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Meet Aliza J. Sokolow. Photographer, food stylist, crudités creator extraordinaire and one that’s always on our inspiration radar.

She worked as a stylist on Emmy winning and nominated Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Her work has been featured extensively in commercials for top brands, in the consumer product goods market and across publications in the USA. Her images are displayed at restaurants from coast to coast. 

She completed food styling for her first book past summer Evan Funke’s American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pastawhich which will be published by Chronicle Books in 2019.

Her passion is traveling the globe as much as possible and photographing the fruits and vegetables that she finds. *PSSSTT: she turns her insane photographs into some of our favorite cards.

Find out more about how she connects with food and how it plays into her life.


Here are  Aliza Sokolow’s answers awaiting on some images to go along with her feature.

What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me means locally grown and fresh. I mostly eat vegetables and knowing where my food comes from and is grown is important to me.

How to you start your mornings?

I wake up before the sun comes out and go work out.

What are your must use daily beauty products?

I use Supergoop Sunscreen, RMS under eye concealer and Lily and Lolo underage concealer. Sometimes Rituel De Fille cheek color. That’s the extent of my makeup routine. I always curl my lashes and brush up my brows.

How do you de-stress?

Spending time with friends, making cookie dough, doing the NY Times crossword puzzle and listening to music. Then eating cookie dough raw or baked. I like to cozy up to a movie or a TV show too.

Favorite mood-boosting meal?

I love to eat watermelon. It’s super hydrating and sweet.

Whats a dinner recipe you currently have on repeat?

I make a slow roasted salmon with dill, smashed potatoes and a big salad. My people haven’t gotten sick of it yet.:)

What is your daily mantra?

Gratitude is the best attitude.

You Are What You Eat

Eating a diet high in anti-oxidant rich foods such as leafy greens, berries and foods high in essential fatty acids (salmon, avocado, almonds) shows on your face as well as internally. So what really happens when you eat one too many onion rings or chicken fingers? The dreaded G word… Glycation. 

The Glycation process is sugar (from food and alcohol) breaking down the collagen fibers in the skin and speeding up the aging process. Glycation equals loss of elasticity and collagen, which equals sagging and dull skin. Foods that feed Glycation and cause inflammation in the body and the skin are carbohydrates, fried foods, sugar and alcohol. 

So where do can you start? Say goodbye to sugar, it is NOT your friend. Sugar is addictive and in almost everything! Pay attention to your daily sugar intake. Even that ‘healthy’ green juice you’re drinking has sugar. Read labels thoroughly- salad dressings, cooking marinades, pastas, breads, most fruits, cocktail mixers, nut butters, protein shakes, and coffee creamers (even the nondairy types) can be loaded with sugar. 

Once you know what to avoid, you need to reverse Glycation. Te most effective ways to do that is to limit the intake of the ‘bad’ foods, exercise daily, eat a healthy diet of vegetables, antioxidant rich foods and healthy fats. Developing a healthy skin care regimen, massaging your face, drinking lots of water and getting ample sleep will also help. 

Stop drinking

Watch alcohol intake. This is particularly relevant during the holiday season. Alcohol has dreadful and hazardous effects on the body and skin. Alcohol dehydrates the eyes, the skin and the inside of the body. Alcohol also makes the liver fat. Alcohol has a bad effect on Vitamin A, B3 and Vitamin C, which are all imperative antioxidants for healthy skin and organ function. Alcohol also affects blood sugar levels and can raise blood pressure. 

Signs you’re over drinking

  1. Frequent urination during the night
  2. Dry eyes upon waking in the AM
  3. Stomach issues + bloating
  4. Facial puffiness 
  5. Breakouts
  6. Fuzzy mind 
  7. Overall dehydration

Change Your Makeup + Skincare

If you’re suffering form clogged pores, milia or bums take a look at the ingredients in your makeup. Foundations, CC cream, powders, highlighter can all contain silicone, artificial dyes, and fillers. A good way to test if you were able to remove all the product is to see how much residue is left on the skin after cleansing by wiping with a wash cloth. If the cloth is clean then most likely you’re ok, but if the cloth has residue its time to find a new product. Our clean pick is Suntegrity.

Even the good things need a change. Ease up on the acid; Retinol, Glycolic and even Vitamin C can start to wreak havoc with overuse or when the weather starts to change. Look for more nourishing ingredients like avocado oil and grapeseed oil. Transition into a multi functional oil that delivers both brightness and hydration.

The Ugly Habits

Three of the worst things you can do to your skin are pick, smoke and neglect. Picking invites bacteria, germs and scaring. Smoking dehydrates the skin and body inside and out, enhances premature aging and causes wrinkles first showing signs around the mouth. Last but not least always wash your makeup off before bed.  Hitting the sheets in a full face will encourage bacteria, trap dirt and germs in the pores, cause breakouts and dehydrate skin. 

Healthy clear skin is only a few steps away! 

CLEAR, GLOWING SKIN STARTS FROM WITHIN: The food you put in your body is just as vital as the toners and moisturizers that line your bathroom shelf – you are what you eat and this is true given that our body absorbs the nutrients that we eat and this shows up on our skin.

This is our go-to smoothie for benefits including anti-inflammation, massive amounts of antioxidants, healthy plant-based fats, vitamins and nutrients which helps attribute to clear, gorgeous and glowing skin. We hope that you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 ½ – 2 cups of water OR Almond Milk 

2 cups Kale (chopped)

1/2 cup Raspberries

1/2 cup Blueberries

1-2 Dates

1/4 Apple

½ Avocado 

½ Apricot

1 teaspoon Chia Seeds 

1 teaspoon Bee Pollen

1 teaspoon Matcha

1 cup ice

Instructions: 

  1. Blend water and kale first. 
  2. Add Avocado, Raspberries, Blueberries, Apple, Date, Apricot, Chia seeds, Matcha, Chia Seeds and ice until thoroughly blended. 
  3. Sprinkle Bee Pollen on top
  4. Add more water if needed.
  5. Drink and ENJOY!

View Lisa’s step-by-step smoothie video here.