Cosmetics guru Gucci Westman on probiotic skincare, transcendental meditation and the joy of Guinness – Financial Times

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My personal style signifier is the way Ipair things my look is part menswear-inspired and part French-girl chic. Ivalue quiet elegance. Idont like anything too complicated or trippy. I also love it when things fit well butare efficient too, like Deborah Paganis hair pins both beautiful and solid.

The last thing I bought and loved was a jasmine plant that sits in my bedroom, which I love for its soothing scent at night. Ibought it from a nursery in Bedford, New York, called Perennial Gardens.

And on my wishlist is a pair of Tucci riding boots. Horse riding has been my passion since I was about 10. When myfamily moved to Sweden, I started looking for something to do during the summer andfound a local stables. We couldnt reallyafford riding lessons, so Iwould groom thehorses and muck out topay forthem. Thats where it started. Iused tojump but switched to dressage because Ivebecome a bit of a scaredy-cat in my older days.

The best souvenir Ive brought home isa hot-chocolate pot from Les Fermes deMarie in Megve, where we once spent the Christmas holidays skiing. The hotel islike something out of a fairytale, and they serve hot chocolate in beautiful white pots with long wooden handles. Thepour is precise and functional.

My beauty and wellbeing gurus are Anthony Deliperi and Lionel Atzas at David Mallett for my hair colour. I also love astrong, powerful, sculpting facial. I used to get one once a month, but now Im all about home techniques to keep myself together. Anastasia Achilleos taught me some massaging movements, and I also use Joanna Czechs facial massager and Georgia Louises GLOLite LED mask.

My style icon is Gabriela Hearst. I love how she views women, and her clothes fitme really well. She takes every aspect into consideration. Her dedication to sustainability is also inspiring shes been plastic-free since 2019. When you see her garments, you can feel the integrity of them. The Erella and Jane shirtdresses from the new collection are particularly elegant. Erella, $3,990; Jane, from$1,750

In my fridge youll always find homemade almond milk, blueberries, avocados and probiotics from SEED, Moon Juiceand The Nue Co I like to add them tomy morning smoothie, which is a simple way tomake sure Im giving my body what it needs.

The last music I downloaded was [theEP] Nimble Minds by Central Plains, whichis my brother Niks band. His music makes me feel his soulful personality. Seeing him live is amazing hes such a maker of happiness. He and my dad sang atmy wedding.

The best gift Ive received recently wasfour hydrangea plants forMothers Day. Forthe past few years, my husband David has planted my favourite flowers in the garden. One year it was aweeping cherry-blossom tree, last year heplanted lilacs, and this year it was hydrangeas.

The beauty staple Im never without ismy entire make-up wardrobe from Westman Atelier. Its a system so everything is designed to work together, but if I could only use one product it would be the VitalSkin Foundation Stick, which soothes, calms and balances my rosacea. And for someone new to the range Id suggest starting with the Super Loaded Tinted Highlight its an all-in-one product for warmth, definition and luminosity. Its funto play around with make-up Im wearingmore than I ever have. It can make people feel better, and Im very happy ifIcan be a part of that. Vital Skin Foundation Stick, 62, Super Loaded TintedHighlight, 69, at Cult Beauty

With time on my hands, I meditate. I like doing Transcendental Meditation (TM) because its very easy to incorporate into a busy schedule. Igrew up with parents who were always meditating my dad worked with the Maharishi to spread the practice of TM.

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a silk Mariano dress by Gabriela Hearst in a butterfly print, which Iwear with simple white trainers from Rag & Bone. It makes me feelconfident and beautiful.

The one artist whose work Iwould collect if I could is theSwedish abstract painter Hilma af Klint, who produced work in the early 1900s. My daughter and I went to a mindblowing show of her work inNew York last year. She was amystic and her artfeels sofree and uninhibited. It was empowering to see the pictures itmust have felt incredible for women to see that atthat time.

Ive recently discovered paddleboarding. I love it. When Im in the Hamptons, I do something called Beach Bootcamp, then I do Taryn Toomeys cult body-and-mind workout The Class, and then Igo paddleboarding.

The best book Ive read in the past year is Freedom Is an Inside Job by Zainab Salbi. I attended a panel withSalbi and wasstruck by her resilience and strength. Its a complete head-turner ofa book. I love how open and honest sheis about facing her own darkness within. Next on my list is Ann Patchetts The Dutch House, about a pair of siblings over the course of half a century who live in the shadow of their childhood home.

I have a collection of skincare productsthat is constantly evolving. Imalways on the lookout for anythingthatcan help my rosacea. IloveAurelia, particularly the Probiotic SkincareRevitalise & Glow Serum, as wellas dAlchmy and Kat Burki, as Itendto alternate products when I feel likemy skinis getting tired of reacting tothem. Probiotics help to restore and balance your skin from within its important for anyone suffering with redness or inflammation, like myself.

The blog Ive been reading is Bill GatessGates Notes. He sheds light on global current affairs and what could happen next, but theres always some sort of positive message. Its important to feel there might be silver linings out there its not all doom and gloom.

A recent find is my Instant Pot Vortex 4-in-1Air Fryer. Oh, its so good. You can make really delicious French fries or falafel and theydont have to bedeep-fried.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, Id choose Ginza in Tokyo. Everything is so special and unusual its unlike any other shopping destination in the world. My favourite places to visit are Dover Street Market, Itoya whichhas 12floors dedicated to writing and craft materials Kyukyodo for calligraphy supplies, and Kohgen Ginza for incense sticks. Dover Street Market Ginza, 6-9-5 Ginza; Itoya, 2-7-15 Ginza; Kyukyodo, 5-7-4 Ginza, Kohgen Ginza, 4-14-15 Ginza; all in Chuo City, 104-0061 Tokyo

If I didnt live in Bedford, New York, Iwould live in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, where my brother got married. The people are so warm and genuine not to mention that its one ofthe most beautiful places on Earth. My grandparents were Irish, so Ive always felt a connection there. When wevisit, I like to drink Guinness, eat soda bread with cheddar and cucumber, and watch rugby in the pub. Adare Manorin Limerick is also beautiful.

My favourite apps are PictureThis, which I use to identify and learn about different plants and flowers, and Vivino for buying wine.

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