Say hai to...Elizabeth Cardinal Tamkin

This week Hai Society is transported to New York, the  resident city of our subject, Elizabeth Cardinal Tamkin. Elizabeth caught our eye with, well, her eye...  She has a unique  ability to bring joy and imagination to her everyday outfits, which  are  conscientiously recorded  on her Instagram,  through a series of unpretentious mirror selfies that inspire her following to engage in feel-good creative dressing.  A champion of small and sustainable brands, she also features an extensive list of amazing black owned brands in her Story Highlights which we encourage you to check out. 

Follow Elizabeth's interview below to discover her favourite secret NYC spot and see how she (and her dog) styled our brand new Vera Checkerboard Bag...




Hi Elizabeth....or should we say Hai!

Hey :)

Can you describe what you do?

A great question! It changes and I trust it will change for the rest of my life. I am a stylist, market editor and writer and I do full time in house creative and content for a brand. I am also a full time intense cleaner and mother to Bow (a French Bulldog) who has kept this all together for my entire adult life.

Where do you consider home? When do you know you are home? 

Wherever my most prized possessions and dog are. I am also really in love with my partner who has been with me for over 6 years and somehow has only mentioned my shoe collection maybe twice.

Describe how you feel when you are on a creative Hai? (high) 

My favorite part of a 6 ft x 4 ft painting I painted in 2013:

The best, untalked about place in your city? 

Under the Williamsburg Bridge, looking up through the structure. Best when the train isn't zooming by.

How, or where do you go to find inspiration? 

I get dressed (like a full on oUtFiT) and go on a looooong walk almost everyday rain or shine and that’s when I find inspiration. It’s really the only time I feel like I process thoughts from start to finish and am fully aware of my feelings. I cry sometimes! But I also smile a lot.

What do you do when no one is watching? 

Talk in a really horrible nauseating voice to my dog. I also really enjoy cleaning and listening to music alone. The Cranberries is the band that has consistently got me going since well-before college.

What's the feeling fashion gives you?

Pride and independence. While putting together an outfit, I am in full control of my body and image. Sometimes I get dressed (bag included!) just to feel some control when I’m feeling most aimless or lost.

Where are you going to take your Hai next?

On a long walk with a snack stowed away. My favorite combo is a ripe pear  + dark chocolate with sea salt and almond. If I can find the chocolate with hazelnut instead of almond, that's preferred. I don't really care for almonds, I just like the crunch.

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