We had the good fortune of connecting with Lily Fiske and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lily, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I felt connected to the affirmation “here, now” before it was cool, before it was the slogan of Outdoor Voices. You see, when I was 11, my mom and I co-led a mother/daughter group called MoonBeams which met every month until I began high school. Each night, to open the evening, we would call in our female ancestors: “I am Lily, daughter of Rachel, daughter of Barbara, etc., and I am here, now.” I didn’t deeply consider the meaning until years later, living alone in Los Angeles, thinking about my future, checking instagram, and forgetting where I was 10 times a day. During that phase, I started saying, “I am here, now” again. It snaps me back to the present and reminds me that no matter what, I don’t want to look back and not be able to remember anything because I was worrying about my future or a photo that got only 55 likes.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The thing that challenges me most is also the thing that most inspires me; Los Angeles is full of people like me: creative 20-somethings, film photographers, social media managers. However, I don’t see the world in terms of challenges. What looks like a challenge to some, can be a clue that it’s time to re-route and go in a new direction. I’m honestly not a person who wants to swim upstream and changing my perspective helps me the most. I consider myself to be the best representation of my brand: I want everyone to have as solid a relationship with their mother or mother figure, and I want the companies I work for to feel confident that they’re represented authentically online. The best way to do that is to embody it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite way to explore LA is, surprisingly, on foot. Drop me in a neighborhood, and I’ll stay there all day, walking around with my camera and checking out every shop. In Echo Park, the Friday afternoon farmers market is perfect for getting picnic snacks to eat beside Echo Park Lake, and Vanilla Black is an amazing Black owned coffee shop nearby. For dinner, Sage Vegan Bistro is a big favorite. Echo Park’s neighbors, Silverlake and Los Feliz, have some of the coolest thrift shops around, including Squaresville and Out of the Closet. Homestate offers the BEST breakfast tacos, or All Time–please get the chilaquiles. Silverlake Ramen has amazing veggie ramen (I always add an egg; don’t judge.) Also, Pho Cafe is an incredible dining experience. Silverback Coffee in the Arts District is another Black owned coffee shop with one of the coolest open aesthetics. Fun outdoor vibe with funky architecture, perfect for a little photoshoot. In Venice, there’s Flowerboy Project: a cross between a coffee and flower shop, with amazing snacks and cute little home goods. Abbot Kinney is such a fun little walk with unique shops selling anything from sunglasses to surfboards to furniture to 6 foot tall cacti and if you can believe it, it’s all completely unaffordable, too! Be sure to stop at the Intelligentsia where I met Megan Rapinoe. I live in West Hollywood, which has excellent people watching, and the Melrose Trading Post on Sundays. Hundreds of booths with jewelry and clothes and plants and custom jackets and lemonade and even home goods. That’s a solid week of walking in LA with me–but leave a day for lying in bed waiting for inspiration to strike!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thank you Teri Turner of @nocrumbsleft. When I was fresh into my “gap year” and filled with the desire to become a social media manager and move to LA, Teri was beginning her journey as a successful food blogger and influencer. Teri gave me my start and I will always be thankful for working with her.