We don't think it's a stretch to say that good food and good fashion sense go hand in hand -- evidenced by the many stylish ladies we've come across who happen to work in the world of vegan cuisine. Remember Danielle Konya and Sarma Melngailis and Emily von Euw (plus tons more)? And recently we were introduced to Corinne Rice, a chef, consultant, and wellness coach whose look we'd love to emulate.
The Venice, Calif.-based multi-tasker might be more comfy in sweats than swishy skirts and heels, but she always looks effortlessly cool. "I know that what I’m wearing doesn’t represent who I am as a person, and… I am comfortable being out in public without spending tons of time getting ready," she said. Right on.
Corinne's journey into conscious living is an inspiring story. Her explorations into healthy cuisine started after she decided to kick a few nasty habits in her early 20s.
"I spent a lot of time in my late teens and early twenties drinking lots of alcohol, smoking cigarettes, doing drugs, and eating fast food," she recalled. "When I was 23, shortly after deciding to get sober I heard a commercial on the radio for a book called "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About." The commercial really got me thinking about what I was putting into my body. I went to a bookstore and purchased the book. From there I took a strong interest in healthy living. The book taught me that I have a lot of control over my health and overall well-being. I started to source my food carefully and only ate organic. I also began practicing yoga and working out on a regular basis."
The book also inspired her to cook for herself. "I was convinced that in order to be extremely healthy, I was going to have to prepare all of my own food," she said. "…Two years later I moved to Oklahoma City to help out at a friends dad’s business. While searching for a place to get my daily wheatgrass shots, I discovered Matthew Kenney Academy, deemed the world’s best raw-vegan culinary school. Immediately I knew that I wanted to take their program and become a chef. Within a few months I had completed levels one and two. The thing I love most about being a chef is the creative aspect -- coming up with dishes that include never-before flavor and texture combinations is extremely fulfilling."
And that's exactly what Corinne is doing now. She's the creator of ZOETIC, a limited-seating traveling supper club that pops up all over Los Angeles. Raw-vegan, soy-free and gluten-free culinary creations (crafted with locally-sourced ingredients) and live musical acts are at the core of the events, which are held at secret locations. ZOETIC is a spinoff of Corinne's first such project, Chartreuse, which she ran monthly in Detroit before relocating to California.
On top of that, Corinne is in the process of designing a series of mirror artworks for an endeavor she calls the You Are Beautiful Project. "A portion of the proceeds will go to Beautiful Me Foundation, a non-profit that is designed to educate young girls by promoting appreciation for their genius qualities, accurate self awareness, and the satisfaction of helping others," she said.
Corinne also revealed what's in her closet, the surprising place she goes for clothing staples, and what makes her laugh the most.
Usually you’ll find me wearing cut-off vintage jean shorts, boyfriend jeans or denim overalls, basic tees in simple colors like black, gray and white, my vegan Birkenstock Arizonas or black vintage Justin Roper boots, [and] gold stacking rings and my citrine necklace that I made.
Venice fashion destination:
Funny as it may sound, Whole Foods. They have a large selection of organic clothing, which I try to buy as much as possible when purchasing new clothes.
Lost and Found Vintage in Royal Oak, just outside of Detroit.
Enduring closet staple:
A Max Azria long dress in bold fall-like colors (navy, orange, green) with a really low v-front made of crochet. I’ve had this dress for almost 10 years and I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it.
Very organized. I’m really into Feng Shui, and I can’t have it any other way.
Heels vs. flats:
Flats, always. I haven’t worn heels in probably five years. I want to be comfortable at all times.
Top three beauty products:
Coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils. For toothpaste and deodorant I use a combination of baking soda and essential oils. For lotion I use coconut oil.
Cruelty-free wardrobe tips:
Buy organic whenever possible. Cotton is the highest-sprayed crop, and the chemicals are beyond toxic to the environment. If you must wear leather and fur, buy it used.
More about the You Are Beautiful Project:
After learning that only 2% of women think they are beautiful, I was inspired to create a product that could potentially help out with this problem. I’m currently playing around with a few options, but the basic idea is that there will be a mirror that is mostly covered up, yet still a mirror, [that] says the words “you are beautiful” across it. Beauty comes from the inside, and I think often times women look in a mirror to find or confirm beauty.
What's funny right now:
Louis CK and Jim Gaffigan stand-up comedy.
Learning about nutrition, longevity, [and] wellbeing, listening to Abraham Hicks, making food, picnics, walks on the beach, exploring areas outside of L.A., reading Louise Hay books.
I practice yoga and meditation to manage stress as well as use adaptogenic herbs. I think this allows me to juggle [my multiple] jobs with ease.