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Off Panama’s Caribbean Coast, a New Stay Perched Above the Treetops

Off Panama’s Caribbean Coast, a New Stay Perched Above the Treetops

I wake up in the dark, even in the summer, because we florists are very early people. It’s a little bit of a scramble to get out the door, but I can’t wake up without taking a shower. I’ll use Éminence Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser, followed by Dior Capture Totale Le Sérum and Dior Prestige La Crème. I try to slather myself in those, and then another big slather of Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream and Carmex Classic Lip Balm. I don’t wash my hair every day but, when I do, I use Alba Botanica So Smooth Gardenia Conditioner. (I don’t use shampoo.) I always scrunch Kiehl’s Creme With Silk Groom into wet hair and then wind it up with these discontinued Scunci Clips to set — I’ve resorted to buying them on eBay. I started pinning my hair up to control the curl, and now it’s become my signature. It is pretty healthy because it’s tucked away all the time but, when it starts to feel gangly, I’ll snip it myself. I almost never wear makeup because my day starts so early. If I do, I’ll do a cat eye with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Diorshow Mascara and, sometimes, Rouge Dior 999 lipstick. Other lipsticks I rotate in are Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick and Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. I’ll use Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk to wash it off at night and, sometimes, I use this Borghese Purifying Mud Mask — I’ve had a jar of that forever. I don’t get massages enough, but I need to. I threw out my back recently, and a massage at Element spa in Brooklyn helped me get back on my feet. A lot of my team has favorite hand creams that are around the studio, one being Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm, so I’ll use those. One thing I use often is this hand wash that is used to remove sap and resin. The filth if we don’t wear gloves is incredible, it just gets into your pores, and this really removes it. Working with flowers and sometimes rotting flowers, I like to be aware of smells, so I don’t wear fragrance very often. What I do love to wear is Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte. It’s very piney and not very femme. It just feels a little sharp, like me.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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