Very few moments in the day are as bare as the moment you wake up. We each have our own kinks and quirks that help us get out of bed, but few of us are brave enough to share them with the world. Introducing A Cool Morning, a deep dive into the intimate daytime rituals of our coolest friends and beauty innovators.
Our Editorial Director, Heartleigh Little, is known for two things: her partner-in-crime/official Cools mascot (a schnoodle named Roo), and her ability to keep it cool, calm, and collected, no matter what the day may bring. The So-Cal-native-turned-New Yorker has a keen eye for the streamlined, whether it’s her daily uniform or beauty routine.
So, how does one of the coolest girls at Cools start her day? A morning stroll with Roo, a skincare arsenal of Biologique Recherche, and “extra poop bags” (dog moms, you get it). Below, Heartleigh shares an inside look at her go-to morning routine.
What’s the first thing you do every morning?
“Put a pot of coffee on the stove then check my phone.”
Do you have a morning workout routine?
“Walking the dog around the block.”
Shower at-night, morning, or both?
“Sometimes both, sometimes neither 🙊.”
Daily alarm time? How many times do you hit snooze?
“6:45 a.m. Sometimes I’m up right away, and others I yell as many times as it takes for Google to give me 10 more minutes.”
If you’re running late, what’s the one thing you have to do?
“Accessorize. When in doubt, thick gold hoops.”
“Blueberry buckwheat pancakes or scrambled eggs with mixed greens and hummus.”
Weirdest morning beauty habit?
“I’ll sometimes lay on my couch and take selfies for a good 15 minutes.”
What does your morning hair-care routine consist of? Go-to products?
“I seldom brush my hair, so it definitely doesn’t have its own routine. If I’m looking extra crazy, I’ll rub in some Ouai Hair Creme (but it’s more placebo than actual effect, TBH).”
How much time do you spend on your skincare routine? Go-to products?
“Like 10 mins, which is maybe my downfall. I’m trying to love my woeful skin right now and using all super-simple Biologique Recherche products—Lait U Cleanser, P50 Toner, and Creme Dermopurifiante.”
How long do you usually take to get ready for the day?
“I need two hours minimum to sloth around and do everything but get ready. I like the freedom.”
What’s the one product you could never leave the house without putting on?
“Cle de Peau concealer. It’s the OG.”
The first word/thing that popped into your head this morning?
Your favorite morning read?
“Stoner by John Williams.”
What’s on your nightstand right now?
“So predictable. A Feu du Bois candle and Figuier room spray from Diptyque, a box of matches, some dusty polaroids from summer, and probably one of a million scrunchies.”
What’s the current ringtone on your alarm?
“Whatever the godforsaken Google Home default is. Can someone help me change this???”
Coffee, tea, or go-to morning drink?
“Stovetop coffee with coconut almond milk.”
What’s the last thing you did before you headed out the door today?
“Checked to make sure I had extra dog poop bags.”