If, like me, you’ve ever wondered where Josie draws her inspiration for some of her most dreamy scents you should read our interview below! We made two delicious summer-ready recipes together this week, inspired by brand-new scents she’s dreamed up for her Josie Maran Cosmetics line! After our culinary adventures, Josie and I sat down with coffee and a slice of Cherry Cheesecake Pie to chat about travel, motherhood, her career as a model, and of course we can’t stray too far from her favorite topic - food!
AK: Where’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
JM: Bali. It’s beautiful, sensual and has the most magnificent turquoise ocean! The Balinese people are so loving and welcoming.
AK: What’s your personal favorite body butter scent?
JM: I can’t get enough of our new Creamsicle scent! It smells 100% like the real thing! I grew up eating Creamsicles so this was a joy to develop and bring to my Argan Beauties!
AK: What’s your favorite summertime dessert?
JM: My daughter Indi and I both love Vanilla Bean ice cream. I just had the most delicious dessert in West Chester where I have my farmhouse, it’s called an ‘affogato,’ - vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with strong espresso. We’ll definitely be whippin up this new dessert idea this summer!
AK: What do you think is the most awesome thing about being a woman?
JM: Women represent the love and beauty on our planet! We are in charge of creating, nurturing and loving. I am so honored and proud to be a women especially in this day and age when women are able to be strong and sensual at the same time.
AK: What makes you feel beautiful?
JM: I feel beautiful when I am whole, peaceful, and full of life.
AK: What do you hope your daughters will learn from you?
JM: I want them to learn that it’s good to make mistakes and to learn from them! I want them to keep taking risks and exploring their hearts so that they live passionately and fully everyday.
AK: What was the most fun modeling job you’ve ever had?
JM: That’s a tough question! I can tell you about the scariest! I was modeling with Siegfried and Roy’s majestic white tigers in Vegas for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. While we were filming, one of the tigers took a swipe at me! Luckily I was close to the pool, so I jumped in and escaped! He could have taken me out with just one swipe!
AK: What was the best acting job you’ve ever had?
JM: It was always my dream to one day work with Martin Scorsese. I got the chance to work with him and Leo DiCaprio on ‘The Aviator’ - it was an incredible experience and a dream come true!
AK: What is the most challenging aspect of being a working mom? What is the most rewarding?
JM: Finding the balance between work, play and being a good mom is definitely a challenge. I know that I am not the best mom if I don’t fill my own cup so I’ve learned to create time to nurture my dreams an passions so I can nurture my family. The most rewarding and wonderful part of being a mom is seeing life through their eyes - I get to see through their magical lens that we all come into the world with and I feel so refreshed and renewed.
AK: What’s the inspiration behind your newest collection of body butters?
JM: I envisioned an old fashioned creamery – and the delicious feelings I used to get when seeing all the different flavors! I’d always wished I could try every flavor so I designed this collection to offer all the amazing body butter flavors in one box!! I wanted to offer the ‘best of the my flavors’ along with some fun new flavors. Just wait till you get to try our Cherry Pie and Creamsicle!
AK: Who would this creamery collection be a good gift for?
JM: Ummm, everyone?! Haha! This is the perfect gift for someone who can’t pick one favorite flavor and is excited to get a whole selection of goodness!
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