In the first instalment of our In focus: series, we chat to Phoebe Louise Holden. The New Zealand based Photographer and Digital Marketing Manager for Resident. She shares insights into her style, wellness regime and who she'd invite to her dream dinner party.
Who or what inspires you?
I lovePinterestand spend about an hour every day pinning inspiring art, recipes and fashion looks to my boards. I find podcast interviews with intelligent, successful women really inspiring and motivating so I try to start my day with one of those.
After Work Drinks Podcast, Table Manners Podcast and a mixture of true crime. My music never really changes. I have a constant loop of Nick Cave, Cold Chisel, Neil Young, Frank Sinatra and Roy Orbison going most days. My boyfriend recently sent me One Million Lovers by the Growlers and I’ve been thrashing that during my walks.
Have you introduced any new routines or rituals this year?
I'm a really lazy person so lockdown doesn’t throw me too much in terms of needing to be in the house, I drink more cups of tea than usual and a lot more rosé that's for sure.
What are your beauty & wellbeing products of choice?
The only thing I use daily is perfume and on a good day my hair brush. I love really good soap and shampoo, my go to’s are[Sans] Ceuticals shampoo + nourishing hair hydrant and the Eco Store rose and almond oil soap bar.
Lighting a candle, making a cup of earl grey and reading my book is an important self-care practise for me.
Where is the place you feel most connected to nature and why?
At my parents home on Waiheke Island, I grew up there and it is really special to me. The house sits on a cliff looking out across the sea and is nestled into acres of native bush. The sound of native birds and the sea is really soothing.
How would you define your style?
Utilitarian, Minimalist, Androgynous and a little bit skate/street.
Where did your love of fashion begin?
My career in fashion started at a very early age, following my older sister around on set, stuffing envelopes for fashion week, volunteer dressing for shows etc.. I never questioned that this would be the industry I would work in but my drive and obsession was kicked up to a new level after my internship at Vogue, it traumatised and pushed me further than I had ever experienced before.
What is on your interiors wishlist?
I have been working in the design industry for a while now so my list is never ending, everything from my place of work (Resident) is on there, I would kill for a painting by Nick Herd, Anything Katie Lockhart.
We couldn't help ourselves... which Arc candle scent?
Very much so, I actually wrote my fourth year university thesis on sustainable fashion. It is a really daunting subject and it can be hard to see the positives but it’s important for me to always be aware and make an effort whenever possible.
Who would be your dream dinner party guests?
Nick Cave, Stanley Tucci, Phoebe Philo, The Olsen Twins, Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington then I would have Frank Sinatra performing for us as we ate and Annie Leibovitz photographing the evening (just a casual little affair you know..ha)
Thank you to Phoebe for being a dear friend and an important part of the Arc journey. Photographs: Phoebe Louise Holden
What's the mantra you're living by this year?
" It is ok to slow down. I am complete but not finished. "