JAZMIN ALVAREZ: "I’m craving nature."
In this Woman2Woman interview we talk to a New York City Gal. Founder and Chief Curator of Pretty well beauty. An advocate of plant-based is best. Jazmin Alvarez is a beauty industry veteran with serious chops who launched her curated online marketplace to make clean beauty accessible to everyone who seeks a more holistic approach to personal care and well-being. Jazmin is also our valuable business partner.
Who are you today and what is different than ten years ago?
Oh, wow. So much is different today vs 10 years ago. I’ve started a business, been married and divorced, I’ve travelled the world, fallen in love, and slowly starting to build the life I want whereas 10 years ago I was a young producer bouncing around NYC with no real direction other than a dream and trying to find love. Love has always been a guiding light for me it seems.
Do you have your spirit animal?
Yes, Nicole Richie and flamingos. LOL.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Reality TV, expensive shoes, and dark chocolates.
How well do you know your darker side?
We know each other VERY well.
In what relationship are you with it?
I have accepted and forgiven her. No one is 100% one thing so once you accept that, you can embrace and fully love yourself.
Whom do you let in your home?
These days, not many people but my boyfriend and very close friends. I don’t have any family in NYC.
And who do you let get to you?
When I was younger a lot of people would get to me. People I may have been jealous of perhaps but now I’m much too focused on myself and the relationships that fuel to have room for anyone with draining energy.
Where or what is your happy place? How do you find peace?
These days it’s in nature. As I sit here typing, I’m in a cabin in Pennsylvania overlooking the trees with the most beautiful and colorful Fall folliage. I’m surrounded by friends that I love and feeling cozy. Being with the ones I love is my happy place really no matter where I am.
How important is connection with nature for you?
Very much and now more than ever. I’ve been cooped up in my NYC apt since the beginning of the year and for the first time in my life, I’m craving nature. It helps ground and re-set me and my mind which is vital.
How do you take care of your body, mind, and soul?
I meditate twice daily. I eat a clean vegan diet and move my body every day. I practice daily gratitude and write 5 things I’m grateful for every day. It helps me to remember what I have and less so on what I don’t.
How do you take care of your skin?
I use only clean, plant-based skin care. Luckily I have access to some of the best including Flower & Spice through my clean beauty and wellness shop. I also drink plenty of water and eat only whole fruits, vegetables, no gluten, no dairy, no alcohol, no smoking. Basically nothing fun lol but my skin glows so it’s worth it! Also getting proper quality sleep.
Which is your daily, monthly or weekly ritual?
Daily ritual includes a hot cup of lemon water and systemic enzymes to prepare the body for digestion. I meditate, and then take my dog on a long walk. Weekly, I exfoliate and use a face mask (2x per week actually) and I wash my hair every Sunday which is a whole day exercise. I don’t really have monthly rituals but I get acupuncture twice monthly.
Which piece of wisdom from your grandparents or parents you carry with you?
When it comes to skincare my mom always preached to me that less is more. As a life-long product junkie, I finally realized she was right.
Which wisdom you will deliver to the others?
I’d say to do something every day that makes you feel good. When you feel good, you raise your vibrational frequency and attract more of the things that make you feel good.
Woman to woman. What would you advise yourself at 15 years of age?
Stop worrying about a boy you like. In a few years you won’t even remember his name. Keep your hands off your face, read more and ask more questions. Life is curious and it should be navigated that way.
Name your 3 favorite books or your 3 favorite songs.
New York by Alicia Keys and Jay Z
At Last by Etta James
Didn’t we almost have it all by Whitney Houston
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