As anyone with a full-time gig knows, we all have the tendency to romanticize the freelance hustle. Something about setting your own schedule, not answering to a boss, and not feeling restrained to the confines of your desk just sounds…nice. That said, as with any role, it can be a trade-off. And one woman that keeps it strikingly real about that balance is writer (her book, Women of Color, hit shelves last year), stylist, eponymous blogger (and Cov-alum!) LaTonya Yvette.
As it turns out, she’s a big believer in shaping her schedule writing or creating blog content around how she’s feeling. And part of that is being realistic and respectful when it comes to checking in on what her body (and mental bandwidth) needs on a day-to-day basis.
Similarly, Yvette was open about how daily rituals and routine give her a sense of stability and a sort of support system for herself—how getting dressed and stepping into how she wants to present herself each day “is creative, but also like armor. I always say getting dressed for me is creative, but also like armor. Being able to get dressed and feel polished gets me feeling like myself on an emotional and mental level. It allows me to show up for my children, for everything I’m supposed to be doing.” The same can be said for beauty, too: rarely without a swipe of her trademark bright lipstick, Yvette knows a polished, flawless complexion is crucial to pulling it off. A little bit of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder gives 12 hour wear, serious shine control and a matte finish that’s perfect for photos—a major plus for LaTonya, who’s constantly in front of the camera, and can’t have that obvious flashback that comes with some setting powders. “A product that works for all of the parts of my day is super important. I like makeup that moves along with me,” she explains. Here, a little glimpse of what it all looks like.