There are few things better than a cup of coffee and a good conversation, which is why we try to set up a coffee date with a different person every month. It’s a great way to catch up with old friends and chat with people we’ve been dying to meet.
I sat down with Lizzie Johnson, one of my best friends, and an authority on all things skincare; she is also co-owner of Houppette, a European-inspired cosmetics boutique in Greenville, Delaware. Fun fact: Houppette is one of Social Stylate’s first clients! It’s impossible to visit the store and leave without a shopping bag. Makeup, skincare, accessories, sleepwear, lingerie: what more could a girl ask for? And their spa is to-die-for. (Read about my Kindred facial here.)
Lizzie starting working with Houppette in 2001. What started as a summer job during college (with a brief break to work in Miami 2009-2010) turned into a thriving and fulfilling career. She considers herself “very fortunate, and at this point, I feel like it’s part of my DNA.”
In pursuing a career in beauty, she says that at first, the beauty industry found her, and not the other way around. “But it was definitely serendipitous,” she tells me. “I’ve always loved product and how transformative it can be. But what keeps me motivated in this industry is the profound impact products can have on how people see themselves, and how empowering that can be.” The way skincare and makeup can boost a person’s confidence are heartwarming, and to have a part in that journey is so rewarding.
Lizzie talks to me about how the conversation surrounding beauty has changed into something more inspiring, “from how people should fit some ideal mold to how we can use beauty products to express our unique self. I think that’s truly beautiful,” she says. And I couldn’t agree more.
Coffee Talk with Lizzie Johnson
1. How do you take your coffee? I usually drink matcha tea every morning, but when I want a coffee, I go for an almond milk latte.
2. Favorite coffee shop? I waffle back and forth between Starbuck’s and Brew Ha Ha. It depends on whether I have more time for pickup or if I have to swing in fast (i.e. mobile order).
3. What makes you smile without fail? Dogs. I’m such a dog person. They’re so unapologetically themselves and have such personality.
5. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? Probably The Birdcage. I grew up in South Florida in the early ’90s, so it’s a little nostalgic for me. And every time I see it, I catch a line I hadn’t before or notice something new. Nathan Lane and Robin Williams are brilliant.
6. What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? I love low-key hanging out with friends and family. Like in sweats, watching movies, lots of talking and catching up–and maybe mimosas.
7. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, for free, where would you go? Japan. Hands down. From the bustle of Tokyo to the tranquil temples to traditional onsens–I want to see and experience it all.