Gaux Girl - Nandita Khanna2017-09-22
At Margaux, we value those who share in our mission of providing modern essentials for the modern woman. Nandita Khanna, our featured gaux girl and editorial director at renowned lifestyle platform goop, is also no stranger to this idea.
In recent months, we've had the pleasure of working with Nan in our collaboration with goop. While on the go, we also find ourselves scrolling through her style posts and snapshots of life in Los Angeles via her Instagram @dresslikenan. Suffice it to say, Nan's style, inspiring career path, and passion for wellness keep us on our toes and leave us wanting to know more.
As busy as our gaux girl may be, when she's not pounding the pavement - in our Slingback, no less - one can find Nan enjoying downtime at her gorgeous apartment in West Hollywood, California. It was there we joined her for a morning visit, followed by a quick coffee at Alfred Coffee + Kitchen and stroll on Melrose Place.
Read on for more from our time with Nandita and discover her California-cool sartorial take on our Slingback in Denim.
Meet Our Gaux Girl:
My name is Nan, and I'm the editorial director at goop in LA.
At Margaux, we value modern style and smart design. How do these pillars factor into your work at goop?
At goop, we really value the idea of a modern woman—she's a working mom, she's a stay-at-home mom, maybe she's a college student, an empty-nester, or like me, a thirty-something who just moved from New York to LA for a job.
When we're thinking about creating content at goop, we think about how that woman is living her life and the questions that come up when she's talking to her friends. We try to jumpstart some of those important conversations, explore some of the weirder, more off-the-beaten-path stuff out there, and then have fun gathering up best things to buy right now, the restaurant Gwyneth Paltrow keeps talking about in a strip mall in West LA, or what the #goopbookclub is reading right now. The modern woman has her plate full, so we want to be a place she can come to get inspired, gather information, or just give her a brief respite from everything else going on in the world right now.
Smart design certainly affects how we think about everything we do—from conceptualizing a multi-part package on Lyme to our annual (and monstrous) holiday gift guides. We're big on contextual commerce here, so that means presenting information in a way that's digestible and then making it easily actionable.
Denim and LA style go hand-in-hand. With this in mind, how you are experimenting with your Denim Slingback this season and what role do flats play in your daily wardrobe?
I'm a flats girl through and through. It helps that I'm on the taller side so I can get away with them for fancier situations, too. When I lived in New York, I had a terrible habit of wearing flats year-around, even when it was in the teens and maybe there was a little slush on the ground. Now that I'm in LA, it's kind of a no-brainer. I've been wearing my denim slingbacks with just about everything—short floral dresses, poplin shirt-dresses, my vintage Levi's, and my new obsession, jumpsuits.
Summer is seemingly endless on the west coast. What are a few spots in your neighborhood that we’ll find you visiting while enjoying time off?
I'm almost a year into living in LA so finding a new routine and a few local spots right away were important to me from the get-go. I live in West Hollywood but work in Santa Monica, so I'm always looking for a new spot to grab a drink or dinner after work to stave off the traffic.
In West Hollywood, I love Zinque, this little open-air café and wine bar that has a dreamy little garden out front with a fireplace. For my morning workouts, I hit Playlist Yoga, a hot yoga studio off Melrose (on the weekends I cruise through the Melrose Farmers' Market after, sometimes indulging with a Free Range breakfast sandwich, other times just picking up my usual fruits, flowers, and yogurt). I brunch at Croft Alley just behind Alfred's and love Heath Ceramics because I'm never not shopping for my new place. I could happily eat every meal for the rest of my life at Jon & Vinny's, (The LA Woman pizza is just as perfect as it sounds). I love ice cream sundaes at the bar at Sunset Tower—conveniently on my way home and catching concerts at the Hollywood Bowl is one of my favorite LA traditions so far. Further out, I tend to go to Malibu on the weekends, and I am counting down the days until my friends open the Surfrider Hotel right off the PCH.
What does being "a girl on the go” mean to you and where do you hope you’re going next?
A girl on the go is a doer. She's inspired, curious, she's fearless, she's passionate, and she's focused on being present. We've got so much coming down the pipeline at goop, including the opening of our first brick-and-mortar store in Brentwood, so I'm really looking forward to what's ahead.
Gaux and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
Nandita wears our Slingback in Denim.
Photos by Karen Hernandez for Margaux