Meeting Danielle from New York - USA

Danielle and her two gorgeous daughters, Stella and Lola, live an hour north of New York City in the Hudson Valley. Hair, makeup and award winning eyebrow artist with a passion for photography, this talented mother loves to spread beauty everywhere she goes and to add a little magic to everything she touches!

After a stunning French provincial fairytale tea party photoshoot, Danielle kindly took time to reflect upon our questions.

 

Meeting Danielle, mother from Hudson city NY

Photo by ​@jferraraphoto - Dolls by @lafrancaise.paris - Charlotte sy Dimby smocked dresses

 

WHAT HAS THE LOCKDOWN TAUGHT YOU?

We are given a unique opportunity to stop and think. This will not come around twice. Take pride in your talents and accomplishments to reinvent yourself in line with the changing times. 

There isn’t a better time than now to revisit your dreams, to challenge yourself and overcome your fears. Now is the moment to take the big leap and set aside what has been stopping you from doing so! As moms, we sacrifice a lot, but we never lose ourselves. 

 

 Meeting Danielle, mother from Hudson city NY

Photo by @jkennyhouseofphoto - Charlotte sy Dimby smocked dress

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR?

I’m grateful for my family. I feel blessed for the time I have been given to spend with my husband and two daughters.

My youngest, Lola, is now eight months old. She was only nineteen days old when I started working again. The beauty industry is a tough business from which it is hard to take a break. It’s all or nothing! That said, I love my job and  I am thankful for all those I meet sitting on my chair at the beauty salon.

 

Meeting Danielle, mother from Hudson city NY

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WHAT IS THE FAVORITE ACTIVITY/CRAFT YOU HAVE SHARED WITH YOUR CHILDREN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE LOCKDOWN?

If the parks and playgrounds are closed, we are allowed to wander around outside. I live in the middle of the village so we enjoy going all around it with the children.

My three year old daughter, Stella, loves princesses and dolls. We had an “enchanted tea party” that I staged outside under a magnolia tree. She also loves to play with chalk on the sidewalk, snuggle with her dad in the morning and teach her little sister how to be a "big girl" like her.

 

Meeting Danielle, mother from Hudson city NY

Photo by ​@jferraraphoto - Dolls by @lafrancaise.paris - Charlotte sy Dimby smocked dresses

CAN YOU SHARE A FAVORITE RECIPE FROM YOUR COUNTRY?

I don’t cook. I’m lucky to have a husband who makes all our meals! There is however one thing I make better at than him: French Toast.

In spite of the name, it is actually popular worldwide and does not really come France. It is delicious, let me share my recipe.

Danielle's French toast

 

Meeting Danielle, mother from Hudson city NY

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WHICH INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS INSPIRE YOU THE MOST AT THE MOMENT? 

@modcornwall : Meet Sheree. She treks to NYC weekly to supply us with everything trendy as well as one of a kind vintage pieces at awesome prices.

@loveshackfancy Romantic dream dresses, gardens, linens and bucket list travel destinations. They have it all.

@bornonfifth Emily’s knack for shopping, decor and design is phenomenal. Her style tips are well worth the dents in my bank account. 

@sugokuiievents The ultimate party planner at the most incredible venues in the world.

@joannagaines To me, she is America’s sweetheart. Between her family and professional life, she’s truly an inspiration to women. I love the rustic farmhouse look. We are currently renovating a 100 year old colonial style home and I get a lot of my ideas from her.

 

Meeting Danielle, mother from Hudson city NY

 

AS AN EXPERT CAN YOU SHARE A FEW QUARANTINE BROW BEAUTY TIPS PLEASE?

Yes! Please wait for your stylist. Don’t try to color or cut your hair from home. Remember that eyebrows don’t always grow back, or can take a long time to grow.

My two favorite brow products which I strongly recommend are:

Surratt Expressionist Eyebrow Pencil- Self sharpening. An ultra thin pencil that allows you to pencil your brows in hair by hair. It’s also refillable and comes in four key shades.

Soapbrows for fluffy brows lovers. Nothing will keep your brows brushed up, full looking  and in place like this product from the UK.

Staying in the beauty sector, I advise you to follow Dr. Whitney Bowe. Well known dermatologist, author and mom from Westchester/NYC she has the answer to all your skincare and fitness questions. She will change you from the inside out.

 

Meeting Danielle, mother from Hudson city NY

Photo by @jkennyhouseofphoto - Doll by @lafrancaise.paris - Charlotte sy Dimby smocked dress

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANYTHING?

I would like to end with a quote which I live by : “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.” - Elsie de Wolfe

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