Working From Home with Chef and Food Stylist Sophia Roe
To say that Sophia Roe is a “woman on the go” is a bit of an understatement. The multi-hyphenate chef, food stylist and activist typically spends her day traveling from one event to the next. And for that reason, she's exactly the type of person we wanted to tell about The Daily, our newest jewelry case that’s just big enough for a change of jewels through a busy day. But when we asked her about what her days really look like, she brought us back to reality—and fast. Like many these days, Sophia has been spending a lot of time at home. What were once afternoons and evenings spent in a blur of events, catered experiences, cooking classes and video shoots are now spent pivoting her creative process for the virtual world. Pulling no punches, she tells it like it is about the realities of being a creative during a pandemic.
These days, what does an "average" morning look like?
My perfect wake up time is 7:30 AM. The first thing I do in the morning is usually have some water, go pee, and then throw on The Daily podcast. I love having an Earl Grey tea, and maybe some fruit as well. Morning stretch, nothing too yoga-ish, just a nice 5-10 minutes of moving my body around is really helpful in waking me up, and prepping my mind for the day ahead. As for my skincare, I keep it super simple. I moisturize with hemp oil, apply some lip balm, put on my eyeliner and mascara, and then I’m done for the day!
What’s in your everyday stack?
I always wear the Cigar Band, and the Braided Ring. I love rings so much—there’s never a time where I don’t have at least one of them on. I used to keep all of my stacked necklaces on, but I got tired of detangling them. Now I wake up, look at my necklaces, and listen. Whatever ones speak to me, I put on ASAP!
How has the pandemic changed how you work and your creative process?
Pre-pandemic my work was mostly “in-person.” I hosted events, cooking classes, participated in video shoots, catered experiences... Since those are impossible now, I’ve fully pivoted to digital. While I still take part in shoots, they’re very small and are geared more towards food and prop styling. Any event that I do now is digital, which has actually been rewarding because it’s enabled me to connect further with members of my community who do not live in NYC.
What do you keep in your Daily case?
So many rings! I am actually a bit of a collector to be honest, I must have hundreds of special rings from various travels and experiences.
How has the meaning of “community” changed for you?
My community meant more than anything to me pre-COVID, and they continue to mean the most to me throughout this difficult time mid-pandemic. If community is not part of your self-care ritual, then I’d say a shake up is probably in order. I don’t believe a person can truly be well without also contributing and supporting a community. It’s such an important part of being a human.
Who is your greatest influence?
Black women: all of them, in all of their intricacies, complexities, nuances and sensitivities. All of the young girls who embrace their spirit, talents, sexuality and self-care, while also daring to unpack their trauma.
What's the last thing you do before you go to bed?
I always use my Golde Clean Greens Face Mask, massage my face with hemp oil, braid my hair, watch something funny on YouTube, and try to imagine what the next day will look like. I don’t love surprises, so being aware of what’s on the schedule for the next day is important to me. By the time I get into bed, I’m reading, so that’s typically what I do right before shutting my eyes to sleep.
When do you invest in yourself?
When I feel anxious, I stop what I’m doing, give myself the permission to feel overwhelmed, cry a little, and give myself a little pep talk. Many people think it’s completely normal to live life at 100 miles per hour. It’s not! It’s okay to take time to take care of yourself.
How do you define the word fine?
My boyfriend's face. It’s as fine as they come.
Who are the people that make you feel special?
My boyfriend Chris, and his son Kenzo. I have never seen a duo quite like those two. They teach me so much about love, affection, and support every single day. I don’t actually know what I’d do without them.