Actress, blogger, and model Lydia Hearst makes us feel – well – unproductive so to speak. She’s modeled internationally, was named ambassador to Swarovski’s Heart Truth campaign and more recently has been running a lifestyle blog called Love Lydia Hearst, where she shares her musings on beauty, music, and trends. Innovation and talent of course runs in the family, as Hearst’s great Grandparents were the publishing powerhouses who made, well…Hearst, a household name. Hearst filled us in on her first date with her fiancée [Chris Hardwick], favorite workouts and why she never brings alcohol to dinner parties…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I don’t think that I have such a thing. My palate and appetite are always changing. I love to cook, and I love trying new things. I’m always adventurous in my food selections when out to restaurants and traveling the world.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I always try to be healthy, although sometimes I do enjoy a nice York Peppermint Patty or donut. I am a fan or eating farm-to-table meals. I get deliveries five days a week from a meal catering service, Paleta. I swear by it! I also exercise regularly following exercises from David Kirsch, or by doing BUTI yoga. But physical wellbeing isn’t everything. I always try to help someone smile. Seems simple, no? Actions speak volumes and make all the difference in the world. Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world. This is why I dedicate much of my time to helping work with Operation Smile and go on volunteer missions. It is important to always be yourself. If others don’t like it, then let them be. Remember that personal success and happiness are not always related. Happiness is a choice. Life isn’t about pleasing everybody, but remember that if you’re good to people, they’ll be good to you.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
I take a bath every morning. It helps me ease into the day and relax before heading to set. On my skin, I only use Sonya Dakar products, ever. I wash my face with Sonya Dakar’s Buriti Oil Wash and then amply apply lotions, Omega Oil, Retinu, Stem Cell Transformer, and Nano Hydrator Lotion. I then lotion my whole body with Jergens Vitamin E lotion.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Every day is different. It could be anything from oatmeal, to eggs and bacon or pancakes. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I love my morning cup of coffee. My Tassimo coffee maker and Tim Horton’s Coffee it the best and my absolute favorite.
The workouts you can’t live without…
I love my David Kirsch workout videos and my BUTI Yoga. David was my personal trainer when I lived in New York. He’s a great friend of mine and he really understands fitness and how to create the perfect exercises and routines for the individual. And BUTI Yoga was invented by a dear friend who I have known since elementary school, Bizzie Gold. BUTI is a movement practice that infuses yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics into a high intensity workout that transforms your body from the inside out.
What do you always put out at a dinner party when hosting?
I absolutely love having friends over for dinner. I love cooking. I always try to prepare something different, but I think it is important to offer variety.
Biggest dinner party faux pas…
Thankfully, I don’t believe I have made any faux pas in my life, but I live by the rule of having proper table manners and etiquette – no one appreciates someone chewing with their mouth open or behaving like they were raised by wolves.
What do you always bring to one as a guest?
As a rule, one should never give alcohol or chocolate – One never knows if someone is sober, or diabetic. Those are two gifts I avoid.
Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
Traveling and taking an adventure is more easily said than done. That being said, I never travel without my sense of adventure. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled and seen much of the world. Most recently Chris and I took a trip to Austria and visited Vienna and Salzburg. It was wonderful! One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, and the food was beyond exquisite!
What’s always in your bag?
Hand sanitizer spray and SoftLips chapstick.
What was you and your fiancée’s first date?
It was in July in 2014. I will never forget it. We went to dinner at a sweet restaurant in downtown Los Angeles and just talked for hours on end. I love him with all my heart and cannot wait to spend my life with him.
Any annual traditions you guys have?
We are still working on building our own traditions.
Best advice you’ve given him and vice versa?
For us, communication is everything. We talk about anything and all manner of things; it’s important for any relationship.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
I’m a complete foodie! I know that by looking at me people don’t typically assume this, but I love to eat! I love the restaurants in Los Angeles (Craig’s, Izaka-ya, Matsuhisa and Sapp Coffee), New York (Lil’ Frankies), Paris, Salzburg, and London. Honestly there are far too many restaurants that I love visiting for me to name.
In the same vein as what is the new black in fashion what’s the new potato right now?
I think what’s new right now is acceptance. It’s refreshing to see that people are more willing to take risks in life and with fashion and not feel afraid of being shamed. There is a beautiful shift in the sense that women and more bonded together and being supportive versus competitive. It’s beautiful.
*Lydia Hearst, photographed at Jams in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.