Cultivate Like a Mother
Camille Styles ~ Community Cultivator, EIC of @camillestyles + Mama of Two
Meet Camille Styles, a community cultivator, editor-in-chief of lifestyle publication Camille Styles, founder of handcrafted home brand Casa Zuma, and mama to Henry and Phoebe.
Say you’re writing a tweet: For our community, can you share a little bit about yourself and the work you do?
I’m the editor-in-chief of Camille Styles a daily digital lifestyle publication that inspires our reader to create the life of her dreams. Our team of editors shares delicious + healthy recipes, fresh design inspo, and inspired ideas for gathering friends together. I’m also the founder of Casa Zuma a direct-to-consumer home brand where I design and source handmade goods for the table. I live in Austin and am currently renovating a beach house in Malibu, and I'm a mama to 7-year-old Henry and 10-year-old Phoebe.
We all know you can’t pour from an empty cup. That being said, what daily ritual nourishes you, roots you, and keeps you grounded so that you can care for others?
My morning routine is truly what nourishes me for the day ahead—I’ve been doing it for years, and it still makes me excited to get up at 6am! It starts with a coffee that I sip from my Ritual Mug, then I settle in with my journal and read something inspiring to get my creative juices flowing. I usually spend a few minutes reviewing my goals for the week and make sure my calendar is aligned, and then I set my top 3 priorities for the day and write them where I can see them throughout my workday. It’s essential for me to have this time to myself before the rest of my family wakes up and I have to react to everything the day holds.
As a brand, our mission is to leave the Earth a bit better than how we found it. What is one thing you do consistently to safeguard the planet for future generations? (Ex: weekly farmers market visits, supporting and shopping from local makers, buying secondhand, etc.)
I love to use handmade, wabi-sabi items—the more imperfect, the better! Instead of buying lots of new things, I try to only buy what I love so that I can use something for years, find ways to recycle it in different ways, and repair it when it breaks whenever possible, instead of rushing out to replace them. Not only is this a more sustainable way to live, but it also results in a home and a life that feels multilayered, meaningful, and authentic.
What does sustainable living mean to you?
Treading lightly on the earth, bringing thoughtfulness to our daily actions (even the small things), and respecting the land and all that’s living on it. I want to teach my children how to steward—to be delighted by the beauty of nature and that we each have a responsibility to treat our earth with kindness.