The Sunday Night Rituals of Fashion Designer Alexa Adams

Alexa Adams is a designer and consultant for Nike and luxury women’s activewear brand Alala.

I try to use Sundays to really take a break from working while also feeling like I’m taking care of myself for the week ahead. I go climbing on Sunday mornings, then head to lunch with friends, so by the evening I’m ready for a restful night in. Around 6, I’ll usually order something delicious but not particularly healthy—I always love Ethiopian food, and Awash is right in my neighborhood of Cobble Hill in Brooklyn.

Books are her escape.

I’m always reading, and I especially like suggestions from friends. I’m currently reading Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin, a sci-fi novel critiquing Soviet tropes of power and heroism. I have a subscription to National Geographic, which always inspires me. I’m a big New York Times reader as well.

Baths are everything.

Around 8pm, I take a leisurely bath. In terms of beauty, I generally subscribe to the leather bag theory. I think of my skin as a leather bag and keep it supple by not over-washing. I use face oils almost exclusively. I love Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Two drops adds an instant glow. I also picked up some amazing skin products when I went to Los Poblanos, a lavender farm outside Albuquerque. For my bath, I’ll use their lavender body wash, then Aesop’s Nurturing Shampoo (I don’t like to over-wash my hair). My favorite conditioner is the same one I used as a child: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner. Nothing fancy I’ve tried has been better.

Don't forget the overnight mask.

I’ll usually read in the bath (Vanity Fair), or listen to a podcast, but I try to stay away from anything too political. After my bath, I will apply Aesop’s Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque and keep it on overnight. It makes me feel refreshed and put together.