OccupationFounder, Counter Culture Group Inc.
When it comes to style and overall aesthetic, we consider ourselves completely obsessed with Tara Salloum. In fact, much of our time is spent on the founder’s various social media channels, like YouTube (for epic beauty tutorials) and Instagram (we’ve discovered a restaurant or 5 that we must check out, thanks to her page). The Montréal native and creator of the Tara Leigh Rose blog and Counter Culture Agency is headed back to her hometown to move into her dream home. She has plans of re-launching her aforementioned YouTube channel with a full home series – we simply cannot wait to devour each upload!
How do you start your day off?
I usually start my day by drinking a big glass of water and meditating/stretching. I then do a virtual workout with a trainer. Then, I shower and walk my dogs, make coffee and breakfast and get my work day started. For me, it’s really important to not look at any devices or my work email before 9am, because I try and focus on little self-care routines before jumping into a hectic work day.
What’s going on in the background when you are getting ready?
My dogs are 100% begging me for breakfast, haha – my getting ready usually consists of 5 minutes to do my skincare routine, and then it’s off to the races!
You never leave home without…
The essentials: my wallet, my phone and my keys! Oh, and my eyeglasses – I have pretty bad vision.
What are your closet essentials?
I’ve always been into having great quality basics that can transition into the next season, and that I can layer. Closet essentials for me include: great dark denim (dark because it can be dressed up or down), a cashmere sweater, a white T-shirt, basic black turtleneck, oversized blazer, one LBD, cream sweatsuit (currently living in those as we’re in lockdown), and a vintage crewneck (I love putting a turtleneck under for warmth).
For shoes and accessories: Chanel classic flap bag (I will keep mine forever and pass it down if I have children), a good pair of leather loafers, nude or white sneakers, a good leather bootie, gold accessories.
What is your biggest fashion regret?
In high school, I begged my mom for this light pink and gold Baby Phat bomber jacket. Unfortunately, she bought it for me, and it was just so loud and awful. It had a HUGE cat on the back, and yeah…enough said! I feel like fashion in the early 2000s was just awful, period.
You always splurge on, and you always save on…
I always splurge on timeless pieces (like a Chanel bag) and I always save on socks – I truly don’t see the point in spending exorbitant amounts on things like that.
What is one piece of clothing you wish you could steal from your 16 year old self?
Truly none – as I said, I was 16 in the early 2000’s, and fashion was all-around bad back then.
What inspires your style most?
Comfort is a huge thing for me – I won’t sacrifice that for something that looks good. I think what inspires me the most is how effortless older European women are. They’re unapologetic and that confidence is so beautiful.
You’re Number 1 style tip is…
Dress for yourself, embrace the imperfections, and be confident above all else, and it will just work.
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