The Minis: Hélène Heath - New York City
Hi Hélène! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm a New York City based consultant, writer and content creator. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and my dog, Wally. I'm typically happiest when I'm juggling a million projects at once, but what truly fuels my fire is fashion, food and travel.
Where are some of your favorite travel destinations? What are your favorite activities when you travel?
The thought of any European destination gets me really excited. I just got back from a glorious vacation in Greece, which has cemented my infatuation with the continent as a whole. I'm not so much of a beach person, but there is something viscerally magical about the ocean, and I do crave its shores once in a while.
To me, the only way to truly experience a destination is to do it as a local would. Sure, it's fun (and obligatory) to hit certain tourist staples, but I find that making discovery interesting means seeking out unchartered activities by regular sightseers.
What is your favorite part about living in New York?
The energy. The city is constantly buzzing, and while the grind can be draining after a while (that's what weekends upstate are for!), it's also incredibly exhilarating. It inhabitants are also very inspiring - there is no shortage of characters that all have an interesting story. In New York City, you perpetually feel like you're at the crossroads of various worlds. The easy access to anything imaginable is also a pretty great perk.
How does social media factor into your work?
Whether or not it's a good thing, social media plays a huge role in my life. It's a big part of my role at work, and it's also integral to what I do as a lifestyle content creator and style blogger. I use it to share my experiences with my community around the points of interest that I've fostered over the years: style, beauty, food, and travel.
Social media has allowed me to reach folks from around the globe who are all connect thanks to their similar interests. I've met some incredible people through Instagram and blogging, and have made some dear friends along the way.
Is there anything in particular that you do to relax and take care of yourself?
Taking care of myself is something I've grown to understand as an unequivocal necessity as I've gotten older. Eating well and exercising is a big part of my lifestyle - nothing extreme or excessive, but just enough to keep a good mental and physical balance. One thing I started doing a little over a year ago is going for monthly facials, which is both an indulgence and a need. It's the one time a month where I know I'll be able to tune out, relax, feel pampered, and take some real time for myself.
What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
The fact that I work in an industry that's constantly in flux does not allow me to rest on my laurels, and I'm therefore constantly learning and growing. I'm also always connecting with new, inspiring people, which motivates me to keep striving to do my best. People lose their twinkle when they become complacent.
What are some of your favorite places in New York?
New York is so incredible for so many reasons, one of them being that there's something obscure and amazing to discover around every single corner (not to mention all the hot spots). I try to explore as much as possible when I have free time. Nolita is probably my favorite neighborhood in the city. It's so full of history, the architecture is beautiful, the shops make you want to spend your entire paycheck, the restaurants serve the yummiest food, you can pop into art galleries for an extra dose of culture, and the people-watching is top notch. I also love biking around in Brooklyn in the summertime, as most streets are lined with bike paths, making it super easy and safe to ride. I love walking through the West Village, where you feel like you're on a movie set as you're trying to get a peek inside the brownstones.
For shopping I love Opening Ceremony, Canal Street Market and Concrete & Water. There are amazing vintage stores around my Brooklyn Neighborhood of Williamsburg, as well as on the Lower East Side. Favorite food spots include Rubirosa, Dudley's, Mission Chinese, Casa Publica and Café Mogador. I also love watching movies at Nitehawk Cinemas, strolling through the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, watching Live Music at Rockwood, and eating gelato at El Laboratorio Del Gelato.