Camille Styles is exactly what her name would suggest: Stylish. A mother of two, this Austin-based star-blogger is the woman behind the ever-so-chic Camille Styles website, which offers a daily dose of entertaining, fashion and lifestyle advice for women everywhere. We love a good digital aesthetic (and it’s not always so easy to find).
We sat down with the entrepreneur to discuss her ideal food day, her obsession with salad, and her hometown of Austin (for which she gave us a restaurant guide for the best spots in the city). If you’re thinking about booking a trip to the Texas capital, make sure you read this article first!
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
If it’s a sunny day in Austin, I’d ride my bike to the patio at Josephine House and order an almond milk cappuccino and a green juice — they add a little serrano to theirs for the most delicious spicy kick. I’d follow it up with the summer squash frittata and (since this is a dream day) the kouign amann, which is hands-down the best pastry in the world. For lunch, I’d head to LA for fish tacos on the beach and ceviche with watermelon juice, then back to my backyard in Austin for dinner: grilled steak and veggies served on big platters with lots of friends gathered around the table to share it.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
Neighborhood walks with my husband and kids every morning are the best: I love getting a good dose of sunshine and my heart rate up first thing before starting the rest of our day. I also love spin classes at LOVE Cycling which is like the best dance party on a bike, and bar classes at MOD Fitness have really helped me get toned back up after having kids.
When it comes to diet, I definitely believe that there’s a place for enjoying pasta, a good glass of rosé, and the occasional scoop of gelato, as long as the majority of my meals are centered around tons of veggies, especially colorful leafy greens. I eat a big salad every day and I think that nothing’s more beautifying from the inside out.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
I’m a bit of a beauty product junkie, and I have quite a few can’t-live-without items in my routine. That being said, I really believe in consistency with skincare and not switching products too frequently — it helps to really gauge what is working with your skin if you introduce new brands only occasionally and one at a time. Here’s what I’m using currently:
AM: Cleanse with Rodin Facial Cleansing Powder which is gentle and exfoliating, then apply Skinceuticals C E Ferulic for a major dose of antioxidants and environmental protection. I love Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar which moisturizers, provides exfoliation, and has a built-in SPF. I’m definitely a makeup girl, but I’ve got my routine down to about three minutes: a few dabs of Yves Saint Laurent Touché Eclat Foundation to even out my complexion, a dusting of Dior Rosy Glow Blush, a tiny swipe of Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner on the outer part of my upper lids, and lots of Loreal black mascara.
PM: Take it all off with Rodin Facial Cleansing Powder, then Pixi Glow Tonic to make sure I get every last bit of makeup off. I used to skip this step until I realized that leaving even a trace of makeup on while I slept made me breakout, so now I always use toner. I use a prescription retinol every third night or so; the rest of the time I moisturize with this Alba Botanica Hawaiiaan Moisture Cream that my sister just gave me, which is all-natural, really gentle, and smells like an island paradise.
Where do you love to travel? What essentials won’t you travel without?
I’m my happiest self on any beach — there’s something about being near the water, whether it’s in the South of France, California, Mexico, or the Amalfi Coast, that instantly makes me feel calm and relaxed. I love how simply you can pack for a beach trip – minimal makeup, a couple of swimsuits, and sundresses that go from beach cover-up to dinner date.
What ingredient do you consider overrated? Which do you think makes everything better?
Sorry, but I just can’t get down with foie gras. What makes everything better? A big pinch of Maldon Salt of course — and bonus points for a little aleppo pepper, too.
What do you always put out when entertaining? What do you always bring to a party for the hostess?
Lots of candles, easy but delicious snacks like marcona almonds and cerignola olives, and water infused with citrus slices or cucumber – and wine, obviously. When I’m a guest, I love to bring a loaf of homemade zucchini-carrot bread or a jar of local jam picked up from the farmer’s market.
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
A big table on the patio at Gjelina in Venice Beach surrounded by my family and friends. We’d order mushroom, truffle and goat cheese pizza, wood-roasted cauliflower, all the salads and the butterscotch pot de creme.
What’s your perfect smoothie comprised of?
I start my day with this one at least three times a week: Spinach, frozen banana, almond butter, cacao, date, cinnamon, almond milk. It tastes like a milkshake and gives me so much energy.
What is your perfect salad comprised of?
For the girl who loves salads probably more than anyone ever, this is a tough one! Right now, I’m loving shredded kale and roasted cauliflower with seeds, currants, and avocado. My Asian Sesame Chicken Salad is also hard to beat.
What’s always in your fridge? Your pantry?
Almond milk, lots of leafy greens, whole milk yogurt, berries, good cheese, olives, Sriracha, lots of different vinegars and oils, honey, nuts, seeds and chocolate
Could you give us a guide to Austin, so 10 spots you love to eat and drink and what you get at each?
Elizabeth Street Café: Almond croissants and lemongrass tofu banh mi
Launderette: Burrata with figs, charred octopus
Juniper: The pappardelle
Café No Sé: Avocado toast
Uchiko: “Yokai berry” salmon sashimi with kale and asian pear
Olamaie: The off-menu biscuit appetizer
Jeffrey’s: Kale caesar and new york strip
Tacodeli: Space cowboy taco or papadulce taco
Vespaio: Veal piccata
Bufalina: All the pizzas and whatever grilled or roasted veggies are in season
Three tips to the perfect summer table-scape…
1. Fill a big wooden bowl with summer fruit (cherries, pineapples, and strawberries) for an easy and gorgeous centerpiece.
2. Set out platters of food on the table and let everyone dig in family style. It makes things easier on the host and the the food takes center stage as a decor element.
3. Place an herb sprig or breakfast radish on each napkin and tie on a little card with guests’ names for a farm-to-table touch at each place setting.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?
Salads made with unexpected ingredients – think pumpkin seed brittle, grilled fruits, and pickled salmon. Gone are the days of boring iceberg!
*Camille Styles, photographed at Maman in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann