dime defined: alana rivera.


NAME: Alana Rivera | HOME GROWN: Formative years, Willits, CA. Currently, San Francisco, CA. | DAY JOB: Owner, creator and soap maven at Etta + Billie. | DREAM JOB: Owner, creator and soap maven at Etta + Billie AND a distiller at St George's Spirits.


MEAL: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted beet salad and my mom's cheesecake for dessert. | SEASON: Fall and early spring, the colors, sights and smells are intoxicating. | CITY: Lisbon and San Francisco | WORD: Love | AGE: My 30s | SCENT: Petrichor, the scent of freshly fallen rain on soil or cement.

Q & A.

Q:  Who would portray you in the movie version of your life? Feature film, straight to DVD, or Lifetime Movie?
A:  Emily Blunt! I think she is one smart, savvy, funny lady. Although I'd love to say feature film, it's probably going to be straight to DVD, not nearly dramatic enough for Lifetime!

Q:  What artists or songs would contribute to the film's soundtrack?
A:  Cat Power, Santigold, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Explosions in the Sky, LCD Soundsystem and Hall & Oates.

Q:  What's the best advice you didn't take? 
A:  Internships are a must.

Q:  What film title sums up your experiences with love thus far?
A:  Along Came Love

Q:  If your beauty routine had to be condensed, what three products make the cut?
A:  Birdy Botanicals Anti-Aging Facial SerumEtta + Billie Mini Bath + Body Oil – especially the Clary Sage Black Pepper (I use it on my face at night and all over when I travel), and Elizabeth Street Cosmetics Lipstick.

Q:  What is your alter ego's name? Describe her in one word.
A:  Zoey. Unshakable.

Q:  What's the title of your autobiography – using one color and one emotion?
A:  Turquoise Optimism

Q:  Would you rather have no regrets or no fears?
A:  No regrets. I think fear, while at times paralyzing, can be a great learning and growth opportunity. It's something we can work to overcome. From an evolutionary perspective, it also keeps us safe! Regrets on the other hand feel weighty, are harder to shed, and have the potential to cause more suffering.

Q:  What's your definition of dime?
A:  A women who is confident, motivated, compassionate and thoughtful. She has the power to do anything and help others along the way.

Q:  What words do you live by?
A:  Makers gonna make.


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Photography provided courtesy of Alana Rivera. | editor's note: Etta + Billie Ginger Orange Lip Balm and Etta + Billie Mint Coffee Scrub were both featured in the photography but not mentioned in the interview.

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