MY SO-CALLED LIFE
SABRINA DE SOUSA
Sabrina De Sousa is one half of the female power duo behind Dimes in New York City. She’s also our co-founder Caroline‘s twin sister.
Originally from Jersey (with roots in Brazil), Sabrina worked in restaurants as a way to supplement her travel habit. In 2012 she decided to open up a place of her own—the initial concept was a juice bar—and partnered with friend and chef Alissa Wagner on what would become Dimes, now a Chinatown destination for fresh, simple, seasonal food with a personal touch, a novel concept that’s now practically ubiquitous. A deli and a catering business followed—not to mention one of the best Instagram feeds in the biz. In her less-than-ample free time, Sabrina designs furniture and—as of this August—hangs out with her newborn son, whose dad creates our New Moon playlists. We like to do things family style.
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Aquarius.
ON A SCALE OF 1 (INTROVERT) TO 10 (EXTROVERT): 8 on the weekdays, 2 on the weekends.
AGE YOU FEEL: A solid 27.
HOMETOWN: Dirty Jerz.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Chinatown, NYC.
HAIR COLOR: All natural.
FIRST SCREEN NAME: Sabrinafly7
FAVORITE SCENT TO WEAR: Human skin.
FAVORITE SCENT TO SMELL: Baking granola.
FIRST CD: “Prêt-à-Porter” soundtrack.
GO-TO KARAOKE SONG: “Red Red Wine” by UB40.
PARTY HAIR: Brushed.
SUNDAY HAIR: Nor brushed.
RIDE-OR-DIE BEAUTY PRODUCT: Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil.
MANTRA: “What you think of me is none of my business.”
1. Paul Stamets, mushroom man 2. Water filter by Walter ceramics 3. Granola 4. Dimes restaurant and deli 5. Sabrina and Alissa
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MAGIC 8 BALL OR OUIJA BOARD: 8baaaaalllll.
SUNRISE OR SUNSET: Sunset.
NEW MOON OR FULL MOON: New.
SWEATPANTS OR CAFTAN: Juicy Couture sweatsuit.
HIGH PONY OR MESSY BUN: High pony.
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION: Nature.
ORGANIZATION YOU SUPPORT: The ACLU.
INDIVIDUAL YOU ADMIRE: My dog Mars.
1. Sun in Aquarius 2. Coming back as a flying fish 3. Chinatown, NYC 4. Caroline and Sabrina 5. Hot spring 6. Sabrina and Mars
FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING: Mail :/
LAST THING YOU DO AT NIGHT: Drink water.
FAVORITE BEAUTY RITUAL: Dry brush from head to toe.
REMEDY FOR A CREATIVE BLOCK: Exercise.
HOW YOU GET CHILL AF: Leave the city.
FAVORITE METHOD OF TRANSFORMATION: Throw on some heels and jewelry to match.
1. Sabrina’s niece Luna 2. At home in her apartment 3. Favorite flick 4. Dries Van Noten 5. Never too many earrings 6. Photo by Brianna Capozzi
I CAN’T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT ____ Glen.
I PROBABLY HAVE TOO MANY ____ earrings (but at least they take up little space).
WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE ____ phone free.
IN MY NEXT LIFE I’LL PROBABLY COME BACK AS ____ flying fish.
1. Yo La Tengo 2. Atlas Shrugged 3. Dry brush 4. Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil 5. Juicy, baby 6. Carl Bove 7. Everything Beautiful Began After
PLACE: Hot spring.
MOVIE: “Harold and Maude.”
PHOTOGRAPHER: Brianna Capozzi.
DESIGNER: Dries Van Noten.
ARTIST: Carol Bove.
SONG: “Green Arrow” by Yo La Tengo.
PODCAST: Any interview with Paul Stamets.
BOOK: For a good mushy read: Everything Beautiful Began After.
FICTIONAL CHARACTER: Howard Roark in Atlas Shrugged.
TROUBLEMAKER: The good: my niece Luna. The bad: politics. The ugly: climate change.
UNSUNG HERO: Time, it relentlessly forgives.