Lisa Przystup, Florist

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'I have a little patchwork of things that I do—I’m a freelance copywriter on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and the rest of the time, I’m a florist. I’m not really a morning person, which is difficult when you’re a florist—I put off going to the flower market as late as I can, but when 7am is late, it doesn’t really make a difference. Everything happens so early in this business.

My fiancé is a musician, so I’m out late at his shows a lot. When he goes on at 9 or 10pm, I’m always so grateful—if it’s at 11, we won’t be home until 2 or 3am and I’ll still have to wake up at 7 to get everything started. It’s brutal.

GETTING READY

I’m always running late so I usually don’t have the time to have any sort of pre-night out ritual. It’s always nice to put some music on but I try not to do anything very time-consuming—like taking a shower—because that’ll set me back another two hours. When I was younger, it was so much more exciting—I’d go shopping for the perfect outfit and really live in the anticipation. Trying to get into a bar was a whole 'maybe it’s gonna happen, maybe it won’t happen' deal. Or if we were going to a house party, I’d get wrapped up in who would be there and who wouldn’t…it was such a huge deal back then, but as you get older, you lose some of that. Going out happens more naturally. Now, I have my five or six outfits that you really love and can tweak a little bit if you get a new piece here and there. It’s nice not to have to think so much about it.

STYLE

No matter what, I like to dress super basic. Just jeans and a t-shirt. Maybe a dress if it’s hot out. I’m into layering now as it’s getting cooler, so very simple pieces but that have interesting cuts to them—they're boxier, more asymmetrical, organic looking. You put 'em on, they do their thing, and it's all very easy. And I like to think that I’ll wear a lot of accessories, but I buy rings and necklaces, and they just sit in a drawer. I aspire to wear them all, but it doesn't really happen.

NAILS

I never used to get my nails done and then about four years ago, I had my first pedicure and was like, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing. How come I haven’t done this before?’ I still don’t do it super regularly, but I try to get my nails done before anything important. I have one color that I really love, it’s a nice tomato-y, bright red called Clambake by Essie.

HAIR

I use Bumble and bumble Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner because I always want my hair to be thicker and bigger. I’m also hooked on Oribe Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse—there’s something about mousse that’s really fun. I know its got such a bad rap but it’s so good! It dulls it a little bit and then it gives your hair this really, really great beach hair texture that everybody wants. For that look, I also use Bumble and bumble Surf Spray.

Most of what I do when I get out of the shower is instantly making my hair look like it hasn’t been washed in two or three days. I’ll add a little bit of Oribe Sculpting Cream for grit. You could probably use it as a smoothing cream if you wanted to do a slick look, but I usually don’t. And I love that there’s not romance copy on the bottle—it just says, ‘Rub between hands. Smooth through damp hair. Style as desired.’

FRAGRANCE

I’ve always really liked really dude-smelling colognes. They carry Nasomatto Black Afgano at Clare Vivier, which I love, but apparently, it has opium seeds or something in it, so they can only bring a limited amount of it into the States or something. But I can’t get enough of it.

For summertime, I really love MCMC. It’s a lighter rose that fades really well as you wear it. And it’s got some green notes to it so it doesn’t smell super grandma-y. I really love rose perfumes in general, but I feel like guys don’t love it if it’s too heavy. Usually you only need one spray, but I’ve definitely made the mistake of being really liberal with it and it turns out to be a bit much.

MAKEUP

I used to use Dior Blackout mascara religiously, but when you wake up so early, you don’t really have the energy. So now I don’t wear much makeup at all—maybe a concealer and I’ll fill in my brows…I was really addicted to Bobbi Brown concealer for a long time, but then a friend of mine introduced me to this Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, so I’ll use that instead.

Sometimes I’ll do a red lip just to balance out the fact that I have nothing happening elsewhere on my face. Most of my lipsticks are all MAC—I have at least 10 of them. All their reds and their reddish oranges are so good. And they always put out some special, limited edition one that I’ll buy. I like a good matte lipstick and the Nars Pure Matte Lipsticks are crazy mattifying! Carthage is awesome. I’ve be stalking the Nars website hoping that they come out with another color in that formula but they almost never do.

At night, I like to do a little cat eye in liquid liner—it’s easy, it’s not super high-maintenance, and I feel like it adds a nice touch to your look. My trick to drawing it is to not think about it at all. As soon as you start overthinking what you’re doing, your hand will start shaking and you'll mess it up. You have to do it and call it a day.

In the summer, I’ll do a bit of bronzing powder. Actually I’ll do it in the winter, too, because it’s so depressing and sad out. And that’s it!”

—as told to ITG

Lisa Przystup photographed by Tom Newton.

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