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PARADOX Q&A: TALKING AESTHETICS WITH INTERIOR DESIGNER SARAH SOLINGER

by Erika Fonseca 6 min read 1 Comment

PARADOX Q&A: DEVELOPING AESTHETICS WITH INTERIOR DESIGNER SARAH SOLINGER - Paradox

At Paradox, we aim to use our skincare products and beauty knowledge to help elevate and empower bad*ss women to feel confident in who they are. With that, we love giving our followers, the  #paradoxmafia, a voice and getting to know them as individuals. The Paradox Q&A series  on our blog is a place for us to highlight members of the Paradox community through exclusive interviews. Keep reading to meet our newest feature… 

INTERIOR DESIGNER AND LIFESTYLE INFLUENCER:SARAH SOLINGER

(all photos from  @sarahhsol on Instagram)

Q: It’s nice to meet you! Could you give us a little background on yourself一 how did you get into interior design and lifestyle influencing? 

“Of course! My name is Sarah, I'm a California native. I'm originally from the Bay Area but have lived in LA for the past almost 8 years now. I originally came down here for college, I studied Interior Design at FIDM. I worked in the design field up until almost a year ago now when I quit my job to pursue Content Creation. I've always loved fashion and interiors, I feel like they kind of go hand in hand and people either love one and eventually fall in love with the other or have a mutual love for both. I've always kind of loved photography as well, I remember in highschool doing little outfit photoshoots with my friends and going on drives to beautiful places to take pictures. It's nice being able to blend all of these aspects into my current job. It's still a consistent grind to get to where I want to be but it's just been a matter of being persistent and consistent.” 

Q: What’s your favorite thing about your Instagram page?

“I personally love curating a beautiful feed that flows and tells a story as well as represents my interests. I find that someone's feed is really a screenshot of their life so I don't like having it be solely photos of myself. I love ‘filler’ photos and taking images of things in my home, products I'm loving or just aesthetically pleasing film photos I take. I love the variation on my page.”

"I find that someone's feed is really a screenshot of their life so I don't like having it be solely photos of myself. I love ‘filler’ photos and taking images of things in my home, products I'm loving or just aesthetically pleasing film photos I take"

(all photos from  @sarahhsol on Instagram)

Q: If you had to describe your interior design aesthetic in two words, what would they be?

“Very hard to narrow down to two, but vintage and minimal I suppose would be the ones. I love a mix of vintage (specifically Scandinavian) pieces with newer, more modern pieces with minimal clean lines. I'm very simple when it comes to my color palette as well, I've done so many different styles of design with working at different firms and such but I always prefer a simple palette. I find it looks the most expensive and refined. I would rather play with texture than color.”

Q: What about your personal aesthetic?

“Honestly the same with my personal style as a whole. I love classic pieces, minimal colors or a singular statement color. I'm very big into neutrals and earth tones (brown is my favorite color). I just prefer simpler items or simple wearable items with a twist. I find them to be the most versatile and the best investment when it comes to cost per wear.”

Q:  What does “aesthetic” mean to you?

“Aesthetic for me means easy to look at. I find images, spaces or clothing that are aesthetically pleasing to just be really easy on the eyes. It draws you in without being ostentatious or demanding of your attention in a brash or aggressive way.”

Q: Based off the  Paradox Instagram, how would you describe the Paradox aesthetic? 

“I would describe the Paradox aesthetic as refined, simplistic and chic. It's very minimal and has a great range of style of photo and depth.”

 

(all photos from @paradox on Instagram)

Q: How has your aesthetic developed since starting your account?

“Wow, my account has truly been with me through it ALL. It's the only account I've ever had so I've had it since instagram kind of became a thing and it's seen a lot lol. There are some very old photos if you really scroll that I should probably archive that just show you the progression. I find that my aesthetic in fashion progressed and developed as my aesthetic in interiors really grew and came into its own. I used to buy a lot more fast fashion around 2015 and couldn't commit to a style because I just went with the trends. I was way more into print and color and it was just...not good.”

Q: What advice would you give to someone trying to develop their own aesthetic or design eye?

“It honestly just takes time. It takes a lot of learning about yourself and so much trial and error. I would not be where I am today if not for the mistakes I made and lessons I learned, in all facets of life. Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't feel like you have it all together. Style and aesthetic is also ever changing and evolving as you learn and grow.”

"It honestly just takes time. It takes a lot of learning about yourself and so much trial and error. Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't feel like you have it all together. Style and aesthetic is also ever changing and evolving as you learn and grow.”

(all photos from  @sarahhsol on Instagram)

Q: In my opinion, developing an aesthetic is similar to developing a skincare routine, in that they both take time to develop and are individualized一 what advice would you give to someone struggling to find a skincare routine that works for them?

“I'm such a skincare lover! I would say consistency is extremely important because your skin needs time. The simpler the better: start with a makeup remover, cleanser, toner,  treatment and moisturizer. Also PLEASE double cleanse. I don't wanna see anyone taking off their makeup and washing their face in the same step in 2021 hahah!”

Q: What part of your skincare routine do you look forward to the most and why?

“Toner for sure. It's just so calming and relaxing, I cannot live without it. Also a good face mask here and there is always fun!”

Q: What do you think is the most important step in your routine?

“Moisturizing!!! No doubt. My skin is combination and I get dryness around my mouth and I would not be able to exist without moisturizer. Also I will say sunscreen, though it’s probably my second most important. Gotta protect from sun damage, but sadly for me a lot of sunscreens break me out and they're crazy expensive. Thankfully I have some  Lucky Star Blemish Patches for those random breakouts.” (Also check out our favorite moisturizer  here!)

Q: What’s something you love about our  Lucky Star Blemish Patches?

“I love the convenience and how concentrated they are. I like being able to target an individual blemish rather than covering my entire face in a treatment. Not all areas of my face are equal so being able to individually target problematic areas is a huge plus for me.”

“I love the convenience and how concentrated they are. I like being able to target an individual blemish rather than covering my entire face in a treatment."

(photos from  @sarahhsol and  @paradox on Instagram)

Q: What other Paradox product would you be most excited to try and why?

“Ooo either the  Retinol or the  Facial Mist, like I said I'm a huge fan of a facial mist toner. I also love a good retinol anti-aging product and retinol specifically should really be in everyone's skincare routine in my opinion. I'm not always the best at using it but it is really important to help renew your skin.”

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Erika Fonseca
Erika Fonseca


1 Response

Barbara Wakeley
Barbara Wakeley

February 03, 2021

Loved this interview. Will take some of your ideas o heart. Congratulations Sarah!! So proud of you!! Auntie Barbara

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