Nastassia Brückin is a photographer based in between California and France. For the launch of our February web exclusive, Nastassia interprets the Ines Trench Coat through her own photo work. We catch up with her below about personal talismans, sensory sensitivity and a healing beverage recipe.
All images by Nastassia Brückin.
What shapes, textures, and palettes encompass the sensory details of your present self?
The female body and the patterns found in nature have been recurring building blocks. I recently discovered silk pillowcases -- I like fabrics that feel smooth and luxurious.
What is something you have loved for a long time?
Essential oils. Neroli, sandalwood and black spruce are my favorite essences to feel a sense of well being.
What is something you have recently rediscovered?
Paris. After 6 years living abroad in California I decided to revisit this city part time.
Please share the story behind a modern “talisman” you own — an object in your possession that you consider either a token of good luck or energy.
Half way through my recent journey trying to grow roots in California I got my heart broken twice in a row. I was house sitting in San Francisco at the time right by the Pacific Ocean, which provided a beautiful backdrop to heal these wounds but I never felt so lonely in my life. While I was debating whether to come back home to France or extend my visa I got myself a tiny gold heart necklace pendant that I still wear everyday and I have been feeling increasingly stronger energetically since but maybe it’s because I stopped looking for anchors outside of myself.
At what moment are you the truest version of yourself?
Three to four day after the full moon.
What landscapes or places in nature are most resonant? Where do you feel the deepest connection with outdoors?
When swimming in the milky blue water of the Mediterranean Sea and foraging / hiking in high altitudes, preferably in the summertime.
Can you share the story behind a meaningful garment you own — perhaps an heirloom, or something that feels weighted with a special significance?
I do big purges and I try to not get attached to garments but I have a soft spot for impracticable shoes and have a few (very) high heels that I treasure. One of them is a pair of Lemaire pony hair round toe mules that make me feel like a fawn when I wear them occasionally.
Can you share more details on one act of “wellness” that brings you joy in its ritual — maybe a special tea, or a favorite walk, or another ritual that you use to come back to yourself?
This is a fun question for me because it is kind of a full time job. My sun, moon and mars are all falling in the airy and curious zodiac sign Gemini, so I tend to spend a lot of time in the ether or jumping around with incurable restlessness. Because of these tendencies practicing earthing and meditation is always a good idea. Feet on the ground and head in the sky.
Can you share a recipe idea for simple, healing meal that you make for yourself often?
A very instant gratification and delicious ritual I have been cultivating for a little over a year is to drink hot cacao spiked with a custom blend of adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms mixed in warm coconut milk infused with Bulgarian rose water. It helps me relax and increase resiliency.
What books are you reading right now (or have read recently)?
I just finished reading Ottessa Moshfegh’s new novel My Year Of Rest And Relaxation - The heroine, a wealthy, fit and well-educated young women hopes hibernation is the answers to all life problems.
The Highly Sensitive Person - a self help book I discovered at the beginning of last year that has helped me reframe most of my experiences. Learning that sensory sensitivity is to some degree considered as a form of autism was liberating. Now I can (re)learn how I can participate as a creative and nurture my friendships without draining my own supply of energy resulting in withdrawing.
What books do you always recommend to friends?
Women Who Run With The Wolves - we are all altered by education and the idea of sophistication so this volume is a good reminder we are still wild at heart.
What music is in rotation for you this month?
Hey moon - John Maus
Clair de lune - Debussy
Three King Fishers - Gabor Szabo
The Big Ship - Brian Eno
Sunshine On Fish Skin - Girls in Airports