DAISE IS THE BEST. No, seriously. Daise is awesome. Our friendship literally went from 0-100 in the course of 3 weeks and now I'm afraid I'm obsessed with her. Daise is the editor of The Lodown, a blog created by Lo Bosworth. On top of that gig, she also contributes to a ton of other publications like Domino Magazine and Racked NY. She's a total boss lady, even at her young age, and we can't wait to see where she takes her career in the next few years. Follow her on instagram so you'll be able to say you knew her "before she was famous".
Keep on reading to hear more about what inspires her, scares her, and makes her proud.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Nothing beats art museums and walking around the city looking at street art. My Instagram is mostly photographs of me standing in front of murals—not ashamed to say I recently made a trip to Brooklyn just to photograph a mural on Franklin St & Meserole Ave. Up next? Keith Haring’s “Crack is Whack” mural on 125th St.
Besides that, I follow a lot of magazines (Paper, LOVE, Complex, AnOther, CR Fashion Book, Garage, Oyster, Dazed & Confused…), blogs (Park & Cube, Miss Moss, Kayture, The Grey Layers…), and websites (youmightfindyourself.com, tetw.org, qz.com, nowness.com, freshnet.com, refinery29.com, racked.com, pitchfork.com…). There’s SO much good stuff out there.
What’s your special sauce? That little trick you do before walking out the door to perk you up and make you feel your most you?
I listen to rap music. I probably have an inflated ego from listening to rap music so much honestly. Not kidding—I’m 5’5” and walk NYC feeling like I could take on anything or anyone. Haha. “All Eyez On Me” by 2Pac, “Backseat Freestyle” by Kendrick Lamar, “Triumph” by Wu-Tang Clan, and “100$ Bill” by Jay Z get me amped up. I listen to them before going to interviews…
Who are your mentors? Who do you look up to?
It’s difficult to live and make it in NYC so I really admire and look up to the people that chase after what they want and let nothing stop them. Besides that, and I really hope this makes sense, but I look up to people who really know what they’re talking about and can walk you through their way of thinking. Most of the time, it means they’ve taken the time to learn about different issues and can back up their ideas and work. I met Vince Staples in June during a work shoot before his Summertime ‘O6 album dropped, and hearing him talk about his music and the inspiration behind the songs made me value the album that much more.
Social media. Who do you love/stalk?
There are so many people who are absolutely KILLING IT. It’s difficult not to list everyone I follow, but I love Eva Chen @EvaChen212, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes @DevHynes, Halley Elefante from @The_Salty_Blonde, Refinery29’s Piera Gelardi @PieraLuisa, Aimee Song @SongOfStyle, Hannah Bronfman @HannahBronfman, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig @Arze, Washed Out’s Ernest Greene @RealWashedOut… too many to count. Oh, and I watch Casey Neistat’s vlogs religiously.
What makes you happy no matter what? Like, if you’re having one of those no good rotten days where everything is terrible, what’s the thing that pulls you off the ledge?
Music & live music especially. My headphones are probably in my ears most of the time (I think I own five different pairs just in case…). I LOVE dancing so just put on a good playlist, and I’m set. My friends can confirm this, but I’m always down to break out my ~moves~, which apparently involve a lot of shoulder? You gotta see it to believe it.
What’s something you struggle with in your career?
I’m interested in so much and want to do everything and go everywhere and talk to everyone… All of this combined tends to come out through indecision for me. I never want to feel stuck. I’m trying to figure out how I can prevent that.
Tell us about a time when you hit a breaking point, a fork in the road? Have you ever wanted to quit and run away to Bali?
I’ve always loved to write, and I’ve always known that I want to write in some capacity. When I started, I didn’t know what I wanted to write about, and I felt like I was writing about the same things and about things that didn’t excite me. I got caught up thinking that maybe I had made the wrong choice, that I’d have to do this forever… It was a rabbit hole of thoughts so I went into panic mode and felt burnt out. It all comes back to me not wanting to live out a routine everyday. I still need to sort it out completely, but I’m way too young to have a concrete plan. Sometimes you have to trust that things will work themselves out, and they will.
What is something you’d say you are always fighting against? What’s the thing you have to pep-talk yourself about?
I have to remind myself that I deserve to be where I am. There’s a term for this—impostor syndrome, I think? It’s the idea that the more you do, the less prepared you feel to do something else or to take on something bigger. It’s contradictory, but it devalues success because you’re constantly attributing what you do to factors like good timing. I’ve realized that it’s important to take the time to remind yourself that you are where you are for a reason. Good timing and knowing the right people can only get you so far. Beyond that, hard work is what really matters.
What are you most proud of in your life? Can be career or non-career related.
I made it to NYC. I’ve wanted to live here since I was thirteen, and even if I were to move tomorrow, I could still stay I had the most amazing time. I met cool people, saw incredible art, and went to really great concerts. Not dying on the subway or getting hit by a cab (I don’t look both ways—or at all—when I cross streets) is an accomplishment in-and-of itself. I really couldn’t ask for anything else. Cheesy but 100% true. Oh, and I know all the lyrics to F**ckin’ Problems by A$AP Rocky. That has to count for something, right?
What is the skill you picked up as a kid/teen that you still rely on today?
List-making! I make lists for everything (concerts I’ve been to, movies I’ve seen…). I make lists that don’t need to be lists, but I wouldn’t remember what needs to be done if I didn’t write them down. The same goes for keeping a calendar. My friends make fun of me for it, but I would never show up anywhere if I didn’t have iCalendar telling me when and where to go. Mad props to iCalendar for keeping my life together tbh.
Tell us a story. What is your earliest memory of making a conscious decision about your style?
Ha! So many flashbacks coming back for this one. I don’t have an exact memory, but I remember tons of typical 90’s girl things… chokers, braid clips … haha all the ~cool~ things. I remember cutting my own bangs when I was young. Got a pair of scissors, cut them in the bathroom, and then pretended I woke up like that when my mom asked why I looked like someone attacked me. Bad, bad idea, but I learned that you have to wear and look however you want, not what’s expected of you (sorry, mom!).
Where do you shop for closet staples?
This is terrible because I work in fashion and beauty, but I shop like a man. Actually, men probably enjoy shopping more than I do because if I don’t absolutely need something, I won’t go shopping. I really love Reformation, Cloak & Dagger, Tobi, American Two Shot, Aritzia, French Connection, Urban Outfitters & Opening Ceremony though.
What is the one thing you throw on when you head out the door that gives you that warm glow from deep in the tummy that says, “I know I look good”?
This is more when I’m getting ready, but I won’t go anywhere without curling my eyelashes (Tarte’s curler is the real MVP). I have the worst sleeping schedule and probably sleep 5-6 hours every night (the Internet is both a blessing and a curse). Curling my eyelashes makes me look more awake even on the days when coffee is the only thing that’s keeping me going. A good lipstick (NARS “rikugien” pencil!) helps, too.