If you’ve ever tried on something from Eberjey, you already know it’s the softest, most wearable lingerie on the planet. Here at Team CS it’s one of our all-around favorite lines, and it hits all the right marks: pretty, feminine, and in a sophisticated color palette. This just so happens to be the 20th anniversary of the company, and Creative Director Alejandrina “Ali” Mejia has been busy hopping planes to attend the openings of several new brick-and-mortar shops across the country. That said, we were beyond thrilled when she invited us into her Miami home to observe her morning routine. With her two angelic daughters bouncing on the bed in the background, Ali whips up a smoothie breakfast, fits in a quick workout, and heads out the door dressed for success each morning. Scroll down to discover the secrets to her AM daily routine:
photographed by steve schlackman
The first thing you do when you wake up every day:
I brush my teeth, take my dogs out for a quick walk, make my morning soy cappuccino, then wake up my girls for school.
Your favorite getting ready soundtrack:
I’m a jazz freak so either John Coltrane, Miles Davis, or Nina Simone.
How long your morning routine takes from start to finish:
It’s dependent on if I’m taking my girls to school. If I’m heading up the carpool, I only have 45 minutes before I have to rush out. If not, then I have time to do a meditation, hit the gym or yoga, prepare my lunch for the office & organize what I’ll be making the girls for dinner. In total, it takes about 2 hours.
Your favorite thing to sleep in:
I love chemises!
Do you shower in the morning or at night?
Shower in the morning and bath at night.
Favorite shower product:
Herbivore Coco Rose
Do you work out in the morning?
Yes, I try to as much as I can.
What do you eat for breakfast?
I always have a power smoothie – hemp milk, spinach or kale, banana, blueberries, vanilla protein powder, super greens powder, hemp & chia seeds. It’s nourishing from the inside out & instantly wakes me up.
We love Eberjey lingerie because it’s so pretty but also super wearable. What inspired you to start your company?
I always thought there was a void in the market for feminine, comfortable & wearable lingerie at a contemporary price point. Initially, I was trying to fill a need because I couldn’t find what I was looking for, but after further research, I knew the category had serious business potential.
What do you love about what you do for a living?
I absolutely love the creative process – coming up with a concept, soaking up inspiration to hone in on a vision, choosing fabrics & laces & then, of course, designing. I also really enjoy the business aspect, especially how to turn a creative vision into a viable business.
Do you have a signature scent?
I’ve been wearing Child for ages, but now I mix it with other scents. I like to layer scents on top of each other. Since Child is quite floral, I usually add a more masculine scent on top like Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady or Terre d’Hermès.
If you could only put on one item of makeup, what would it be?
Bobbi Brown concealer stick. It evens out my skin in a flash.
Your healthiest morning habit:
My daily smoothie & morning meditation
Your worst morning habit:
Finish this sentence: I never leave the house without _________.
A cool pair of sunglasses.
A flowy skirt, billowy top or T-shirt, flats or sneakers & a denim jacket or denim button down
One word to describe your mornings: