Monday, August 24, 2015

MAKERS + MOVERS: BRIGETTE MULLER / HUMMUSBIRD

What bohemian babe does not dream of twirling around in featherlight gowns + don the airy pieces of Free People? The line is fit to make you feel like a goddess casually strolling amidst alleyways and streets—confident yet humble, beautiful and simple, elegant yet playful with a dash of whimsy  . . .

Today's maker Brigette embodies all of that. You can find her creating + crafting magical snippets through her work at Free People and her blog Hummusbird, but also talking to her cat or musing about 50 Cent diapers on her Snapchat. She's quirky, down-to-Mama Earth, and a fuel of creative force. Peel back the light lacy curtain + mosy into Brigette's world . . .

B R I G E T T E   M U L L E R  /  H U M M U S B I R D | f r e e   p e o p l e 



Q: Tell us a little bit about you and what led you to create Hummusbird.
I had just come back from an around-the-world trip that lasted an entire summer – my perspective was fresh, the future was mine, and I was feeling incredibly inspired. I knew I needed a way to share my thoughts with the world.

Q: What inspired the name?
The inspiration was almost embarrassingly simple, to be honest. I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my sister Gretchen, brainstorming different ideas… At the time I was totally infatuated with bird décor, and eating about a tub of hummus a day. When I put the two together and said Hummusbird out loud, Gretchen’s response was, “Yup. That’s it. It has to be Hummusbird.” I wasn’t convinced, but I went with it anyway… and I guess it stuck. ;)

Q: When you are not working on Hummusbird, your shop, or Free People, what else do you like to do?
I’m a homemaker by nature. I absolutely love being home alone, candles & incense burning, music blasting, rearranging every little piece of décor until it feels just right. I’ve also been known to start projects on a whim. One minute I’m cleaning the kitchen, and suddenly I’ll find myself painting designs all over my wall. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Q: What keeps you going? Do you have a daily routine, ritual, or a mantra?
I have a desire to create that never seems to burn out. If I’m creating, I’m happy. So I stay creating all day, every day, whether it’s a captured image, a physical piece of home décor, or a ridiculously dumb Snapchat story. 

Every day I take time to make myself feel beautiful. I’m in love with natural oils and scents, and I make sure to incorporate them into my morning and nightly beauty routines, as well as use them throughout the day. Scent is so powerful, and it really has the ability to transform your mood.

My mantra: You’re as happy as you want to be. I learned it from my mom – the happiest angel I’ve ever known – and have never, ever forgotten it.

Q: What are some of your favourite snacks or foods that fuel your creative process?
This is an interesting question! I’ve never really thought of food as having an effect on creativity, but it certainly does. When it comes to food, I try to fill myself with the purest ingredients out there. As soon as I made the switch from processed nonsense to the good stuff, I noticed a difference both physically and mentally – and being in a good physical and mental state puts your body at ease, allowing creativity to flow. 

If we’re talking specifics, Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread is the bomb. I also just started making this crazy good black bean soup that’s so simple: black beans (cook your own!), sprouted brown rice, purified water (filtered with ZeroWater filter), pink Himalayan salt, and salsa verde. You will not know what to do with yourself.

Q: What are your three staples for glowing health?
Pure foods, natural oils, and an intuitive doctor who does applied kinesiology. 

Q: What would be an ideal day for you?
Wake up in my bedroom, surrounded by plants, with my adorable cat right next to me. Be magically transported to a hidden spot surrounded by lush greens, plants, and a flowing stream. Spend some time there alone. Bathe in the stream. Talk to some animals. Explore a little. Go meet a group of my favorite people somewhere outside where it’s just us. Laugh and eat and laugh and eat. Dance. Laugh. And fall asleep in my bedroom, surrounded by plants, with my adorable cat right next to me.

Q: Who are some sources of inspiration for you? 
In terms of aesthetics, I’m mostly inspired by nature – sunlight, shadows, and plants, to be specific. In terms of living life to its fullest and allowing oneself to be unique, I’m inspired by everyone. My friends, my family, people I catch a vibe from on the subway… Everyone has something to offer; something we can learn from. It’s our job to find out what each of those things is.

Q: What are your go-to products in your holistic medicine cabinet?
Standard Process Antronex (helps the body detox), Aromabliss facial cleansers (get the Varnya and the Polish and use together as an exfoliating scrub – it’s heavenly), and Apoterra Skincare Rose Nourishing Serum (absolutely divine facial nourishment – available soon!)

Q: What moves you through fear + brings you into bliss?
Stopping. Breathing. Taking a moment to step back and realize it’s all okay; it’s all happening the way it should. I’m working on giving my complete trust to the universe.

Q: What’s on your reading list currently?
Fine, I’ll admit it: I’m not a reader! Since I’m so aesthetically-minded, it’s always been hard for me to focus on words alone… although I don’t really watch movies, either. I think it’s just that I’m scatterbrained – I lose interest very quickly. But one of my best friends just recommended I read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. I might have to give it a shot. ;)

Q: What makes you feel free as a (hummus)bird?
I feel most free when I have absolutely nothing planned and can take my time living the day out as it comes. That’s when the most magic happens.

images courtesy of Brigette Muller