Q & A
Posted On Jul 02, 2015
Two seriously busy women share how they keep their sanity and still find time to look beautiful.
At 67, Alana Stewart does not look like your ordinary grandmother, with her flowing blond hair, model looks, and inexhaustible Texas-sized optimism. In her recent memoir, Rearview Mirror, Alana reveals how she learned to navigate the treacherous waters of her life and kept stress from aging her. She is audacious, loving, and one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets as a pinup for anti-aging.
What is your anti-aging philosophy?
Dr. Deepak Chopra taught me to meditate for an hour each morning to maintain positive thoughts. He always said, “Happy thoughts make happy molecules.” I have also been practicing yoga since I first moved to New York to model at age 20.
How do you manage to maintain your natural “California girl” look—even though you’re a Texan?
I use the cleanser from the Diamond Line of Natura Bisse, as well as my own personal stem cell skincare line from my friend, Dr. Barbara Sturm. I also never go to bed without taking my makeup off.
How do you manage to maintain your enviable weight?
Even though I love food, I try to stay on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet with simple comfort foods like oatmeal for breakfast, fish, beans, rice, and salads. My weaknesses are coconut meringue pie, Almond Dream bites, good ol’ Texan fried chicken, and Starbucks chai lattes.
What is your definition of relaxation?
I love to read, go for walks, and cycle with friends in the canyons. Occasionally, I hop across the border to the spa at Rancho La Puerto in Mexico, or to some place in Italy to read and write with lots of fresh buffalo mozzarella.
You run the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. What does this new role mean to you?
The foundation has become a full time job. It keeps my friend Farrah’s legacy alive by funding cancer research and helping people who are battling cancer. Turning my focus away from myself and my problems to help others is what makes life rewarding.
If you think your life is chaotic, try placating a knife-wielding sushi chef in Japan while on the phone with a Parisian restaurateur, explaining why his foie gras failed to arrive an hour ago. Multiply that by 24 restaurants and over a thousand employees worldwide, and you might wonder how Celeste Fierro—one half of the partnership that created the $150 million empire ONE GROUP—keeps her cool.
What are your most important daily rituals that help keep you healthy?
I drink a totally green nutrient juice from Liquiteria, and work out at least twice a week at the Pure Flow Fitness Center for 45 minutes. That place has changed my life. I have been sleeping better and have so much more energy. Steaming every day is important, too. I will go to the ends of the world to get the Dead Sea black mud treatment at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley.
What beauty products can’t you live without?
My most trusted go-to beauty products are Lumiere Neocutis Eye Cream, Stila tinted moisturizer, and Clinique thin gloss lipstick.
How do you stay so vibrant while traveling nearly 200 days a year?
If I don’t have time for exercise, I sneak in some sit-ups in my hotel room. Also, I no longer carry anything on board except my Birkin travel bag. I would rather wait an extra half hour for baggage than exhaust myself carrying everything on board.
You are such a busy woman. How do you unwind?
I make sure I get eight hours of sleep a night. Spas also relax me. My favorite destination is the Amanyara Resort in Turks and Caicos. Back home in the US, my go-to spa is La Prairie at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Work is such a big part of your life. How do you prioritize your personal life?
I have a great group of girlfriends, and my family is really important to me. My youngest sister is my closest ally, and my mom, who raised me as a single mother, is truly my inspiration.