Actress Katie Aselton

If we’ve learned anything from Katie Aselton, it’s that A. she has great taste in restaurants (seriously, her love of risotto rivals even our own) and B. being a mom doesn’t have to be boring. Take her parenting advice, for example: “Don’t get down on yourself, but also don’t get too cocky, either.” Sounds more like awesome life advice, doesn’t it?

Aselton is definitely one for the Woman Crush Wednesday ages (even though it’s not Wednesday), which is why we plugged her for the best dinner party recommendations (cheese board anyone?), workout routines and beauty mainstays. Read the full interview below, then check out Aselton in Fun Mom Dinner. This is the #MondayMotivation you need.

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From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? 

I spent my entire twenties depriving myself of great food in hopes to fit that “perfect Hollywood body” mold; my thirties have been the decade I realize how ridiculous that concept is and that good food is a gift, a blessing, and a joy to share with people. It’s been a fun revelation, for sure! My ideal food day would start out with a great mid-morning brunch at SQIRL in Silverlake; they have a sorrel pesto rice bowl with preserved lemons, fermented hot sauce, French feta and a poached egg that I literally dream about! Because it’s pretty filling, I would maybe skip lunch in lieu of a mid-afternoon rosé and bowl of salt & vinegar chips, which is my favorite summer snack of 2017. For dinner, I love a night at L&E Oyster Bar, which happens to be at the bottom of our hill, so it’s a lovely stroll down for some fantastic oysters with my guy. I love those nights.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I’m raising two girls in Los Angeles, so I am very aware of my responsibility to set a healthy example for them. My goal is to be strong, healthy and fit on the inside and out. I am a big fan of Wundabar pilates and do that four or five days a week, and then I throw running in a couple days just to get some good cardio in. Diet wise, we are big on the everything in moderation idea, so we eat it all but put a real emphasis on fruits and vegetables. This year, we installed raised beds and planted a vegetable garden, and it’s been fun to reap the benefits of that. If I ever do feel the need to kick it up a notch diet wise for an event or a role, there is a company called Soupure that sends a variety of organic, non-GMO soups and bone broths along with alkaline waters that I’ll have through the day, and then have a “normal” meal with my family at night. They’re awesome! They are hearty and delicious and you never feel like you are depriving yourself. I love them so much, that I order the bone broths regularly and have at least one a day! 

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

At night I always wash my face. I don’t care how tired I am; it’s a habit I started in high school and now I literally cannot go to sleep if I haven’t. I wash with a gentle cleanser from Arcona, that I follow with Pixi glow toner, then a reparative serum and an eye creme both from Kinara, If my skin is feeling dry, I use the rose oil from Pixi, and finish it all with the magic white ice moisturizer from Arcona. In the morning, I usually splash my face with cold water and apply moisturizer before my workout, after I will wash with the gentle cleanser from Fresh, then spray a Mario Badescu rose water mist and moisturize with the Arcona magic white ice moisturizer

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How do you always start your day? What’s your go to breakfast?

Coffee. Always coffee. Usually, it’s an almond milk latte and then I work out. I love a nice avocado toast with chili flakes. 

What was the funniest thing that happened on the set of Fun Mom Dinner?

When you have four funny ladies in front of the camera and so many funny people behind the camera, there were a lot of funny moments. The scene of us smoking in the bathroom stall had two out of the four of us wetting our pants, but I will name no names. What happens in a bathroom stall stays in a bathroom stall. 

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

I love LA, obviously: Bestia, Salazar, the new restaurant Botanica is great, L&E is awesome. 

NY is a no-brainer.; Carbone is one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. When I’m in Boston, I have to hit Neptune’s in the north end and Gourmet Dumping House in Chinatown – delicious!

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What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?

I would love a giant vat of truffled risotto (with copious amounts of fresh shaved truffles on top) and when I’m full I’d just like to collapse and just smother myself in it. Before that moment, I want bottomless bottles of Barolo and be surrounded by my family and friends. And Oprah. And Meryl Streep

What is the best advice you have ever received? What is the worst?

Best advice was “you will never regret loving big.” Any unsolicited advice is the worst.

You didn’t like X until you tried Y….

Caviar until I tried good caviar

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What do you always put out when hosting a dinner party? What do you bring to one as a guest?

A cheese board, Marcona almonds, charcuterie. As a guest, I bring a bottle of wine. 

Words to both act and eat by…

Just try it. If it’s not good, then you know you at least tried it.

What’s your favorite meal to make with your family?

Steaks on the grill, roasted kale, and a baked, crusty, buttery bread

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Any advice you’d give to new Moms?

Everything is a phase, even the good stuff. Don’t get down on yourself, but also don’t get too cocky, either.

What is always in your fridge? What is always in your pantry?

In my fridge, I always have both regular and almond milk, Greek yogurt, berries, a block of drunken goat, and all the fixings fore my kids’ lunches. My pantry has pasta, quinoa, nuts, and kid snacks. So many kid snacks. 

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I love beach vacations! We just got back from the Four Seasons Punta Mita, and it was perfection. I don’t travel without my Clare V tote and clutches; I use one clutch for passports, one for first aid stuff, one for snacks, one for makeup, one for sunnies, one for my iPad, then I throw it all in my big tote. When I show up, I use the tote as a beach bag, then the clutches for daytime or date bags! So, I’m super organized and well accessorized. 

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If you could have a dinner party with five people, living or dead, who would you invite? And what would you cook?

Oprah, Meryl Streep, Bobby Kennedy, Basquiat, Cate Blanchet.

In the same vein as the new black in fashion, what is the new potato right now?

Zucchini noodles.

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*Katie Aselton photographed by Danielle Kosann in New York, New York.