick up my kids from school   Hang with them for snack and then maybe have a little time to myself for art, organizing, or whatever.  Make dinner (I love cooking) and then have a family dinner.  This isnt my actual life but Im happy that my perfect day and my actual days arent miles apart.  I hope that means Im on the right track 😉 

GFMD: When you need to destress what is your go to?

Ashley: I find TV these days to be so quality and immersive that its great to transport me out of a stressful situation. I love Handmaids Tale, This is Us, The Americans, etc. 

GFMD: What is your favorite room in your home?

Ashley: The living room because it has amazing windows.  Oddly its a room Im rarely in.  Perhaps it also appeals to me because its kind of a novelty for me to be in it?

GFMD: Favorite Lunya product?

Ashley: This changes often but I love the Lunya silk robe right now.  Every silk robe looks the same and we were determined to build something better.  I think we really landed on something special and it looks great in and out of the home.

GFMD: What advice can you offer women in the workplace?

Ashley: Find a company you love where you think you can add value and work every day to do that.  Every company will have its pros and cons but focus more on what you can do to make a difference than on all the things the company could do better.  You will be happier, more empowered and more valuable to the company.

GFMD: Best advice anyone has given you is…?

Ashley: Be the change you want to see in the world.  I dont recall where I heard this but its basically my life motto at this point.

GFMD: First thing you do when you wake up, is?

Ashley: Read my email.  I know that virtually every wellness blog says this is a bad Idea.  What can I say, Im a flawed person and I love knocking out email first thing int he morning while my house is still quiet.

GFMD: Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

Ashley: Put my cold feet on my husband so he can warm them up.  I dont know how men can run so much hotter but its like sleeping next to an inferno.