FLORENCIA CAVALLO             Co-Founder, Golden Edit

The kids are down, your work is done - how do you spend your “me” time, when you get it?

We’re expecting our first baby in January so time will tell… but I imagine it would be enjoying quality time with my husband over a great glass (bottle?!) of red wine.

What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed? (In any product category)

Our Golden Edit Follow The Sun sweatshirt. A a cozy, buttery soft everyday essential that has gotten me through every stage of pregnancy.

What is the quality you’re most hopeful you’ll have as a mother?

Patience is something that I’ve been working on because truthfully, it doesn’t come naturally to me. My husband, who’s a Libra, is an expert on the art of patience, so I try to learn from him. I hope to teach my children to live their life to the fullest and take risks, and the importance of self-worth. And to allow room for them to make mistakes and learn from them.

What is the other career you’d most like to try out, given a second professional life?

I always dreamt of being an interior stylist – I absolutely adore home décor and I imagine collaborating with clients to bring their home vision to life would be incredibly fulfilling. I just finished watching ‘Dream Home Makeover’ with Shea and Syd McGee of Studio McGee, and I’m even more obsessed with remodels and renovating than ever before!

Is there anything that quarantine forced you to change that you would like to - or will - maintain post quarantine?

It certainly provided perspective and time to pause and reflect – and made me recognize just how crazy and fast-paced (and unsustainable!) the life we were living in New York was, I didn’t realize how exhausted and burnt out I was until we were forced to quarantine, and then this ‘aha’ moment happened. And while I have no plans of leaving New York any time soon, being able to change certain elements of my lifestyle and adapt has been refreshing – life here doesn’t have to be so chaotic.What are the nicest things your partner does for you, and you for them?

What doesn’t he do? I really hit the jackpot with my husband. He’s a romantic at heart and while big gestures are always a treat, it’s the little things that make me love him the most… especially during pregnancy when it’s like he just knows what I want or need. Something as simple as making me a tea every night before bed (without me having to ask him!) puts a smile on my face. Throughout COVID and quarantine when we’ve both been working from home, I started making him an espresso every morning and bringing it to his desk; it quickly became a daily ritual and my nickname became ‘barista wifey’.

What are the three beauty products you always have in your rotation? We always love to know someone's go-to lipstick color too...

Between pregnancy and COVID, I’ve really stripped back my beauty routine to the bare essentials. I’m staying away from chemicals and focusing much more on caring for my skin, instead of wearing make up… and it sure feels so good to skip the daily foundation! My favorites right now are the Biossance squalane + phyto-retinol serum (pregnancy safe!) and Summer Fridays Jetlag mask – it’s super rich but I wear it as a moisturizer twice a day and my skin is loving it. My holy grail hair product is the Virtue Healing Oil.

Where is the place where you feel like your best self - your happy place?

Under the sun and by the sea, always. My husband and I always joke that we’re most in our element when traveling somewhere sun-drenched, and the best versions of ourselves when we’re exploring. While living in New York is an odd choice for someone who loves the sun and the water as much as me (a true Pisces!), the dream is to build our forever home in the south of Italy; our ultimate happy place.

How important is routine to you? What parts of your routine are sacrosanct?

To me, routines come and go… which probably defeats the purpose of having one! I find that if I focus too much on having a routine, it becomes a chore and is more stressful than just going with the flow. In saying that, ‘me’ time is important. I like to prioritize some of the rituals I really enjoy – my morning coffee uninterrupted, doing a great work out, a long weekly bath, a facial or mask – but overall like to keep life as fluid as possible. And as we get ready to welcome our first baby, I have a feeling ‘going with the flow’ will come in handy, especially during those first few weeks.

What are your professional goals and how do you go about achieving them?

I’ve always been a very driven person and setting goals and checking in on their progress is key. It was my dream to have my own business, and that dream has now been a reality for almost three years. While the journey has been a rollercoaster and so much harder than I ever could have imagined, Golden Edit was my first baby and building it from scratch with my co-founder Elise has been incredibly fulfilling.What are the things that make your home personal to you and your family?

I’ve moved around a lot and lived in many different places – from Buenos Aires to Melbourne, to the north coast of New South Wales, to New York – and to me, home is a feeling more than it is a place. As long as I’m surrounded by pictures of loved ones, cozy blankets, and scents (I have an unhealthy obsession with candles!) I recognize, I’m home.

How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?

Community is everything – both at a personal and professional level. We wouldn’t have been able to build our business the way we have without the support of our network and community of fellow entrepreneurs, mentors and female founders. As we get ready to welcome our baby boy, we’ve been so grateful for the generosity and warmth of our neighbors in Carroll Gardens. With our families far away in Australia, they’ve gone out of their way to offer help and be there whenever we needed.

What maternity style or clothing item could you not find this time around that you most wish FH would create?

Chic maternity pants. Not jeans and not sweatpants, but something in between that is cozy, comfortable, and can effortlessly transition from the sofa to date night. Wishful thinking?!Shop Florencia's Look: Ribbed Knit SweaterRibbed Knit Skirt