Tessa Talks with Creative Director & Stylist Marina
Marina Afonina is your go-to woman for effortlessly luxe style. As Creative Director of fashion label Albus Lumen, she has an eye for detail and impeccable taste.
Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: Russia, St. Petersburg.
Q: How did where you were raised influence your healthy habits?
A: Clean and healthy eating. In Russia we used to grow our fruit and vegetables, so we always had organic produce growing up.
Q: What is one of your daily rituals?
A: Probiotic first thing in the morning and vitamins. Trying to drink lots of water is a main priority as sometimes, due to busy schedules, you do forget about the simplest things ever….
Sleep is also another important factor for me. I think as long as you have a healthy balance, you’ll be ok.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Working on opening a new space for Albus Lumen called Societe. Very excited to share with everyone… It’s definitely a pure reflection of me as a new era of Albus Lumen as a brand.
Q: What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced in your life career wise?
A: The ability to switch off.
Q: What is your greatest strength?
A: Patience and hard work.
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
A: Being shy sometimes, but I am working on it.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My family, friends, movies, travel, nature….
Q: What inspires you?
A: Confidence, freedom, escape.
Q: How is sustainability a part of your life?
A: Albus Lumens is a very considered brand and we practiced sustainability from day one – using natural fibers, making and producing all of our clothing locally, and recycling and upcycling is another big part of our production.
Q: What is your biggest wellness indulgence?
A: Definitely a spa day or tropical holiday.
Q: What are your 3 clean, non-toxic beauty must haves?
A: Anything Rationale, Costa Brazil body oil.
Q: What are your 3 wellness must haves?
A: JW probiotic, celery juice, lemon.
Q: What’s your ideal way to switch off?
Q: What are you currently reading, watching and / or listening to?
A: Watching all old european classic movies – La Piscine (FRENCH), any Fellini movies such as La Dolce Vita…
Q: Where is your favorite place to travel?
A: Italy 100%.
Q: What do you eat for breakfast in the morning?
A: I don’t eat breakfast at the moment due to my intermittent fasting eating routine. But it is always espresso and if I feel like eating I make a smoothie on almond or oat milk with berries.