From the moment you meet Mariah you can tell she has a passion for design. An experienced designer, working with Pottery Barn, Athleta and Old Navy among others, Mariah latest passion project is Kirby Cove Active. The collection features athleisure in comfortable fabrics and hand dyed tie dye patterns. Below Mariah give us a peek into her self care routine and her brand inspiration.
Do you have a self-care motto?
You can’t pour from an empty cup.
First thing you do when you wake up?
1. Brush my teeth
2. Wash my face
3. Make my bed
Last thing you do before you go to sleep?
1. Brush my teeth
2. Wash my face
What’s your skin care routine?
I’m really the worst about this, I almost don’t have one. Once in a while I get some new products that get me inspired to follow a routine, but mostly it’s just washing my face before bed/waking up and moisturizing when I get up. I’ve tried to be good about using night creams, even had them sitting on my nightstand at times, to make sure I use it, then I just forget.
My latest obsession has been the under eye jell patches by Arbonne (RE9 Advanced Prepwork) that was given to me by a friend, (she is much better about self-care than myself). I keep them in the fridge so they’re chilled, and put them on in the evenings, or even during the day since I work from home.
Last (beauty) product you finished?
Clinique “Take the Day Off” makeup remover - part of my evening skincare routine if I’m wearing makeup.
Where do you find you inspiration for new Kirby Cove Active collections?
Anywhere and everywhere! I’m a huge fan of international travel, seeing different cultures, local crafts, and historical places. That’s where I am the most inspired, although that is a bit harder these days given the pandemic. One of my last big trips I was able to take was to Egypt and Morocco and I was just in awe of all the architectural history and textiles. It’s really what inspired me to leave my cushy corporate job and start my own company.
When I can’t get away for those larger trips, even a smaller road trip really helps me to reset and get inspired. Somewhere I can get away, out of my head, and out of my regular routine. I can see and think more clearly when not sitting in my office surrounded by all the half-complete projects that I have going. Last fall I went on an amazing road trip with my friend to Zion, in Utah. We saw and did so much, had so many adventures, and that just fed my mind for months after. Getting into nature on a regular basis is a must. My brand was really inspired by these ideas of adventure and travel, so I try to work that into my collections.
On a more regular basis, my most common time for inspiration (and problem solving) is going for a walk/run/hike or even a long drive. Just somewhere where I’m alone and not in front of my computer. I find this is when my brain starts processing ideas and working through roadblocks. I am always making little notes in my Notes app on my phone to make sure I can come back to those lightbulb moments.
My Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 20) - I don’t wear a lot of make-up so this is great since it’s my moisturizer, foundation, sunscreen all in one.
Favorite non-perfume smell?
Cannabis, it reminds me of home. But that’s for another story. ;-)
Please finish this sentence: I feel most attractive when I’m…
with fresh hair and make-up and ready for a nice dinner or night out with friends. I love being home these days, and the simple life we’ve been afforded during the pandemic, but getting out with friends and family feeds my soul.