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35-year jewelry industry veteran Roxanne Assoulin is finding ways to stay positive and regimented throughout this pandemic. Having launched her brand in 2016, she previously worked as a designer for J.Crew and Club Monaco. 

When discussing her morning regiment, Assoulin stated in an interview with Marie Claire that "I find that I don't sleep that well during the night, so I'll probably wake up around 7/7:30 a.m. I make a cup of tea and while I wait for it to be done, I make sure everything is straightened up for the day because I can't work in a mess. I'll tidy up my papers, do some breathing exercises. I practice meditation every day for 45 minutes, then I get dressed for work. I work at my dining room table as long as my back can handle it, otherwise, I started sitting on my meditation cushion on the floor because it's a little more comfortable for me. I don't work out my bedroom at all—that's a place I go to rest and do my meditation."

The jewelry designer then talked about her work uniform "My strategy is comfort, meaning what you feel good in. I have two pairs of jeans that are so soft and old, two pairs of sweatpants—I love Monrow sweatpants—and a bunch of linen drawstring pants. So [I'll wear] one of those. And for my top, right now it's either a sweater or a sweatshirt. That's it. Depending on my mood, I'll wear an old Celine sweater or an Everlane sweater. They have bright turtlenecks and mock necks that I like. My linen pants are from Australia. I bought them last year when I was there; I have them in six different colors. They're my favorite pants because they're so comfortable and they feel—but don't look—like pajamas. I also love linen shirts, especially for the summertime. Assembly Label, which is Australian, does this amazing job with linens. For shoes, I'll wear my shearling slippers. My style is very minimal. I truly believe in keeping things very simple [in life]. People used to say, 'You shop like a man.' I'll find a sweater I like and buy it in multiple colors from navy and black to light gray and olive green. I do this with bottoms too. It took me many years to pare down my wardrobe and be simple like this. I had so much shit in my closet until I realized, Oh, I don't wear prints. Why didn't I know that? I also think color is a funny thing. I don't wear a lot of color [in my clothing] usually, but I do wear all the colors on my wrist."

Information originally sourced from Marie Claire.