Naomi from The Lifestyle Edit came over to my home recently to interview me. We talked about business, life, and the future. I thought it was fun when she asked me the five steps I took to start MCMC Fragrances. I had never really thought of it as a linear sequence before. Click over to the full interview to hear my answer here.
Our friend John came over and photographed me at home with my kids for Nico and Nate recently, a sweet site that interviews families with two brothers. I'm so happy to have "real" photos of my family, not just all photos taken with my phone!
West Elm came to our studio for a visit recently and took these photos of us during production, doing our thing. Click over to hear about a typical day in our studio, and what inspires us.
Our sweet friend + ceramicist Helen Levi was asked by Vogue recently what her ideal hostess gift would be and she said our Desert Rose Atmosphere Mist. Check out the full piece here to see what other chic women like Padmi Laksmi and photographer Alice Gao are hoping for.
One chilly night a couple of months ago, the gorgeous Padma Lakshmi came by our studio to get a crash course in perfume making. Tazo is debuting a new chai tea latte and who better to be their spokeswoman than Padma, who grew up drinking her grandmother's chai every day. We smelled everything from Japanese yuzu citrus to fresh jasmine together, talking about how flavors and scents meld to concoct fragrant recipes. Take a peek at our video above!
Last Saturday my friend Joanna invited me to Madison Square Park to drink milkshakes (yum!) at Shake Shack and model Hatch's new Spring/Summer line of maternity clothing. Her friend Anna came along too, and we dished on what life with two kids will be like. I'm due June 15th - so soon!
You can see the full post with more photos here. I ended up taking this trench home with me. I'm hoping it will be good for post baby too!
I was so incredibly honored to be included in The New York Times' Food Section last week for their column, Close At Hand. Each week, writer Ligaya Mishan seeks out a New Yorker and photographs him or her in their home with a precious kitchen object. I chose my mom's lacquer trays. Growing up, my mom would always serve me an after school snack on a tray. I didn't know it at the time but the trays are all antiques, hand-carved about a hundred years ago. They're a symbol of her care for me, and remind me to be a kind and gentle mother with my own son.
Check out the full piece here!
So honored to be in Glamour Magazine this month along with a kick-butt group of women beauty entrepreneurs. Below is an excerpt. Check out pages 160-162 of the March issue for the full article.
"I loved my interior design job but felt unfulfilled," explains Brooklyn-based McClain. "I randomly signed up for a natural perfume making class one evening and just fell in love with it." From there she got serious and enrolled in the prestigious Grasse Institute of Perfumery in the South of France - but when she announced her plan to start her own fragrance line, she got blank stares from her class; many of her peers had come from storied perfume families in which scent-making is a passed down tradition, not something you just pick up. But McClain was undeterred: "I just wanted a perfume to match my style."