One of the most charming things about New York City is the combination of old world and new world that touches every corner. It's a city where big businesses and small businesses are next door to each other and you never know what combination you might find from block to block.
Fragrance is a deeply personal choice, yet somehow, it manages to top the lists as a popular gift item every holiday. Luckily, in the city, access to unique boutiques for one of a kind gifts also extends to include niche scents.
Brooklyn based Joya Studio by Fredrick Bouchardy is a local gem, producing nuanced concoctions that are housed in collector worthy vessels, many of which are the result of collaborations with local artists. Part of a local movement that is steadily bringing artisan wares back into daily life, Joya Studio is a true leader in the category of design and personal grooming.
Two key members of Team Joya: Jessica Albertini and Mayra Miranda, kindly took the time to share with Examiner, their favorite holiday memories and give their expert advice on how to cruise through the holidays with grace.
EXAMINER: Which holidays do you celebrate and how?
JESSICA & MAYRA, together: Christmas, New Year’s & Three Kings Day, with lots and lots of food. Decorating the house with the family!
MAYRA: Making drinks like coquito are always a favorite for winter holidays.
EXAMINER: Any favorite holiday memories?
JESSICA: Sledding in Switzerland at midnight with the family.
MAYRA: Being under one roof with my mom, brothers and all the kids.
EXAMINER: What is your pick this year for a fail proof holiday beauty gift for your favorite gals? What is your pick for the fellows?
JESSICA: For the gals Dior Crème de Rose Lip Balm.
MAYRA: For the gals Joya Ames Soeurs Travel Roll on.
J & M: For the guys FSC (Freeman's Sporting Club) shaving kit!
EXAMINER: Glitter, yes or no?
JESSICA: Yes! But just on my nails. Gold glitter nail polish because it’s fun.
MAYRA: No, I love glitter on everyone else except me.
EXAMINER: Do you believe in Santa?
JESSICA: Yes! It’s more magical (to believe).
MAYRA: Yes. I am santa!
EXAMINER: Talk about your dearest wish for this holiday season.
J & M: Lots of snow on Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. (Being able to) spend it with our families.
EXAMINER: Any final words of wisdom for how to look great and feel great all the way through this holiday season?
J & M: If you feel great on the inside you’ll always look great on the outside. As Audrey Hepburn once said, "Happy girls are the prettiest!"
In the spirit of holiday giving, Joya Studio is partnering with Examiner Alice An to offer a giveaway. Swing by Made (Up) in NY to enter for a chance to win a full size roller of Ames Soeurs! Stay tuned, a new giveaway will be posted every day leading up to December 25th.