Stella’s Obsessions: Mother Knows Best

Stella’s Obsessions: Mother Knows Best

I love her and she means well but her comments about my lifestyle can… Drive. Me. Mad.

I love her and she means well but her comments about my lifestyle can… Drive. Me. Mad.

Text: Stella Pak

“I’m busy.” “Can you send me a calendar invite for that?” “Sorry. I’m in back to backs.” “Next week?” “I know… baby, I miss you too.”

Sound familiar? That’s me the past two weeks. Running around meeting after meeting, sealing deals, sending emails, sipping cocktails, grabbing dinners, taking notes. And I know I’m not the only one. It’s one thing to do this with tunnel vision focus. But it’s another when my mom pops by my apartment with her surprise visits and sleepovers. Like any mother, she loves to play mom. I love her and she means well but her comments about my lifestyle can… Drive. Me. Mad.

Recently, my mother and I decided to work on a project together to open up a noodle shop in K-Town in the heart of the city. It’s a small venture compared to the 24 hour Korean barbecue restaurant she had deep in Flushing, Queens that’s about an hour and half away from the Upper East Side. It might as well have been in Philly with the time I spent commuting to visit her. And like most New Yorkers, I never learned how to drive. So this little shop that will debut in the next few weeks is a cute little mother-daughter project we have together. I grew up in a restaurant most of my life where holidays and birthdays were spent either helping out at the restaurant or ordering Pizza Hut in the spirit of rebellion. We never sat around a kitchen island baking cookies. When she came home, she passed out from working 14-hour shifts. And when she woke up, she was on the phone, haggling with a vendor and ordering ingredients for the next day.

So here I am, in my early thirties doing the same. On the go, go, go. Last week, during one of her surprise pop-in’s, I was wrapping up a conference call in the morning while heading out for yet another meeting until my mom stopped me. I thought I looked great going for the natural beauty look with nothing but lotion on my face. She laughed and handed me my Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-Colour Powder Compact and Healthy Glow Lip Balm. “Nude is a style. Have some respect for yourself. You can be five minutes late.” Cue my mom striking a pose and both of us burst out laughing. She’s right. The Les Beiges Multi Colour Powder includes a slightly curved flat brush with the shades of the palette thoughtfully placed where contouring your cheeks literally takes 15 seconds with a couple swipes and a quick buff using Les Pinceux de Chanel Blush Brush. Finish off with the Healthy Glow Lip Balm in Medium for a tasteful glow on the lips.

Yes. My mom is right. Walking out of the apartment for a meeting with only lotion on my face is lazy. A bit of polish shows you care but haven’t been wasting your time away contouring your face for an hour with cosmetic distractions. Because, you know. “I’m busy.”

PHOTOGRAPHED BY INEZ & VINOODH FOR V68
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