Welcome back to our series on morning routines where we highlight women around the city and talk to them about what their morning routines look like with their dog. No two mornings are alike and they shouldn’t be! A lot of people hope that dogs will help to bring routine and structure into our lives, to bring joy into mornings, to get up early, to lounge a little longer - whatever it is, it’s your sacred ritual. It’s designed to fit your life and your dogs’s. We’re just here to show how many different faces it can take on.
This week, we chatted with Liz, one of the amazing models from our shoot about life in New York with her playful and hilarious puppy Lego and about her work as a graphic designer at Myro. Liz has a tattoo of a lego on her wrist, but you’ll have to find out for yourself which came first - the puppy or the tattoo. Let’s get into it.
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How long have you been in New York?
Well technically I grew up in New York on Long Island, but I’ve lived in Bushwick for 5-6 years now.
You’re a graphic designer - have you always been a creative person? What drew you to graphic design in particular?
Oh yeah, for sure – it runs in my blood. My parents were both creatives; my dad worked for Hearst Magazines in their print management department for 25 years, and my mom was a medical copywriter for several of the big name advertising firms in the city.
It’s funny, as a kid I spent most of my time building with Legos… how fitting right? Legos made me obsessed with the ability to create. It all kind of just went from there.
You’ve worked at a bunch of different places and you currently work at Myro, a plant-powered, refillable deodorant brand. What do you love most about working in a startup environment?
Yeah, I’ve worked for a few startups at this point; Plated, sweetgreen and now Myro. To be honest, my favorite part of the startup life is the culture. I am able to do what I do and LOVE what I do because of the people I work with.
Graphic design requires a pretty creative mind - where do you go when you’re looking for inspiration in both your professional and personal life?
The best place to find inspiration in my mind is just walking around the city. I always see something that catches my eye, whether it be the outfit on the person walking in front of me, or a wheatpaste ad posted up on the green walls of a construction site.
When we had you on set, your outfits mixed patterns and colors and textures in really fun and interesting ways. Who are you style icons and fashion inspiration?
It’s a real mix for me. I’m really into this one influencer Suzie Riemer’s(sweetsuzieq) style, and eclectic mix of wild graphic tee’s and color patterned coats/bottoms. At the end of the day though, I feel like my coworkers influence my style a lot as well. We’re always sharing the latest drops of clothing from different brands like pleasures and braindead.
Let’s talk about Lego because that puppy is so f’ing happy. When did you first decide to get a dog and how did you go about that process?
I’ve been in Bushwick now for over five years, and felt that I needed a change in my life. It was either move across the country or get a dog. I first started seeing bernedoodles in the street around the time I decided to get a dog and immediately became obsessed with them. I kept checking adoption agencies and finally came across Lego’s profile on pet finder. I fell in love at first glance and had to meet him.
On set, Lego was so curious and happy and probably the most social dog we had there that day. How would you describe Lego’s personality?
Lego is such a sweetheart, I’ve never met a more passionate, cuddly, quirky pup in my life. I also would like to think that I had something to do with his personality being so great. ;)
Alright, let’s talk about Lego’s name. I noticed you have a lego tattoo on your wrist. What came first - the tattoo or the dog?
The Lego tattoo came first – it was my first tattoo. My dad actually gave me the idea to name my first dog Lego… little did he know I was actually in the process of going to meet Lego at that point.
Lego is clearly beyond obsessed with you (and it’s obvious the infatuation goes both ways). In what ways do you think the two of you complement one another?
We’re each other’s hype man for SURE. We’re also the perfect cuddle buddies. So many people have told me that Lego always seems to be on the same page as me, almost as if he could read my mind… I wish.
Lego’s still technically a puppy. What’s been the most unexpected part of puppyhood?
In the beginning when I first got him, it was so painful to crate train him. The look he gave me when I would shut the crate door, was just the most depressing thing. And then the crying… yeah, it wasn’t great.
And New York isn’t the easiest place in the world to raise a dog. What’s been the hardest part of having Lego with you in New York City?
The hardest part for me is planning ahead. I can’t be as spontaneous as I used to be with grabbing drinks or hanging out after work because most places aren’t dog friendly in New York.
What are some of your favorite activities to do together on weekends or when you have a bit more time on your hands?
Now that it’s off season at Rockaway, I like to bring Lego to beach 90. He LOVES to dig in the sand.
What time do the two of you wake up every morning?
We wake up at 8:15, sometimes earlier depending on how playful Lego is when he wakes up.
Are you guys early birds or night owls?
On the weekends, we are total early birds!
Does he sleep in your bed?
Of course! He loves to snuggle with me, although he doesn’t stay that way for long, as he likes to move around a lot throughout the night.
What's the first thing you do every day?
I’m such a millennial, I check my phone :(
And what's the first thing you two do together every day? We play for a few minutes before I actually need to get up for work.
What's for breakfast?
For me, it depends on my mood. But for Lego, he has Wellness Complete Health Chicken, Oatmeal and Salmon dry kibble, with a few small pieces of Stella and Chewy’s freezer dried lamb patties.
Walk before or after breakfast?
What do you listen to while getting ready for the day?
As of late, I’ve been listening to Mark Ronson’s new album “Late Night Feelings”.
Healthiest morning habit:
Going to a morning workout class.
Worst morning habit:
Going back to bed.
One word to describe your mornings:
I never leave home without…
If you had one extra hour in the morning, how would you use it?
I would go workout OR take Lego to the dog park.
The best part of mornings with my dog is:
When he sees I’m waking up and comes over to snuggle with me.
Our morning routine series is designed to showcase the diversity of experiences that come with having a dog in the city in all the ups and all the downs.
If you and your dog would like to be featured, text ‘ritual’ to 29071