Swears from the Curators of Cozy: Liz + Lizzy of Lewis
Some say it’s difficult to mix friendship and business. Others, like Liz Libre and Lizzy Ott of cult-favorite nursery brand Lewis, prove that beautiful brands can bloom from friendship. The talented duo attended both high school and college together – using their foundation of trust and history to weather the stormy patches, like those two months in college when everyone wore a feather in their hair for some reason. In June 2016, the design-minded mamas launched Lewis, filling the void in the market for nursery essentials that are childlike, rather than childish. And beyond beautiful. Take a peek at the Lewis Instagram and you’ll discover a dreamy wonderland where you feel invited and inspired to climb right under the covers, especially when the bedding in question is Lewis’ soft, organic collection in hand-drawn, nature-based prints. Lizzy is an interior architect and designer by trade, while Liz is the genius illustrator. So, when you have two creative and impossibly chic gals at the helm, who gets to be in charge? Again, friendship is the North Star. “I think it’s been easier for us to resolve conflicts because you can really put yourself in your partner’s place and try to understand where she’s coming from,” says Lizzy. We’ll SwearBy that. We invited Liz and Lizzy to SwearByHQ in Brooklyn and asked them to share some of their SwearBy secrets. You’ll love these gals so much that you’ll want to be friends with them, too.
Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore
A friend gave me this book while I was pregnant. Although I was initially insulted that they thought I’d even have time to cook after having a baby, it’s turned out to be a total lifesaver. These super easy recipes all have ten ingredients or less, incorporate fresh, healthy foods, and are so delicious!
Splash of Color Painting & Coloring Book
I created this coloring and painting book, which includes my own original illustrations. It’s meant for easy framing and gifting. The drawings aren’t too intricate so it’s simple to fill in, which makes it so fun to do with kids. A few brush strokes, and your child looks like an artist. Lizzy: “My in-laws sent me a picture of everyone sitting around the table as a group and painting different pages from the book.” Liz: “Aww…I forgot about that. That’s sweet.” [Editor’s note: we agree! This awesome book was featured in our Kids’ Holiday Gift Guide!]
Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne
Lizzy: I’m happy to share a fragrance secret whenever somebody asks. For years now, one of my favorite traditions with my best friend is to meet in the West Village and pick out a new Jo Malone scent whenever we run out. We explore all the different scents and pick something new depending on the season or our mood. I’m currently using the Nectarine Blossom and Honey scent- it’s so good! Liz: “I love that. I’m going to invite myself next time.”
Loeffler Randall Women's Lulu Square Toe Mule
Liz swears, “I’ve been a fan of Loeffler Randall for years now. These mules, called the Lulu, are my go-to shoe. They’re super comfortable and go with everything. Lizzy is also obsessed. We’ll show up to events both wearing these shoes, that’s how good they are.” Lizzy: “It’s happened twice in the past week.”
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
This stuff is like magic. In my baby’s first year, this is the only diaper rash cream we’ve ever used. But it’s not just for babies! Any rough patches, red spots, and anything dry gets a dose of Aquaphor in our house. It’s the greatest multi-purpose moisturizer out there.
Throw Quilt Seaweed
I’ve always loved making and having quilts. This one is part of our line. They’re perfect to bring to the park, have in the nursery, use as a play mat… really anything! So easy to have around and so useful, we couldn’t live without them.
Lizzy: “I can’t remember when I found this mascara, maybe about ten years ago.” Liz: “Ten years ago?!” Lizzy: “Yes, and I’m a die-hard because every type of mascara, no matter how waterproof, would smudge under my eyes not even an hour later. I looked drunk, or something…This mascara comes off in little tubes, so it doesn’t smear like other mascaras. It’s all I ever use. Every time I walk past a Sephora, I’ll pick up another one.”
Liz: “I have fair skin, so sunscreen is a must. This one is all-natural, smells amazing, a little citrus-y. It can be used on both your face and body. I found it at Follain, which has great products that pass through a vetted checklist of all-natural requirements and ingredients.” Lizzy: “Follain has great products! I get eye cream, face oil from there…and I didn’t even hear about it from Liz!”
Chloe May Brown Ceramics
This plate is made by Chloe May Brown, a Maine-based ceramicist. Her pieces are so lovely, and the site I buy them from, More & Co, is a well-curated shop that has a lot of other amazing artists, as well. My husband, John, always gets me a piece of hers for my holiday gifts, since he knows I love her work.
We think you deserve to buy only awesome things. We've asked the most discerning women out there to share what they honestly, truly swear by so you can get on with life and find your next favorite product, faster. What do you SwearBy?