In Bed With Cyndi Ramirez
By the time you wake up, Cyndi Ramirez has probably already crossed ten items off her to-do list, put out a few fires, and purchased a fab pair of pumps—all while lounging in bed and sipping green tea. Cyndi is the founder of Taste The Style, an online publication for the fashion- and food-obsessed. She’s also co-founder of skincare company DAILE. Oh, and she is a partner at Den Hospitality. How does she do it all? We sat down with this busy lady to find out.
Quickfire with Cyndi:
1. Instagram or Facebook?
2. Cocktails or Wine?
3. Flats or Pumps?
Daytime flats, nighttime pumps!
4. Press play or Shuffle?
5. Salad or Burger?
Today I’ll say salad, but yesterday I would have said burger.
Refinery: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Cyndi Ramirez: I wish I could say I have a really awesome routine, but it mainly consists of me diving right into work. It’s something that I’d eventually like to break out of, but right now that’s all I can think of when I wake up. I think eventually I’m going to start trying to meditate, and do something that’s more for me and not work.
Refinery: Are you a stickler for making lists?
CR: I’m kind of a freak where I remember a lot of things. If I write something down I’ll remember it, but I don’t need to task them out. I always magically finish everything that I need to get done.
Refinery: Where do you find fashion inspiration?
CR: I have my shops that I visit online like Reformation and The Dreslyn. I like to see how they style their clothing, and I’ll draw some inspiration from there. I’m a hat girl, and I wear a lot of handkerchiefs now. Those are my main style pieces, and then from there I put on things that are trendy right now.
Refinery: And you wear a lot of accessories too.
CR: Oh, yeah! Sometimes I’m on and off with accessories. Sometimes I’ll be super accessorized, and other times I want to feel naked. I like to mix it up.
Refinery: How would you describe your sense of style?
CR: I’d say it’s a mix between casual, bohemian, and rock and roll. It’s a little eclectic, mixing colors and prints. Really, it’s whatever makes me feel good. I don’t like to put things on just because they are trending. It’s more about what flatters my body, and knowing that this is something that I feel stylish wearing. For me, priority number one is that my body looks as good as it can in the clothes that I’m wearing. I think the most important thing for a woman is to feel comfortable in her own skin.
Refinery: Where did you find the inspiration to bring fashion and food together?
CR: Taste the Style actually started off as a restaurant review site. It was just a little blog; I didn’t even know how to design a site. It was total crap, but the content was great. It was fun. It was my voice. I always knew that I wanted to bring fashion into it, but I didn’t quite know how to do that. When I relaunched the site, I did style blogging, restaurant reviews and travel posts. As the site gained traction, I wanted it to become a resource for people to meet new people in fashion, food, travel and beauty.
I’ve worked in both the hospitality and fashion industry since I was 18. I went to school for fashion marketing. I did the internship thing, I’ve freelanced. I was heavy into the fashion industry while I was working in hospitality. I loved both of these things, and I thought how can I do both. It’s kind of cool to know that I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do.
Refinery: How are you in the kitchen?
CR: [Laughs.] When I want to cook, I’m really good and my flavors are great. But I don’t cook very often because I’m always out eating! I get a lot of invitations to dinners and events. I know it’s no excuse for not cooking, but I’d say I’m a better bartender. I’m really great at mixing cocktails. As long as you follow the recipe, you’re solid.
Refinery: With so many things going on in your busy life, how do you manage everything?
CR: I have help. I think the key is learning how to delegate. I have a really great support system right now, and I hope they stay with me for a really long time. They’re an awesome team!