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MUSES FOR TMRW, Janisha Wilson Belay


INTERIOR DESIGNER & STYLIST, Janisha Wilson Belay
Janisha Wilson Belay
WHAT DOES COLOR MEAN TO YOU?
For me color represents so many things, from emotions, attitude, individuality, even cultural representation. My first thoughts would include Visual Comfort, Identifier of a Space, and Expression.
HAVE YOU LEARNED ANY LESSONS IN EXPRESSING YOURSELF?

The biggest lessons I've learned are:

  • Don't be afraid to try many things in order to find out what you do and don't like.
  • Don't give a f*ck about what other people think or say about you.
  • It's OK to experiment with different looks.
  • Those who don't take risk often fail before even trying.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR & WHY?

I actually don't have a favorite color. I'm sure when I was younger I did, but as an adult I have never been drawn to one color in particular. Color palettes are a different story. I enjoy the art of layering in all aspects of fashion, interior design, and cooking. I love a good tone on tone color combination, neutral earth tone palette, along with the juxtaposition between a black and white. These palettes speak to me as a designer, as well as in my everyday life. A neutral palette exudes a state of calm and attentiveness to all that goes around me, and the significance between black and white has deeper roots than just the beautiful contrast they bring in any element.

DO YOU HAVE A MANTRA OR AFFIRMATION YOU USE?

"What's meant for you, will be for you."

 
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE BEAUTY RITUAL?
My favorite ritual is taking care of my skin. I love that I can walk outside feeling confident and free of any makeup because I take the time to care for my skin.
 

"What is meant for you, will be for you." 

 
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION RIGHT NOW?
My biggest inspiration right now would be finding what keeps me happy and motivated. Staying healthy and active. Finding the will power to succeed no matter what I am up against. And always my family.
WHAT NAIL COLOR SHOULD EVERYONE HAVE?

Here are my Top 5:

White
Neutral
Pink
Brown
Red
    WHAT ARE SOME BEAUTY PRODUCTS OR PERSONAL WELLNESS RITUALS YOU SWEAR BY?

    Always wash your face in the AM & PM. Have a cup of tea when you first wake up to start your day. Exfoliate your skin 2-3x a week. Own a great hydration face mask. Wash your sheets weekly. Drink lots of water.

    I love Dr. Barbara Sturm's Foam Cleanser and Hyaluronic Serum, organic jojoba oil, pure cocoa butter, and the Baudelaire Wool Body Sponge.

    HOW HAVE YOU BEEN FINDING JOY POST-QUARANTINE?

    I have really been taking the time for self care, from skincare to having a healthier balanced lifestyle. I have been trying to make it a point to stretch and meditate in the morning.

    I have really been enjoying starting my day off in silence, even if it's only for 5-10 minutes in the morning.

    I have also been taking the time to walk in the morning for 30 minutes - 1 hour to clear my mind and stay active as much as possible.