Lauren & Alyssa

Lauren Caruso - MANHATTAN, NY

Age: 27

Occupation: Senior Digital Editor at Allure (and queen of all things minimal & muted on Insta)

Bedtime: In my head, 10 PM; in reality, 11:15 PM

Morning alarm: I always set my alarm for 8 AM, but I’m a snoozer. 8:20 is more accurate.

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How would you describe your morning routine?
The first thing I do when I wake up is check my email, and then Instagram. I also take my sweet time in the shower—usually 20+ minutes, mostly spent singing along (wildly off-key) to Lauryn Hill or A$AP Rocky—and then I rush like crazy. 

How long does it take you to get ready? 
Usually about an hour from the time my eyes open to the time I’m out the door. The first half hour is pretty lazy and slow, and the second half hour is crazed. Never fails. 

What is the one thing in your morning you can't do without?
Cliché as it sounds, coffee. Black coffee.

How does the start of your morning impact your day's work? 
On mornings when Alyssa and I grab a leisurely breakfast (usually once or twice a week), I feel so much more relaxed and ready to take on the day. Pretty much every other morning is a rush to get out the door since I’m perpetually late (I’m working on it!) which doesn’t exactly help my stress levels.

What is your best "pro" tip for getting ready as efficiently/fast as possible?
I spent a lot of time on my skin-care regimen at night (after a sheet mask, I always use a toner, serum,  moisturizer, and then an oil—always), which pays off in the morning: It takes me about three minutes to do my makeup. Any time I skip my nighttime routine & my skin looks sub-par, I end up wasting 15 minutes trying to make it look decent. A more practical answer: decide on an outfit when you’re in the shower. 

I take screen shots of outfit inspiration I find on Instagram, and I’ll usually go through the folder at night to help plan for the morning.
— Morning pro tip from Lauren Caruso

Do you plan out your outfits the night before or are you more of a spontaneous morning dresser?
A bit of both — I take screen shots of outfit inspiration I find on Instagram, and I’ll usually go through the folder at night to help plan for the morning. But it’s always subject to change depending on the weather, my schedule, or how I’m feeling about my body that day. I also take a look at the outfit folder any time I’m shopping so I can make a concerted effort to buy pieces for specific outfits, rather than a bunch of disjointed separates. 

If you had 15 more minutes in the morning, what would you squeeze in?
More sleep. Always more sleep.

Alyssa Coscarelli - MANHATTAN, NY

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Market Writer at Refinery29 (check out her Instagram here)

Bedtime: I haven't gotten to the point of having a regular bed time yet. But if I get in bed at 11 PM, maybe I'm done looking at my phone at like, 12:30 AM... ha!

Morning alarm: An hour past when my alarm goes off (8 AM) — I'm the WORST snoozer.

How would you describe your morning routine?
Since a young age, I've always hated rushing. I take my time getting ready in the morning, but I'm always running late because of it. I'm a night-showerer in the hopes that this will shorten my morning routine, but I still take forever to style my hair and do my makeup. No shame. There's a saying, "Never ask a girl with winged eyeliner why she's late," and that's so me.

How long does it take you to get ready?
It takes me about 30 minutes to an hour to get ready, depending on if I do the "short version" or the "long version." But usually it looks like: brush teeth, wash face, straightener or curling iron, makeup, change outfits 3 times...

What is the one thing in your morning you can't do without?
Hitting snooze!

What is your best "pro" tip for getting ready as efficiently/fast as possible?
Dry shampoo 4 life. I only wash my hair once or twice a week (unless I hit the gym a lot, which is rare).

There’s a saying, “Never ask a girl with winged eyeliner why she’s late,” and that’s so me.
— Alyssa Coscarelli

How does the start of your morning impact your day's work?
I'm always running through the day ahead in my mind as I get ready (and planning my outfit accordingly, too!). Usually I'm already answering a few emails and adding to my to-do list on any given morning.

Do you plan out your outfits the night before or are you more of a spontaneous morning dresser?
I try to plan my outfits the night before, but it's not always a reality. Like I said, I always change my outfit a few times before I'm finally satisfied.

If you had 15 more minutes in the morning, what would you squeeze in? 
I would squeeze in making breakfast at home — I love making eggs or having some cereal and coffee at home in the morning, but usually I just don't have time. More time with my boyfriend would definitely be nice, too. 


Rachel Jones