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Beauty & the Books with Alyse

Coffee, Drake, research & more coffee—that's how Alyse Archer-Coité rolls in the AM

For this morning’s Wake Up Call, we’re jumping into bed with Alyse Archer-Coité, creator of the biannual art magazine, MAKER. We dropped by Alyse’s Clinton Hill apartment just before she jetted off to Miami Basel, and after a mini Drake dance-off in her kitchen, we got to shooting. Catch her morning routine below.

7:45 a.m. I wake up as early as I can because that’s when I am most productive, but I need at least two cups of coffee if I want to be able to write an email that doesn’t read like Wingdings!

8:00 a.m. I fire up my Italian coffee maker, make a pot of strong coffee, and put a little music on. At the moment I’m rediscovering some music that I saved to an old hard drive I uncovered after a recent move. I’m listening to Ali Farka Touré discography, Twin Shadow, Little Dragon, and Cesária Évora. Joni Mitchell is an old favorite and of course Nothing Was The Same, Drake’s new album, is basically on a loop.

8:04 a.m. I chop up an apple from the co-op I belong to in Williamsburg. I grew up in a very food conscious home where my mother ate vegetarian/vegan most of my life and encouraged the same for me. One of the things she would tell me about breakfast was “only eat round things,” which meant fruits like apples and avocados with honey, mixed berries with almond yogurt and eggs if I have the time. I also drink at least two cups of coffee, but have been trying to start with hot water and lemon since I was told by a friend it can alkaline the body.

8:31 a.m. Right about now, I stream an international news station and get to work, sending any time-sensitive emails

9:09 a.m. Usually around this time, I change into my running clothes and head to Fort Greene Park—it’s the closest one to my house and is absolutely beautiful, but this morning it’s snowing (what a pity!), so I guess I’ll just have to stay in. I usually run at least three miles and the stairs, if I have time.

9:21 a.m. After showering, I get into my daily beauty routine. I don’t typically wear any sort of concealer or base, but decided to try out Maybelline’s BB cream, since in the winter I get really dry skin and BB is both a moisturizer and light concealer. I use Nars blush, Guerlain lipgloss, Anastasia Eyebrow pencil, Maybelline mascara and I wear men’s Chanel fragrance. I don’t like the smell of flowers and sweet scents very much, I prefer the musky, heavy, deep scents of men’s cologne. I remember when I was growing up my mom said she would let me dress myself, and I would always ask to wear slacks and a dress shirt buttoned all the way to the top and starched.

9:21 a.m. I work from my dining room for the first few hours of the day because, that’s where I keep all my research books. Right now I am working on a third volume of my magazine, MAKER, so I am pouring over a lot of oversized books on the history of stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, and the process of making velum. So needless to say, working from the comfort of my home with a mug of strong coffee makes for a smoother research session!

11:51 a.m. I hop on my bike and ride into the city to work from my office at NeueHouse. I just joined the trustee board there, so I try to spend as much of my working day there as possible. This way I can meet people and get a feel for the kinds of members the space has and what type of creative programming they might like.

Photography by Bailey R. Roberts

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