Gaux Girl - Diana Yen2017-03-07
The Gaux Girl - A series on brilliant women we’re privileged to count as friends.
Diana Yen’s insatiable appetite for life, refined sense of style and love of travel embody the very essence of gaux girl spirit. As the author of the beloved cookbook A Simple Feast and owner of The Jewels of New York, a food styling and consulting studio, Diana’s passions run the gamut from style to food. When she’s not crafting delectable recipes or jet-setting abroad, Diana is often found on the go with her adorable partner-in-crime Cleo the Bunny, who is a hop, skip and a jump away from taking the fashion industry by storm. Now how is that for the perfect pair?
Yet even with all of her professional accolades, Diana’s off-duty moments are spent cozied up in her gorgeous Brooklyn Heights apartment enjoying a good book and cup of chai tea. Interested to learn more about what’s next for our featured gaux girl we recently met with Diana on a rainy morning in her picturesque neighborhood.
As we hurried along her tree-lined street we couldn’t help but take in the sights and sounds of a truly magical winter day in New York - a perfect conversation starter which soon gave way to Diana’s thoughts on travel, smart design and a few of her seasonal rituals. Read on to meet Diana who also showed us her sartorial take on our Classic ballerina in Persimmon.
Meet our Gaux Girl:
I'm Diana Yen, the owner of The Jewels of New York - a food styling and consulting studio that combines the love of cooking with the beauty of everyday things.
At Margaux we’re champions of smart design. From A Simple Feast to food styling how would you say you incorporate smart design in your approach to food?
I usually work with foods that are in season, so in a way it could be considered smart design. It's great to work with the local resources around you and let that guide your work.
If you were to choose a dish that best represents your life what would it be and why?
If I were a dish, I'd probably be ice cream. It comes in many flavors and colors depending on your mood. It's creamy, sweet and fun! And icy sometimes.
With the dawn of a new year we have so many things we’re looking forward to. What’s on your to-do list and who is your muse?
My inspiration is always my angora bunny Cleo. She's always in the moment, an adventurous eater, and effortlessly cute.
There’s nothing quite like winter in New York. What are some of your seasonal rituals and style essentials?
I like to make a cup of steaming hot chai tea from scratch every morning. It's so meditative to grind up your own spices and let them simmer on the stovetop. As far as style essentials, a long black wool coat for everyday. And lots of layers. Ballet flats are amazing because I'm on my feet all day in the kitchen and need comfort. But I'm pretty social and like to look put together when I go out in the evenings. This shoe is perfect for the day into night look.
At Margaux we make modern shoes for the modern woman. What does achieving modern style mean to you and how have you found your own “perfect” sartorial and culinary pairing over the years?
For me modern style means that you dress well for yourself, in a way that lets your personality come through. I'm feminine but don't consider myself a frilly girl, I like simplicity whether it's through the food I cook or how I dress. Modern elegance is something I strive for.
Who are some gaux girls in your life that always inspire you?
My mother, Jade Lai who is the owner of Creatures of Comfort and photographer, Alice Gao.
What does being "a girl on the go” mean to you and where do you hope you’re going next?
Being a girl on the go means that you go with the flow and are up and ready for anything that comes your way. You live life to the fullest. I'm going to yoga next! Wellness and health are both super important when you live in a busy city.
Gaux and take more risks in life, you'll always learn more that way.
Diana wears our Classic flat in Persimmon. Shop it here.
Photos by Bridget Badore for Margaux