Living Luxe: What does living luxuriously mean to you?
Carolyn Mackenzie: It means taking the time to treat yourself and indulge in items that you feel you deserve and will appreciate.
LL: How do luxury and extravagance factor into your work?
CM: There is definitely some luxury in having your friend apply your makeup and choose what you will wear each and every day! I’ve worked with makeup artist and stylist Natasha Apostolidis for years and she takes care of me every morning. It’s definitely a luxury to be in such good hands each day!
LL: What plays a role in allowing you to live your best life?
CM: As much as I love my job, it’s taking the time to rest and relax and go on the next adventure with my family that allows me to live my best life. I find moments and experiences are a far better investment than anything tangible.
LL: What objects do you surround yourself with to inspire and support your everyday growth and why?
CM: If we weren’t talking objects, I’d say my family and friends, but if we are talking about inanimate objects, I’ve filled our home with pieces of art and heirlooms that mean the world to me. I’ve put so much time in to turning our house into a home. Being surrounded by my great-grandmother’s paintings or my grandmother’s silver candlesticks reminds me of their influence on me and how much our history shapes who we are.
LL: How important is it to you to refresh and revitalize either your work or yourself?
CM: Revitalization is key in preservation. Taking the time to check in with yourself is so important. I do it fairly often and it doesn’t take much; it’s just a mental checklist.
LL: What would you tell others about living their most luxurious life and how they can strive to be their personal best?
CM: To indulge on occasion when time and money permits. And in achieving your personal best, I see that as continual. I believe we are always striving to better ourselves and be better. I’m not sure we ever actually achieve personal best unless you are talking about athletics. As individuals, I feel it’s the journey and the process to be your best that is truly what it’s all about.