Photos: Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley + Nigel Barker
For our latest Sweet Chat, we sat down with the iconic ladies behind Cynthia Rowley, Founder & Designer herself, Cynthia Rowley and President & CEO, Allie Egan.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
CR: Shoot out of bed, quick workout, coffee, shower and listen stand up comedy while I get ready. Then out the door and on my Citibike to work. I try to get my business done in the morning and focus on design the rest of the day. Everyday is a whirlwind with a million different things going on all at once!
AE: Wake up super early! Walk to pup and go for a run – adrenaline is the secret caffeine. Get to work – meetings, planning sessions, you name it. We work hard, but work fun. Unwind with my husband.
What does unwind-ing look like for you?
CR: My idea of unwind-ing is definitely different than most...I live a super active lifestyle. I have a pool so I try to swim on weekday mornings and spend summer weekends surfing in Montauk. On a normal day, a glass of rosé and coming up with new yummy recipes with my kids is a perfect “chill” night.
AE: Glass of wine and a good conversation.
What does wellness mean to you?
CR: It’s all about a balanced mindset, good times, great company, and lots of love.
AE: Taking care of your physical and mental body everyday. What you eat, how you move and who you surround yourself with. Not always following the trends, but finding my own personal escape. A good jam (music) goes a long way
Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley
Why did you start using CBD?
CR: CBD changed my life - from sleep to beauty and concentration...it does it all. I love all of Charlotte’s Web products - I use them at night and when traveling to get a good night’s sleep. During the day Sweet Reason keeps the stress levels down and hydration up.
AE: Relaxation – otherwise my mind keeps going
Any noticeable effects of incorporating CBD into your lifestyle?
AE: Peace of mind!
Social Stigma or Socially Acceptable?
CR: It’s very embraced by the whole team.
AE: In NYC it’s almost a social stigma if you don’t!
Lifestyle summed up in one sentence:
CR: What's next?
AE: Busy exploring new opportunities!
Mantra of the moment:
CR: Say yes to everything.
CR: Hydration and a little help from CBD to get me through hectic work days. Family time with my hubby and two daughters.
AE: Think about what your grateful for everyday
Current boss-lady crush:
CR: Halima Aden - we just collaborated on two burkinis for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and it was such an amazing and inspiring experience. She’s a true role model and I feel so lucky to be able to help spread her message and encourage women around the world to live with a sense of adventure.
AE: Shalane Flanigan – I’m a huge runner and she’s been incredible – winning the New York City marathon and an Olympic medal – to mentoring women – to be coming one of the first Nike sponsored female running coach
Tip for starting a business and being a female founder:
CR: I try not to focus on gender and just be a strong founder. I love working with women and 90% of my company is run by females. The company has always been like this, it was always very organic. And I guess it goes without saying - take risks, be original, stay true to your brand, and support creativity at every step.
CBD Queen or CBD Newbie:
CR: CBD Queen, but always learning and experimenting with new products!
AE: Newbie – I’m learning from CR!
Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley
Top of your Zen Playlist:
CR: Blood Orange.
AE: Right now – anything Khalid
Natural Brand You Can’t Live Without:
CR: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum - magic in a bottle!
AE: Designs for health supplements
Favorite Sweet Reason flavor:
CR: Cucumber Mint