Introduction and Interview by Caroline Skou
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I’ve never measured a year from January to December- rather my time has always been dictated by the school year calendar. September to August. So with that logic, back to school season is the perfect time to set some “new” year resolutions.
I always start with the basics: Drink more water, read more. I know this year I want to get involved with a cause that inspires me, try to run a half marathon, and try to bring clogs back into style . But mostly, I’m looking for ways to help me maintain a positive attitude this “new” year.
And that last resolution is why for this MMXX new year, we want to focus on the positives in your life. How have you shifted your childhood bedroom to feel more cozy? Has quarantine allowed you to try out a new style without the fear of judgement? What is something you're excited about? To start I asked Nicolette Frasco, who just started her senior year from an island with a smaller population than her college.
First, let's talk about location. Your campus closed for this semester, so where are you living right now?
I'm currently studying from my home on Shelter Island, NY. It's a tiny island between the two forks of Long Island only accessible by ferry. It's usually teeming with people in the summer but quiet in the off months.
And what’s your favorite part of the space? Are there any essential elements that make your space uniquely yours?
I study mostly from my room where I have a makeshift plastic table set up. But I definitely prefer spending time cozy in bed. I love using crisp white linens and pops of colors through pillows to brighten up the space and add some personality. A good linen spray or candle is essential in giving the room a signature scent that makes it feel like my own. I really like this Lemongrass spray from Twig & Thyme.
Speaking from experience, I know working from your childhood bedroom isn’t the most productive space. So, what helps you stay productive right now?
Sitting down and committing a chunk of time to just attending classes and powering through work is the best way for me to stay focused and productive. If you treat school like a job rather than a choice it makes it a lot easier to finish whatever you have in your docket.
My whole life I've eaten some kind of sweet for breakfast, either a cookie or pastry with tea or coffee. It's a very normal breakfast to my European rooted family but doesn't seem to get a stamp of approval in the US
What does your morning routine look like while you’re living at home?
I use the term routine loosely but I try to keep it as close to my school routine as possible. First thing is always making my bed, it's the only way to properly start my day. Then onto the normal cleaning my face and moisturizing before breakfast. My whole life I've eaten some kind of sweet for breakfast, either a cookie or pastry with tea or coffee. It's a very normal breakfast to my European rooted family but doesn't seem to get a stamp of approval in the US haha.
I think this is a great time to experiment with personal style and maybe purchase and try out looks you've always wanted to but never felt ready to wear.
Let’s talk a bit about style. Has your relationship to fashion shifted over the last 6 months? Are you staying comfy, or getting dressed up?
Spending ample amounts of time at home during quarantine has led me down the path of online shopping. I think this is a great time to experiment with personal style and maybe purchase and try out looks you've always wanted to but never felt ready to wear. The sheer boredom of being constantly cooped up prompted me to add some color and different structures to my wardrobe. Although I tend to air on the side of comfort on the day-to-day, I like to put together some what-if outfits. Wishful thinking for once covid is over.
Do you have any go-to ways you like to relax at the end of the day?
I try to set time aside, usually at the end of your day, solely to relax and not do work is something I fully believe in. I love to sit out on my porch or any quiet spaces around the house to just sit and be still for a moment. These times are great for catching up on books I’ve been putting aside, I keep a stack right next to my bed. I’m still trying to get through Anna Karenina.
And lastly, do you have a Covid guilty pleasure?
Cliché, but it's definitely Tik Tok. There's content on it for anyone and everyone. If you're not on it already, you're missing out. I still dabble in watching Youtube and Netflix on occasion but the ease and lack of time commitment in watching Tik Tok really sold me.
Thanks Nicolette for chatting! And Check out the MMXX Collection!