Lookbook SS20

Kim Mitchell San Francisco, CA @kimair Art Director, Content Creator
Kim
Mitchell
Tell us a bit about you and what you do:
I'm an art director and content creator. I call myself a right coaster on the left coast, as I'm originally from Philadelphia. 
I'm a sports junkie, love magazines, and think cacio e pepe is the perfect meal.
What does your day-to-day life look like right now?
I am sheltering at my studio in Lower Nob Hill. Work has still been busy, especially in terms of digital projects. I have been deliberate about creating separate spaces for work and not-working. I'm taking virtual meetings, checking in with my team, planning for the upcoming season (holiday is right around the corner!), and shooting content. 
Every day is a little different but I try to set a boundary to stop working around 6.
How have you been taking care of yourself?
Because I live alone in a small space, it's important to me to get outside in a safe way. Pre-COVID, I would go on a run 3 times a week and I've upped that to 5 times. I've mixed in walks and just started doing Melissa Wood Health and I'm loving it so far. I'm also all about a Sunday bath with a face mask and a good book.
What has been challenging during this time?
Not being able to see friends and do some of the things I've relied on in the past when I need inspiration or feel stressed, like go to a museum. I also miss seeing my family who are all back East. It's tough not knowing when it will be safe to see them again, but we make up for it with family Zoom calls.
Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Kim
What have you been giving a lot of thought and/or energy to?
I've really started to look at what, where, and how I give my energy to. I've become more decisive when working on projects vs. noodling on things. Last year, I struggled with finding my voice, or what I wanted to share with the world beyond my love of fashion. In May I did a podcast where I talked about my late husband who struggled with depression and addiction, and recently I've shared more about what it means to be a Black woman and a Black woman working in fashion.
What’s giving you hope right now?
Between the new normal of COVID and the racial unrest, I have been thinking a lot about how life will evolve, and that more people's eyes are open to what has been happening for years. I see people questioning brands, government, their friends, family, and themselves. It is going to take everyone's efforts to cause real change and I'm hopeful about what I see.
How has the concept of getting dressed changed or evolved for you?
In the beginning, I was more casual than I normally am, then I went through a dress phase. Now it's kind of a bit of everything. I have gone through my closet and realized there was so much I wasn't wearing (that I have donated), or things I loved in the past that I forgot about. I've also been wearing earrings and/or necklaces everyday. It gives any look a bit of personality.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I love how the Mary Kate and Ashley set is so comfortable but absolutely chic. Form fitting but not body-con in the perfect not-neutral neutral, and the pieces can be broken up in so many ways. A white blazer is an essential to me, and the cut of this one is so that you can wear it with or without a layer. Open it has a cool oversized shape that reminds me of my favorite vintage blazers, and belted it gives more waist definition.
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Ashley Sleeveless Ribbed Knit Tank
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Mary Kate Ribbed Knit Skirt
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Blair Tie-Front Blazer
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Esther Lee Seattle, WA @eslee Photographer
Tell us a bit about you and what you do:
Creativity is part of my lifestyle! Wherever I go, I am always looking to bring out something interesting from what I encounter. I am someone with a big imagination who is always capturing photos or videos on a daily basis. When I’m not shooting, I love to direct and produce. I follow my vision and like to bring my own perception of people, things, and places together to bring emotion and beauty into reality.
What does your day-to-day life look like right now?
I always make myself a warm cup of lemon water and coffee in the morning. I give my dog some attention, shoot products at home, water my plants, take walks in my neighborhood and meal prep.
How have you been taking care of yourself?
I’ve been mentally drowning the past few months so I’ve been changing the way I eat, I make sure I exercise at least 4 times a week, I watch a good movie twice a week, drink lots of water and I take my camera around my neighborhood to take photos of the sky.
What has been challenging during this time?
Just living a normal life. I’ve been living in fear and worrying a lot.
Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Nesrin
What have you been giving a lot of energy to?
I’ve been spending a lot of my time just reading and learning more about the world. I realized I don’t know that much and have always been so comfortable. There’s so much hurt going on in this world. I’ve also been spending a good amount of time talking with my community here in Seattle over Zoom.
What are you looking forward to?
I am looking forward to seeing my family again. I just want to give them a big hug. My community here gives me hope. We all keep each other accountable mentally and spiritually.
How has the concept of getting dressed changed or evolved for you?
I did not get out of my pajamas for the first 2 months. That just got me more lazy! These days, I get into something comfortable and try to get myself to dress up into something I like at least twice a week. I definitely think less about what to wear because I like to find myself comfortable from head to toe at home.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I wanted to share a quote by Michelle Obama: “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”
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Nesrin Danan Portland, OR @blackprints Photographer
Tell us a bit about you and what you do:
I'm Nesrin Danan, I'm a 25 year-old photographer from Portland, Oregon.
What does your day-to-day life look like right now?
Honestly, it's pretty quiet due to COVID! I'm used to traveling constantly for work, living an insanely busy lifestyle and I don't think I've ever been home for this long. I've been trying to stay busy by picking up some more remote photo work and a full time consulting gig. I drink a lot of coffee, play a lot of Animal Crossing, and bake a lot of banana bread.
How has your career/profession changed over the past few months?
A huge part of my job is shooting large-scale events and touring with musicians, so my career has definitely been put on hold these past few months. It's a bit scary to know the entire industry I work in has just kind of ceased to exist, but I'm sure we'll find a way to adapt to a new style of living. In the meantime, I'll just shoot more film, one-on-one portraits, and capture fleeting memories with my friends, even if it's not our most exciting summer.
Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Nesrin
How have you been taking care of yourself?
I live alone, so FaceTiming my friends has been a huge lifesaver for me, just to have some kind of human interaction! I also have been trying to exercise daily, since I really miss going to spin class. I've also been trying new recipes, checking out new podcasts, and reading books I never had time to read before - just trying to occupy my mind with useful things!
What has been challenging?
Mostly just not knowing when there will be a resolution to this pandemic - without a real date for a vaccine/cure, it seems like we're all existing in a weird limbo that will never end. It definitely worries me to even go to the store or other public places, especially after realizing how many people aren't taking COVID health precautions seriously.
How has the concept of getting dressed changed or evolved for you?
I think post quarantine, I'm gonna be a LOT more excited to get dressed. At home these past few months "getting ready" for me just means a different hoodie and sweats than the ones I was just wearing. I've always had a really casual, laid back style but I can not wait to have a reason to wear a dress or a skirt or any type of real outfit again!
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Afreen Charania Dallas, TX @afreenc Teacher, Illustrator
Afreen
Charania
Tell us a bit about you and what you do:
My name is Afreen Charania and I am a 4th-grade teacher. I have always felt that some of my past educators were not always inclusive or teaching diversity in learning, which is why I wanted to pursue this career to change it. Being Pakistani-American, I have always found my identity important to me and I wanted to create an environment where kids are able to freely express their backgrounds. Being an educator not only means taking on challenges through teaching, but also having tough conversations with students about the hardships that come with their identity.
What does your day-to-day life look like right now?
Right now, I am off from the academic school year, but I have decided to do a little extra work helping summer school students. I am always on Zoom and phone calls, helping students, and checking in with them. Social-Emotional Learning is important to me, so I might be taking time out of my day to check in on students mentally especially during this time. I will also take breaks during my day, to do fashion illustrations, or watch some old movies.
Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Nesrin
How have you been taking care of yourself?
During this time I find it so important to take time out of my day for me. One thing that keeps me energized is a delicious green smoothie and I will add all sorts of fruits and any green vegetable. I have also been trying to do activities that reduce anxiety, so I found some DIY crafts. I built a tiny greenhouse just the other day and the end product turned out amazing! I have been also trying to do 15-minute yoga sessions which I found to be helping as I was never too crazy about working out.
What has been challenging during this time?
It has been a challenge getting into the routine of things in quarantine because this is our new normal. Spending time with my sister has been difficult since we aren't quarantined together, but we make it work with various social distancing hangouts! For example, my sister will come over for a couple of hours in my backyard and we will have a barbeque and socialize. Although not being able to come over to each other's houses or to go out to restaurants is challenging, but I found that this is more relaxing and not so rushed. It has become something that I look forward to.
Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Afreen
What are you finding to look forward to?
I think that being able to still have small get-togethers with the family or trying something new is giving me hope. For example, now I have been able to focus more on my blog on Instagram which was something I didn't find time for before. Fashion was always something I was interested in and being able to use my creativity has been fulfilling.
How has the concept of getting dressed changed or evolved for you?
Even though I am working from home, I will try to put on a nice comfortable blazer and jeans to feel energized. I want to continuously incorporate new styles in my day to day life and of course, I will have to wear loungewear if I don't feel up for dressing up. My style has evolved into more minimal and classic looks that I could wear all year round, and they are less trendy. I love styling pieces I already have in my wardrobe while not spending too much. I have also wanted to make sure that now I am being conscious about where I get different pieces from. I am starting small and purchasing accessories from BIPOC businesses and all I can say is there are some talented businesses out there. I also love wearing new Pakistani clothing and seeing how their finishings and embroidery have also evolved and changed my style as well.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Even though we are dealing with a new normal, it is very important for us to still do the activities we enjoy and that makes us feel good. We did not have time for certain tasks before, and getting around to it could give us a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.
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Liz Damrich Mobile, AL @liz_damrich Interior Designer
Liz
Damrich
What does your day-to-day life look like right now?
My husband and I are living and working from our 135 year-old house in Mobile - a historic, southern city on the Gulf Coast with our toddler, Gigi, who constantly keeps us on our toes!
Where have you been finding inspiration?
I'm finding inspiration in how we live at home during this time and thinking through how our homes will change post pandemic. I've been ordering lots of used architecture and design books and diving deep into those at night so that I can detach from my computer more often as well. I've found that since our lives are more confined to one place, books give a tactile experience that feels more explorative and rejuvenating after a long day. I've actually turned my dining room into a library (since we aren't having many dinner parties these days!) and have books stacked all over the place. I'm also incredibly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and really working to educate myself deeply. It's giving me hope that we've hit a threshold where change and transformation are happening.
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How have you been taking care of yourself?
I've been taking multiple daily walks with Gigi and also using cooking as a creative outlet. I've found that cooking actually triggers a similar feeling of 'getting dressed' everyday for me - I can create something that is based on my mood and what I want to say at the moment which is oddly satisfying. We're also spending a lot of time on our wooden boat named Josephine. There is very little that the ocean and a sunset can't calm.
What has been challenging during this time?
It's tough balancing work and childcare, of course. The balance has made for a lot of early mornings, late nights and the need for fully transparent communication with my husband on what our needs are each day. However, I'm lucky to have maintained my design projects during this time - interior design and creative direction have been such a welcome escape!
Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Liz
What are you looking forward to right now?
I'm looking forward to diving further into random hobbies this summer like gardening, painting and playing pickleball since we won't be traveling much. My husband and I are always thinking through ways we can make home feel like a little vacation instead.
How has the concept of getting dressed changed or evolved for you?
My style has evolved a bit as comfort and ease have shifted to the forefront. I've found myself wearing more cream colors, a little less black, leaning into skin care but still wanting to wear a bold lip. Perhaps it's the southern girl in me!
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Amanda Luu & Ivanka Matsuba San Francisco, CA @studiomondine Florists, Educators, Authors
Amanda Luu &
Ivanka Matsuba
What is life like where you are?

Amanda:  When San Francisco shut down back in March, it all felt so surreal. Anyone in business for themselves knows that sometimes, it seems like you’re running a marathon at sprint speed. The world’s coming to a screeching halt forced a confrontation of what we were doing, what we believed, and what we would need to change. Ivanka and I both agreed we didn’t want to go back to the same world.

For a few weeks, we ALL took our foot off the accelerator and just spent time cooking, talking, healing, and dreaming. It’s been really beautiful to see our community come together to fight COVID-19 AND start to heal these deep wounds around racial inequality.

What does your day-to-day life look like right now?

Amanda:  In many ways, this pandemic has brought about a tremendous reversal of fortune for me. I fell in love right before the pandemic hit, so that’s been on the Pandemic Relationship Accelerator (ha!). And I’ve fallen back in love with the work we do as florists and educators. I feel an incredible clarity and excitement about what comes next.

It’s really been about new routines for me — waking up without an alarm, leisurely drinking coffee and tending to the vegetable garden with my lover and our dog, Narra.

Then I’m in the studio working on producing, script writing or editing our distance learning video series with If I Made. OR I’m on a call with our publisher’s PR team reimagining how to host a book tour virtually in support of our forthcoming title, Ikebana Unbound.

Ivanka:  I wake up, water the garden with my son Izak, and then we all eat breakfast as a family on the patio. He’s obsessed with basketball, so I guess I’m obsessed with basketball now. And then I head to the studio — most of my day is writing and tending to our clients whose celebrations have been postponed because of the pandemic.

Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Studio Mondine
Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Studio Mondine
What have been some of the highs and lows of running a business during this time?

Amanda:  The lows are in those moments of powerlessness in the face of uncertainty…quickly followed up by the highs of excitement and anticipation that come with this very same uncertainty. It’s dealing with the reality of ‘yes, this could fail…or it could be better than you could have ever imagined.’

Ivanka:  The low was having to navigate our year’s book of business being wiped out in a matter of weeks. The high, though? There is time to explore and think about the future. All of the things we didn’t have time to do before, we suddenly have time for. That part has been wonderful.

How has your partnership evolved during this time?

Amanda:  Faced with the fragility of all things, I think Ivanka and I have become gentler with one another, and with ourselves.

Ivanka:  Same.

Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Studio Mondine
Modern Citizen Lookbook Summer 2020 - Studio Mondine
Where and how have you been finding inspiration?

Amanda:  It feels trite to say, but I’ve found refuge in nature. It’s been incredible to have this unfettered access to the Japanese Tea Garden, which is managed by Ivanka’s father in law, and the time to linger in the shadow of a maple tree.

Ivanka:  I’m not quite on the inspiration train yet. I don’t feel called to do flower work right this moment because I’m on a different spiritual journey. I know I’ll find my way back to flowers eventually, though.

What are you looking forward to/what’s giving you hope?

Amanda:  I saw this meme of people at the beginning of pandemic making banana bread and now, dismantling the police. We’re all showing up in this moment, and THAT gives me hope.

Ivanka:  I know that this time will birth new beginnings, and with that, new dreams.

How has the concept of getting dressed changed or evolved for you?

Amanda:  I’m indulging in wearing as few layers as possible (because I’m not traversing six SF microclimates in a single day anymore). I live and work in the Mission District, which is part of the sun belt, so that means I’m reaching for skirts and dresses, and wearing all my warm weather whites.

Ivanka:  Nothing has really changed for me. I still want to be cozy, whether I’m at home or in the studio. It does feel like wearing ‘normal’ clothes is the new ‘dressed-up’ though.

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Lauren Relaxed V-Neck Sweater
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Nimah Cropped Wrap Blouse
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Shay Easy Wide-Leg Pants
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Ashley Sleeveless Ribbed Knit Tank
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Mary Kate Ribbed Knit Skirt
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Blair Tie-Front Blazer
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Jude Short Sleeve Wrap Blouse
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Jacqueline High-Waisted Culottes
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Devon Belted Wrap Linen Skirt
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Nimah Cropped Wrap Blouse
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Lauren Relaxed V-Neck Sweater
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Selma Tapered-Leg Trousers
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