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Let's start with brunch — a beloved weekend activity and something you've also made into a career. What inspired you to start your own brunch club, Everyday People Brunch?
"I was born in Kenya and raised in Atlanta, and eating and dancing are important in both cultures. When I came back to New York after traveling in Africa in 2012, I wanted to create a place that combined those two things — like a cross between Soul Train and a high-school dance. So, I reached out to DJs and different venues, found a place in the Lower East Side, and we've been hosting it there ever since."
Considering your roots in such a strong food culture, what does your dream brunch menu look like?
"I love Southern-style foods. At Everyday People Brunch we serve shrimp and grits, chicken and biscuits, things like that. If I'm having brunch with friends in my neighborhood, I'll go to Marietta. Its grits and the brussels sprouts are delicious."
How do you make sure your look is flexible when you don't know where the day (or night, if you end up at a five-hour feast) will take you?
"I'll top off my look with a nice blazer or jacket that I can take off during brunch, and I'll keep nicer shoes in a bag. I'll also pull my hair back and add a colorful lip — which is why I always carry lipstick with me!"
Another weekend favorite is boutique hopping — what's your go-to spot for good fashion finds and inspiration?
"When I am in a rut, I like to go to Sincerely, Tommy in my neighborhood. It's a clothing boutique and coffee shop, and it carries harder-to-find brands as well as its own label that's very cool. The owner has such great taste. I want everything there!"
How have you stepped up your weekend style since discovering the store?
"I live in white T-shirts and boyfriend jeans, but I've definitely been inspired to try more adventurous items — different shapes and textures, like a leather mini, or a fuzzy jacket, or a black bag with some fringe. They're all basics, which is what I like, but have a unique element to them."