Meet our #GNIWomanOfTheWeek Christiana Greene: Master of the selfie. Vintage aficionado with killer style who runs her own vintage business. Hair game on point. Politically aware and a self-proclaimed “tea snob.” When we first saw Christiana’s Instagram, we were all heart-eyes-emoji. Here’s our Q&A with her on self-care, vintage, and what inspires her.
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Christiana. I’m a vintage and beauty enthusiast. I’m passionate not only about beauty and vintage, but also about speaking out about social and political issues specifically regarding black people and women.
What does self-care mean to you?
Self-care means taking time to make sure you are mentally and physically healthy. It’s very important to take time for yourself to make sure you are well inside and out.
What are your favorite recent self-care beauty/skincare products?
Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich & Mega Green Galaxy Mask, Klurskin’s Ultra Bright Hyaluronic + Vital C Repair Serum, Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil, Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Clarifier, Binchotan Facial Puff & toothbrush
Any other products you’re loving?
Activated charcoal pills, apple cider vinegar, organic blueberries, Fage greek yogurt, Palo Santo sticks, soy candles, Optima or Renew Life probiotic pills, etc. I’m trying to work on myself from the inside out.
We saw that you’re a huge vintage lover and you own a shop! How did you become passionate about that?
I used to go thrifting with my mom and aunt as a kid and although, I didn’t enjoy it as much as a kid, I gained an appreciation for it as I got older. Before my aunt passed away from breast cancer in 2009, we used to go almost every weekend. It was kind of like a pastime.
What tips do you have on shopping for vintage clothing, and where are the best spots in the city to hunt for the best finds?
I recommend shopping at thrift stores in rural/suburban towns if you can—they usually have great stuff and nothing overly picked through. L Train Vintage in NYC is the best—low prices, great styles.
Which women are inspiring you right now and why?
I’m so inspired by the women in my family per usual — for their strength and unconditional love and care.
I binge watched so many movies and shows over the last 2 months and I’m inspired by actresses like Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Viola Davis, Issa Rae, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, and the list goes on. These women are really making a mark in film and tv and I love it.
What’s your most recent splurge?
A vintage mahogany leather skirt—it’s so 70’s and fabulous. I just need to find somewhere to wear it to now.
Book on your nightstand (or one that you’re dying to read)?
I finished reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and I want to read his other book, The Beautiful Struggle.
#GNIWomanOfTheWeek is a series of interviews with real, inspiring women about their night-in and self-care routines. Know someone who should be featured? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.