Inside Her Handbag: Ariscielle Novicio
1. What do you do?
I am the founder of Getter, LLC, which is launching its first consumer product late this year. The product is a highly-curated, gift-giving website. I am also the Head of Technology for a New York-based media company.
2. What is your daily routine?
I wake up at 5:30 a.m., and the first thing I do is try a headstand, which I find is better than having a cup of coffee – it really works! Then, I try a three-minute plank. I have been doing this for the last three years. After, I have coffee and breakfast.
It takes me around 30 minutes to get dressed, sometimes less. I think if you have everything that you love in your closet, you can just go in and pick it easily.
Then, I go to work. I love my job, whatever part of the day it is. I am pretty strict nowadays about making it home for dinner so I leave work before 6 p.m. every day. I read a lot. I also meditate and go to yoga as much as I can. I also go to a kick-boxing class when I have a harder day. Once at home, I make dinner. I try to perfect a dish every year. I have a glass of wine every other day.
After dinner, I make time to catch up with my kids, Dylan and Kai, my sister Arlene, and my boyfriend Michael and then I get ready for bed.
3. What are your handbag essentials?
I don’t carry a great deal with me. I wear a clutch every day, even when I am wearing something not so glamorous. I feel that, as long as I have a good bag that fits my wallet, phone, inhaler, lipstick and an eyeliner in it, I am good to go.
4. What do you look for in a handbag?
I look for durability. I like structured handbags that have an edge, and of course I look for something that can house my essentials.
5. What does luxury mean in a handbag?
It is not just the price. It is durability and its versatility to fit with all of my outfits. I have a very specific look, a little android, because this fits my lifestyle. I also don’t just wear my luxury items for special occasions. Every single thing that I own needs to be capable of being worn every day and I work them hard.
6. Handbags or shoes?
I don’t know if I can choose between the two. My mother was a beauty queen and I was brought up in a culture where your handbags always match your shoes, and I wasn’t like thatgrowing up, but I am becoming more and more like that the older I get.
I do not buy inexpensive or uncomfortable shoes and I feel the same way about bags. I look for things that have a sense of exclusivity, less-known designers. I feel the same way about shoes and bags.
7. You have had a sneak preview of the Kalamarie Holiday Collection. Which one is your favorite?
The Clutch is my favorite, but I also loved the Satchel for work.
8. What advice do you have to offer for young female entrepreneurs in very few words?
Don’t worry about mass market, do exactly what you love and things will work out much better than if you cater to what everyone else wants.