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“Hello! I’m Laura Mueller-Soppart (@lauralonglastname). My mother is Spanish and Italian, my father is German and I was born in Frankfurt. As a child we moved a lot – my parents were young and adventurous – but at some point in the Kindergarten, we immigrated permanently to the US and I grew up in Chicago. The summers abroad in Munich, Barcelona and Paris were times that I was grateful for, even though I wasn’t close to our extended family.
I now live in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, where I do real estate development. I started a consulting firm called Built Interest and my goal is to offer a new way of looking at building spaces that we share. My job is to lead a diverse team of architects, engineers, contractors, owners and investors, develop a vision for the environment and then get everyone to agree on new product features. Much of my current work is about how we can best adapt our homes to our needs during this pandemic. How can we improve living conditions for roommates? How can we prevent future supply chain failures in the materials we build with? How does working from home affect energy consumption and distribution? Our built environment is almost always under our feet or above our heads, and too often the product is so uninspired, unsustainable, and incoherent. From small details like the quick transition to touchless sink faucets to larger image shifts like how standard pro formas can make room for solar panels, the physicality and consistency of my work is really motivating.
In the past few months I’ve also really focused on Work the Polls, a grassroots organization I started to recruit and support younger election workers across the country. I started my career in public order (interns in the Obama White House!) And have stayed with it ever since. However, this choice required a different kind of commitment. Work the Polls now has more than 3,000 pledges representing over 300 unique counties across the country. Our mission is to empower a new generation of citizens with this opportunity and to work with district leaders to streamline the process and publicize key updates. Our work today has a real urgency and the goal is to drive that energy forward – every choice counts and needs more support. An integral part of beauty is freedom of expression, and while voting is not a silver bullet, it is an incredibly important tool in protecting that right and others. We can claim our right to vote by consistently achieving record numbers.
One of my favorite liners at a design meeting is, “There is no such thing as timelessness.” What I mean by that is that the projects that we revere as timeless only appear that way in retrospect because they capture the time in which they were so specifically created. It’s not about stopping time, it’s always about how best to capture the moment. I like to bring the same attitude into my approach to beauty. My everyday beauty is about taking care of my largest organ, my skin. And then my “Capture the Moment Beauty” is an accessory or a little “fashion moment”. Sometimes that’s a red lip (my favorite is Bite Beauty’s Power Move Lip Crayon in Pavolva), but usually it’s a real accessory. When I find an accessory that I love, I often stick with it for a long time. My mom taught me to be careful about shopping – we went to Bloomingdales for “inspiration shopping,” as she put it, and then went to Forever 21 to find the cheapest version of what caught our eye. My favorite shop is undoubtedly East London. I lived there for a year in 2017 and my wardrobe hasn’t changed much since then. I love my chunky Goodhood loafers, the checked handkerchief and the red shades of Crap Eyewear, checked pants, elegant button-downs and bright blazers. Developing confidence in my own style is forever a work in progress, but I am grateful that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree in this department.
A few months ago, I reached out to beautician Sofie Pavitt to introduce a new skin care routine. We did all of our appointments through Facetime – she specializes in acne and recommended that I use Face Reality products. In the morning I use their Ultra Gentle Cleanser, Sal-C Toner, Mandelic Serum and Hydrabalance. Then I top it off with Ole Henriksen’s Vitamin C Moisturizer and Glossier Invisible Shield (almost always to the sweet sounds of The Daily). In the evening I wipe away the day and use detergents, toner and Hydrabalance again. I finish with a benzoyl peroxide cream. Now that I’ve got it all I’m really looking forward to trying out my friends’ new reusable silicone eye masks, Dieux Forever Eye Masks. They basically turn any product into a treatment – the silicone prevents the product from evaporating so it really soaks in. This is the first time I’ve developed AND kept a routine for myself. The results really are in consistency! There is no lie!
Another thing that I’m really okay with is a serving of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed with my morning oatmeal. My IBS can really make my day longer or shorter, and there isn’t a ton of facial massages or beauty naps to reverse the symptoms. For me, the consistency with these supplements keeps my day more predictable and therefore a little less stressful. (Oh, and my nails have never been this strong!) When I feel good inside, I need to expend some energy on a beauty moment. These two things are very correlated and how I feel is usually reflected in my makeup.
I’ve been spending so much time alone and indoors over the past few months that I’ve definitely cut back on my makeup routine. On a typical day, I dab light / medium L’Oréal True Match Crayon Concealer around my eyes and use Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska. Then I brush my brows with Boy Brow in Black, tap Cloud Paint in Storm, and apply some Lashslick. I complete it all with Nars Laguna Bronzer on my cheeks and Bites Agave Balm on my lips. My perfume is actually my “signature” product – I’ve worn Glossier You every day since it was launched. I love that most of the time people don’t ask what perfume I’m wearing and instead just say, “You smell good.”
I like to read to relax – preferably outside and without a phone. Right now I’m reading Conditional Citizens by Laila Lalami, which I would highly recommend so far, especially if, like me, you were born outside of the US. When I’m not there, I like to wear a protective Piatori face mask. They are an amazing Miami-based brand that I got to know through a volunteer at Work the Polls. Seven months after the pandemic, I finally found my mask match! You are so my style and so comfortable. I can’t wait to wear mine when working at my polling station on election day. And honestly, I’ll probably never set foot on a dusty construction site without one again. “
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