Bobbi Brown: ‘Give me a martini and some dover sole, and I’m a happy girl’

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Powered by article titled “Bobbi Brown: ‘Give me a martini and some dover sole, and I’m a happy girl’” was written by Sali Hughes, for The Guardian on Saturday 31st March 2018 07.00 UTC


If my husband isn’t home I go up to bed at 7.30pm and pass out in front of the TV. I like to watch Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family and cool things on HBO when my three sons are home; they can help me figure out how to find stuff. Often I’m watching TV and I’m on my iPad or have a book in my hand. I keep my phone downstairs because I don’t want to talk to anyone after 9pm and usually there’s a mother or brother who thinks 9.40pm is OK, and it’s not. I do great with seven hours’ sleep. I get up at 5.30am; that’s my time.


Whatever you consciously choose to put in your mouth should be the best quality you’re able to get. I used to order salads in restaurants until I realised they didn’t fill me up; now I order spinach, asparagus or broccoli as an appetizer, followed by fish and vegetables. I am a simple chef in the kitchen. My husband, Steven, likes to go out every night and I’m the opposite; but I’ll follow that man anywhere. My favourite London restaurant is Scott’s. Give me a martini and some dover sole, and I’m a happy girl.


I get to work around 10am after strength training. As an indie startup (Brown left her Estée Lauder-owned brand in 2016), I don’t have the luxury of many people on the team, nor would I want that. We have four full-time employees and a lot of permalancers – people we rely on. The secret to being efficient and effective is simple – follow your gut, think clearly, and know what you want. And, by the way, you’re allowed to change your mind.


My husband and I are very different, but complement each other. I was always the mum who said: “OK guys, we’re going to the dentist.” My husband was always the one who said: “Who wants to jump on trampolines?” It would’ve been fun to have a girl. But now two of my three sons are in long-term relationships with strong and beautiful women, and I’m thrilled.


I hate to say this, but I relax when I’m on Instagram. It fills my soul and I learn a lot; I talk to people. I like a lot of healthy food blogs, and fantasise that you can actually make a chocolate chip cookie healthy with almond flour and protein. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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